SERMON SEEDS
December 5, 2017, 7:48 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 12/4/17

SERMON SEEDS

P43 – THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 4, 2017

 

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MY FRIEND ANDREW

JOHN 1:29-42 etc.

 

A good friend is often a good teacher and/or role model. I suggest that you talk friends who have been good teachers or role models in your life.

Let me tell you about a friend I’ve never met. I count him a friend because God has used him as a role model for bringing people to Jesus.

As disciples of Jesus our mission is the Great Commission. Matthew 18:18-20 – Make Disciples, Baptize Them, Teach Them so they can make disciples.

One of the twelve apostles seemed to be very adept at bringing people to Jesus. His name was Andrew, and he is probably best remembered as the brother of Simon Peter. Everyone knows about Peter; not as many know about Andrew. Andrew was one apostle who seemed to have a good grasp of recruiting. There are four things that I learn from Andrew:

 

DECIDE NOW! – John 1:29-30, John 1:35-39

Andrew had to come to Jesus before he could bring people to Jesus. John 1:27-30, 35-39 – PREACH THE GOSPEL, PREACHER!

 

DON’T WAIT! - John 1:40-42 

  • The first thing Andrew did was find his brother, Peter, and bring him to Jesus.
  • What motivated Andrew to be so aggressive?
  1. He was convinced.

 

  1. He was concerned. 1 John 5:11-12, John 3:36

 

BE ALERT! - John 6:1-12

  • While Philip was doing the math to figure out how much it would take to feed such a crowd, Andrew had found the boy with his lunch. 
  • Be alert for opportunities to “plant a seed” to share about the Lord Jesus. 1 Peter 3:15

 

BE KNOWN! - John 12:21-22 

  • Somebody wanted to see Jesus. Philip told Andrew, who was probably known for bringing people to Jesus.
  • Be known as someone who introduces people to Jesus

 

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THE CHRISTMAS TOP TEN PART 1

 

Thanks to David Letterman and others, top ten lists abound.  It seems that a lot of subjects have top ten lists, so why not a top list for Christmas? Here’s one I found on the internet:

 

  • 10 - Without Christmas, the candied fruit market would collapse!
  • 9 - Without Christmas, our slow, uneventful lives would have no stress whatsoever!
  • 8 - Without Christmas, barking dogs wouldn't have a music career!
  • 7 - Without Christmas, Santa would only be a really weird fat guy with poor fashion sense!
  • 6 - Without Christmas, there would be no Christmas bonuses!
  • 5 - Without Christmas, you'd have to waste money buying all your own underwear and socks!
  • 4 - Without Christmas, your cat would never know the joy of coughing up tinsel!
  • 3 - Without Christmas, December would feel a lot like February!
  • 2 - Without Christmas, Eggnog becomes just a disgusting beverage!
  • And the number one reason for keeping Christmas alive is: Without Christmas, there would BE no Easter! — That means there would also be: no hope, no forgiveness, no victory over the grave. If that's the case, then the TRUE meaning of Christmas is certainly something worth celebrating! http://graceland.gentle.org/topten/xmas98b.html

 

So much emphasis is made in our secular society about the Christmas Holiday season, that it is important that when who name the name of Christ have a true understanding of the real meaning of Christmas.

 

With the Lord’s help, I have put together my own list of a Christmas Top Ten.  This “top ten” list includes the major players in the Christmas story, and what they teach us about Christmas.  To give this list a fair treatment, we will look at it in two parts.

 

10 - HEROD – THE FOE

 

This was the first of several “Herods”.  He is known as “Herod the Great”.

 

He was actually an Edomite, a descendant of Esau.  Although he took on the title “King of the Jews”, he was not.

 

He was a great builder, among other things rebuilding the temple.

He was a Roman vassal, and as such a great military leader, subduing Rome’s enemies in the area where he ruled for them.

He was sometimes a great ruler.  He Returned taxes in times of economic despair and even melted down gold objects in the palace during famine and used it to buy food for the poor.

