SERMON SEEDS
October 10, 2017, 7:34 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/9/17

SERMON SEEDS

P35 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 9, 2017

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-6 – A SACRED TRUST

REAL CHURCH IN A REAL WORLD #4

 

  • Every time you get on an airplane, you are entrusting your life to the pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, and airplane manufacturers.
  • Every time you are a passenger in a car, truck, or bus, you are entrusting your life to the person who is operating that vehicle.
  • Every time you put money in the bank you are entrusting your finances to that bank.
  • If you have ever had “power of attorney”, it means that someone has trusted you to control their finances for them.
  • If you have any responsibility at all at work it means that someone has trusted you to take care of part of their livelihood.
  • We as grandparents are often trusted with the responsibility of watching and caring for our grandchildren.
  • As parents God entrusts us with the responsibility of taking care of our children.
  • As a pastor I have been entrusted with the accurate presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the accurate teaching of His Word.
  • As a Christian, you have been entrusted with the Gospel message to share it with others.

 

The Apostle Paul viewed his ministry of preaching and teaching God’s Word as a sacred trust, because God had given it to Him.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 - But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

As we are going to see this morning, Paul took his responsibility of having a sacred trust seriously. Those of us who are pastors and teachers need to do the same.  But so do each of us who have been saved.  If we take the Great Commission seriously, we each have a sacred trust to share the Gospel message with others.

Matthew 28:18-20

The Apostle Paul was called by the Lord Jesus Christ to take the Gospel to the Gentiles.  He did this especially through three missionary journeys.  On the second journey he visited Thessalonica, and in a brief time there, won many people to Christ, especially Gentiles.

As we shared previously, Paul was forced to leave Thessalonica because of persecution. He had sent Timothy back to check and see how the Thessalonians were doing.

Although the Thessalonians were standing firm in their new faith in spite of persecution, there were those around who were continually discrediting Paul.  These attackers wanted the Thessalonians to go back or away from the faith that Paul had taught them.

As much as Paul did not like defending himself, he did find it necessary at times.

In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-6 Paul is not only defending himself but showing us how he treated his ministry as a sacred trust from God. Paul was dealing with a Real Church in a Real World.

You and I need to realize that we should also be careful to treat our sharing of the Gospel, and/or our preaching and teaching as a sacred trust from God.  Let’s learn from Paul how to treat our sacred trust. We are in a real church in a real world.

HE WAS FRUITFUL – 1 Thessalonians 2:1

1 Thessalonians 1:8-10

HE WAS FORCEFUL – 1 THESSALONIANS 2:2

Acts 9:15-16, Galatians 6:14

HE WAS FORTHRIGHT – 1 THESSALONIANS 2:3,5

2 Timothy 2:15, Titus 2:11-15, 1 Timothy 6:10-11

HE WAS FAITHFUL – 1 THESSALONIANS 2:4

1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Acts 16:31, 1 Peter 3:15, Galatians 1:10

HE WAS FOCUSED – 1 THESSALONIANS 2:6

Galatians 6:14 (again)

 

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1 CHRONICLES 17 ETC. – THE FORGOTTEN FACE OF A MAN WHO CARED – FORGOTTEN FACES #7 OF 8

 

The Bible tells us Christians that we should be people who care. Philippians 2:4, Colossians 3:23,

1 John 3:17

 

If anybody should know how to care about the things of others, it is the Man of God.  Peter tells the elders of the church in 1 Peter 5:2-3, Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; [3] Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

 

We reach back into the Old Testament to look at the forgotten face of a man who cared. His name was Nathan the Prophet.  Nathan was a man of God who served in the times of David the King.  We know little about Him personally, but it is obvious that Nathan was a man who cared. We’ll see that:

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO CORRECT – 1Chronicles 17

 

Have you ever spoken in hast, and then discovered that what you said was the wrong thing?

This is what happened to Nathan.

 

Vs. 1 - One day, he and King David were visiting.

David had been thinking, “The House of the Lord has always been a tent. It’s high time to build a temple for the Lord.”

 

David’s intentions were good.

Vs. 2 – The plan sounded good to Nathan. So Nathan gave him the go ahead.

