Homiletics Lesson 10
SCHOOL of the BIBLE
Instructor: Colin Pavitt
Homiletics – Doctrinal Sermons (Page One)
THE DOCTRINAL SERMON
In this structure of sermon a preacher is primarily involved in teaching the great doctrines of the Bible. As the scriptures are studied we discover that doctrine is ALWAYS LOGICAL AND SYSTEMATIC. This is such a blessing for the preacher as doctrine just lends itself to homiletic structure and breakdown. To some preachers and also some congregations preaching and teaching doctrine can seem tedious and boring; and heavy going. However to take this attitude is really to demonstrate immaturity. The strongest believers are often those who are rooted and grounded in solid Bible doctrine. It is these believers who will stand for their faith when the going gets tough – It is these type of believers generally who would dare to die for their faith.
Method For Construction Of A Sermon
On A Particular Doctrine
1) Gather together the overall teaching of the doctrine you have chosen from the scripture.
2) As before work on creating crisp clear homiletical headings.
3) Note the key points of the doctrine
– Generally it is not possible to cover every angle of your chosen doctrine
– There often is just too much information.
EXAMPLE ONE –
DOCTRINAL SERMON ON THE CHURCH
It is really quite striking as to the amount of disagreement there has been over the years concerning the DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH. Much controversy has raged over the Local and Universal Church. Also Many false doctrines have been introduced such as Baptist Bride which teaches that only Baptists will be at the marriage supper of the lamb and anybody from any other Christian group if they are saved will only be allowed to be guests at this supper. Of course this is complete rubbish and nothing whatsoever to do with the Bible. Teaching the truth about the church in a doctrinal sermon will often clear up these wrong ideas.
1) WHAT IS THE CHURCH?
The church in the Bible is primarily a local body of believers who gather together to worship and serve the Lord.
a) Church at Ephesus. (Acts 20:17)
b) Church at Antioch. (Acts 13:10)
c) Church at Corinth. (1 Corinthians 1:2)
d) Seven individual Churches in the Book of Revelation.
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“It is therefore quite obvious that there are multitudes of Local Churches in our world today – Note:
(Acts 15:41) (Acts 16:5) (Romans 16:4) (1 Corinthians 7:17)
2) WHAT TITLES DOES THE CHURCH HAVE IN THE BIBLE:
a) The Body Of Christ. (Eph 1:22-23) (Col 1:24)
b) The Bride Of Christ (Rev 21:9)
c) The Church Of God (Acts 20:28)
d) The Church Of Christ (Romans 16:16)
e) The Church Of The Living God (1 Tim 3:15)
f) The Temple Of The Living God.. (2 Corinthians 6:16)
3) WHO IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH?
Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:23)
4) WHAT ARE THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH?
a) Baptism. (Matt 28:19)
b) Breaking Bread (1 Cor 11:23-26) (Acts 20:7)
5) HOW IS THE CHURCH FUNDED?
Tithes And Offerings. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
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6) WHAT OTHER ASPECTS OF INTEREST ARE THERE CONCERNING THE CHURCH?
a) God Defends The Church. (Matt 16:18)
b) God Gives Ministry Gifts To The Church. (Eph 4:11-12)
c) God Describes His Church As Glorious. (Eph 5:27)
d) God’s Church Is Clothed In Righteousness. (Rev 19:8)
e) God’s Church Is Growing. (Acts 2:47) (Acts 5:14) (Acts 11:24)
f) God’s Church Should Gather Faithfully. (Hebrews 10:25)
g) God’s Church is Built Up And Strengthened Through His Word.
h) God’s Church Will Be Persecuted. (1 Tim 4:10) (2 Tim 3:12)
7) WHAT IS THE MAIN MISSION OF THE CHURCH?
To Preach The Gospel. (Mark 16:15)
8) WHEN WILL THE CHURCH ON EARTH END?
