Series: Making God Smile (1 of 3) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

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Part 1: By Living Like Enoch
Series: Making God Smile
Stuart Briscoe
Hebrews 11:1-6

Enoch may not be a household name, but in his day, he had a great reputation. He was known as a man who pleased God. He made God smile because he walked with God "in a loving, trusting relationship. Enoch knew "without faith it is impossible to please God."

I. An Example of Living by Faith Which Makes God Smile.

A. Enoch "walked with God." Genesis 5:22, 24

B. Enoch had a solid testimony in troubled times. Hebrews 11:5

C. Enoch knew the difference between godliness and ungodliness. Jude 14-15

D. Enoch spoke the truth to people reluctant to listen.

E. Enoch anticipated the ultimate triumph of the Lord.

II. An Explanation of the Faith that Makes God Smile.

A. Faith that grasps the basis of hope. Hebrews 11:1

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Part 2: Preparations for the Visit
Series: Making God Smile
Stuart Briscoe
John 1:6-8, 15

For centuries, the prophets had promised and predicted the Incarnation. John the Baptist was the last in this distinguished line and he was an unerring pointer to Christ and His ministry. He "came as a witness" (v. 7) to prepare the people to welcome the Visitor.

I. The Visitor: "The True Light…Was Coming into the World." 1:9

A. "In Him was life." 1:4a
1. Life: "the organic functioning of plants, animals, and men."

2. Life: the state of being, "get a life." Matthew 6:25; Mark 8:35

3. Life: the abundant, eternal experience. John 10:10; 5:24

B. "That was the light of men." 1:4b
1. Light: that which illumines 1:9, reveals 3:19-20, guides. 8:12

2. Light: the antithesis to darkness; banishes, triumphs. 1:5

3. Light: available to, but not accepted by every man.

II. The Witness: "There Came a Man…Sent from God, His Name Was John." 1:6

A. John's disciples: a rival group? See 3:25-26; Acts 18:25; 19:3

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