SERMON SEEDS
March 6, 2018, 6:53 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 3/5/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q9 – THE WEEK OF March 5, 2018

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PSALM 19 – GOD SAYS, “I AM HERE!”

 

"The story is told in Beams of Light of a timid prisoner who committed a minor infraction and was sentenced to spend the night in a dark, isolated cell - deep inside the prison walls. The inmates feared the silent, total darkness of that cell almost as much as death itself. As the man was led down to it, the dank and loathsome air seemed to choke him. The heavy door clanked shut, and he knew a long, lonely night was before him - far beyond the sound of any human voice. 

As he sank to the floor in despair, he thought he heard the sound of footsteps. Then a voice said softly, I'm the prison chaplain. I knew you could not stand it alone, so I've come to be with you. I will be here as long as you are. Because the grateful prisoner knew that another person was with him in the darkness, his lonely chamber became a place of rest.” (Source unknown to me)

I want to encourage you!

Perhaps you have inner fears like the prisoner. Perhaps you are struggling with problems far deeper than a night in solitary confinement in a jail cell.

Perhaps you are struggling with worry, sickness, addiction, family problems, unforgiveness, anger or any number of other difficulties.

Perhaps you feel all alone, even though there are people all around you. I’ve had that feeling and it’s no fun!

Just as the prison chaplain said to the prisoner in solitary confinement, “I am here”, God conveys that same message to us through Psalm 19. Through this Psalm He says, “I am here!”

HE IS HERE IN CREATION – Palm 19:1-6

Psalm 8:3-5, Isaiah 40:26, Romans 1:20

HE IS HERE IN HIS WORD – Psalm 119:7-11

Job 28:28, Psalm 119:89, John 3:16

HE IS HERE INSIDE OF YOU (IF YOU SO CHOOSE) – Psalm 19:12-14

 

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ECCLESIASTES 1:12-2:11 – THE ELUSIVE MEANING OF LIFE

#2 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.

People are looking in many different places for the true meaning of life.

Just like the people of Solomon's day, people are looking for a purpose for living.

Also like the people of Solomon's day, people are looking in the wrong places.

 

THE MEANING OF LIFE IS NOT FOUND IN HUMAN PHILOSOPHY (WHAT I THINK) 1:12-18

Solomon made a search of human wisdom "under the sun". He looked at wisdom that does not include God and found it to be "vexation of spirit" (Vs. 17). He also found it to cause grief (Vs. 18)

This is not a contradiction to Solomon's declarations of the value of wisdom in Proverbs.

In Ecclesiastes Solomon talks of human wisdom. In Proverbs Solomon talks of God's wisdom (Proverbs 1:7, 2:1-9, 4:5-7, 9:10)

 

THE MEANING OF LIFE IS NOT FOUND IN PLEASURE (WHAT I ENJOY) 2:1-3

Solomon tried to find the meaning of life in the pleasures of this world, and found that it was "vanity".  Although God is not opposed to our enjoying ourselves, overindulgence is always discouraged.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit is "temperance" or self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

THE MEANING OF LIFE IS NOT FOUND IN PROJECTS (WHAT I DO) 2:4-6

Solomon involved himself with great building projects, such as the temple, his own palace, and the building of cities.  These did not bring true satisfaction.  The Bible encourages us to work (Colossians 3: 17, 23), but work is not to be our God.

 

THE MEANING OF LIFE IS NOT FOUND IN POSSESSIONS (WHAT I HAVE) 2:7-11

Solomon did not find true satisfaction and the meaning of true life in what he owned (Luke 12:15).

He was an extremely rich man (1 Kings 9:10-28).

 

THE MEANING OF LIFE IS FOUND IN A PERSON (WHO I KNOW) Colossians 1:13-20, John 14:6, Philippians 1:21, 3:4-11

We go to the New Testament to find the true meaning of life. It is found in the person of Christ!

When we know Christ as Savior and Lord we know the real meaning of life.

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DANIEL 1 – STARTING OVER

 

CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE - Vss. 1-4

Daniel and his friends had lived in Judah but were now in a new situation. They had been taken captive and chosen to become government officials in service to the King of Babylon. 

We can be well assured that there will be changing circumstances in our lives as well.

 

CHALLENGES ABOUND - Vss. 4-7

When circumstances change, we discover new challenges. Daniel and his friends faced the following challenges.

 

  1. A new language - Vs. 4 (end of verse)
  2. New education - Vs. 4 (end of verse)
  3. New diet - Vs. 5
  4. New names - Vss. 6-7 - Instead of being named after the God of Israel, the new names reflected the Babylonian gods.

