SERMON SEEDS
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SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/16/17

SERMON SEEDS

P36 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 16, 2017

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 2:7-12 – T.L.C MAKES A DIFFERENCE

REAL CHURCH IN A REAL WORLD #5

 

As an introduction, I told the story of a child who was transformed by T.L.C. (You may listen to the sermon using the link below.).

It’s amazing what a little T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care) can do to

It’s also amazing what a T. L.C. can do in a local church.

Here we see Pastor Paul’s T.L.C. for the Thessalonians. We also see the model of T.L.C. that every pastor should display, and every congregation should imitate.

T.L.C IS GENTLE – 1 Thessalonians 2:7

As a mother cares for her own, we must genuinely care for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and for those who don’t know Jesus

T.L.C IS SACRIFICIAL – 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9

Vs. 8 - Gospel of God is a Gospel of love.

Lives = souls – this love comes from within and is expressed outwardly

Vs. 9 – Paul was bi-vocational. He had a right to be supported by the Thessalonians, but he surrendered that right in order not to burden them.  1 Corinthians 9:7-14

Ministry to others will cost you time, money, emotions, and sleep!

T.L.C IS CHRIST-LIKE – 1 Thessalonians 2:10

Every Christian should be a model of Christian integrity.

1 Corinthians 11:1, Luke 6:39-40

T.L.C IS PROACTIVE – 1 Thessalonians 2:11

I went to a Middle School cross country meet recently.  Long after everyone else had finished, one more runner headed for the finish line. He was last, but everyone cheered as if he has finished last! That’s proactive, encouraging T.L.C.!

T.L.C IS PURPOSEFUL – 1 Thessalonians 2:12

I said to my church family: “Pray for me as I try to model T.L.C. and when I’m doing it correctly please follow my example. When I am not, please forgive me, and if necessary, tell me about it privately.”

 

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1 CHRONICLES 17 ETC. – THE FORGOTTEN FACE OF A MAN WITH AN ATTITUDE – FORGOTTEN FACES #8 OF 8

 

We have all met people with good attitudes.

We have all met people with bad attitudes.

Have you noticed that good attitudes are contagious?

Have you noticed that bad attitudes are contagious…and that there are people who always have an “attitude”? Those are the people that we try to avoid.

The truth is, however, that we always have some sort of attitude.

 

It might be good or bad, active or passive, but we approach life with an attitude every day. And our attitudes are changeable. If there was ever a man with attitude in general and changeable attitudes in particular it is the Prophet Jonah. Jonah was a prophet of God who was called to go Nineveh and to prophesy against it.  As you know, Jonah didn’t go at first.  I believe that the little book of Jonah shows us at least four different attitudes that the prophet had.  We can learn some lessons from Jonah about our own attitudes.

 

A REBELLIOUS ATTITUDE – Chapter 1

 

Vs. 1-2 – Jonah is a very honest prophet. He might not always have a good attitude, but Jonah does tell us the truth about his attitude through God’s inspiration of His Word.  Jonah’s name means dove.  Jonah is called to Ninevah, the capital city of Assyria. God called Jonah to go and preach against the city. As a prophet he had God’s message and was to deliver it.

 

Vs. 3 - Jonah makes his first mistake.  Nobody can flee from the presence of the Lord, but he certainly tried. Jonah was rebelling against the clear will of God. We who have tasted the grace of God, should not rebel against the perfect will of God. Yet, we as Christians do it in big ways and small ways.

 

Vs. 4 – God does not let us get away with rebellion. He loves us too much. Proverbs 13:15

 God makes the way of transgressors hard because He loves the transgressor. Proverbs 3:11-12

   

Vs. 5 – The storm was obviously the worst that any of these mariners had seen.  They desperately called on their Gods. There was only one person who was sleep.  That was the prophet of God who had a hardened heart and become insensitive. When we rebel against God, we are likely also to develop a hard heart which is not longer sensitive to or cares about the things of God.   

 

Vs. 6 – The shipmaster was incensed that Jonah would be sleeping at such a time. 

He should have been seeking God like the others.

