Monday, March 29, 2010

Give it to the Lord

Sunday Sermon
March 28, 20X
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton

Sermonic Pericope: ESV Luke 19:28-40 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, "Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say this: 'The Lord has need of it.'" 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" 34 And they said, "The Lord has need of it." 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near- already on the way down the Mount of Olives- the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." 40 He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out."

Sermonic Theme: Triumphal Entry (Peace & Humility)

Sermonic Subject: Prophetic Ministry (Zechariah 9.9)

Sermonic Tension: The colt is tied. (The Lord has need of it.)

Sermonic Sentence: If the Lord can use a donkey, surely He can use you.

Sermonic Footnote: When true disciples rejoice and praise the Lord with a loud voice, Pharisees will always get upset.

Sermonic Refrain: It’s not only what you do that counts, it’s also how you do it.

Sermonic Help: While the praise was multitudinous, it was quite select. It was the whole multitude of the disciples. The Pharisees did not praise him; they were murmuring. All true praise must come from true hearts. (Spurgeon at his best)

Hosanna: The Greek equivalent of a Hebrew greeting that means, “save us we pray” (see Psalm 118.25). This greeting occurs only six times in the NT, all with regard to Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 27.9, 15; John 12.13). This word subsequently came to be used at an early date as an expression in Christian worship of joy and praise.

Sermonic Title: “GIVE IT TO THE LORD”

Sermonic Structure:

I. Give The Lord your Commitment (v29 He sent two disciples…)

II. Give The Lord your Confidence (v32 Those who were sent went…)

III. Give The Lord your Colt (v35 They brought it to Jesus…)

IV. Give The Lord your Cloak (v35 Throwing their cloaks on the colt…)

V. Give The Lord your Celebration (v40 If these were silent…)

Monday, March 22, 2010


Sunday Sermon
March 21, 2010
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton:

Sermonic Pericope: ESV Luke 6:38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."

Sermonic Theme: Judgment (Jesus forbade his followers from indulging in hypocritical judging of other people. This is not the same as exercising discernment between right and wrong, which Jesus did encourage.)

Sermonic Subject: The Doctrine of Stewardship (Generosity)

Sermonic Tension: Measure (You get what you give.)

Sermonic Sentence: Give today from the abundance God keeps given you. (Abraham, Hannah, the widow of Zarephath, The boy who gave up his lunch, Christ Jesus our Lord…etc.)

Sermonic Footnote: You cannot afford not to give. (Life’s fulfillment is in the act of giving.)

Sermonic Question: Do you desire goodness in abundance? (Well …etc. GIVE!)

Sermonic Help: We may so give for God as to get in the giving, so spend as to increase in the spending, so die for God as to live more than ever. (Spurgeon at his best)

The events at the end of the world at which Jesus will judge the living and the dead. This will be the final triumph of God’s will and justice. See: Matthew 10.15; 18.23-35; 24.43-51; 25.31-46; Mark 14.62; Luke 17.20-31; John 5.24-35; 1 Thessalonians 5.3; Galatians 5.5; Colossians 3.4; 1 Corinthians 6.1-5; Romans 8.31-39; 1 Peter 1.5-9

Sermonic Title: Give

Sermonic Structure:

I. We are Commanded to Give (give,)

II. We are Compensated for what we Give (and it will be given to you…etc.)

III. We are in Control of the amount we Give (for with the measure you use…etc.)

Monday, March 8, 2010

If I ask you will you do it?

Sunday Sermon
March 7th 20x
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton

Sermonic Pericope: ESV 1 Kings 17:8-16 Then the word of the LORD came to him, 9 "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you." 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, "Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink." 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, "Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand." 12 And she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die." 13 And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the LORD the God of Israel, 'The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'" 15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by Elijah.

Sermonic Theme: The Word of the LORD (The sustaining power of God.)

Sermonic Subject: The Doctrine of Faith (The Lord is able to sustain you in a drought.)

Sermonic Tension: A non-Israelite was prepared to risk her life for Elijah. (This widow is a Phoenician/Gentile believer.) 1 Kings 17.24

Sermonic Literary Device: Hypallage; or, Interchange (Interchange of Construction)
Hy-pal´-la-gee, ὑπαλλαγή, from ὑπό (hypo), under, and ἀλλάσσειν (allassein), to change.
An underchange or interchange.

Sermonic Sentence: Life’s fulfillment is obeying the word of the Lord. (Consider the generosity, hospitality, and compassion demonstrated by this widow from Zarephath.)

Sermonic Question: Will you obey? (Obedience gives birth to miracles.)

Sermonic Help: FAITH from the Greek pistis, “firm persuasion,” The word “faith” appears only 2 times in the OT ESV Deuteronomy 32:20 And he said, 'I will hide my face from them; I will see what their end will be, For they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness. NLT Habakkuk 2:4 "Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.

It appears 307 times in the NT. Biblical faith has two essential components: (1) trust or acceptance, belief that Jesus is Lord with acknowledgement of His resurrection, and (2) intellectual content, the revealed truth that is firmly believed and is reflected in the life of the believer.

John Stott explains faith as “a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.” The NT in no way teaches we should have a blind faith.

NLT Hebrews 11:1 What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.

The Greek word translated as “evidence” in the KJV literally means “proof,” or “proving.” The NIV brings out this meaning when it says: NIV Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Even the aspect of trust in faith is not blind; there is proof, evidence for belief. In the Christian sense, faith may be defined as a conscious mental desire to do the will of the God of Scripture.

Sermonic Title: “IF I ASK YOU, WILL YOU DO IT?”

Sermonic Structure:

I. Consider the Word (Verses 8-9)

II. Consider the Widow (Verses 10-14)

III. Consider the Will (Verse 15)

IV. Consider the Witness (Verse 16)
A. The jar
B. The jug