 

It seems that the Babylonians were doing everything they could to make these young men forget their old ways and their own religion.

 

CONVICTIONS DICTATE - Vss. 8-14

There is a difference between conviction and preference.

For instance, I have met parents who had a preference of Christian School for their children.  They would prefer that their children receive a Christian education.  Most people, who simply prefer Christian School, will find it relatively easy to place their children in a public school.  Parents who are convicted that Christian Education is the will of God for their child will settle for nothing less if at all possible.

If Daniel and his friends only had a preference for the right kind of food, they would not have made the stand that they made.  Their conviction dictated their behavior. It says in verse 8 that Daniel purposed in his heart. That's conviction!

Daniel and his friends did not want to defile themselves with the king's food, that was obviously not a kosher diet.  Daniel made a quiet request and then proposed a test of ten days of eating just vegetables.

Our convictions will dictate our behavior, especially when we find ourselves in new circumstances.

 

CONSEQUENCES BLESS - Vss. 15-21

We often think of the bad consequences that come from going what is wrong.  But remember that there are good consequences for doing what is right (Galatians 6:7-8).

In this case, the obedience of Daniel and his friends resulted in:

  1. Fairer and fuller countenance - Vs. 15
  2. Removal of the objectionable food - Vs. 16
  3. Superior knowledge and skill - Vss. 17-20
  4. Long life (Daniel) - Vs. 21

 

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MATTHEW 19:16-26 – THE MAN WHO MADE A WRONG DECISION

We all have made wrong decisions. (Give your own examples of wrong decisions which you or people you know have made.)  Of course, the worst decision anyone can make is not trusting Christ as Savior.  The man in our text was a rich man who made the wrong decision concerning Christ.

 

CONCERN LED THE MAN TO JESUS - Vss. 16

He was evidently under conviction concerning his soul. He wanted to know how to have eternal life.

 

COMMANDMENT KEEPING DID NOT BRING SATISFACTION - Vss. 17-20

Jesus told him to keep the commandments.  Jesus knew that the man could not keep the commandments perfectly but wanted the man to realize that he couldn't keep them.  The man answered that he had always kept the Commandments but realized that he still was lacking.

 

THE CHALLENGE TO CHOSE JESUS INSTEAD OF MONEY WAS TOO GREAT - Vss 21-22

Jesus realized that the man's sin was love of money. He simply told the man to sell all that he had and to follow Him.  This does not mean that every person has to surrender their wealth in order to be saved.  This man would not believe on Jesus as Savior until he gave up his wealth. Evidently, his wealth was his God!  The man left, choosing his wealth instead of Jesus. He was sorrowful, but not sorrowful enough to repent and trust Christ.

 

JESUS' COMMENTARY SHOWS SALVATION TO BE THE WORK OF GOD - Vss. 23-26

Jesus explained how difficult it is for a rich man to be saved.

This amazed the disciples because they probably felt that the rich had special favor from God.

According to their thinking, if the rich could not be easily saved, who could be saved at all?

Jesus explains that salvation is impossible with man, but possible with God.

 

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LUKE 22:1-23 – THE UPPER ROOM

 

PERVERSITY OF JUDAS - Vss. 1-6

PREPARATION FOR THE PASSOVER - Vss. 7-14

PRESENTATION OF THE LORD'S TABLE - Vss. 15-20

PRONOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE TRAITOR - Vss. 21-23

 

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ROMANS 15:1-7 – UNSELFISH LIVING

 

You can begin the message with your favorite illustrations or quotes on selfishness.

Each one of us has a selfish streak inside of us. We can all have a "me first" attitude if we are not careful.

 

When it comes to getting along with other people in the church, especially those who might be considered "weaker brothers" we need to learn to live in an unselfish manner.

 

To begin with, because of the cross we need to make a decision to strive to live in an unselfish manner. Romans 6:6 reminds us that we died with Christ on the cross. 

Romans 6:11-13 admonishes to count ourselves as dead to but alive to God. If we died to sin, we died to selfishness!

 

Romans 12:1 reminds us that we are to present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God.

 

Romans 15:1-7 enhances the Scriptures we just mentioned by providing 4 suggestions for enhancing the defeat of selfishness in our lives.

 

BACKGROUND

This section is actually the concluding argument from Romans 14.  Romans 14 is the contrast between the weak brother and the strong brother. The weak brother is more legalistic, more tending towards rules and regulations about diet, observance of days, where to go, and what to do. The strong brother realizes that he is free of the rules and regulations of the Old Testament that deal with diet and holy days.

