SERMON SEEDS
April 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 4/9/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q14 – THE WEEK OF APRIL 9, 2018

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LUKE 12:13-21 – A MESSAGE WE DON’T WANT TO HEAR

 

The Title of this Sermon is: “A Message We Don’t to Hear”.

We would rather have the Lord Jesus tell us good things, rather than possibly rebuke us.

We would rather leave church comforted than convicted. But there are times when our Lord will confront, chastise and convict us, and such is the case as we continue “The Story of Jesus” from Luke 12:13-21. Jesus’ warning is against greed or covetousness. We don’t like to think of ourselves as greedy or covetous.

Jesus showed us Steps to personal peace in Luke 12:1-7.

Then he talked about not being ashamed of Him before men. Luke 12:8-12. It is after this that we pick up the story.

A Voice in the Crowd – Luke 12:13

  • Out of the blue – Jesus is called upon to settle a dispute in the complainer’s favor.
  • Rabbis were asked to do this from time to time.
  • Brother was probably there.

A Rebuke from the Master – Luke 12:14

  • Word “man” not a friendly term, more like “Mister”
  • Jesus will one day be the ultimate judge. But that was not his purpose in his first visit. Luke 19:10, John 10:10

A Warning to Heed – Luke 12:15

  • Covetousness can also be translated as greed. It is wanting

Exodus 20:17, Colossians 3:5

  • “beware” means to be on vigilant guard against covetousness or greed.
  • Most people don’t consider themselves greedy they just want a little more than they got… always!
  • The word “life” has to with meaningful, spiritual living than just existing. This is a high quality of living!

A Story to Hear – Luke 12:16-20

  • Vs. 16 – The rich man was not dishonest, not lazy, probably a hard-working farmer.
  • God had blessed his land with all the right conditions.
  • Vs. 17 – He was confronted with a good problem. He was so blessed he didn’t have enough storage space.
  • His solution was, “I’ll build bigger barns!”
  • Vss. 18-19 - Notice the personal pronouns. Notice the motivation – I’ll have so much wealth I can retire!
  • Notice there was no thankfulness to God and no consideration of the needs of others!
  • Hedonism – “the pursuit of pleasure; sensual self-indulgence.”
  • Vs. 20 – He was a “fool” because he acted like he was going to live forever. He didn’t take eternity into consideration. Made his plans without God. James 4:13-16, Psalm 39:4
  • Someone else would inherit his stuff.

A Point to Ponder – Luke 12:21

  • It’s okay to plan retirement, to invest, to make money.
  • But this man was all about himself!
  • Being rich toward God involves humbling one’s self with the faith of a child. Mark 10:13-16, Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Being rich toward God means a changed life. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Being rich toward God means investing in God’s work. Philippians 4:15-19, 3 John 1:5-8
  • Being rich toward God means helping the brothers and sisters, giving alms to the poor. 1 John 3:16-18, Luke 12:33-34

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1 SAMUEL 25 – DEALING WITH A FOOL

                          

  • All fools are not dumb. 
  • There are people who are fools for any number of reasons. 

 

Psalm 14:1 - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

 

Proverbs 10:18 - He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

 

Proverbs 14:16 - A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

 

Proverbs 15:5 - A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

 

Proverbs 28:26 - He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

 

  • Unfortunately, there have been times when we have all played the fool.
  • Also, unfortunately there have been times when we’ve had to deal with fools.  How can dealing with fools be frustrating and dangerous?
  • How can friends and family help us deal with fools?

 

We are looking at an episode in the life of David that took place when David was in the wilderness hiding from King Saul.  David had to deal with a man whose name actually meant “fool”, Nabal. Nabal’s wife, Abigail, actually helped keep David from doing something foolish himself.  In this chapter we have some lessons on how to deal with a fool.

 

The Story – 1 Samuel 25:1-24

 

RECOGNIZE A FOOL FOR WHAT HE IS  - Vs. 25

 

Vs. 25 - Before we retaliate.

              Before we get even.

              Before we fly off the handle.

              Consider the person with whom you are dealing.

