Ever wish you had paid more attention in seminary? Struggling with preparing a sermon? GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins wants to help pastors with useful resources to help them as they serve the Lord.
With more than a quarter century of pastoral leadership, Hawkins makes available some of his most popular sermon outlines for pastors, Sunday school teachers and other Bible study leaders. These free resources can help you as you prepare your sermon or lesson each week.
The tragic thing about living a life without Christ is those who do can never know how much the Father loves them. Our God demonstrated his love when we were least deserving. He did something. He gave us his only Son who “died for us.” No wonder, the Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
The Proof of His Love (“But God demonstrates His own love toward us”)
God proved his love for us. How? The Bible says, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.” (Galatians 4:4) There is something in all of us that longs to be loved. And God loves us so much that He sent His Son. You are an individual, loved by the Lord. And, the love you can voluntarily return to Him is indescribably valuable to Him.
The Phenomenon of His Love (“in that while we were still sinners”)
The phenomenal thing about the love of God is that it is expressed to us not when we were perfect or deserving. It came to us “while we were yet sinners.” Jesus came and clothed Himself in human flesh. He became what we are so that we could become what He is. He was forsaken so that we might never be forsaken. As someone said, “The Son of God became the Son of Man in order that the sons of men could become the sons of God.”
The Price of His Love (“Christ died for us”)
He died your death so you could live His life. He took your sin so you could take His righteousness. The price he paid to “demonstrate” His love was great. Every lash of the whip, every sound of the hammer, was the voice of God saying, “I love sinners.” It isn’t any wonder the songwriter of old said, “Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan. Oh, the grace that brought it down to man. Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span.…AT CALVARY.”