7 Keys to Psalm 117

By Rick Kelley
Introduction: Seven powerful words from the shortest Psalm, the mid-point of the Bible.
#1: Praise
                a. The beginning, the ending and the point, of the Psalm
                b. Not only that, but Praise is the beginning, the ending, and the point of the Psalms
                c. The Psalms are, by and large, prayers, petitions, and praises to God.
                d. Praise is perhaps the one thing humanity can offer to God that God cannot offer to Himself, and which God cannot extract from us.

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Why the Church of Christ

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.

Why the Church of Christ Final

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Bare bones outline – His Own Blood

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)

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A little "self" promotion on a post about "selfies"

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.

#sermon-outline, #spiritual-analogies

Apostasy Acrostic

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)

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A good outline about the change that biblical repentance produces

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

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Great little outline about resisting the world’s push to conform

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)

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