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THE NEED FOR VICTORY IN THE CHURCH

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There can never be victory in the church, until first the need is realized.

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THE NEED FOR VICTORY IN THE CHURCH

Sermon Outlines from the Word The Need for Victory in the Church (Romans 6:11–20)

THE NEED FOR VICTORY IN THE CHURCH

ROMANS 6:11–20

INTRODUCTION. There can never be victory in the church, until first the need is realized. When there is complacency, self-satisfaction, and self-emulation, there must follow a spiritual and moral degeneration. The Word of God warns us, “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

THERE IS A NEED FOR VICTORY BECAUSE OF:

I. THE AGGRESSIVENESS OF SATAN.

A. I believe in a personal devil. John 8:44; 1 John 3:8.

B. I believe that he is aggressive. 1 Peter 5:8; Eph. 6:10–12.

C. I believe that he stands back of every aggressive move of anti-christian endeavour. Eph. 2:22; 2 Cor. 4:4. (1) Communism; (2) Crime; (3) Cults, including Modernism; (4) Catholicism.

II. THE INCREASE OF WORLDLINESS IN THE CHURCH.

A. There is too much compromise with the world. James 4:4.

1. When the Word is preached, people say they are scolded, and resent it. Ezek. 2:1–8.

2. Some in the church would compromise the truth to gain the friendship of the world. James 4:4.

B. People need to understand that the preaching of the Cross is offensive to the world. 1 Peter 2:6–8.

C. Godly living will bring persecution from the world. 2 Tim. 3:12.

III. THE PREVALENCE OF INDIFFERENCE IN THE CHURCH

A. It is becoming more difficult to move people with the preaching of the Word. 2 Tim. 3:5–8; 4:1–5.

B. More difficult to get people to stand for God and His way. Ex. 32:26. Illustration: Elijah, 1 Kings 18:21; “They answer him not a word.” Note three things: (1) They did not oppose his program of revivalism; (2) They made no statement in favor of idolatry; (3) They stood unconcerned, not willing to stand for God.

IV. BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE OF SPIRITUAL DEFEAT.

A. Believers: Slaves of worldly habits; puppets of evil lusts; sensual desires. 1 John 2:15–17; Col. 3:5; Matt. 5:27, 28.

B. Believers: poisoned by jealousy, retaining grievances, unforgiving spirit. Eph. 4:30–32; 2 Cor. 12:20.

C. We need a victory over the flesh that only the Holy Spirit can bring. Gal. 5:16.

V. BECAUSE OF THE ALARMING DEGREE OF FRUITLESSNESS AMONG CHRISTIANS.

A. Every Christian should be able to say, “I have witnessed, prayed, and cried for souls.”

B. We are saved not just to fill a pew; but to be a channel through which the Holy Spirit can win others to Christ. 2 Cor. 5:19, 20. John 16:7–9; Illustration: Acts 2:4–6 Filled v. 4; Witnessed v. 6.

C. True we are living in days of evil apostasy, but I believe that many sinners can say as David when chased by Saul, “No man cared for my soul.”

Romans 6:11–20 KJV 1900
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
INTRODUCTION. There can never be victory in the church, until first the need is realized. When there is complacency, self-satisfaction, and self-emulation, there must follow a spiritual and moral degeneration. The Word of God warns us, “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

THERE IS A NEED FOR VICTORY BECAUSE OF:

I. THE AGGRESSIVENESS OF SATAN.

A. I believe in a personal devil. ; .
John 8:44 KJV 1900
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
1 John 3:8 KJV 1900
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
B. I believe that he is aggressive. ; .
1 Peter 5:8 KJV 1900
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Ephesians 6:10–12 KJV 1900
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
C. I believe that he stands back of every aggressive move of anti-christian endeavour. ; . (1) Communism; (2) Crime; (3) Cults, including Modernism; (4) Catholicism.
Ephesians 2:22 KJV 1900
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV 1900
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

II. THE INCREASE OF WORLDLINESS IN THE CHURCH.

A. There is too much compromise with the world. .
James 4:4 KJV 1900
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
1. When the Word is preached, people say they are scolded, and resent it. .
Ezekiel 2:1–8 KJV 1900
And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.
2. Some in the church would compromise the truth to gain the friendship of the world. .
B. People need to understand that the preaching of the Cross is offensive to the world. .
1 Peter 2:6–8 KJV 1900
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
C. Godly living will bring persecution from the world. .
2 Timothy 3:12 KJV 1900
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

III. THE PREVALENCE OF INDIFFERENCE IN THE CHURCH

A. It is becoming more difficult to move people with the preaching of the Word. ; .
2 Timothy 3:5–8 KJV 1900
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
2 Timothy 4:1–5 KJV 1900
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
B. More difficult to get people to stand for God and His way. . Illustration: Elijah, ; “They answer him not a word.” Note three things: (1) They did not oppose his program of revivalism; (2) They made no statement in favor of idolatry; (3) They stood unconcerned, not willing to stand for God.
Exodus 32:26 KJV 1900
Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
1 Kings 18:21 KJV 1900
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

IV. BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE OF SPIRITUAL DEFEAT.

A. Believers:are or become Slaves of worldly habits; puppets of evil lusts; sensual desires. ; ; , .
1 John 2:15–17 KJV 1900
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Colossians 3:5 KJV 1900
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Matthew 5:27 KJV 1900
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
Matthew 5:28 KJV 1900
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
B. Believers are poisoned by jealousy, retaining grievances, unforgiving spirit. ; .
Ephesians 4:30–32 KJV 1900
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
2 Corinthians 12:20 KJV 1900
For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
C. We need a victory over the flesh that only the Holy Spirit can bring. .

V. BECAUSE OF THE ALARMING DEGREE OF FRUITLESSNESS AMONG CHRISTIANS.

A. Every Christian should be able to say, “I have witnessed, prayed, and cried for souls.”
B. We are saved not just to fill a pew; but to be a channel through which the Holy Spirit can win others to Christ. , . ; Illustration: Filled v. 4; Witnessed v. 6.
2 Corinthians 5:19 KJV 1900
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:20 KJV 1900
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
John 16:7–9 KJV 1900
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Acts 2:4–6 KJV 1900
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
C. True we are living in days of evil apostasy, but I believe that many sinners can say as David when chased by Saul, “No man cared for my soul.”
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