 

There was another side of Herod that was the exact opposite.

He often acted like a mad man.

He was very jealous and did everything he could to stay in power.

He had his brother in-law, wife, his mother in-law, and three sons killed.

 

According to John MacArthur – “One of the cruelest evidences of his bloodthirstiness and insane cruelty was having the most distinguished citizens of Jerusalem arrested and imprisoned shortly before he died. Because he knew no one would mourn his own death, he gave orders for those prisoners to be executed the moment he died – in order to guarantee that there would be mourning in Jerusalem.

John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Matthew 1-7, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1985), p. 26

 

Matthew 2:1-8 - Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, [2] Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. [3] When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. [4] And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. [5] And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, [6] And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. [7] Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. [8] And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

 

Matthew 2:16 - Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

 

What was the bottom line reason for Herod’s cruelty?

What motivated Him?

It was His unbelief.

It was not that Herod was a foe of Christmas.

He was a foe of Christ!

 

He believed in himself, and His own power.

He did not believe that God would give his power to another.

And the ironic thing was that Jesus was no threat to his immediate kingdom, or even subsequent kingdoms of his sons.

Jesus still hasn’t established his kingdom on earth.

 

What would make you a foe of Christ?

It would be your own unbelief.

 

Acts 16:31 - And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

 

9. THE PROPHETS – THE FORETELLERS   

 

Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 

Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

Micah 5:2 - But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

 

8. – ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH – THE FAITHFUL   

 

Luke 1:5-7 - There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. [6] And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. [7] And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

 

1 Corinthians 4:2 - Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

Revelation 2:10 - …be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

 

7. – SIMEON AND ANNA – THE FULFILLED

 

Luke 2:25-30 - And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. [26] And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. [27] And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, [28] Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, [29] Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: [30] For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

 

Luke 2:36-38 - And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; [37] And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. [38] And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

 

1 Corinthians 1:30 - But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

 

6. THE WISE MEN – THE FOLLOWERS

   

Matthew 2:1-2 - Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, [2] Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

 

Matthew 2:9-11 - When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. [10] When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. [11] And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

 

Matthew 2:12 - And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

 

Luke 9:23 - And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

 

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THE CHRISTMAS TOP TEN PART 2

 

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has released a list of the most performed Christmas songs for the past five years, based on performance data tracked by radio airplay monitoring service Media guide, which is co-owned by ASCAP and monitors radio broadcast music in real-time to facilitate the accurate distribution of royalty payments to composers, lyricists and publishers.

 

The Top 10 most performed Christmas songs are listed below. Each song includes songwriter credits, and cites the most popular artist version played on radio.

 

1) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Written by: Mel Tormé, Robert Wells - Performed by: Nat "King" Cole

 

2) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Written by: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin - Performed by: The Pretenders

 

3) Winter Wonderland

Written by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith - Performed by: Eurythmics

 

4) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Written by: Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie - Performed by: Bruce Springsteen

 

5) White Christmas

Written by: Irving Berlin - Performed by: Bing Crosby

 

6) Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Written by: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne - Performed by: Andy Williams

 

7) Jingle Bell Rock

Written by: Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe - Performed by: Bobby Helms

 

8) Little Drummer Boy

Written by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone

Performed by: The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra

 

9) Sleigh Ride

Written by: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish  - Performed by: The Ronettes

 

10) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Written by: Johnny Marks - Performed by: Gene Autry

Virginia Soto http://chicago.about.com/od/christmas/tp/120406_christma.htm

 

On a more serious note, we began a “Christmas Top Ten” list of our own last week.  We are trying to center in on the real meaning of Christmas by examining what I would say are the top ten characters or groups of characters involved in Christmas.

 

Let’s review:

 

10 – HEROD – THE FOE

  9 – The PROPHETS – THE FORETELLERS

  8 – ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH – THE FAITHFUL

  7 – SIMEON AND ANNA – THE FULFILLED

  6 – THE WISE MEN – THE FOLLOWERS

 

5. THE SHEPHERDS – THE HEARERS

 

God was not going to do the most terrific thing that ever happened in behalf of the human race without making it known.