 

Vs. 7 – There is no doubt that God is in the situation.  He caused the lot to fall on Jonah.

 

Vss. 8-10 – They asked Jonah for a confession and he gave one.

He told them who he served and that he was running from his God.

The mariners were shocked.  People are usually shocked when we do something they perceive as dumb.  They aren’t as shocked if they do it themselves.

 

Vss. 11-12 – Although Jonah was running away from God, he didn’t seem to want to hurt others.  He understood that God disciplining him, and that he was the one to be punished.  He didn’t try to jeopardize everyone else because of his folly.

 

Vss. 13-14 – Give the mariners credit. They still tried to save Jonah. It was only when they realized that there was no other way that they threw Jonah overboard.  And before they did, they prayed

 

Vss. 15-16 - You can imagine the shock of the mariners when they saw how quickly the sea settled down.  This caused them to fear and to offer sacrifices and to vow vows.

 

Vs. 17 – It is interesting to note that the great fish was prepared by God for Jonah.  I am reminded that even when we rebel, God is in charge of taking care of us, and he lays out just the right amount of discipline for us.

 

A REPENTANT ATTITUDE – Chapter 2

 

Vs. 1 – Jonah did not pray when he ran from God. It does not appear that Jonah prayed in the midst of the storm. But in the bottom of the fish’s belly, Jonah prayed.

 

Vss. 2-6 – We learn something important from Jonah.

Most of the words of Jonah’s prayer were not Jonah’s words.  They were quotes from the Psalms. Jonah knew the Word of God. Jonah was evidently saturated with the Word of God. When Jonah started thinking on God and God’s Word, that’s when he began to pray.

He acknowledged that God was there, and that God was responsible for his care.

 

Vs. 7 – Jonah remembered the Lord. Jonah cried out to the Lord. When we have rebelled against the Lord and the Lord spanks us, this is what we need to do as well.

 

Vs. 8 – Jonah is showing repentance in this verse.  He is admitting that he had rebelled against God, and that rebelling against means forsaking our own good.

 

Repentance is very important. Jonah would not have been spared unless he had repented.

We must realize that although we may pay a high price for rebelling against God, it is better to repent than to remain stubborn.

 

Vs. 9 – Notice Jonah’s faith. He believed that God heard him. He also promised to pay his vows, and true deliverance came from the Lord.

 

Vs. 10 – God delivered Jonah

 

A RESPONSIVE ATTITUDE – Chapter 3

 

The biggest miracle in this book is not Jonah being swallowed by the whale.  The biggest miracle in this book is not huge gourd that grew in a day. The biggest miracle in this book is the greatest revival in the history of mankind.

 

Vss. 1-3 – God again called Jonah to go to Nineveh. This time Jonah did not hesitate to do as he was told. Nineveh was a huge city, perhaps numbering as high as a million people. It would have nice if Jonah had gone to Nineveh the first. But the important thing is that he went. The important thing for us to remember is that the most important thing we can be to God is readily, and joyfully obedient. We know according to Romans 12:2 that the word of God is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

Vss. 4-9 – Although Jonah was finally responsive to God, the people of Nineveh were more so. The repentance started even before the King called for repentance. I think the key is Vs. 5 in all of this.  The people of Nineveh believed God.  Can you imagine what changes would be made in America if Americans started to believe God?

 

Vs. 10 – Because the people responded to the preaching of Jonah, God did not bring judgment at that time. God’s warning of destruction was conditional. They would have been destroyed if they hadn’t repented. They chose to repent. At a later date, Nineveh was destroyed because it went back to its old ways.

 

A REPULSIVE ATTITUDE – Chapter 4

 

Vs. 1 - I know if a whole city turned back to God under my preaching, I would have been delighted. Jonah was not delighted. Some people would rather see them destroyed than saved.

Such was the case of Jonah.

 

Vs. 2 – Jonah was a loyal Jew. He was very nationalistic The Assyrians had been very cruel to the Jewish people. Jonah, knowing God, as He did, was afraid that Nineveh would repent and that God would spare them.  That’s why he didn’t want to go to Nineveh to preach.

