SERMON SEEDS
September 7, 2018, 8:34 AM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 9/3/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q28 – THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

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1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-24 – THE LORD’S TABLE

 

A note from Jack: I preached this sermon on Sunday, September 2. The introduction was about my dad who showed respect for all people, no matter what the color of their skin or ethnic background. I related this to our need to respect the Lord’s table. I simply went through the Scriptures verse by verse but didn’t use this outline, although it was printed in the bulletin. I know the Lord used this message. If you would like to hear the sermon, flaws and all, the link to hear it is at the end of the outline.

 

WHAT A SCENE! – Vss. 23-25

The first communion service is described.

 

WHAT A SERMON! – Vs. 26

When we take of the bread and the cup we proclaim His death

 

WHAT A SCANDAL! – Vs. 27

We are all unworthy to partake of the bread and the cup but are to do so anyway. However, we take of the bread and the cup in an unworthy manner, then it is sin!

 

WHAT A SEARCH! – Vs. 28

We are to examine ourselves before we partake of the bread and the cup. Psalm 139:23-24, 1 John 1:9

 

WHAT A SUMMARY! – Vss. 29-34

  1. When we eat and drink in an unworthy manner we are inviting judgment. Vs. 29
  2. Judgment includes sickness and death. Vs. 30
  3. If we judge ourselves before we partake of the Lord’s Table, God will not judge us. Vs. 31
  4. When we are judged it is because we are God’s children. Vs. 32
  5. We are to be very careful in our approach to the Lord’s Table. Vss. 33-34

 

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1 KINGS 19 – THE CONQUERED SERVANT

GOOD (FAITHFUL) SERVANT FOR BAD TIMES #7

· Why do people “run away” from unpleasant (to them) situations?

· What are some ways that people run away from unpleasant situations?

  • When is it good to run? When is it bad to run?

Elijah the prophet was threatened by Queen Jezebel and he ran away, handing in his resignation. He appeared to be defeated. God was not done with Elijah, so God dealt with him in a special way. There are lessons here for times when we feel conquered or defeated.

 

PROPHET ON THE RUN

  1. He was discouraged. Vss. 1-3
    1. Jezebel was angry and vindictive.
    2. There is a good possibility that the word translated as afraid in modern translations should really be saw. Elijah was not necessarily afraid of Jezebel.
    3. Elijah saw that, despite the great demonstration of power, Israel as a nation had not repented. Jezebel was still running the kingdom, and Ahab was letting her.
    4. Elijah ran for his life because he was not asked by God to stand against her, and he was not to be her victim. Elijah was discouraged by this turn of events.
  2. He was done. Vs. 4 - He handed in his resignation.
  3. He was deceived. Vss. 9-10

 

GOD TO THE RESCUE

  1. God nourished him.  Vss. 5-7
  2. God heard him. Vss. 8-10
  3. God encouraged him. Vss. 11-13, 18
  4. God recommissioned him. Vss. 15-17

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PSALM 95 – COME!

 

Gathering for worship is not a new thing.

It has been done by the Christians for 2000 years.

It has been done by the Jewish people many centuries longer than that!

 

Psalm 95 is a call to worship.

 

The Psalmist was inviting his fellow Jews to true worship.

The Psalmist is inviting you and me to true worship.

If we are going to worship together, we should do it in a way that pleases God. So, the Psalmist invites us to come!

 

COME JOYFULLY – Vs. 1

 

Vs. 1 – The Jewish religion was a joyful religion.

             Christianity is a joyful religion.

 

Yes, there are times of sorrow.

Yes, there are times for repentance.

Yes, there are times to grieve.

But by and large, Christianity is a religion of joy.

 

It is a joy to know the God of the universe personally.

It is a joy to come before God in the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a joy that God encourages us to come to Him. He’s not standoffish.

It is a joy that our sins are forgiven.

It is a joy that we have eternal life.

It is a joy that He will never leave or forsake us.

It is a joy that He protects us.

It is a joy that He heals us.

 

We are told to come with singing.

We are told to come with shouting, a joyful noise.

Our worship should be enthusiastic on the outside, because we are enthused on the inside. Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16

 

Our outward worship should be an expression of what is going on in our hearts!

Worship is a privilege. We should be joyful in that privilege.   

 

Notice who we are worshipping!  We are worshipping the LORD – We are worshipping Jehovah, the great “I AM”, the self existent God of the universe.

 

We are worshipping the “rock of our salvation”.

A rock can not be moved.  Our salvation as Christians is “rock solid”! When Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my church,” the rock that He was referring to was Himself.

 

Your salvation, if you are saved is worth singing and shouting about.

Your salvation is worth getting excited over.

Consider the words of Ephesians 2:1-7:

 

COME THANKFULLY – Vs. 2

 

Vs. 2 – There are people I only hear from if they want something. Do you know people like that?

When does God hear from you?

And when God does hear from you, do you come with a thankful heart for all that he’s already done?

