Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Our Actions Have To Support Our Words
A. Our God is a “show me” God (James 2:14-26).
1. Some say they love the Lord, but what do their actions say (I John 5:2-3)?
2. Good, such as wisdom, is shown through action (James 3:13).
3. When the church of Christ in Corinth was to help needy saints, words were not enough (II Corinthians 8:24).
B. This is primarily a lesson rooted in credibility (III John 12).
1. If I say one thing and do another, did I not lie (Jeremiah 7:8-11 and I John 4:20)?
2. Our credibility really matters (Proverbs 22:1 and Ecclesiastes 7:1).
II. Body: We don’t want our actions to contradict our words (Luke 6:43-45).
A. We cannot say that the Lord is first in our lives if we treat others greater than Him (Malachi 1:6-8).
1. We cannot love family more than Him (Matthew 10:37 and Luke 14:26; cf. Deuteronomy 13:6-10).
2. We must be willing to put jobs, relationships, hobbies, etc. behind the Lord in importance (Luke 14:33).
B. We cannot say we abhor evil (Amos 5:15 and Romans 12:9), while surrounding ourselves with evil (Psalms 34:14, Psalms 119:104, Ephesians 5:6-11, and I Timothy 5:22).
1. We are to withdraw ourselves from those who are evil (I Timothy 6:3-5 and II Timothy 3:1-5).
2. This is especially true if that individual has obeyed the Gospel and is now an apostate (II Thessalonians 3:6).
3. If we proclaim to hate evil (Psalms 97:10), but we “hang out” with those who are evil, we’re sending them a confusing message that enables them to continue on their course (Jeremiah 23:14 and Ezekiel 13:22).
4. Another real question is, how can ungodly people be comfortable around one of us anyway (Proverbs 29:27 and John 15:18-19)?
C. Let’s broaden our lesson by discussing honesty (Romans 12:17).
1. Is it honest to say we only follow the Scriptures (Matthew 4:4, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, II Timothy 3:16-17, etc.) if there is something we’re not sure we’re doing right (Romans 14:23)?
2. Is it honest to claim to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14-16), while living an undercover life of sin (I Peter 2:12)?
3. Is it honest to proclaim to be a child of God, if you’ve not left sin behind (II Corinthians 7:1 and II Timothy 2:19)?
4. Is it honest to say we love our brethren, if our actions show otherwise (I John 3:11-18)?
5. As we noted before, this lesson is really about credibility. Therefore, we must all ask ourselves this: “Is there anything that I am saying or doing that contradicts the truth I say I stand for and thereby dishonors God” (Romans 2:19-23)?
III. Conclusion: Do you walk the walk or just talk the talk (Titus 1:16)?
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