“Can You Preach It Without Your Commentary?”
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. I recently was asked this question: “Can you preach what you believe one has to do to be saved without your own commentary?”
1. We are commanded to prove that what we teach is the truth (Romans 12:1-2 and Ephesians 5:10).
2. We are expected to teach the word of God rather than our “own way of preaching” (I Corinthians 2:1-5).
3. Furthermore, the question of salvation and the sermon to be preached will not always be the same.
a. An erring Christian needs to hear what to correct in his/her life (Luke 17:3-4) while someone who has never obeyed the Gospel needs to hear something else (Matthew 18:3, etc.).
b. Someone who has never heard the word of God may first need taught about the authority (Colossians 3:17), the difference between the old & new law (Ephesians 2:11-17 and Hebrews 9:15-17), etc.
c. Often, INCLUDING THIS LESSON, there are other Scriptures that need to be taught down the road (cf. John 16:12).
B. Lest this sermon be confused, let’s be clear in stating that it is right to scripturally explain what you’re teaching from God’s word (Nehemiah 8:8, Luke 24:27, and Acts 8:30-35).
1. We must be sure our reasoning is from the Scriptures (Acts 17:2-3) rather than handling the word of God wrongly (II Corinthians 4:2).
2. We must make sure we are looking at the Scriptures for the truth rather than looking to the Scriptures to support our own conclusions (II Peter 3:15-18).
II. Body: When one asks, “what must I do to be saved” (Acts 16:30), you can answer just with the Scriptures (understanding that every person needs teaching based on where they are in knowledge, what changes need made, and some need to start in different places than others). Having said that, here is the proof that no “commentary” is needed to preach GOD’S plan of redemption:
A. Romans 10:14-17, Colossians 1:5-6, and I Thessalonians 2:13.
1. Matthew 13:19, Matthew 15:10, and John 8:32.
2. Luke 8:15 and Romans 6:17.
B. Hebrews 11:6 and Revelation 21:8.
1. Mark 16:15-16 and II Thessalonians 2:12.
2. John 8:23-24 and I John 3:23.
3. Luke 12:29 and James 1:8.
C. Luke 13:5 and Acts 3:19
1. Proverbs 28:13, Isaiah 55:6-7, Ezekiel 14:6, and James 4:8-10.
2. Matthew 3:8 and Acts 26:18-20.
3. Matthew 16:24-27 and Luke 14:26-33.
D. Romans 10:9-10
1. I John 2:23.
2. John 9:35-38 and Acts 8:35-38.
E. Acts 18:8
1. Acts 22:16, Romans 6:1-6, and Colossians 2:12.
2. Galatians 3:26-29 and I Peter 3:20-21.
F. Acts 2:41; 47, cf. Romans 16:16, and Ephesians 5:23.
1. Ephesians 4:16, Hebrews 3:13, and Hebrews 10:22-25.
2. Matthew 28:18-20, John 8:31, and Colossians 1:23.
3. I John 2:1-6.
III. Conclusion: Matthew 11:28-30!
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager