SERMON SEEDS
May 10, 2018, 6:25 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 5/7/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q18 – THE WEEK OF MAY 7, 2018

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PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 – THINGS TO REMEMBER

CONSISTENTLY HIS #3

I began the sermon by sharing several quotes of a positive nature beginning with word, “Remember”.

Now if you think that some of these reminders are good, I’ve got news for you, the Bible has even better reminders, some of which are found right here in Isaiah 41:8-13.

 

These reminders are for times when we are burdened, discouraged, worried, concerned, troubled, or out of sorts about anything going on in our lives.

These reminders as we strive to live consistent lives, as consistently His.

Isaiah gives us three important reminders here:

 

This passage was written to the nation Israel.  However as F. C. Jennings said, “What is true for Israel …is true of us each as in Christ.” F. C. Jennings, Studies in Isaiah, (Neptune, NJ, Loizeaux Brothers, 1935, 7th printing, 1974), p. 482

 

REMEMBER YOU ARE SPECIAL - Vss. 8-9

 

Sometimes it is hard for us to think of ourselves as special when we are having problems or when we’ve failed.  But it is helpful and healthy to remember that God considers us  special.

 

Vs. 8 – Israel was God’s servant.  If you know Jesus as your Savior, you are God’s servant. 1 Peter 2:15-16

 

Paul, James, and Peter considered themselves servants of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

As a servant of God, you are a disciple of Jesus Christ.

If you are a disciple of God the Son, you are a servant of God.

 

Why is it significant in times of trouble to remember that you are God’s servant?  God takes care of His own! Romans 8:28

 

God is not like some irresponsible employer’s who don’t care about those who work for them.  God takes a special interest in each and every one of His servants.  He does that because every servant of God is also a Child of God. 1 John 3:1-2a

 

So, when the old devil messes with you, He’s messing with God’s Child. When people mess with you they are messing with God’s child. They will answer to God for have they treated God’s children.  And remember, so will we!  Let’s be careful to treat God’s other children kindly! Ephesians 4:32  

 

Not only are we servants of God according to verse 8, but we are also chosen by God.  If you know Jesus Christ as Savior you are one of God’s chosen.  Jesus called believers “the elect”.  If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, trust Him for forgiveness of sin and eternal life and be one of the elect. If you are elect you are certainly special! Ephesians 1:1-6

 As chosen of God I need not fear the future. John 10:27-31

 

And there’s more. Not only are we special because we are God’s servants and because we are God’s chosen, but we are special because we are of the seed of Abraham.

 

  • Abraham was God’s friend.  Because we are of Abraham’s seed, are also the friends of God.

 

  • You may be thinking, “I’m not Abraham’s seed, his descendent, because I’m not Jewish.”

 

  • Abraham was the “Father of faith.”   
  • Those who have faith in Christ are of the seed of Abraham. We are Abraham’s spiritual descendants. Galatians 3:7,9

 

Abraham was a friend of God.  As His seed, We are the friends of God!  But there’s more. Jesus called His disciples His friends. John 15:13-15

 

You might know what it is like to have a good friend who sticks by you no matter what. Proverbs 17:7

 

Jesus is your friend. God is your friend if you know Jesus Christ as your Savior.  You have no better friend than the Lord Jesus Christ!

   

Vs. 9 – This verse reminds me that we as a group of Christians are special.  God has called us from all lands, all colors and all races to be His children!

 

And He promised not to cast us away.  Hebrews 13:5-6

 

REMEMBER YOU ARE STRENGTHENED - Vs. 10

   

God says “fear thou not, for I am with thee”. You are not going anywhere without God today!    Psalm 139:7-10

 

Not only are you not going anywhere without God today, but we need not be dismayed or panic because He is your God!

 

God is bigger than any problem.

God is stronger than any problem.

God is here to help you! Psalm 48:14

 

Notice the three promises we have in this verse.

 

  • “I WILL STRENGTHEN THEE”

 

God promises to give you strength for every situation.

And remember He is the God that does the impossible.

