SERMON SEEDS
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SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 2/26/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q8 – THE WEEK OF February 26, 2018

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LUKE 11:5-13 – CHALLENGED TO PRAY

 

A PARABLE – Vss. 5-8

  • The Friend’s Timing Was Revolting – Vss. 5,7

 

  • The Friend’s Trouble Was Real – Vs. 6

 

  • The Friend’s Tenacity Was Rewarded – Vs. 8

 

A PROCESS – Vs. 9

  • Shamelessly Ask – Matthew 9:36-38, Ephesians 6:18

 

  • Shamelessly Seek – 1 John 5:14-15

 

  • Shamelessly Knock – 1 Kings 18:17-22, 2 Kings 4:32-37

 

A PROMISE – Vs. 10

  • The Asker Receives – Matthew 21:22

 

  • The Seeker Finds – James 1:5-8

 

  • The Knocker Has Open Doors – Opportunities to witness, or any closed door

 

A PROOF (That God Will Answer Prayer) – Vss. 11-13

  • A Good Father Gives Good Gifts

 

  • Our Heavenly Father Gives the Best Gift(s) – Matthew 7:9-11, Ephesians 5:18-21,                       Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 11:22-24 – The best gift for the asking is the control of the Holy Spirit upon our lives.

 

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EXODUS 3-4 – EXCUSES

An excuse is a reason we give for not doing what someone else expects us to do.  We not only make excuses for missing church, but for missing work, school, and meetings.  We also make excuses for bad behavior and for bad attitudes, and for not getting a job done on time or for not doing homework.

 

One of the worst times we make excuses is when we feel God impressing us or calling on us to do something. We find all sorts of reasons for not doing what God wants us to do. 

 

Making excuses is nothing new.  Some of God’s choicest servants in the Bible made excuses when God called on them to do something.  One of the people who made excuses when God called him was Moses. 

Moses was the little baby that was placed in the bulrushes by the river, when the Egyptian king, Pharaoh, had ordered all male Israeli babies be killed.

Moses was found by Pharaoh’s daughter and ended up growing up in Pharaoh’s court, receiving all the education of Egypt.

Moses tried to help his people who were in bondage in Egypt by killing an Egyptian who was beating an Israeli slave.  He also tried to make peace between two Israeli’s.

 

He discovered that what he had done to the Egyptian was known and he fled for his life.  Pharaoh was not happy in the least. Exodus 2:15

 

Moses ended up a fugitive in the land of Midian where he became a shepherd taking care of the sheep of the man who became his father in-law, Jethro.   

 

Moses spent forty years in the wilderness, taking care of sheep.  Meanwhile the children of Israel were having a miserable time as slaves in Egypt. Exodus 2:23-25

 

God decided that it was time for the children of Israel to be delivered from their bondage in Egypt.  God decided that the man who was going to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt was Moses.  God appeared to Moses in a burning bush that would not burn up and called Moses to be God’s representative before Pharaoh and to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 3:9-10

 

It is at this point that Moses began to make excuses for not doing what God wanted him to do.

You and I use the same excuses today when God calls us to do something and we don’t think we should.

In this passage there are five excuses for not doing what God wants you to do.   

 

EXCUSE #1 – I AM UNWORTHY

 

Exodus 3:11 - And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

 

Moses was saying “Who am I?”

Of all Moses’ excuses, I think that this one was the most legitimate.

Moses came from a nation of slaves.

He had botched an attempted deliverance before and was at least guilty of manslaughter, if not murder.

   

You and I are all sinners.

 

We have failed God in the past.

Because of our sins we don’t deserve to be used of God.

But if you have placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,

He had changed you, and He had planned for you to serve Him. Ephesians 2:8-10

 

God has plans for you, just as He did for Moses.

At the very least, you are called to a life’s pattern of good works to be done for God through your Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.   

 

Are we worthy of such a thing?  Of course not!  But that’s what God’s grace is all about.

The Apostle Paul never got over the fact that he, a persecutor of the Christians would be used of God to spread the Gospel of his Son. 1 Timothy 1:12-15

 

Getting back to Moses, I think that we need to see God’s response to Moses claiming to be unworthy. Exodus 3:12

 

Moses might not be worthy to serve.

You might not be worthy to serve.

But when called Moses, God said, “I’ll be with you.”

When God calls us He says, “I’ll be with you.”

 

In fact God doesn’t want us to be free-lancing.