 

When you realize that a person is a fool, you can come to certain conclusions:

 

  1. God will judge him. Romans 12:19 - Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

 

  1. He is not worth imitating. He is a fool. Why should I act like he does? Why should I allow him to provoke me to sin?

Romans 12:17 - Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

   

  1. God will take care of me. If you are God's child, God is responsible for you. He'll protect you. He'll meet your needs.

 

     Psalm 34:7 - The angel of the Lord encampeth round about   

     them that fear him, and delivereth them.

     Psalm 23:1 - The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 

REFRAIN FROM GETTING EVEN – Vss. 26-31

 

  • Vs. 26 – What do you think of Abigail’s advice in this verse?  Had David ever followed this suggested pattern before?                                                                                                                                                                     Romans 12:17-21 - Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. [18] If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. [19] Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. [20] Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. [21] Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

  • Vss. 27-31 – How were her words humble words, encouraging words, and wise words? Proverbs 15:1 - A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

  

RECEIVE GODLY COUNSEL – Vss. 32-35

 

  • What did David realize after seeing and hearing Abigail?
  • How did David show himself to be a true man of God?
  • Why should we seek and be ready to hear Godly counsel?
  • Why should we be ready to share Godly counsel?
  • How can we be ready to share Godly counsel?

 

REST IN GOD'S ABILITY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM – Vss. 36-42

 

  • Vss. 36-38 - What great lesson is found for us in these verses?
  • Why do we often want to take matters into our own hands instead of waiting for God?
  • Vs. 39 – Is it ever appropriate to rejoice when someone dies?
  • Vss. 40-42 – Why did David propose to Abigail?
  • Why should we take action when God wants us to take action and wait when God wants us to wait?  How can we tell the difference?                                                                                 Ephesians 5:15-17 - See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.                                                                                                                   Psalms 27:13-14 - I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

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PSALM 32 – WHAT DOES GOD WANT?

 

We ask little children, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

We ask teens, "Where do you want to go to college."

We ask young adults, "Where do you want to work and what kind of job do you want to do?"

We ask older adults, "Where and when do you want to retire?"

We also ask questions like, "Where do you want to go to church?" or, "How do you want to spend your time?"

We are constantly asking the question, "What do you want?"

We are constantly answering the question, "What do I want?"

 

It seems to me that we focus too much on the "wants" of others and especially the "wants" of ourselves, without seriously considering the "wants" of God! We would do better to ask the question "What does God want of me, my family and my friends?"

 

Our text gives us an idea of the some of the things that God wants.

 

GOD WANTS US TO BE CLEANSED - Vss. 1-2

God's purpose for every individual is that they would receive the initial cleansing that salvation brings (1 Timothy 2:3-4). After that God wants us to keep short accounts with Him, allowing Him to continually cleanse us (1 John 1:7).

 

GOD WANTS US TO BE CONVICTED - Vss. 3-4

One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to convict of sin (John 16:8-11). God will convict us of our need to make things right with Him. We should be thankful when God does not allow us to rest until we deal with sin.

 

GOD WANTS US TO CONFESS - Vs. 5-6

When a Christian confesses his/her sin, God cleanses, and restores the fellowship that has been lacking between Him and the believer. Psalm 66:18, 1 John 1:9,

 

GOD WANTS US TO BE CONFIDENT - Vss. 7-8

God wants us to be confident in His protection. Vs. 7

God wants us to be confident in His guidance. Vs. 8

 

GOD WANTS US TO COOPERATE - Vss. 9-11

We cooperate by:

1. Not acting like a dumb animal. Vs. 9

2. Trusting the Lord. Vs. 10

3. Rejoicing in the Lord. Vs. 11

 

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ECCLESIASTES 4:1-16 – GOD AT WORK

#5 OF 11 OUTLINES ON ECCLESIASTES

 

INTRODUCTION

 

It was Linus in the comic strip “Peanuts” who said, “I love mankind. It’s people I can’t stand!”

 

  • Why do people get on your nerves?
  • What do we need to remember about people who get on our nerves?
  • What do we need to remember about ourselves?

