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Not Being Overly Dependent On Others | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

Not Being Overly Dependent On Others
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I. Introduction:

A. It is great when brethren care so much about each other and will help even to their own hurt if need be (Philippians 2:25-30).

  1. Yet, there are instructions that can’t be carried out by others (I Timothy 5:8) [some exceptions; which we will address shortly].
  2. There are expectations that we shouldn’t want others to take on for us as well (Acts 17:10-11).
B. Yes, sometimes brethren face things they cannot handle alone (Acts 11:27-30).
  1. It is good to be able to have support spiritually (Philippians 1:27).
  2. It is good to be able to have support physically (I John 3:14-18).

II. Body: There Has To Be A Balance Though (Galatians 6:1-5)…

A. Sometimes people think too highly of themselves (Proverbs 25:14, Proverbs 26:12, and Colossians 2:18).
  1. Such is not the Lord’s will for us (Romans 12:3).
  2. This is especially true of those that do little themselves, get a lot of help, and then become boastful (Isaiah 10:5-15).
B. Prove [test] your own work (I Corinthians 11:28, Ephesians 5:10, and I Thessalonians 5:21).
  1. Think about the point of I Thessalonians 4:11-12
  2. How can you follow Galatians 6:4 if you have no work to test?
  3. How could any of us read James 1:21-27; 2:14-26 and think ourselves faithful if we are not doing anything?
  4. Consider: II Corinthians 5:10 and I Peter 1:17
C. While Galatians 6:5 appears to be teaching the same thing as verses 7-9, there is a variation. The word translated “burden” here only appears in three other N.T. Scriptures (Matthew 11:30, Matthew 23:4, and Luke 11:46).
  1. The application here appears more to be talking about carrying your own weight (i.e. Mark 8:34-35).
  2. Think of the Parable of the Talents. Could they take the responsibility given to them and pass that off on to someone more capable (Matthew 25:14-30)? NO!
D. What would occur if all brethren preferred to be on the giving side rather than the receiving side (Acts 20:35)?
  1. How does Hebrews 10:24 help us to help each other?
  2. We are all supposed to be workers (Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 2:10, II Timothy 3:14-17, Titus 2:11-14, Titus 3:8, and Titus 3:14)!

III. Conclusion: Matthew 16:27 and I Corinthians 3:8

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