SERMON SEEDS
January 30, 2018, 6:07 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/29/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q5 – THE WEEK OF JANUARY 29, 2018

 

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LUKE 10:25-27 – A GOOD NEIGHBOR

 

INTRODUCTION – Vss. 25-29

Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18, Galatians 3:11  

 

A GOOD NEIGHBOR IS AWARE – Vss. 30-33a

 

A GOOD NEIGHBOR CARES (COMPASSION) – Vs. 33b

 

A GOOD NEIGHBOR INVESTIGATES – “and went to him” – Vs. 34

 

A GOOD NEIGHBOR ASSISTS – Vs. 34

 

A GOOD NEIGHBOR INVESTS – Vss. 34-35

 

A GOOD NEIGHBOR STAYS A GOOD NEIGHBOR – Vs. 35

 

CONCLUSION – Vss. 36-37

Vss. 36-37 - The conclusion of the story is that we should go and do the same.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOR’S SOUL?

 

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JOSHUA 7 – POWER FAILURE

 

Many people were concerned about the Y2K problem in the year 2,000.

Because of thousands of computers programmed in an antiquated way, there could have

been many problems when the year 2,000 arrived.

One of the great fears was that electric power will fail either on a regional

or national basis.

Personally, I want Christians to be more concerned about a Spiritual power

failure in their lives than an electric power failure. We need to take Psalm

66:18 to heart!

 

One group that experienced a severe power failure was the nation Israel as

it was conquering the Promised Land. After a great victory at Jericho, the

Israelites experience a great defeat or power failure at Ai.

 

THE COVETOUSNESS OF ACHAN - Vss. 1

Notice that one man sinned here, but Israel was held accountable. Our sins

affect others. Also notice that sin does not escape the eye of God!

 

THE CONQUEST OF ISRAEL - Vss. 2-5

Joshua listened to the spies, instead of consulting with God.

Israel expected an easy victory. Instead, because of Achan's sin, there was

a miserable defeat!

 

THE COMPLAINT OF JOSHUA - Vss. 6-10

 

THE COMMAND OF GOD - Vss. 10-15

God told Joshua to "get up" because it was a time of action.

The sin had to be dealt with, if Israel would have victory.

Israel had to deal with sin! The same principle is found in Matthew 18:15-17

and 1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 9-11

 

THE CONFRONTATION OF SIN - Vss. 16- 26

Israel is called together. Vs. 16

The guilty party is found. Vss. 17-18

He is proven guilty. Vss. 19-22

He is judged. Vss. 24-26

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PSALM 46 – WHEN IN TROUBLE

 

  • What are the biggest troubles that are making Americans anxious this week?
  • Up to now, what is the biggest trouble you’ve ever had and how did God get you through it?
  • What advice would you give yourself as you face a new form of trouble?
  • What is Jesus doing when you have troubles?                                                                                                                             Hebrews 4:14-16 - Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

  • Ever since Adam and Eve sinned there has been trouble in the world. As you read the book of Psalms you will discover that David and the other authors of Psalms never seemed to lack trouble in their lives. Psalm 46 is a great help to Christians when they are in trouble.
  • It is not certain but it is possible that this Psalm was written in the days of King Hezekiah, when the King of Assyria invaded.  Although Hezekiah and the people of Israel were in great trouble God delivered them with a great destruction of the invading army. The Lord fought the whole battle for them.                                                                                                   Isaiah 37:36 - Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
  • Psalm 46 tells us some things that are true “When In Trouble”.

 

THERE IS A REFUGE - Vss. 1-3

  • Vs. 1 – Name a building in which you would feel safe against physical trouble.  How is God a better refuge than any building?
  • God also provides strength.  How strong is God?
  • Why is God’s strength in your life so awesome? Ephesians 3:16, Philippians 4:13
  • What is the significance of “present” help in trouble?
  • Vss. 2-3 – Why do we have to decide not to fear?
  • What if all the things mentioned in these verses do happen?  Why should we still not fear?

 

THERE IS A RIVER – Vss. 4-5

  • Vs. 4 - Notice the contrast between this verse and the two previous ones. In spite of the violent troubles round about, there is a river. The river speaks of peace, gladness, refreshment, productivity, and power under control.
  • The city of God here is Jerusalem. I feel that the verse also looks forward to New Jerusalem. Revelation 21:1-2, Revelation 22:1-2
  • I think of the river as symbolic of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. We have His presence, peace and power in times of trouble. John 7:37-39
  • Vs. 5 – Just as God was and will be in the midst of Jerusalem, God is inside you, if you are a Christian. The city will not be moved, and we need not be moved either.
  • Just as God was and will be available to help Jerusalem, God is available to help you! Psalm 50:15, 59:16, 86:7
  • When it says that God will help “right early”, we might say “First thing in the morning.”