At The Rapture Of The Church. (1 Thess 4:13-18)
9) CAN THE CHURCH BE SEEN ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE AS BEING IN HEAVEN?
Yes: (Rev 4:4) (Rev 4:10) (Rev 5:8) (Rev 5:14) (Rev 11:16) (Rev 19:4)
10) WHAT IS AN ALTERNATIVE NAME FOR THE CHURCH AGE?
Dispensation Of Grace.
Homiletics – Doctrinal Sermons (Page 4)
EXAMPLE TWO –
DOCTRINAL SERMON ON THE HOLY SPIRIT
Introduction: When preparing a doctrinal sermon on a huge subject such as the Holy Spirit it is VITAL that the message is well structured and organized so that the people can readily follow. The danger with this type of sermon is that it is possible to cover too much ground at one sitting and this leads to losing our congregation and confusion. Doctrine is so important that the preacher cannot afford to have any built in error or mistakes of any nature.
1) The Deity of the Holy Spirit. (Bible arguments to teach he is God)
a) The Holy Spirit is God – Because Acts 5 verses 1-4 teaches this.
b) The Holy Spirit is God – Because He is Eternal. (Hebrews 9:14)
c) The Holy Spirit is God
– Because He is able to be everywhere at the same time.
(Psalm 139) (1 Cor 3:16)
d) The Holy Spirit is God – Because He Creates. (Job 33:4) (Job 26:13)
e) The Holy Spirit is God – Because He can be Blasphemed.
f) The Holy Spirit is God – Because He is called God. (Romans 8:9)
g) The Holy Spirit is God – Because He Raised Jesus from the dead.
2) The Person of the Holy Spirit.
(Bible arguments to teach the Holy Spirit is a person.)
a) The Holy Spirit is a Person – Because he has a Will. (1 Cor 12:11)
b) The Holy Spirit is a Person – Because he can be Upset. (Eph 4:30)
c) The Holy Spirit is a Person – Because He is addressed as HE.
3) The Nature of the Holy Spirit.
a) The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. (John 16:7) (John 14:16)
(John 14:26) (John 15:26)
b) The Holy Spirit deals Gently and Gives Assurance. (Rom 8:16)
(1 John 5:10)
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4) The Work of the Holy Spirit.
a) The Holy Spirit – Convicts.
(John 16:8) (Acts 2:37)
b) The Holy Spirit – Regenerates.
(John 3:3) (John 3:5) (Titus 3:5) (Rom 6:3-4)
c) The Holy Spirit – Gives Power.
(Acts 1:8) (Acts 4:33) (Acts 6:8) (Matt 10:1) (Luke 1:35) (Luke 24:49)
(Rom 15:13) (Rom 15:19) (Eph 3:16) (1 Thess 1:5) (2 Tim 1:7)
d) The Holy Spirit – Gives Boldness.
(Acts 4:13) (Acts 4:31) (Acts 9:27) (Acts 19:8) (Acts 28:31)
(Eph 6:18-20) (Phil 1:14) (Phil 1:20) (1 Thess 2:2)
e) The Holy Spirit – Produces Fruit.
(Gal 5:22) (Rom 6:22) (Eph 5:9) (Phil 1:11) (Col 1:10)
f) The Holy Spirit – Teaches
g) The Holy Spirit – Leads And Directs
h) The Holy Spirit – Gives Gifts.
(1 Cor 12:11) (Heb 2:4)
i) The Holy Spirit – Task Is To Glorify Jesus. (John 16:14)
j) The Holy Spirit – Speaks. (Acts 8:29) (Acts 13:2)
5) The Habitation of the Holy Spirit.
a) The Holy Spirit Dwells in a believer.
(1 Cor 3:16) (1 Cor 6:19) (Psalm 51:11) (Rom 8:9) (Eph 2:22)
(1 John 3:24) (1 John 4:13) (Eze 36:25-27)
b) The Holy Spirit Seals the believer.
(Eph 1:13-14) (Eph 4:30) (2 Cor 1:22)