Here is a “Simple Sermon Outline” intended to ignite (not replace) the process of prayer, study, and creativity for any desperate pastors out there in Pastorland who take seriously the task of study and preaching, but may be up against a wall and fresh out of ideas. The entire original script for this one is available at SermonCentralDOTcom, here. But the simple outline is as follows:
When You Face a Difficult Decision
Numbers 11, Exodus 18
1. Acknowledge the problem and define it clearly (Numbers 11:10-13).
2. Admit your limitations (Numbers 11:14).
3. Accept wise counsel (Numbers 11:14, Exodus 18:18-21).
4. Assess your resources (Exodus 4:2).
5. Allow others to help (Numbers 11:16-17).
6. Act accordingly (Numbers 11:24-29).
7. Abandon all else to God’s care and wisdom (Numbers 11:26-30).
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Bob Hostetler is a literary agent, an award-winning writer, editor, pastor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His thirty books, which include The Bone Box and American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream), have sold millions of copies. He has co-authored eleven books with Josh McDowell, including the best-selling Right from Wrong (What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices), and the award-winning Don't Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award, among others. Bob is a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. Bob was ordained to the ministry in 1980 by the Salvation Army and earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College. In 2000, Bob (with his wife, Robin) helped to co-found Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. They have two children and four grandchildren. He has been a disc jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor, and (with Robin) a foster parent to ten boys (though not all at once). They live in Hamilton, Ohio. You can follow Bob at @bobhoss.