Sermon outlines on the love of God

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His Banner Over Us Is Love A Series of Five Sermons on the Love of God Gene Taylor
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Preface The theme for this series of sermons is “His Banner Over Us Is Love.” Is there any greater theme than love? If we learn to appreciate the boundless love that God has shown toward us, we will have no problem at all in returning that love through obedience to His divine word. Christ said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) In the Bible God has given us the many qualities of love and numerous examples of that love. The lessons in this series will help all ages to better understand the love God has for mankind and the love we need to manifest toward Him and our fellow man. These sermons may be presented as a series or independently for each lesson is complete in and of itself and does not build on previous lessons. Gene Taylor His Banner Over Us Is Love Gene Taylor 1
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Table of Contents Preface .................................................................................................................................................... Table of Contents ................................................................................................................................. The Love That Never Fails .................................................................................................................. The Lord Is My Shepherd ................................................................................................................... 1 2 3 6 The Golden Rule ................................................................................................................................... 10 The Good Tidings of Great Joy .......................................................................................................... 13 The Good News .................................................................................................................................... 17 © Gene Taylor, 1994. All Rights Reserved. His Banner Over Us Is Love Gene Taylor 2
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The Love That Never Fails Text: 1 Corinthians 13:13 Introduction 1. In the controversy in the church at Corinth over spiritual gifts, the apostle Paul injected teaching on love in order to show the proper reasons for desiring and using spiritual gifts. a. Love is a ”more excellent way.” (1 Cor. 12:31) b. Of faith, hope and love, “the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13:13) 2. This lesson will show: a. Why love is greater than both faith and hope. b. What results from having such a love. I. An Analysis of the Text: A Definition of Terms A. “Love.” 1. “AGAPAO and the corresponding noun agape present ‘the characteristic word of Christianity, and since the Spirit of revelation has used it to express ideas previously unknown, enquiry into its use, whether in Greek literature or in the Septuagint, throws but little light upon its distinctive meaning in the N.T. … ’ “Agape and agapao are used in the N.T. (a) to describe the attitude of God toward His Son … ; the human race, generally … ; and to such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ … ; (b) to convey His will to His children concerning their attitude one toward another … , and toward all men … ; (c) to express the essential nature of God … ’ “Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. God’s love is seen in the gift of His Son … But obviously this is not the love of complacency, or affection, that is, it was not drawn out by any excellency of its objects … It was an exercise of the Divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself … “Love had its perfect expression among men in the Lord Jesus Christ, … Christian love is the fruit of His Spirit in the Christian, Gal. 5:22. “Christian love has God for its primary object, and expresses itself first of all in implicit obedience to His commandments, John 14:15,21,23; I John 2:5; 2 John 6. Self-will, that is, self-pleasing, is the negation of the love of God. “Christian love, whether exercised toward the brethren, or toward men generally, is not an impulse from the feelings, it does not always run with the natural inclinations, nor does it spend itself only upon those for whom some affinity is discovered. Love seeks the welfare of all, Rom. 15:2, and works no ill His Banner Over Us Is Love Gene Taylor 3
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to any, 13:8-10; love seeks opportunity to do good to all men … ” (W.E. Vine, Expository Dictionary of N.T. Words, p. 703) 2. 1 Corinthians 13 defines the term by the qualities it manifests. B. “Greatest.” 1. “Of great moment, of great weight, important … A thing to be highly esteemed for its excellence.” (Joseph H. Thayer, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 395) 2. “Excellent:…lit., a throwing beyond, hence, a surpassing…” (Vine, 395) II. Why Love Is Greatest A. Love will exist in heaven whereas faith and hope will cease to exist at the second coming. 1. Faith will end with sight. (Heb. 11:1) 2. Hope will stop with realization. 