SERMON SEEDS
October 31, 2017, 8:03 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/30/17

SERMON SEEDS

P38 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 30, 2017

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 3:1-13 – AN AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY

REAL CHURCH IN A REAL WORLD #7

 

Hebrews 13:17 - Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

 

According to Hebrews 13:17, a pastor has the awesome responsibility of watching for the sould of men.  The Apostle Paul models what it means to be such a pastor in 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

 

A Pastor’s Concern – 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5

  1. Is Sacrificial – Vs. 1
  2. Positive – Vs. 2
  3. Preventive – Vss. 3-4, Galatians 6:1
  4. Inquisitive – Vs. 5, Proverbs 27:3, 1 Peter 5:2-3

A Pastor’s Joy – 1 Thessalonians 3:6-9

  1. When he is loved – Vs. 6
  2. When he is comforted concerning faith – Vs. 7
  3. When he sees steadfastness – Vs. 8
  4. When there are reasons to be thankful – Vs. 9

A Pastor’s Goals – 1 Thessalonians 3:10-13

  1. Fellowship – Vss. 10-11
  2. Love – Vs. 12
  3. Maturity – Vs. 13

 

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LEVITICUS 10:1-7 – A SAD DAY

It was the official day of ordination for Aaron, the High Priest and his sons.  In many ways it was a glorious day (See Leviticus 8-9).  However, what should have been a glad day became a sad day, because of the sinful actions of Aaron's oldest sons, Nadab and Abihu.

 

STRANGE FIRE - Vs. 1

Nadab and Abihu chose to offer something other than what was commanded by God.

Sometimes we think we can be creative and do our own thing and still please God. In reality, when we offer to God anything that He has not asked for, we are offering "strange fire". I think that this a similar mistake made by Cain in Genesis 4.  He offered something "strange" instead of what God required.

 

STRONG FORCE - Vs. 2

God in His holiness and righteous anger struck Nadab and Abihu dead.

God's discipline is a strong force.  When we experience it, we need to repent.

1 Corinthians 11:28-32, Hebrews 12:4-11

 

STRICT FOCUS - Vss. 3-7

Although there was a death in the family Aaron and his remaining sons were to remain focused on God. Everyone else did the mourning while they remained set apart for God's service.

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PSALM 120 – GOD’S BEST

 

REQUESTING GOD'S BEST - Vss. 1-4

 

REJOICING IN GOD'S BEST - Vs. 5

 

RELYING ON GOD'S BEST - Vss. 6-9

 

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ISAIAH 11:1-10 – DON’T WAIT FOR THE MILLENIUM!

 

During the Millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ on the Earth, the Lord Jesus shall rule. It will be:

 

A RESOURCEFUL RULE – Vss. 1-2

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: [2] And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

 

Jesus will rule in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

 

A RIGHTEOUS RULE – Vss. 3-5

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: [4] But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. [5] And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

 

A RESTFUL RULE – Vss. 6-10

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. [7] And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. [8] And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. [9] They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  [10] And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

 

I should allow Christ to rule in my life now.

 

CHRIST SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RULE ME WITH A RESOURCEFUL RULE

 (By His Spirit)

Isaiah 11:2 - And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

 

Ephesians 5:18 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

CHRIST SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RULE ME WITH A RIGHTEOUS RULE

Romans 10:4 - For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

 

Romans 5:17 - For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

 

CHRIST SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RULE ME WITH A RESTFUL RULE

Isaiah 26:3-4 - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. [4] Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

 

Matthew 11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

Philippians 4:6-7 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. [7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

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MATTHEW 6:13 – LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

THE LORDS PRAYER #7 0F 8

 

A minister was reviewing the family bills. He found a bill from the local dress store for $250 for a new dress.  He confronted his wife yelling that she knew they couldn't afford such expense. The wife replied, "I know honey, but I tried the dress on and Satan tempted me. He said, 'My dear, you look lovely in that dress.' So I bought it."

 

The husband asked, "Why didn't you say, 'Get thee behind me Satan?'"

 

"I did," she replied, "But he said, 'My dear it looks lovely in the back too!'" (Source Unknown)

 

We all face temptations. James 1:13-15

 

We will all be tempted to do what is wrong.  We can not avoid temptation.  However, I believe that God has designed a way for the amount of temptation that we face to be drastically reduced. As we ask Him, He will give us victory over temptation.

 

We come to the next portion of our model prayer, The Lord's Prayer. Matthew 6:13 - "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:" If I sincerely make this my prayer request before God, I am saying,

 

THERE IS A DESIRE ON MY PART

 

Do you know why some Christians have a real problem with temptation? THEY WANT TO!

 

There are areas of their lives that they love so much that they can't let go. Their desire for the sin is so great, that it does not take much to tempt them.

 

Some love pornography so much that it doesn't take much to get them to be looking at pornographic magazines or websites.

