Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager


Lead Them Out Or Let Them Alone?


I. Introduction:

A. The Bible shows us that we’re to help the spiritually blind (II Corinthians 4:1-7).

1. Sometimes we have to do more than just lead (Jude 22-23).

2. Other times we have to lead by example (Proverbs 4:18-19).

3. All things considered, we have to know that our ultimate goal is to help as many as possible be saved (I Corinthians 10:33).

B. The Bible also shows us that we’re to let some alone (Hosea 4:17-18).

1. Even the Lord gives up on some when they’ve gone too far away (Psalms 81:10-13).

2. As it relates to us as the one in the ditch…  If you don’t want left alone in the ditch, you’ve got to be sure you’ve chosen to follow the light (John 8:12). 


II. Body: Balancing The Principles Of Deuteronomy 27:18 and Matthew 15:14.

A. Recognizing the difference between those who choose to be blind versus those who do not want to be blind (Matthew 13:10-16).

1. Most of the disciples did not always, immediately see things (Luke 24:1-32).

2. In fact, the Lord was often frustrated over their slow learning process (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 16:14, etc.).

3. Eleven of them were willing to learn (John 6:66-71), though the process might have taken a long time (Luke 24:44-53).

4. On the other hand, there were those who NEVER were going to “get it” because the word of the Lord had no place in them (John 8:37; 47).

5. Those who choose to be blind must be left alone (Mark 6:11, Acts 13:44-51, and I Timothy 6:3-5).

B. Recognizing that there are times where we can see someone headed towards the ditch, but we cannot do anything about it (i.e. Judas –John 13:21-29).

1. Judas had long been sneaking about in his double life (John 12:1-6).

2. Peter on the other hand erred, but was willing to come to himself (Luke 22:31-34).

3. Jesus gave “rope” (cf. Ezekiel 18:30) to both Judas and Peter…

a. Judas hung himself (Matthew 27:3-5).

b. Peter wept (Luke 22:61-62) and turned out to be a powerful worker in the kingdom (Acts 2:14ff. and I Peter 5:1-4).

c. Revelation 2:20-23.

C. We can never think that leaving someone in the ditch is authority to practice “going along to get along” or “unity in diversity” (Luke 11:23).

1. We must never compromise (Proverbs 28:4, Ephesians 5:11, II John 9-11, and Jude 3-4).

2. In all things spiritual, we must be of the same mind and judgment (I Corinthians 1:10, Philippians 2:2, and Philippians 3:16).

3. Discipline must occur wherein sin is known to exist (Matthew 18:15-17, II Thessalonians 3:6, and II Thessalonians 3:14-15).

4. Leaving someone in the ditch is not doing nothing, it is an action of delivering one to Satan (I Corinthians 5:1-8).


III. Conclusion: II Timothy 2:19-26   




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