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Homiletics Lesson 9

CALVARY Baptist CHURCH
SCHOOL of the BIBLE
Homiletics Lesson Nine
Instructor: Colin Pavitt


Homiletics – Biographical Sermons (Page One)

BIOGRAPHICAL SERMONS

Introduction

People have always been interested in people. Everyone has their own story. Personal lifestyles and testimonies are real life. The joys and heartaches of living are powerful and much of these consist of the blessings of relationships and sharing lives with others. The Bible stands out in the fact that these life experiences are coloured by a person’s walk with God. It’s these key truths that a biographical sermon seeks to draw out. Obviously, the Bible characters the preacher may choose to preach on lived many centuries ago. However, their life stories; their good or wicked ways are areas which every believer can learn from.

Methods Of Approach When Preparing Biographical Sermons

1) Always Portray the character as the Bible displays them. Do not over exaggerate or under emphasize any aspects of their lives.

2) Tell it like it is and like they were – i.e. Bring out both the characters positive and negative traits – Both can yield great lessons for modern day believers.

3) Some of the following aspects of your selected character are worthwhile including in the message or sermon:

a) Was this Bible Character a Believer?

b) Was this Bible Character an Unbeliever?

c) Was this Bible Character wise or foolish?

d) Was this Bible Character good or wicked?

e) Was this Bible Character Proud or Humble?

f) Was this Bible Character a lover of the world or a lover of God?

g) Was this Bible Character displaying the Fruit of the Spirit?

h) Was this Bible Character prepared to make a sacrifice?

i) Was this Bible Character gifted by God to serve him in a particular area of service?

j) Was this Bible Character in an influential social or employment position?

k) Was this Bible Character young or old when the Lord began to use them?


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l) Was this Bible Character a student of the word of God?

m) Was this Bible Character consulted by others for his or her Godly advice.

n) Was this Bible Character able to stand up when under pressure and persecution?

o) Was this Bible Character able to withstand physical pain and sickness with a joyful heart?

p) Was this Bible Character suffering from an addiction of some description?

q) Was this Bible Character a Jew or a Gentile?


THE TWO KEY OUTLINE APPROACHES

1) To gather as much information as possible about the chosen Bible character and construct an orderly outline using crisp homiletic headings – This is a good approach but often leads to information overload and too MUCH information for a single message. Fine for an ongoing study of the character over a period of a number of weeks.

2) To Check out what certain books teach about a particular Bible character and confine the main thoughts within those books. This of course will limit the information on that character.


EXAMPLE OF OUTLINE APPROACH ONE ABOVE:
CHARACTER – HEZEKIAH

1) Hezekiah was the son of Ahaz his Father. (2 Kings 18:1)

(2 Kings 16:20) (1 Chron 13:3) (2 chron 28:27)

2) Hezekiah was 25 years old when he began to reign. (2 Kings 18:2)

3) Hezekiah was on the throne for 29 years in Jerusalem. (2 Kings 18:2)

4) Hezekiah was the son of Abi his Mother. (2 Kings 18:2) (2 Chron 29:1)

5) Hezekiah was a Godly king and done that which was right in the sight of the Lord.

(2 Kings 18:3) (2 Kings 20:3) (Deut 6:18) (1 Kings 15:5) (1 Kings 15:11)


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6) Hezekiah was a follower of all that his Father David did (2 Kings 18:3)

(2 Kings 22:2) (1 Kings 3:14) (1 Kings 11:38) (1 Kings 15:5) (1 Kings 15:11)

(2 Chronicles 17:3) (2 Chronicles 29:2)

7) Hezekiah was minded to remove the high images and he did.

(2 Kings 18:4a)

(Ex 23:24) (2 Kings 18:22) (2 Kings 21:3) (2 Chron 32:12) (Isa 36:7)

8) Hezekiah was minded to brake down the ungodly images and idols and he did.

(2 Kings 18:4) (Ex 34:13) (Deut 7:5)

9) Hezekiah was minded to cut down the groves and he did. (2 Kings 18:4)

(2 Chron 14:3) (2 Chron 34:3)

10) Hezekiah was minded to brake in pieces the brazen serpent Moses had made and he did.

(2 Kings 18:4)

“Because it had become a source of false worship”

(Num 21:8-9) (John 3:14-15)

11) Hezekiah was a king who trusted in the Lord God of Israel.

