My last Chisholm Trail Sermon outline

I am preaching Sunday for the last time here at Chisholm Trail before I head across country to begin my new ministry work with the Northeast church family. We have just started a new series of classes and sermons on the Gospel of Matthew. I am preaching from Matthew 4:1-11: “The devil, Jesus and me”

Temptation, sin, and failure are things we like to avoid and we definitely don’t want to admit that we are susceptible to failure

  • The bad news is all have sinned (Rom. 3:23)
  • We can’t fix the brokenness that is us
  • The goodnews is God can and does

The Son is now Spirit lead into a desert show down with the devil

  • Behindthe temptations of Jesus are:
    • Adam and Eve’s failure in the Garden
    • Israel’s  temptations and failures in the wilderness
    • You and I every time we have asserted self-rule over God’s rule

The temptations of Jesus

  • Stonesto bread
    • Use your powers to do your own will
  • Jumpfrom the highest point of the temple
    • Make God prove himself
  • Bowdown to Satan
    • An offer to bypass suffering

Jesus is victorious over temptation

  • Where Adam and Eve, Israel failed Jesus succeeds
    • He is the son called out of exile, confirmed by God at his baptism and commissioned in his task to undo the age-old effects of human rebellion
    • He is the second Adam, He is the fulfillment of Israel
  • He counters the devil’s offer with Scripture, conviction and confidence
    • Deuteronomy  8:3; 6:16; 6:13
    • He knows the Father’s will
    • He is Immanuel

Because Jesus was tempted and was victorious, we too can be victorious over temptation

  • We don’t fight aloneor unarmed
    • We are sons of God (Gal. 3:26-27)
    • We have the Spirit of God (Acts 2:38-39; Eph. 1:13-14)
    • We have Scripture(Rom. 15:4)
      • If we are to wield as it a weapon or use to deflect the attacks of the evil one we have to read it, know it, digest it, confess it, rely on it
  • We need to fix our eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:2)
    • Heb 2:14 Heb 4:15; 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Peter 2:20


About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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