New site for sermon and class outlines

You might be interested in a new website for outlines, ideas, and seeds for sermons and Bible classes, with a different twist, called Sermon Lines. So far, an introduction and an outline have been posted.

Disclosure: I am, er, involved in this particular site.

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Mother’s Day sermon: ‘Because I said so’


This was our lesson last Sunday for Mother’s Day in outline form.

John Henson
Grand Blanc Church of Christ
4028 E. Hill Rd.
Grand Blanc, MI 48439

#mothers-day, #sermon-outlines

Use of Roman numerals in (sermon) outlines

Does anybody use Roman numerals in outlines any more, for sermons or for school papers? (Do schools or colleges require papers any more?)

Seems like, on the web anyway, they’ve gone out of style, like the KJV. I’m happy to see them go, I think. But it does give one less option for distinguishing subpoints.

I was thinking about this as I saw an outline today, and it reminded me that does away with the numbered, lettered outline altogether, for an organic approach. Now that’s a new species altogether!

So do you do Roman numerals still? (Can anybody still count in Roman numerals? In Latin?)


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How to end a letter in a great way: 1 Thessalonians 5.12-28

Here’s an outline for 1 Thessalonians 5.12-28, significantly adapted for English, that I’ve been using the last couple of weeks in our Sunday Bible study in Taubaté. An amazing close to this letter which may well be the first document of the New Testament to have been written. The version used here is the NET Bible.

  1. Christian workers and Christian work (12-15).
    At the same time that Paul wants us to honor Christian workers (vv. 12-13, with three honors by the saints [acknowledge, preside, be at peace], matching three activities of the workers [labor, preside, admonish]), he reminds us, with action verbs (admonish, comfort, help, be patient, pursue), that the work of Christ belongs to all (v. 14-15). The two facets of the section are marked by the similar phrases: “we ask you, brothers and sisters” (v. 12) and “we urge you, brothers and sisters” (v. 14).
  2. Eight final imperatives (vv. 16-22).
    Paul gives eight “rapid-fire commands”/1 as he crowds in his last counsels. Three blanket words (always, constantly, everything) on performing the will of God (vv. 16-18) lead to five means of preserving the truth of God (vv. 19-22). The first three deal with right disposition, or attitudes, the second five, with right doctrine, or teaching.
  3. Final prayer (vv. 23-24).
    Paul closes with a prayer (as he has closed each major section of the letter) for peace, purity, and preservation (v. 23), a prayer that he knows God will answer (v. 24).
  4. Goodbye (vv. 25-28).
    a. Paul’s request for prayer shows the reciprocity (“one another”) of the kingdom (v. 25).
    b. A holy greeting to all shows the reality, or genuineness, of our kingdom relationships (v. 26).
    c. Reading the letter to all shows the responsibility of the kingdom’s subjects (v. 27).
    d. Ending the letter with the same grace mentioned at the beginning shows the resources of the kingdom (v. 28).

1/ V. M. Smiles, “The First Letter to the Thessalonians,” in David Durkin, ed., New Collegeville Bible Commentary: NT (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008): 665.

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A Faithful Servant & His Faithful Lord

MackvilleChurchI  preached this  message on  Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Mackville Church of Christ in Mackville, KY.  I also preached it  at CherryStreet Church of Christ in New Albany, IN that night

A Faithful Servant  (PDF)

Audio of message


#audio-sermons, #enoch, #genesis, #sermon-outlines, #walking-with-god

Short Sermon Outline for Genesis 3

I found this short outline the other day while cleaning out my work truck. I honestly don’t know if I heard this somewhere or if it’s one I made from scratch because I often find old idea “scratchings” that I’ve written down on little pieces of paper all over the place. It’s only a very short and rough outline but I think you should be able to apply the verses and the needed information to make it a full sermon or class outline.

The “Fall” in the Garden:

Adam and Eve Fell for it (The Lie)

Adam and Eve Fell in it (The Snare)

Adam and Eve Fell from it (The Relationship)

#adam-and-eve, #garden-of-eden, #sermon-outline, #sermon-outlines, #sin, #the-fall

Sermon after Aurora shooting

Neal Pollard mentioned on the Forthright Radio podcast yesterday, and posted on Facebook as well, his changed sermon for this morning, as he wrote, to “address a shaken Denver-area community:”

“Getting From Dark Night To Bright Morning”

Text: Heb. 6:11-19


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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (7)

Here’s a Sermon Outline for Proverbs 3. Again, I’m giving you the “bare bones” but it’s a great and rich chapter with a ton of potential. Follow the “points” I make and you’ll see the point the scriptures are teaching.

These are the promises of a wise parent – We can’t promise our children everything, but we can promise these when wisdom is followed.

Verses 1-2: A Fulfilling Life

Verses 3-4: A Respectable Life

Verses 5-6: A Direction in Life

Verses 7-8: A Healthy Humility

Verses 9-10: True Investments

Verses 11-12: A Perfect Father

Verses 13-18: An Attainable Goal

Verses 19-20: A Meaning in Life

Verses 21-26: A Clean Conscience

Verses 27-30: A Legacy of Good

Verses 31-35: A Salvation from God

Follow the flow correctly, and you’ll get no less than 2 sermon or class outlines from this, if not many more. God bless in your efforts to preach, teach and serve God.

