June 20, 2021 Sermon Outline

 

[1] Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

[2] Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble

[3] and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the

     south.

[4] Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;

[5] hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.

[6] Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

[7] He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.

[8] Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of

     man!

[9] For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

[10] Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons,

[11] for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

[12] So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help.

[13] Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

[14] He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.

[15] Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of

       man!

[16] For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron.

[17] Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;

[18] they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.

[19] Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

[20] He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.

[21] Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of

       man!

[22] And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

[23] Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters;

[24] they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep.

[25] For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.

[26] They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in

       their evil plight;

[27] they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their witsend.

[28] Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

[29] He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

[30] Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired

       haven.

[31] Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of

       man!

[32] Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the

       elders.

[33] He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,

[34] a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.

[35] He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.

[36] And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in;

[37] they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield.

[38] By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish.

[39] When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, evil, and sorrow,

[40] he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes;

[41] but he raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks.

[42] The upright see it and are glad, and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

[43] Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the

       LORD.

 

 

“Renewing the Spirit of Your Mind” * Ephesians 4:20-24

Pastor John W. Uhl * Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ingram

June 20, 2021

 

Ephesians 4:20-24

[20] But that is not the way you learned Christ!—

[21] assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,

[22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

[23] and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

[24] and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

INTRO:

Hebrews 12:14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

1.       Jesus Himself Must Renew Your Mind (Ep 4:20,21).

Titus 3:5…he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

 

1 Timothy 3:16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.       Jesus Renews Through His Christ-Centered Word (Ep 4:20,21).

Luke 24:27,31,32

[27] And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. [31] And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. [32] They said to each other, Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

 

 

 “You cannot change thought mere will power , through learning biblical principles and trying to carry them out. We can only permanently change as we take the gospel more deeply into our hearts. We must feed on the gospel, as it were, digesting it and making it part of ourselves.” Tim Keller, Prodigal God, pg. 115

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