Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Living Above Reproach
I. Introduction: Reproach defined: Òdisgrace, discredit, source of shame, blemish, stain, blotÓ (New Oxford American Dictionary).
A. There is a kind of reproach we want to face (Hebrews 13:12-13 and I Peter 4:14).
1. Suffering reproach for righteousness is worth it (Luke 6:22-23, Hebrews 11:24-27, and I Timothy 4:8-10).
2. We have nothing to fear when facing reproach for standing aright (Isaiah 51:7-8).
B. However, we do not want to give people a reason to speak reproachfully about us (I Peter 2:11-12).
1. If they speak evil about you, make it so it has to be false charges (Matthew 5:11 and I Peter 3:16-17).
2. Make it so they have to speak slanderously about you (Romans 3:8).
II. Body: I Peter 4:11-17
A. We are to live blamelessly (Ephesians 1:3-4, Philippians 2:15-16, and II Peter 3:10-14).
1. Can we make comments like Paul did (II Corinthians 7:1-2, I Thessalonians 2:8-10 and II Thessalonians 3:7-9)?
2. Are we living the example of Christ (I Peter 2:21-23)?
B. We are to be examples for others (I Timothy 4:12, I Timothy 4:16, and Titus 2:7-8).
1. WeÕre supposed to be a light unto others (Proverbs 4:18 and Matthew 5:14-16).
2. Could you make these statements to others (I Corinthians 4:16, I Corinthians 11:1, Philippians 3:17, Philippians 4:9, and II Timothy 3:10-12)?
C. In our efforts to live rightly before others, donÕt just put on a show (Proverbs 20:6, Matthew 6:2-5; 6:16, and Matthew 23:5; cf. Proverbs 27:2)!
1. Let your works be done sincerely for Christ (II Corinthians 2:17, Ephesians 6:24, I Timothy 1:5, and I Peter 1:22).
2. Live Christ instead of faking it (Philippians 1:21).
3. DonÕt think more of yourself than you ought to (Galatians 6:3 and James 1:26-27).
4. Certainly, being a fake wonÕt get you anywhere (Romans 2:1-3; 2:19-24 and Titus 1:16).
III. Conclusion: How good is your reputation (Proverbs 22:1 and Ecclesiastes 7:1)?
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