Meditations 1 - Pastorjsermons

Meditations from a Pastor's Heart

52 Sermon Outlines for Pastors, Preachers, Teachers,
Small Group Leaders, and for Personal Meditations.
By Pastor Jerome A. Jochem
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Table of Contents
  Book 1 - 52 Spirit Filled Outlines

1, The Light 2. Our Friend Jesus 3. Salvation 4. God’s Touch - Abide Through Worship 5. God’s Touch - Accept His Power 6. God’s Touch - Allow 7. God’s Promises 8. Never Alone Again - Part 1 9. Never Alone Again - Part 2 10. Never Alone Again - Part 3 11. Never Alone Again - Part 4 12. Christian Maturity 13. Warfare in the Spirit14. Christian Forgiveness 15. The Four Ups of Worship 16. Nothing Can Separate Us 17. How to Change Your Life 18. Be Holy 19. Be Encouraged 20. Dealing With Catastrophe 21. Finding Joy in Troubled Times 22. Peace 23. Healing - A Work of Faith 24. Shall We Love Each Other? 25. The Lion’s Food 26. Dealing with Doubt 27. The Personal Ministry of the Holy Spirit 28. The Holy Spirit as God's Oil 29. The Fire of Pentecost 30. The Barnabas Ministry 31. Heaven 32. The Living Church 33. Understanding the Unchurched 34. Basic Discipleship  35. Three Aspects of Evangelism  36.. Three Dimensions of Spiritual Growth 37. Higher Ground 38. God’s View of You 39. The Anointing and the Church 40. Washing Feet 41. Advent 42. Christmas Joy 43. New Year Joy 44. Palm Sunday 45. Easter Power of His Resurrection 46. Take up Your Cross 47. July 4th - Christian Freedom 48. Memorial Day Service 49. Father’s Day 50. Mother's Day 51. Thanksgiving 52. Christian Marriage

Sample Sermon Outline

God’s Touch - Accept His Power

Text: Then Jesus said, “Who touched me?” When all the people said they had not touched him, Peter said, “Master, the people are all around you and are pushing against you.”  But Jesus said, “Someone did touch me, because I felt power go out from me.” Luke 8:45-46 (NCV)

To me, it is incredible that people want to experience God’s love, mercy, and compassion, but react with fear when they encounter his supernatural power. People accept the power of the Word, the power of the cross, but will run from the manifestations of the power of the Holy Spirit. This fear seems to be an instinctive response to the overwhelming glory that is part of the presence of the Lord. In response to this concern, with great reassurance, Jesus said: “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.Matthew 14:27b (NCV)
When the Holy Spirit begins to show forth the power of God, it is very easy to reject the experience of that power because of fear. We eliminate fear as we grow in our understanding of God’s power and begin to trust him. We can accept the power of God to the extent that we trust it. In this sermon, I want to examine God’s power and instill a sense of trust that his power should be accepted so it can work within us as God so desires.

In the Greek, the word translated as power in Luke 8 is “Dunamis” which means a force or mighty (wonderful) work. We get the word dynamite from this Greek word, and this gives us an illustration as to how God releases power during a church service. There are three elements needed for a spiritual explosion to take place:
1. Fire – Spiritually, our passion for experiencing the Lord’s power is the fire. The greater the desire and the more determined we are to experience the power of God, the hotter the fire. This spiritual fire ignites the fuse. Fear, apathy, and anti-Spirit religious tradition are a few things that will put out the fire by quenching the Holy Spirit.
2. Fuse – Spiritually, the fuse is God-centered worship. Worship brings us closer and closer to the release of God’s power and presence. Distractions and self-centeredness will put out the fuse.
3. Dynamite – The release of explosive power will take place when the fuse reaches the dynamite. In the same manner, when worship brings us into the commanding presence of God, the Holy Spirit releases his power.

But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses—in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world. Acts 1:8 (NCV)
Keep in mind that God releases his power for a distinct purpose. Every single manifestation of that energy produced by the Holy Spirit has two primary goals:
1. God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV) The power of God prepares, heals and equips the person who is experiencing the power. Even if that person only observes the power of God at work in others, that experience will have an impact. In other words, even seeing others experience miracles will impact your life by increasing your faith and trust in the Lord. Seeing others accept his power will help you receive his power in your life.
2. The power of God enables witnessing to others.  The person becomes a stronger witness to the work of God because it is no longer just theological, but is practical and applicable to life.  Experiencing the power of God increases passion and devotion. The personal fire spreads to others.

Many people do not believe that they are qualified to either minister or receive the power of God for many reasons:
1. They think that they are too weak and do not have enough faith to work with or experience the power of God in their lives. Paul had to address this type of thinking for himself. He asked the Lord about it and the Lord said: But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.” So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NCV)
• What this means is that the power is God’s power and has nothing to do with the minister or the character of the person who wants to experience God’s power. It is for this reason that lost people can experience God’s power and become saved because of it.
• Recognition of your weakness helps you to remember that it is God who has the power. Your weakness keeps you humble and able to receive his power because you trust God.
2. They believe that God does not care enough or love them enough to use His power to change their lives.
3. They do not understand God’s grace. Grace is “unmerited favor.” Grace is given to us not be-cause we deserve it or are qualified to receive it, but because it is God’s will to touch us with his mighty hand.
4. They believe that only exceptional, talented people can either minister in or receive God’s power. Scripture says: The Spirit gives to another person the power to do miracles, to an-other the ability to prophesy. 1 Corinthians 12:10 (NCV). This Scripture means that all born-again Christians baptized in the Holy Spirit, can minister miraculous power to others or receive that power in their lives. No special status is required for the Holy Spirit to give power to Christians.

Scripture tells us that we are to  Announce that God is powerful.. Psalms 68:34 (NCV)
To announce that God is powerful we need to be able to experience his power in our lives. That means accepting God’s power without fear or a lack of trust in him.  We must stir up the fire of our passion, ignite the fuse of God-centered worship, and accept the explosive power of God as he anoints us through the Holy Spirit.  Receiving the power is not just about us, the more we abide in his power, the more we can honestly “announce that God is powerful” to the world.

Note: The form of this web sermon outline differs from the form used in the book. The book form is much better than the web form. This is due to the limitations of the web program I used to make the outline. The content is the same for both the book and this site.

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