SERMON SEEDS
January 24, 2018, 9:01 AM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/22/18

SERMON SEEDS

Q4 – THE WEEK OF JANUARY 22, 2018

 

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GENESIS 3 – INTIMACY RESTORED

 

BEFORE THE FALL – Genesis 1:26-28, 31, Genesis 2:18-25, Genesis 3:8

Adam and Eve were made in the image of God. They were in a perfect environment which we call “Paradise”. They were innocent. They had intimacy or closeness to God.

 

THE FALL – Genesis 3:1-7

Intimacy was lost when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.

 

 

AFTER THE FALL – Genesis 3:8-24

God’s Pursuit – Genesis 3:8-14

God’s Promise – Genesis 3:15 – Eve’s Seed (Jesus) would defeat Satan.

God’s Penalties – Genesis 3:16-19, Genesis 3:22-24

God’s Payment – Genesis 3:20-21, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Hebrews 10:4, Hebrews 10:10-14,

God’s Presence – Hebrews 10:19-23, John 15:1-7

Because of the Word of the Lord Jesus the intimacy is restored for those who trust Him as Savior.

 

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PSALM 60 – HELP WANTED!

 

A lot of times we don’t receive God’s help because we are too stubborn or independent to want it. In this Psalm David gives a model of how to approach God when we indeed want His help.

 

APPEAL OF GOD’S PEOPLE – Vss. 1-5

APPRAISAL OF GOD’S POWER – Vss. 6-8

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S PARTICIPATION – Vss. 9-12

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Proverbs 25:11-13, 25 – GOOD WORDS

 

There are all kinds of words, but the best kind of words are good words.

 

A FIT WORD Vs. 11

A right word at the right time is always appropriate.

 

A FORTUNATE WORD Vs. 12

A man is fortunate when he has a friend who will rebuke him in love.

A man is wise when he heeds the rebuke.

 

A  FAITHFUL WORD Vs. 13, 25

A faithful servant delivers the message of his master. The master is refreshed.

When we faithfully deliver the message of salvation to those who need it, we are delivering the faithful word.

As we deliver the "good news" (The Gospel) from a far country (Heaven), many souls will be refreshed (Vs. 25).

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Mark 9:14-29 - A PARENT’S DEFINING MOMENT

 

A defining moment is a time when one does something that shows exactly who they are or what are really like.  As parents we have several of those as we raise our children.  And this is not limited to just when our children are small.

 

I want us to look at a parent’s defining moment. His son was demon-possessed and possibly had epilepsy. He brought his son to Jesus and ran into some interesting challenges that led to his defining moment. His defining moment was a moment of faith. 

 

A CONTROVERSIAL SITUATION – Vs. 14

 

Jesus had been away from most of the disciples, having taken Peter James and John with Him.  He was transfigured and met with Moses and Elijah.

 

When he came down the mountain, returning to the other disciples, he found them embroiled in controversy. Some religious leaders were disputing with the disciples because they had tried to the Lord’s work, as they had been assigned, and failed.

 

Now, instead of doing the work of Jesus, they were involved in defending themselves against Jesus’ enemies. It was a noisy controversy.  In the meantime, God’s work went undone.

 

When we do not do things Jesus’ way, as Jesus’ servants, we too will be embroiled in controversy.  God’s work will go undone as we defend ourselves, worry, and get confronted by the enemies of God.

 

A CONCERNED FATHER – Vss. 15-18

 

Vs. 15 – They were shocked to see Jesus show up, just as Jesus’ enemies were probably crediting Jesus with the failures of His disciples.

 

I believe that the enemies of Jesus, and the crowd in general, were shocked to see Him, because they were not expecting him to show up when they were berating him.  We are always shocked when we are talking about someone and they show up!

 

I believe that the disciples were also shocked to see Jesus because He had caught them red-handed in their failure to do His work.

 

Vs. 16 – Notice something here.  When Jesus is brought into a problem, He’ll take over if you let Him!

 

Right away Jesus is on the defense of His disciples.  This won’t let them off the hook as far as being accountable for their mistakes, but it does mean that Jesus is there to help, fix, and defend.

