SERMON SEEDS
September 19, 2017, 5:55 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 9/18/17

SERMON SEEDS

P32 – THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 1:1 -ALL WE NEED

REAL CHURCH IN A REAL WORLD # 1

Two of the surprises that Dottie and I have had during our lives is two mission trips to foreign countries. The first was in 2000 when we visited good friends in Suriname, the former Dutch Guyana. The second trip was in 2005 when we went to Brazil to help missionaries supported by the Mount Union Bible Church in Kittanning PA, where I was the pastor.

Dottie and I had heard about the people who lived in foreign lands who needed Jesus. But for the first time as a couple we were confronted with seeing real conditions in foreign countries where real people needed Jesus, and real people had come to Jesus and were being trained in real local churches. We saw real churches in a real world.

In a similar way, we are approaching the Book of 1 Thessalonians, where we are being introduced to real people who had a real local church, who lived in a real world. They had real salvation, real persecution, real Spiritual struggles and real victories.

Although we are separated by 2,000 years, these real people in a real church taught by real people, Paul Sylvanus, and Timothy, can help us learn how to have a real church in today’s real world.

In 1 Thessalonians 1:1, as Paul greets the Thessalonian Church we learn a remarkable thing: We have all we need to successfully live in a real world as individuals and as a local church.

Acts 17:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 3:1-6

1 Thessalonians 1:1 - Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

AS CHRISTIANS, WE ARE IN GOD, THE FATHER!

John 1:12-13, Psalm 18:2

AS CHRISTIANS WE ARE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! – It’s all about Jesus!

Lord – Yahweh

Jesus – Savior

Christ – God’s Anointed

AS CHRISTIANS, WE MAY HAVE CONTINUAL GRACE!

Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:10, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, 2 Peter 3:18

AS CHRISTIANS, WE MAY HAVE CONTINUAL PEACE!

Romans 5:6-8, Romans 5:1, Fruit of the Spirit, Colossians 3:15, John 14:27, Philippians 4:6-7

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 1:2-4 – FULFILLING OUR MISSION

REAL CHURCH IN A REAL WORLD #2

 

“After more than five years of fighting, the Allied forces had finally defeated Nazi Germany. British and American forces had pushed the German army from the west, while the Red Army had pushed from the east. A few days after Hitler's April 30 suicide, his successor, Adm. Karl Dönitz, sent Gen. Alfred Jodl to the Western Allies headquarters in Reims, France, to surrender their troops in the west.

“Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force, made it clear that any surrender was to be a full capitulation to all Allies on both fronts. On May 7, at the Reims headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force, Jodl signed the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces.

“Once the documents were signed, and Eisenhower recorded a short message for the newsreels and radio, it was time to send official word to Combined Chiefs of Staff, the joint British and American command directing the war in the west. The officers around Eisenhower tried out several grand statements, hoping to come up with words worthy of the momentous occasion. The final message came from the Supreme Commander himself—in typical concise, straightforward style: ‘The mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7th, 1945.’" https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2015/summer/war-message.html

“Mission Fulfilled!” or “Mission Accomplished!”

That’s what Jesus announced when He proclaimed from the cross, “It is finished!”

That’s what Paul announced when He said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Over the years I have watched as people set out on a mission to reach a certain goal.

Our children receive college decrees. People became policemen. Some became doctors and nurses. Many became homeowners. Some became husbands, wives, and parents. Some started their own business. Some became pastors and missionaries. But not all fulfill their mission.

As Christians, each one of us has a mission to fulfill! Some of the mission is the same for all of us.  Other parts of the mission are designed for each individual as God has gifted him or her. I believe that each young person should be asked, “What does God want you to do when you grow up?”

As we learned last week the church in Thessalonica was a real church, founded by Paul, in a real world. Paul had to leave rather soon because of persecution. He sent Timothy to see how they were doing. He brought back a good report and Paul was sending a letter of encouragement.

From Timothy Paul learned that they were fulfilling their mission as a church and as individuals. We should fulfill our mission in the same way as a church and as individuals.

