Sermon Outlines from Chaplain (MAJ) Edward Paul
Below are some of the sermon outlines for sermons I have provided to Soldiers, other service members, and some civilians.
Releasing debts and embracing forgiveness
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
Romans13:8 New International Version (NIV)
How can you release debts and embrace forgiveness?
•Matthew 5:23 ; Deuteronomy 15:1-11
–One to one
–Get a witness
–Take it to leadership
–Stand firm on the decided resolution
How do I need to release debts and embrace forgiveness?
–Who do I know that I need to ask forgiveness from them?
–Who can I go to if I cannot reach forgiveness on my own?
–How can I strengthen my understanding of God’s love and forgiveness?
–Reflection Song: Forgiveness (Matthew West)
Hope Helps the Hungry
“My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2
New International Version (NIV)
How can you help the hungry?
– Balance work/life
–Serve out of love, not fear
–Work in a team
–Seek God as the source of your strength
•Isaiah 31:1; Psalm 59:17
How do I need to improve my help for the hungry?
–How can I improve my work/life balance?
–How can serve the hungry with a team?
–How can I strengthen my relationship with God, the giver of my strength?
–Reflection Song: Legacy (Nicole Nordeman)
How is your inheritance?
“The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
What a wonderful inheritance!” Psalm 16:6
New Living Translation(NLT)
How can you secure your inheritance?
– Recognize your fault and responsibility
• Romans 3:23; Luke 3:8
– Rely on your existing inheritance of the Holy Spirit
• Ephesians 1:9-14
– Drop the things that damage your inheritance
• Ephesians 5:1-5
– Create a godly inheritance by helping others get to heaven
• Luke 12:33
How do I need to enhance my inheritance?
– How can I strengthen my relationship with God, the giver of my inheritance?
– How can I drop the ungodly things in my life?
– How can pass along a godly inheritance?
– Reflection Song: Legacy (Nicole Nordeman)
New Year New Life
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good
things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
How can you seek to move from old to new life?
– Recognize, Admit, Accept the old life
• Ephesians 2:1-3
– Embrace the change in Christ
• Ephesians 2:4-7
– Share the gift of new life
• Ephesians 2:8-10
How do I need to embrace new life in Christ?
– What part of my old life do I need to let go, discontinue, drop?
– How can reduce pride and increase gratitude in my life?
– How can share God’s love more intentionally through my words and deeds?
– Reflection Song: Every Move I Make (Out of Eden)
Who is Jesus?
“… who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
How can you know and communicate Jesus more accurately?
–Watch out for an imaginary Jesus
•Examine the influence of society Mathew 16:13
•Examine the influence of family and friends Matthew 16:14
•Examine the influence of personal bias and experience Matthew 16:15
–Seek to know Him more devotedly
•Study the Holy Bible
•Study Christian theologians
•Study in small groups
–Help others to know Him more (Matthew 16:16-20)
•Seek to follow the Holy Spirit Matthew 16:17
•Use what you got Matthew 16:19
•Do not be silent Matthew 16:20
How do I need to know and show Jesus better?
–How can I purge falsehoods in my views of Jesus?
–What can I do to increase my knowledge of Jesus?
–What do I need to do increase my efforts to share the truth about Jesus?
Reflection Song: The Message by 4 Him
Living with Great Purpose
“…go and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19
What are three Greats of the Gospel?
•1 John 3:16
How do I need to live my life more on purpose?
–How can I show my love for God?
–How can I share my love for God?
–How can I love others more deeply?
Reflection Song: Hands and Feet by Audio Adrenaline
Called to love
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrew 10:24-25 New International Version (NIV)
How are we called to love? Ephesians 4:11-16
–We all have a call to specific work (gifting)
•Ephesians 4:11; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
–We all have a call general work (service)
•Ephesians 4:12; Ephesians 2:10 Deut. 6:4,5 Mark 12:30-31
–We have a call to unity and maturity
•Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 1:6
–We have a call to watch out for false teachers
•Ephesians 4:14; Acts 17:11
–We have a call to speak the truth in love
•Ephesians 4:15; John 8:31-32
–We have a call to support each other’s growth
•Ephesians 4:16; Hebrews 10:25
How do I need to show more love?
–How can I serve other believers? http://gifttest.org
–What can I do to speak out against falsehood and uphold the truth? http://www.letusreason.org/Doct80.htm
–How can I reach out to others to support Christian growth?
Reflection Song: The Generous Mr. Lovewell by Mercy Me
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” Isaiah 61:1 New International Version (NIV)
How can you seek to expand Freedom from slavery to sin?
–Find Freedom by Yielding to God not Sin
•Romans 6:15-18 There is an Either/Or Choice
•Joshua 24:14-15 You should make the Righteous Choice
–Illustrate the truth to others to encourage them to choose freedom in Righteousness
•Matthew 13:3-8 – Use Parables like Jesus (32 parables are found in the Gospels)
–Share the gift of freedom broadly
•Mark 16:15 and Matthew 28:19-20
How do I need to work to expand freedom?
–How can I yield more to God? https://www.ficm.org
–How can I better share the freedom I found? sharejesus.edpaul.us
–How can I more broadly share about Jesus?
–Break the Chains (Misty Edwards)
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. … And those whoa are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:13,18 New Living Translation (NLT)
“… one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
How can you seek to move forward with God?
–Seek prosperity and peace by seeking God first
–Seek freedom by leaving behind that which detracts from loving God and loving others
•2 Corinthians 5:16-17
–Seek to help others find peace and freedom in Christ
•2 Corinthians 5:18-21
How do I need to improve my moving forward?
–How can you be more intentional about seeking God in the year ahead? http://presidentialprayerteam.org
–How can you be more intentional about seeking to leave behind sinful things? http://daveramsey.com
–How can you be more intentional about seeking to be an ambassador for God in the year ahead? http://operationrescue.org
–Reflection Song: Hungry (Falling On My Knees)