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 —
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)