Years ago when we worked with the Cedar Grove church of Christ, Andalusia, AL, we were fortunate to secure brother James Benson to preach in a gospel meeting. One night he preached the chart lesson below. He had it drawn off on a chalkboard completely, and as he made each point he wrote CHRIST across it. My husband, Douglas, has preached it using an overhead projector with a clear transparency sheet on top to write CHRIST in red over each point. James Benson was both a fine man and a wonderful gospel preacher. Brother Benson would be happy for you to save this and use it any way possible.
Looking for a bare-bones outline? I have one for you.
In reference to Jesus, the phrase “his own blood” appears no less than four times in the New Testament, and each time the reference makes a different point but it still surrounds the same theme:
- “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:28)
- “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:11-12)
- “We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.” (Hebrews 13:10-12)
- “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,” (Revelation 1:5)
I don’t mention my personal blog here in TFR very much, but, if you would humor me in a little “self”-promotion here, I believe several of you may find today’s post useful as a Bible class topic, a teenage devotional (or even for many adults) or a sermon outline that ties two relevant topics together: the world’s obsession with selfies and some important scriptures that deal with self. Here’s a link if you would like to check it out.
Use it however you wish, as long as it’s used to teach the truth (2 Timothy 4:2).
I reworked this outline from an original by another author in an acrostic outline book and from a sermon that I preached last week. I think this version works much better.
demAs (2 Timothy 4:10)
Possible (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
wOlves (Acts 20:28-31)
Simon (Acts 8:18-23)
burnT branches (John 15:1-6)
liArs (Revelation 21:8, Acts 5:1-3)
seriouS warning (1 Corinthians 10:11-12)
mY self? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Here’s an article that came from the Montrose Church in Carthage, TN. It’s about the change that biblical repentance produces in our life. I thought some here might want to use it as a bulletin article or as a sermon outline. With all of the “sit where you’re at and Heaven will come to you” type of preaching that is popular, this outline helps to remind us that the kingdom of Heaven is reached by walking the opposite direction of the flesh.
THERE’S A CHANGE IN MY LIFE SINCE YOU CAME ALONG!
TEXT: Acts 3:19
INTRODUCTION: The Biblical definition of repentance is “to change one’s mind.” The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in a change of actions (Luke 3:8-14; Acts 3:19). Cf. Acts 26:20. The full biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action. In terms of the kingdom, it involves…
A change in one’s allegiance. Kingdom citizens submit their own will to the will of the King. Cf. Matthew 6:10; Romans 6:12-18; Matthew 6:24; 7:21. The King deserves our loyalty, obedience, honor and praise. A change in one’s expectations. If all one lives for is TODAY, tomorrow will grow very unappealing. If there is no hope for the future, there is no power for TODAY. Cf. Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9. The King deserves our anticipation.
A change in one’s values. Our culture values success, appearance, image, wealth and independence. The values of Kingdom citizens adopt the King’s values and make decisions and choices that reflect His values. The King deserves our cooperation.
A change in one’s priorities. Priorities reflect personal allegiance, expectations and values. It also determines how I will spend my time and money. Kingdom citizens prioritize their time and money to benefit the King and His Kingdom. Cf. Matthew 6:24-34, especially vs.33. Unless the King occupies FIRST place in out life, He occupies NO place. The King deserves our full attention.
A change in one’s long mission. Those with no mission in life are aimless and unproductive. James calls them, “double minded.” The King wants His followers to be servants. Cf. John 13:15; Matthew 20:27-28; 25:21. Kingdom citizens humble themselves to serve those in the Kingdom.
CONCLUSION: Can you say, “There’s a change in my life since the King came along?” Repentance will turn your life around like nothing else will.
– Mark N. Posey, Pulpit Previews
I went to a revival at a sister congregation last night where a brother by the name of Eddie Sanders, of the University church of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina, (click here for some of his recorded sermons) was preaching.
His topic, from Daniel chapter 1, was about resisting the world’s push on the church and her members to conform and accept things contrary to God’s will in places like social media, entertainment and the work place. He summed it up with the attitude that we should have by saying, “If God doesn’t like it, we’re not supposed to like it.”
He did a great job by using Daniel and his friends as examples of how the world tries to change us as God’s people living in a foreign land (sound like a New Testament verse to you?).
