Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Some Examples To Remember
A. We know that we are to follow direct statements from God (Deuteronomy 12:32, John 15:14, and Revelation 22:14).
1. The command to love one another is an example of a direct command (John 15:17).
2. The command against departing from your mate is another example of a direct command (I Corinthians 7:10).
B. We know that we learn from inescapable implications in the Scriptures (i.e. Matthew 22:23-32). – The implication being that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob live beyond this world.
1. Peter inferred that since the Gentiles were given the Holy Spirit they must be able to be saved, as were the Jews (Acts 11:12-18).
2. We infer that we are to assemble every first day of the week based on Acts 20:7 and I Corinthians 16:1-2.
II. Body: We also learn from positive (Acts 8:35-38) and negative Scriptural examples (I Corinthians 10:1-11). Let’s learn from just a few today…
A. John 13:1-17
1. The example of being a servant (Acts 20:35, II Corinthians 4:5, and Galatians 5:13-14).
2. Understanding that “foot washing” is not what is being taught, for we have neither the “when”, the “where”, the “what”, or the “how” in the instruction (same as the “holy kiss” – Romans 16:16, I Corinthians 16:20, II Corinthians 13:12, and I Thessalonians 5:26).
a. If all we had concerning the Lord’s Supper was Acts 20:7, we could not partake for we’d not know enough.
b. Since it is for us to practice we have all the info. we need to carry out the example (Matthew 26:17, Matthew 26:26-29, I Corinthians 11:23-33, etc.).
3. The point is, when the example itself is to be duplicated, we have all the information needed to carry it out (II Timothy 3:16-17).
a. Likely, foot washing was a custom performed as a work of hospitality (Luke 7:36-47).
b. Traveling often ended with a need for feet to be cleaned (Genesis 18:1-5).
c. If a brother or sister enters into our home needing their feet washed, we’d better do it!
d. There is NO EVIDENCE that foot washing is a “religious service”, thus we cannot practice it as such or teach/practice more than we can prove (Romans 14:23 and Ephesians 5:10).
4. We also can learn from this text (John 13:2) that the influence of evil causes one to act on behalf of Satan (John 6:70-71; cf. I John 3:8-10).
B. James 5:10
1. We can learn from the prophets in that they spoke “in the name of the Lord” (Colossians 3:17; cf. II Samuel 23:2, Isaiah 39:8, Acts 3:20-21, and II Peter 1:20-21).
2. The prophets were an example of suffering affliction (I Kings 22:6-38) and enduring through it (Daniel 6:1-28).
C. Jude 7
1. We can learn about God’s Judgment against those who live ungodly lives by looking at Sodom and Gomorrha (Genesis 18:16-19:25, Matthew 11:20-24, and II Peter 2:6).
2. When our Lord warned about Jerusalem being destroyed, He used Sodom and Gomorrha as an example (Luke 17:26-30).
3. In our world today, showing the sinfulness of fornication [unlawful sexual intercourse] is important (Romans 1:18-32, I Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21, and I Thessalonians 4:2-3).
D. Luke 17:32
1. Again, in prophesying about the destruction of Jerusalem that later occurred in AD 70, Jesus tells them to remember Lot’s wife (Genesis 19:17; 26).
a. Christians were told to flee Jerusalem when the Lord was going to destroy it (Matthew 24:15-21).
b. Just as it was with Lot’s wife, they were not to desire what was behind (Mark 13:14-16).
2. For us, the lesson is that when we leave the world, we shouldn’t look back to anyone or anything (Luke 9:61-62).
III. Conclusion: Let’s be sure to remember that God has not only written to us to learn from statements, but also examples. We can be saved if we follow the right examples (I Peter 2:21) and we can avoid error if we learn from the bad examples (Hebrews 3:8-4:11).
© 2011 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