 

Vss. 3-4 – Jonah became angry with God. That doesn’t make sense, but so often people, including Christians, get angry with God because God doesn’t do what they want Him to do.

 

In Vs. 4 we are reminded that it is never good to be angry with God.

 

In verses 3-8 Jonah goes out of town, setting up a watch to see if just maybe God might destroy Nineveh anyway. He builds a shack and God miraculously provides a gourd that provides shade. Jonah is very happy.Then God destroys the gourd. Jonah again wished that he could die. He was upset about the gourd.

 

Vs. 9 – Jonah even thinks that he has a right to be angry.

 

Vs. 10 – God makes his point. Jonah was concerned for the gourd for which he did not labor or make grow. It came and went in two days.

 

Vs. 11 – How much more should God care for Nineveh, a city that had 120,000 small children, and much cattle. God had more right to compassionate on Nineveh than Jonah did on the gourd.

 

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HOSEA 14 – RECIPE FOR REVIVAL

 

RETURN Vs. 1

 

REPENTANCE Vss. 2-3

 

RENEWAL Vss. 4-8

 

REMINDER Vs. 9

 

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MATTHEW 6:11 – GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD

THE LORDS PRAYER #4 0F 8

 

Who needs to hear about God's miraculous provision for His Saints?  We do!  We have lived in relative wealth and prosperity for so long, we take it for granted. But that could be coming to an end!

 

The first part of the Lord's Prayer centers on God and His glory ("Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.") The next part of the Lord's Prayer centers on the things that concern us. "Give us this day our daily bread."

 

Bread is basic food. I think every culture has a form of bread. When we are praying to God for our daily bread, we are asking Him to provide for our basic needs. Does this mean that man does nothing in order to provide for himself? No! Proverbs 13:4, 2 Thessalonians 3:10, Ephesians 4:28

 

Why does God tell us to ask for our daily bread, even if we seem to be able to provide for ourselves? We are dependent on God to send the sunshine and the rain, and the proper weather conditions. We are dependent on God to give us good enough health so that we can work.

We are dependent upon God to provide us the wisdom and ability to work.We are dependent on God to make jobs available so that we can work.

In order for us to pray properly concerning our daily bread, I think that we need to consider three things, all three of which are covered here in Matthew 6.

 

  1. PRIORITIES

Everybody has a list of priorities, those things which are most important to us. And everybody's list of priorities is different. The priorities of the young ladies who sang this morning are different than the priorities of their parents. The priorities of our young adults are different from the priorities of senior citizens.  The priorities of our grammar school children are different from those who are middle-aged.

 

One of the things that we must realize is that all two often my priorities are different from God's priorities.  As Christians, our priorities should be God's priorities.  If we expect God to answer any of our prayers, including the prayer for our daily bread, we must make sure that our priorities are in line with Him.

 

In Matthew 6 I find that God has much to say about priorities. I've summed them up with four words beginning with the letter "F".

 

* First

 

Matthew 6:33  - Jesus says to seek first the Kingdom of God.

Now let me tell you, you can't productively seek God's Kingdom unless you are a member of God's Kingdom. Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3 - Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  See Romans 3:10-12, Ezekiel 18:4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Once you are a member of God's Kingdom, it means that God the Son, is your king.  After all, we can't have a kingdom without a king, can we? Jesus said in John 13:13, Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

 

As Christians, how do we go about making sure that Jesus is king in our lives?  By following Him as disciples. Luke 9:23

 

* Faith

As members of God's Kingdom, our faith should squarely rest on God.  But all too often we get worried or anxious about our needs.  In Matthew 6 Jesus assures us that our loving Heavenly Father has everything under control.

 

Read Matthew 6:25-32.

God is simply telling us that we are not to worry, but we are to trust!

Let us realize that God loves and is concerned about us.  In fact, God considers us very important. Luke 12:6-7

 

* FACT

 

Jesus shares a very important fact concerning priorities in Matthew 6:24.

 It's amazing what people will do for money.

They will become traitors to their countries, as this recent spy scandal has shown us.

They will become immoral.

They will lie.