Luke 1:37 - For with God nothing shall be impossible.

 

 

  •  “I WILL HELP THEE”

 

Are you facing a financial crisis? God says, “I will help you.”

Are you facing a family crisis? God says, “I will help you.”

Are you facing a work crisis? God says, “I will help you.”

Are you facing a health crisis?  God says, “I will help you.”

How is it that sometimes it seems that God is not helping us?

  • Sometimes we ask with unconfessed sin. Psalm 66:18
  • Sometimes we don’t ask for help. He wants us to ask.
  • Sometimes we ask for the wrong reasons.  James 4:2-3
  • Sometimes we ask for help and for the right reasons, but we lack faith. James 1:5-8  

 

  • “I WILL UPHOLD THEE WITH THE RIGHT HAND OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS”

 

What did you do for your children when they learned to walk?  You held them up!

 

Let me tell you my friend, in this life with all its problems and challenges, I’m still learning to walk!

 

I intend to let God hold me up!

Let’s not be like some children who squirm to get out of a parents helpful grasp.

Let’s willingly put up those hands, saying, “Father, please hold me up!”

 

REMEMBER YOU ARE SECURE - Vss. 11-13

 

I take these verses as telling us “we are secure”!

Vs. 11 – Who is the greatest enemy you have?

1 Peter 5:8, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

 

But Satan is a defeated foe! Revelation 20:10

Even now you are not obligated to serve Satan.

The victory is found in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Check out Romans

 

Vs. 12 – And there will be a day when you enemies will all disappear.

Vs. 13 – We have nothing to fear. God will help us and give us victory through every situation.

 

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MOTHERS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

                          

Give some of your own examples of mothers who made a difference in their children's lives.

Here are four examples from God's Word of mother's who made a difference in the lives of their children.

 

THE PROTECTIVE MOTHER - Exodus 2:1-4

Moses' Mother made sure that Moses was protected, even when Moses was in great danger.

Godly mothers protect their children physically, morally, emotionally and spiritually.

 

THE SUPPORTIVE MOTHER - 1 Samuel 1:24-28

Hannah had promised God that if she had a male child, she would give him to the Lord.

Samuel was born and at an early age taken to the Lord's house to be a servant.

Hannah continued to support the boy by providing for his needs. (1 Samuel 2:9)

Hannah is a model for all parents of Christian children.  Our children should be given over to the Lord for whatever purpose He has for them.  And whatever the Lord chooses to do with that child, we, as parents, should be supportive.

 

THE INSTRUCTIVE MOTHER - 2 Timothy 1:5 and 3:15

Timothy's mother and grandmother set the example of faith.

Timothy was taught the Scriptures at a very early age.

 

THE LOYAL MOTHER - John 19:25

Mary was loyal to her son to the point of death.

We need to be loyal to our children to the end.

This does not mean we should approve of our children's sin.

We should, however, be loyal to our children wherever they are, and whatever they are doing. 

 

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RUTH 1 AND 3 – MOTHER IN-LAW

 

There have been many jokes about mother in-laws (You may tell one or two, if you feel so led.), however there have been many good and godly mother in-laws.  My mother in-law, Grace Adams, was a Christian woman who quietly worked behind the scenes to help those in need.

 

In the book of Ruth we meet Naomi, who was by no means perfect, but in the end, had a positive witness on her daughter in-law, Ruth.  Here is her story.

 

SHE WANDERED FROM GOD - 1:1-5

In a time of famine Naomi went with her husband Elimelech into the land of Moab.

They should have remained in God's land among God's people.

During this time of wandering her sons married unsaved girls, Moabites.

Her husband died, and so did her sons.

 

SHE WENT HOME - 1:6-7

She was returning to God's land of blessing.  She was coming back to where she once had been.

 

SHE WITNESSED TO HER DAUGHTERS IN-LAW - 1:8-18

This was not traditional witnessing as we would think of it.

However, she must have talked enough about the Lord, that Ruth was willing to follow her and claim her God.

Naomi actually tried to send her daughters in-law back, and Orpah did return to Moab.

