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Sermon Outline: April 4, 2010

Here's the outline of the sermon I preached yesterday morning for Easter.  I'll paste the audio player in if you want to hear it.

A few thoughts on sermon outlines vs. sermons, at least with me, is that the outline is a guide, not a guarantee.  For example, if you'll listen to this sermon, you'll hear me spend about the first third of the message on why I trust that the Resurrection is true.  That's not in the outline. Also you'll  catch that I didn't exactly use all the points here.

So, here you go:

Text: Matthew 28:1-10

Theme: RESURRECTION!

Date: April 4 2010 EASTER!

Location: CBC Monticello

  1. The central point of the Christian Faith

    1. 1 Corinthians 15:15-19

      1. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that b he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and c you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who d have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope [1] in this life only, e we are of all people most to be pitied.

    2. Without the Resurrection, we're hopeless

    3. We're pointless

    4. We're, well, pitiful

  2. The Resurrection validates:

    1. If Christ is risen never to die then:

      1. His preaching is valid, for He is truthful

      2. His praying is worth copying, for He is heard

      3. His promises are trustworthy, for He is alive to keep them!

    2. If Christ is risen, never to die then:

      1. Our sins can be forgiven, His death was enough to pay for them

      2. Our lives can be redeemed, His living will do so

      3. Our lives can be eternal, His word will be honored

    3. If Christ is risen, never to die then:

      1. Your life can be joyful, He will prevail over the unknown

      2. Your life can be peaceful, He will keep watch over you

      3. Your life can be valuable, He has died for you

 

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