Recent surveys, conducted by the Barna Research Group, indicate that a doctrinal
“rot” has gripped even the most conservative segments of the Church.
Barna concluded, “In many ways, we are living in an age of theological
anarchy.” In Boiling Point Barna also wrote, “The Church is rotting
from the inside out, crippled by abiblical theology.”
In an attempt to be relevant, many pastors simply use the Scripture as a point of departure for “feel good” discourses on self-help themes. The result is preaching that conforms to the popular culture, when God intended the preaching of his Word to transform culture.
In an effort to promote biblically-based, doctrinal preaching, I want to reproduce some sermon outlines from the ministry of Robert L. Brush. My purpose is not to produce a polished homiletical specimen, but to provide a model from which pastors and teachers might profit. Here is a message he preached in Brent, Alabama on November 20, 1977.
THE COMING JUDGMENT
2 Corinthians 5: 9-10
Introduction: There is a future time when the dead will be raised and judged. This is a universal appointment. The scriptures are very clear. Dan. 12:11-15; Matt 25:31-33; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15,25; Rev. 20:11-15.
I. The quickness of the transition.
A. The departed go immediately and without delay to heaven or hell to await the resurrection. In reality when life leaves the body, judgment is upon us.
B. In Luke both the rich man and the beggar went to hell and paradise respectively.
C. God gives all men one chance; any second chances are in His hand.
II The judgment will be according to the record.
A. The deeds of every man are kept in God’’s record books.
B. The books will be opened.
C. The book of life will be opened.
III The judgment will be Quick
A. The scriptural term is ‘‘in the twinkling of an eye.’’
B. Another scriptural term ‘‘at the last trumpet.’’
C. The sequence ‘‘the dead in Christ shall rise first.’’
D. ‘‘Afterward they which are alive and remain shall be caught up.’’
IV. The judgment will be without comparison.
A. Those on the earth shall tremble and men’s hearts failing because of fear.
B. The Trumpet Angels, Christ appearing, graves opening, saints shouting, bodies coming out of the graves. Bones coming out of museums and suddenly coming to life, phenomena that was never thought possible.
C. Wicked men shall cry for the rocks and mountains to fall on them and hide them from the wrath of God. (2 Peter 3:10-14)
V. The Judgment will be complete and exacting.
A. The Day of the Lord will come.
B. Every soul will be judged for every deed.
C. We will be required to give account for our deeds, words, thoughts and the intent of our heart.
D. God searches the hearts and motives and they will be made known to all.
E. There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, nothing hid that shall not be made known.
VI. The Judgment will be revealing.
A. Then God’s ways will be made known and the wise council of His will upheld.
B. Sins of the righteous will not be mentioned to their disadvantage or condemnation.
C. Everyone will receive a verdict. Acquittal (Matt. 25:34) or condemnation (Matt. 25:41); but no one will be exempted (Matt. 25:46). This judgment is universal and eternal.
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of
persons ought we to be in all holy conduct and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11).