SERMON SEEDS
February 15, 2018, 4:24 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 2/12/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q7 – THE WEEK OF February 12, 2018

 

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LUKE 11:1-4 – BASIC PRAYER

 

Chuck Swindoll: “One Christmas Eve, after the kids were tucked away, I dragged a box from its hiding place, unpacked and arranged all the parts and began assembling a kit with the cool efficiency of a surgeon. The pieces came together with ease as the finished product started to take shape – at least as I had it in my mind’s eye. In time, however, it became obvious that the work of my hands didn’t look like the product on the box. With dawn approaching, I admitted my failure and then searched for the instructions in the trash. Humbled and teachable, I started reading from the top of the page where, to my dismay, a sarcastic sage had written in very small, inoffensive type, ‘Now that you have made a mess of things, please start over and follow these instructions.’”

Charles R. Swindoll, Insights on Luke, (Grand Rapids MI, Zondervan, 2012) pp. 287-288

As Chuck Swindoll also said, he has lived most of his life with the little axiom, “When all else fails, read the directions.” ibid. p. 287    Often, we turn to expert help, only after we’ve failed miserably.

We as Christians know we should pray, but we “wing it” on our own and end up failing miserably. An unnamed disciple, wisely asked Jesus to teach them to prayer. Jesus as perfect God was also perfect man, and as you read the Gospels you will discover that Jesus was a man who prayed often and in all occasions. He was one who made prayer a habit.  Luke 5:16

What Jesus gave his disciples was a basic pattern of prayer, that we call “The Lord’s Prayer”.

He taught it here and during the Sermon on the Mount. Although it can be said by rote, I believe we are most effective when we use it as a guide for basic prayer. It is a starting place for prayer that will help us draw near to God.

As we are learning to be good disciples, we need to learn from Jesus about basic prayer.

Vs. 1 – It was after Jesus had been praying that one of his disciples asked His Lord to be taught how to pray. Other teachers, including John the Baptist, taught their disciples how to pray, and this disciple wanted Jesus to do the same.

I believe that Jesus gives us a prayer pattern which covers certain principles for how to pray. Of course, there are other ways to pray, and many specific things to pray for. But here are basics we can use as we obey the admonition to “pray without ceasing.

When you pray, connect!

…Father… Intimacy based on salvation, “Daddy”, “dearest Father”

John 1:12, Romans 8:15-16, John 14:13-14  Come in the name of Jesus!

When you pray, worship!

Hallowed be Your name… Hebrews 13:15 By Him therefore, let us offer… Psalms are great for helping us worship – Psalm 47, 63, 100, and 150 are a few examples.

When you pray, submit!

Your kingdom come…

Romans 12:1, Luke 9:23 – “Lord, may you in me, my family, church, my problems, the health of others etc.

When you pray, depend!

Give us day by day our daily bread… Our needs, not our greeds! Don’t ask for dessert, but I’ve seen God provide it many times.

When you pray, confess!

And forgive us our sins… Name them!

Psalm 32:5, 1 John 1:9

When you pray, forgive!

For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

Matt. 6:14-15, Eph. 4:32, and be ye kind… Luke 6:27-28

When you pray, triumph!

And lead us not into temptation… 1 Corinthians 10:12-14

 

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1 Chronicles 4:9-10 – A SIMPLE, POWERFUL PRAYER

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, John 15:7, John 15:16, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Timothy 2:8

“Bless me indeed!” – “Fill me with your Holy Spirit.”

Ephesians 1:3-7, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5:18-21,

Galatians 5:16-18, 22-26

Three steps to Holy Spirit filling: Confess – Ask – Believe

Luke 11:11-13

 “Enlarge my coasts!”

2 Corinthians 5:18, Ephesians 2:10, Hebrews 10:24-25, Colossians 4:12, Romans 10:1

“And that thine hand might be with me.”

Psalm 17:7, Psalm 18:35, Psalm 27:1, John 15:4-5, Philippians 4:13

 “Keep me from evil that it might not grieve me.”

Or, “Keep me from harm so it doesn’t pain me”

1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 2:15-17, 1 Corinthians 10:12-14

“And God granted him that which he requested.”

1 John 5:14-15

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PSALM 55:16, 17, 22 – IN TOUCH

 

Psalm 55:16-17 - As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

 

Psalm 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

 

It is important that we be in touch with God in prayer.  We need to remember just how much prayer can help and encourage us.

