Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Learning From Christ’ Temptation In The Wilderness
A. Jesus certainly was tested [tempted] while on this earth (Hebrews 4:14-16).
1. Not only by Satan (Luke 20:19-23).
2. Jesus never gave in and failed those tests (Hebrews 9:28).
B. Jesus is our example in how to overcome being tested (I Peter 2:21-23).
1. He left the pattern for leaving sin out of our lives (I Peter 4:1-2).
2. He left the example of what it means to win not just the fights, but also the entire battle (Hebrews 12:1-3).
II. Body: Luke 4:1-12; cf. I John 2:15-17
A. Jesus was hungry (Luke 4:2), but unwilling to compromise for food (Luke 4:3-4).
1. Not all people are willing to avoid sin to gain what their bodies strongly desire (Genesis 25:29-34; cf. Hebrews 12:14-17).
a. Food may be one area of weakness (Proverbs 23:1-3; 25:16).
b. Yet, any carnal desire can become one’s downfall (Romans 8:12-13).
2. Self-control is the key (Proverbs 16:32, I Corinthians 9:27, and II Corinthians 4:5).
3. “Man shall not live by bread alone” – dying hungry is not nearly as bad as dying lost (Mark 9:43-49).
B. What if you were offered the entire world delivered unto you (Luke 4:5-8; cf. Mark 8:34-37)?
1. Moses figured out that the world isn’t worth that much (Hebrews 11:24-26; cf. Romans 6:20-23).
2. It is not just Satan we are asked to worship, if you put anything before God that becomes your god (Ephesians 5:5).
C. Jesus did not need to kick in carnal pride to prove He had authority (Proverbs 8:13 and James 4:5-6).
1. Like answering those Bible questions to prove you know the truth more than another (Titus 3:9).
2. Sometimes pride leads to a vengeful attitude, the old “I’ll show him/her that I can go toe to toe… nails in their tires” (Matthew 5:38-48 and Romans 12:17-21).
3. We need to be humble enough to stay away from tempting situations (Matthew 26:41).
III. Conclusion: Getting rid of any who try to tempt us (Luke 4:13).
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