Preaching Outline, Letter to the Romans, Chapter 15, Message 7

The Letter to the Romans, chapter 15 Message 7

In these messages on chapter 15, we have seen the –
I. Identification with the Lord. 15:1-7
II. Interdependence in the Lord. 15:8-12
III. Intercession to the Lord. 15:13
IV. Interest in the church. Romans 15:14-29
Last week we saw that Paul began his concluding remarks with these –
A. Encouraging words. Romans 15:14
1. Filled with goodness.
2. Filled with knowledge. Paul commended them –
3. Filled with care.
Following these encouraging words, Paul set forth –
B. Explanatory words. Romans 15:15-29

1. Duty of ministry. Romans 15:15,16

Paul was dedicated to his service unto the Lord in the ministry to the Gentiles –

“…that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”

His desire was that the church would honour God, bringing glory to the Lord –

Ephesians 5:26-27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

2. Diligence in ministry. Romans 15:17-21
a. The mandate received from the Lord. 15:17

Paul stated “…I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ…” because the Lord gave him the ministry and he was faithful to the call of God!

b. The ministry rehearsed to the church. 15:18-22
1). His integrity. 15:18a
“…I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me…”

2). His intention. 15:18b-21

a). To preach with power. 15:18b-19a
b). To present the Gospel to those that had never heard. 15:19b-21

Tonight we will finish the study of chapter 15 We see that Paul –

3. Desired to involve them in the work. Romans 15:22-24

a. Further the ministry of the Gospel. “…having no more place in these parts…”

It was most important that they be involved in missions, getting out the gospel to all the world! The church in Rome would be the launching point of the Gospel being preached in the West.

b. Finance the ministry of the Gospel. “…be brought on my way thitherward by you…”

3 John 6,7 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.

The truth John wrote in his third epistle is universal in the ministry of missions

3 John 8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

Which leads us to –

c. Fellowship in the ministry “…if I first be filled with your company.”

This is the theme presented throughout the ministry of the Word to the World – the churches, none having dominion over the other, but all having a partnership with one another – a fellowship –

2 Corinthians 8:3-5 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
Philippians 1:3-5 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
The fellowship, working together in carrying out the commandments of the Lord,
Matthew 28:18-20, is a true partnership in the Lord with everyone involved receiving the blessings of God through obedience to His Will. Paul did not want any church to miss out on this opportunity to serve the Lord –

Philippians 4:15-17 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

As we near the conclusion of this letter to the church in Rome, it is important for us to know that the doctrinal instruction set forth is not simply a document for theological study, but is God’s Word to unite them in truth, provoke them to obedience, and propel them into all the world carrying out the command of God “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”.

4. Delayed by obligations. Romans 15:25-27

Paul had challenged the churches to help the saints in Judea and was preparing the offering to be delivered to them as noted in his letter to the church at Corinth

1 Corinthians 16:1-4 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.

5. Determined to visit. Romans 25:28,29

Romans 15:28-29 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
Paul was convinced that, even though he believed trouble would come to him in Jerusalem, God would send him to Rome and then, with their help, onto Spain. Rome held power over the countries to the west, even unto Britain. Rome controlled Spain and a large community of Jews dwelt there. Paul was enthusiastic in his desire to take the gospel to these people who lived in darkness.
Did Paul make the journey to Rome? No Biblical account of this ministry is given, but Clement of Rome wrote about 35 year after the death of Paul –
“Through envy Paul, too, showed by example the prize that is given to patience: seven times was he cast into chains; he was banished; he was stoned; having become a herald, both in the East and in the West, he obtained the noble renown due to his faith; and having preached righteousness to the whole world, and having come to the extremity of the West, and having borne witness before rulers, he departed at length out of the world, and went to the holy place, having become the greatest example of patience.”
V. Imploring their partnership in prayer. Romans 15:30-33
Paul asked the church in Rome to pray for him in earnest (strive together with me) that he may come to them according to the will of God. This needs to be our desire, that we will fulfil the will of God in our lives.

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Preaching Outline, Letter to the Romans Chapter 15, Message 6

Romans chapter 15, Message 6

In these messages on chapter 15, we have seen the –
I. Identification with the Lord. 15:1-7
II. Interdependence in the Lord. 15:8-12
III. Intercession to the Lord. 15:13
IV. Interest in the church. Romans 15:14-29
Last week we saw that Paul began his concluding remarks with these –
A. Encouraging words. Romans 15:14
1. Filled with goodness.
2. Filled with knowledge. Paul commended them –
3. Filled with care.
Following these encouraging words, Paul set forth –
B. Explanatory words. Romans 15:15-29

1. Duty of ministry. Romans 15:15,16

Paul was dedicated to his service unto the Lord in the ministry to the Gentiles –

“…that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”

His desire was that the church would honour God, bringing glory to the Lord –

Ephesians 5:26-27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Tonight we will see what he wrote about –

2. Diligence in ministry. Romans 15:17-21

a. The mandate received from the Lord. 15:17

Paul stated “…I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ…” because the Lord gave him the ministry and he was faithful to the call of God!

