SERMON SEEDS
November 14, 2017, 6:46 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 11/13/17

SERMON SEEDS

P40 – THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13, 2017

 

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PSALM 37:1-9 – I MUST TRUST JESUS

 

Ask: Being honest, did you worry this week? Were you “down” or depressed? Were you angry? Did you feel defeated? Did you have a sense of despair or hopelessness?

Did you feel like you failed God, big time? You were not alone. If you didn’t experience any of these things this week, you will sometime in the future. 1 Peter 5:8

We must come to a point where we must realize how helpless we are in ourselves and learn to trust the Lord.

Life would be more joyful if we would just learn to trust the Lord!  We should trust Him through all circumstances.

REPEAT AFTER ME: I MUST TRUST JESUS!

Psalm 37 elaborates on this.

I MUST TRUST HIM FOR SALVATION BEFORE I CAN TRULY TRUST HIM FOR ANYTHING ELSE.

If I can’t trust with my soul, the most precious thing I have, why bother with anything else?

But I can trust Him! Romans 5:6-9, 1, John 3:36

 

I MUST TRUST HIM WHEN I FEEL OPPRESSED. Vss. 1-2

John 8:44 – Oppression leads to depression. 1 John 3:8 Revelation 20:10, Romans 14:12, Romans 8:28, Isaiah 41:10

 

I MUST TRUST HIM AS I WORK. Vs. 3

Psalm 37:3 (ESV) - Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Colossians 3:17, 23

Greatest work of all – Making and training disciples

Matthew 28:18-20

 

I MUST TRUST HIM AS I THINK. Vs. 4

Matthew 22: 37-40, Colossians 3:1-4

 

I MUST TRUST HIM AS I PRAY. Vss. 5-6

Matthew 21:21

 

I MUST TRUST HIM AS I WAIT. Vs. 7a

Psalm 27:13-14, We live in an instant pudding world.

 

I MUST TRUST HIM WHEN I FEEL OPPRESSED. Vss. 7b-9

Remember: Oppression leads to depression!

 

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EXODUS 21:1-6 – THE BONDSERVANT

The Hebrew Bondservant was to be set free after six years unless he voluntarily chose to stay.

The parallel to this in the New Testament is being a bond-slave to Christ. Philippians 1:1, Titus 1:1, James 1:1, 2 Peter 1:1

 

The bondservant:

 

  1. Loves His Master – Vs.5
  2. Volunteers for Service – Vs. 5
  3. Makes a public statement – Vs. 6 (Before the Judges and with the ring in his ear)
  4. Serves Forever – Vs. 6

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PSALM 100 – TRULY THANKFUL

Perhaps you have become too accustomed to your blessings.

Perhaps you need to be reminded as we approach Thanksgiving Day that there are some things for which you need to be truly thankful.

 

Psalm 100 is a Psalm of praise and Thanksgiving.  (READ PSALM 100 IN UNISON)

 

I find seven things in verses three and five for which we as Christians should truly be thankful.

 

THE LORD IS GOD – Vs. 3

 

In other lands and even here in the United States, people worship other Gods.  They do not worship the true and living God. Psalm 115:4-8

 

Idols are dead. Those that worship them are spiritually dead!   

 

However, our God, the true and living God is very much alive! Psalm 115:3, Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 6:1-4, Revelation 1:8

 

Why should we be thankful that the Lord is God?

It is He that answers prayer.

It is He that protects.

It is He that forgives and gives eternal life through His Son.

It is He that says “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

 

No matter what goes wrong in your life today, the Lord is God! 

No matter who is in the White House, the Kremlin, or Buckingham Palace, the Lord is God!

No matter how you feel the Lord is God!

He is always in control.

He is sovereign.

Nothing gets by Him.

Nothing takes Him by surprise! 

   

THE LORD IS CREATOR – Vs. 3

 

it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;

   

My life is full of obligations.

But my biggest obligation is to God.  One of the reasons that I am obligated to give thanks to God is because He is the one who has given me life.  He is my creator.

I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my wonderful God who created me.

And the human body is a marvelous creation. Psalm 139:14

 

GOD IS OUR FATHER – Vs. 3

 

We are his people…

 

When this Psalm was written it was the children of Israel who could say We are his people…

 

Today God’s people are those who are His children.   

