Mark The Perfect Man
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Wickedness abounds everywhere around us (Galatians 1:4 and I John 5:19).
1. Such restricts our relationships (James 4:4).
2. Such even causes us to constantly be on guard (Matthew 10:17 and Mark 13:12-13).
B. We are often told to mark offenders and avoid them (Romans 16:17-18).
1. It is never fun to have to realize someone is an enemy of the Lord (Psalms 119:136 and Philippians 3:18-19).
2. Moreover, these markings mean unpleasant action as well (II Thessalonians 3:14-15).
C. Therefore, consider how good it is to think about good examples (III John 1:4; cf. Proverbs 15:30).
II. Body: Psalms 37:37
A. Marking good men is just as commanded as marking evil ones (Philippians 3:17).
1. I Corinthians 16:14-18
2. Philippians 2:19-30
3. Hebrews 11:4-12:3
4. James 5:7-11
5. III John 1:11-12
B. Walk after the examples set forth by perfect men (I Peter 2:21).
1. Paul said, follow [imitate] me (I Corinthians 4:16, I Corinthians 11:1, and II Thessalonians 3:7).
2. Faithful saints are to be good patterns to follow (Titus 2:1-8).
C. The caution in marking the perfect man and following their example is to remember they can fall (I Corinthians 10:12), therefore donŐt exalt them too far (Acts 14:8-18).
1. Humanity [Adam and Eve] started off on the right foot, butÉ (Ecclesiastes 7:29; cf. Genesis 2-3).
2. Noah was a perfect man (Genesis 6:5-9), but failed at one point (Genesis 9:20-21).
3. Job was a perfect man (Job 1:1-2:13), but failed (Job 33:8-13, Job 38:1-3, and Job 42:1-6).
D. Consider the end of a perfect man (Proverbs 14:32 and Hebrews 13:7).
1. Live so your life so that your ready for it to end (II Timothy 4:6-8).
2. Live so the end will be salvation (I Peter 1:9).
III. Conclusion: Be ye perfect (Matthew 5:48 and II Corinthians 13:11).
© 2014 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