Sermon Outlines

Heb 10:23-25
“An Encouragement To Each Other”

Heb 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

From the John McArthur Study Bible:
Hebrews 10:23-25 AMPC
[23] So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the c hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.
[24] And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,
[25] Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.

(23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

1) Though you be challenged, though you be tried, though you feel alone, keep your faith in Him. Stay in prayer, study the harder, seek Him diligently.
2) An unwavering faith
3) God keeps His promises

(24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
1) If not for yourself, do it for The people around you

2)  help them to maintain the right attitude (love), encourage them to Good works

(25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
1)We draw spiritual power from one another
2) Alone we are more easily led to quitting, doubting, discouragement
3) We encourage one another
4) We should be more together, more grounded, more fortified every day, by our association with God and with our fellow beleivers

“Prepare For Your Future”

Hosea 10:12

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

1: “Sow to yourselves in righteousness…”
a: Sow: (To scatter or spread abroad, To Plant or To invest)

1) Will what you are doing with your life now bring a positive return in your future

2) The idea behind sowing or planting or planning is not for the immediate but for the future

3) The things you do, the things you accomplish and the things you fail at should all prepare you for your tomorrows

4) Know what you are sowing: Any good farmer knows what seed he/she is planting, knows what to expect in yield.  Your life and life experiences should have an expectation of it’s outcome.

b: to yourselves (invest in yourself)

1) Others may benefit from or be blessed by what you are doing in your life but one thing is sure, you, of all people need to know that what you are doing with your life is intended for your benefit.

c: in righteousness (trustworthiness, goodwill, honesty,be fair, be considerate)

1) This is the Godly influence that you should have in and on your life: “in righteousness…” means do things, choose things, according to the way that would most please God.

2) Be a man/woman of integrity;  try to treat your fellow man fairly;   be the kind of person that when people talk about you, they say he/she is a man/woman/ of his/her word; be a man or woman like Job, who when the time came God told Satan “try Job”. (Wouldn’t it be great to think that God could have that sort of confidence in you?)

2: “Reap in mercy…”
a: reap (harvest, return)
b: reap in–mercy (a return in kind)

3: “…break up your fallow ground…”
a: break up
a1: turn over, till
b: your fallow ground
b1: unused

4: “…for it is time to seek the Lord…”

(you’ve tried everything else, how’s that working for you. It’s time.)

5: “…till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

a) Once you start on this “christian” journey, hang in there through good and bad times

b) God has never failed to fulfill His promises

“Called To God’s Glory”
1 Peter 5:10

10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

1) Gods Call
a) (God) “…has called us…”
b) how exciting
c) chosen

2) To what end
a) “…To His eternal glory…”

3) How do we achieve His purpose
a) “…by Jesus Christ…”
1) Christ like
4) It wont be easy
a) “…After ye have suffered…”
1) Life’s experiences

5) It wont last
a) “…A while…”
Trouble don’t last always
This to shall pass

6) And what is Gods goal for us
1) to make perfect
a) Spiritually
b) Personally
c) Emotionally

7) Right relationship
a) To “establish”–a firm foundation
b) To “strengthen”
c) To “settle” –peace in the storm

 

“Raising Expectations”
Acts 3:1-8

1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

“And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb” 
a) lame (a condition, his condition. We all have one or two.)
b) lame from his mothers womb (it’s all he knows, all he has ever known. Much like the condition of sin.)

“…was carried,”
a) dependent (he’s dependent on others. We have dependencies too)

“…whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful,” 
a) laid daily (routine, trapped in a cycle)
to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

“And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.”
a) ashamed of what he believes his condition causes him to do
b) considers himself un-worthy
c) he has allowed his situation to define him
d) the god man forces him to look up

“…And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.”
a) something in Peters voice
b) he looks up
c) more than just look up, he looks on Peter with expectation
d) expectation that he will receive something

“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: 
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

a)Peter knew the man was expecting the usual gift of money

b)The gift of God is not the usual

c) In the name of Jesus

“And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”

a) Peter offered a hand: (important: He does not offer to carry him but he does give him a hand)

b) When we accept the gift of God its impact on us is immediate

c) a new strength, such as he had never felt before

 

“And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”