God was not going to send his Son to earth without having a welcoming committee.

God chose men who were of humble, even despised occupation, to hear about the birth of his Son.

The shepherds were common men.  Jesus came for the common man.

God actually let the shepherds know that the Good Shepherd had arrived.

 

John 10:14 - I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

 

  • THEY WERE ALERT   

Luke 2:8 - And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

 

  • THEY WERE ALARMED

Luke 2:9 - And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

 

  • THEY WERE ADVISED

Luke 2:10-12 - And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. [11] For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. [12] And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 

  • THEY WERE ACTIVE

Luke 2:15-16 - And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. [16] And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

 

  • THEY WERE ANNOUNCERS

Luke 2:17 - And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

 

  • THEY WERE APPRECIATIVE

Luke 2:20 - And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

 

4 - THE ANGELS – THE HERALDS

  

Luke 2:10-12 - And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. [11] For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. [12] And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 

Luke 2:13-14 - And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, [14] Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

3 - JOSEPH – THE HELPER

 

Matthew 1:18-19 - Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. [19] Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

 

Matthew 1:20-21 - But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. [21] And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

 

Matthew 1:24-25 - Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: [25] And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

 

Matthew 2:13-14 - And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. [14] When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

 

God doesn’t need our help, but has graciously chosen to us it.  The greatest way to help God is to do His will.

 

Ephesians 5:15-17 - See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, [16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. [17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

 

2 - MARY – THE HANDMAID (SERVANT)

   

Luke 1:37-38 - For with God nothing shall be impossible. [38] And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

 

Luke 2:19 - But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

 

Romans 12:1 - 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.

 

1 - JESUS – THE HOPE

   

Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

   

1 Peter 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 

Colossians 1:27 - To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

 

Titus 2:13 - Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

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ISAIAH 9:6-7 – GREAT NEWS!

 

Isaiah 9:6-7 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. [7] Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

THE PERSON   

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

 

THE PROCLAMATION

…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

THE PROMISE

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

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MATTHEW 2:1-12 – THE SEARCH FOR MESSIAH

 

REQUEST – Vss. 1-3

The Wise Men came asking “Where is He that is born King of the Jews?”

 

RESEARCH – Vss. 4-6

Herod was troubled and researched to find any information he could.

He learned of the prophecy of Micah 5:2.

 

REPORT – Vss. 7-8

Herod privately got the information to the Wise Men. His hope is that they would report back and that he would be able to kill the Lord Jesus.

 

REWARDS – Vss. 9-11

The rewards the Wise Men received for finding Jesus was actually seeing Him, worshipping Him, and sharing with Him.

 

 

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THE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS

 

THE ANGELS HAD THE JOY OF REVEALING – Luke 2:8-14

With joy they announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.

 

THE SHEPHERDS AND ANNA HAD THE JOY OF REPORTING – Luke 2:15-20, 37-38

They shared with others what they had seen.

 

MARY HAD THE JOY OF REFLECTING – Luke 2:19

 

SIMEON HAD THE JOY OF RECEIVING – Luke 2:25-30

He was promised that he would not die until he had seen “the Lord’s Christ”.

 

THE WISE MEN HAD THE JOY OF RECIPROCATING – Matthew 2:9-11

They gave to the One who gave so much.

 

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2 CORINTHIANS 9:15 – GIFTS

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Because of God’s gift of His Son, we have gifts.

 

THE GIFT OF REDEMPTION – 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:6-9, John 3:16

 

THE GIFT OF REPRESENTATION – Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:24-25, 1 John 2:1-2

 

THE GIFT OF RESPONSIBILITY – Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 3:15, 4:10-11

 

THE GIFT OF RESOURCES – Ephesians 3:16-27, Philippians 4:13, John 15:1-7, Acts 1:8

 

 

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