God wants us to be depending on Him to accomplish whatever He has called us to do. Isaiah 41:10, Zechariah 4:6, John 15:5

 

EXCUSE #2 – I AM UNKNOWING

 

Exodus 3:13 - And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

 

Moses is pleading ignorance here.  He is pleading his own ignorance as well as the ignorance of the Israelites.

 

The Children of Israel probably knew more about the gods of Egypt than they did their own God. They needed education!

 

There are times when God will call you to say something, and you will claim ignorance.  You will use as an excuse the fact that you don’t know what to say.  God had an answer for Moses and He has an answer for you.

   

In Exodus 3:14-22, God tells Moses exactly what to say and encourages Moses that they will listen.  Exodus 3:14 is most significant.

Exodus 3:14 - And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

 

Moses is to tell Israel, “I Am” has sent me.

This is the Word, Jehovah.

And when people want to know who has sent us, it is still “I AM”, the self sufficient God who exists entirely on His own.

 

“I AM”   

  • God is real.
  • God is eternal.
  • God is personal.
  • God is alive.
  • God is everywhere.
  • God is constant. Vs. 15
  • God is involved. Vs. 16
  • God is powerful. Vss. 17-22

 

EXCUSE #3 – I AM UNAUTHORIZED

   

Exodus 4:1 - And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.

 

Moses was authorized by God, but he was afraid that Israel would not listen to him.  He was afraid that they would not believe that he was God’s messenger.

That is one of our worries when God calls on us to preach, teach, or lead in some way.  We are afraid that people will not accept our leadership.   

    

4:2 – God asks Moses what is in His hand.

         Moses answer was quite simple, a rod.

         God went on to use that rod to show Moses’ authority.

 

4:3-4 – The rod became a snake.

 

4:6-7 – His hand would turn to leprosy and then back to normal again.

 

4:9 – Water from the Nile would turn to blood.

 

God asks you, “What is in your hand?”  What abilities do you have?  He will use those abilities to prove that you have authority from God.

If your ministry is from God, God will authenticate what you do. Jeremiah 1:6-8, Ezekiel 2:5, Matthew 28:18-20

 

EXCUSE #4 – I AM UNABLE

  

Exodus 4:10 - And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

 

Moses appeals to what he saw as his handicap, slow of speech.

Let me tell you something my friend. Every servant of God has some sort of handicap.

  • He or she may have some sort of physical handicap such as speech, eyes, mobility, or sickness.
  • He or she will never have all the spiritual gifts.
  • The gifted preacher is not always the gifted visitor.
  • The gifted visitor is not always the gifted administrator.
  • The gifted administrator is not always the gifted teacher.
  • God limits us, so that He will get the glory!

 

2 Corinthians 4:7 - But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

 

The answer God gave Moses is a good answer for you and I.

 

Vs. 11 – God says, “I made you this way.”

 

Vs. 12 – God says “I will empower you to do what I want you to do.”  

 

EXCUSE #5 – I AM UNWILLING

 

Exodus 4:13 - And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

 

Here was a man who had seen the glory of God in the burning bush.

Here was a man who had just talked intimately with God.

Here was a man who had God all his objections for going and doing what God wanted him to do.

Here was a man in verse 13 who basically told God that he was unwilling or unavailable!

 

Beware that you are not the same way.

Notice that God’s anger is finally kindled in verse 14.

Exodus 4:14 - And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

 

Aaron would be sent to help, but later, Aaron would cause Moses problems.

Make sure that you do not kindle God’s wrath by refusing to go and do what he has called you to go and do. 

Remember, God chastens those He loves when they do not obey.

 

Vs. 18 – Moses finally got going.

 

What is it God wants you to do?

GET GOING!

 

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PSALM 93 – OUR DEPENDABLE GOD

 

I CAN COUNT ON GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY – Vs. 1

The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty;

 

Romans 8:16-18 - The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: [17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. [18] For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

I CAN COUNT ON GOD’S STRENGTH – Vss. 1, 3-4

…the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself:

The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

 

I CAN COUNT ON GOD’S STABILITY – Vss. 1-2

…the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

 

Psalm 90:1-2 - Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. [2] Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

 

I CAN COUNT ON GOD’S SCRIPTURE – Vs. 5a

Thy testimonies are very sure:

 

I CAN COUNT ON GOD’S SANCTITY – Vs. 5b

…holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, forever.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? [20] For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

How does Psalm 93 affect your thinking about God and your problems?