Because of sin mankind is alienated from God.    Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10

 

But God in His love sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to pay for our sins. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4  

 

Jesus had told a man named Nicodemus in John 3:3, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

You were born the first time into an earthly family.

You need to born again a second time into the Heavenly family.   

You are born into the family of God when you place your full faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.    John 1:12-13, Romans 8:15-16

   

Christian, your Heavenly Father loves you.

Christian, your Heavenly Father hears your prayers.

Christian, your Heavenly Father corrects you.

Christian, your Heavenly Father protects you.

Christian, your Heavenly Father is looking out for you.

Of course, this is another reason to be truly thankful!   

   

JESUS IS OUR SHEPHERD – Vs. 3

 

We are his people and the sheep of His pasture.

Remember, our God is a triune God, the Trinity.

God is our Father.  God the Son, is our Savior.  When we accept Jesus as our Savior, He also becomes our shepherd. John 10:11

 

What is the job of a shepherd?  The job of the shepherd is to take care of the sheep.  That is exactly what Jesus, the Good Shepherd does.    John 10:27-28

 

I feel that the best description of Jesus’ activity as the Good Shepherd is found in the 23rd Psalm.

 

THE LORD IS GOOD – Vs. 5

 

  • You have a home in Heaven. The Lord is good.
  • You receive an answer to prayer. The Lord is good.
  • You get a raise in pay.  The Lord is good.
  • A friend finds Christ as Savior. The Lord is good.
  • You have a faithful and loving husband or wife. The Lord is good.
  • You have great parents and/or kids and grandkids. The Lord is good.
  • You lose your job. The Lord is good.
  • You are sick. The Lord is good.
  • You lose a loved one. The Lord is good.
  • Your spouse divorces you, your parents and children despise you.  The Lord is good.

  

The Lord is good no matter what happens to you.

He does not stop being good.

And He does not stop working all things together for good in our lives, even the bad things!

Romans 8:28

 

THE LORD’S MERCY IS EVERLASTING – Vs. 5

 

When it comes to God’s mercy, His loving kindness, there is no limit. 

 

God’s mercy or loving-kindness is at work in my life.  I have seen it a lot lately in my own life.

  • When potential problems are solved God shows his loving-kindness.
  • When He provides guidance God shows his loving-kindness.
  • When He provides His peace God shows his loving-kindness.
  • When He gives us insights into problems or into His word God shows us his loving-kindness.

 

And it excites me to think that this loving-kindness to me is everlasting.  Many of us have lost Christian loved ones this year. God is still showing them loving-kindness in Heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:8

 

We too, who know the Lord will experience is mercy throughout all eternity.    Revelation 21:3-4

 

THE LORD’S TRUTH (FAITHFULNESS) ENDURES TO EVERY GENERATION

 

The word translated “truth” here has also been translated as faithfulness.  The word carries the idea of steadiness of firmness.

 

God is faithful to every generation of those who trust Him. Exodus 34:6-7, Lamentations 3:22-23

 

Sometimes we get concerned for our children and our grandchildren because of the increase in wickedness and danger in our society. But God has given us His promise that He will be faithful to the next generation of believers as he has been to this generation and all generations in the past.   

   

Psalm 100 has given us 7 reasons to be truly thankful:

 

THE LORD IS GOD – Vs. 3

THE LORD IS CREATOR – Vs. 3

GOD IS OUR FATHER – Vs. 3

JESUS IS OUR SHEPHERD – Vs. 3

THE LORD IS GOOD – Vs. 5

THE LORD’S MERCY IS EVERLASTING – Vs. 5

THE LORD’S TRUTH (FAITHFULNESS) ENDURES TO EVERY GENERATION – Vs. 5

 

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Luke 7:36-50 – APPRECIATION

 

You might want to tell two stories to introduce this message.

Tell a story that shows true appreciation for something someone has done. Also tell a story about someone who showed a lack of appreciation.

 

Our text tells the story of two people. One was repentant and showed appreciation for what Jesus had done for her. The other was unrepentant and showed no appreciation.

 

May we, by our words, thoughts, and actions always show appreciation for our Lord Jesus!

 

THE PEOPLE, Vss. 36-39

A Repentant Sinner, Vss. 37-38

A Self-Righteous Pharisee, Vss. 36, 29

 

THE PARABLE Vss. 40-43

The one who is forgiven the most is the most appreciative.

