Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Teaching Is About Saving Souls, Not “Getting Someone”
A. Some who profess to be God’s people love to sit back and prove someone is wrong (Luke 11:53-54).
1. When someone is wrong [in error], they’re hell bound (II Thessalonians 2:10-12).
2. How could any of us find any pleasure in knowing that someone is lost (Romans 9:1-3)?
B. We are not supposed to be using the Scriptures to get into fights and win our side of an argument (Titus 3:9-11).
1. We’re supposed to contend for the truth (Proverbs 28:4), but we are not supposed to be a contentious people (Proverbs 26:21).
2. We should be using the Scriptures to promote peace and unity (Ephesians 4:1-3).
3. Therefore, the old, “the preacher real let ‘em have it today” attitude is ALL WRONG (Philippians 3:18)!
II. Body: We should be using our knowledge of the truth to help the lost be saved (Ecclesiastes 12:9-10, Romans 1:16, I Corinthians 1:17-21, II Timothy 2:24-26, James 5:19-20, etc.).
A. Before we proceed, we need to remind ourselves that teaching to save someone does not mean we become tolerant of error (Psalms 119:128, Jeremiah 15:17, and Ephesians 6:14).
1. Loving the truth means we will not put on a face of friendship with the erring (Proverbs 29:27).
2. Yet, instead of leaving people to sink in sin, we take on the mission of Christ (Luke 19:1-10).
B. We should be focusing on what is needful (Jude 3-4) and profitable (Acts 20:20) when teaching (Acts 17:16-30).
1. If someone needs to hear what they must do to be saved, teach them that (Acts 2:37-41).
2. If someone needs to hear what they must do to be restored, teach them that (Acts 8:13-24).
3. If someone doesn’t understand a Scripture, explain it to them using the Scriptures (Acts 8:30-38).
4. Sometimes we will want to cover things with people, yet we’ll have to not get too far ahead of ourselves (Hebrews 5:11).
5. We’ll always need to be good at listening and watching to know what NEEDS to be taught/discussed (Mark 10:13-16).
C. Since we’re trying to help people be saved, let’s remember to teach with an attitude of urgency (Isaiah 30:20-21, Isaiah 62:6-7, Ezekiel 3:17-21, and II Corinthians 6:1-2).
1. That does not mean we’re not expected to be longsuffering when teaching (II Timothy 4:2).
2. At the same time, we should not act like anyone has “forever” to get their lives right (Proverbs 27:1 and I Thessalonians 5:2-3).
III. Conclusion: Our focus is clearly defined in the Scriptures (I Timothy 2:1-4).
© 2010 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