"Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me" John 14:1
Old Testament
PSALM 8:1-9 Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   


I. The Lord is worthy of praise (1).

a. majesty in all the earth.

b. splendor above the heavens.

c. enemies defeated.


II. The heavens are filled with wonder (3-4).

a. glory above.

b. man below.


III. The creation is subject to man (5-8).

a. little less than God.

b. crowned with glory and honor.

c. ruler over all things.


IV. The Lord is worthy of praise (9).

JOSHUA 24:14-21 Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   


Purpose of sermon: To show why and how God's people should obey him.


Introduction: God has made man in such a way that humans can, by God's grace, choose him.  Harsh consequences await those who reject God.


Verse 14

I. We need to approach God appropriately.

a. Fear God: knowing who he is.

b. Serve God: acting upon what we know about God.

            sincerity (totality).

            truth (integrity).


Verse 15

II. We need to follow God.

a. Serve the true God or serve the false gods.


Verses 16-18

III. We need to publicly acknowledge God.

a. Declare what he has done.

b. Declare your submission to him (more than words).


Verse 19

IV. We need to consider some attributes of God.

a. He is holy.

b. He is jealous.


Verse 20

V. We need to avoid God's wrath.

a. He disciplines his children if they disobey.


Conclusion: To obey God is the wisest choice.  Rebelling against God does not diminish who he is.


Timeless Truths:

1. We should worship God with our minds.

2. We are all worshipping something.

3. God calls us to follow him.

4. Sincerity should join arms with truth.

5. God does not overlook sin.

6. God is holy.

7. God is jealous.

8. God corrects his people.

9. God's correction is usually (if not always) painful.

10. God remains faithful whether or not his people do.

11. We cannot serve two masters.

12. We must come to God on his terms.

2 SAMUEL 12:1-14 Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   
SERMON OUTLINE, Confrontation and Confession


Purpose of sermon: To help people see the seriousness of sin and the need to confess before confronted.  (And to encourage believers to confront fellow believers in sin.)


I. Hypocrisy is blind (5).


II. Confrontation requires boldness and truth (7).


III. Judgment from God is always serious (10).


IV. Hidden sin will be revealed (12).


V. Confession and repentance are necessary (13).

(It was late, but not too late.  God forgave David's sin.  God didn't judge David as harshly as David judged the man in verse 5.)


VI. Ungodliness affects other people (14).

a. mockery

b. death


Conclusion: You can probably never sin in a vacuum and be the only one damaged by it.  Are there any sins you need to confess to God and to another human you trust?

2 SAMUEL 11:1-17 Print E-mail
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SERMON OUTLINE, David's Downfall


Purpose of sermon: To warn us of the deceptiveness of sin.


1. He was slack with his priorities and time (1-2a).

(He was not where he should have been.  This indicated his lax condition.)


2. He saw temptation but didn't run away (2b).


3. He inquired about something he knew was off limits (3).


4. He took what he knew was not his (4a).


5. He sinned further by acting on his desires (4b).

(He sinned before this point; it didn't just happen.)


6. He had to face the consequences of his sin (5).

a. The child and its death.  (Sin always has a price regardless of the person or position.)


7. He was more concerned about covering up than repenting (6-13).

a. He tried deception but it didn't work.

b. Sin can't be hidden (Proverbs 28:13).


8. He had to sin more in order to "cover" his previous sin (14-17).

a. Sin breeds more sin-murder.


Miscellaneous points:

  • David was a man after God's own heart.
  • He always won in battle but lost in the bed (Mark Rooker).
  • He conquered many men but was conquered by one woman.
  • He knew victory through his army but knew defeat through adultery.


Conclusion: Are we stronger than David?  He was a devout and committed man with many great qualities.  If he fell, shouldn't we take heed lest we also fall?

2 CHRONICLES 1:1-22 Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   


Purpose of sermon: To show God's faithfulness in answering prayer and in responding to his people.


Introduction: God's people can know his faithfulness.  He is more willing to show himself faithful than we are to see.  There can be true peace, rejoicing, and prosperity as people come to him on his terms.


1. God's manifestation in the temple.

a. Fire from heaven.

b. Glory of the Lord filled house. (Worship)


2. God's magnification through the rejoicing.

a. Sacrifices offered.

b. Festivals celebrated.


3. God's message for the people.

a. Requirements for the people to know God.

b. Consequences for their obedience.

c. Consequences for their disobedience.


Conclusion: Calling upon the Lord requires a complete surrender to hear what he says, and an active willingness to practice what he commands.  If God wants the best for Israel, then it can safely be assumed that he wants the best (i.e., our knowing and enjoying him) for those who believe on him today.  God is faithful to his Word, whether bringing blessing or cursing.


Timeless Truths:

1. The Lord answers prayer.

2. Repentance comes before prosperity (i.e., enjoying God).

3. God wants us humble.

4. God wants us to pray.

5. God wants us to seek his face.

6. God is true to his promises.

7. Worship and obedience go together.

8. There are severe consequences for rebelling against God.

9. God does the miraculous.

10. God's people have a right to rejoice in him.

11. God takes sin seriously.

12. "God is a coming down kind of a God" (Gary Galeotti).



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