SERMON SEEDS
January 2, 2018, 4:21 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/1/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q1 – THE WEEK OF JANUARY 1, 2018

 

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GENESIS 6 – APPRECIATING A GREAT MAN

 

I knew a man who grew up during the depression. One Christmas he got nothing but a fountain pen as a gift. He wanted to quit high school and work to help the family, but his parents wouldn't let him. This same man served his country in World War II. He worked for the same company for 45 years. When first married, he lived in a rented two room apartment, to which they added a baby boy. This same man worked two and three jobs to make ends meet. He modeled honesty, integrity, and religious conviction to his four children. He spent time with his children, and joined the Boy Scout committee the same night his oldest boy joined the scouts. He tried to help his offspring any way he could.

If I was able (He’s gone now.) to call this man today and ask for help, he'd give it to me.

I know. I'm his oldest boy. Thanks Dad! (I suggest you write your own introduction about someone who was or is great in your life!)

 

Just as I appreciate my parents for good reasons, we should appreciate the Bible Characters which God has placed in the Bible as examples for us.  One man that we should certainly appreciate is Noah.

 

THE TIMES OF NOAH Vss. 1-7, 11-13

Noah lived in the hardest of times.

 

THE TESTIMONY OF NOAH Vss. 8-9

1. Noah found grace.

2. Noah was a just (righteous) man.

3. Noah was a perfect (sincere, not sinless) man

4. Noah walked with God.

 

THE TESTING OF NOAH Vss. 14-22

  1. Vs. 14 - Noah was told to make an ark. It is likely that it had never rained. This was a test of his faith. Also, imagine the ridicule Noah received from the neighbors. It might have been called "Noah's folly". They also rejected his preaching (2 Peter 2:5).
  2. Vs. 15-21 - Noah's obedience was tested.  He was told exactly what to do. There was to be no variation.
  3. Vs. 22 - Noah passed the test. He did exactly as he was told.

 

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Psalm 148 – THE TOTALITY OF PRAISE

 

ALL IN THE HEAVENS SHOULD PRAISE HIM – Vss. 1-4

 

ALL IN THE EARTH SHOULD PRAISE HIM – Vss. 7-12

 

ALL HAVE REASON TO PRAISE HIM – Vss. 5-6, 13-14

  • FOR THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF CREATION – Vs. 5
  • FOR THE PERMANENCE OF CREATION – Vs. 6
  • FOR HIS PREEMINENCE – Vs. 13
  • FOR HIS POWER – Vs. 14 - …he exalteth the horn of his people…
  • FOR HIS PROXIMITY – Vs. 14 - …a people near unto him.

 

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ISAIAH 40:27-31 – DON’T YOU KNOW? HAVEN’T YOU HEARD?

 

The people in this room and their families have many problems, some I am aware of, most I am not.

 

There are problems with cancer and possible cancer.

There are problems with heart disease.

There are problems associated with old age.

There are problems with sick and aging parents or spouses.

There are problems with finances.

There are misunderstandings between friends.

Some have failed to forgive others for things done years ago.

There are people who have no self-esteem or very low self-esteem.

There are many who suffer from guilt over things done in the past.

There are some who have cheated, who have lied, who have been unfaithful in some way.

It would not surprise me if somebody's marriage was in trouble or if one of your loved ones has a marriage in trouble.

It would not surprise me if somebody here has a drug or alcohol problem, or a family member has a drug or alcohol problem.

And you teenagers and college students face temptations, worries, and fears that us adults know nothing of.

And personally we often struggle over our inability to do what we should do and not do what we shouldn't do.

 

We can be overwhelmed by the needs we know of.  Add even more hidden needs, and we can begin to think that things are impossible!

 

Many times we do not have these problems ourselves, but we know loved ones and friends that do. Many a parent is distraught over the actions of their children. Many a child is distraught over the actions of their parents! 

It is very easy to get worried, concerned and frustrated over our own problems and the problems of others especially when they are people we love.

Sometimes we get totally distracted and overwhelmed with problems. It is possible to become sick with worry, fret and care!

 

In our text, the nation Israel was having trouble, and thought that God had forsaken them. Vs. 27

 

In the midst of all that you are facing, you may feel like God has forsaken or forgotten you. You feel alone. You wonder when you are ever going to get some relief from the increasing difficulties in your life.

 

In verse 28 Isaiah begins to encourage Israel and us with the words "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,"

 

We would say, "Don't you know? Haven't you heard?"

