Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
A. Sin is a choice of YOURS (Ezekiel 18:20-28, II Thessalonians 2:12, James 2:9, James 4:17, and I John 3:4).
1. You cannot blame others (Daniel 9:5 and James 1:13-16).
2. Sin is your action(s) telling the world who you belong to (Romans 6:16 and I John 3:8-10).
B. If we sin, we must repent to be saved (Ezekiel 18:29-32).
1. You cannot cover up sin pretending that everything is okay (Psalms 32:5, Proverbs 28:13, Jeremiah 3:12-13, Jeremiah 8:4-6, Matthew 23:25-28, I John 1:8-10, and Revelation 2:5).
2. Honest repentance is shown (Ezekiel 14:6, Matthew 3:8, and Acts 26:20).
a. Some people will never change (Hebrews 6:4-6).
b. Yet, we must not take an attitude towards those needing to repent that will prevent them from changing (Matthew 18:21-35).
i. We may grow “weary of repentances” [the ones who often confess faults], but God does not (II Peter 3:9).
ii. We need to be willing to aid those who often find themselves on the path of sin (Galatians 6:1-2).
II. Body: Let’s never try to fool or be fooled by “apologies” (II Corinthians 7:9-10) without TRUE repentance (Exodus 9:27-35). A trip down the isle and a “sorry” is not repentance. Let’s examine true repentance.
A. Consider Jonah 3:1-10; cf. Matthew 12:41:
1. One could argue that these people were ignorant, but there is no “innocence by way of ignorance” rule regarding sin (Leviticus 5:17, Acts 3:14-19, and Acts 17:30).
2. Some could argue that these were gentiles and thus sinful by nature, but man does not have a sinful nature (Deuteronomy 24:16, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Ezekiel 28:15, and Romans 2:5-6).
3. These heard God’s word and CHOSE to truly repent (Psalms 19:7; 51:13).
B. Consider Matthew 21:28-32:
1. To commit to the will of the Lord only to lie, will get you one result (Matthew 7:21, Romans 2:7-8, and II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
2. To deny the will of the Lord, but repent will bring forgiveness (II Chronicles 33:10-19).
C. Consider Luke 7:37-50:
1. When you are forgiven, you get it (I Corinthians 6:20 and II Corinthians 5:14-15).
2. Paul is an example of this point (Acts 7:54-8:4; 9:1-22, I Corinthians 15:9-10, and I Timothy 1:13-16).
D. Consider Luke 15:11-32:
1. Some do trade in the real treasure for worldliness (II Timothy 4:10).
2. Poverty, spiritually and physically, comes to those who are lust driven (Proverbs 21:17; 20; cf. Romans 13:13-14).
3. If time permits (Proverbs 27:1), those who have committed spiritual suicide can repent (Luke 19:10 and Ezekiel 33:11).
E. Consider Acts 8:13-24:
1. Plain speech used to correct an erring brother (I Corinthians 2:1-5 and II Corinthians 3:12).
2. Those who are saved, but fall, need converted back to Christ (James 5:19-20).
III. Conclusion: If you’re in sin, choose whether you’ll repent or perish (Luke 13:1-5).
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