The problem was, however that the way we think is certainly not the way God thinks.  Many times God has another plan. Isaiah 55:8

 

Vss. 3-4 - So that Night, Nathan received a visit from the Lord.  Nathan was told to go back to David and tell him not to build a house. Nathan had to reverse what he had said.

 

He was called on to correct himself.

If he was to be obedient, he would have to admit that he was wrong.

He had to speak what God told him to speak. He had to tell the truth.

 

Vss. 5-15 – So Nathan was given this message to take to David.  David’s son would build a house. Solomon did. One David’s greater Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will have a permanent kingdom.  Nathan delivered the message as he had been told.

   

One of the great characteristics of a man or woman of God is the ability to admit when they are wrong and to fix it.

Sometimes it means going back to someone and saying, “What I told you was wrong.”

Sometimes it means going to God, confessing and forsaking sin.  That’s called repentance.

Sometimes it means taking a public stand.

  

Care enough to correct yourself when you know that something needs to be changed.

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO CONFRONT

 

Read and Comment on 2 Samuel 11:1-17, 26-27

 

Read and Comment on 2 Samuel 12:1-14

 

Nathan was risking his own life. In David’s state, he could have punished or killed Nathan.

But what was important to God was important to Nathan.

Because righteousness was important to God, it was important to Nathan.  Nathan cared enough about God and about David to do the confronting.

 

We should do the same. We need to realize that the best thing we can do for a fellow Christian sometimes is to confront them with their wrong. Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Corinthians 5:9-11

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO COMFORT

 

David’s repentance was complete.  Psalm 51 was written, and it is probably the best confession of sin ever written. The baby that was born did die as God, through Nathan, had promised.

 

2 Samuel 12:24-25 - God is righteous, but He also is merciful.

Although David was disciplined for his sin, God did not withhold blessing.

 

And so, when Solomon is born, God loves him.

Nathan is called to convey to David that the child was loved of God.

And Nathan even gives the boy a “nickname”, Jedidiah, which means, “Beloved of the Lord”.

 

Nathan could have stayed angry at David, even after God forgave him. We’ve seen that happen.

Evidently, Nathan realized that if God forgave, blessed, and comforted David, he should to.

Ephesians 4:32

 

Part of being a Christian is comforting or encouraging each other. Hebrews 10:24-35, Romans 12:15

   

HE CARED ENOUGH TO COOPERATE – 1 KINGS 1

   

We now jump ahead several years. David is about 70 and Nathan might have been around the same age.

The time is come for a change in kings.

Solomon had been designated by David and by God as David’s successor.

 

A brother plots to take over. Read 1 Kings 1:5-10

 

Vss. 11-14 – Nathan realizes that there needs to be cooperation if the right thing is going to happen.

 

Vss. 15-21 – David is informed by Bathsheba and as promised in verses 22-27, Nathan confirms what has been said.

 

Vss. 32-35 – Again Nathan was called on to cooperate with others.

 

Vss. 38-40

 

Nathan was not a one man show.

He knew how to cooperate with others to do God’s will.

 

Cooperation is a key to success in any church.

We are a body that has different members.

As each member cooperates with each other the Lord’s work will be accomplished.

 

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PSALM 119:1-2 – THE WAY OF HAPPINESS

 

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

 

Most people think that happiness depends on "happenings".

When things are going well, folks are happy. When they don't go well, they are not happy. Psalm 119:1-2 shows us how to be truly happy (blessed).

It begins with being "undefiled in the way". The undefiled in the way are those who are saved. After salvation we are happy as we spell the word "SAD"

 

S - SATURATION - Walk in the law of the Lord.

A - APPLICATION - Keep His testimonies.

D - DETERMINATION - Seek Him with the whole heart.

 

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MATTHEW 6:10 – THY WILL BE DONE

THE LORDS PRAYER #4 0F 8

 

I want to remind you that God has a perfect plan for your life.

I want to remind you that God has a perfect plan for your family and friends.

I want to remind you that God's will is "good, acceptable and perfect", according to Romans 12:2.

 

We return to our study of the model prayer, the Lord's Prayer. We said that the Lord's Prayer is a skeleton for prayer, and that we need to put meat on that skeleton by elaborating on these requests as we pray.

 

Prayer has much to do the will of God.

If we are praying for the glory of God, we will want God's will to be done.

If we are praying to accomplish God's purposes, we will want God's will to be done.

