SERMON SEEDS
July 19, 2017, 9:50 AM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 7/17/17

SERMON SEEDS

P26 – THE WEEK OF JULY 17, 2017

 

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JOHN 14:1-18 – UNTROUBLED LIVING

JESUS: IN HIS OWN WORDS #7

 

What has troubled you lately?

  • The opinion of others?
  • The habits and actions of people?
  • The sickness or death of a loved one?
  • Financial woes and/or employment?
  • Marriage and/or Family?
  • School and/or Work
  • Acceptance by others?
  • Feeling unloved?
  • The future?
  • The past?
  • The present?
  • Not getting what you want?
  • Not wanting what you’ve got?
  • Fitting in?
  • Getting everything done?

Luke 10:38-42 – Mary and Martha

Martha troubled – Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet, hearing His Word.

So, let us sit at Jesus’ feet this morning and hear His word concerning trouble.

Vs. 1 – The disciples knew there were troubles and were concerned.

The word “troubled” means to shake or stir up.  Jesus is telling us not to be shaken or stirred up. I would also use the word, “worry”, because when were shaken or stirred up, we’re worried!

Usually when some says, “Don’t worry!” that does little to allay our fears.

Jesus tells us that worry, fear, and being stirred up are matters of the heart.  We have a heart problem!

Jesus was not saying that the Apostle’s or our fears were not real. He was telling us that there is an antidote for a troubled heart.

The antidote for a troubled heart is trust!

Jesus is talking to those who already believed or trusted in Him for salvation.

This is something that every blood-bought believer needs to realize.  Faith does not end at salvation. It begins at salvation.

“Trust God, trust me”! 

Jesus is God!

Isaiah 40:25-26, 28-31

 

TRUST HIM FOR A PLACE - Vs. 2

“My Father’s House” – Intimacy – Mansions means “dwelling places”.

I go to prepare a place for you 1 Corinthians 5:21 – Gospel

We can think of him as getting our room ready. “for you”

If we can trust Jesus for a place in Heaven, can't we trust Him with the rest of our lives as well!  How we disappoint Him when we don't trust him!

TRUST HIS PROMISE - Vs. 3

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Psalm 116:15

TRUST HIS PREEMINENCE - Vss. 4-6

THE WAY

  • The way to Heaven
  • The way to Love – John 15:9
  • The way to Joy – John 15:11
  • The way to Peace – John 14:27
  • The way to Father – Hebrews 4:14-16

 

THE TRUTH

If you have Jesus, you have the truth. John 16:13-15

 

THE LIFE

If you have Jesus, you have life. John 3:16, John 10:10

Narrow-minded – True for salvation and Godly living.  Jesus is all we need.

 

TRUST HIS PERSONALITY - Vss. 7-11

Vs. 7 - Why does Jesus make this statement?

           Jesus is God. The Father is God.

           The person who has seen Jesus has seen God.

            He has God as his model.                                                                      

           Reading of Gospels is essential

 

TRUST HIS POWER – Vss. 12-14

 

TRUST HIS PRESENCE – Vss. 15-18

 

NOTE: WHEN I PREACHED THIS I STOPPED AT “TRUST HIS PERSONALITY”

 

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DEUTERONOMY 7:1-16 – SETTLING IN

Moses is giving instructions to the Children of Israel for entering the Promised Land.

CONQUEST OF THE LAND - Vss. 1-5

Israel was to conquer the land completely and destroy everything that would influence them to behave as the inhabitants of the land behaved.

COMPASSION OF GOD - Vss. 6-8

Israel was chosen of God.

Israel was reminded that they were not blessed because of their merit but because of God's great love.

COVENANT WITH ISRAEL - Vss. 9-16

Israel was to behave as God's covenant people.

They were to obey God's law.

Obedience would bring physical blessing.

 

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ESTHER 1-2 – GOD PLANS AHEAD

GOD WAS THERE PART 1 (STUDIES IN ESTHER)

You and I plan ahead for vacations, jobs that need to be done, schoolwork, and a host of other things.  There would be a major move to wipe out the whole Jewish race. In these chapters we see God making advance plans to save His nation from extinction. Esther is a unique book because God’s name is never mentioned. However, His fingerprints are on the whole story of His deliverance for the Jews.

PRELIMINARY EVENTS LEADING TO PROTECTION - Chapter 1

1. THE KING'S SHOW - Vss. 1-9

2. THE QUEEN'S SEPARATION - Vss. 10-12

3. THE NATION STUNNED - Vss. 13-18

4. MEMUCAN'S SOLUTION Vss. 19-22

PROMINENT LESSONS ABOUT PROTECTION - Chapter 2

1. MAN DOES NOT DO THINGS GOD'S WAY! - Vss. 1-4

2. GOD MAKES PLANS IN ADVANCE. - Vss. 5-7

3. GOD EXERCISES HIS WILL THROUGH MAN'S PLANS. -

Vss. 8-20

4. GOD PUTS HIS SERVANTS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME. - Vss. 21-23.

 

(If you think this is too much material for one sermon or lesson, you now have material for 2 sermons or lessons!)