Some love sex so much that it doesn't take much to make them immoral.

Some love gossip so much that it doesn't take much to make them gossip.

Some love hunting, fishing, or sports so much that it doesn't take much to make these things their Gods.

Some love alcohol so much that it doesn't take much for them to make them drink.

Some love themselves so much that it doesn't take much for them to lie to save their skins.

Some love themselves so much that it doesn't take much to get them to worry. And the great majority of worry is self-centered.

 

What am I saying? We are tempted to sin because we have the wrong kinds of desires.

When we pray in sincerity, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: we are expressing the desire to have victory over the wrong kinds of desires.

 

Please turn to 1 John 2:15-17.

According to this passage, we are tempted in three areas. All the temptations I mentioned a moment ago fall into one of three categories: LUST OF THE FLESH - LUST OF THE EYES - PRIDE OF LIFE

 

They are the same three areas in which Eve was tempted in the Garden of Eden. God said not to eat a certain fruit. Satan tempted Eve. The end result was that Eve succumbed to temptation. Genesis 3:6

 

Notice what 1 John 2:15-17 is saying. If we love the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, we do not love God the Father! We are easily tempted because we love the world and don't really love the Father!  We have a greater desire to sin than we do to please God!

 

We must remember how much God loves us. Psalms 145:8-9, 1 John 4:10

 

We must remember that we are to love Him!

1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us."

John 14:15 - "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

 

Christian, do you love God?

Christian, do you love the Lord Jesus?

If you do, you should have a desire not to sin, because you want to please Him.

 

If the desire of your heart is not to sin, then your prayer needs to be in all sincerity, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:"

 

When you love God and truly desire to please Him, it will be easier to say "no" to those temptations, and to be asking God to deliver you from them.

 

THERE IS A DECISION ON MY PART

 

What is the decision that I make as I pray this prayer?

My decision is that, with God's help, I am not going to give in to temptation.

Notice that I said, "with God's help."

You can't do it yourself.

 

Romans 6:1-4 - When Jesus died on the cross, you died with Him.

When Jesus was buried, you were buried with Him.

When Jesus rose to newness of life, you rose to a new life.

 

Romans 6:10-14 - God says you must make a decision. You must decide or "reckon" that you are dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God" through the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Such a decision brings another decision. To yield yourself to God and the parts of your body as instruments of righteousness unto God.  You will either yield to sin or yield to God. With God's help you decide to yield to God!

 

And notice the promise in verse 14, "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."

 

If your desire is to please God because you love God, your decision must be to yield to God. If you yield to God, your prayer again must be "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:"

 

THERE IS A DEPENDENCE ON MY PART

 

As I said a moment ago, you can not do this yourself. You need God's help. And this request is actually an admission on our parts that we can't do it ourselves, and that we need God's help.

 

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:"

 

And the neat thing is that God will answer our request!

Turn please to 1 Corinthians 10:12-14.

Vs. 12 - "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."

 

We are warned here that we must be careful to not get too smug.

There are times when we think that we are doing just fine Spiritually, and that we have everything under control. That's when we need to look out!

 

1 Corinthians 10:13 - "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

 

Any temptation that you receive is a temptation common to the human race. You won't find that you have a new temptation. In fact the Lord Jesus was already tempted with that same temptation and victorious over it!

 

Hebrews 4:15 - "...but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."

 

Now look what else it says in this passage - but God is faithful!

 

God is faithful - He loves you!

God is faithful - He wants you have victory over sin!

God is faithful - He will help you!

 

You are not being tempted above that you are able.  Your temptation to sin, no matter how great it is, can be defeated, not in your own strength, but with God's help.

 

With each temptation God says, "There is a way to escape so that you can bear it."

 

So when God provides a way to escape, what is our responsibility?

Take it!

 

1 Corinthians 10:14 - Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

 

So when temptation comes, we must run from it!

 

It is as if you are in a burning building and someone yells, "You can escape through the back door." Whether you escape or whether you burn is your decision.

 

God says, are you being tempted? Run! I will help you escape.

 

You've heard the Bible story about Joseph. He was being tempted to sleep with his master's wife. He literally ran, leaving his coat behind. He was later falsely accused, yet he was innocent. But he had to take God's way of escape.

 

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ACTS 17:10-14 – THOSE NOBLE BEREANS

 

Acts 17:11 - "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

 

Today there are many different aids to Bible study. There are all sorts of study Bibles available as well as books and courses that will help one study the Bible. In spite of all the help at our fingertips, many Christians are ignorant of the content and teachings of God's Word!

I want to introduce you to a special group of people who will always be remembered because they were serious about studying God's Word. They are known as the Bereans. According to Acts 17:11, the Bereans were "more noble" than another group of people known as the Thessalonian Jews. The difference was their attitude towards the Scriptures. The Bereans were true students of the Word of God. They loved God's Word.