 

The context of Psalm 55 is that of David being in trouble.

 

David's problems are summarized in Vss. 1-5.

 

David is so troubled with his problem that he wishes he could just flee! Psalm 55:6

 

To make matters worse, David had been betrayed. Psalm 55:12-14

 

We can relate to David's misery. There have been times when we wished that we could escape our problems. There were other times when people we loved and trusted have harmed us or turned on us.

 

In the midst of David's problems, David kept in touch with God.

And Psalm 55:16, 17 and 22 encourage us to keep in touch with God especially when we come upon troubled times.

 

CALL - Vs. 16

 

David begins this verse with some very important words, As for me.

 

In the preceding verses David tells us about his troubles.

In this verse he begins to tell us what he's going to do about them.

Others had not lived righteously and would be punished.

Others had chosen to be deceptive and to stick a knife in David's back, so to speak.

Instead of choosing to behave himself in an inappropriate way, David is choosing to do what is right, so he says, as for me I will call upon God...

 

David is saying, "I chose to reach out to God when I hurt!"

This, of course, is a good choice and a Biblical one. Jeremiah 33:3, Psalm 91:1-2, Psalm 46:1, Matthew 11:28-30

 

Like David, your decision should be to call upon God.  The results are always good. Philippians 4:6-7, Jeremiah 32:17,27, Hebrews 4:15-16

 

We should call upon God because He along can save or rescue us. Psalm98:1

 

CONTINUE - Vs. 17

 

The Jewish day began in the evening. That's why the Jewish Sabbath begins on Friday night, and also why evening is mentioned first here.

 

Although David may have had three set times for prayer in a day (the prophet Daniel did), I think referring to the three times of day means that David would be in a continual habit of prayer.

 

So often we pray about something and forget it.  That's the wrong approach.  We should be talking to God continually, and we should continually bring the same requests to God, until He answers them. 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Luke 11:5-20, Luke 18:1-8

 

CAST - Vs. 22

 

Psalm 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the Lord…

 

 Imagine walking down a road carrying a heavy load.

A friend in a pick-up truck stops and offers you a ride.

You gladly accept.

The first thing you will do is throw that heavy load into bed of the truck.

You won't hold it on your lap, you'll let the truck carry the load.

 

In Vs 22, we are told to cast our care on God. Whatever the load we bear we are to give it to him. If we give it to him we need to let him have it continually and permanently.

 

We give it to him continually as we have already said, continuing to pray over it.

We give it to Him permanently. Although we talk to Him about it, we leave it in His hands to worry over. And of course, he will not worry. He'll act in His time.

 

This verse reminds me of a similar verse in the New Testament.

1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

 

As we cast our burdens upon the Lord, we must realize that God cares about us and what happens to us.

 

CONFIDENCE - Vs. 22   

 

Psalm 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

 

If a baby is born very small, say 3 or 4 pounds, what will the hospital do?  They will put that child in an incubator to sustain him until he is big enough to make it on his own.

If a person has a serious accident or a heart attack or stroke, and are not able to function on their own, they very often are placed on life support. They are sustained by machines.   

 

As a Christian, I can be confident because the living God has promised to sustain me no matter what my problem.  As I bring my problem to God He takes care of me. And the Lord sustains me even when He doesn't directly deliver me from the problem. 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

John 10:27-30

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MARK 5:1-20 – DELIVERANCE

 

AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION – Vss. 1-5

AN INTIMIDATED ENEMY – Vss. 6-7

AN INCOMPARABLE MASTER –Vss. 8-13

AN INAPPROPRIATE RESPONSE – Vss. 14-18

AN IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY – Vss. 19-20

 

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1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-31 – THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS

 

THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS GOD'S POWER - Vss. 18, 23-24

 

THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS GOD'S WISDOM - Vss. 19-25

 

THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS CHRIST'S SUFFICIENCY - Vss. 26-31

God has taken a bunch of "nobodies" and made them "somebodies" in Christ!

Christ is sufficient to provide "wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and

redemption".

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A GREAT DAY IN HEAVEN – REVELATION 5

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #6 (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.

 

  • Why can we say that every day in Heaven is a great day?
  • In what way could one day be greater than another in Heaven?

