Sermon outlines by Dr. Stephen Olford

Here are this week's sermon outlines by Dr. Stephen Olford.

 


 

These sermon outlines (and the previously shared sermon outlines) may also be downloaded in PDF format by subscribers to the free Stephen Olford Collection on this website. 

The full expanded set of sermon outlines is available for purchase from the Dr. Stephen Olford Ministry Online Collection.

This unique set of sermonic material is designed to assist in the development of expository messages. Written by Dr. Stephen Olford, these 364 expanded sermon outlines are presented in 7 volumes (28 quarters) of over 3000 pages. A helpful index is included. These outlines are printed on loose-leaf, three-hole-punched pages and can be kept in a standard 8 ½ by 5 ½ binder (not included).


 

A word from Dr. David Olford about these sermon outlines:

Dear Friend of Olford Ministries International,

These are days calling for truth, love, prayer, patience, and much more. Praise our...

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Our Winter Institutes begin in Memphis

institutes in memphis Jan 14, 2021

The dates for the winter Institutes are soon upon us.

The deadline for our “Strengthening Expository Preaching “ Institute (February 23-26) is February 9.

Also, ahead is our Practical Preaching Workshop (March 8-11). Contact us by February 9  as well.

 

You can register online: www.olford.org. Or for further information, you can email us at [email protected], or [email protected]. Call us at 901-453-6422, or 901-453-6444.

 

Health and safety protocols will be in place. 

Blessings, we hope to hear from you.

David Olford   

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WALKING INTO 2021 — Learning to walk differently

Main Text for Today: Ephesians 4:17-5:21

 

 “I, therefore, ……………..beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,………” (Ephesians 4:1 NKJV).

 

INTRODUCTION:

It is a wonderful day when a baby takes his or her first steps. The occasion may be captured in a picture and sent to family and friends. Soon the infant is learning how to walk. Walking is very important for life and growth. Indeed, parents will be very concerned if a child does not learn how to walk in a timely manner.

God’s grace has brought the child of God into a new life that involves a God-given and directed walk (Eph. 2:10). This walk is made possible by all that God has done for us in Christ (Eph. 1:3 – 3:21). Just as we receive the gift of salvation by grace through faith, we begin a walk by grace through faith. This walk, though, is described in a specific way in our text in Ephesians 4:1. This walk...

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The Gospel Message is Still Good News Today

Please read 1 Timothy 1:12-17.

Main Text: 1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV - “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”

Introduction:

Think about all the messages we receive in a day, or in a week. Some come from people we know, and some come from people we do not know. Some are easy to understand, some are hard to understand. Some are helpful or encouraging. Some are hurtful or discouraging. Some are very important, some are irrelevant and a waste of time.

As you think about our Christian faith, our faith is based upon a message. It is based upon a message that we believe is ultimately from God Himself to us. I want us to think very simply but specifically about this “Gospel” message, this good news that is still good news for today.

This message is the message of Christmas. Sadly, even Christmas cards can express seasonal messages but miss the true message of Christmas. But...

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A Message of Mega-Joy

INTRODUCTION:

For some, the Christmas season is just a time to celebrate the end of another year. It may be simply a time to forget all that has happened in daily life as well as what is happening in our struggling world.

That may be especially true this year.

Sadly some miss the joy of the Savior completely.  We know also that this season can be a depressing time for many: especially those who have suffered loss, and those whose lives are filled with personal hardship and painful memories. The joyful message of Christmas may be very distant, even though it is still really needed.

The challenge for many of us is to allow the true joy of Christmas to be experienced afresh and at a deep level. 

Yes, this can be a challenge for genuine Christians. With the difficult circumstances that many are facing right now, joy may seem a long way off. Also, the clutter of commercialism can add seasonal pressure and can cover-up the real source of joy.

This true joy is what is declared in...

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What Time is it?

A reflection on Galatians 4:4

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (ESV).  

Galatians 4:4a  “But, when the fullness of time had come,……” (ESV, NKJV)

                                “When the time came to completion,……..” (HCSB)

                                 “When the right time had come,…….” (NLT)

                                 “But when the set time had fully come,……..” (NIV)

 

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‘Best Practices’ as You Face Hardships in the Ministry

INTRODUCTION: You may be familiar with the “best practices” terminology that is used in various training contexts. Usually, after researching “successful” organizational functions and procedures, the presenter will recommend the best practices for a particular business. These practices are the best ways to handle the operations and challenges that are being faced.

 

TEXT: “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart” (2 Cor. 4:1-7 ESV, Full text 2 Cor. 4:1-18).

 

In our text, the Apostle Paul is speaking very personally. He definitely is not putting on a seminar. But, what he states in these verses is an inspired record of Paul’s approach to his own ministry. And this passage of Scripture along with many others provides us with ‘best practices’ for those who are seeking to be faithful in the ministry of God’s Word, especially during difficult seasons. 

In the broader context,...

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Don’t Miss God’s Word to You

The Next Time You Open Your Bible Don’t Miss God’s Word to You

I would like you read Isaiah 55 (ESV) written below. Our focus will be on verses 8-11, but the whole chapter needs to be read, if not the whole prophecy of Isaiah!

 

55 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
    hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
    my steadfast, sure love for David.
Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander for the peoples.
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Living a Life Shaped by God’s Revelation

This beautiful Psalm is a poetic celebration and response to God’s personal revelation both through His Creation and through His Word.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
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A note from Dr. David Olford

dr. david olford Oct 16, 2020

Dear Friend of Olford Ministries International, Inc., 

Greetings in Jesus’ Name!

I hope you are sensing the grace and the strength of the Lord as you walk with Him during these critical days. Most of us, if not all of us, have been impacted by the pandemic and/or natural disasters that have taken place this year, 2020.

I needed to be tested for the virus two days ago, and I was positively negative! We can be sure, of course, that God is sovereignly orchestrating all things to work together for good in relation to God’s people (Rom. 8:28). That is a truth that we must hold close to our hearts even when we don’t see “the good.”

I want to present something to you that is unusual for me, especially on our website.

As I think about the focus and the goals of our ministry, I think it is appropriate that churches be made aware of the possibility of supporting O.M.I. financially. We are an interdenominational ministry committed to the faithful...

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