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What’s So Amazing about Grace? — A Free Sermon Outline! (Conclusion)

This should be the last advertisement for my little booklet Ten Specific Steps You Can Take to Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better! (available on Amazon), but it’s not!  No preacher really wants to be told that his sermons and preaching can get better.  But they can. I know.  I know.  Your mother said you were special.  But even your mother would like some of the issues we discuss in this short preaching refresher.  She would.

Now that that appeal is over, we’ve been looking at one of my favorite sermon outlines.  I want to briefly summarize what we have seen (with a few homiletical notes included):

What’s So Amazing about Grace?
(a study of Titus 2:11-15).

Sermon titles are important.  They orient the listener to the topic and may, just may, help him or her remember your message after the service!  This title, of course, serves as Phil Yancey’s book title on grace.

I’m a big believer in a keyword, that is, a word that guides the preacher (and the listener) through the passage and helps deliver the specific points of the sermon.  The keyword for this sermon might well be truths.

The first truth we see in this text is from verse 11 and it is that God’s Grace Is a Salvation-Bringing Grace!  (I usually re-read the verse to show I’m not making up my point).   God’s grace — in the Person of the Lord Jesus — has appeared — and that’s great news!

Not only is God’s grace a salvation-bringing grace (I try to repeat my points throughout my message), it is also a Teaching Grace (v. 12).  Reading over verse 12 we see it divides nicely into negative and positive aspects.  (Elaborate on those.  Do a word study of “ungodliness,” “worldly passions,” “self-control,” “upright,” “godly” and, especially the phrase “in this present age.”)

But let’s notice also that God’s grace is not only a salvation-bringing grace and a teaching grace, it is also a Waiting Grace (v. 13).  (Give an illustration showing the difference between wasted waiting and worthwhile waiting).  (I will sometimes include a cartoon on waiting if I am preaching using PowerPoint or Keynote.  I’m a big believer in using the eye-gate as well as the ear-gate).  (Don’t forget to point out the strong evidence for the deity of the Lord Jesus in v. 13.  You gotta get some theology in there!)

I would then say something like:  We’ve seen that God’s grace is a salvation-bring grace, a teaching grace, and a waiting grace.  Please notice the fourth truth that God’s Grace Is a Purifying Grace (v. 14).  (I would read over verse 14.  Notice that more could be said from that verse than just God’s purifying grace, but you don’t want to give too much material to your audience.  Many preachers fail exactly here.  They think that if they have a few extra minutes or so they should pile on more biblical truth.  No!  Illustrate your main point!).

I would summarize your previous four points and then introduce the last point which is that God’s Grace is an Encouraging Grace (v. 15).  Read that verse.  Talk about encouragement and how we all need it.  (I’ve made reference to Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages in a previous post).

Review your five points briefly and close (perhaps) with a good illustration of grace.  You do have an illustration file, don’t you?  (If not, drop me a note and I’ll give you my almost 300 page Word file of illustrations).  Thanks for sticking with me in this study!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2018 in preaching

 

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What’s So Amazing about Grace? — A Free Sermon Outline! (Part 5)

On the other hand, I’m not sure my little booklet, Ten Specific Steps You Can Take to Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better! (available on Amazon), can help Joel Osteen.  He seems to have pretty good communication skills. It’s what he communicates that is the problem!  At any rate, if you want to have your best life now, then get this booklet!

Now that the commercial is over, we’ve been sharing some of our favorite sermon outlines and we’ve been looking at the topic —

What’s So Amazing about Grace?
(a study of Titus 2:11-15).

We’ve seen that —

I. God’s Grace Is a Salvation-Bringing Grace (v. 11)

and that —

II. God’s Grace is a Teaching Grace (v. 12)

and that —

III. God’s Grace Is a Waiting Grace (v. 13)

and also that —

IV. God’s Grace Is a Purifying Grace (v. 14)

Let’s notice lastly, that —

V.  God’s Grace Is an Encouraging Grace (v. 15)!

By God’s grace we are to encourage others to pursue the Lord and to turn away from the things in life that inhibit our becoming more like Jesus.  We should teach these things.  We should rebuke with all authority.  We shouldn’t allow other people’s opinions to keep us from living for the Lord!  We should encourage the people of God!

If you’ve not read Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages, you’re missing a very helpful way of looking at life.  We love and are loved in different ways.  The five love languages are words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, physical touch, and receiving gifts.  These describe both how we love and how we wish to be loved.

My love language (how I feel loved) is primarily words of affirmation.  My wife’s primary love language (how she feels loved) is quality time.  Some of us show our love to others in ways that don’t “fit” how they most feel loved.  It’s a bit complicated.  In summary, I feel most loved when others give me gifts, say nice things to me, and let me spend quality time (as an introvert) by myself.  (I’m kidding.  Mostly).

We all need words of encouragement.  And that’s what God’s grace gives us — a solid foundation to encourage others! (next post — conclusion)

 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2018 in God's grace

 

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What’s So Amazing about Grace? — A Free Sermon Outline! (Part 4)

There’s this little booklet that will change your life.  It is called Ten Specific Steps You Can Take to Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better, and, yes, I wrote it. The point is if you preach or know someone who does or really want to straighten out Joel Osteen, you’ll want to get this booklet! It is guaranteed to alleviate the preaching blahs, and it just might get Joel to start preaching the WORD!

Some of my favorite sermon outlines will be here in these posts.  I wrote this one on God’s amazing grace — and we’ve seen three truths about that incredible topic —

What’s So Amazing about Grace?
(a study of Titus 2:11-15).