 

Jesus asked the scribes what the problem was and evidently there was a deafening silence.

 

Vs. 17 – A man in the crowd tells Jesus what the problem is.  There’s a boy in trouble. It is His boy, in fact, it’s his only son.

 

The man was saying, “I brought Him to you Lord. He has a dumb spirit.”  That means he couldn’t talk.  Evidently he couldn’t hear either, because when Jesus healed the boy he removed a “deaf and dumb” spirit.

 

Vs. 18 – The boy’s problem becomes more detailed and more troubling.  The boy is having seizures. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes as stiff as a board. This was evidently a form of epilepsy complicated by demon possession.

 

And to make the boy’s problem even greater, the disciples could not help him. The father is having a defining moment, seeking help for his child, and the representatives of Jesus can’t help him.

 

A CONVICTING MASTER – Vss. 19-23

In this section Jesus brings conviction concerning unbelief.

He brings it both to the disciples and demoniac’s father.

 

Vs. 19 - Jesus was talking to the disciples, comparing them with the generation in which they lived.

 

The disciples had tried to cast the demon out of this boy and couldn’t.  But they had been commissioned to do this. Mark 3:14-15

 

They had some success. Mark 6:12-13

 

Now, they were powerless.

They, like the rest of the generation, were faithless.

They had tried to cast out the demons in their own power, without relying on the power of the Lord Jesus. Their faith was evidently not in God, but in their own abilities, and they failed.

 

Jesus was distraught with them. He was wondering out loud how long He had to put up with their obvious lack of faith.

 

Now Jesus gives the solution after failure, …bring him unto me.

 

Vs. 20 – The demon saw Jesus and seemed to tighten his grasp on the boy. A severe convulsion took place.  It seems that when the devil senses that he is in trouble, he often intensifies his attack.

 

Vss. 21-22 – Jesus asked the Father how long this problem had been occurring.

 

The Father responded that it had happened since the boy had been a child,

He added that the demon had such a hold on the boy that he even cast him into fire and water trying to destroy the lad.

 

And notice the father’s impassioned plea, “If you can do anything have compassion on us, and help us.”

 

The father’s faith was in trouble.

It was wearing thin over the years of no relief.

It had worn thinner because the disciples couldn’t help.

And now his last hope is Jesus.

 

Vs. 23 – Now Jesus gives a convicting response to the father who at that moment was having a defining moment concerning His faith.

 

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

 

Jesus is not saying that whatever I want I can have if I just believe.

The man here was standing before the Son of God, and what the man wanted was the healing of his son.  Jesus is showing that the healing of the son is God’s will and indicating that Jesus had the power to do it.  What he needed was the faith of the Father.

 

Our faith should always be based on the clear teaching of the Word of God. If God promises something, we can believe He will do it if we ask by faith.

 

If the Spirit of God clearly impresses us that something is God’s will, we should then believe that God will provide it in answer to prayer. 1 John 5:14-15

 

A CONDITIONAL FAITH – Vs. 24

 

Mark 9:24 - And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

 

Vs. 24 – Immediately the father of the child cries out, “Lord I do believe”!  It was a like a lunge forward.  “Based on what you just said Lord, I believe that you are going to heal my son.”

 

But now notice how transparent the man is!

We should all be so honest!

“Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief.”

The man’s faith was imperfect and he admitted it.

Now instead of asking for help for his son, he’s asking for help for himself!    

 

Your faith won’t always be perfect. This man’s wasn’t.

And when your faith is not perfect, admit it and ask for help!

 

When our faith appears to us to be conditional, it is time to cry to the Lord for help.

 

Our defining moments require faith! John 15:5, Hebrews 11:6

 

A COMPLETE HEALING – Vss. 25-27

 

Now we see the power of Jesus at work.

 

Vs. 25 – Evidently the discussion with the man was of a more private nature.  Now the people were coming together again. Jesus commands the spirit to come out and not to return.  He uses his authority as God.

 

This is why we are to pray and trust. It is God that has authority not me.  And when God takes action there is no doubt that there will be submission on the part of others. They have no choice.

 

Vs. 26 – The demon left kicking and screaming. He so worked on the boy that he appeared dead.