 

Because all of us are human and tend to be selfish, we have a tendency towards wanting our will to be done instead of God's.

This little phrase in the Lord's Prayer is a reminder, that our prayers are to centered around God's plan and not ours!

 

This morning we want to consider 3 things about praying thy will be done. The first letter of each word in our outline spells the word, "ask."

 

A - ASK ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL - 1 John 5:14-15

 

1 John 5:14-15 - "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

 

God wants us to be confident when we pray.

God wants us to expect positive answers when we pray.

God wants us to pray in faith. Mark 11:24

 

God wants us to be confident when we pray. We are confident that God will answer our prayers when we know that are what we are asking is God's will. if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

 

So how do we know that what we are asking for is according to the will of God?  We need to know what the will of God is, in order to ask for the right things.  And the place we discover the will of God is in the Word of God.

 

We are such weak, unbelieving prayers, because we are weak, unbelieving, or should I say non-participating readers of God's Word.  You want to know what you can pray, knowing that God will answer? Read the Word of God!

 

Do you ever pray for the church services here? I got to thinking, as an example of believing prayer, what can we pray for the church services here, knowing that what we pray is the will of God.

 

1. Pray that Christians will come to church. Hebrews 10:25 

 

2. Pray that non-Christians will come and hear the Word of God. 2 Peter 3:9

 

3. Pray that the Pastor will preach the way God wants him to preach. 2 Timothy 4:2

 

4. Pray that the unsaved will trust Christ as Savior. John 3:36

 

5. Pray that the saved will obey the teaching of God's Word. James 1:22

 

S - SEEK GOD'S WILL - James 1:5-8

 

There are times when we do not know how to pray.

We are not sure what to ask for.

Sometimes we have decisions to make, and we don't know what to do. That's when we come to God and pray the way James tells us to pray.

 

Vs. 5 - When we don't know God's will, especially during times of trial, we are ask our loving heavenly Father, who gives guidance liberally.  And notice when God gives guidance, you don't get a lecture with it! He doesn't upbraid or rebuke you.

 

As you pray, God will give you guidance!  He will show you His will.

 

K - KNEEL IN SUBMISSION TO GOD'S WILL - Luke 22:42

 

Matthew 6:10 - "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."

 

Now when I say we are to kneel in submission to God's will, I do not necessarily mean literally.  In our hearts our ultimate goal should be to ask for, and to do the will of God!

 

If we are truly sold out to God as Christians, we will only want to ask for things that are truly His will.  Therefore we must be willing for God to answer us with the word "no".

 

When will God say "no" to your requests?

He will say "no" when you are asking for selfish reasons. James 4:4

 

God will say "no", if you asking contrary to His revealed Word.  Many a Christian gal has asked for guidance about marrying a non-Christian guy.  Every time God is saying no, because that's what the Bible says, not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. 2 Corinthians 6:14

 

God will also say "no" to your requests, when His will is different than yours.  You remember hearing of our Lord Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  He knew what misery, humiliation, pain, and suffering lay ahead for Him at the cross. So he prayed.

 

Luke 22:41-42

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JOHN 7:25-39 – PONDER THESE!

 

Consider these questions and the answers that Jesus gave.

 

  1. WHERE DID JESUS COME FROM? – Vss. 25-30

 

  1. WHERE WAS JESUS GOING? – Vss. 31-36

 

  1. WHAT DOES JESUS OFFER? – Vss. 37-39

 

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

 

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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A GREAT BIBLE WORD – WATCH

 

A DEPENDENT WATCH

Psalm 130:5-6 - I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. [6] My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

 

A PATIENT WATCH

Habakkuk 2:1 - I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

 

AN ALERT WATCH

Matthew 24:42 - Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

 

Matthew 25:13 - Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 

Mark 13:32-37 - But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. [33] Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. [34] For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. [35] Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: [36] Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. [37] And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

1 Corinthians 16:13 - Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 - Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. [6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

 

A PREVENTIVE WATCH

Matthew 26:40-41 - And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? [41] Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

 

Revelation 3:2-3 - Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. [3] Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

A REFLECTIVE WATCH   

Acts 20:29-31 - For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. [30] Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. [31] Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

 

A PRAYERFUL WATCH

Colossians 4:2 - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

 

1 Peter 4:7 - But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

 

A SUPERVISORY WATCH   

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.

 

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