 

Romans 14:3 - The strong brother is not to despise or think little of the person who is not as free as he is. The weaker brother is to be respected for his convictions. The weaker brother is not to judge the stronger brother. He is not pronounce judgment on the stronger brother. God has accepted both of them.

 

Romans 14:10 - Each of us will stand before Christ and give account. We need not prejudge. The Lord Jesus will do a much better job.

 

Romans 14:13 - The stronger brother is not to be a stumbling block, a snare, or a trap to the weaker brother. If the weaker brother is legitimately bothered by what the stronger brother does, he is not to be harassed or encouraged to damage his own conscience.

 

Romans 14:15 - We are warned not to destroy our brother with our own Christian liberty. That is not love.

 

Romans 14:21-23 - We are to honor the conscience of the weaker brother. If he can't do something by faith it becomes sin to him if he violates his own conscience.

 

With all this in mind, the stronger brother is given some tips for not being selfish.  Instead, the weaker brother will be helped.  Actually all of us are helpful if we follow these directions.

 

SET SOME GOALS - Vss. 1-2

There will always be weaker brethren in a thriving Christian church.

There will be those weak because they are new Christians.

There will be those weak because of sin habits.

There will be those weak because of poverty.

There will be those weak due to personal sickness, sickness of a loved one, or loss of a loved one.

There will be those weak due to immaturity.

There will be those weak due to weak conscience.

There will be those who are emotionally weak.

 

With this in mind there are two goals we should have for our behavior towards weaker brethren.

 

1. We are to bear the infirmities of the weak. (Vs. 1) When we do we will not please ourselves. Galatians 6:2

When we bear the burdens of others we will pray for them, listen to them, spend time with them, help them financially, and support them during tragedies.

     

2. We are to please our neighbors. (Vs. 2) This means I am to work at edifying or building up that Christian brother or sister for his or her own good.

I can build up that person by not offending him with my own strength and by sharing with him what God is teaching me. I can also build up that neighbor by being a model of Christ centered living.

 

SEE THE SCRIPTURES - Vss. 3-4

1. I can look to Scripture for the model of Christ.  This verse refers to the sacrifice of Christ for my sin. He took the reproach for sin that should have been mine. Christ did not please himself on the cross, but was concerned with the good of the world. I can follow this example of unselfish living, and the other examples that Christ set.

 

2. We can also learn from all the examples found in Scripture. This verse, I believe, specifically refers to the Old Testament, but is applicable to the New Testament as well.  In the Old Testament we learn of:

The example of Abraham willing to sacrifice his son, Isaac

The example of Hosea who accepted being married to a harlot so God could make a point

The example of Moses who continually interceded for the rebellious Israelites

And there are many more examples for us to follow from the Scriptures that will teach us how to deal with weaker people.

 

SHOOT (AIM) FOR UNITY - Vss. 5-6

Vs. 5 - The God of patience can and will make you patient, if you let Him.

The God of consolation will help you to console others, if you let Him.

The word likeminded here means to think the same thing.

We will think the same thing when we seek to be patient instead of getting our own way.

We will think the same thing when we seek to console others instead of criticizing them.

 

Vs. 6 - Notice here what brings glory.

When we have one mind and one mouth within a congregation, we are bringing glory to God. Psalm 133:3

The church is a single unit. It is a team. It is individuals working together.

Therefore, shoot for unity!

 

SEEK TO ACCEPT - Vs. 7

The key word here is "receive". The word means "take to one's self". It means to take a special interest on the part of the receiver. It suggests a welcome.

We are to receive others as Christ has received us. Christ accepted us with no strings attached. It is about time that you and I started to seek to accept others this same way.

 

We may not agree on every point of doctrine.

We may not agree on every point of separation.

We may not agree about who our closest friends are.

We may not even care particularly for the person's personality.

But when a person is sincerely born again, we need to accept them as Christ accepted us.

 

 

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GOD CARES FOR HIS OWN – REVELATION 7

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #8 (REVELATION)

 

A little boy was eagerly looking forward to the birthday party of a friend who lived only a few blocks away. When the day finally arrived, a blizzard made the sidewalks and roads nearly impassable. The lad’s father, sensing the danger, hesitated to let his son go. The youngster reacted tearfully. “But Dad,” he pleaded, “all the other kids will be there. Their parents are letting them go.” The father thought for a moment, then replied softly, “All right, you may go.” Surprised but overjoyed, the boy bundled up and plunged into the raging storm. The driving snow made visibility almost impossible, and it took him more than half an hour to trudge the short distance to the party. As he rang the doorbell, he turned briefly to look out into the storm. His eye caught the shadow of a retreating figure. It was his father. He had followed his son’s every step to make sure he arrived safely. - Source unknown - http://www.bible.org/illus.php?topic_id=618

  • How does this story remind you that God cares for His own?
  • What Scripture verses remind you that God cares for His own?