 

In the midst of all your worries and problems,

DON'T YOU KNOW? HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? GOD IS ALIVE! - Vs. 28

 

1. God is eternal. Psalm 90:2

2. God is the Creator. Genesis 1:1

3. God does not grow faint or weary. Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 1:37, Luke 18:27

4. God's understanding is infinite.

 

I am glad that I have a God who understands more than I do!

That's why Jesus could say as God,

 

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

 

DON'T YOU KNOW? HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? GOD ASSISTS - Vs. 29

 

God gives power to the faint.  Those who are weak and weary within themselves, God helps.

 

To begin with, God does not give the mighty eternal life.

God gives the weak eternal life. Romans 3:10, Ephesians 2:8-9

After we are saved, God is still available to help the weak.

That's you and I.  We still need help. We still need God's strength. Philippians 4:13

 

We have at least two problems when we face the difficulties of life. First, we do not realize how much power is available to us. Ephesians 1:15-23

Second, we do not ask God to pour out His power on us and our friends. Ephesians 3:14-16

 

DON'T YOU KNOW? HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? GOD ASSURES - Vss. 30-31

 

Vs. 30 - There will be times so bad that the youths will be weak even the strong young men fall.

 

Vs. 31 - But here is God's assurance to us.

 

Those that wait upon the Lord will:

 

SOAR like the eagle - "...mount up with wings as eagles."

Have SPURTS of strength  - "...run and not be weary."

Have STAMINA in for the long haul - "...walk and not faint."

 

So how do we wait on the Lord?

 

1. With Patience Proverbs 3:5-6

2. In Precept (God's word) Romans 15:4, Psalm 1:1-3

3. In Prayer - Matthew 7:7-8, Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

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MARK 8:27-29 ETC. – PETER’S TONGUE

 

The Apostle Peter was a man greatly used of God who had his ups and downs. The characteristic of Peter that stands out in my mind was Peter's consistent use of the tongue. It seems that whenever we meet Peter he is talking. Sometimes his use of the tongue is very good, other times it is very bad. When God controlled Peter's tongue the results were good. When Satan controlled Peter's tongue the results were bad.

 

Peter's experience with the tongue can show us several different ways the tongue can be used. So using incidents out of the life of Peter we can see:

 

THE CONFESSING TONGUE

We are told that we should make confession of our faith in Christ.  Mark 8:27-29, Romans 10:9-10, 1 Peter 3:15, Psalms 107:2

Peter confessed his faith in Christ when Jesus asked the disciples who they said that he was. Mark 8:27-29

Peter confess his faith in Christ during sermons preached in the Book of Acts, including his great sermon on the day of Pentecost found in Acts 2:14-36

 

THE CONTRARY TONGUE

Peter often "stuck his foot in his mouth".

Mark 8:31-33 - Peter rebuked the Lord Jesus for teaching that He would be killed.  The Lord ended up rebuking Peter.

Mark 14:27-31 - Peter argued with the Lord, claiming that he would never deny Jesus.  He argued, but Jesus was right!

 

THE COWARDLY TONGUE

Mark 14:66-72 - As Jesus had promised, Peter denied his Lord. He took the part of the coward.

Galatians 2:11-14 is another instance in which Peter should have spoken up and taken a stand, but he again played the coward's part.

 

Years ago as new preacher in a church, I approached the deacons about putting a new deacon on the board.  None of the other deacons spoke up to say that the man was potential trouble. It was only after trouble had erupted with the new deacon that the other deacons spoke up. Many times silence is not golden. We need to speak up when someone is headed for potential difficulty.

 

Of course, Peter repented of his sin of denying Jesus and was forgiven.

 

THE CORRECTING TONGUE

In Acts 15 there is a debate over the circumcision of Gentile believers.  It was Peter's correcting tongue that helped others make the right decision. See Acts 15:1-12

There are times when our tongue needs to be used to correct others in love. Galatians 6:1

Our speech should always be edifying. Ephesians 4:29, Romans 15:2

 

THE COURAGEOUS TONGUE

Acts 4:18-22, Acts 5:29-32 - Peter and the other apostles refused to be silenced by their enemies.

 

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LUKE 7:11-17 – MINISTRY TO THOSE WHO HURT

 

There are 3 instances in Scripture where are Lord raised people from the dead.

There is the raising of the ruler's daughter from the dead.

There is the raising of Lazarus from the dead.