They will steal.

They will sacrifice the well being of their families.

They will work themselves to death.

Jesus is saying in this verse, "You can't serve God and money."

 

For so many, money and the things that money can buy become a God.  Wanting money and the things that money can buy is idolatry! Colossians 3:5

 

Very often we are anxious not about the basic needs that we have, but we are anxious or worried because we want things that we don't need or put ahead of God on our priority list.

 

In the context of this passage Jesus says you can't serve God and Money at the same time.

But the truth is not only can you not serve God and money simultaneously, but that you can't serve God and anything else simultaneously.  The fact is we will only have one master.  The question is who will that Master be?

 

We wonder sometimes why God doesn't seem to be providing for us as well as we think we could. Could it be it's because we have the wrong Master? Deuteronomy 6:4-5

 

* FORMULA

 

READ MATTHEW 6:19-21 - Jesus is giving us a formula here for true riches.

If you are putting God's Kingdom first

If you have faith that God will provide for your needs

And if you believe the fact that you must serve God instead of money,

The logical conclusion is to invest what money you do have into the Kingdom of God.

 

Jesus is not suggesting that we must live in poverty.

Jesus is not suggesting that you shouldn't save for retirement.

Jesus is suggesting that we are not to hoard or stockpile our wealth.

When we invest our treasures in the things of God, there is eternal reward.

I think especially of investing in missions.

 

  1. PROMISES

 

Matthew 6:33

Here is God's great promise.

As you put the Kingdom of God first, Jesus says all your needs will be met.

You will have the food, clothes and shelter that you need.

It is as if God is saying, you take care of my business, I'll take care or yours.

Also see Philippians 4:19 2 and Corinthians 9:6-8

 

As we give cheerfully, with the right attitudes and for the right reasons, God is able to make it so that we have what we need can share in every good work.

 

So let's believe these promises!

 

  1. PETITIONS

 

Give us this day our daily bread

You probably thought we'd never get to this verse!

But I feel that it's only as our priorities are right and as we claim the promises of God, that we will experience the full impact of our prayers. Thinking of bread as our basic needs, we bring them to our loving Heavenly Father.  We ask Him for them, because we realize that He is the true source of all blessing.

 

And notice we are to come daily to ask!

It's daily bread.

It's daily needs.

Matthew 7:7-11

 

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ACTS 11:12-26 – MOVING FORWARD!

 

Jesus had gone to Heaven but before leaving told the Apostles to wait in Jerusalem for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:1-13) 

While the Apostles waited they moved forward to take care of some "unfinished business".

 

THEY WERE IN AGREEMENT - Vs. 14

They were united in one place.

 

THEY WERE ASKING - Vs. 14

They were praying.

 

THEY WERE MADE AWARE OF SCRIPTURE - Vss. 15-20

Peter reminded them of the failure of Judas and the teaching of Scripture concerning a replacement.

 

THEY WERE ADVISED - Vss. 21-22

It was suggested that another be appointed to replace Judas.

 

THEY WERE ACTING IN FAITH - Vss. 23-26

They simply acted on what the Word of God told them to do.

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ROMANS 12:1-2 – LIVING IT!

It's one thing to profess that you are a Christian.

It's quite another thing to live like you a Christian.

The true Christian needs to live out his faith. A good place to start living out one's faith is Romans 12:1-2 - " I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

 

REQUEST - "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,"

 

REQUIREMENT - "...that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

 

REFORMATION - "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,"

 

REASON - "... that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

 

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REVELATION 22:1-7 – FOUR THINGS THAT WON’T LAST

REPEATED FROM LAST WEEK WITH THE CORRECT REFERENCE!

 

When the Lord brings in the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2), there are four things that won't be there. They are with us now, but they'll be gone.

 

THERE WILL BE NO CURSE Vss. 1-3a See Genesis 3:17-19

 

THERE WILL BE NO SHAME Vss. 3b-4 - His servants will serve Him freely and openly.

 

THERE WILL BE NO NIGHT Vs. 5

 

THERE WILL BE NO DOUBT Vss. 6-7

 

 

 

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