When You Come Through It Stronger
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. In times past many of us have fallen and had to confess our sins, repent, and work to be restored (Luke 19:1-10).
1. Maybe we’ve needed restored in the past (Galatians 6:1 and James 5:19-20).
2. Maybe you have been disciplined by the faithful (I Corinthians 5:1-13).
B. If you’ve ever erred from the faith, when you look back, how do you look at your sins and the process of repentance you underwent? Are your sinful days your “glory days”?
1. Are you ashamed of your past sins (Romans 6:21)?
2. Have you “moved on” or have you allowed those errors to be an ever-present motivator to do right (Romans 6:11-18)?
II. Body: Hebrews 12:1-17
A. Sometimes being corrected makes us strong (Titus 1:13).
1. What did Paul do with his sinful past (I Corinthians 15:9-10)?
2. Setting our minds on not walking like our old sinful selves but as obedient children with our faith and hope in God (I Peter 1:13-21; cf. Psalms 118:18-21).
B. Sometimes the process of getting back up makes us stronger (Lamentations 3:19-40; cf. Isaiah 40:28-31).
1. Sometimes the “wake up call” changes our thinking (Luke 15:17-19).
a. If you’ve spiritually fallen asleep, you fail, and you are given the time to repent, you have a fresh take on reality (Ephesians 5:14-17; cf. Luke 17:7-10 and II Corinthians 5:14-15).
b. This renewed humility turns into an eternal reward (I Peter 5:5-6).
2. The humble servant is a strong servant through a source of strength far greater than our own (Proverbs 10:29 and Philippians 4:13).
C. Overcoming adversity and tests of our faith makes us stronger (James 1:1-4).
1. Consider what it means to endure temptation (James 1:12).
a. The word translated there as “endureth” can be understood clearly by looking at other Scriptures that use that word (Matthew 10:22) “patient” (Romans 12:12), “endure” (II Timothy 2:9-10), etc.
b. Temptation is explained contextually (James 1:13-16) and is easy to understand as things that try/test us from other Scriptures (Mark 14:38, Acts 20:19, I Peter 1:6-7, I Peter 4:12, etc.).
2. All we endure should strengthen and focus us (II Corinthians 4:12-5:1).
D. Consider Peter as an example to illustrate this sermon…
1. Erred (Matthew 16:21-23).
2. Erred (Matthew 26:26-35; Matthew 26:69-75).
3. Erred (Mark 16:9-14).
4. Erred (Galatians 2:11-17).
5. What did his errors, being corrected, repentance of those errors, etc. turn him into (I Peter 5:1; cf. I Timothy 3:1-7)?
III. Conclusion: Afflictions, earned (Proverbs 14:14) or not, do not always have to be a source of weakness (Psalms 119:71).
© 2015 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