3. Love will only be perfected in the state of glory when we shall see Christ as He is and be like Him (1 John 3:2) and it will be eternal. B. Love is the one thing from which faith and hope spring. (1 Cor. 13:7) 1. “Faith is not an end; it is faith in a Divine Deliverer and in his promise of salvation; it is the means toward eternal life. Hope is not an end; it is hope of final and eternal fellowship with God; it is the means to steadfastness and to heaven. But love is an end in itself. It is the bond of perfectness; beyond this even Christianity cannot carry us. As faith and hope realize their purpose when they produce love, it is obvious that the virtue which is their final purpose is greater than they.” (David Lipscomb, Gospel Advocate Commentary on I Corinthians, pp. 203-204) 2. Faith comes from hearing the word (Rom. 10:17) which is based on love. C. Love is the great underlying principle of the universe. 1. God, the greatest being, is love (1 John 4:8) and the laws of the universe are the manifestations and outgrowths of His love. a. The “golden rule.” (Matt. 7:12) b. Love your enemy. (Matt. 5:43-48) c. We are most like God, the greatest being, when we love. 2. God’s word is undergirded by love. (Matt. 22:35-40) a. We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19) b. To love is to conform to the laws of God. (John 14:15) D. Love moves us to action with an almost irresistible power. 1. “Love is as strong as death” (Song of Solomon 8:6) and “many waters cannot quench love.” (Song of Solomon 8:7) 2. “Love never fails” (1 Cor. 3:8) in the Goodspeed translation reads, “Love will never die out.” 3. “Greater love has no one than this.” (John 15:13) His Banner Over Us Is Love Gene Taylor 4
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4. This principle demonstrated by the women who came to the tomb of Jesus. a. They had watched Jesus die on the cross and had seen His body laid to rest in the tomb. b. They were moved toward the tomb early Sunday morning with the intention of anointing His dead body. (Mark 16:1; Luke 24:1) Why? 1) Faith? If they had believed what He had said repeatedly, they would have been going out to meet the risen Christ instead of going to anoint His dead body. (Matt. 16:21) 2) Hope? Theirs was probably as dead as that of the two men with whom Jesus talked on the road to Emmaus—it was nearly dead. (Luke 24:21) 3) It must have been love. c. These women loved Jesus. 1) They did not know how the great stone they thought was still on the door could be moved but they moved on in spite of this tremendous hindrance. 2) They did not know how they could get the soldiers who they thought were still guarding the tomb to let them inside to anoint His body, but they moved on. 5. Love never fails, if it is strong enough. When faith is weak and hope is almost dead, love will move us on. III. Results of Such Love A. You will obey whether it makes sense or not. B. You will follow Jesus and cleave to Him in times of doubt and trial. C. You will do what the Lord wants you to do in spite of hindrances and obstacles which may seem insurmountable. You will not be turned aside. D. You will make the Lord, His will and His body the most important things in your life. E. You will have the proper attitude toward God, Christ, their word, your brother/sister in Christ, your family, your neighbor, the lost, your enemy, etc. F. You will make being with the Lord your primary goal. G. You will realize what the religion of Christ is all about. Conclusion 1. Love’s superiority is easily seen. Therefore, follow the advice of Paul to “pursue (follow after) love.” (1 Cor. 14:1) 2. The more we love, the more we are like God, the more we will be pleasing to Him. His Banner Over Us Is Love Gene Taylor 5
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The Lord Is My Shepherd Text: Psalm 23 Introduction 1. The text, without doubt, is one of the most familiar Bible passages. a. It is often read and quoted at funerals but it is a psalm of life rather than death. b. Very few are aware of its impact upon the lives of Christians. 2. The Lord is a shepherd, provider and protector to those who follow Him. (John 10:11-18) a. “Want:” The thing that is lacking; deficiency, necessity. A lack of necessities of life, poverty, destitution. b. His provision is comprehensive of both the material and spiritual aspects of one’s life. 3. This lesson will: a. Provide a textual consideration of Psalm 23. b. Define the Good Shepherd and His sheep. c. Make application of Psalm 23 to Jesus’ care for His sheep. d. Conclude by viewing the separation of the sheep from the goats. I. A Textual Consideration of Psalm 23 A. Verse 1: The shepherd provides all the needs for the sheep. B. Verse 2. 1. “Green pastures.” a. The shepherd provides lush pastures which give the sheep an ample supply of food. b. Sheep only lie down when their stomachs are full. 2. “Still waters.” a. Because they are nervous animals, sheep will not drink from noisy streams. b. “Still waters” speak of calm, peace and serenity. C. Verse 3. 1. Sheep aimlessly wander off and often need to be rescued by the shepherd. 2. This principle is emphasized in Matthew 18:11-14 and Luke 15:4-7. D. Verse 4. 1. “The valley of the shadow of death.” a. This term was used to describe a narrow, treacherous path through the mountains which led from Jerusalem down to the Dead Sea. b. It was the only path to some of the most fertile pasture in all of Palestine. His Banner Over Us Is Love Gene Taylor 6