Acts 26:14-18 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

b. The ministry rehearsed to the church. 15:18-22

1). His integrity. 15:18a

He would not claim for himself the work of others. The testimony of the churches spoke for him and he had no need to build himself up –

“…I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me…”

Many had been saved and churches had been established which would carry on the evangelization of the world from their locations outward, following the pattern which the Lord set forth as recorded in Acts 1:8 – begin where you are and reach out into all the world.

2). His intention. 15:18b-21

a). To preach with power. 15:18b-19a

“…to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, through signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God…”

b). To present the Gospel to those that had never heard. 15:19b-21

“…so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.”

Paul explained that the ministry did not originate in his mind or the desire of his heart, or even the dangers of remaining in the area of Jerusalem. This ministry to the world was commanded by God and prophesied by Isaiah –

Isaiah 52:13-15 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

Paul was sent forth by the Lord to exalt His name among the Gentiles. The message was not what the people would expect, thinking that power is always manifested in celebrity. The King came as the Servant, a thing unexpected by men. He had preached the gospel and churches had been established that would continue to evangelize throughout their areas. He was now free to venture further to the West, Rome and beyond –

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Preaching Outline, Letter to the Romans Chapter 15, Message 5

Romans chapter 15, message 5

In these message on chapter 15, we have seen the –
I. Identification with the Lord. 15:1-7
II. Interdependent in the Lord. 15:8-12
III. Intercession to the Lord. 15:13
Tonight we turn to the –

IV. Interest in the church. Romans 15:14-29

Paul began his concluding remarks with these –

A. Encouraging words. Romans 15:14

He shared his heartfelt estimation (“…I myself also am persuaded…) of the people (…brethren…). He held this respect for them prior to writing this letter to them as we can see from his comment in –

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

He had not visited Rome and knew them only through their reputation. Their testimony reported by others revealed that they were –

1. Filled with goodness.

In this letter to the church in Rome, he stated that, even though he did not know them personally, he believed the Holy Spirit had also been working in them for the glory of God. The testimony that he had heard was the same as the testimony that he had seen in many of the churches, such as the church in Galatia –

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

2. Filled with knowledge. Paul commended them –

The Jews provided a library of the knowledge of God and His will, as Paul reminded them in chapter 3, verse 2 “…that unto them were committed the oracles of God”. The Old Testament prophesied of the promised Messiah and the gospel identified Him, Jesus of Nazareth, and revealed the truth of their need of repentance and faith. They, both Jew and Gentile, continued to grow through preaching teaching, and above all, the Holy Spirit’s illumination of the Word guided them in truth.
3. Filled with care.

Goodness and knowledge are manifested in love for one another. We must realize, as they did, that we are able to teach one another. This is the responsibility and the privilege of the members in the church. Note that this is to be the common practice of churches, not just the church at Rome. Refer to the letter to the Colossians –

Colossians 3:12-17 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Notice the last statement “…giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” In other words, when the time comes to serve the Lord, do it willingly, gladly, thankfully! Serving God should never be a bother to us, something to complain about and wish someone else would do the work.

His desire in writing to them was to equip them that they would increase their goodness, knowledge and care, challenging them to continue teaching one another to grow in the Lord. This was the ministry of the Apostle, given by the Lord –

Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Following these encouraging words, Paul set forth –

B. Explanatory words. Romans 15:15-29

1. Duty of ministry. Romans 15:15,16

2 Peter 1:12-13 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;

Paul was dedicated to his service unto the Lord in the ministry to the Gentiles –

2 Corinthians 11:23-28 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

He revealed his love for the Lord in his purpose –

“…that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”

His desire was that the church would honour God, bringing glory to the Lord –

Ephesians 5:26-27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

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Preaching outline of The Letter to the Hebrews, Message 31

Hebrews Chapter Twelve is introduced by exhortations to the believers in order for them to accomplish God’s purpose in their lives. There was an –

A. Exhortation to Fearlessness. Hebrews 10:19-39 They were called to remain –
1. Confident. Hebrews 10:35
2. Patient. Hebrews 10:36,37
3. Faithful. Hebrews 10:38,39 This led directly to the –
B. Exhortation to Faithfulness. Hebrews 11:1-40
C. Exhortation to Fortitude. Hebrews 12:1-11

We have learned of the exhortations to fearlessness and faithfulness in this race. Now we are prepared to receive the –

D. Exhortation to Fidelity. Hebrews 12:12-13:17

1. The Meaning of Fidelity. Hebrews 12:12-17

The definition of fidelity is as follows:
accuracy, exactness, precision, correctness.

