Sermon Outlines

Don't Go To The River Without A Mantle

Pastor Jose Gutierrez

2 Kings 2:11-14

Intro: Elijah was a pivotal person in the history of Israel.  There were many prophets in the bible, but Elijah was a bona fide God ordained prophets, that seem to stand out from all the other prophets.  Elijah was seeing by the Jews as a second Moses, he was that important, he had this status with Gods people, where he was reverence and revered not only as a prophet but a prophet of prophets.  We all know the story of Elijah; he becomes discouraged after he had this great victory over the prophets of Baal.  He then becomes afraid of Queen Jezebel, because she threatens his life.  So he goes out and gets depressed and lies under a tree hoping to die.  So, God comes to him and Elijah has this self-pity attitude and says to God: I am the only one left who has not bow his knee to Baal. In other words: I am the only one doing Gods will. Gods respond was: Get up and go back the same way you came and go and anoint Hazael as king of Syria and anoint Jehu as king over Israel and then go and anoint Elisha as prophet in your place.  In other words Gods remedy for self-pity was get up and transfer what you have to someone else.  It is so easy to get discouraged about the things you see or don’t see, but what God wants is for us to be part of the solution and that is what God told Elijah to do.

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Building Altars

Pastor Jose Gutierrez

James 2:23

Intr. Abraham is referred to as “the Friend of God.” There are 2 factors here that created this deep friendship with God. The first factor was that he believed.” This means to adhere to, to trust in, and to rely on. Second factor “righteousnesswhich is defined as: conformity to God’s will in thought and deed.” That speaks of obedience and submission. There is a certain peculiar characteristic that mark Abraham’s life and that was that Abraham was an altar builder.  The word “Altar” means to slay or a place of sacrifice, it is refers to a place of meeting or encounter. This is where Abraham learned to slay: to kill his flesh and his will.   This is where he learned to sacrifice: what he most loved, what was taking God’s place in his heart. And this is where he learned to develop and build his intimate relationship with God, through building altars.

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Enlarge My Territory

Pastor Jose Gutierrez

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Intr. There are certain names, that when you mention them, they conjure up certain images or memories in your mind.  For example when mention the name “David” you automatically think of Goliath.  When the name “Judas” is mention, you automatically think of the betrayal.  In biblical days, the essence of a person’s character was tied up in their name.  Many biblical characters were given a name they either lived up to or lived down to for the rest of their lives.  We are told in a few introductory words that Jabez got his birth name for birth reasons.  His mother names him “Jabez” saying “because I bore him in pain”.  In the Hebrew language it means, “Sorrow one”.

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