We’ve seen that —

I. God’s Grace Is a Salvation-Bringing Grace (v. 11)

and that —

II. God’s Grace is a Teaching Grace (v. 12)

and also that —

III. God’s Grace Is a Waiting Grace (v. 13)!

The truth we see this morning about the grace of God is that —

IV.  God’s Grace Is a Purifying Grace (v. 14)!

Years ago there was a magazine ad that said: “In a world where politicians lie, celebrities strike policemen, and governments collapse, isn’t it good to know that there’s one thing that is pure — Mazola.  100% pure corn oil.”

God wants us pure!  And His grace begins that purifying process in us.  Notice the two results of His giving Himself for us:  (1) to redeem us from all wickedness and (2) to purify for himself a people that are his very own (v. 14).  He redeems us from all wickedness, not by evacuating us immediately to heaven, but by His Holy Spirit indwelling us and giving us the power to live God-honoring lives.  He purifies us by that same Spirit, using His primary tool, the Word of God, to mold us and shape us into the image of God’s dear Son.

But purification is not a painless process.  We need to submit to the filtering ministry of God’s Spirit who will show us what needs to be eliminated and what needs to be added to our lives.  And that takes God’s grace!

How’s the purification process going with you?  Feel free to share (in the comments section below) an area or issue the Spirit of God is working on — in you.  (to be continued)

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2018 in God's grace

 

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What’s So Amazing about Grace? — A Free Sermon Outline! (Part 1)

I’m a big believer in preaching.  We need the Word of God expounded, explained to us systematically and enthusiastically!  Regularly.  And carefully.  That’s part of the reason why I wrote the little booklet Ten Specific Steps You Can Take to Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better!  I promise you that the mistakes I have made and learned from you can learn from to!

But I want to give away some of my favorite sermon outlines — with just a dose of explanation along the way.  So, here goes a sermon I wrote on God’s amazing grace.

What’s So Amazing about Grace?
(a study of Titus 2:11-15).

I.  God’s Grace Is a Salvation-Bringing Grace (v. 11)

This grace has “appeared . . . to all people.”  In what sense?  Has the gospel gotten to everyone in the world?  No!  And that’s why God calls missionaries to share the Good News about the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, then, what does Paul mean by this grace “has appeared”?  He may be referring to the coming of the Lord Jesus to die for our sins.  HE is the grace of God come down to give His life a ransom for sinners (Mk. 10:45).

John Piper’s book God Is the Gospel makes this point quite effectively.  Listen to a few quotes from that powerful little book:

“Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.”

“The critical question for our generation—and for every generation— is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there? ”

“Long looking with admiration produces change. From your heroes you pick up mannerisms and phrases and tones of voice and facial expressions and habits and demeanors and convictions and beliefs. The more admirable the hero is and the more intense your admiration is, the more profound will be your transformation. In the case of Jesus, he is infinitely admirable, and our admiration rises to the most absolute worship. Therefore, when we behold him as we should, the change is profound.”

Piper says many other things in that little book, but essentially his point is:  When you believed the gospel, YOU GOT GOD!  God’s salvation-bringing grace redeemed you.  (to be continued)

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2018 in Titus 2

 

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STUCK! Ten Areas That Will Bury You as a Believer and How to Dig Your Way Out! (Area #5- SERVICE!) (con’t)

Would you say that sometimes you get BOGGED DOWN in your SERVICE in the local church?  You find too many other Chrsitians doing very little — and you’re exhausted with all that you do?  Or, you’re not sure where or how to SERVE, and you’re becoming increasingly frustrated?

This is my last series of sermons for Crossroads Fellowship Church in Augusta.  They have found their next senior pastor and he will begin his SERVICE in several weeks.

But we want to continue our study on spiritual gifts.  We’ve looked at  Romans 12 and Ephesians 4.  Let’s look at the third (of four) passage on this critical area: I Peter 4.  There we read:

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

What a powerful paragraph!  As Peter anticipates the “end of all things,” he advises the believers to be alert, “be of sober mind so that you may pray.”  The highest challenge is to “love each other deeply.”  Why?  Because “love covers over a multitude of sins.”  All believers are to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”  And each believer should use their gift to serve others because we are to be “faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

What “form” has God’s grace taken in your life?  How are you to SERVE?  Two specific gifts are mentioned here: SPEAKING and SERVING.  For those with the gift of speech, they are to speak “as one who speaks the very words of God”!  For those who SERVE, “they should do so with the strength God provides.”  And why do we SERVE God with the various forms of God’s grace that He has given us?  So that “in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”  That’s why we SERVE!  (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2017 in christian growth

 

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Good People Don’t Need Grace — Right? (storytime)

A man dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter meets him at the pearly gates.

St. Peter says, “Here’s how it works. You need KeynoteScreenSnapz101100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in.”

“Okay” the man says, “I attended church every Sunday”
“That’s good, says St. Peter, ” that’s worth two points”

“Two points?” he says. “Well, I gave 10% of all my earnings to the church”
“Well, let’s see,” answers Peter, “that’s worth another 2 points. Did you do anything else?”

“Two points? Golly. How about this: I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.”
“Fantastic, that’s certainly worth a point, ” he says.

“hmmm…,” the man says, “I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart.”

“That’s wonderful,” says St. Peter, “that’s worth three points!”

“THREE POINTS!!” the man cries, “At this rate the only wayFirefoxScreenSnapz500 I get into heaven is by the grace of God!”

“Bingo!”, St. Peter said, “Come on in!”

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2014 in God's grace

 

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