Sermon Outlines

The Unbounded Savior
John 20:19-31. Key word: “Forgiveness”
April 26, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 17: “Sojourning with King JesusDr. Scott Arnold

Introduction:  Upon the journey of life God invites us to discover His presence and revealing truth.  Jesus brought enlightenment and a realization about God’s redemption through His resurrection and revealing appearances.  We are to seek the revealing word and presence of God daily.

A. A Close Encounter of the Best Kind (John 20:19-23)

  1. God’s peace dispels our fear and darkness (19)
    19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
  2. The joy of Jesus overflows (20-21)
    20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
  3. The breath of God’s Spirit is given (22)
    22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
  4. The ministry of reconciliation is reinforced (23)
    23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

B. Bounded by reasonable skepticism (John 20:24-25)
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

C. Set free by an Unbounded Savior (26-28)
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”.

Set free from sin and death by belief (29)
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The purpose of the Gospels: A witness for belief (30-31)
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Key Point:
  Jesus has revealed God the Father through His life and ministry. Jesus has accomplished the ministry His Heavenly Father sent Him to accomplish through His death and resurrection.  Jesus comes into the heart and soul of anyone who believes in Him. When a person receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, their life will change, their doubts will give way to belief and personal transformation through the work of God’s Holy Spirit. The first and most important work of Jesus Christ within a person is that of imparting forgiveness. The primary ministry of being a disciple of Jesus is forgiveness. The ministry of God’s people in our time is to share a gospel of forgiveness and new life in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection.


  1. Why were the disciples so afraid in the upper room that first day of Jesus resurrection?
  2. What would you have thought if you were there when Jesus came and stood in your midst?
  3. Why is it significant that Jesus said: “Peace be with you” twice?
  4. When Jesus said: “Receive the Holy Spirit”, what does this tell us about Jesus’ authority as the Son of God?
  5. If you were Thomas, would you have been as skeptical?
  6. How does Jesus’ appearance to Thomas give us an insight into God’s patience?  How does Jesus use this moment to speak to those of us who live beyond the times of Christ’s appearance thousands of years later?