 

THE POINT Vss. 44-50

The Pharisee had not sought for, nor received forgiveness of his sins, therefore, he showed no sign of appreciation.

The woman had sought for and received forgiveness by faith. She showed her appreciation in her actions.

 

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LUKE 14:25-35 – “YOU GOTTA HAVE A WANT TO”

 

This is a Sunday School Lesson, but it’ll preach!

What do you think this title means? Do you agree? How does this relate to discipleship?                        Read the text. Pay special attention to verse 33.

You can’t be a disciple unless you are a believer!  2 Corinthians 5:17

Let’s call our “want to” desire.

  1. Desire to worship God exclusively. Remember, Jesus is God!                                                      Revelation 4:11, 5:12-13, 7:11-12
  2. Desire to love Him fully. Matthew 22:37-40, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
  3. To obey Him explicitly. John 14:15
  4. Desire to know Him intimately. Philippians 3:10
  5. Desire to please Him completely. 2 Timothy 2:1-4                                                                             What’s the difference between taking care of business and being entangled in business?
  6. Desire to be controlled by Him constantly. Ephesians 5:18
  7. Desire to be like Him instinctively. 1 John 3:2-3

Remember:

  • Desire comes from a changed life.
  • Desire comes through surrender. Romans 12:1-2
  • Desire comes from the Holy Spirit.
  • Fulfillment takes a lifetime!

 

The title of this lesson comes from a sermon and book by Alan C. Oggs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEBxyIC7uM8

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2 CORINTHIANS 4:1-6 – FAITHFUL!

 

As faithful servants of Jesus Christ we are to be faithful! 1 Corinthians 4:2

Our text shows us ways to be faithful as Christ's servants.

 

FAITHFUL IN INTENSITY- Vs. 1

"We faint not." We are intense in our dedication to Christ. Galatians 2:20

 

FAITHFUL IN INTEGRITY - Vs. 2

Instead of being deceitful and dishonest we are to manifest the truth.

 

FAITHFUL IN IMPORTANCE - Vss. 3-4

We realize that a hidden Gospel is hidden to those who are lost.  We know how important it is to get the Gospel out.

 

FAITHFUL IN INTEREST - Vss. 5-6

We are so interested in people coming to Christ, that we are not to preach ourselves but Christ and to consider ourselves the servants of others for Jesus' sake.

 

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1 JOHN 4:8 ETC. – YOU ARE LOVED!

Lloyd Ogilvie was Chaplain in the U.S. Senate.  He grew up with this attitude towards himself: do and you'll receive, perform and you'll be loved.

"When (he) got good grades, achieved, and was a success (he) felt acceptance from his parents."  His dad taught him to fish and hunt and worked hard to provide for his family, but he rarely said,

"Lloyd, I love you." His dad tried to show love by his actions and sometimes there was a twinkle of affirmation in his dad's eyes. But Lloyd still felt empty.

 

When Ogilvie became a Christian, he immediately got so involved in discipleship activities, that he says, "I did not experience the profound healing of the grace I talked about theoretically..."

 

Eventually Ogilvie became a post-graduate student at the University of Edinburgh.  Because of financial pressures, he took a double course load all at once. This was very demanding, and he was exhausted by the constant feeling of never quite measuring up. No matter how good his grades were, he thought they should be better.  He was not experiencing the very grace and joy that he was studying about.

 

Then one day, one of his professors, a short energetic man named Dr. James Stewart, confronted him in a corridor.  Stewart knew exactly what Lloyd Ogilvie's problem was.  He looked Ogilvie in the eye intensely. He smiled warmly, grabbed Ogilvie's coat lapels, drew him down to within a few inches of his own face and said, "Dear Boy, you are loved now!" ( Craig Bryan Larson, Contemporary Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers, Copyright 1996 by the author, Published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan, page 132)

 

And I say to you this morning, "YOU ARE LOVED NOW!"

 

You are loved by family.

You are loved by friends.

You are loved by me.

But most of all, YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD!

 

Oh how much happier you would be if you realized that no matter what happens in your life today, God still loves you!

 

No matter what losses you experience, God still loves you.

No matter how badly you fail, God still loves you.

No matter how badly you feel, emotionally, Spiritually, or physically, God still loves you.

 

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS AUTHENTIC - 1 John 4:8

Not all love is true love.

We say "I love Pizza," or "I love steak."  That kind of love is just a personal preference.

