“Woe To Him That Is Alone”
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (http://www.wordsoftruth.net)
A. We know that we’re never alone in that God is with us (Romans 8:31-39).
1. The exception to that is if we sin, our sins separate us from God (Isaiah 59:1-3, Jeremiah 5:24-25, and I Peter 3:12).
2. Outside of ourselves, no one can send God away from us (John 10:27-29).
B. Aside from God, we have our brethren (I Thessalonians 4:9).
1. Yes, there are some who fail us (II Timothy 1:15, II Timothy 4:10, and II Timothy 4:14-17).
2. However, the faithful are beside the faithful no matter what (Romans 16:1-4).
II. Body: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
A. There are many ways in which companionship is good (cf. Genesis 2:18).
1. It is good to have someone to strengthen us (Proverbs 27:17).
2. It is good to have someone with us doing the Lord’s work (Mark 6:7).
3. It is good to have others with us to share in our joys and even our sorrows (Romans 12:15 and I Corinthians 12:25-26).
B. Woe to the one who is alone if he falls, for no one can pick him up (Galatians 6:1-2).
1. There are times wherein a Christian might fail and needs brought back home (James 5:19-20).
2. There are times when our falls are not sins, but disappointments and we need encouragement (I Thessalonians 5:11).
3. There are times wherein we need exhorted [admonished; pushed] by our brethren (Hebrews 3:13 and Hebrews 10:23-25).
C. While our brethren are not going to lay with us to warm us, sometimes we do need things in life that others need to help us obtain (Acts 4:32-34).
1. Difficult financial times can strike when we can do nothing about it (Acts 11:27-31).
2. Health, persecution, clothing, etc. are some things that leave us in need of others (Matthew 25:34-40).
D. Why would anyone want to be alone against the adversary we face (Luke 22:31-32 and I Peter 5:8-9)?
1. When embattled, we find strength in our brethren (II Corinthians 7:5-7).
2. We do not have to stand all by ourselves (Philippians 1:21-30).
III. Conclusion: If you’re faithful you’ll have God (Hebrews 13:5-6) and our faithful brethren with us too (Ephesians 4:16). Thus, this “woe” to him that is alone should not apply to you! Does it? What does that say about you?
© 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