Study Outlines

Study Outlines

Have you always wanted to study the Bible, but did not know exactly where to begin?

The outlines below are simple outlines to being your personal study. You will notice the outlines are not complete. Use them as a guide to help you study.

Preachers, feel free to use these as a help to kick start our sermon on Sunday.

Outline #1 – Attitude Determines Altitude

  • Why is Attitude Important?
    • Attitudes are always forming
    • Attitudes are formed when we are young
    • Attitude problems are the result of heart problems
  • What must My Attitude be?
    • Not as the rich young ruler.
    • The Attitude of Christ
    • We need an attitude of “Yes! We can!”
  • How is your attitude?
    • Is it Christ-like?
    • Since attitude problems are heart problems, where is your heart?
    • Have you learned to be content?

Outline #2 – Do Not Mumble or Grumble

  • The Dangerous Attitude of Complaining
    • How can we be blameless and shining as lights in the world, if we complain?
    • Complainers bring others down.
  • The Dangerous Attitude of Disputing
    • Some people try to dispute, stir up anger and arguments
    • “All that is needed to make a mountain out of a molehill is a little dirt.”
  • Our Attitudes and Words
    • Words affect people?
    • Replace complaining and disputing with good things (i.e. – thankfulness, faith, kindness, etc)
    • What will your words do today

Outline #3 – Taking it all in and letting none of it out

  • The Most Followed command?
    • Matthew 8:4 – “See that you tell no one…”
    • Why did Jesus say that phrase?
    • Do many people follow it today?
  • Why do many follow those words today?
    • Fear
    • Specifically, fear of rejection
    • Some are afraid they will be wrong
    • What is the solution?
  • We need to get off our “buts.” (ex. – I really know I should but…)
    • Isaiah 6:8 – “Here am I, send me”

Outline #4 – Simply Trusting God

  • Simply trusting God means you are like Joseph
    • Remember Joseph’s words to his brothers? (Genesis 45:5)
    • Joseph kept confidence by relying on God’s providence
  • Simply trusting in God means you are like Daniel
    • Daniel was a man of principles
      • He refused the kings food.
      • He refused not to pray.
    • God admires principles. (Psalm 15:1-5)

Outline #5 – Christian Repentance

  • Why would a Christian need to repent?
    • Sin
    • Isaiah 1:18
  • Christians can stray away
    • Demas (2 Timothy 4:10)
    • Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8:13; 18-23)
  • What is your reaction to sin?
    • Do you deny it?
    • Do you try to cover it up?
    • Do you justify it?
    • Do you take responsibility?
  • You must live a life of action
    • “Faith without works is dead.”
    • You are salt and light
  • Christian’s Change
    • They change as they grow
    • Psalm 51

Outline #6 – “Lord I believe. Help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:34)

  • The situation: the disciples were not able to cast out a spirit of a boy, so the Father appealed to Jesus.
  • “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”
    • Note the verse is not a contradiction.
    • It may be better rendered, “Lord, I believe. Help my unfaithfulness.”
  • Do you believe but lack faith?
    • Are you in need of an increase of faith?
    • The father had belief, but he needed more faith.
  • How can you increase your faith?
    • Romans 10:17
    • Start now. (Matthew 4:18-20)
    • Attend uplifting events. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
    • Find contentment and joy in God. (Philippians 4)
    • When in doubt, pray. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Remember to use these outlines are a guide for further study.

Check back next Wednesday for a few more outlines.

Just my thoughts,

Wear Out or Rust Out?

Wear Out or Rust Out?

The older preacher, located at the time 40+ years in the same congregation, stood before the audience and spoke the words, “I would much rather wear out than rust out in the work of God. For Heaven is a place and rest and the church is a place of work.”