And there is the instance before us now, the raising of the son of the Widow of Nain from the dead.

 

As we study this passage it is an opportunity to examine the ministry we might have to those who are hurting. There are principles here that we can discover that will help us in our ministry to those around us.

 

WE ENCOUNTER THE HURTING IN THE COURSE OF LIFE - Vss. 11-12

Vs. 11 - Our Lord had just healed the servant of a centurion. Now in the course of his travels he came to the City of Nain, probably about 35 miles southwest of Capernaum.

 

Vs. 12 - Just as they were entering the city a funeral procession for a young man came out.

 

You will find that the hurting will come upon you at all different times in life.

You will find that they will come from a various assortment of backgrounds and that they will often show up unexpectedly.

 

Personally I've discovered hurting people in all sorts of situations. I've often been called in the wee hours of the night. I've encountered hurting people at church, hospitals, funeral homes, and a host of other places. Even when I have made a routine pastoral call, I've found people hurting.

 

Of course the source of hurt is sin.  As long as there is sin in the world there will be hurting people.

But God has compassion on hurting people and wants us to help them when possible. That's why He puts hurting people into our paths.

 

THOSE WHO HURT HAVE REAL PROBLEMS - Vs. 12

It might be easy for us to downplay events in someone else's life, and say, "Why that's not so great a problem." However we should not be quick to judge.

This widow had real difficulties. She had already buried her husband and now she was burying her only son. Perhaps the woman's only source of income was her son.

 

Down through the years I've encountered people with real problems. (I suggest you itemize a few, but be careful not to break confidentiality.)

 

THOSE WHO HURT HAVE NEEDS - Vs. 13

When our Lord came and saw what the situation was, he had compassion.

Compassion is something that the hurting need. As representatives of the Lord Jesus it is our job to show compassion.

 

Those who hurt also need comfort, and again, it is our responsibility to share that comfort. As our Lord comforted this woman, let us comfort others. Galatians 6:2, Romans 12:15

 

WE ARE REQUIRED TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO HELP THOSE WHO HURT - Vss. 14-15

Our Lord, of course, had some dramatic results when he helped people. He did what He could to help this poor woman and her son was raised from the dead.

 

Although we do not have the same abilities that our Lord, had, we are to do what we can to help relieve the hurt. Galatians 6:10

Sometimes we can sit with someone.

Sometimes we can just listen.

Sometimes we can do work projects around a person's home.

Sometimes we can go to the hospital or to court with someone.

Sometimes we can give financial assistance or groceries.

The important thing is that we do what we can.

 

OUR HELP CAN BRING SURPRISING RESULTS - Vss. 15

The surprising result in this case was the young man's return to life.

And we never know what surprising results we will see when we help those who hurt.

People will be encouraged.

People will have their physical needs met.

And sometimes people will come to know Christ as Savior.

 

OUR HELP CAN BRING GLORY TO GOD - Vss. 16-17

God was glorified as a result of this miracle.

God will be glorified as we minister to those who hurt. Matthew 5:14-16

 

 

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COLOSSIANS 1:21-23 – IT’S MANDATORY!

 

One of the problems we have in the church today is "easy believism". People feel that as long as they have walked an aisle, professed faith, and/or been baptized they are ready to go to Heaven.

The Bible is very clear that when a person has truly trusted Christ as Savior (John 3:36, Ephesians 2:8-9) change takes place (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our text shows us that if a person is truly converted, his or her lifestyle will change. It's mandatory.

 

OUR SIN - Vs. 21 - And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

This verse tells us what our lives were like until we were reconciled to God through Christ.

 

OUR STANDING - Vs. 22 - In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

If a person is truly born again he/she is now "holy, unblameable and unreproveable in his sight".

 

OUR STANDARD - Vs. 23 - If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Because our standing has changed in Christ (Vs. 22) our standard of behavior changes as well.

Proof of salvation is being "grounded and settled" as well as not being moved away from the hope of the Gospel.

 

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HEBREWS 3:12-13, 18-19 – AN UNBELIEVING HEART

 

Hebrews 3:12-13 - Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. [13] But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

 

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.

 

AN UNBELIEVING HEART IS AN EVIL HEART – Vs. 12

AN UNBELIEVING HEART IS A DEPARTING HEART – Vs. 12

AN UNBELIEVING HEART IS A HARDENED HEART – Vs. 13

AN UNBELIEVING HEART IS A RESTLESS HEART – Vss. 18-19

 

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