An example of fidelity is found in the church in Antioch –

Acts 11:21-26 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord
(because of God’s Word and God’s work in the lives of the people) .
Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem:
(They heard what others had seen)
and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
(looked for others to join in the work, to be a blessing and be blessed).
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Who were those people? They were ‘Christ ones’, having an ‘exactness’, a ‘correctness’, in their likeness of Jesus Christ. When people saw them, they saw “Christ in them”.

Paul told them to present Jesus to the world in their lives by being an example through –

a. Courage. Hebrews 12:12
‘Wherefore’, they were to remember the instruction they have received from the Lord – being coached in their running and corrected in their relationship. Paul challenged them to have courage, strengthening –

1). Their grip. “..lift up the hands which hang down…”

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

We are to listen to the Lord’s admonition –

Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Keep both hands on the plow,(lift up those hands and use them for the Lord!) your eyes on the Lord, not standing still but moving forward, which he speaks of next –

2). Their gait. “…the feeble knees…”

Paul instructed them to do as he was doing –

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

As they were strengthened in their courage, they were to be aware of their –

b. Conduct. Hebrews 12:13-17

1). Commitment – to the right way. 12:13

The description of this right way was given by the Lord –

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Remember that Jesus is the strait gate (the Door). This word used here “strait” does not mean the same as the word pronounced the same way “straight”. It is not like a straight line or made up of straight lines. It means that it is a tight fit. Whosoever believes in the Lord can enter in, but only one at a time. We get on the “narrow way”, the path of life, one person at a time. Once on this path, we begin our race as has been described by Paul in 12:1-4.

We are to –

a). Consider your way. “Make straight paths for your feet…”

“…make straight paths…” this means ‘wheel tracks’

Referring to –

Proverbs 4:25-26 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Knowing what you believe and where you are going! Know right doctrine –

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Then –

b). Consider others. “…lest that which is lame be turned out of the way…”

In our conduct having a commitment to the right way and also having –

2). Compassion – to help others. 12:13b,14

“…but rather let it be healed.”

How is this to be carried out? We learn that it takes –

3). Conviction – to know and teach the Truth. 12:15-17

“looking diligently…” overseeing, watching out for anything that will trip you up “trouble you”

There are those like Esau who had little respect or value for God and His will.

They look at the Lord and His as church something to –

a). Treat – come to church to receive a reward
b). Trade – when a thing they value appears (pottage)
c). Take – tonic for an ailing life

The five thousand were not seeking food when they came to Jesus in the wilderness. The four friends were not seeking healing for their friend, they were seeking salvation for him (the healing was for the benefit of others that they would know that the Lord did have power to forgive sins). As a matter for the record, Jesus told many that they should not tell others what He had done for them! He was not using gimmicks to gather a crowd.

Do not get this wrong! God does reward His children, and God does supply their needs, and God does heal spiritually, emotionally, and physically – but what if He did not? Would you leave the Lord if none of these blessings were given? Would we be like Esau, envious and angry with others, seeking what they have in order to consume it upon his own lusts?

Do you consider the church as a place to receive a treat, to trade for a favour, or a tonic for your health, or do you consider the church a –

d). Treasure.

Is the Lord precious to you today?
Is the Lord’s church precious to you today?

Are you a ‘Christ-One”? Does your life have an ‘exactness’, a ‘correctness’ presenting a likeness of Jesus?

Can you say with Peter today –

1 Peter 1:18-23 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

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Preaching Outline of the Letter to the Hebrews, Message 30

The Letter to the Hebrews Message 30

C. Exhortation to Fortitude. Hebrews 12:1-11 Because of –

1. Their Fellowship. 12:1-3 (Fortitude to run the race)
a. The Participants.
b. The Preparation. To put away –
c. The Pace. Practical guide to long distance runners.
d. The Purpose. 12:2,3
2. Their Future. 12:4 “…not yet resisted unto blood…”

Today we look at the exhortation to –

3. Their Faith. Hebrews 12:5-11
(Fortitude to accept the correction as faithful children)
They needed to –

a. Remember God’s Word. Hebrews 12:5,6

The recipients of this letter would immediately recognize the Scripture Paul quoted and understand that the Lord does discipline His people. Their knowledge of His Word and His actions in the history of Israel would convince them of the justice of God –

Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Israel had been chastened for their sin and were, as children are when they receive a punishment, hurt, sad and crying. Note the psalmist description of them in captivity –

Psalm 137:1-4 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?

