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The Fight Is Not Over | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

The Fight Is Not Over
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I. Introduction:

A. In the Scriptures, the life of a Christian is referred to as a fight (I Timothy 6:11-12).

  1. We strive [fight] to enter at the straight gate (Luke 13:23-24).
  2. We strive for the mastery [fight] to finish (I Corinthians 9:24-27 and II Timothy 4:6-8).
  3. We have to war a good warfare (I Timothy 1:18-20).
  4. We see the imagery of armor (Ephesians 6:10-17).
  5. Weapons that are not carnal (II Corinthians 10:1-5).
  6. Evangelists were taught to endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ (II Timothy 2:1-4).
B. If we look backwards, there were those among God’s people that simply got too comfortable, off guard, complacent (Isaiah 32:9-11 and Amos 6:1-4).
  1. Do we really want to take ease (Luke 12:13-21)?
  2. How does the Lord expect to find us when He comes (Luke 12:35-40)?
  3. We talk of working until the time comes for a rest (Hebrews 4:9-11). What about fighting until the fight is over (II Timothy 4:6-8; cf. Revelation 2:10)?

II. Body: Let Us Watch and Be Sober (I Thessalonians 5:1-10).

A. What does it mean to watch (I Corinthians 16:13)?
  1. “Keep awake, i.e. watch (literally or figuratively): — be vigilant, wake, (be) watch(-ful)…” (Strong’s # 1127).
  2. In other words, be alert (I Corinthians 15:34).
  3. Those not alert are perceived as dead (Ephesians 5:14-17).
B. What does it mean to be sober (Titus 2:2-6)?
  1. In verse 2 is about abstaining from wine. In verse 4: “To make of sound mind, i.e. (figuratively) to discipline or correct: — teach to be sober…” (Strong’s # 4994). In verse 6 “To be of sound mind, i.e. sane, (figuratively) moderate: — be in right mind, be sober (minded), soberly…” (Strong’s # 4993).
  2. The idea of all three words in Titus 2:2-6 is to be capable of being alert; in the right frame of mind (I Peter 1:13-16).
  3. Even with spiritual gifts in play in the first century, where some might not need to give thought (Matthew 10:16-20), a sound mind was of great need (II Timothy 1:7).
C. What are some of the things we are watching with alertness for (Revelation 3:2-3)?
  1. The return of our Lord (Matthew 24:42-51).
  2. Figuratively speaking - Satan, his followers, Satan’s will (Ephesians 4:27 and I Peter 5:8-9; cf. Acts 4:32-5:10 and I John 3:8-10).
  3. Erring brethren (Acts 20:28-31).
  • This is NOT just about brethren teaching false doctrine. What about influence (I Corinthians 15:33)?
  • False doctrine is a leaven to be aware of (Galatians 5:7-9), but not the only leaven to be aware of (I Corinthians 5:1-8).
  1. Those that creep in unawares need contended with Jude 1:3-4 without violating Matthew 7:6, II Timothy 2:14, II Timothy 2:23, Titus 3:9-11, etc.
  2. Watch as not to enter into temptation (Mark 14:38).

III. Conclusion: We are not in Heaven yet. Live like you understand that (Philippians 3:7-21).

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