Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Walking On The Guardrail
I. Introduction: Seeking the wisdom to stay on the right path in a conscientious manner (Proverbs 9:9; 23:19).
A. As Christians we realize that there are two paths (Matthew 7:13-14).
1. Christians are supposed to be on the path of the righteous (Proverbs 2:20).
2. By being on the right path, we depart from evil and we guard our way (Proverbs 16:17).
B. Some want to be on the right path, but they want to walk that path by being on the guardrail [a.k.a. playing with fire, playing “chicken”, Russian roulette, walking on the edge, etc.] (Ecclesiastes 8:11, Matthew 24:45-51, and II Peter 3:3-10).
1. Should we be trying to come as close as possible to the wrong side of the way (Deuteronomy 5:32-33, Proverbs 4:26-27, and Hebrews 10:23)?
a. We know we need authority for all we say and do (Colossians 3:17).
b. That authority comes from a “thus saith the Lord” (Matthew 4:4, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 5:10, and I Thessalonians 5:21), not a “where did God say I can’t” (II Samuel 7:1-7 and Proverbs 30:5-6).
2. Do we take our soul’s eternal destination so lightly that we will play the odds [gamble] with what’s right and wrong (Proverbs 4:14-15)?
C. Christians ought to be very conscientious (Romans 14:19-23).
1. We always have to be mindful of others and the consequences of our actions upon them (Romans 12:10; 15:1-3, I Corinthians 8:8-13 and I Corinthians 9:19-23).
2. Understanding that while being considerate of others, we cannot compromise the truth [as some who try to shove things into Romans14 that are not AUTHORIZED LIBERTIES] (Proverbs 23:23; sometimes we will be a righteous stumbling block – I Peter 2:5-8).
3. On the other hand, we have to make sure we are not overreacting (Mark 7:1-9) or attempting to become the conscience of others (Romans 14:1-3; 10-13 and Galatians 2:1-5).
4. Finally, we better be sure we are not acting in doubt (Luke 12:29, I Timothy 2:8, James 1:8, and James 4:8).
a. Katrina made unleavened bread, was pretty sure no leaven was around, but she had other baking supplies out. She threw away the “unleavened bread” to be SURE there was nothing wrong (cf. Romans 14:5).
b. A woman read I Timothy 2:9-10 and began doubting whether she should wear make-up. She should stop until she’s convinced, through the Scriptures (Luke 4:4), that it is right (again; Romans 14:23).
II. Body: Discussing and applying the truths listed above (Luke 11:28)…
A. We have men and women here with differing hair lengths. Not saying anyone is in error for sure, but are you sure YOUR covering is right (I Corinthians 11:3-15)?
1. Excuses come into this subject [cannot grow long hair, hair is thin, etc.]. Shouldn’t you be sure you’re doing all you can to be proper (Proverbs 7:1-3)?
a. What message is your hairdo sending to others?
b. Do you have a clear conscience?
2. From Greek terms (2619; 2596) we know a man is not to have hair hanging down and woman is supposed to. What is hanging down? What length? Are you confident you meet the terms (cf. I Peter 4:17-18)?
B. How are we spending our time (Ephesians 5:15-17)?
1. When opportunities to learn are presented, what part do you choose (Luke 10:38-42; cf. Proverbs 1:5)?
a. This would apply to things like vacation. When you think of vacation and “getting away”, do you ever consider spending more time with brethren (Romans 15:24)?
b. Face to face time with Christians is necessary for Christians to be strong (Romans 15:32, I Thessalonians 2:17-18, I Thessalonians 3:10, II John 12, and III John 13-14).
c. BULLETINS – are you studying them? CLASSES - are you preparing, listening, and even contributing?
2. We need to be working at getting back to assembling more often (Ephesians 4:16 and Hebrews 3:13). We’ve got to move forward at some point (Deuteronomy 2:1-8)!
3. What statements are we making with our choices of time management?
C. What do we do with our “social lives” (Acts 2:46 and I Peter 4:9)?
1. What should our conscience be telling us about our entertainment choices [are we looking for the edge of too much smut to watch, listen to, etc.] (Psalms 101:3)?
2. What does our friendships tell others about us (James 4:4) being sure we aren’t going too far (I Corinthians 5:9-10)?
3. Is your conscience clear with your social investments?
D. Consider some quick matters…
1. What does your apparel say to others (Proverbs 7:10 and Matthew 3:4)?
2. What does your work/school efforts say about you (Luke 16:11)?
3. What is your overall reputation (Proverbs 22:1 and Ecclesiastes 7:1)?
4. If you always “push the envelope”, what does that say about you (Titus 3:8 and II Peter 1:10)?
III. Conclusion: “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God” (I John 3:20-21).
© 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