 

THERE IS RAGE - Vs. 6

  • The “heathen” will always rage until Jesus comes. Kingdoms will be shaken until Jesus comes.
  • Satan will rage against you until Jesus comes.  Your little “kingdom” will often be shaken.
  • Why is it a comfort to you that God only has to speak and a problem is solved?
  • What do we need to remember when God does not speak as quickly as we’d like Him to?

 

THERE IS RETRIBUTION - Vss. 7-9

  • Vs. 7 – What comfort is in this verse?
  • Why should we be impressed that God calls Himself the God of Jacob and not the God of Joseph or Daniel? (Hint: What kind of a man was Jacob?)
  • Vs. 8 – The victory is ultimately God’s, and we will see it, not only in the world, but also in our own lives. Think of how many times the Lord has just eliminated your problems!
  • Vs. 9 speaks of the future. He will have total victory at Armageddon.  Revelation 19

 

THERE IS REST - Vss. 10-11

  • Vs. 10 – Why is it hard to “be still”?
  • Why do we have to be still before we will truly know the power of God in our lives?
  • According to this verse, what is God’s purpose?
  • According to this verse, what should be the purpose of our lives?

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ACTS 11:1-18 – PETER’S DEFENSE

 

In Acts 10 Peter, under God's direction, conducted the first official witness of the church to the Gentiles.  This caused quite a stir in the Jerusalem Church.  Peter is forced to defend himself.

 

PETER CRITICIZED - Vss. 1-3

The Jews would not eat a meal with Gentiles.  Those believers in Christ who were still zealous about the Law immediately found fault with Peter.

 

PETER'S COMMENTARY - Vss. 4-15

Peter tells what happened, explaining the call of God to go, the presentation of the Gospel, and the work of the Holy Spirit on those who believed the Gospel.

 

PETER'S CONCLUSION - Vss. 16-17

Peter concluded that the Gentiles were truly saved needed to be baptized.

He also concluded that he should not stand in the way of those who professed Christ.

 

PETER CONFIRMED - Vs. 18

There was great rejoicing at the church of Jerusalem.  They accepted Peter's explanation.

 

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GALATIANS 1:12:12-24 – PAUL: AN EXAMPLE OF GOD’S GRACE

 

PAUL'S SOURCE OF AUTHORITY - Vss. 11-12

PAUL'S SINS OF THE PAST - Vss. 13-14

PAUL'S SALVATION FROM GOD - Vss. 15-16

PAUL'S STUDY UNDER GOD - Vss. 16-17

PAUL'S STORY FOR OTHERS - Vss. 18-24

   Told in Jerusalem - Vss. 18-20

   Told in Syria and Cilicia - Vs. 21

   Told in Judea - Vss. 22-24

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CHURCH SAMPLER – Part 2 – REVELATION 3

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #4 (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.

 

Read the poem, “It Isn’t the Church, It’s You”. (See below.)

I think most of us agree that the author of this poem has a point!

If we don’t like the church, it’s because it’s made up of people just like us! We are the ones who can help fix it!

 

In Revelation 2-3 Jesus is talking about the “things that are”.  He is talking about types of churches that still exist today.  As we said last time, these churches are made up of people who are just like the churches they attend. Before telling us about future things, Jesus is telling us exactly “like it is” now.  And in the messages to these churches, Jesus not only tells us what’s wrong with us, but how to fix it. We have already seen:

 

  • Revelation 2:1-7 – The Subtly Flawed Church – Ephesus
  • Revelation 2:8-11 – The Suffering Church – Smyrna
  • Revelation 2:12-17 – The Infiltrated Church – Pergamos
  • Revelation 2:18-29 – The Broadminded Church – Thyatira

 

Revelation 3:1-6 - THE DEAD CHURCH – Sardis

There are many churches which appear to be alive and well like the church in Sardis.  They had a good reputation. They had been successful in the past, but in reality they were dead.

 

THE LORD’S DEATH PRONOUNCEMENT -Vs. 1 – The Lord Jesus who is working through the Holy Spirit and holds each pastor in his hand, makes the death pronouncement.

 

THE LORD’S DEMANDS FOR REPENTANCE – Vss. 2-3 - Their works were not perfect because they were not done in the power of the Holy Spirit. They needed to “wake up”, strengthen, remember, repent. If they did not watch they would be removed.

 

THE LORD’S DELIGHT IN THE FAITHFUL -Vs. 4 – There were a few in this dead church who were very much alive in Christ!

 

THE LORD’S DECLARATION OF HOPE - Vss. 5-6 – Truly saved individuals are “overcomers”. They need not fear losing their salvation.

