I preached this sermon on June 3, 2012 at the church where I serve. It was during the evening service with only about twenty or so of our congregation. They are such a wonderful group of people. I have shared the outline to this sermon already, but since I had the audio, I wanted to share that as well.
This sermon has no title. I don’t remember when I preached it. I hope the outline is helpful to you.
James 1:2-8; 12-18
1. The struggles of faith are normal and help to fortify your resolve — if your faith is well placed (vv. 2-4)
2. A duplicitous life will always end in doubt and instability.
- Don’t be surprised by this. (vv. 5-8)
3. All of the promises that God gives are for those who remain steadfast.
- God’s testing will never be sinful against us or lead to sin in us. (vv. 12-13)
- If sin results from God’s testing, it’s because it was already there.
4. Sin always leads to death: emotional, physical, spiritual.
- Your sin is your fault! Stop blaming other people or God for your mess. (vv. 14-15)
- An reward your receive apart from Christ, will be the ONLY reward you receive.
I preached this sermon at my dad’s church. They were celebrating the opening of their new church building. We met outside because the fire marshal had not given the church a certificate of occupancy. It was a great service.
Boldness is the Need
Acts 4:13-23, 29-31
1. Confrontation is a sign that God is at work (v. 3)
2. Conflict is the natural result of conviction (v. 18)
3. Continue to show what you have “seen and heard” (v. 19-20)
4. Boldness is the need of the Church (v. 29-31)
- Courage is the ability to face your fears
- But… Boldness is courage with a purpose
What is a sermon sketch? I have been preaching for about twelve years now. Over that time I have written hundreds of sermons. They take different forms and are written on just about anything you can imagine. Some of them are manuscripts and some of them are just basic outlines. One of the things that I think about is losing all of that information. So, I will be trying to take one sermon a week and put it here on the blog. My hope is that it will be helpful to you as you read them, and it will give me a more secure way of preserving what I have learned through the years.
We will see how it goes!