OUR MISSION DEFINED

  • Bring glory to God by giving glory to Christ! Ephesians 3:21. 2 Thessalonians 1:11
  • Carry out the Great Commission – Matthew 28:18-20

John 13:34-35

 

OUR MISSION IS A WORK OF FAITH

  • Saving Faith – 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Shining Faith – Matthew 5:14-16, Colossians 3:17
  • Serving Faith – James 2:14-17, 26
  • Seeing Faith – Titus 2:11-14
  • Sharing Faith – 1 Peter 3:15

 

OUR MISSION IS A LABOR OF LOVE   

2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 2 Timothy 3:12

                  

OUR MISSION HAS A PATIENT (STEADFAST) HOPE

1 Peter 1:13-16, Hebrews 12:1-3

 

OUR MISSION IS SECURE (WE ARE CHOSEN FOR IT!) – Vs. 4

John 15:16, Ephesians 1:3-6

 

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2 KINGS 6:8-23 – ELSHA’S EYES

 

ELISHA SAW DANGER AND WARNED – Vss. 8-11

 

ELISHA SAW DELIVERANCE AND ACTED – Vss. 12-20

 

ELISHA SAW THE DEFEATED AND SHOWED MERCY – Vss. 21-23

 

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PSALM 51:1-14 – DEALING WITH SIN

 

BE HUMBLE - Vss. 1-2

 

BE HONEST - Vss. 3-6

 

BE HOPEFUL - Vss. 7-14

We can be hopeful because:

God will cleanse from sin. Vss. 7, 10

God will cheer us with renewed joy. Vss. 8, 12

God will create a new sense of His presence. Vss. 9, 11

God will cause us to be testimonies for Him. Vss. 13, 14

 

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MATTHEW 6:9 – OUR FATHER

THE LORDS PRAYER #1 0F 8

 

This passage is called The Lord's Prayer.

It is called The Lord's Prayer, because the Lord gave it.

However it is not a prayer that Jesus had to pray, but a prayer that Jesus' disciples should use as a model for their own prayers.

 

The value of the Lord's Prayer is not found in the repetition of prayer in church services, but in using it as a model. The Lord's Prayer is a skeleton, when we pray, elaborating on each phrase, we put "meat" on that skeleton to produce a prayer that is pleasing to God.

Over the next several weeks, I hope to share with you the various phrases found in the Lord's Prayer and teach you how to pray them in your prayer times.

 

We begin by thinking of our approach to God in Prayer.  It is so easy to rush into his presence, forgetting to whom we are speaking. When we approach God in prayer, we need to pause and to focus on just whom we are conversing with.  When we come to Him and say, "Our Father which art in Heaven," we are reminding ourselves of three things:

 

PRAYER IS PERSONAL

 

The words "Our Father" are personal words.

They imply a personal relationship with God.

Oh you might ask "Isn't God everyone's Father?"

In the sense of God being creator, yes he is.

Malachi 2:10 says in part, Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?

 

But there is another sense in which God is not the Father of all.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the wrong fruit in the Garden of Eden, there was a separation that took place between man and God. 

 

Israel was told in Isaiah 59:2, "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."

 

God is righteous and just.

Somebody had to pay for our sins.  The logical choice would be ourselves. We deserve to be punished.

 

However, God in his love sent His Son to die in our place! Isaiah 53:5

When a person realizes that he is a sinner without hope and turns in faith to Jesus Christ as the one who died for his sins, many wonderful things happen. Let me mention two of these things:

 

First, he or she is no longer at war with God because of sin. Romans 5:1

 

Second, he or she becomes a child of God. John 1:12

As a child of God, you have just as much right to come and talk to your Heavenly Father, as you do your earthly father.  The only difference is, your Heavenly Father is a better listener and more available!

 

When we come to our Heavenly Father, we must realize that we only have access into God's presence because of what the Lord Jesus has done for us. Therefore, we are to pray in Jesus' name. John 14:13-14

 

When I come to God in prayer, calling him "Father", I am on speaking terms with the God of the Universe! And to show you how personal my relationship with God in prayer really is, consider the words of Romans 8:15-16: "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:"

 

The word Abba is Aramaic for "Daddy". How tender, we are coming to our Heavenly Daddy!  This does mean that we should show respect for him, but it also means that we are coming to someone who loves us personally as His own child.

 

As you begin your prayers, approach God in Jesus' name as your loving, Heavenly Father.

You are coming to someone who cares.

You are coming to someone who wants to listen.

You are coming to someone who knows you and understands you better than anyone else in this whole world!

 

PRAYER IS PRACTICAL

 

When you pray, you pray to "Our Father". He is not just your Father, but the Father of all those who know the Lord Jesus as Savior.

 

You are coming to pray with and for others!

You are not the only one at the throne of grace!

And although you are there to talk to God about your own needs, you are also there to talk to God for the needs of others as well.

The whole Lord's Prayer is in the plural, therefore you are also praying for others!