 

In this chapter Solomon talks about different kinds of people in different circumstances. We can learn from the good and bad examples we find in Solomon’s discussion of people.

 

PEOPLE AND POWER – Vss. 1-3

  1. Oppressors – Vs. 1
  2. Oppressed – Vs. 1
  3. Opinion – Vss. 2-3

 

PEOPLE AND PRODUCTIVITY – Vss. 4-8

  1. The Jealous – Vs. 4
  2. The Lazy – Vs. 5
  3. The Balanced – Vs. 6
  4. The Miser – Vss. 7-8

 

 PEOPLE AND PRACTICALITY – Vss. 9-12

          “Two are better than one”    

  1. Their Reward – Vs. 9
  2. Their Reliance – Vs. 10
  3. Their Radiance (warmth) – Vs. 11
  4. Their Resistance – Vs. 12

PEOPLE AND POLITICS – Vss. 13-16

  1. The Foolish Leader – Vs. 13
  2. The Faithful Leader – Vss. 13-15
  3. The Fickle Public – Vs. 16

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MATTHEW 4:1-11 – SATAN OFFERS – GOD OFFERS

 

1 John 2:15-17 - Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

SATAN OFFERS THE PHYSICAL – JESUS OFFERS GOD’S WORD – Vss. 3-4 –

Lust of the Flesh versus the Word of God

 

SATAN OFFERS THE PERSONAL (humanism) – JESUS OFFERS GOD’S WISDOM (Don’t tempt God) - Vss. 5-6 – Pride of Life versus the Wisdom of God

 

SATAN OFFERS THE PRACTICAL – JESUS OFFERS GOD’S WORSHIP – Vss. 9-10 – Lust of the Eyes (Satan is saying, “You see it. You want it. Worship me and I will give it to you.”) versus the Worship of God

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2 TIMOTHY 3:10-17 – STAND FAST!

 

STAND FAST IN AN EXPRESSIVE PATTERN (OF LIVING)

2 Timothy 3:10-11 - But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

STAND FAST DURING AN EXPECTED PROBLEM

2 Timothy 3:12-13 - Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

STAND FAST FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONAL PRECEPTS

2 Timothy 3:14-17 - But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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INTENSE OPPOSITION – REVELATION 11:15-12:17

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #11 (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.

 

 “Although the seventh trumpet sounds in 11:15, the judgments associated with it are not described until chapter 15.  Chapters 12-14 are a digression, taking readers back through the Tribulation to the point of the seventh trumpet by a different path. They describe the Tribulation not from God’s perspective, but from Satan’s. Chapters 4-11 focused on Christ taking back what is rightfully His by means of the seal and trumpet judgments. Chapters 12-14 focus on the ultimate human usurper, the final Antichrist, whose career spans the same time period as the seal and trumpet judgments.”  John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Revelation 1-11, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1999), p. 309

 

Last time we saw an interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpet judgments. In this passage before us we now focus on the futile intense opposition of Satan. Satan will know that his days are numbered and will do all that he can to “snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat”.

 

PROCLAMATION FROM ON HIGH – 11:15-19

1. PRONOUNCEMENT – Vs. 15

  • The sounding of the seventh trumpet will lead to seven bowl judgments towards the end of the seven-year Tribulation period.
  • When the seventh trumpet sounds there will be a great pronouncement in Heaven. The pronouncement is simply that this world has become the kingdom of Christ and that He will have eternal reign.  God’s program would soon be complete.

 

2. Praise – Vss. 16-17

  • Vs. 16 – The 24 elders, who represent the church, give unbridled worship to God for what He is doing.
  • Vs. 17 – These elders give us a lesson in how to worship God.  They praised God for who He is and what He would do.

