Showing posts with label wisdom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wisdom. Show all posts

19 September 2018

Ephesians 1:15-23



A1 Scripture
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23, NKJV)
A2 Outline: Paul's Prayer
B1 Cause
C1 Heard of their faith in the Lord Jesus
C2 Their love for all the people of God
B2 Effect
C1 Unceasing thanks
C3 Unceasing prayer
D1 That God the Father
E1 God of our Lord Jesus
E2 Father of glory
D2 Would
E1 Give to them
F1 The spirit of wisdom
G1 Wisdom is thinking God’s way which results in acting God’s way.
G2 Ask: James 1:5 CSB - Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.
G3 Fools hate wisdom. They like their own better: Proverbs 1:7 NRSV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
G4 Wisdom is important in many ways: Proverbs 19:8 NKJV - He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
G5 If you want to know how great His wisdom is, look at the stunning designs in creation.
F2 The spirit of revelation. Some things He reveals to us
G1 Truth
G2 Our condition
G3 Convicts us of sin
G4 Encourages us
G5 Helps us to understand the Bible
G6 His great love for us
G7 Answers to prayer
G8 Wisdom for handling a situation we face
F3 Knowledge of Him
G1 The longer you know someone, the better you know them.
G2 Knowing God is reading, studying the Bible, praying, fellowship with other believers, and time.
E2 Cause understanding be enlightened
E3 May know the hope of His calling
E4 What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
E5 What is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe
F1 His power
G1 Mighty
G2 Showed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ
G3 Showed by sitting Jesus Christ at His right hand in the heavenly places (heaven)
H1 Far above all
I1 Principality
I2 Power
I3 Might
I4 Dominion
I5 Every day that is named
J1 In this age
J2 And in the age to come
H2 All things under His feet (Jesus is Lord of all)
H3 Head over all things to the Church (congregation)
I1 Which is His body
I2 The fullness of Him who fills all in all
F2 (...towards us who believe)
B3 Applications
C1 Remember to pray
C2 Remember to be thankful
C3 Remember to increase in knowledge—Bible knowledge
C4 Rest in unfathomable strength and grace

22 August 2018

James 3


A3 Chapter 3

B1 Teachers
C1 This is teachers who teach the Christian faith.
C2 They must know the Gospel, Christian doctrine, and the Christian life.
C3 If a teacher teaches falsehood, God will judge.
C4 We should be careful to know the truth.
C5 We must interpret the Bible, read the Bible, and study the Bible in its plain, normal sense.
B2 Speech James 3:1-12
C1 What we say can be very dangerous. Our tongue cannot be tamed.
C2 The perfect man is one who is a mature Christian.
D1 Perfect has the sense of complete.
D2 In this case, complete in holiness in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
D3 Verses
E1 Matthew 5:48 CSB - Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
E2 1 John 4:18 CSB - There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love.
C3 The Lord Jesus is the only one who is sinless and perfect..
C4 Some things:
D1 Lying VS truth
D2 Verbal abuse VS encouragement
D3 Foolishness VS wisdom
D4 Babbling VS quiet
B3 The life that the Lord Jesus wants of us is a life of wisdom towards others. James 3:13
C1 Words and self opinions may be OK.
C2 The truth is seen in actions, not just words.
C3 The Lord Jesus lived as He preached. Hebrews 13:8 CSB - Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
B4 Four things that we are NOT to have James 3:14
C1 Bitter envy The word has to do with zeal, a hot, angry jealousy, emotional passion for something. Our zeal must be for God and His ways, not for us and our ways. Notice that this and selfish ambition are a heart issue: Matthew 15:19 GNB For from your heart come the evil ideas which lead you to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others.
C2 Selfish ambition The Greek word implies a politician running for office making statements to get elected. These appear to be promises and truth but are not.
C3 Bragging which has the idea of having something, say an ability or talent, and shamelessly bragging about it. This bragging and lying is to oppose, negate, and hinder truth. It is implying that what I believe is truth rather than truth (reality).
C4 Lie against the truth An example of this is Paul: Acts 26:8-9 CSB - "Why do any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? "In fact, I myself was convinced that it was necessary to do many things in opposition to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
B5 Different kinds of wisdom James 3:15-18
C1 Worldly wisdom James 3:15-16
D1 This is the type of wisdom, philosophy, debate, argument, science, etc. against truth, especially the Christian faith. Some have left the faith from this “scholars.” 1 Timothy 6:20-21 NASB - O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge"-- which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.
D2 Labeled as earthly, sensual, devilish.
D3 Leads to
E1 Disorder
E2 Every type of evil
D4 This wisdom is foolish: 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 NKJV - Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; and again, "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.
C2 Godly wisdom James 3:17-18
D1 Facts, that is, based on God’s standards, truth, reality, and what is most reasonable. All these are in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
E1 God gives this wisdom: Proverbs 2:6 CSB - For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
E2 We need to ask from God: James 1:5 CSB - Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.
D2 We can read and study wisdom—The Bible
C3 Table of 2 sources of wisdom

Wisdom Not From Above
Wisdom From Above
Earthly
Spiritual
Impure
Pure
Bitter jealousy
Peaceful
Selfish ambition
Gentle
Bragging
Compassionate
Lying against the truth
Reasonable
Sensual
Merciful
Selfish ambition

Produces good results (in the things we do)
Demonic
No prejudice
Confusion
No hypocrisy
Evil deeds and actions
Righteous

B6 Application
C1 We need to be careful what we teach.
C2 The Bible is the only source of 100% truth.
C3 We need to pray for God’s help so we can watch what we say.
C4 We need God’s wisdom, so we ask and study the Bible and apologetics as Cold Case Christianity.