Here’s a quick little outline that I jotted down:
- the admonition to be different from the world (Titus 2:11-12)
- the world will try to change our language (Daniel 1:3)
- the world will try to change our diet (Daniel 1:5)
- the world will try to change our name (Daniel 1:7)
- but we must not let the world change our God (Daniel 1:8)
- the results of staying faithful to God (Daniel 1:17-21)
There are times when people are going to refuse to believe no matter what they see or hear about Jesus, and John 9:8-28 is testament to it!
- Skeptics won’t believe their eyes no matter what kind of change they see in others – John 9:8-12
- Deniers won’t believe their ears no matter what they’re told about Jesus – John 9:13-23
- Plain old unbelievers won’t learn no matter what – John 9:24-28
But just because other people refuse to believe in the truth of Jesus with their eyes, ears and mind, that doesn’t mean we can’t believe in him – and if we keep our eyes open for him, then one day, like the former blind man of John 9, we’ll see the Light of the world who opened our eyes for our self.
In Matthew’s account of the Great Commission, Jesus asserts his authority. Here are some of the things we note about his authority.
A received authority.
The verb apparently uses the “divine passive” which refers to the action of God. Jesus received his authority from the Father. His is legitimate. Anyone else’s is not. Jesus is the only head and Lord.
His authority is complete and universal: “on heaven and on earth.” No one can escape the necessity to submit to the authority of Christ.
An exercised authority.
- Some people fail to use the authority they have. Others attempt to exercise an authority that is not theirs.
- The “therefore” means that Jesus’ order is based on his received authority. He exercises or uses his authority to order his disciples to do something.
As Lord, Jesus gives specific commandments so that people may become his followers.
A saving authority.
- To make a disciple of Christ is to bring one to salvation. This is what Jesus wants for all. He did not come to condemn but to save. His authority is exercised for a benevolent purpose.
Jesus prayed to the Father about himself in Jn 17.2: “you have given him authority over all humanity, so that he may give eternal life to everyone you have given him.”
Paul affirmed something similar in 2Co 13.8-10, that he had received authority to edify the saints.
So what? Have I submitted to Christ’s authority by obeying him? Is there some area in my life that I have refused thus far to put under his authority?
But they did not obey their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned aside from the path their ancestors had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the Lord’s commands, but they did not.
Some of the points are: Continue reading
Here’s another Bible chart that I got in an email from a friend. It covers a very basic topic, but like the last chart, this one could be used to do several different things too. It would probably work best as a bulletin board with some tweaking on the layout. I hope you find it useful for something though:
- Bible Chart: Going on to Perfection – The Fellowship Room
Here’s my basic outline from my sermon yesterday morning:
“Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.” (Philemon vs. 23-24)
“Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.” (Colossians 4:14)
“Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.” (2 Timothy 4:9-10)
Lesson #1 from Demas – Don’t ever think you can’t be a Demas (1 Corinthians 10:12)
Lesson #2 from Demas – Don’t let down your spiritual guard (Hebrews 2:1)
Lesson #3 from Demas – If all we’re looking for out of life is “Thessalonica” then “Thessalonica” is all we’re going to get (Hebrews 11:24-26)
Lesson #4 from Demas – When someone leaves, don’t stick your head in the sand (Galatians 6:1-2)
If you find it useful, use it to God’s glory!
Here’s a bare bones sermon outline based off a commonly used saying that I plan on preaching sometime in the future, Lord willing that is. Give it a look and see what you think:
Would You Look At That?
There are some things the Bible encourages us to not look at, but at the same time there are some things it encourages us to look at. Here are just a few:
We are to look at the things that are not seen (2 Corinthians 4:18)
We are to look out for things beneficial to others (Philippians 2:4)
We are to look for the return of Christ (Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28)
We are to look into the Law of liberty (James 1:25)
We are to look for new heavens and earth (2 Peter 2:13)
We are to look inward (2 John 8)
There are other verses in the Bible that follow this theme so there’s plenty of room and opportunity to add and to take away from the references given. And besides this outline, you can make another one by doing just the opposite and looking up the things that I mentioned when it comes to the Bible and things we’re encouraged to not look at.
Here’s a good little bulletin article that actually has a sermon outline for Nehemiah mixed in. I got it from the Montrose Church of Christ which is in a neighboring county. I thought some of you might find it useful.
THE WAY PEOPLE TALK
Most of us are aware that people are going to talk. Men are going to have their say about things. That doesn’t mean that what they say will always be right, but they are going to talk.
What is said by people is an indication of what is in the heart, for it is out of the “abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” So it behooves us to be sure that we say what we ought to say in spite of what people in general may say.
