Series: The End of the Beginning (1 of 6) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: How to Avoid a Wasted Life
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Mark 8:27-38

Life is the most precious commodity we will ever handle. It begins with the miracle of birth and ends with the intervention of death-events beyond our control. But what happens in between is largely governed by the attitudes we adopt, the decisions we make, and the directions we follow. Jesus left no room for doubt that it is possible to mess it up. He said we must:

I. Square Up to the Issues.

A. The issues of life's options.
1. Saving it only to lose it. v. 35
a. The profit that leads to loss. v. 36
b. The trading that leads to bankruptcy. v. 37

2. Losing it only to save it. v. 35
a. Losing it for the sake of Christ.
b. Losing it in the service of Christ.

B. The issues of life's opponents.
1. The possibility of Satanic influence. v. 33
2. The philosophy of secular minds. v. 33
3. The pollution of sinful society. v. 38


Part 2: Christ Died for Us
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Romans 5:1-11

There are as many contemporary views of Christ's death as there were spectators of His crucifixion. We need to be sure we understand what the scriptures say on the subject.

I. The Nature of the Problem.

A. The problem with what we are.
1. Powerless. v. 6
2. Ungodly. v. 6
3. Sinners. v. 8
4. Enemies. v. 10

B. The problem with what we've done.
1. We have left undone the things we ought to have done.
2. We have done those things we ought not to have done.

C. The problem with where we're heading.
1. We are heading for God's wrath. v. 9

II. The Crux of the Matter.

A. Man's inability to alter his condition.
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