In the truest sense, the church is a place of work. Just because one has obeyed the gospel and become a member of the church, it does not mean the resting should begin. As mentioned on Sunday, once we are baptized into Christ, Satan does not consider the battle to be lost. He still seeks someone to devour (1 Peter 5.7). He plans to put temptations in your way to draw you away from God. Are you clothed in the full armor of God? (Ephesians 6.10-18)

If anything, when we are members of the church, our abilities are magnified and give rise to more opportunities. When we realize that God provides grace to each one of us, it should motivate us to use what He has given us (Romans 12.3). The grace He provides is different for each person is different (Romans 12.4). Just because the abilities He gives us are different does not mean our lives are not important. The parts of the body need each other to survive and to unite in the common purpose of God (Ephesians 4.1-15).

So, are you wearing out or rusting out in the church.

Let me leave you with the words of Jesus,

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11.28)

Just my thoughts,


Some Thoughts on Journaling

Some Thoughts on Journaling

Several years ago I heard Jim Rohn talk about journaling and at first, I ignored it. The more and more I listened to Jim Rohn and other personal development speakers, the greater understanding I gained. I always pictured journaling as keeping a diary and I was not one to keep a diary.

Instead, journaling is a record of your thoughts, ideas, quotes, memories and anything else you want to write or fill in those blank pages. Since beginning my process of journaling, I have found myself depending on my journal at various times. My journal has been a safeguard for me to reflect on the ideas and brainstorming sessions.

I have used my journal as a mind dump for good times and bad times. It is good for me to reflect on those times and see who I can learn from them. It is an experience I appreciate.

Here are some ideas about journaling you might enjoy.

Ideas on Journaling

Get a Good Journal

Do not go out and purchase a $3 journal to begin. Instead make an invest into a nice journal. Purchasing a nicer journal will conscientiously help you to being writing. While most people do not see the value of paying money for a blank book, your journal is an investment in yourself. You are more likely to write if you have an investment in yourself.

Personally, I like a leather-bound, refillable journal. However, my current refillable journal is no longer produced by the company I have used for several years. Having a refillable journal allows me to keep the leather cover that I have broken-in over the years. The soft durable leather feels good as I carry it wherever I go.

Write Now

Write as soon as you can. As soon as you get your journal, start writing. If you already have a journal, start writing. Do not delay. It may not matter what you write, but just write. Fill those pages with words expressing your current thoughts, your future thoughts of even your goals.

Spending time writing, will open your mind in ways you could not imagine. It will clear your mind of any doubts and help you make decisions because you are putting all of those jumbled thoughts on paper to see now and reflect on later.

If you are struggling to find a first entry for your journal, use the topic “Why Should I Journal?” and begin writing. Let your mind flow and the words fill the pages.

Schedule Time to Write

After you write your first entry, schedule time to write the next day. Some prefer the morning, some the evening. Whatever time you pick, stick with it. Set an alarm on your phone and be sure to take that time to write in your journal.

When you develop a scheduled time to write in your journal, you are creating a habit. This habit will be a good one to get your brain moving and your thoughts flowing.

As mentioned previously, some like to journal in the morning and they like this because it sets the flow to their day. They are able to set out their day by writing and planning before they leave their house. Others find journaling at night helps them to release stress and clear their mind.

The choice as to when to journal is up to you, but make time to journal and be consistent.

Read Your Entries

You do not have to read your entries immediately, but reading them down the road will assist you in seeing the value of journaling as well as the achievements you have made.

Reflecting back on your accomplishments, mistakes, successes, memories and writings allows you to see how you have overcome situations, found success when you did not think it was possible and how much you have grown.While you may not see the growth everyday, reading your journal entries will allow you too see how you have grown.

Once a year I will take time and read through some of the past years journals and skim through others. Reading through them allows me to see all the situations, memories, thoughts and ideas I have had and how things worked, or did not work out. This gives me confidence to move stronger into the future.

Final Thoughts

I believe everyone can benefit from writing. Each person will benefit in a different way, but for those wishing to grow, journaling definitely helps.

While I avoided the idea for years, when I finally picked it up and began journaling, I found it to be refreshing and enlightening. For me, it helps to clear my mind and relieve stress, while at the same time generate ideas and thoughts that I am able to develop later.

