This is the final two outlines from Michael Catt's sermon series on the Cross. Tapes can be purchased from Sherwood Baptist Church @ 229-883-1910 or go to www.sherwood-baptist.org.
IT IS FINISHED
J. Oswald Sanders - "The sacrifice of an irrational animal could never make satisfactory atonement for the sin of a rational being." His finished work provides for us:
The great word of the gospel is not "Do" - it is "DONE".
Stephen Olford, "Never did the devil fight harder, but never was he more convincingly defeated."
Lehman Strauss, "All is finished that needs to be finished to complete God's plan of salvation. Nothing can be added to the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some of you have attended church for years, depending on your religion, ritual or the recitation of a prayer, the 10 commandments or the Golden Rule. But none of these has ever saved your soul. You must receive the Savior and trust His finished word for salvation. You can do absolutely nothing to save yourself simply because Christ has already done all that God requires for your salvation. So, why not receive Christ at once! Stop trying and trust."
HE BREATHES HIS LAST
The Lord's Supper:
As you Prepare to take the Supper - Remember . . .
The Lord's Supper is not to be observed as a ritual, or to gain favor with God. It is a time of remembrance, reflection and renewal for believers. It is important that you take these moments and meditate on God's goodness, love, grace and forgiveness. These moments should never be taken lightly or as an addendum to a service. This is an act of worship. It symbolizes the great and awful price paid for our salvation.
Please take time to read 1 Corinthians 11:23-29. God takes this observance seriously, so should we.
(from Sermon Outlines by W. H. Griffith Thomas. ©1947 by Eerdmans Publishing.)
OPPORTUNITY or FAILURE
MATTHEW 14:l8-"Bring them hither to Me."
MATTHEW 17:17-"Bring him hither to Me."
CHRISTIANITY may be defined as the full contact of the soul and Christ. Look at it now as illustrated by two episodes: (1) The disciples face to face with a great work; (2) the disciples face to face with a great failure. When we are confronted with either opportunity or failure, Christ says: "Bring . . . to Me."
N.B. - The secret of today in the means of today for the task of today is that service is not measured by our ability but by His power.
N.B. - The task of today is great; the means of today are ample; the secret of today is faithfulness.
I take, He undertakes
I have faith, He is faithful
I trust, He is trustworthy