(2 Kings 18:5)

(2 Chron 13:8) (Job 13:15) (Psalm 13:5) (Psalm 71:1) (Psalm 84:12)

(Jer 17: 7) (Eph 1:12)

12) Hezekiah was a king who in many ways was incomparable.

(2 Kings 18:5) (2 Kings 23:25)

13) Hezekiah was a king who clave to the Lord. (2 Kings 18:6)

(Deut 10:20) (Joshua 23:8) (Acts 11:23)

14) Hezekiah was a king who did not part from following the Lord.

(2 Kings 18:6)

15) Hezekiah was a king who kept the commandments which the Lord God commanded Moses.

(2 Kings 18:6)

(John 14:15) (John 14:21) (John 15:10) (John 15:14) (1 John 2:3) (1 John 5:3)

16) Hezekiah was a king who had the Lord with him. (2 Kings 18:7)

(Gen 21:22) (Gen 39:2-3) (1 Sam 18:14) (Psalm 46:11) (Isa 43:2)

(Matt 28:20) (Acts 7:9)

17) Hezekiah was a king who prospered wherever he went. (2 Kings 18:7)

(1 Kings 2:3) (2 Chron 31:21) (2 Chron 32:30) (Psalm 1:3)


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18) Hezekiah was a king who stood up against Wickedness and Paganism.

(2 Kings 18:7c) (2 Kings 18:8)

19) Hezekiah was a king who prayed. (2 Kings 19:14-15) (2 Kings 19:19)

(2 Chron 14:11) (2 Chron 32:20) (Isa 37:15) (Dan 9:3-4)

20) Hezekiah was a king who recognized how powerful the God of heaven is.

(2 Kings 19:15)

(1 Kings 18:39) (Isa 43:10) (Isa 44:6) (Dan 4: 34-35)

21) Hezekiah was a king who received a sudden announcement that death was going to come upon him. (2 Kings 20:1)

(2 Chron 32:24) (Isa 38:1) (John 11:1-5) (Phil 2:27) (Phil 2:30)

22) Hezekiah was a king who does the right thing when faced with a sudden catastrophe.

(2 Kings 20:2) (Psalm 50:15) (Isa 38:2-3) (Job 33:26) (James 5:16)

23) Hezekiah was a king who walked in truth before God. (2 Kings 20:3)

(2 Chron 31:20-21) (Psalm 26:3) (Psalm 145:18) (3 John 1:4)

24) Hezekiah was king who walked with a perfect heart before God.

(2 Kings 20:3)

(Isa 38:3) (2 Chron 15:17) (2 Chron 16:9) (2 Chron 19:9)

25) Hezekiah was a king who received a powerful answer to a powerful prayer.

(2 Kings 20:5)

26) Hezekiah was a king who knew what it was like to have a broken heart.

(2 Kings 20:3)

“And Hezekiah wept sore”

(Psalm 6:6) (Heb 5:70)

27) Hezekiah was a king who had 15 years added to his life. (2 Kings 20:6)

28) Hezekiah was a king who was bold to ask God to do more than what would be relatively Easy. (2 Kings 20:8-10)


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EXAMPLE OF OUTLINE APPROACH TWO ABOVE:
PAUL

Explanation: In this method of construction for the Biographical Sermon we will NOT be taking EVERYTHING the Bible teaches about the apostle Paul and building a sermon; but rather just confining our thoughts to what the Books of 1 and 2 Timothy tells us about Paul – We could entitle our biographical sermon with the following title:

GREAT CHARACTERISTICS OF PAUL’S LIFE FROM 1 AND 2 TIMOTHY

1) Paul was an Apostle. (1 Tim 1:1)

(Acts 14:14) (Rom 1:1) (2 Cor 1:1)

2) Paul had the glorious gospel committed to his trust. (1 Tim 1:11)

(2 Cor 4:4) (2 Cor 4:6)

3) Paul was enabled by God to fulfil his calling. (1 Tim 1:12)

(1 Cor 15:10) (2 Cor 3:5-6) (2 Cor 4:1) (2 Cor 12:9-10)

(Phil 4:13) (2 Tim 4:17)

4) Paul was a persecutor and blasphemer before his conversion. (1 Tim 1:13)

(Acts 8:3) (Acts 9:1) (Acts 9:13) (Acts 22:4) (1 Cor 15:9) (Gal 1:13)

(Isa 29:24) (Eze 18:21)

5) Paul confesses that he is the chief of sinners. (1 Tim 1:15)

(Job 40:4) (Job 42:6) (Eze 36:31-32) (1 Cor 15:9) (Eph 3:8)

6) Paul was ordained a preacher. (1 Tim 2:7)

(1 Tim 1:12) (John 15:16) (Acts 9:15) (Acts 22:15) (Acts 22:21)

(Acts 26:17-18) (Eph 3:7-8) (2 Tim 1:11) (Titus 1:3)

7) Paul was to be a teacher of the Gentiles. (1 Tim 2:7) (2 Tim 1:11)

8) Paul was to possess the qualities of an overseer. (1 Tim 3:1-7)

9) Paul was hoping for and always looking forward to sharing fellowship with Timothy.

