Sermon Starters

Jacob & Rachel as Type of Christ & Church

Genesis 29:20 (cp. Eph. 5:25-33)

Inquiry: What intense commitments did Jacob make for his love?

Intro.: Father's Day is intended not only to honor fathers but remind them that theirs is a serious job in the milieu of family issues. In this passage it is not too difficult to see the typical relationship of Jacob/Rachel and Christ/Church. Jacob sets a standard of pre-marital commitment for the ageswho could match his example?

I. ‑Jacob Labored Extensively for His Beloved! He "served seven years for Rachel"

II. ‑Jacob Focused Intently on His Goal! Time "seemed to him but a few days"

III. ‑Jacob Loved Deeply His Wife to Be! "because of his love for her."

Application/Challenge: Earlier we asked who could match Jacob's example. It's time to answer: only Christ Jesus, who not only matched it, but exceeded it.

Consider the attributes of Christ in His relationship with His bride as offered by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:25-30a.

1. Christ "loved" her! (25a);

2. Christ sacrificed for her! (25b);

3. He set her apart! (26a);

4. He perfected her! (26b);

5. He made her glorious! (27 see nasb margin);

6. He cared for her as He would care for Himself! (28, 29a);

7. He became one with her! (30).

Therefore: "So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies" and "for this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

Paul concludes with: "This mystery is great; for I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband." (Eph. 5:32,33).

Good advice if anyone ever expects to be a good mother or father.

John Gillmartin

When You Don't Feel Like Worshiping

Isaiah 43:22-28

Prop.: One of the major reasons why people slack off at worship is because of sin.

I. ‑The Thesis of This Passage Is People Often Slack Off at Worship Because of Sins. "You have not called upon me, O Jacob" (43:22-24).

A. Because of the sins of omission (vv. 22-24).

B. Because of sins of commission (v. 24).

II. ‑The Antithesis Is God Deserves Our Worship Because of His Grace. "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions" (v. 25).

A. God doesn't forgive sins because we deserve it.

B. God doesn't forget sins because we deserve it.

III. ‑The Synthesis Is Grace Spurned Deserves Judgment. "Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together" (vv. 26-28).

A. Who's the defendant in this case
(v. 26)?

B. What is the charge (v. 27)?

C. How serious is the penalty (v. 28)?

Conc.: The question is, have you lost interest in worship?

Steve D. Eutsler

Making It Our Ambition to Please Him

2 Corinthians 5:9

Intro.: The constant aim of everyone who really knows the Lord should be to be well-pleasing to Him-John 8:29.

I. What Are the Conditions for Pleasing God?

A. We must be born again (Rom. 8:8-9).

B. As children of God, we are soldiers and must separate ourselves from all sinful and doubtful things (2 Tim. 2:3-4).

C. We must dedicate our lives to Him (Rom. 12:1) and yielding our bodies as instruments of righteousness (Rom. 6:13)

D. We must be good witnesses (1 Thess. 2:4).

E. We must be obedient (Col. 3:20).

F. We must have faith in God (Heb. 11:6)-for forgiveness (1 John 1:9), for food (Ps. 34:10), for salvation (Acts 4:12), for every need (Phil. 4:19).

G. We must be large-hearted (Heb. 13:16; Rom. 12:13; Gal. 6:6).

II. What Are the Results of Pleasing God?

A. God will hear and answer our prayers (1 John 3:21-22).

B. Enemies at peace ((Prov. 16:7).

C. Special overcoming power (Eccl. 7:26; 1 Cor. 10:13).

III. ‑What Are the Motives Which Should Constrain Us to Please Him?

A. Even our Lord did not please Himself (Rom 15:1-3).

B. Only thus can we glorify Him (1 Cor. 10:31).

C. The judgment seat of Christ (Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 3:13).

IV. ‑But note this: we cannot please Him in our own strength (Phil. 2:13).

Francis W. Dixon
Words of Life Ministries

Learning to Endure

James 1:2-12

Intro.: We all want victory and contentment, but James tells us that trials of our faith bring us to endurance for the long haul. Don't be afraid of tests. God is not trying to make you stumble, but training you to stand. The faith that can't be tested can't be trusted. These things I have learned:

I. I Have Learned Enjoyment (v. 2).

A. Overcoming Christians are joyful Christians.

B. ‑"Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional"-Barbara Johnson

C. 2 Corinthians 7:4

II. I Have Learned Enlargement (v. 4).

A. "Perfect" means mature-an oak tree is the perfection of an acorn.

B. We grow under stress-Psalm 4:1.

C. Some Christians are "picked green" and never ripen.

III. I Have Learned Enlightenment (v. 5).

A. Job finally stopped asking God "Why?" and remembered "Who."

B. Counselors' job is not to solve problems but to point to the "Who."

C. But ask God in faith (v. 7).

IV. I Have Learned Enthronement (v. 12).

A. A present crown-"of life"

B. But you can't be over until you've learned to be under.

C. Must first rule yourself-Prov. 25:28.

V. ‑I Have Learned Enrichment ["wanting nothing"] (v. 4).

A. To know how rich you are, add up all that money cannot buy and death cannot take away.

B. God will be there to meet your need-but we can't hurry the harvest.

Adrian Rogers
Love Worth Finding

Righteous and the Way of the Wicked

Psalm 1

I. The Righteous Man (1-3)

A. His Blessing (1)

B. His Delight (2)

C. His Prosperity (3)

II. The Wicked People (4-6)

A. Not a Righteous Lot (4)

B. Not a Solid Case (5)

C. Not a Way to Live (6)

Bill Taylor
Sovereign Grace Church
Denver, NC

Unanswered Prayer

Psalm 66:18

I. Because of Sin (Ps. 66:18).

A. Hiding sins in one's heart:

1. Selfish sins (1 Tim. 5:6);

2. Sensual sins (1 Cor. 6:9-10;

3. Separating sins (Gal.5:19-22).

B. Hindrance: "The Lord will not hear me when I pray." Seek to have sin removed-Ps. 139:23-24.

II. Because of Sensuality (James 4:1-3).

A. Selfish purpose (v. 1; cf. Ex. 20:17; Col. 3:5).

B. Selfish plan (v. 2: kill by our words [1 John 3:15]).

C. Selfish pleasure (v. 3; cf. Luke 12:16-20; 2 Tim. 6:10).

III. Because of Selfishness (1 John 5:14-15).

A. God's promise (v. 14; see also Ps. 143:10).

B. God's plan (v. 15; compare Isa. 59:1).

Croft M. Pentz

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