 

Revelation 3:7-13 - THE CHURCH WITH THE OPEN DOOR – Philadelphia - It is a real blessing when our Lord Jesus gives us open doors of opportunity.  The church in Philadelphia was such a church.

 

CHARACTER OF CHRIST - Vs. 7 The success of this church is based on the character of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is in charge. He is holy. He is true.

He has the key of David. This is a reference to Eliakim, who was evidently steward to King Hezekiah's house. He had access to, and was responsible for all the king's wealth (Isaiah 22:20-22). Spiritually speaking, our Lord Jesus has access and the key to the King's riches. He opens and closes as he pleases. He is responsible for all blessings. What he opens no man can close. What He closes, no man can open.

 

COMPLIMENTS TO THE CHURCH - Vs. 8 - They had a little power, and evidently used it. They kept His word. They did not deny His name. As a result, the Lord gave them an "open door".

 

CONFRONTATION WITH THE ENEMY - Vs. 9

False Jews, those who did not believe on Messiah were persecuting the church. The Lord would defeat them. Philippians 2:9-11

 

COMFORT FOR THE FUTURE - Vs. 10 – I personally think that the "hour of temptation" or testing is the Great Tribulation. The church will be taken out before it happens by way of the rapture.

 

CHALLENGE TO PERSEVERE - Vss. 11-13 – Even people who have been faithful can slip and lose their “crowns” (rewards).  Therefore, we are to remain faithful.

A pillar speaks of strength, stability and honor. Receiving names is an honor reserved for “overcomers”.

 

Revelation 3:14-21 - THE LUKEWARM CHURCH - LAODICEA

The last of the seven churches addressed by our Lord Jesus seems to be very prevalent in our world today.  The water supply in Laodicea came by aqueduct over a few miles. The water was only lukewarm by the time it got there.

 

THE LORD'S APPRAISAL - Vss. 14-17 – Jesus has the authority to judge. Because He is the creator, He is “the faithful and true witness”.

Jesus’ problem was with their lack of commitment towards Him one way or another. As “lukewarm”, they were disgusting.  And yet they thought they were rich and had it made!

 

THE LORD'S ADVICE - Vss. 18-19

  • They needed to come and make “purchases”.  Isaiah 55:1-3
  • They were being rebuked and chastened because they were loved.

 

THE LORD'S AVAILABILITY - Vss. 20-22

  • Jesus is knocking. He is available to all who will “open the door”.
  • Overcomers will reign with Christ.
  • Each message for each church has a commandment “to hear” at the end of it.

 

IT ISN’T THE CHURCH – IT’S YOU!

Author Unknown

 

If you want to have the kind of a church
Like the kind of a church you like,
You needn't slip your clothes in a grip
And start on a long, long hike.
You'll only find what you left behind,
For there's nothing really new.
It's a knock at yourself when you knock your church;
It isn't the church--it's you.

When everything seems to be going wrong,
And trouble seems everywhere brewing;
Just take a look at yourself and say,
"What's the use of being blue?"
Are you doing your "bit" to make things "hit"?
It isn't the church--it's you.

It's really strange sometimes, don't you know,
That things go as well as they do,
When we think of the little--the very small mite--
We add to the work of the few.
We sit, and stand round, and complain of what's done,
And do very little but fuss.
Are we bearing our share of the burdens to bear?
It isn't the church--it's us.

So, if you want to have the kind of church
Like the kind of a church you like,
Put off your guile, and put on your best smile,
And hike, my brother, just hike,
To the work in hand that has to be done--
The work of saving a few.
It isn't the church that is wrong, my boy;
It isn't the church--it's you.

 

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NO MATTER WHAT! – A TOPICAL MESSAGE

 

No matter what happens in our lives, these things are still true!

 

NO MATTER WHAT JESUS IS STILL LORD!

Ephesians 1:19-20, Ephesians 1:20-23, Philippians 2:8-9, Philippians 2:10-11,

Acts 4:12, Acts 16:31, Galatians 6:14

 

NO MATTER WHAT THE BIBLE IS STILL GOD’S WORD

Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 15:4, Jeremiah 15:16, Psalm 119:11, 2 Timothy 2:15

 

PEOPLE ARE STILL LOST

John 3:13, John 3:36, Revelation 20:15

 

NO MATTER WHAT WE ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE

  • TO LOVE - Matthew 22:37-38, Matthew 22:39-40
  • TO GROW – 2 Peter 3:18, Philippians 3:10
  • TO LIVE – Romans 12:1-2
  • TO PRAY – 1 Timothy 2:1-4
  • TO DO – Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 5:16
  • TO WITNESS – Mark 6:15, 1 Peter 3:15

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