 

REVIEW – REVELATION 4

  • HEAVENLY SUMMONS – Vss. 1-2
  • HEAVENLY SCENE – Vss. 3-7
  • HEAVENLY SERVICE – Vss. 8-11

 

As in the remainder of the Book of Revelation, the scene in chapter 5 is in the future.  It is a continuation of John’s initial visit to Heaven, and is in preparation for the Lord Jesus Christ opening a “book” or “scroll” and carrying out the things written therein.  It is a great day in Heaven because the Lord Jesus is the one who is capable and worthy to open the scroll.

 

SEALED BOOK – Vs. 1

  • This book is a scroll, with writing on both sides of the papyrus.  The writing on both sides probably speaks of comprehensiveness or completeness.  There is nothing more to be added.
  • The book is sealed and, as we will see, can be only opened by one with power and authority to do so.
  • There are many opinions as to what this scroll is.  I personally feel that it is probably the “Title-Deed” to the earth.

 

The scroll John saw in God’s hand is the title deed to the earth, which He will give to Christ. Unlike other such deeds, however, it does not record the descriptive detail of what Christ will inherit, but rather how he will regain His rightful inheritance. He will do so by means of the divine judgments about to be poured out on the earth… While the scroll is a scroll of doom and judgment, it is also a scroll of redemption. It tells how Christ will redeem the world from the usurper, Satan, and those men and demons who have collaborated with him. John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Revelation 1-11, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1999), p. 164

 

STRONG ANGEL – VS. 2

  • Although the “strong angel” could have been Gabriel or Michael, the Scripture does not identify him.
  • This is a special scroll.  Only a special person, one who is “worthy”, can open it.  The loud announcement is asking for such a person to come forward.
  • The one who breaks the seals must be able to carry out the judgments written there.

 

SAD STATE – VSS. 3-4

  • A search was made for a worthy person.  There was nobody found. Not even an angel was worthy to open the scroll.
  • Unless someone “worthy” could open the scroll and execute the judgments found therein the earth could not be redeemed and restored to its state before “the Fall”.  John wept bitterly.

 

SAVING KING – VSS. 5-7

  • John was told not to weep.  As usual, God had things under control.
  • The Lord Jesus is first presented as the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” - Genesis 49:9 -                Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
  • The Lord Jesus is next presented as “the root of David” - Isaiah 11:1 - And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
  • Luke 1:32 - He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
  • Jesus was not only qualified to open the scroll because of his birth, but because of His work as the slain lamb.  John 1:29 - …Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
  • The horns speak of power.  The eyes speak of his complete knowledge.
  •  He alone could take the scroll out of the Father’s hand.

 

STUPENDOUS WORSHIP – VSS. 8-13

  • Vs. 8 – Notice the proof of Jesus’ deity. He is worshipped!  Praise and worship are reflected with the harps and bowls of incense.
  • Vs. 9 – Christ is worshipped for His redemptive work.
  • Vs. 10 – Christ is worshipped for making Christians “kings and priests”.
  • Vs. 11– Angels and elders join for a magnificent chorus of praise.
  • Vs. 12 – The work of redemption is so phenomenal that Christ is worthy of all “power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor and glory, and blessing.”
  • Vss. 13-14 – The worship scene ends with the whole universe giving their praise.

 

OUR GREAT REDEEMER

2 Corinthians 5:21 - For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Peter 1:18-19 - Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Isaiah 47:4 - As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.  

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GOD’S PRESENCE

A TOPICAL LESSON

 

  • How do you know that God is present?
  • How does this knowledge affect you?
  • Why is God’s presence a good thing?
  • Why is God’s presence a challenge?

UNCOMFORTABLE IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Genesis 3:8 - And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 

Genesis 4:16 - And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Jonah 1:3 - But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD’S PRESENCE

Exodus 33:14 - And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

1 Chronicles 16:27 - Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

JOY IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Psalms 16:11 - Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Luke 15:10 - Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 - 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? For ye are our glory and joy.

FEAR OF LOSS OF GOD’S PRESENCE
Psalms 51:11 - Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

WORSHIP IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Psalms 100:2 - Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

COMPLETENESS OF GOD’S PRESENCE

Psalms 139:7-10 - Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

PARTAKERS OF GOD’S PRESENCE

Psalms 140:13 - Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

HUMILITY IN GOD’S PRESENCE.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 - But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

INTERCESSION IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Hebrews 9:24 - For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

SECURITY IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Jude 1:24-25 - Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

 

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