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A Willing Mind | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

A Willing Mind
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I. Introduction:

A. Let’s think about how distractions keep us from making up our minds on things. Consider what was said to the soon to be king, Saul (I Samuel 9:1-27) *vs. 20.

  1. What if someone’s mind is on one thing when they are presented with something entirely different to consider (Acts 24:22-27; 26:24-26)?
  2. What if someone has a divided heart (Hosea 10:1-2)?
  3. How does the Lord view those who like to ride the fence regarding spiritual matters (Luke 11:23 and Revelation 3:14-16)?
B. Think about indecisiveness when it’s time to choose (Luke 9:57-62).
  1. Think about God’s various instructions to “choose” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Joshua 24:15-22, I Kings 18:20-22, Psalms 119:30, Proverbs 1:27-31, Luke 10:38-42, etc.).
  2. What if it is a “person’s nature” to be indecisive (James 1:8)?
  3. How could that cause sin, even in areas of authorized liberties (Romans 14:22-23)?

II. Body: II Corinthians 8:1-12 [cf. I Corinthians 16:1-4] “readiness to will” (vs. 11); “willing mind” (vs. 12).

A. The wording, from the Greek word “προθυμία” meaning: “predisposition, i.e. alacrity: — forwardness of mind, readiness (of mind), ready (willing) mind. Zeal, spirit, eagerness, inclination, readiness of mind” (Strong’s # 4288).
  1. “Readiness of mind” (Acts 17:10-11).
  2. “Ready mind” (II Corinthians 8:19).
  3. “Forwardness of your mind” (II Corinthians 9:1-2).
B. Think about an unwilling mind, a mind not willingly ready for something (Philemon 1:8-22).
  1. Even the right actions can be wrong if our minds are not ready, not willing in doing something (i.e. I Peter 4:9).
  2. In thinking back to II Corinthians 8-9 and the act of helping needy saints: how important is it for such rightful actions to be done with a readiness; willing mindset (I Timothy 6:17-19)?
  3. Think about the one who just gets stuck, doesn’t have his or her mind set for action, and buries the will of God (Luke 19:11-27).
  4. Can principles such as the great truth of “counting the cost” (Luke 14:25-33), which was taught because of excuses (Luke 14:16-24), lead to overthinking and possibly getting stuck in neutral; indecision [like Pilate] (Luke 23:1-25; cf. Matthew 27:15-26 and John 18:12-15)?
C. All hope is not lost when a person is stuck, doesn’t have a forward mind to the will of God. Moses is a great example of this (Exodus 3:1-4:31).
  1. He went from a man of why he couldn’t do it, to the man the Lord spoke to mouth to mouth (Numbers 12:6-7).
  2. He was called faithful in all his house (Hebrews 3:2; 3:5).
  3. These principles are obvious even to sinners (Matthew 21:28-32).

III. Conclusion: Consider David’s counsel to Solomon (I Chronicles 28:9).

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