Time for a Good Sermon Outline! The Foolish Farmer (Lk. 12)

26 May

Some of you might be interested from time to time in my preaching outlines. Here is one I plan to use this coming Sunday (April 23) as I preach on the topic “What Jesus-Followers Believe about SECURITY — and Why.”

One may seek security in his or her popularity or power or possessions. Here’s the story found in Luke 12:

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Here’s my preaching outline from this great text:

I. This Man’s One Request (v. 13)
II. Jesus’ Strange Response (vv. 14-15)
A. “That’s not my job!” (v. 14)
B. “Watch out for greed!” (v. 15)
III. A Pointed Parable (vv. 16-21)

Now, of course, this foolish farmer did not have a TV remote in his hand, but he was kicking back in his LaZboy recliner, having had a conversation with himself about life and comfort and the future.

Let me know if you use this outline.  Here’s a prayer I am praying over this upcoming sermon:

“Lord, I’m not all that different from this foolish farmer.  You’ve blessed my ‘crops’ — and I can easily find my security in my possessions or the comforts of life.  Remind me of eternity, Lord!  And bless all who read this blog.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

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