 

Sometimes somebody will tell you good news or do something nice to you and you might say, "I love you man!" But that kind of love is not true love. It is a spur of the moment, response of joy.

 

Many a guy has told many a girl that he loves her, wanting her to do things that are only appropriate in marriage.  These guys will appeal to the girls and say, "If you love me, you'll do this."

A great answer for the girl to use to that kind of guy is "If you really love me, you'll wait until we are married."

 

God's love is the real deal. It is authentic.

 

1 John 4:8 - "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

 

God has various attributes or qualities that are part of His nature.

One of those qualities is love.

Notice from 1 John 4:8 that one can not know real love unless they know God.  It is God who is the source and originator of true love.

 

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS ATONING - 1 John 4:10

 

We said that God's love is an attribute or quality of God.

But it is not the only attribute of God.

God has many attributes.

God is not only love, but He is holy. Leviticus 11:44, Psalm 99:3, Isaiah 40:25

 

Not only is holiness an attribute of God but so is righteousness.

Righteousness is closely related to holiness.  God is separate from sin and that's holiness. God demands justice for sin. That's righteousness. Psalm 11:7,

 

God's holiness and righteousness holds you accountable for your sin. Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23

You deserve to die. You deserve the punishment of hell.

But this is where God's wonderful atoning love comes into play.

 

God in His love sent His Son to earth.  Being perfect, without sin, Jesus could have condemned us all!  He could have condemned us because He was righteous and we are not. He was sinless and we are not! John 3:17

 

So what did Jesus do to save the world?

God in His justice demanded that someone pay for our sins.

God in His love sent the sinless Lord Jesus to die in our place.

That is God's atoning love! Man could not pay for or atone for his own sins. He needed help. And God in His love sent the Lord Jesus. 1 John 4:10

 

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS AVAILABLE

 

Jesus has died for your sins.

Jesus has risen from the dead.

As God, Jesus is present now.

And through His Spirit He says, "Come".

 

"Come, and accept my forgiveness."

"Come, and put your trust in me."

"Come, and accept my love."

 

My friend, Jesus did all that was necessary for you to be forgiven of your sins.  There is only one thing he wants from you, and he will not do this for you.

 

All the Lord Jesus wants is for you to place your faith in Him.

Loving forgiveness for all your sins is available if you but trust Him as your Savior, as your forgiveness from sin. Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16

 

God's love for you is available, but it is you who must decide.

You may have been attending church all your life, but if you have not made a personal decision to trust Christ, you have not accepted God's available love. You have rejected it. If you continue to reject it, the outlook is bleak. John 3:36

 

God's love was available to you for salvation.

God's love is available for you on a daily basis.

He loves you still and wants you to avail yourself of that love.

 

There was a great Old Testament saint by the name of Enoch.

It is said of Enoch that he walked with God.

Enoch talked to God all day. Enoch listened to God all day.

As he talked to God and listened to God he made himself available to the love of God.

 

Christian, God wants you to feel His love.

Christian, God wants you to enjoy His love.

Christian, God wants you to accept His love on a daily basis.

 

How do we accept His love? By abiding, remaining close to Him, just as Enoch did. John 15:4-5,

John 15:7

 

Christian, God's love is available to you.

 

When you hurt, come to Him. Matthew 11:28

When you have sinned, come to Him. 1 John 1:9

When you need peace, come to Him. John 14:27

When you don't know which way to turn, turn to Him. Psalm 32:8

When you need a friend, come to Him. - He's the friend that sticks closer than a brother.

When you are disappointed come to Him. 1 Peter 5:7

 

GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU IS ABIDING

 

Christian, God does stop loving you.

To me, one of the greatest verses in all Scripture is Ephesians 1:6 - "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."

 

If you are a born again Christian, you are accepted by God.

What more can you ask for.

Friends and Family might not always accept you.

Your enemies will not accept you.

Your government, your employer and perhaps even your church may not always accept you.

But you are always accepted in Christ!

 

Oh God does not accept your sin. You need to confess that.

But God does accept you as His child in Christ.

And this kind of love is an abiding love.

One of my favorite passages that shows this abiding love is Psalm 121. This Psalm uses the idea of God's keeping power as the expression of God's love. (I closed this message by reading Psalm 121 as the congregation listened with their eyes closed.)

 

YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD!

 

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