Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
We Should Be Motivated To Serve God, Not Forced To Serve Him!
A. Though it’s scriptural, it really stinks that we’ve had to employ the tactic of I Timothy 5:20 (fear of discipline) here in times past to get things right.
1. Yes, you must withdraw from the disorderly (II Thessalonians 3:6) and such action is effective (Acts 5:1-11).
2. Rightful disciplinary action has a direct connection to eternal damnation in Hell (I Corinthians 5:4-7).
3. Therefore, anyone in their right mind would not want disciplined knowing that there are eternal consequences if repentance doesn’t happen (Romans 2:4-9).
B. Sure, we understand that we fear God and serve Him, in part, because of fear (I Samuel 12:22 and Hebrews 12:28-29).
1. Hell is scary (Mark 9:43-48).
2. Who in their right mind wants to make God angry (Nahum 1:1-6)?
3. However, not everyone sees God Judgment and learns from it (Jeremiah 3:8).
4. On top of that, the lone motivation of fear wears off:
a. The children of Israel saw things that caused fear (Exodus 14:31).
b. They praised God for His wonderful works (Exodus 15:1-19).
c. Then, they quickly forgot that fear (Exodus 15:23-24).
II. Body: Our motivation has to be deeper than fear (Ephesians 3:17).
A. Christ has to be in our hearts through faith (Galatians 2:20).
1. Consider the application of II Corinthians 13:5 in asking whether or not Christ is in you through faith!
2. Christ has to become the center of our lives (Colossians 3:1-4).
3. True faith and true love are inseparable (I Corinthians 13:13, I Thessalonians 5:8, and I Timothy 1:5).
B. We have to be rooted and grounded in love (II Corinthians 5:14-15).
1. What happens if we’re not rooted and grounded (Matthew 7:24-27 and Matthew 13:3-6; cf. Colossians 1:21-23)?
2. What motivates our love (Psalms 116:1-5, I John 4:9, and I John 4:17-19)?
3. Since we’re discussing love and faith, why does God love us (John 16:27 and Ephesians 6:24)?
C. Without love, guess what happens… (Matthew 24:12)?
1. Is it just individuals who can fall out of love with the Lord (Revelation 2:1-5)?
2. Since faith and love are inseparable, how do you get back if you’re falling out of love with Christ (Romans 10:17 and I Thessalonians 2:13)?
III. Conclusion: We don’t want to hear, “Ye did run well…” (Galatians 5:7), we want to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:21; 23). Love the Lord enough to be motivated for the right ways (I Chronicles 28:9).
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