(1 Tim 3:14) (2 John 1:12) (3 John 1:14)


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10) Paul was responsible for leading people to Christ. (2 Tim 1:2)

“My dearly beloved son”

(2 Tim 2:1) (1 Tim 1:18) (1 Cor 4:17) (John 17:20)

11) Paul was a great Prayer Warrior. (2 Tim 1:3)

(Eph 6:18) (Col 1:3) (Col 1:9)

12) Paul considered fellowship as time of Joy for him. (2 Tim 1:4)

(Phil 2:28) (John 16:22) (2 John 1:12)

13) Paul regarded himself as a prisoner of Christ. (2 Tim 1:8)

(2 Tim 1:16) (Acts 28:20) (2 Cor 6:5) (Eph 3:1) (Eph 4:1)

(Col 4:18) (Philemon 1:1) (Phil 1:9)

14) Paul was willing to and indeed suffered for Christ. (2 Tim 1:12)

(2 Tim 2:9) (2 Tim 3:10-12) (Acts 9:16) (Acts 13:50) (1 Thess 2:2)

15) Paul was not ashamed of Christ or his personal faith in Christ.

(2 Tim 1:12)

(2 Tim 1:8) (Rom 1:16) (Rom 9:33) (1 Peter 4:16)

16) Paul was a man who KNEW what he believed. (2 Tim 1:12)

(Job 19:25) (1 John 3:19) (1 John 5:13)

17) Paul was a man who was CONFIDENT in his belief and in God’s power to keep him.

(2 Tim 1:12) (2 Tim 4:18) (1 Peter 1:5) (Jude 1:24)

18) Paul was a man who preached sound doctrine. (2 Tim 1:13)

(2 Tim 3:10a) (2 Tim 4:3) (Titus 1:9)

19) Paul was a man who was prepared to endure hardship. (2 Tim 2:10)

(2 Tim 2:3) (Acts 9:16)

20) Paul was a man who was gentle and patient. (2 Tim 2:24)

(1 Thess 2:7) (Acts 20:31) (2 Cor 10:1) (Gal 5:22) (Titus 3:2)

(James 3:17)

21) Paul was a man of Purpose; Faith; Longsuffering; Charity; and Patience.

(2 Tim 3:10c)


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22) Paul was a man who was persecuted and afflicted. (2 Tim 3:11a)

(Acts 20:19) (2 Cor 12:10) (1 Tim 4:10)

23) Paul was a man who was ready to die. (2 Tim 4:6)

(Acts 21:13) (Phil 1:20) (Matt 10:39) (Rev 6:9)

24) Paul was a man who had been involved very much in spiritual warfare.

(2 Tim 4:7a)

(2 Cor 6:7) (1 Tim 1:18) (1 Tim 6:12)

25) Paul was a man who finished the work God gave him. (2 Tim 4:7b)

(Acts 20:24) (Rev 2:10)

26) Paul was a man who was faithful until the day of his departure.

(2 Tim 4:7c)

27) Paul was looking forward to receiving his crown of righteousness.

(2 Tim 4:8)

(1 Cor 3:14) (Col 1:5) (1 Peter 1:4)

28) Paul was a man who often found himself standing alone for the things of God.

(2 Tim 4:16) (2 Tim 4:10)

29) Paul was a man who had the Lord standing with him in the ministry.

(2 Tim 4:17a)

(Acts 18:9-10) (Acts 27:23-24)

30) Paul was a man who had experienced God’s Deliverance.

(2 Tim 4:17d) (2 Tim 4:18a) (Acts 26:17) (2 Cor 1:10) (2 Thess 3:2)

31) Paul was a man who believed in eternal security. (2 Tim 4:18b)

(John 10:28-30) (1 Peter 1:5) (Jude 1:1) (Jude 1:24)