Her influence on Ruth was strong enough, however, that she stayed by Naomi and went to Israel with her. She also claimed the God of Israel as her God.

Mother in-laws can have a very strong influence on their daughters and sons in-law for good or bad.

 

SHE WORKED TOWARDS RUTH'S WELL-BEING - 3:1-4

It was Naomi who told Ruth to approach Boaz, seeking that he redeem her as a kinsman-redeemer.

It was her advice that led to the redemption of Ruth, her marriage to Boaz, and the birth of Obed, the grandfather of David. See chapters 3-4 to fill in the details.

 

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ECCLESIASTES 8:1-5 – THE KING AND I

#9 OF 11 OUTLINES ON ECCLESIASTES

The king is mentioned in these verses.  If we think of our God as King and do what these verses say, we will always have a good relationship with the true King!

 

BE WISE Vs. 1

BE OBEDIENT Vs. 2

BE LOYAL Vs. 3

BE RELIANT Vs. 4

BE DISCERNING Vs. 5

 

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LUKE 1:1-3 etc. – GODLY WOMEN

 

THEY WERE SAVED BY JESUS – Luke 18:1-2

 

THEY SHARED WITH JESUS – Luke 18:3

 

THEY STOOD WITH JESUS – Matthew 27:55-56

 

THEY WERE SURPRISED BY JESUS – Matthew 28:1-10

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EPHESIANS 5:21-33 – HEAVEN IN THE HOME

 

I begin this message by reading the marriage vows.

The couple that keeps their marriage vows will be the couple that will experience a great marriage. They know what it is like to experience Heaven in the home. One of the Scriptures which shows us how to keep our marriage vows is Ephesians 5:21-33. Here are four ingredients for a happy marriage.

 

LORDSHIP Vss. 21-23

Christians are to be submissive to each other. This is a quality that comes from being filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18-21)

As husbands and wives submit to the Lord, and then to each other, there will be harmony in the home. The husband is the leader of the family, but that does not make him a dictator. He must still submit himself to the needs and desires of his wife.  That will mean doing things around the house, doing things she likes to do, and purchasing things (when feasible) which she wants.  The wife needs to be submissive to the leadership of her husband.

 

LOVE Vs. 25 (Colossians 3:19)

The primary lover in the family is the husband.

Most Christian husbands who love their wives as Christ loved the church will not need to worry about having a submissive wife.

 

LEADERSHIP Vs. 23

The husband is the "head".

This makes him a leader.

The husband is responsible for the Spiritual well being of the home.

A good leader is not a dictator, but a thoughtful, considerate person.

A good leader makes the final decisions, but consults those he's leading before making decisions. See Ephesians 6:4

 

LOYALTY Vss. 22 & 24

In order for husbands to be great leaders, they need great followers.

A loyal wife, who is loyal first to her Lord, and then to her husband, will enhance the husband's service for the Lord. Proverbs 31:10-12

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BABYLON IS FALLEN – REVELATION 17-18

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #15 (REVELATION)

  • What are some of the empires that fell before our time? 
  • What are some empires that have fallen during our lifetime?
  • During the Tribulation, the Antichrist will build a worldwide kingdom.  It too will fall.

 

In chapters 15-16 we saw the seven “vial” or bowl judgments. Immediately after these judgments the Lord Jesus will return to fight the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19).  Before describing that last great battle Revelation 17-18 describe the fall of “Mystery Babylon” the false religion, and Babylon the rebuilt city that will have political and economic control of the world.

 

CHAPTER 17 – THE FALL OF THE CULT

 

INVITATION – Vss. 1-2

  • Babylon was the place where false religion got its start after the flood. Genesis 11:1-9
  • From that point there appeared idolatrous mystery religions that were tied to Babylon.
  • Just as the religion of Babylon started as rebellion against God, the “one world religion” during the Tribulation is labeled as having its roots in Babylon.
  • John was summoned by one of the angels to see the “great whore”. The fact that she sat on many waters indicates that she had influence on many peoples and nations.
  • The kings of the earth were not literally committing fornication, nor were the peoples literally drunk.  They were committing spiritual fornication and drunkenness.