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PSALM11 3 – LET THERE BE PRAISE!

  • PRAISE IS TO BE DIRECTED TO GOD - VS. 1
  • PRAISE IS TO BE PRACTICED BY GOD'S SERVANTS - VS. 1
  • PRAISE IS TO BE CONTINUOUS - VSS. 2-3
  • PRAISE IS JUSTIFIED - Vss. 4-9
  1. By God's Position - Vss. 4-5
  2. By God's Humility - Vs. 6
  3. By God's Actions - Vss. 7-9
  4. By God's Position - Vss. 4-5

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LUKE 10:25-37 – GODLY LEADERSHIP

One of the advertisements that we have heard for years is “LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, STATE FARM IS THERE.” Even the world recognizes the value of a good neighbor.

I want us to consider the story of the “Good Samaritan”.

It is here that we learn how we can be good neighbors to those around us.

BACKGROUND

Vs. 25 – A certain lawyer appears. He is an expert in the law of Moses. He is a theologian, a doctor of divinity, if you will. He asks a question designed to put our Lord to the test.

The question is, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

In order for that lawyer to come to the Lord, he had to see his own inability to live such a life without Christ’s help.

Vs. 26 – Jesus answers the question with a question. What does the Bible say?” This is always a good question.

Vs. 27 – The lawyer gives the summary of the law. This is a combination of two quotes from the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18  

Vs. 28 – Jesus congratulates him. “You’ve given a good answer. Just go and do this and live!”   

But there’s a catch to Jesus’ answer. 

No one but the Lord Jesus ever lived such a life in their own power. If anyone could, they would be given eternal life based on merit. Galatians 3:11

If this lawyer was honest, he would have had to admit that he could not make it on his own, by law keeping. I am confident that he would have then been offered life through faith in Christ.

Vs. 29 – Instead, the lawyer looked for another way out.

He might have thought that he had kept the first part of the law about loving God, but in order to make sure that he hadn’t blown it, he had to know the identity of his neighbor.   

Now comes the story of the Good Samaritan, and the qualities of being a good neighbor.

 

HE SAW

Vs. 30 – Undoubtedly, you know the story.

A certain man, by implication, a Jew was on his way to Jericho from Jerusalem.

Robbers stripped him.

They beat him up.

They left him to die.

The distance of the man’s journey was about 17 miles. The trip was downhill through mountainous territory. It was full of caves and hollows, which made it dangerous. Many a criminal and highway man worked that area. This man met more than his match.

Vs. 31 – Along came a religious leader, a priest, whose job it was to model and practice his religion. He saw him and passed on.

Vs. 32 – The priest was followed by a priest’s helper, a Levite, who should have also been inclined to help, but he saw it and passed by.

These men saw, but they didn’t really see.

They saw but they didn’t recognize this man as their neighbor.

These men had an attitude like the one we see so much today.  It is the attitude that says, “I don’t want to get involved”.

Vs. 33 – The Samaritan came along and he also saw.

               Remember the Jews hated the Samaritans.

               Nevertheless, the situation spoke to his heart.

             

HE FELT

Not only did the Samaritan have a sharper vision, he had a sharper burden.

He felt compassion for the injured man.

Some people will help out as a matter of duty, and that is better than no help at all.

But help that is not bathed in compassion is often cold, even cruel, and makes the one helped feel badly.

The help based on compassion does not judge, nor does it lecture, nor does it act superior. This type of help is based on an “I care” attitude.

Jesus had compassion on those who have needs and we should also.

It is compassion that will lead to action!

We as Christians need to learn what it means to feel compassion for those we see around us.

HE CAME

“and went to him” – Vs. 34

Of the three characters in our story, only the Samaritan came closer to survey the situation. The others went further away.

He got closer to see that the man was still alive and that he needed help.

There are families in our community that most Christians wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

There are many self righteous Christians who won’t get their hands dirty, or even close enough to see what can be done to help.

Sometimes we don’t want to get too close because we are afraid of what might happen to us! We are not willing to become vulnerable because we might get hurt. And yes, some of the people I’ve helped have hurt me in return.

But look to the life of our Lord Jesus and see how he was hurt.  He was hurt so he could help us.

Isaiah 53:6

And consider what the Apostle Paul said about being hurt. 2 Corinthians 12:15

There are times when we will come close and people will retreat. We may have to back off. There will times when we come close and find that there is nothing we can do except offer a word of comfort or prayer.

There will be still other times when we get close and find that there are things that we can do to help, even when we didn’t think there was.

The Samaritan did not find out what he could do until he got close.  Neither will you.

HE HELPED

Vs. 34 – The Samaritan bandaged the wounds.

He poured oil in, this would have soothed.

He poured in wine, this would have cleansed.

He put him on his own beast of burden, walking himself.

He brought him to a nearby inn, and continued to nurse him.

Helping this man meant total involvement in his life for at least a day, giving completely of himself to the man in need.

HE PAID

Vs. 35 – In order to help, this man had to spend some money.

