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Walking Through Tough Times

Nehemiah 4:1-21

Intro.: Nehemiah and his volunteers faced overwhelming opposition and discouragement in rebuilding Jerusalem, but God was faithful and gave them great success.

I. Realize that Tough Times Are God's Tools to Build Character (vv. 1-6)

A. The opposition has numerous weapons.

1. Complaint.

2. Criticism.

3. Intimidation.

B. But Nehemiah trusted God.

1. He prayed.

2. He built.

3. He ignored the critics.

II. Evaluate the Source of Your Struggle (vv. 7-10)

A. Know your enemies.

B. Be vigilant-Nehemiah "prayed and posted a guard" (v. 9).

C. Physical Struggle.

1. Fatigue.

2. Trust God for strength.

D. Emotional Struggle.

1. Attitudes.

2. Overcoming Faith.

III. Appreciate God's Incredible Grace in the Midst of Your Predicament (v. 14)

A. "Do not be Afraid".

B. Remember the Lord who is great and awesome".

C. Nothing is impossible with God.

D. We need to act on His grace.

Conc.: God opens doors. We move. He confirms. He blesses.

David Alan Sylvester

Living Worthily

Ephesians 4:1-3, 17-26

Intro.: Chapters l-3 of Ephesians are doctrinal, emphasizing our standing "in Christ"; chapters 4-6 are practical, emphasizing our role down here in the world. Who we are "in Christ" must be related to who we are in the world. Doctrine must always issue in duty, our creed must be seen in our conduct. We are called to "walk worthy of the calling with which you have been called" (4:1), showing our position in Christ by a different life.

I. Two Dangers to Avoid

A. Teaching doctrine without relating it to duty.

1. Intellectualism

2. "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:26).

B. Teaching duty independent of doctrine.

1. False teaching.

2. Legalism.

3. Superficial growth.

II. The Constraint of a Worthy Life

A. "Prisoner of the Lord"

B. Passionate, loving appeal.

C. Compelled by the love of Christ.

D. The choice is ours.

1. "Walk worthy".

2. Dishonor Christ in our lives.

III. The Characteristics of a Worthy Life

A. Examples.

1. Enoch (Gen. 5:22-24).

2. Abraham (Gen. 24:40).

B. It is heavenly (4:1).

1. High calling (Heb. 3:1, Phil 3:14).

2. Holy calling (2 Tim. 1:9).

C. It is humble (4:2).

1. Selfless (Matt. 11:28, Titus 3:2).

2. At God's service (1 Pet. 5:6).

D. It is helpful (4:2).

1. Patient (Col. 3:13).

2. Motivated by Love (Eph. 5:2).

E. It is hard (4:3).

1. ‑Requiring diligent work and perseverance.

2. The goal is unity (Rom. 12:18).

F. It is holy (4:3, 17-26).

1. Enabled by the Spirit (Eph. 5:18).

2. Put off the old, put on the new.

IV. The Consummation of a Worthy Life

A. We will not achieve it fully in this life (4:13).

B. Continual striving for His glory.

Francis W. Dixon
Words of Life Ministries

The Lordship of Christ

2 Thessalonians 3

Intro.: "The Lord" is mentioned six times in this chapter-vss. 1, 3, 4, 5, and twice in vs. 16-and "Our Lord Jesus Christ" is mentioned three times-vss. 6, 12, and 18.

I. "The Word of the Lord" (3:1)

A. Prayed for.

B. Glorified.

II. The Lord is Faithful (3:3)

A. To strengthen us.

B. To protect us.

III. "Confidence in the Lord" (3:4)

A. For obedience.

B. For faithfulness to the call.

IV. Direction from the Lord (3:5)

A. "Into the love of God."

B. "And the steadfastness of Christ."

V. Commanding in the Lord (3:6)

A. In Christ's authority.

B. To faithful righteousness.

VI. Exhortation by the Lord (3:12)

A. To quiet work.

B. To diligence.

VII. Peace from the Lord (3:16)

A. Continually.

B. "In every circumstance."

VIII. The Presence of the Lord (3:16)

IX. "The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ Be with You All" (3:18)

F.E. Marsh
1,000 Bible Study Outlines

Another Gospel?

Galatians 1:6-10

Editor's Note: In this series, Joe is building expositional sermons using the key word study method and referencing the KeyWord Study Bible © from AMG Publishers. Greek terms are marked with their corresponding number from Strong's dictionary.

Intro.: "The devil disturbs the church as much by error as by evil. When he cannot entice Christian people into sin, he deceives them with false doctrine" (John Stott-p. 24, The Message of Galatians). Galatians comes as a warning to us all (if a church which Paul taught can fall into error, so can we), and a call to Biblical discernment-deceiving doctrines and trapping teachers abound today.

Proposition: In Gal. 1:6-10, Paul responds to the deception of the Galatians in three ways.

I. Astonishment (1:6)

A. At quickness of desertion.

B. At who they deserted ("Him who called you").

C. At what they deserted-grace (" in the grace of Christ").

D. At what they turned to ("a different gospel").

KeyWord: "turning away" (metatithemi [3346], "to transpose, to put in another place; metaphorically, to transfer to another use or purpose, to pervert, to abuse"). The term speaks of military or political defection; present tense indicates that they were in the very process of changing their minds.

II. Assessment (1:7)

A. False teachers were those "who are disturbing you."

KeyWord: "disturbing" (tarasso  [5015], "to stir up, to agitate, to trouble"). They were shaking things up-confusing people (at best) and seeking to destroy the church (at worst).

B. False teachers wanted "to distort the Gospel."

KeyWord: "distort" (metastrepho  [3344], "denoting a change of place or condition; to turn from one direction to another). The false teachers were changing the truth to that which was false.

II. Anathema (1:8-10)

A. Call for God's judgment ("let him be accursed").

KeyWord: "accursed" (anathema [331], "a gift given by vow or in fulfillment of a promise and given up or devoted to destruction for God's sake").

1. Universal application ("if any man").

2. Unselfish motivation to preserve right doctrine.

a. God's glory.

b. For the sake of men's souls.

3. Unswerving dedication ( "a bond-servant of Christ").

a. No man can serve two masters.

b. Who do you try to please, God or man?

B. A lesson for us-take the truth of the Gospel seriously.

Application: We should examine our understanding of and commitment to the Gospel!

Joe Fauth

The Love of Money

1 Timothy 6:10

I. The Sensual-"for the love of money".

A. Love for its power.

B. Love for its provisions.

C. Love for its partners.

II. The Sorrow-"is the root of all evil".

A. Evil to our decisions.

B. Evil to our desires.

C. Evil to our discipline.

III. The Separation.

A. Desire-"which while some coveted after they erred from the faith".

B. Destruction-"and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

Croft M. Pentz

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