I wish you well in your journaling projects.

Below are some additional thoughts and a video you might want to watch to get some more ideas.

Additional Thoughts:

Add pictures to your journal – Adding picture to your journal makes the memory more impressionable but also adds some color to the pages. A good example of this is journaling on your vacation. When you write the entry about the beach, include a picture of the beach to remind you as you reflect back later. You can print off pictures taken from your phone and add them to your journal. A simple piece of tape to hold the picture on the page can help solidify the memory.

Divide your journal – For two years, I divided my journal in to three sections: Notes, Brainstorming, Goals. Dividing up my journals into sections assisted me in keeping my thoughts in order. I used a piece of white duct tape and made sections in my journal by folding a small piece around the pages and titling the section.

Where to find a Journal? If you are looking for a journal, may I suggest looking at and see their selection of different types of journals. You can also use their search bar if you are looking for a specific type of journal.

Thoughts from Jim Rohn

Here are some thoughts I found on YouTube from Jim Rohn regarding journaling. This will give you a few ideas to start.

Just some thoughts,


New Sermons: Loneliness and Guilt

New Sermons: Loneliness and Guilt

Human emotions are tricky. One day your emotions are perfectly fine and another day they seem to be all confused. Life, aka – the human experience, can be a roller-coaster ride and your emotions flow right along with it. Throughout a person’s life, they have feelings of guilt and loneliness. Each time, the emotions may differ in strength, but they still have their effects.

There are times when guilt and loneliness can be overwhelming and start to hinder the progress of our lives. It is then time to find the steps necessary to begin to break free from our burdens and begin to grow again.

Here are two recent lessons on Loneliness and Guilt are you free to download and use. The links to the Microsoft Word and the Microsoft PowerPoint files are below the picture.

guilt burden

The Burden of Guilt Microsoft Word document (Right-click and choose “Save As…”)

The Burden of Guilt Microsoft PowerPoint document (Right-click and choose “Save As…”)

The Burden of Loneliness Microsoft Word document (Right-click and choose “Save As…”)

The Burden of Loneliness Microsoft PowerPoint document (Right-click and choose “Save As…”)

For Your Information: The outlines and PowerPoints above are provided for your benefit. I encourage you to take the information and make it your own instead of just downloading and using it without study. Do not become lazy in learning, but let these become seeds of thought for future lessons

Just some thoughts,



The Christians Described — Second Century A.D.

The Christians Described — Second Century A.D.

I might have posted this before but I was not able to find a date, but the words provide a very interesting look at the description of a Christian during the second century. Take a moment and give it a quick read and see what you think.

This description was found in a letter from a letter to Diognetus, Second century A.D., Rome.

The “Christian” Described

“Christians live in their own native lands, but as aliens; as citizens, they share all things with others; but like aliens, suffer all things. Every foreign country is to them as their native country and every native land as a foreign country.”

“They marry and have children just like everyone else; but they do not kill unwanted babies. They offer a shared table, but not a shared bed. They are at present ‘in the flesh’ but they do not ‘live according to the flesh.’ They are passing their days on earth, but are citizens of heaven. They obey the appointed laws, and go beyond the laws in their own lives. They love everyone, but are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death and gain life. They are poor and yet make many rich. They are short of everything and yet have plenty of all things. They are dishonored and yet gain glory through dishonor.”

“Their names are blackened and yet they are cleared. They are mocked and bless in return. They are treated outrageously and behave respectfully to others. When they do good, they are punished as evil-doers; when punished, they rejoice as if being given new life. They are attacked by Jews as aliens, and are persecuted by Greeks; yet those who hate them cannot give any reason for their hostility. To put it simply – the soul is to the body as Christians are to the world. The soul is spread through all parts of the body and Christians through all parts of the cities of the world. The soul is in the body but is not of the body; Christians are in the world but not of the world.”

Just some thoughts,

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