#parenting, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #sermon-outlines, #teaching-aide, #wisdom

Precious Lord Stand by Me From the Cradle to the Grave

Here’s a sermon outline for Psalm 71. These are only “bare bone” points, but if you take them and read the Psalm you’ll see that there are wonderful little nuggets of preaching points and truth all through out it.

Verses 1-4: Please Stay With Me

Verses 5-8: People Can Tell You’re With Me

Verses 9-12: I Don’t Know What I’ll Do If You’re Not With Me

Verses 13-18: I Will Tell Others That You Are With Me

Verses 19-21: Be With Me Through The Highs And Lows

Verses 22-24: Thank You For Being With Me

I wrote the “main points” from the point of view of the writer speaking toward God. To me personally, verses 13-21 are a very rich place in the Psalm with multiple points within them that can apply to various areas of life. Not to mention, if you use the song that I referenced in the post title, it will fit wonderfully! I hope you find this useful for personal study or for public use.

#god, #psalms, #sermon-outlines, #teaching-aide

“Proverbs are the Piths” (3)

Proverbs 2:6-9 packs a punch when it comes to the unique source of wisdom that the Bible contains.

The Bank of Wisdom located in Heaven is a bank that is too big to fail for several reasons!

1 – It receives its funds from the mouth of God (vs.6). Where does all wisdom, knowledge and understanding come from? Solomon says it comes from the mouth of God. Wisdom is literally God breathed! Hmmm…haven’t I read about something else being God-breathed before? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

2 – God makes the deposits (vs.7). He is literally the storehouse/a bank of wisdom whose account never runs dry. The more you study His word, the more “funds” we find! Many will never “withdrawal from this free account” because they fail to understand its value (1 Corinthians 2).

3 – God protects the account Himself (vs. 7b-8). He is His own FDIC guarantee! He is the shield, the guardian and the one who preserves and protects the value of godly wisdom from the ever-increasing (inflationary one might say) ignorance and stubbornness of mankind’s hearts and minds toward the word of God.

4 – The investment in the bank of wisdom pays out great interest (vs. 9). In fact, Solomon tells his son that it’s in his own best interest to keep this account open! It pays out righteousness, justice and equity because it leads the investor to every good path in life. Why do men and women suffer evil, ignorance, injustice and heartache? Because we don’t listen to our Creator, and we try to make our “bank account and paths” in life work out (Jeremiah 10:23). The problem is that we always end up broke spiritually!

God pays the price and He makes the investments that we can’t afford, and may we have the wisdom it takes to recognize it (2 Corinthians 8:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).

Brothers, that’ll preach if you add a little more meat to the bones; you can bank on it.

#banking, #bible, #god, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #sermon-outlines, #wisdom

“Proverbs are the Piths” (1)

Here’s a short outline for Proverbs 1…it’ll preach if you know what I mean!

I gave it the title: Meet Ms.Wisdom and the Listening Band

Listen To This and Win – vs. 1-7

Listen to Your Parents – vs. 8-9

Do Not listen to Sinful Friends – vs. 10-19

Listen to Ms.Wisdom – vs. 20-27

Don’t End Up Wishing You Had Listened – vs. 28-33

#listening, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #sermon-outlines, #wisdom

The Condition of the Erring

  • Overtaken In A Fault Galatians 6:1
  • A Sheep Who Has Gone Astray Isaiah 53:6; Luke 15:3-7
  • A Disciple Who Has Lost His Saltiness Matthew 5:14
  • A Disciple Whose Light Has Gone Out Matthew 5:14-16
  • Unprepared To Enter Heaven Matthew 25:1-13
  • Unprofitable Matthew 25:14-30
  • An Unfruitful Branch To Be Burned John 15:6
  • Gall Of Bitterness And Bond Of Iniquity Acts 8:21-23
  • The Erring Is In Danger Of The Second Death. James 5:19-20
  • Latter Worse From Beginning 2 Peter 2:20-22
  • Fallen Revelation 2:5
  • Left First Love Revelation 2:4; Matthew 24:12-13

-This Appeared in a Bulletin from Louisiana, dated July, 1963 (Author: Unknown)


#erring, #sermon-outlines

New Web Site: Shelbyville Sermons

Please  check out “Shelbyville Sermons.”     Please  share this link with others. If you want  some more info on the  site, send me a  message (Larry Miles)

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The Christian’s bread and butter

By the phrase “bread and butter” is meant the essential elements or mainstay of the Christian life. The latter term, “mainstay,” is defined as “a central cohesive source of support and stability.” Those are good thoughts for this list.

These are the beginnings of a sermon series. It might work also for a new convert study. The focus, as can be seen from a glance, is God and what he offers the disciple of Christ. They’re in no certain order.

  1. To do the will of God.
  2. To edify the church of God.
  3. To obey the Word of God.
  4. To proclaim the gospel of God.
  5. To glorify the name of God.
  6. To ask the blessing of God.
  7. To depend upon the grace of God.

Might I have overlooked something? What could be added?

#christian-life, #essential-christian-elements, #new-convert-study, #sermon-outlines

Attitudes Toward Attendance

I’ve been a negligent fellow of late, and I’m working on that, but Randal’s suggested preaching brethren post their sermon for tomorrow.  Mine is on “Attitudes Toward Attendance” – main points are (1) Attendance is a reflection of attitude, (2) Attendance is a reflection of priorities, & (3) What should we do about attendance problems?  My plan is to focus on the fact that attendance is not the problem; it is merely a symptom of a greater spiritual illness.

#preaching, #sermon-outlines