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ECCLESIASTES 1:1-11 – UNDER THE SUN

#1 of 11 in Ecclesiastes series

 

Note: These outlines might be most appropriate for a Sunday School Class or Bible Study.  When I presented this series I made handout sheets for the class.

 

INTRODUCTION - 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4

There are three kinds of people.

1. The natural man - 2:14 - unsaved and unable to grasp Spiritual truth.

2. The Spiritual man - 2:15-16 - Able to grasp Spiritual truth.

3. The Carnal man - 3:1-4 - Saved but living in the flesh. Also has difficulty grasping Spiritual truth.

 

The Book of Ecclesiastes is a view of life that would be taken by the natural and carnal men. The key word in this book is "vanity".  The key phrase is "under the sun". Solomon is giving a secular view of life apart from serious consideration of God and apart from Christ as Savior. Solomon shows us the attitudes that develop when God is left out of life.

 

THE AUTHOR - Vs. 1

 

The word "preacher" has also been translated "teacher".  It is a title given to an official speaker who calls an assembly. Other than David, there is one king who stands out as a preacher and teacher. That is Solomon. Here is he is called "son of David", and although that phrase could refer to a more distant relative, here it appears to refer to Solomon.

 

Ecclesiastes 1:16 and 2:4-9 also indicate to us that Solomon is the author.

Some facts about Solomon:

1. He is the Son of David. God called him Jedidiah, meaning "Beloved of Jehovah". 2 Samuel 12:25

2. Early in his life he had a great heart for God.

3. He had prayed for, and received great wisdom. He wrote the Book of Proverbs and the Song of Solomon. 2 Chronicles 1:7-12

4. He built the temple in Jerusalem.

5. He disobeyed God by multiplying horses and wives. Deuteronomy 17:14-17, 1 Kings 10:26, 11:3

6. Solomon's wives led him away from the Lord. 1 Kings 11:9-13

7. God disciplined Solomon. 1 Kings 11:9-13

Nowhere does it say that Solomon repented of his sin. However, it is possible that this book is showing us some of the lessons, which Solomon learned as he forsook God, and perhaps returned to Him.

 

THE THEME - "ALL IS VANITY" - Vss. 2-4

Other words for vanity would be "emptiness" and "futility".

Life without God has no content! Something that is vanity has no real value.

 

THE OPENING COMPLAINT - Vss. 4-11

1. Nothing changes under the sun. Vss. 4-7

2. Nothing satisfies under the sun. Vs. 8

3. Nothing is new under the sun. Vss. 9-10

4. Nothing is remembered under the sun. Vs. 11

 

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JOHN 3:1-16 - NICODEMUS

 

NICODEMUS WAS CONCERNED - Vss. 1-2

That's why he came to Jesus!

 

NICODEMUS WAS CONFRONTED - Vss. 3, 5-8

 

NICODEMUS WAS CONFUSED - Vss. 4, 9

 

NICODEMUS WAS CHALLENGED - Vss. 10-13

 

NICODEMUS WAS COMFORTED - Vss. 14-16

Jesus was to be offered as a sacrifice for sin. Vs. 14

Belief in Jesus brings eternal life. Vss. 15-16

 

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1 PETER 2:9-12 – ABOUT OUR CHURCH

 

Often people want to know things about our church. They want to know our denomination, our beliefs, our service times and our activities.  In our text we find four important facts true of our church and all churches that truly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

WE ARE A PEOPLE. - "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;"

 

WE HAVE A PURPOSE. - "...that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:"

 

WE RECEIVED A PROMOTION. - "Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."

 

WE HAVE A PROCEDURE – “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

 

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OPEN SEALS – REVELATION 6

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #7 (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.

 

  • Name some of the greatest disasters, natural and man-made, that the world has ever seen.
  • How do you think these disasters will compare to the Tribulation?

 

REVIEW – REVELATION 5

 

  • SEALED BOOK – Vs. 1
  • STRONG ANGEL – Vs. 2
  • SAD STATE – Vss. 3-4
  • SAVING KING – Vss. 5-7
  • STUPENDOUS WORSHIP – Vss. 8-13

 

We now begin to see the Tribulation Period unfold.  As we have seen, the church is in Heaven. On earth the Anti-Christ has begun to assert himself as a bogus “man of peace” and signs a pact with Israel that brings temporary peace to the Middle East (Daniel 9:27).