You will see the importance of this in the book of Nehemiah. In the fourth chapter, you will find that which “Judah said,” that which the “adversaries said,” and what Nehemiah “said.” So here are at least three cases of people talking. But a great deal is learned from this as we see the “way people talk.”
Remember that Nehemiah has returned from captivity and had undertaken the task of repairing the walls of the city of Jerusalem for such was “broken down” (Neh. 1:3). The job of restoration was underway as one group after another was given an assignment. As you read chapter three, you will see that one group would be working in one place, and the “next unto them” would be another. This is found time and again in this chapter. Look at verses 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 of chapter three, and you will note this. In the midst of all this activity, one will find people talking. What sort of voices will you hear?
I. THERE IS THE VOICE OF DOUBT
Listen to those of Judah as they say, “The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall” (Neh. 4:10).
This is equal to saying “we can’t.” That means they would reach a point where they will just stop and not try. They would not put forth the effort that it would take for them to move through the rubbish. They would see it as insurmountable.
How often have we heard these voices that would say, “it cannot be done,” but all we had to do was look around, and somebody was doing what some said could not be done. Yes, people will talk about those things that cannot be done, but they can be done.
II. THERE IS THE VOICE OF DEFIANCE
Notice, “And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease (Neh. 4:11).
Here are people who are avowed enemies of the project being undertaken. They are not about to stand aside and allow this work to go unhindered. They will oppose it with all their might. This is nothing new, for the Devil has always opposed that which God would have done. His methods may vary, but he will oppose good works one way or the other.
III. THERE IS THE VOICE OF DETERMINATION
After the voices of those of Judah and the adversaries had been heard, there was need that Nehemiah speak. Somebody ought to say something that would boost the work. Somebody ought to be able to see something good. This is where the leadership of Nehemiah comes to the fore. It is said, “And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your house’s (Neh. 4:14).
Nehemiah was not about to stand back and allow this good work to be destroyed. He is not about to allow those within and without to stop such an effort.
It would indeed have been a sad day for the cause if he had not risen to offer encouragement. Suppose he had taken to bashing the work they were doing. You would never find good men involved in any such talk as this.
Be it to the credit of Nehemiah, that in spite of what others would say, the work would go on and succeed. So will it ever be.
— Periodicals and Bulletins, Winfred Clarke
Here’s a great outline for the book of Philippians that I got in an email bulletin from the church in Plymouth, Florida. No author was given so the “credit” will have to stop right there (see the comment made by Gina atfor an update on the author information). The outline does a great job putting the focus on our mind (our affections and perception of life) and it could easily be preached or just studied for a little extra personal edification.
The Four Attitudes that Maintain Your Joy
1. The single mind – Philippians 1: When a Christian is single-minded he is concerned about the fellowship of the Gospel (1:1-11), the furtherance of the Gospel (1:12-26), and the faith of the Gospel (1:27-30). Paul could rejoice in his difficult circumstances because they helped to strengthen his fellowship with other Christians, gave him opportunity to lead others to Christ, and enabled him to defend the Gospel before the courts in Rome. When you have the single mind, your circumstances work for you and not against you.
2. The submissive mind – Philippians 2: The Christian with the submissive mind does not expect others to serve him; he serves others. He considers the good of others to be more important than his own plans and desires. In chapter 2 we find four wonderful examples of the submissive mind: Jesus (2:1-11), Paul (2:12-18), Timothy (2:19-24), and Epaphroditus (2:25-30). Each of these examples proves the principle of Luke 14:11.
3. The spiritual mind – Philippians 3: The quest for “things” is robbing people of joy, and this includes Christian peoples. We want to possess things, and then we discover that things possess us. The only way to victory and joy is to have the spiritual mind and to look at things from God’s point of view. Like Paul, we must be accountants with the right values (3:1-11), athletes with the right vigor (3:12-16), and aliens with the right vision (3:17-21). “I count…. I press…. I look” are the verbs that describe the man with the spiritual mind.
4. The secure mind – Philippians 4: Chapter 4 describes the spiritual resources the believer has in Christ: God’s peace (4:1-9), God’s power (4:10-13), and God’s provision (4:14-23). With resources like these why should we worry? We have the God of peace to guard us (v. 7) and the God of peace to guide us (v. 9). The peace of God comes to us when we practice right praying (vv. 6-7), right thinking (v. 8), and right living (v. 9). This is God’s secret for victory over all worry.