March 24, 2019 - Preaching and You, Week 3

Scripture Reading: John 7:1-13

Sermon Text: Various Verses

Sermon Title: "How to Hear Sermons Well (or How not to become an "ear-tickled" church)"

Outline:

Four fundamentals to practice so that you can listen to sermons well

1. Understand what you hear

2. Remember what you hear

3. Be rightly affected by what you hear

4. Sincerely practice what you hear

Posted on March 24, 2019 .

March 17, 2019 - Preaching and You, Week 2

Scripture Reading: John 6:59-71

Sermon Text: 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:1-2

Sermon Title: The Pastor's Charge

Outline:

Two non-negotiable commands for every faithful preaching ministry

1. Faithfully handle God's word (2 Tim 2:15)

2. Faithfully proclaim God's word (2 Tim 4:1-2)

Posted on March 18, 2019 .

March 10, 2019 - Preaching and You

Scripture Reading: John 6:41-58

Sermon Title: "The Pastor's Character"

Sermon Text: Selected Scriptures

Outline:

Four considerations for a faithful preaching ministry.

1. Prerequisites

2. Expectations

3. Threats

4. Outcomes

Posted on March 11, 2019 .

March 3, 2019 - Luke 9:46-50

Scripture Reading: John 6:30-40

Sermon Text: Luke 9:46-50

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Greatness

Outline:

Two lessons to constantly learn to serve in light of the Savior's greatness

1. Stop presuming you're something so great (46-48).

2. Stop presuming this is all about you (49-50).

Posted on March 4, 2019 .

February 24, 2019 - Luke 9:43-45

Scripture Reading: John 6:22-29

Sermon Text: Luke 9:37-45

Sermon Title: "Serving in Light of the Savior's Mission"

Outline:

Two lessons to constantly learn while serving in the Savior's mission

1. You can't do anything without Him (37-43a).

2. Therefore, humble yourself under His word (43b-45).

Posted on February 25, 2019 .

February 17, 2019 - Luke 9:37-43

Sermon Text: Luke 9:37-45

Sermon Title: "Serving in Light of the Savior's Mission"

Outline:

Two lessons to constantly learn while serving in the Savior's mission

1. You can't do anything without Him (37-43a).

2. Therefore, humble yourself under His word (43b-45).

Posted on February 20, 2019 .

February 10, 2019 - Colossians 2:6-7 + GBC's 50th Anniversary

Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:13-19

Sermon Text: Colossians 2:6-7

Sermon Title: The Stuff that Makes for an Enduring and Faithful Ministry

Outline: 

Two foundational convictions for an enduring and faithful ministry

1. Cling to the true Christ (6a)

2. Live in vital union with Christ (6b-7)

Posted on February 11, 2019 .

February 3, 2019 - Luke 9:28-36

Scripture Reading: John 6:16-21

Sermon Text: Luke 9:28-36

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Glory, Part 2

Sermon Outline:

Two contrasting approaches to Jesus' mission

1. Accomplish the appointed mission (28-31)

2. Avoid the appointed mission (32-36)

Posted on February 4, 2019 .

January 20, 2019 - Luke 9:27-36

Lord's Supper Today (no scripture reading)

Sermon Text: Luke 9:27-36

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Glory, Part 1

Outline:

Two contrasting approaches to Jesus' mission

1. Accomplish the appointed mission (28-31).

2. Avoid the appointed mission (32-36).

Posted on January 23, 2019 .

January 13, 2019 - Luke 9:24-26

Scripture Reading: John 5:30-47

Sermon Text: Luke 9:24-26

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Cross, Part 2

Outline:

Three divine ultimatums for following the Savior

1. Which Savior? (24)

2. Which gain? (25)

3. Which shame? (26)

Posted on January 16, 2019 .

January 6, 2019 - Luke 9:23

Scripture Reading: John 5:19-29

Sermon Text: Luke 9:23

Sermon Title: "Serving in Light of the Savior's Cross"

Outline:

Three requirements for following the Savior

1. His call requires your personal self-denial

2. His call requires your daily embrace of the end of yourself

3. His call requires your intentional pursuit of Him

Posted on January 6, 2019 .

December 30, 2018 - Luke 9:18-22

Scripture Reading: John 5:9b-18

Sermon Text: Luke 9:18-22

Sermon Title: Serving in Light of the Savior's Identity

Outline:

Three conclusions concerning the Savior's identity

1. God is behind this Man (18-19)

2. This Man is God's Chosen One (20)

3. This Man must Suffer (21-22)

Posted on December 30, 2018 .

December 23, 2018 - John 3:16

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 2:6-18

Sermon Text: John 3:16

Sermon Title: God's Love for a World of Enemies

Outline:

Three truths to understand about God's love for a world of enemies.

1. God's motivation is His love

2. The result is His gift

3. The purpose of His gift

Posted on December 24, 2018 .

December 16, 2018 - Luke 9:10-17

Scripture Reading: John 5:1-9

Sermon Text: Luke 9:10-17

Sermon Title: "Serving in Light of the Savior's Ability"

Outline:

Five basic principles of discipleship

1. Disciples follow a model (10-11)

2. Discipleship exposes personal weakness (12-14a)

3. Disciples obey God (14b-15)

4. Disciples depend upon God (16)

5. Disciples find the Savior abundantly able (17)

Posted on December 17, 2018 .

December 9, 2018 - Luke 9:7-9

Scripture Reading: John 4:43-54

Sermon Text: Luke 9:7-9

Sermon Title: "Unbelieving Reactions to the Savior's Ministry"

Outline:

Two confused reactions to the Savior's ministry

1. Opinionated unbelief (7-8)

2. Self-trusting unbelief (9)

Posted on December 10, 2018 .

December 2, 2018 - Luke 9:1-6

Scripture Reading: John 4:27-42

Sermon Text: Luke 9:1-6

Sermon Title: "Serving in the Light of the Savior's Commission

Outline:

Five Savior-given provisions for serving Him well

1. Sufficient equipment (1)

2. Clear direction (2)

3. Satisfying provision (3-4)

4. Sober preparation for rejection (5)

5. Faithful accomplishment (6)

Posted on December 3, 2018 .

November 25, 2018 - Luke 7-8

Scripture Reading: John 4:1-26

Sermon Text: Luke 7-8

Sermon Title: "Learning the Lessons of the Savior's School"

Outline:

Six lessons about Saving Faith taught in the Savior's School

1. Saving Faith recognizes Jesus’ authoritative word (7:1-10)

2. Saving Faith does not stumble over unmet expectations (7:11-23)

3. Saving Faith declares God to be right in His judgment  (7:24-35)

4. Saving Faith finds in Jesus the Perfect Savior  (7:36-8:3)

5. Saving Faith positively responds to God’s word  (8:4-21)

6. Saving Faith knows who is the only worthy object of faith  (8:22-56) 

Posted on November 25, 2018 .

November 18, 2018 - Luke 8:40-56

Scripture Reading: John 4:1-26

Sermon Text: Luke 8:40-56

Sermon Title: "Don't Fear, Only Believe"

Outline:

Two equal types of faith in Jesus' power to save

Setting the scene (40-42a)

1. Timid faith (42b-48)

2. Simple faith (49-56)

Posted on November 19, 2018 .