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Outline—Luke 9:23–26

  1. The concept (vv. 23)
  2. Unpacking the concept (vv. 24–26)

References

  • William Hendriksen Luke (New Testament commentary)

Take Home Points

  • Are you a disciple of Christ? If so
    1. Deny yourself—give up your old self and depend on God alone.
    2. Take up the cross daily—willingly accept the burden of your condemnation due to sin.
    3. Follow Christ—obey God in whatever he asks.
  • Are you a determinied disciple?

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Deuteronomy 6:1–7—Outline not available.

Related Scripture

  • Exodus 12, 13, 20, 21
  • Deuteronomy 4, 27:16, 32:46
  • Mark 7
  • Proverbs 22:6
  • Psalm 78:5
  • Hebrews 12:3–11

Take Home Points

  • Our chastening is less than the suffering of Jesus.
  • Chastening from God is always for our benefit.
  • Chastening is to be endured for the sake of correction.
  • Chastening is proof of sonship (if you aren’t God’s child, he wouldn’t chasten you).
  • Chastening from God is always just.
  • Chastening from God is always profitable.
  • If God isn’t constantly in your life, you are letting down everyone you could be discipling.
  • Be a faithful child and honor the office of parent in your life.

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Scripture—John 15:1–11 (Parable of the Vine and the Branches)

  1. We will look at joy from the standpoint of abiding.
  2. The illustration of the vine as the symbol of Israel:
    1. Psalm 80
    2. Isaiah 5
    3. Jeremiah 2:21
  3. What it means to abide
    1. Our relationship—vv. 1–3:
      1. Jesus Christ is the True Vine.
      2. Believers are the branches.
      3. God the Father is the vine dresser.
    2. What we are to do as branches of Him: abide in Christ —v. 4a
      1. Negative example—John 5:38
      2. Positive example—John 6
    3. The purpose of abiding
      1. That His joy might remain in us, and our joy might be full—v. 11; Hebrews 12:12
      2. That God might be glorified—v. 8
    4. The definition of abiding
      1. Keep looking unto Jesus
      2. Remain serving in the midst of trials and persecution—James 1:2
      3. Keep on doing God’s will no matter what the cost
      4. Cling unto the Lord in good times and in bad
      5. Rest in the Lord and cling to His promises
      6. Exhibit commitment, patience and endurance
  4. The dangers of not abiding
    1. We can become fruitless.—v. 4
    2. We can become powerless.—v. 5
    3. We can become useless and worthless.—v. 6
  5. The blessings of abiding in Christ
    1. God is going to purge you for the purpose of bearing more fruit.—v. 2
    2. You will experience fruitfulness and an abundant life.—v. 5
    3. God will answer your prayers.—v. 7
    4. You will be caused to bear fruit which brings glory to the Father and demonstrates your discipleship.—v. 8
    5. You will have fullness of love.—v. 9–10
    6. You will have fullness of joy.—v. 11; John 8:28–29

Related Scripture:

  • Nehemiah 12:43

Closing Points

  • Abiding in Christ in its simplest terms is trusting in our Lord and obeying His Word.
  • Abiding in Christ provides us with life and strength—it’s the only way to fruitfulness.
  • Abiding in Christ assures us of answered prayer and intimacy with Christ.

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Outline—Hebrews 2:14–18

  1. Call to attention (vv. 1–4)
  2. Call to consider (vv. 5–9)
  3. Call to embrace (vv. 10–13)
  4. Call to praise (vv. 14–16)
  5. Call to utilize (vv. 17–18)

Take Home Points

  • How can you resolve to be more attentive to Christ this year?
  • How can you be more responsive to His victory?
  • How can you display more completely His saviorhood in your life?
  • How can you live more in victory in the victory of Jesus Christ?
  • How can you be more dependent on Him?

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Outline—Joshua 24:1–27

  1. Communication of message from God (vv. 1–13)
  2. Communication of message lest they forget (vv. 14–15)
  3. Communication of message to always choose (vv. 16–25)
  4. Monument as witness to the words of God (vv. 26–27)

Take Home Points

  • Never underestimate the value of a father’s decision to serve the Lord.
  • Never assume that choosing to serve God is a once-in-a-lifetime choice.
  • Never forget that your life is not about you—it’s about God.

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Outline—Joshua 24:1–27

  1. Communication of message from God (vv. 1–13)
  2. Communication of message lest they forget (vv. 14–15)
  3. Communication of message to always choose (vv. 16–25)
  4. Monument as witness to the words of God (vv. 26–27)

Take Home Points

  • What is your life about?
    • When you get up in the morning and think, “this is what I’m going to do”—recognize this as a sinful thought.
    • “What will God do through me today”—that is Biblical thought.
  • Worship Him, then He gives you a purpose. He did it for Israel—He’ll do it for you.

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