And the love of God in restoring them –

Psalm 126:1-3 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

The chastening of God is for their good and for His glory. He will not allow those that bear His name bring shame to Him!

We should be convinced that God will correct His children. Knowing this is true Paul wanted them to –

b. Review their relationship. Hebrews 12:7,8

1). The evidence of your relationship is in the interaction between the Father and the child. The pattern of this interaction is followed in the church through the instruction of Paul to Pastor Timothy –

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

The child of God understands that while the chastening of God is not pleasant at the time, it is a proof of we are the sons of God!

Hebrews 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

2). The evidence that you are not a child of God is when you can live unto yourself and willingly sin without receiving any correction from God.

Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

If you feel that this is the case, you receive no correction from God for your sins, you need to refer to –

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

The world has no understanding of Scriptural truth and so has no ability to receive instruction in righteousness. Their need is conviction of the need of salvation.

c. Reverence the Lord. Hebrews 12:9-11

Do you realize that there are some children that actually get angry with their parents for correcting them?

They Plead –

Proverbs 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

They Pout
They Protest – slamming doors, stomping feet, clinching fists.
They Plot – I will just run away

What should they do? They should be Pentitent – repentant and seeking forgiveness from God.

What we should do? Submit to God and obey Him.

Remember the warnings given in Scripture –

David lost his children because he refused to correct and to chasten them.

1 Kings 1:5-6 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.

You would have thought that David would have heard the stories told by Samuel and Eli the priest and the destruction that came on his family because he refused to correct his sons –

1 Samuel 3:12-13 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

Please do not get this wrong in your minds – we should want the correction from the Lord in our lives because it keeps us from serious consequences which we bring on our selves.

Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Do you want the peace of God to rule in your heart?

Listen to Him through His Word.
Learn from Him and obey.
Live out your life to His glory.
Thank Him because He loves us enough to correct us.

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Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message 29

Letter to the Hebrews Message 29

Hebrews Chapter Twelve is introduced by two exhortations to the believers in order for them to accomplish God’s purpose in their lives. There was an –

A. Exhortation to Fearlessness. 10:19-39

They were called to remain –

1. Confident. 10:35
2. Patient. 10:36,37
3. Faithful. 10:38,39 This led directly to the –

B. Exhortation to Faithfulness. 11:1-40 Today knowing the exhortations to fearlessness and faithfulness, we are prepared to receive the –

C. Exhortation to Fortitude. 12:1-11 courage, strength, perseverance. Because of –

1. Their Fellowship. 12:1-3
(Fortitude to run the race)

a. The Participants. 12:1a …great cloud of witnesses…” These are not spectators (theata), but are those that have finished their course and are a testimony to others, (marturon). They have run the race, finished their course, and are watching how we run. We need to understand that this race is not a marathon, but a relay race. We are part of a team and are responsible to complete our race while including and encouraging others to continue after us – handing off the baton to keep the race going.

We are instructed to prepare ourselves to run the race .

b. The Preparation. 12:1b To put away –

1). Encumbrances. Weights Refer to –

1 Corinthians 9:25-26 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: (His punches are thrown carefully in order to hit the mark)

2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

2). Entrapments. 12:1c “…and the sin…” Refer to –

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the Devil, who are taken captive by him at his will”

Do not be deceived, the Devilis close by and is paying attention to you –

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

If we are to run this race well, we must not let Satan send us on a detour, but we must stay close to the Lord –

James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

c. The Pace. 12:1d Practical guide to long distance runners.

1). Stay focused. “…let us run…” To keep on running
2). Maintain good form. “…with patience…”
3). Know the course. “…the race that is set before us…”

d. The Purpose. 12:2,3 We must follow –

1). The pattern. 12:2,3 Refer to –

Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

He ran alone at times, never stopping even when we stopped –

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Jesus sets the pace for each one of us and we should follow Him!

We should seek –

2). The Prize. “The Joy…”
“…and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

John 17:4-5 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

How, by looking unto Jesus – to finish as He finished!

2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The Exhortation to fortitude because of –

2. Their Future. 12:4 “…not yet resisted unto blood…”
(Fortitude to face the opponent)

We may ask ourselves, do I have the fearlessness, faith, and fortitude to be the witness for the Lord Jesus Christ now, at this time?