 

Vs. 27 – But Jesus lifted him up and he was healed. The demon was gone.

 

The boy’s trouble was a demon.

 

The father’s trouble was that his boy had a demon, and both he and son were helpless to do anything about it.

 

The father’s defining moment came when he submitted his trouble by request and faith to the Lord Jesus.

He placed the trouble under Jesus’ authority.

 

What problem, what trouble, what gut-wrenching situation in your life needs to be put under the authority of Jesus?

Is it time for you to cry out, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief”?  Are you having a defining moment that requires unwavering faith?

 

A CHALLENGING EXPLANATION – Vss. 28-29

 

Vs. 28 – The disciples asked the logical question, “Why did we fail?”

Jesus had given them authority over demons, and yet they couldn’t handle this one.

 

Vs. 29 – The problem was so great that the only solution was prayer!

 

Jesus stressed the need for persevering prayer. Matthew 7:7-8

 

Jesus stressed the importance of believing prayer. Mark 11:24

   

And what about fasting?  There is some question as to whether the word belongs in the text or not.  But the Bible Knowledge Commentary explains it well when it says, “But the words, if original, refer to a practical means of focusing one’s attention more fully on God for a specific

purpose, for a limited period of time.” John F. Walvoord, Roy F. Zuck, Editors, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament Edition, (Wheaton, Illinois, Victor Books, 1983), p145

 

If God moves you to fast to concentrate on seeking God’s face in prayer, do it!

 

When your defining moments come, remember it is your faith that will be tested, and also your prayer life, as you trust God for solutions in prayer.

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JOHN 5:44 – HONOR FROM GOD

A TOPICAL MESSAGE

 

John 5:44 - How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

Our problem is that we tend to seek honor (glory) for ourselves from each other.  This contributes to our lack of faith!  We should seek the honor or glory that God gives through His Son.

 

SEEK THE HONOR OF HIS PEACE

 

Romans 5:1 - Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

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

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. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

SEEK THE HONOR OF HIS PRESENCE

 

Psalms 65:4 - Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

John 15:4-5 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

 

SEEK THE HONOR OF HIS POWER

John 14:12-14 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

SEEK THE HONOR OF HIS PRECEPTS

 

Psalms 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalms 19:7-11 - The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

SEEK THE HONOR OF HIS PLACE

 

John 14:2-3 - In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

2 Corinthians 5:8-10 - We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

2 Timothy 4:8 - Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

James 1:12 - Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

1 Peter 5:4 - And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

1 Thessalonians 2:19 - For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

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EPHESIANS 6:10-18 – FULLY ARMED!

 

CALL TO WAR!  6:10-13

The Battle is real! The Christian must put on his armor, all of it!

 

BELT OF TRUTH - "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth," - Vs. 14a

 

Psalm 12:6-7, Psalm 119:89, Psalm 119:15-16, Mark 13:31, John 17:17, James 1:21-25

 

BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - "and having on the breastplate of righteousness;" - Vs. 14b

 

Romans 8:29, 1 John 3:2-3, Philippians 3:7-15, Romans 6:10-14, 8:1-4, 14

 

PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE– “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” – Vs. 15

 

  • Peace with God – Romans 5:1
  • Peace of God – John 14:27, John 16:33, Isaiah 26:3-4, Philippians 4:6-7, Galatians 5:22

 

SHIELD OF FAITH - "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked". - Vs. 16

 

1 Thessalonians 5:8, 1 Timothy 1:11-12, Hebrews 11:5-6, Psalm 9:10, Psalm 125:1,              Philippians 4:13

 

HELMET OF SALVATION - "And take the helmet of salvation" - Vs. 17a

 

Romans 8:35-39, 1 John 4:18-19

 

SWORD OF THE SPIRIT - "and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:" - Vs. 17b

 

Hebrews 4:12, Numbers 33:51-56, Deuteronomy 7:2, Colossians 3:1-11

 

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CHURCH SAMPLER – Part 1 – REVELATION 2

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #3 (REVELATION)

 

This is a series of complete study notes. If you take a premillennial, pretribulational, position in prophecies, these notes may be helpful. I have shared these previously.