08 August 2018

Sermon Outline James Chapter 1

I won't be teaching Sunday School for awhile, because I resigned from teaching, so I thought I would post some sermon outlines I have done over the years.

The Epistle of James will be looked at for a few weeks.


A1 Chapter 1

B1 Introduction
C1 Self-description
D1 Servant of God
D2 Servant of Lord Jesus Christ
C2 Writing to the 12 tribes of Israel (the Christian, believing Jews, but it is applicable to all of us)
B2 Testing/Temptation (these are the trials of the Christian faith; but it may refer to the solicitation to sin, which is a trial)
C1 Attitude in: Joy
D1 Joy = cheerfulness, calmly happy
E1 An opportunity to see firsthand God's help in trouble
E2 Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience.
D3 This world/life is one of trouble, for the world is cursed because of sin.
D4 Testing/Temptation comes in many different forms
E1 Spiritual temptation: to deny Christ, to make someone bitter and blame God, etc.
E2 Emotional: to depression, to be lead astray by "voices" (in reality, demonic influence), false guilt, recurring bad memories
E3 Physical: to seek pleasure, appetites, food, sleep, sex, money
E4 The three most popular gods in the world: Honors, Riches, and Pleasures
D4 References:
E1 Matthew 5:11 HCSB You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.
F1 Comment: This is a temptation to leave the faith and deny Christ.
F2 Three persecutions mentioned:
G1 Insult
G2 Persecute, which may be verbal, financial, economic (as in our occupation), physical, spiritual, emotional, etc. or all the above
G3 Lie in every form it might be possible to lie
F3 These come against us because we are Christians
E2 1 Peter 1:6-7 GNB92 Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed.
F1 Comment: The results and rewards are when Jesus returns.
F2 This type of testing is not good to experience but does reveal if our commitment is genuine. Remember persecution is not just physical.
C2 James 1:2 Works Patience
D1 Happily awaiting deliverance, thus a test of faith. This is a showing of faith and hope. Faith = "God will deliver me." Hope = "I hope it will be today."
D2 Don't get in a hurry.
D3 God has a purpose waiting for God’s deliverance: James 1:4 WPNT but let that endurance have a complete work, so that you may be perfect and complete, falling short in nothing.
D4 God’s grace is always sufficient to endure: 2 Corinthians 12:9 NRSV but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
C3 James 1:5 Wisdom: lack wisdom; don't know what to do; unsure of everything? Pray for wisdom. God will not belittle us for asking. There are no stupid questions. If we need to ask God for wisdom 100 times a day, it will not make God angry.
C4 James 1:6-8 Prayer
D1 In faith (God can do this)
D2 We cannot manipulate God with a formula, self abasement, etc.
D3 Don’t doubt.
D4 There is no guarantee to answered prayer. 1 John 5:14 NKJV Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
D5 Asking for wisdom is pleasing to God. He is the source of wisdom. Colossians 2:2-3 NKJV that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
C5 James 1:9-11 Be glad if you're poor
D1 Riches can disappear quickly.
D2 Don't put your trust in riches.
D3 This is a temptation, for we should put our trust in God, himself.
C6 James 1:12 A reward for endurance: the crown of life.
D1 There are two different crowns mentioned in New Testament Greek
E1 The first is στεφανος, stephanos which is similar to a trophy. It is given for victory or efficient service. In our case for the Christian life. This is word used in James 1:12.
E2 The second is διάδημα diadema and is a crown signifying the right and authority to rule. Thus, a king or queen would wear a diadem. This is the word used in Revelation 12:3, 13:1, and 19:12.
D2 The Crown of Life is specific for endurance, steadfastness, faithfulness in persecution of any sort. It is also in Revelation 2:10.
C7 James 1:13-15 God does not tempt people.
D1 The principle of sin is in us.
D2 That principle is "Everything is for my comfort and pleasure." This is happiness, not joy. Happiness is not a fruit of the Spirit, joy is.
D3 The cure
E1 Repent and trust in the Lord Jesus who suffered for our sins and paid our penalty
E2 Humility: God help me
E3 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
C8 James 1:20 Our anger does not do the will of God.
D1 Anger often comes from bitterness from injustice
D2 We seek revenge. Vengeance is up to God.
D3 Need to forgive
E1 Forgiveness does not mean that God lets them off the hook
E2 It means to turn the person, situation, to God to deal with it
F1 That person may repent
F2 You can have peace and rest
C9 James 1:21 Stop sinning. (God help us).
D1 The word "lay apart" means put or lay aside and leave it.
D2 Place yourself under God’s authority, that is, God's way is the right way. I will do this with the help of God.
D3 Engrafted is to place into or plant, which might mean the Gospel, so it brings salvation, but it could also mean a remembering of a Bible verse applicable to the present situation, which if we obey, we will be delivered.
D4 Another version James 1:21 GNB So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.
E1 God implants a verse from the Bible in our mind. "Ah, that verse—O yes, I remember."
E2 We obey that Bible verse (with discernment).
E3 We will have deliverance.
C10 James 1:22-25, If only a hearer of the Bible, then it is nothing. It is the doer who is doing the will of God. Words are cheap; actions speak louder than words.
C11 James 1:23-27 One test of a true Christian
D1 Mouth control
D2 Visiting the needy, the fatherless and the widow.

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