 

In Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ has taken the scroll out of His Father’s Hand, and begins to break the seals. As each seal breaks, a form of judgment ensues.

 

THE HORSES OF EARTH – Vss. 1-8 – SEALS #1-4

  1. THE WHITE HORSE – ANTI-CHRIST – VSS. 1-2
  • Vs. 1The first seal is opened. There is a loud noise as one of the beasts summons “Come!”
  • Vs. 2 – The one who comes forth is someone on a white horse.  The first thought would be that this is Christ coming to conquer.  However Christ is opening the seals, and His coming is at the end of the Tribulation, not at the beginning.
  • The one coming forth here is wearing a “victor’s crown”. When Christ comes, He will wear a “kingly crown” (Revelation 19:12)
  • Here the one on the horse is carrying a bow without arrows. His initial conquering will be done through negotiation, as with Israel.  This will change later. Christ will come with a sword. (Revelation 19:15).
  • The Anti-Christ is an imitation Christ.  He is a deceiver, a fake! He resembles Christ to a point.

 

  1. THE RED HORSE – WAR – Vss. 3-4
  • The peace on earth will be short lived. Red is the color of war, the color of bloodshed.
  • During the first part of the Tribulation there will be “wars and rumors of wars”. Matthew 24:6-7
  • Israel will evidently be protected at this time because of its pact with the Anti-Christ. Daniel 9:27

 

  1. THE BLACK HORSE – FAMINE – Vss. 5-6
  • The one on the black horse carried scales, with the idea of weighing out food which was in very short supply.
  • A day’s wage, a denarius, would only buy a quart of wheat, or 3 quarts of barley. Prices will be exorbitant.
  • “The rider was instructed ‘to hurt not the (olive) oil and the wine (Vs. 6), meaning that luxury items, affordable only to the rich, will not be touched.” David Levy, Revelation: Hearing the Last Word, (Bellmawr, NJ, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry Inc., 1999), p. 89

 

4. THE PALE HORSE – DEATH – Vss. 7-8

  • The pale horse was pale green in color, a color that reminds us of death. Death was on the horse, and hell (Hades) followed. Either the word hell is referring to “the grave” or to hell itself.
  • Death will be caused by war, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts, killing ¼ of the world’s population. Right now, that would be over 1 billion people.

 

THE HEROES IN HEAVEN – Vss. 9-11 – SEAL #5

 

  • Vs. 9 – The heroes I refer to are those who I believe have already been martyred for the cause of Christ during the Tribulation.
  • Vs. 10 – They are inquiring “How Long?” They are not being vindictive. God had already promised judgment. They just wanted to know how long they would have to wait.
  • Vs. 11 – These Tribulation saints will not yet have their resurrection bodies (Revelation 20:4-5), but they had some form that God was able to clothe them with white robes.
  • They were told that they needed to wait for the number of “fellow servants and brethren to be fulfilled”.

 

THE HARM ON EARTH – Vss. 12-14 – seal #6

 

  • Vs. 12 - This earthquake will be the worst the world has ever seen to this point.  Two more earthquakes are mentioned in Revelation 11:13 and 16:17-19.
  • The sun will turn black and the moon will turn red, perhaps from the amount of smoke and ash in the sky.  The earthquake will probably lead to fires and volcanic eruptions.
  • Vs. 13 – The “stars of heaven” here are probably meteors and/or asteroids that will bombard the earth. It will be like a fig tree having its fruit blown off and falling to the ground.
  • Vs. 14 – “John likens the sky to an unrolled scroll that splits in the middle and rolls up on either side.”  John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Revelation 1-11, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1999), p. 206   See Isaiah 34:4.
  • The earthquake was worldwide, and so powerful that everything was shifted.

 

THE HOPELESSNESS OF MEN – Vss. 15-17

 

  • Vs. 15 – Notice the total terror on earth. The devastation is so great that everyone from the richest and most powerful to the slaves and poor will be running for cover.
  • Vs. 16 – They will call and on mountains and rocks to fall on them to protect them from God’s wrath.  Ironically, there is no sign of any repentance.
  • They will also fear the “wrath of the lamb”.  We normally don’t think of an angry lamb as any great threat but this is “The Lamb of God” and “The Lion of Judah”.
  • Vs. 17 – Thankfully, the church will be in Heaven during this great day of God pouring out the wrath of His judgment.  But think of all those who could face this fate unless they come to Christ!

 

 

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