Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
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use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  –
Brian A. Yeager





I. Introduction:
    A. Where does sin begin (Job 15:34-35, Matthew 15:19, Romans 1:18-
    24, and James 1:13-15)?

    1. We are not above lusting if we submit to such temptations
    (Matthew 26:41 and I Corinthians 10:12).
    2. As Christians, we should exercise control over our desires (Job
    31:1-4, Psalms 101:2-3; and 119:10-11).
    3. You know what you’ll find in some movies, websites,
    magazines, beaches, etc. (I Thessalonians 5:22).

    B. How big of a subject is fornication (I Corinthians 6:9-10), divorce
    (Malachi 2:14-16), and remarriage (Mark 10:11-12)?

    1. “The number of US divorces in 2000 was 957,200, compared to
    944,317 in 1999, and 947,384 in 1998.  The number of divorced
    people in the population more than quadrupled from 4.3 million in
    1970 to 18.3 million in 1996” (http://www.usattorneylegalservices.
    com/divorce-statistics.html).
    2. “About 3/4 of women who are divorced before age 25
    remarried.  About 2/3 of women who divorced between ages 25
    and 29 remarried.  About half those who divorced between ages
    30 and 39 remarried” (http://www.divorcesoftware.
    com/splitgen/sp/gn/percentofwomenageatdivorceremarry.htm)
    3. “Over 40% of marriages in 1991 are remarriages for one or both
    parties, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics,
    cited in the Census Bureau report” (http://www.divorcesoftware.
    com/splitgen/sp/gn/percentofmarriagesthatareremarriages.htm).
    4. “Median duration of first marriages that end in divorce: Males:
    7.8 years;
    Females: 7.9 years.  Median duration of second marriages that end
    in divorce: Males: 7.3 years; Females: 6.8 years.  Median number
    of years people wait to remarry after their first divorce: Males: 3.3
    years; Females: 3.1 years” (http://www.divorcemag.
    com/statistics/statsUS.shtml).

II. Body: Matthew 5:27-32
    Verse 27: Under the O.T., considering the nature of God does not
    change (Malachi 3:6), though the law did (cf. Hebrews 8:7-9:17):
    Genesis 20:1-3, Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 20:10, and Jeremiah 7:9-16.
    Verse 28: Now, lusting [sexual desires towards another outside of the
    marriage; cf. Hebrews 13:4] is adultery in the heart:

    •        Lust is where adultery begins (II Samuel 11:1-5, Proverbs 7:4-
    27, and Proverbs 23:27-28).
    •        Yes, it will take us over [i.e. what pornography does to
    marriages] (II Peter 2:9-14).

    o        “A professional Society of Divorce Lawyers recently
    reported that use of internet pornography had surpassed
    financial problems as being the greatest cause of divorce in
    America.”
    o        “Another man who is now a WiseChoice user explained
    that during the year of 2003 that he spend over 1000 hours
    on internet pornography. One thousand hours works out to
    be forty one complete 24 hour days of internet porn use!  I
    asked him: "what happened with your family?"   "I lost it," he
    replied.  What about your job?"...." I lost it too......I've lost
    everything.”
    o        “It is estimated that over 50% of American  are
    accessing internet pornography regularly” (http://www.
    wisechoice.net/addiction-stories/).

    •        Lust will cause us to err greatly and do things we would not
    normally concede to (Mark 6:17-28).

    Verses 29-30: The point is, do what you have to in avoiding temptation
    and ultimately eternity in Hell (Proverbs 4:13-15, Mark 9:43-48, Romans
    6:13, Romans 13:14, Galatians 5:16-17, Colossians 3:5-7, I Peter 2:11; 4:
    1-2; cf. I Timothy 5:5-6).

    •        Sexual sins are most easily avoided through scriptural
    marriages (I Corinthians 7:1-4).
    Verse 31: O.T. allowed for divorces without many restrictions
    (Deuteronomy 24:1-4; cf. Mark 10:2-9 and Colossians 2:14).
    Verse 32: Jesus exercises His authority in establishing the
    original precept, “But I say unto you” as we discussed last week
    (John 12:48 and Hebrews 5:8-9).
    •        Same point taught in Matthew 19:3-9.
    •        Regardless of the popular standard of men, divorce and / or
    remarriage is not God’s way, with just that one exception above
    [fornication], at all (John 4:5-18, Romans 7:1-3 and I Corinthians 7:
    10-17; 39).


III. Conclusion: Sin begins within us, where does it therefore end
(Ephesians 4:21-22, I John 5:18, and Psalms 34:12-16)?



© 2008 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
The Sermon On The Mount (Part 7)
Matthew 5:27-32