 

REVIEW – REVELATION 6

 

  • THE HORSES ON EARTH – Vss. 1-8 – Seals #1-4
  • THE HEROES IN HEAVEN – Vss. 9-11 – Seal #5
  • THE HARM ON EARTH – Vss. 12-14 – Seal #6
  • THE HOPELESSNESS OF MEN – Vss. 15-17

 

It is a known fact among Christians that God cares for His own.  In fact, this truth has been true since the beginning of time for Old and New Testament saints and born again Christians since then.  God’s care for His own will not change during the Tribulation.  There is a brief interlude after the opening of the sixth seal that describes God’s care for His saints during the Tribulation period.

 

A PAUSE IN THE ACTION – Vss. 1-3

  • Chapter 6 ended with the declaration that the great day of God’s wrath had come.  Yet, we are reminded by chapter 7 that even in His wrath He shows mercy.  …in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2
  • Vs. 1 – The four corners of the earth probably represent the four points of the compass. The angels are holding back the winds. The winds would be symbolic of judgment.  As the winds are stilled there is a respite from any natural disaster.
  • Vss. 2-3 – Another angel appears and tells the angels who were ready to hurt the earth and sea to hold off until a very important sealing takes place.
  • The seal is upon “the servants of the living God”.  This is a seal of protection that will keep the Anti-Christ and plagues from hurting those who are sealed.
  • As we’ll see, God has a very special mission for those who are sealed.  Nothing can take their lives because they have a job to do.  Remember, nobody can take your life until the ministry God has given you is completed.
  • Revelation 14:1-5 gives a graphic picture of the 144,000.

 

THE PLACEMENT OF THE SEAL – Vss. 4-8

 

  • Vs. 4 – We learn the identity of the 144,000.  It is best to take the statement literally, that these are Israelites.  The church is in Heaven.  There is a huge number of Gentiles who will be saved during the Great Tribulation mentioned starting in verse 9.
  • Vss. 5-8 – Although most Jews today do not know their tribal background, God does.  He will put His Seal upon these special Jews according to the stated tribal distribution.  This list is hard to understand. Levi and Joseph are mentioned in the list while Dan and Ephraim are not.
  • We can not be sure, but it seems that Dan and Ephraim were omitted from this special list of representatives for evangelism because of their leadership in idolatry.  Judges 18 tells how Dan went into idol worship.  It was Jeroboam, an Ephraimite, who led the Northern Kingdom of Israel into idolatry in 1 Kings 12.
  • Although they are not mentioned in the list of 144,000, Dan and Ephraim will have their place in the Millennial Kingdom according to Ezekiel 48.
  • Although other Jews will surely be saved during the Great Tribulation, these men evidently had a special task of evangelism.  The promise of Matthew 24:14 will be fulfilled before the Lord returns to earth.  The two evangelists of Revelation 11 and the 144,000 will probably be responsible for this happening.

 

THE PRAISE IN HEAVEN – Vss. 9-12

 

  • Vs. 9 – A great host of people is seen before the throne in Heaven.  This is not the 144,000. They were seen on earth.  This is not the church because the church, represented by the elders is a distinct group.  They are clothed with robes which speak of righteousness and have palms, which show worship.
  • Vss. 10-12 – This host begins to worship and all of Heaven joins in.  We must realize that Heaven is a place where God will get all the praise and adoration that He deserves! Our services here on earth should serve as practice!

 

THE PEOPLE WHO WORSHIPPED – Vss. 13-17

 

  • Vs. 13 – The elder asks John this question, because he wants to answer it for John.
  • Vs. 14 – This is the great host of people who will be saved during the great tribulation. We saw many of them previously under the altar as those who were martyred for their faith.                Revelation 6:9-11
  • Like all who have been saved, the robes of these saints will have been washed in the blood of the Lamb!
  • Vs. 15 – They will perpetually serve God in worship and enjoy fellowship with God.
  • Vs. 16 – All the deprivation that they suffered will be no more. It will be replaced with no hunger, nor thirst, nor physical discomfort.
  • Vs. 17 – The Lord Jesus will take responsibility to feed and water them.                                                                  All tears will be wiped away.

 

 There are two groups that will need God’s care.  The 144,000, will be protected from harm during the Tribulation.  The great number of those saved during the Tribulation may suffer on earth, but will ultimately receive the joys and blessings that come with being in the presence of God in Heaven.

 

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