 

Revelation 1:19 - Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

  • The simple outline of the Book of Revelation is found in Verse 19.  We have already looked at the things which John saw in chapter 1.  Now in chapters 2-3 we will see the “things that are.”  Beginning in chapter 4 we will see the things “which shall be hereafter”.
  • The glorified Lord Jesus Christ had a message for the 7 churches in Asia (Turkey) to whom John was writing.  He gave His assessment of how they were doing and His advice.
  • Although those churches are long gone, these types of churches still exist today throughout the world.  The Lord is still examining His church and still finding the same joys and disappointments that he found in the first century.
  • Remember, churches are made up of people.  There are people in the churches who display these characteristics as well as the churches themselves.
  • Due to the nature of our study, which will stress the part of Revelation that deals with the future, we are simply giving an overview of this section.

 

Revelation 2:1-7 - THE SUBTLY FLAWED CHURCH

The Church of Ephesus was a wonderful church!  It did so many things right, but it had one subtle flaw!  It had left its first-love relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THE LORD’S PRESENCE – Vs. 1 – Whatever we do or say the Lord is here!

 

THE LORD’S PERCEPTION – Vss. 2-4, 6 – He says to each church, “I know thy works!”

 

  • In spite of their many good qualities, the Ephesians had “left their first love”.  It is like a marriage where the couple is simply “going through the motions”. The love is gone!
  • Let us remember that God wants our love more than anything else!

 

THE LORD’S PRESCRIPTION – Vs. 5

 

  • Those who left their first love are to remember and repent or else there will be a removal of their testimony!

 

THE LORD’S PROMISE – Vs. 7 – “Overcomers” have a glorious future! Rev. 22:1-2

 

Revelation 2:8-11 – THE SUFFERING CHURCH

The Church in Smyrna was being persecuted, but was faithful to the Lord.  Here is the Lord Jesus’ concise, encouraging message to this church:

 

I AM ALIVE! – Vs. 8 – In the midst of persecution, the reality of the resurrected Lord is

                                         an important truth to remember!

 

I AM AWARE! – Vs. 9 – A real “Jew” is one who has faith. Galatians 3:7,9

 

I WILL AWARD! – Vss. 10-11 – The “Crown of Life” is promised to them that “endure

                                    temptation.”  This indicates their love for the Lord Jesus. James 1:12

 

Revelation 2:12-17 – THE INFILTRATED CHURCH

The church at Pergamos had been infiltrated with false teachers who taught worldliness.

 

THE CHURCH ADDRESSED – Vs. 12 – The Lord speaks as the God of Judgment.

 

THE CHURCH ASSESSED – Vss. 13-15 – Their faithfulness was commended, but they

                                                     had allowed two groups of false teachers to infiltrate them.

 

  • Balaam was a false prophet who seduced the Israelites into participating in sexual immorality and idolatry. Numbers 25, 31:16
  • The Nicolaitanes were another group who encouraged a worldly lifestyle, participating in the sinful indulgences of non-Christians.

 

THE CHURCH ADVISED – Vs. 16 – Very simply, they were to repent or be judged!

 

THE CHURCH AWARDED – Vs. 17 – Overcomers have a special relationship with

                                                                    Christ!

 

Revelation 2:18-29 – THE BROADMINDED CHURCH

In many ways it is good to be broadminded, but there is a time when being broadminded is wrong.  In their broadmindedness the Church in Thyatira was tolerating gross sin!

 

TOIL APPROVED – Vss. 18-19 – This was an active church with increasing deeds.

 

TOLERANCE CONDEMNED – Vs. 20 – A false prophetess who was leading Christians

                                                         astray was being tolerated.

 

TRIBULATION PROMISED – Vss. 21-23 – The Lord Jesus would judge this woman and

                                                        her followers.

 

TENACITY ENCOURAGED – Vss. 24-25 – Those not involved are encouraged to remain

                                                        faithful.

 

TRIUMPH ASSURED – Vss. 26-29 – Overcomers will reign with Christ, and have Christ

                                            himself, who is the “Morning Star”. Revelation 22:16

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