Sermon Outline for Matthew 15:21-29. Theme: God brings one far from Himself to sincere faith & repentance in Christ.
1. Failed attempts to fix her ______________.
B. The Canaanitess’ inability resembles those today who try worldly cures to fix problems that have spiritual roots.
2. Faith comes by hearing the Word of __________________
A. She believed what she’d heard about Jesus & sought Him out.
B. Her faith challenges us to take a hard look at our own faith.
3. Repentance is a whole-souled _______________.
A. Repentance & Faith = 2 sides of the same coin; each involves the other.
B. Her earnestness & passion is so lacking in many who profess Christ.
Questions for Study: One defined repentance as a change of mind leading to a change of life. About what things does one change one’s mind? Hint: Psalm 32:1-5; 51:1-6; I Thessalonians 1:9-10
How often are we supposed to repent of our sins? Just once when we receive Christ, or at other times too? Psalm 73:13-14; Proverbs 28:13; Luke 9:23; 17:3-4; James 4:8.
God requires thoroughgoing repentance for one to be able to rightly receive Christ, I Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21. But what of those whose repentance is weak at best or lacking? To what does the Lord liken it? See Matthew 13:7, 22; Jeremiah 4:3-4; James 4:1-10; I John 2:15-17.
Does the following describe your faith? Why or why not? True faith is not only a knowledge & conviction that everything God reveals in His Word is true; it is also a deep-rooted assurance, created in me by the Holy Spirit through the Gospel, that, out of sheer grace earned for us by Christ, not only others, but I too have had my sins forgiven, have been made forever right with God, & have been granted salvation. Heidelberg Catechism A.21