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  • J. Randal Matheny 5:42 am on 2016-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • John Henson 11:54 am on 2014-05-16 Permalink | Reply
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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

    • kenandjean92 1:36 pm on 2014-05-16 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, for re-posting your lesson. I couldn’t get to open on your earlier post. Looks like a really good lesson wished I could have heard it. Ken

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:23 am on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply
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    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 SermonTree.com 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?)


    • Mike Glenn 8:57 am on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

      Still use them (of course I’m old) and can still read them in numbers. The biggest problem in outlines is that they take so much room if you use points above 10 (I never do).

      • J. Randal Matheny 9:01 am on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

        Mike, from your emails which I receive, for young people, I didn’t visualize you as being an old guy. ūüôā

    • Dave Rogers 10:06 am on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

      I still use them as well (does that make me old, too?). ‘Don’t really know if it’s a case of “old habits die hard” or if it’s just that it makes the main sermon points stand out better (along with bold type and red ink!), but I find my lesson and sermon outlines easier to visualize when they’re numbered this way (more “visualization” = less looking down at my notes and better eye contact with the congregation). The corollary to Roman numerals is that my outlines are actually alpha-numeric, so the Roman numerals typically only appear as the main points.

    • Scott Wiley 10:31 am on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

      I still use them. I find they help keep the outlines better organized. I get the comment about ‘organic’ but for general use, in sorting out info w/out having to dig it out of a paragraph or essay, outlining / bullets / etc. are the way to go, until someone finds something better.

    • Harold 11:46 am on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

      I still use Roman numerals in full block outline. And I print my lessons in booklet forms for those in attendance to take home and search the scriptures (as the Bereans) to make sure my lessons are from God’s Word. Most of my lessons are exegetical.

      • J. Randal Matheny 11:48 am on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

        We’d be interested in hearing how you do the booklets, what process, programs, etc., you use.

        • Harold 12:02 pm on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

          I prepare my lessons in WordPerfect. I make a copy after I have finished the outline. The copy I use in the pulpit remains in 8.5 X 11 format and I insert the scripture references into it to save the time of having to look them up. The second copy I format into booklet form, it is the same copy I am preaching from but without the references printed out. They can take the lesson home and look up the references and restudy the lesson if they want.

          • J. Randal Matheny 12:11 pm on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

            I didn’t know WordPerfect was still out there. I used it way back when, loved it.

            Thanks for the info. Others might be inspired to do this. Do you distribute before or after the sermon? Do people have it in hand as they follow you along?

            I’m a believer in tracts, which you’re booklet turns out to be, of a sort. Even in the digital age.

    • John Henson 12:13 pm on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

      I still use Roman numerals for main points. Since I only need I, II, III, it isn’t a major problem.

    • Michael Summers 1:08 pm on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

      I still use them occasionally (and of course the Super Bowls are still enumerated in that fashion), although I like the organic outline better.

    • Eugene Adkins 1:17 pm on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

      I used to use Roman Numerals when I first started preaching because of a required sermon outline for a class at the Nashville School of Preaching. Before that I never even knew how to make a “proper” outline so I learned by looking at the ones in Tom Holland’s sermon outline books which uses Roman numerals. Over time I quit using them and started adapting things to my own order which is usually:

      1. Main Point in all caps and bold
      Sub Point in all caps
      Solid Bullet Points for supporting lines
      Empty Bullet Points for conversation text and scriptures

      It took me a while to get to this way of doing an outline but it helps cut down on the clutter of numbers (Roman or otherwise) and letters than can happen from putting together a more complex topic sermon.

    • Harold "Junior" Bruggen 9:20 pm on 2013-06-07 Permalink | Reply

      I distribute the lesson before the lesson so they can follow along, and then they have it to take home for further study. I tend to do series lessons, so if they keep them they would have a pretty good commentary on the subject.

    • Joe Slater 11:52 am on 2013-06-08 Permalink | Reply

      In sermon outlines I still use Roman numerals under which are subpoints, A. 1. a. 1) etc. Helps me make certain I’m staying on point & organized.

  • J. Randal Matheny 9:44 pm on 2013-05-05 Permalink | Reply
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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 Taubat√©. 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.

  • Larry Miles 10:35 am on 2013-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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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


  • Eugene Adkins 6:28 am on 2012-08-24 Permalink | Reply
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    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)

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:55 pm on 2012-07-22 Permalink | Reply
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    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


    • Ron Thomas 5:19 am on 2012-07-23 Permalink | Reply

      Mine was also changed. I preached on “WHY?” It was received well.

      • J. Randal Matheny 6:45 am on 2012-07-23 Permalink | Reply

        Might want to share it here on TFR or elsewhere, Ron.

        • Ron Thomas 7:03 am on 2012-07-23 Permalink | Reply

          I haven’t given any thought to it actually. The audio will be online, I suspect, by Wednesday or Thursday (sent to Larry Miles who post for us). I will post a brief o/l like you did with Neal’s.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:42 am on 2012-07-02 Permalink | Reply
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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.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:36 am on 2012-06-29 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:49 am on 2012-06-22 Permalink | Reply
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    “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.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:46 am on 2012-06-20 Permalink | Reply
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    “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

    • J. Randal Matheny 7:47 am on 2012-06-20 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like a great chiasmus to me, Eugene! The central element would therefore be the main point, receive the emphasis. I like it!

  • Larry Miles 12:33 pm on 2012-06-03 Permalink | Reply
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    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)


  • Larry Miles 10:03 am on 2012-02-01 Permalink | Reply
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    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)

  • J. Randal Matheny 1:02 pm on 2011-08-17 Permalink | Reply
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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?

  • Chad Dollahite 4:18 pm on 2011-07-23 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

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