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2. “Rod and staff.” a. One end of the rod a shepherd carried was a blunt instrument which could be used like a weapon to fight off enemies. b. The other end was crooked so that the shepherd could lift sheep safely from crevices, ledges and thickets. E. Verse 5. 1. The shepherd would conscientiously go through a field and remove all of the hazards in it before allowing his sheep to graze there. 2. If a sheep were bruised or cut, the shepherd would pour oil on the injury to soothe, protect and promote healing. F. Verse 6. 1. The shepherd was always there for his sheep. 2. He was ever vigilant to meet their needs and supply their wants. II. The Good Shepherd and His Sheep A. The Good Shepherd. (John 10:11-18, 25-29) 1. In the Old Testament, the figure of a shepherd was used: a. In reference to God in the text of this lesson. (Psa. 23) b. To describe the prophesied Messiah. (Isa. 40:10-11) 2. Jesus, the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, proclaimed Himself to be the “Good Shepherd.” (John 10) As the “Good Shepherd” He: a. Lays down his life. (11, 17-18) b. In contrast to the hireling, protects the sheep from predators. (12) c. Also in contrast to the hireling, cares for the sheep, including love and provision. (13) d. Maintains the flock: He knows His sheep and is known by them. (14) B. The Sheep. (John 10:27-28.) 1. Sensitive: They hear Christ’s voice. (27) a. They are “swift to hear” the Shepherd’s voice. (James 1:19) b. They desire to “hear all things.” (Acts 10:33) 2. Fellowship: Christ knows them. (27) a. They have fellowship with both the Father and the Son. (1 John 1:1-4) b. Christ acts as mediator in their behalf. (John 14:6; 1 Tim. 2:5-6) 3. Obey: They follow Christ. (27) a. Obedience is a sign of their love. (John 14:15) b. Jesus is their Savior. (Heb. 5:8-9) 4. Hope: They have eternal life. (28) a. The free gift of God has been given to them. (Rom. 6:23; John 10:10b) b. Christ has gone to prepare a place for them. (John 14:1-3) 5. Assurance: They never perish. (28) a. The Lord is not slack concerning His promises. (2 Pet. 3:9) b. The Lord has given assurance to all. (Acts 17:29-31) His Banner Over Us Is Love Gene Taylor 7
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6. Security: They are not snatched from the Lord’s hand. (28) a. Christ desires to provide protection. (Matt. 23:27) b. There is a crown laid up for his sheep. (2 Tim. 4:6-8) 7. They are righteous. (Matt. 25:31-40, esp. v. 37) III. An Application of Psalm 23 to Jesus’ Care for His Sheep A. The material aspects of Psalm 23: The Lord’s sheep shall not want for the necessities of physical life. (Psa. 37:25) 1. God’s provision for the righteous from the beginning of time. a. Noah. Provided the plans and specified the materials for the ark which saved the lives of Noah and his family. (Gen. 6-8) b. Abraham. Increased the herds and land of Abraham after Lot had chosen the better pasture. (Gen. 13) c. The manna to Israel. Fed them in the wilderness for 40 years when Israel had no bread. (Ex. 15:35) d. Elijah. Sent ravens with flesh and bread to feed him when upon his exile from Gilead he had to hide by the brook Cherith. (1 Kings 17) 2. The method of God’s provision. (Psa. 104:25-28) a. God provides for His creatures but it is entirely up to them to gather that which is provided. b. God’s provisions today include opportunities to work, physical families, the church, etc. c. The Christian is to work. (Eph. 4:28; 2 Thes. 3:12; 1 Tim. 5:8) in order to gather God’s blessings. B. The spiritual aspects of Psalm 23. 1. First make sure it is really the Lord who is your shepherd. a. Israel fell prey to false shepherds who were more interested in feeding themselves than the flocks. (Ezek. 34:2-3) b. God feeds His sheep. (Ezek. 34:14) 2. Jesus, as the Good Shepherd, in accordance with Psalm 23: a. Supplies the spiritual needs of His sheep in such a manner that they want for nothing. (Eph. 1:3; 2 Pet. 1:3; 2 Tim. 3:16-17) b. Feeds them by providing the proper spiritual nourishment: the word of God. (Acts 20:32; Heb. 1:1-2; Matt. 5:6) c. Provides them the water of life. (John 4:10, 14) d. Restores the soul by: 1) Cleansing all their sins. (1 John 1:9) 2) Making them alive when they had been dead. (Eph. 2:1) 3) Renewing them day by day. (2 Cor. 4:16) e. Causes them to fear no evil. (Psa. 2:7-9; 1 Pet. 5:7; 1 Thes. 4:13) f. Grants them peace even in the presence of enemies. (Rom. 8:31-39) His Banner Over Us Is Love Gene Taylor 8
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g. Is with them every step of the way through life. (Matt. 28:18-20; Heb. 13:5-6) h. Grants them eternal life. (John 10:10; 1 John 5:13) Conclusion: The Separation of the Sheep from the Goats (Matt. 25:31-46) 1. Those who reject Jesus as their Shepherd while on earth (See John 10:24-26) have only condemnation awaiting them at the final day. 2. The sheep, the righteous, will be divided from the goats, the unrighteous. The sheep will go into the eternal abode the Good Shepherd has prepared for them. The goats will go into everlasting punishment. 3. Make sure you are being led by the Good Shepherd. You will never want in this life and He will lead you to eternal bliss in the life to come. His Banner Over Us Is Love Gene Taylor 9
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