 

IDENTIFICATION – Vss. 3-6

  • Vs. 3 – The woman here is “the great whore”, the one world religion.  She was riding the antichrist, indicating that he and his kingdom were supporting her.
  • Vs. 4 – Notice the wealth that is displayed here, and the filthiness of her behavior.
  • Vs. 5 – Most prostitutes identified themselves. Spiritual rebellion and harlotry began in Babylon.
  • Vs. 6 – More often than not it is false religion that is responsible for the martyrdom of the saints.

 

INSIGHTS – Vss. 7-18

  • Vs. 7 – The angel was ready to explain the great sight that John saw.
  • Vs. 8 – The beast is evidently the antichrist, who staged a death and resurrection experience. Rev. 13:3,12
  • Those whose names are not written in the book of life will believe the hoax.
  • Vss. 9-10 - The seven mountains are not necessarily representative of Rome.  Rome was built on hills, not mountains. Evidently the mountains represent the world’s great kingdoms. Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece are the five fallen kingdoms. The kingdom that was currently in control was Rome. The Kingdom that will appear for a short time is the revived Roman Empire under the direction of the antichrist.
  • Vs. 11 – The antichrist who apparently died and rose again will be the seventh and eight kings.  His demise is sure because he is headed for perdition.
  • Vs. 12-13 – Ten kings will receive power to reign for a short time under the antichrist, being loyal to him.
  • Vs. 14 – The promise is of war and that Christ will be victorious.  Notice the qualities of Christ’s subjects mentioned here – “called, and chosen, and faithful”.
  • Vss. 15-17 – “The Whore” was rich and powerful. The antichrist and the ten kings will hate and destroy her. Then religion will be united with government in worship of the antichrist. Daniel 9:27, Rev. 13:4-6
  • This judgment will come from God.
  • Vs. 18 – Most likely this city is the restored Babylon.

 

CHAPTER 18 – THE FALL OF THE CITY

 

DECLARATION – Vss. 1-3

  • Because prophecies concerning Israel, Judah, and Babylon were not fulfilled with the first fall of Babylon, it is likely that this Babylon is a restored Babylon and not Rome. God fulfills his promises. Isaiah 14:3-5, Jeremiah 50:4-5, 8
  • Vss. 1-3 – The city of Babylon, like “Mystery Babylon” shall meet its demise.
  • It will become the habitation of all the demons.
  • The kings of the earth have committed spiritual fornication with her, and the financial prosperity of the city will make merchants rich.

 

DIRECTION – Vss. 4-5

  • God calls true believers to get out of Babylon and to have nothing to do with its sins. This is reminiscent of what God tells us to do with the world. 1 John 2:15-17
  • The reason for believers to get out is because God will remember and reward her for her sins.

 

DEMISE – Vss. 6-8

  • Vs. 6 - It will be “payback” time for Babylon. Because of her great sins she will receive double in judgment.
  • Vs. 7 - She will be judged for her sensuality and pride.
  • Vs. 8 – Babylon will be destroyed in one day.
  • The total destruction of Babylon will be a great display of God’s power.

 

DISTRESS – Vss. 9-19

  • Vss. 9-10 – The kings of the earth will lament her demise. They probably received their power and wealth from her.
  • Vss. 11-16 – Merchants will wail because of the economic disaster.
  • Vss. 17-19 – All those who make their living at sea will also wail because of the economic disaster.

 

DELIGHT – Vs.  20

  • All those who were ever hurt directly or indirectly by Babylon are told to rejoice at her demise. Judgment will have come.
  • Remember, God avenges His own.

 

DESTRUCTION – Vss. 21-24

  • Vs. 21 – As an illustration, a millstone is thrown into the sea by a mighty angel, symbolizing her violent and complete destruction.
  • Vss. 22-23 – There will be a final silence. There will be no more activity of any kind in Babylon.
  • Vs. 24 – Babylon was destroyed because she was responsible for so much persecution.

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