Sermon Outline for Acts 17:24-31

This is part four of a five part series that shows how to create a sermon. In part one of this series, I wrote how to easily create such an outline (Outlining a Bible passage for dummies, Acts 17:24). In part two of the series, I presented the entire passage of Acts 17:24-31 outlined using said method (Text Outline of Acts 17:24-31). Part three shows how to create a Theological Outline of Acts 17:24-31 that focuses on the timeless theological principles that apply to the original audience then and there as well as the intended audience here and now. This part (four) in the series shows an example of the creation of  a sermon outline, also known as a homiletic outline. The final part of the series will show the the actual sermon.

The same steps apply whether you are creating a study of a book of the Bible, a Bible study lesson, or a sermon. The steps for creating a study of a book of a Bible are: pray (each step should be bathed in prayer), read the material (three times if possible), write a summary of the book , write an hermeneutical outline that describes the text (telling what God said through the human authors to the original audience then and there), write a theological outline that presents the timeless theological ideas (which apply to both the original audience then and there, as well as your intended audience here and now ), write an homiletical outline  (outlining what you will present in your sermon/lesson/study), write the study/lesson/sermon. In each step, you use the material from the previous steps, praying during each step.

This post is an example of the sermon outline. Remember to pray before starting and continue praying until finished. We will take the textual and theological outlines and add to it things we think would make the message God wants us are trying to present easier to understand, or to show evidence for what is being taught.






Acts 17:24-31 Sermon Outline

I.      There is one God who is a person.

a.     (v24) The God

b.     (v24) The God who  

II.    God is creator and lord.

a.     (v24) The God who made the world and everything in it

i.     Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

b.     (v24) The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth

i.     What does lord mean?

III.  God is transcendent and self-sufficient.

a.     (v24) does not live in temples built by hands.

i.     God is outside His creation.

b.     (v25) And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything

i.     God does not NEED anything.

IV. God is provider and sustainer – He is our resource.

a.     (v25) because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

i.     Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? “

V.   God created man and is in control of time and space.

a.     (v26) From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.

i.     Genesis 2:7 reads, “the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” God created the first man – Adam. This goes against what evolution teaches.

b.     Is God in control of YOUR life?

VI. God is love.

a.     (v27-28) God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from  each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

VII.        God is spirit.

a.     (v29) “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill.

VIII.      God is patient and forgiving.

a.     (v30) In the past God overlooked such ignorance,

IX. God is holy, righteous and just.

a.     (v30) but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

X.   God is judge

a.     (v31) For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice

i.     James 2:17-19 says, “…Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.”

ii.     in Matthew 7:20-23, “…[B]y their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” 

iii.     In Acts 26:20, Paul says he “preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.”

b.     (v31) by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

i.     He will judge through the man He appointed and raised from the dead – Jesus Christ.

ii.   The object of your faith is important.





Next time we will take the textual, theological, and sermon outlines and create a Sermon on Acts 17:24-31 . The idea is to present a cohesive message that follows the text we are preaching from. We should not teach what is not presented in the text, but we can supplement what is there to make our points more easily understood or to make it more impactful.


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