I want to try something for my fellow pastors & officers out there.
Today, here is a sermon outline and help for pastors on the topic of Holiness.
Holy Living –
Focus Passage – Romans 12:1
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Acrostic – H.O.L.Y.
1. H. The Honing Process –
The Holy Spirit desires to hone and chip off the old ways and life still remaining in us right now.
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.
2. O. Others (Servants)
Service to others 1st begins to Full Submission to God –
John 12:26 “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”
1 Peter 4:10
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Our service to others must be a reflection of Christ to our world.
It also helps us to live Christ out loud in full submission to Him towards His creation, His people, He died for ALL people. How will they hear or see Christ if we do not live for Him.
3. L – Living Sacrifice
“…offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…”
What does a living sacrifice look like in our modern culture?
Can we take “me” “selfishness” out of our life’s equation?
“Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Luke 9:58
Jesus had no home here, no true possessions or land – sometimes materialism drives selfishness. A living sacrifice is willing to give up life’s comforts for a great cause than themselves. What kinds of “Stuff” get in the way of our sacrificial living?
Make a list of our “Stuff”…
4. Y – Yearning For The Chisel…
“…Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Change in our hearts and lives is NOT easy!
The Holy Spirit at the moment confession comes to us and into our lives in order to reveal that which is still present and un-surrendered in our lives. Remnants can still remain. Old hurts that have festered into bitterness or anger still remains. Sins we are not even aware of in our own hearts still linger.
Do we yearn for these changes in our lives?
Is there a hunger to learn more about Christ?
How often do we feast on the teachings of Jesus AND apply them to our lives?
(Other passages to study and look into for application into this topic of Holiness:
2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.)
Suggested Songs –
“Potter’s Hand”, “Create In Me A Clean Heart”, “All that I am”
Disclaimer: This should be used as a tool and not as a complete manuscript sermon. Also, I am not or have been a paid spokes person (duh) for any video references I offer here. Use with permission, ask if you’re not sure. The primary purpose of this sermon outline to get get your creative juices working, and perhaps you can come up with a better, more tangible sermon specific to your congregation/corps. Blessings on your ministry!