 

And we are told to pray for others. Ephesians 5:18, James 5:16

 

But more important than praying for others, you are praying for the glory of God!  You are not to come to God to get Him to do your bidding. God is not a genie in a bottle. You don't rub the bottle of "prayer", so God, the Genie will grant you 3 or more wishes.

 

You are coming to God to accomplish His program.

That's why the words, "Hallowed be Thy name," "Thy Kingdom Come," "Thy Will Be Done," and "Thine is the kingdom."

 

Think of being contracted to build a house.

The man who is purchasing this house simply says to you, "When you need something, ask. I'll provide it."

 

You need a bulldozer and other equipment to get the ground ready and to dig a hole for the basement. You ask, and the equipment and operators show up.

 

You need cement for footers for a foundation. So you ask. The cement truck arrives.

 

You need lumber, you ask, and it arrives.

You need carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and ask for them. They arrive.

And so it goes through the whole building process.

When something was needed, the man building the house was asked, and whatever was needed in materials or laborers was provided.

 

Why was the man so cooperative? You were building his house!  He'll have the glory of living there and enjoying the finished product.

 

So it is with your prayer life. Jesus is building a Church, but He's using you.  And He says to you, whatever you need, ask and I will provide. 1 John 5:14-15

 

Prayer is practical. You are coming to "our father" with countless other Christians.

You are coming to pray for others, as well as yourself.

But most of all, you are coming to bring glory to God in your prayers and to accomplish His work.

 

PRAYER IS POWERFUL

 

"Our Father, which art in Heaven..."

 

As well as having a Heavenly Father, I still have an earthly father.

When I was little and Dad was in the prime of his life, I viewed him as fairly powerful.  He could do things that I couldn't do, and he could provide things that I couldn't provide.

 

I saw my Dad this week.  With all due respect, my Dad is now a little old man. Lord willing, he'll be 80 in August. He has been fully retired for years. His health is not the greatest, and things that he used to be able to do with no sweat, he struggles to do now.  I love my Dad and respect him greatly, but my Dad is limited in his power.

 

But when I pray, "Our Father, which art in Heaven", I am reminding myself that my Heavenly Father is in charge of the throne room of the universe!  It is God who sits on the Heavenly Throne and runs the show!

 

Think for a moment of the power of the one with whom you have the privilege to speak.

 

Our Father is all-knowing. Psalm 139:1-4

 

Our Heavenly Father is also present everywhere. He's always here! Psalm 139:7-10

 

Our Heavenly Father also understands us because, he is the one who made us! Psalm 139:14, Psalm 103:13-14

 

Our Heavenly Father is also all-powerful. There is nothing too hard for Him to do!

Jeremiah 32:17

 

My earthly Dad was a generous guy. He'd do anything for his children that is good for them, if he could. Especially now, he can't.

 

However, my Heavenly Father will also do that which is good for me.

And He has the power to do it!

 

So when you approach God in prayer, don't rush into His presence, unless of course, it's an emergency!

 

Come before him as Our Father

Come as His child in Jesus name.

Come to pray for His glory and the needs of yourself and others.

Come, realizing that your all-powerful Heavenly Father has the power and the desire to answer your prayers.

 

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MARK 9:1-8 – GOD’S GLORY REVEALED

 

PREDICTION OF GOD’S GLORY – Vs. 1

 

PRESENTATION OF GOD’S GLORY – Vss. 2-3

 

PARTICIPATION IN GOD’S GLORY (Moses and Elijah) – Vs. 4

 

PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S GLORY – Vss. 5-7

 

PERSON OF GOD’S GLORY – Vs. 8

 

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ACTS 4:32-37 - THE FORGOTTEN FACE OF AN ENCOURAGING MAN

FORGOTTEN FACES #5 OF 8

There are some people who are gifted at encouraging others. 

Barnabas, so named by the Apostles, had a name which means "the son of consolation". We can learn much from him.

 

BARNABAS ENCOURAGED WHEN HE WAS BLESSED.

Acts 4:32-37 - He was blessed with salvation and a sense of being one heart and soul with other

believers. This led him to share.

 

BARNABAS ENCOURAGED WHEN PAUL WAS MISUNDERSTOOD - Acts 9:26-29

 

BARNABAS ENCOURAGED WHEN OTHERS WERE SAVED - Acts 11:22-26

 

BARNABAS ENCOURAGED WHEN MARK FAILED - Acts 15:36-41, 2 Timothy 4:11

(Paul was probably right in the dispute, but Barnabas' encouragement of Mark evidently helped him be useful to Paul later.)

 

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