 

Do you begin your approach to the “throne of grace” with a thankful heart?

 

COME KNOWLEDGABLY – Vss. 3-5

 

The better we know about God, and the better we know God, the more joyful and thankful we will be when we come into his presence.

 

Vs. 3 - There are so many ways that God is a great God, many we have already mentioned. But I think that two of the greatest things about our God are His holiness and His omnipotence. Nothing is impossible to Him.

 

God is great because He is holy.  He is totally set apart from all that is evil, wrong, and wicked in this world. This puts God in a league of His own. 1 Samuel 2:2, Isaiah 6:4

 

God is holy, and therefore worthy of our worship. 

God is all-powerful, omnipotent, with Him nothing is impossible. Again, He is worthy of our worship.

Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 1:37, Luke 18:27

 

The more we have a working knowledge that nothing is impossible with God, the more we will trust Him    When it says that God is a great king above all gods, the psalmist is not saying that other gods are real.  He is acknowledging that there are things that people have made to be gods, and God is superior to all of them. Psalm 96:5

 

Vs. 4 – God is in control of the deepest places in the earth, some of which man has never been to.

God is also in control of the highest mountain peaks.

 

Vs. 5 – God made the sea and everything in it.

             God made the dry land and everything in it. Psalm 19:1

 

COME REVERENTLY – Vss. 6-7

 

Vs. 6 – When we worship we give honor and glory to God.

The word “worship” in Hebrew means to prostrate oneself. We know what it means to bow and kneel.

When we are reverent, we are humbling ourselves before God.

 

In this church we don’t literally kneel when we pray or worship. But we should be kneeling in our hearts, submitting to God.  I recommend that you kneel to pray when and if you can at home.

 

Vs. 7 gives us reasons for the reverence we should show to God.

 

First of all, The Lord is our God.  You reverence what you worship. If God is truly your God, you will reverence Him.

 

Also notice that we should reverence God because we are the people in his pasture, and thus, the sheep of his hand, or “under his care”.

 

Consider the 23rd Psalm as God expressing His care for you. 

 

COME REPENTANTLY – Vss. 8-11

 

In spite of this great invitation to come and worship, there is also a warning and an abrupt warning at that. 

This warning also calls us to repentance.

 

Vs. 8 - If we will hear God’s voice calling us to worship Him, (Vs. 7), let’s not harden our hearts.

 

Something that is hardened is not soft and pliable, not flexible, and not moldable.  Stubborn is probably a good synonym.

 

Hearing the Word of God, obeying it, and applying it to your own life, will make you constantly repentant of the sins that God reveals to us. This will make you pliable, molable in God’s hands.

Failure to obey God’s Word and failure to believe God will lead to harden hearts.

 

When the children of Israel were relatively recently out of Egypt and headed for the Promised Land they came to a place called Rephidim (Exodus 17). There was no water there. The people complained against Moses and God instead of trusting God.  Moses was told by God to strike a rock and water came out of the rock.

 

The place was called Massah and Meribah, or in English, test and quarreled.  They tested God’s patience with their unbelief and quarreled with Moses.

 

Vs. 9 – This is one example of what went on during the time of Israel’s wilderness wanderings.

They were constantly testing and proving God, although they had constantly seen God’s miracles in Egypt and in the wilderness.

 

Their ultimate unbelief was shown when 12 spies checked out the Promised Land.  Ten of them brought a bad report of the Land God wanted them to enter.  Two spies, Joshua and Caleb believed that God would give them victory in the land. 

 

The Children of Israel however griped and complained, and even wanted to return to the bondage of Israel.  The end result was 40 years of wandering.  All the adults except Caleb and Joshua died in the wilderness because of their unbelief. Their children entered the land.

 

Israel’s bottom line problem was unbelief.

 

Vs. 10 – God was grieved with this generation because erred in their hearts and did not know God’s ways.

Should they have believed? Yes! They saw so many miracles.

Should they have known God’s Ways?  Yes! Moses was teaching them.

 

Vs. 11 – Because of their unbelief these people never entered the rest of the Promised Land.

 

The Psalmist is telling us not to be like these people!

When it comes to worshipping God, don’t be stubborn.

Don’t be hard hearted.

 

Worship God by believing what he says and doing it!

Repent of those things that keep us from entering Spiritual rest!

 

Hebrews 3:18-19 - And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? [19] So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

True worship involves resting in God.

In what ways do you show your unbelief as you try to Worship?

Do you worry?

Do you allow your mind to wander?

Do you make something or someone else in your life more important than God? That’s worshipping idols!

Do you do things that the Word of God tells you not to do?

 

How do we fix this problem? Ezekiel 14:6 - Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

 

Turn away from anything that is keeping from true worship.

Matthew 6:24 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

Trying to worship God and trying to hold on to your own selfish ways is like a man trying to keep two wives. Besides being illegal and against God’s will, it just doesn’t work!  One will be loved more than the other and neither will be happy!   

  

God wants you to worship Him!