 

In this message we want to think about Acts 17:11 and how to love God's Word. But first, we need to get an overview of the travels of Paul and Silas before they arrived in Berea. (Give an overview of Acts 16 and the ministry in Philippi, then talk about Acts 17:1-10 and the ministry in Thessalonica. Stress the rejection of the Word of God by some in these places.)

 

Vs. 10, 12 - Paul and Silas arrived in Berea and again went right to the synagogue. Again they preached to the Jews. It is here that these Jews are found to be more noble than those of Thessalonica. The result was that many of the Jews believed, as well as many Gentiles.

 

Vss. 13-14 - Trouble followed, and again Paul needed to leave town.

 

In verse 11 we learn many good things about approaching God's Word from those "noble Bereans".

 

They loved God's Word, and we want to use the word "love" as acrostic to help examine the

 

Bereans' love for the Word of God.

 

L - LISTENING AND LEARNING

"... they received the word with all readiness of mind..."

 

Of course, we must realize that the reason the Bereans could listen and learn was because Paul and Silas were doing their jobs. They were teaching the Word of God. Make sure that the men you listen to practice 2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 4:2 and 1 Timothy 4:12-16.

There appears to be a lack of listening going on today. The people in the pews are sitting there, but very often they are not paying attention to what they are being taught. Many people are present in body, but absent in spirit. They are not with it. I would venture to say that the majority of people can not tell you what the preacher said after he said it.

 

To be a better listener in church, I suggest:

1. Ask God to help you pay attention.

2. Make sure there is nothing wrong between you and the preacher. Get any problems settled, or you won't listen well.

3. If necessary, in your mind repeat the words that the preacher is saying. This will help you concentrate.

4. Take notes.

5. Try to apply what is being said to your own life. Ask, "How does this relate to me."

 

The Bereans not only listened, but they learned. As you listen attentively you will learn. And if you really love God's Word, you will also read and study God's Word for yourself. This will also help you learn.

 

O - OPENNESS AND OBEDIENCE

 

One of the great problems which we have when we witness to unsaved people is that we are dealing with narrow-minded people. One of the problems that preachers have is that often they are dealing with narrow-minded Christians! The Bereans were open to the teachings of the Word of God. The majority of Thessalonians were not.

 

As Christians we need to be open to the being taught the word of God by the preacher. We must be ready to allow our wrong ideas to be replaced by what the Bible actually says. When your pastor presents a new idea from God's Word be open to seeing if this new idea is correct. If it is correct, replace your old wrong ideas with new Biblical ones.

 

In verse 12 we are told that many believed. That means that they obeyed the Word of God and were saved. As Christians we must also obey the Word of God and follow the Biblical teaching of those preaching God's Word. We also need to obey God's Word as we study it for ourselves. 1 Samuel 15:22-23

 

V - VERIFICATION

 

"...and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

 

Sometimes preachers preach pure heresy and nobody realizes it.

Do not take what your pastor says blindly, but check your Bible and make sure that what he is teaching is true! If you make sure that the preacher you already trust is teaching you the truth, it will be easier for you to spot a heretic. You will already be used to "searching the Scriptures daily".

If you find a problem with what your pastor is preaching, go to him personally. Maybe you have not understood what he was saying, or maybe the pastor simply made a mistake. AND PREACHER, WHEN YOU'RE WRONG, ADMIT IT!

 

E - EXAMINE - ENDURE - EXPERIENCE

 

Examine thoroughly the Word of God.

Endure in studying the Word of God. It is to be a daily process.

Experience much from the Word of God. The Bereans experienced salvation.

 

As Christians sincerely study God's Word they will experience:

Much joy

Much change

Much growth

Much knowledge

Much peace

Much encouragement

And much more!

 

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GOD’S UMBRELLAS

 

The ultimate use for an umbrella is to provide protection.

God in His love for mankind and for His children, the church, has provided several umbrellas of protection.

 

GOD HIMSELF IS THE ULTIMATE UMBRELLA

Deuteronomy 33:27, 46:1-2, Psalm 91:1-2, Colossians 2:13-14

 

GOD’S WORD IS GOD’S UMBRELLA

1 Peter 1:23, Psalm 119:11, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

GOVERNMENT IS GOD’S UMBRELLA

Romans 13:1-5

 

THE CHURCH IS GOD’S UMBRELLA

Matthew 16:18

 

THE CHURCH ELDERS ARE GOD’S UMBRELLAS

1 Peter 5:1-3, Hebrews 13:17

 

HUSBANDS ARE GOD’S UMBRELLAS

Ephesians 5:23, 25, 1 Peter 3:7, Numbers 30:10-15

 

PARENTS ARE GOD’S UMBRELLAS

Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 29:17, Ephesians 6:4, Numbers 30:3-5, 1 Timothy 3:4-5

 

 

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