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Lest I Should Build Upon Another Man’s Foundation | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

Lest I Should Build Upon Another Man’s Foundation
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I. Introduction: Teaching someone the Gospel
often comes with many challenges.

A. Even when Jesus was the teacher… (Matthew 13:13-17).

  1. Things like timing of certain lessons (Mark 4:33-34).
  2. Things like capability of bearing information (John 16:12).
  3. Things like overcoming traditionalism (Mark 7:8; 7:13).
  4. Things like teaching through speculation (Luke 9:18-20).
  5. Things like working with various soils (Luke 8:11-15).
B. Having said those things, and knowing more could be said, the Gospel works in those that believe (Romans 1:16-17).
  1. The Gospel will bring forth fruit in said individuals (Colossians 1:5-6).
  2. Delivery is not wherein the power of conversion exists (I Corinthians 2:1-5), understanding what foundation of knowledge we are working with is very important.

II. Body: Romans 15:20

A. First, we are not going to find a place wherein Christ is not named today (Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 8:7-13).
  1. We will not find a place on earth where the Gospel has never been preached or Christ is unknown (Colossians 1:23).
  2. We will find places wherein Christ is not properly named (II Timothy 2:19).
B. So, for our application of this, we need to think about how we build on whatever foundation is in place (I Corinthians 3:9-11).
  1. Sometimes the understanding of the whole truth is flawed (John 8:39-59).
  • Think about how people’s understanding of things like prayer are based upon their understanding of so-called “providence” and miracles.
  • Think about a person’s carnal or spiritual mindset (Romans 8:7-8) affects teaching even in matters like the work of the local church (Romans 14:17).
  1. There can be a “we” in the process of teaching (II Corinthians 4:1-6 and Colossians 1:28).
  2. In carefully following the pattern of teaching, we should be teaching the same things (I Corinthians 15:1-11).
C. Since we are focusing on foundations, consider how the right foundation is the key (Luke 6:46-49).
  1. Think about someone must hold fast to what that person had been taught (Colossians 2:4-8, II Thessalonians 2:15, and Titus 1:9).
  2. Therefore, we must teach that which people can hold fast to in a way which will stand up to scrutiny (I Thessalonians 5:21).

III. Conclusion: Lest we err, while we look for fresh soil, we can never miss the fact that there is only one foundation to be laid (Ephesians 2:20-21).

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