What have I done, and – I have not even had to resist unto blood!

I do not know what I will do when the time comes, but I know what I would like to believe I would do.
Will you pray for us, that we will be fearless, faithful, and finish our course with joy?
Will you pray for each other?
Will you pray for yourself?
Remember the Lord, the death, burial, and resurrection! Victory in Jesus.

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Preaching Outline – Letter to the Hebrews Message 28

The Letter to the Hebrews Message 28
C. Examples of faithfulness. Hebrews 11:4-40
We looked at the –
1. Worship in faith – Able. Hebrews 11:4 “…offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice…God testifying of his gifts…”
2. Walk in faith – Enoch. Hebrews 11:5
3. Work in faith – Noah. Hebrews 11:7
4. Witnesses to faith. Hebrews 11:8-

And last week we began to look at the –

5. Worth of Faith. Hebrews 11:32-40 Nothing in this world of matching value!

a. Powerful faith. Read Romans 11:32-34

1). Failings – they were imperfect men called by God.

These are men whose failures identified their humanity, whose repentance identified their humility, and whose faith identified God working in their lives – redeeming them, rebuking them, reproving them, and restoring them. David revealed the bitterness brought forth by the chastening hand of God when he cried –
Psalm 51:1-3 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Confession and cry for God’s working in his life –

Psalm 51:9-13 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Today we should begin by remembering the words of God through Peter –

2 Peter 3:17-18 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

God uses imperfect men, but do not settle for imperfection, saying “this is just who I am”.

We should say I want the Lord to warn me of sin, to guide me in righteousness, and to protect me from making the wrong decisions these saints made! I want to have faith that guides me away from and overcomes failures and leads me on to the glory of God. We should look at the results of their –

2). Faith – they relied upon God to achieve His purpose. Hebrews 11:33,34

The Lord led Paul to name these men and put them in the forefront of millions of men and women standing as far as we can see in Heaven and, now across the world. He set forth examples so that we can understand how these faithful saints of God have been witnesses for Him. We see in our minds David ‘subduing kingdoms’, Samuel ‘demanding righteousness’, ‘the mouths of lions’ stopped as they move around Daniel, the three Hebrews – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as ‘the violence of the fire was quenched around them’ and unnamed multitudes who “Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.”

Paul explained through this statement that all of us can have a part in the wonderful hall of faith if we give ourselves over to God. God used these men to accomplish His purposes in establishing His nation and God will use us to establish His church!

Are you willing to be a part of accomplishing His will?

We are also challenged to have –

b. Persistent faith. Romans 11:35-38

1). Extraordinary faith. 11:35a To believe that God will do the impossible!
“Women received their dead raised to life again…”

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17), Elisha and Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:34), Jesus and the Widow of Nain (Luke 7:15), Jesus and the widow of Nazareth (John 20:19; Acts 1:14 “…and the mother of Jesus…”)
The Hebrews who received this letter knew the historical accounts of these Paul referred to. They had personal knowledge and were familiar with books such as First and Second Maccabees recorded the history of the Jews as they battled for freedom in the centuries before the Lord was born. The Second book of Maccabees records the strength of a mother whose six sons were tortured before her by the order of Antiochus Epiphanes, the Syrian King. They were commanded to defile themselves by eating pork and deny God, but they refused – choosing to die horrible deaths. At the last the mother was tortured and killed.

Paul appealed to the Jews understanding that faith often faces trials, even unto death, at times torturous deaths, and encouraged them to remain strong in the Lord.

Which also is –

2). Enduring faith. 11:35b-38 To believe that God’s grace is sufficient for the need. Hold on to the “…substance of things hope for…”

To some victory was in life, for others it was in death. Their faith was the evidence of their victory.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

It was a mystery, unknown to them, but their faith was the “…evidence of things not seen.”

Not only a Powerful faith, a Persistent faith, but also a –

c. Patient faith. Romans 11:39,40
The Old Testament saints waited upon the Lord, not losing faith because of persecution and death – they trusted in God that they will be with Him in the end of things –

Micah 7:7-9 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

God had given them the promises (the Covenants), the Law, The Prophets, but they were not complete until the fulfillment of the promise of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, was completed.

These all trusted God, looking for His promise, the Messiah. Those reading this letter have so much more than they did, because we not only know the Saviour, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit! They did not turn back and we should not turn back either! Why? Because God’s grace is sufficient for all things we might face in life!

Will we determine with the Apostle Paul –

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Are you saved? You may say today, “I need to clean up my life first”. If you could clean up your life and satisfy the righteousness of God in doing so, Jesus would not have died for us!

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

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