He wants you to come!   

COME JOYFULLY – Vs. 1

COME THANKFULLY – Vs. 2

COME KNOWLEDGABLY – Vss. 3-5

COME REVERENTLY – Vss. 6-7

COME REPENTANTLY – Vss. 8-11

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JEREMIAH 1:5-10 – ABOUT GOD’S SERVANTS

 

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR HIS SERVANTS - Vs. 5

 

GOD'S SERVANTS OFTEN PROTEST GOD'S CALL - Vs. 6

 

GOD HAS A PRESCRIPTION FOR SERVANT'S WHO PROTEST - Vss. 7-8

 

GOD GIVES POWER TO HIS SERVANTS - Vss. 9-10

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Mark 4:21-41 - INSTRUCTIVE ACTIONS - Part 2 

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES

LESSON #6

THINK ABOUT IT!

  • Does God have a plan? If so, how do we know what it is?
  • Why should we try to understand God's plans?
  • Will we always understand God's plans? Why or why not?
  • How will understanding God's plans help us help others?

 

In Mark 4 Jesus is speaking in parables.  Although these parables kept those who didn't believe in the dark, they were of great help to the disciples in allowing them to understand God's plans.

REVIEW

I. THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER - Vss. 1-9

II. PARABLES JUSTIFIED - Vs. 10-12

III. PARABLE OF THE SOWER EXPLAINED - Vss. 13-20

A.  THE WORD SCATTERED - Vs. 14

B.  THE WORD SNATCHED - Vs. 15

C.  THE WORD SCORCHED - Vss. 16-17

D.  THE WORD STRANGLED  - Vss. 18-19

E.  THE WORD SUCCEEDING - Vs. 20

IV. THE LAMP - Vss. 21-23

  • What do you think the Lord is teaching in verse 21?
  • How can we relate verses 21 and 22 to the Parable of the Sower?
  • What are some things that will not be hidden?

V. THE STANDARD OF MEASURE - Vss. 24-25

  • Why is what we hear important? 
  • What is it that we should avoid hearing?
  • What is it that we should hear?
  • Luke 8:18 - Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
  • What are the different ways we can hear the Word of God?  Which is the right way?
  • What happens to the ones who hear correctly?
  • What happens to the ones who don't hear correctly?

VI - THE KINGDOM AND THE SEED - Vss. 26-29

  • How might this parable picture the salvation of a soul?
  • How might this parable picture the growth of a Christian?

How might this parable picture the realm of Christianity?

VII - THE MUSTARD SEED - Vss. 30-32

  • What is the point of the parable?
  • What is the significance of the birds in the parable?

VIII. - THE PARABLE SUMMARY - Vss. 33-34

  • What are the important things to note about Jesus' use of parables?
  • Why did Jesus always explain the parables to His disciples?

IX. THE STORM - Vss. 35-41

A.  THE PASSENGER WITH A PLAN Vss. 35-36

  • What is the importance of Jesus being in the boat?
  • Who was the captain of that boat?
  • In what way does Jesus need to be in the boat we call life?
  • How and why should he be captain of the ship?
  • Remember going to the other side was Jesus' idea.  As long as we are following his plans we need not fear.

B.  THE PROBLEM THAT CAUSED A PANIC Vss. 37-38

  • What might have the disciples been thinking as they battled the storm and saw Jesus sound asleep?
  • In the middle of our problems, is it possible for us to think that Jesus doesn't care? Why?
  • What must we do in relation to God as we fight the storms of life?

C.  THE PRIORITY (FAITH) THAT PRODUCES PEACE Vss. 39-41

  • How complete was Jesus' miracle?
  • What kind of peace does Jesus give when we let him?  Isaiah 26:3
  • Was Jesus' rebuke justified? Why?
  • What lesson should the disciples have learned from this experience?
  • What lesson should we learn from this experience?

 

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JOHN 2:13-22 – AT THE TEMPLE

A POLLUTED TEMPLE - Vss. 13-14

The temple in Jesus' Day was polluted with those who were busy making a profit and even cheating those who made purchases.

Christian, your body is the temple of God according to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Is it polluted with the things of the world? 1 John 2:15-17

A PURGED TEMPLE - Vss. 15-17

Jesus came in and cleansed the temple.

Christian, Jesus will cleanse your temple, if you let Him. 1 John 1:9

A PERMANENT TEMPLE - Vss. 18-22

The sign Jesus gave of his authority to do what He did was his own resurrection. The permanent temple referred to here is His body.

Christian, your body will be a permanent temple for the Lord Jesus. You will be resurrected. Maintain that temple properly now! 1 John 3:1-3

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HEBREWS 5:1-10 – CHRIST, OUR HIGH PRIEST

PURPOSE FOR THE HIGH PRIEST – Vss. 1-3

 

PLACEMENT OF THE HIGH PRIEST – Vss. 4-6

 

PERFECTION OF THE HIGH PRIEST – Vss. 7-10

 

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