|Another Sermon Outline by Brian A. Yeager
|It is Good to be Zealously Affected in a Good Thing
|I. Introduction: (Zeal - persistent, fervent devotion) Galatians 4:18
A. God wants zealous servants (Titus 2:11-14; cf. Philippians 1:27-28).
1. He commands such (Romans 12:11, Hebrews 6:10-12, and
2. In light of the reward, why would we not be zealous (I Corinthians 9:24-
B. Realize that God rewards the diligent [persistent] servant (Hebrews 11:6).
1. It is with diligence [persistence] that we are to make our calling and
election sure (II Peter 1:10).
2. Our work is - always (I Corinthians 15:58).
II. Body: Let’s move on this…
A. Brethren, do we show the fire we need to have burning in us for the Lord
(Isaiah 6:8 and Jeremiah 20:8-11; 26:12-15)? Is there even a spark?
1. Do we remember what price was paid for us (Matthew 20:28 and I
2. Do we remember that we are not our own (I Corinthians 6:19-20)?
3. Is service to God a burden or a pleasure (I John 5:2-3)?
a. “I have to come to services, but I don’t want to” (Psalms 95:6-7).
b. “Studying, I’ll just listen and learn from that…” (Psalms 1:1-2;
119:69-73 ; 97-101).
B. We can learn a lot from good examples (James 5:10-11).
1. Phinehas (Numbers 25:1-11; cf. Psalms 106:21-31).
2. Jesus (Luke 8:1 and Luke 9:51).
3. A giving widow (Mark 12:42-44).
4. Epaphras (Colossians 4:12-13).
5. Onesiphorus (II Timothy 1:16-18).
6. The true watchman of the Lord (Isaiah 62:1; 6 and Jude 3).
C. Let’s make sure our zeal is not coupled with ignorance and used against
the cause of our Lord (Romans 10:1-3).
1. Consider those who tried to kill the faithful – they were zealous
(Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:1, John 7:1, Acts 9:17-24; 21:27-32; 23:12-
15, Philippians 3:1-7, and I Thessalonians 2:14-16).
2. When our zeal is found to be misplaced, we must make it right (Acts
18:24-28 and Galatians 1:13-16; cf. Ezekiel 18:30-32).
A. Jesus’ invitation shows required zeal [fervent dedication] (Matthew 16:24-
B. Stop talking, it’s time to work (John 4:30-35).
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