 

3. PROMISE - Vs. 18

  • On the part of unrepentant men there is anger. God’s judgments already poured out should have led them to repentance.
  • From God there is the promise of judgment. Revelation 22:12
  • The promise for the Godly is rewards.  Not only will they enter God’s Kingdom, but they will be rewarded for their good works.  1 Corinthians 4:4-5
  • The promise to the ungodly is also rewards, but of a far more painful kind at “The Great White Throne”.  Revelation 20:11-15  

 

4. PRESENCE       – Vs. 19

  • The Ark of the Covenant on earth was a picture of the ark in Heaven.  It is symbolic of God’s presence with believers and reminds us that we will abide with Him forever because of the shed blood of Christ.  The lightning and thunder speak of God’s judgment.

 

PARTICIPANTS IN THE DRAMA – VSS. 1-6

  • Vs. 1 - There are three participants introduced to us in these verses.  The first is a woman. Some think that this is Mary.  Some think that it is the church.  I agree with those who feel that it represents Israel.
  • Her description corresponds with Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9-11.
  • Israel is referred to as a woman in the Old Testament. Jeremiah 3:1, Ezekiel 16:32-35, Hosea 2:2
  • Israel is a key player in the Tribulation period according to Daniel 9:24-27.
  • Vs. 2 - The child that came forth out of Israel was her Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The redeemer was promised back in Genesis 3:15.
  • Vs. 3 - The dragon is Satan, further identified in Verse 9 as “… the old serpent, called the Devil and Satan…”
  • “The seven heads represent seven consecutive evil world empires controlled by Satan and leading up to the revival of the Roman Empire. The ten horns represent the ten-nation confederacy that comes out of the seventh head, which is the revived Roman Empire controlled by Satan during the Great Tribulation.” David Levy, Revelation: Hearing the Last Word, (Bellmawr, NJ,  Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry Inc., 1999), pp. 138-139
  • Vs. 4 – The stars of Heaven represent the angels.  1/3 of them followed Satan when he rebelled against God.  Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:12-18
  • Satan tried to destroy Jesus through Herod right at his birth. Matthew 2
  • Vs. 5 – Jesus was victorious over sin and death when he died for our sins.  He ascended into Heaven and will rule with “a rod of Iron”.
  • Vs. 6 – Israel will be protected against Satan the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation.

 

POWER STRUGGLE IN HEAVEN – Vss. 7-12

  • Vs. 7 - Michael is the only angel called an “archangel” and appears to be head of the angel armies and appointed protector of Israel. Jude 1:9, Daniel 10:12-13, 12:1
  • Satan’s realm is earth and the surrounding atmosphere (John 12:31, Ephesians 2:2), but he has access to God as “the accuser of the brethren”. Vs. 10, Job 1-2
  • Evidently Satan will make one last attempt to overthrow God.  There will be war in Heaven.
  • Vss. 8-9 - Michael and his forces will defeat Satan and will permanently be cast out of Heaven.  He will be limited to the earth.
  • Vs. 10 – Satan never misses an opportunity to accuse God’s people.  His terrible ministry will come to an end.  In the meantime our faithful high priest, the Lord Jesus, renders Satan’s accusations null and void.  1 John 2:1-2, Hebrews 7:24-25
  • Vs. 11 - The brethren that were being accused at this time were all Tribulation saints. They were victorious “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony”.

 

PERSECUTION BY SATAN – Vss. 12, 13, 15, 17

  • Vs. 12 – A warning is given. Satan knows his time is short and he will pour out his wrath upon earth.
  • Vs.13 – Satan’s excommunication from Heaven probably corresponds with the breaking of Israel’s covenant with the Anti-Christ.  This is when Israel was warned to flee. Matthew 24:15-22
  • Vs. 15 – Satan will try to destroy Israel.  The flood is probably an army sent to pursue her.
  • Vs. 17 – Frustrated by his failure to destroy Israel, he turns his attention to all believers to persecute them.

 

PROTECTION FROM GOD – Vss. 14, 16

  • Vs. 14 – Israel will be supernaturally hidden and protected in the wilderness, probably in the mountains, and perhaps at Petra.  This will be a 3 ½ year period.
  • Vs. 16 – God will supernaturally deliver Israel from the “flood” of Satan’s attack.
  • Perhaps an earthquake will be the instrument God uses.
  • Rest assured that Israel will be protected.

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