Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
YouŐre Doing Good According To Whom?
A. We have to examine ourselves (II Corinthians 13:5).
1. Examination requires honesty (I Corinthians 3:18).
2. Honesty demands real changes (James 4:8-10).
B. People too easily rationalize [explain; justify; excuse] their wrongs (Genesis 3:12-13 and Matthew 7:21-23).
1. Rationalizing your way into sin will not open a door into Heaven for you (Galatians 6:7-8).
2. Rationalizing is unwise (Proverbs 14:16; 16:25).
II. Body: ŇObserve and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy GodÓ (Deuteronomy 12:28).
A. Should you be using yourself as a standard of spiritual measurement (Isaiah 5:21)?
1. The Scriptures teach us not to measure ourselves by ourselves (II Corinthians 10:17-18).
2. Honest examination will not occur when you use yourself as the standard (Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 21:2, Luke 18:9-14, Romans 10:1-3, and Romans 12:16).
B. Should you be using family or friends as a standard of spiritual measurement (Luke 6:26)?
1. Some have friends and family members who are not even Christians, so what is the true value of their opinions (John 15:19)?
2. Plainly put, donŐt put your salvation in the hands of men (Ephesians 5:6).
3. Even with our brethren, we may be deceiving them so they can only help us with what they REALLY know about us (I Timothy 5:24-25; cf. Romans 16:18).
4. DonŐt use the failures of others as your excuse either (Exodus 32:22-24).
C. The word of God has to be the standard we live by (Psalms 119:9-11).
1. Notice this example wherein a woman thought she was complimenting the Mother of Christ, but His answer shows the point: Luke 11:27-28.
2. The word of God has to be laid to heart (Deuteronomy 11:18) and kept (Proverbs 4:4-7).
III. Conclusion: See and do what the Scriptures say instead of looking to them and walking away (James 1:21-25).
© 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