“… they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (1 Cor. 10:4).
I. The Rock of Redemption
“… exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation” (2 Sam. 22:47).
A. Christ is the door by which we enter into salvation (Acts 4:12).
B. When we repent of our sins and believe unto salvation, everything becomes new. We are changed (2 Cor. 5:17).
C. When we make a total commitment to Christ, the Holy Spirit cleanses us. This is part of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ (Heb. 13:12).
II. The Rock of Restoration
“And a man shall be … as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land” (Isa. 32:2).
A. Christ is the Christian’s protection. When the storms of life are raging He is our rock in whose shelter we can safely hide.
B. Christ is the Christian’s rest. When we become exhausted by the hurry and scurry of our busy times, we can find healing through prayer and the promises found in His Word (Ps. 37:7).
C. Christ restores our strength in time of need. He is the rock of restoration to those who trust Him completely (Ps. 23:3).
p 17 III. The Rock of Resolution
“He … set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings” (Ps. 40:2).
A. Many Christians are undependable. They are up and down, in and out. You never know where to find them.
B. Christ wants us to be established (1 Peter 5:10).
C. When we give God first place in our lives and trust Him implicitly, He enables us to make the right choices.
D. When we are determined to live for Christ, He establishes our lives and keeps us from falling (Prov. 3:5, 6).
IV. The Rock of Rejoicing
“Let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains” (Isa. 42:11).
A. Some Christians mar their testimony by wearing long, unhappy faces. They fail Christ, for He expects us to witness and work for Him joyfully here on earth.
B. Christians who are forgiven, cleansed, and on their way to heaven should be the happiest people on earth (Ps. 37:4).
C. If Christ is our rock of rejoicing here below, we shall also rejoice with Him in the life to come, for He is the “Rock of Ages.”
Spray, R. E. (1978). Easy-to-Use Sermon Outlines (pp. 16–17). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.