Sermon Outline for 12/11/11

Peace by Division

Mt. 10:32-39

“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.

Main Point: Jesus came to separate us from every lesser allegiance.

  1. Allegiance to Christ Necessitates Division (32-34)
    a.      What Kind of Peace does Jesus Bring?
    b.      Jesus Naturally Divides Humanity (32-33)
    c.       Christ Came to Accomplish This Division (34)
  2. Allegiance to Christ Means That We Must Place him Above Our Closest Family Relationships (35-37)
    a.      Allegiance to Jesus can divide Families
    b.      Given this division we must choose between allegiances
  3. Allegiance to Christ Means We Must Place Him Above Ourselves (38-39)

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