  • The wine he was using cost money.
  • The oil he was using cost money.
  • The room at the inn cost money.
  • Leaving money for the man’s care cost money. He left two days wages for a common laborer.

A lot of help that is needed today is monetary.

It is not the only kind of help needed, but often it is needed.

HE FOLLOWED UP

Vs. 35 - The payment for care included the promise, “I’ll be back to pay the difference.”

I might add that this meant the man would be back to see the wounded soul, if the man was still there.

Follow up is important.

Sometimes we help someone for a while, and then after the initial crisis is over, we more or less forget them.

Vss. 36-37 - The conclusion of the story is that we should go and do the same.

 

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GALATIANS 1:1-5 – BORN FREE

 (An introduction to the Book of Galatians. I am not starting a series on Galatians, but thought you might need an introduction to the Book some day.)

Imagine being in a prison. You are in a cell with your hands cuffed, and your feet in shackles. Hour by hour, day by day, month by month, year by year you wallow in bondage.  Then one day someone comes in and knocks out the guards, removes the cuffs and shackles, and opens all the doors to the prison and says, "You're free! Leave this place!"

Imagine after a period of time you are walking by that old prison. A guard calls out, "Why not come back in and visit us again?  We'll give you a NEW cell with NEW handcuffs, NEW shackles, and even NEW guards!" You're reaction, like mine, would be, "No way! I don't want to go back to that old stinking jail! I like my freedom and I'm keeping it!"

This seems to be a pretty ridiculous story, doesn't it?  And yet every day there are those among us who have been set free by Jesus Christ, who fall back into old bad habits and old bondage. We also entangle ourselves in new bad habits and new bondage.  The sad thing about it is we don't need to go back into bondage once we have born into the family of God. We have been born free!

Read John 8:31-32, 36, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 2:1-6, Romans 6:14. In spite of these great verses, there are times when we find ourselves right back into bondage. We find ourselves saying with Paul in Romans 7:19, "For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."

The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians was written to a group of people who were listening to the wrong teachers, and were putting themselves right back into bondage. The particular form of bondage was adding law keeping to or works as an additional part of the plan of salvation. They were being taught that grace plus works equals salvation.

In the fifth chapter of this book, Paul addresses another form of bondage. It is bondage to the flesh, our old selves drawing us back into habits and lusts that make us captive to Satan. We fall into bondage to the very things for which Christ died to set us free.

Because we are only sinners saved by grace we sin on occasion. When we do this, we have forgiveness and restoration to fellowship with God as we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).  The trouble is, so many of us never experience all the victory that God wants us to have! Therefore our testimonies suffer and our productivity for the Lord suffers as well.

If you have been born into the Family of God you are now a child of God (John 1:12). God has given you his Holy Spirit to indwell you. You have been born free of the penalty of sin. With the Holy Spirit's help you can be free from the power of sin. And in the future you will be free from the presence of sin. You have been born free!

The Book of Galatians deals with the problem of adding works and law keeping to salvation. The Book of Galatians shows us how to be free from the habits to which we find ourselves in bondage. This book can also teach us other valuable lessons concerning Christian doctrine and practical Christian living.

Galatians 1:1-5 introduces the Book of Galatians.

THE MAN - Vs. 1

Many of the books of the New Testament are epistles, or letters.  In New Testament days one did not wait until the end to let someone know the identity of the writer. It was placed at the beginning in a greeting or salutation. The man who wrote this letter simply begins with his name, Paul.

When God chose people to write the various parts of the Bible, He always chose the appropriate person to write. God would use a writer's personality, background and circumstances as channels for the very words that He wanted said. 2 Peter 2:21

Paul was certainly the one who knew about being in bondage to the law. Paul certainly knew what it was to be set free from the works of law keeping. Philippians 3:1-8

THE MINISTRY - Vs. 1

Paul was an Apostle. An apostle was "one sent". He was an appointed ambassador, a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father.  He was a witness of the resurrection of Christ from the dead. God chose him for this ministry. Acts 9:15-16

THE MISSION - Vs. 2

Paul's mission or writing was to the churches in Galatia. The churches of Galatia were located in the Roman province of Galatia. Paul and Barnabas started several churches on their first missionary journey. You may read about these churches in Acts 13-14

Paul's mission was to strengthen these particular churches who were often plagued by false teachers who followed Paul around trying to add the doctrines of Old Testament Law to his teachings.

THE MESSAGE - Vss. 3-4

Paul shared his customary greeting or message of "grace and peace" from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

THE MOTIVE - Vs. 5

Paul's motive for writing this epistle and for everything else that he did was to bring glory to God and to his Lord and Savior.

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HEBREW 13:7, 13 – VALUE YOUR LEADERS

REMEMBER - "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God:"

REPEAT - "...whose faith follow,"

If you follow the example of a leader's faith, you will do what they did.

REFLECT - "...considering the end of their conversation."

What were the results of the leader's Godly manner of life?

RESPECT - "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:"

RESPONSIBILITY - "...for they watch for your souls,"

REPORT - "...as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."

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