SERMON SEEDS
June 27, 2017, 3:30 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 6/26/17

SERMON SEEDS

P23 – THE WEEK OF JUNE 26, 2017

 

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JOHN 10:1-19 – THE DOOR

Jesus: In His Own Words #4

I have walked through many doors in my lifetime. The greatest door I ever walked through was the door of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

A door is an entranceway.

John 10:9 - "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

In the beginning of John 10 Jesus is speaking of himself the true shepherd. He was the true religious leader, the Messiah that God had promised and that many were waiting for.  The religious leaders of his day were not true shepherds to the sheep. They were thieves and robbers.

Read Vss. 7-8 - In verse 7 Jesus announces that he is the "door of the sheep."  He is the true entranceway compared to the "thieves and robbers" in verse 8. 

When Jesus says I am the door, He is saying that He is the entranceway.  As I meditated on this passage of Scripture I realized that Jesus is the door to many exciting things that should encourage you.

 

JESUS IS THE DOOR TO PROTECTION

John 10:9 - "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,"

Years ago, friends of ours had a fire in their home.  Someone woke them up before the fire got to their bedroom and they were able to escape through a door that led to the outside of the house.

I was at one point in my life in great danger of being consummed by fire.  I was in danger of facing what we call "hell fire", and what Revelation 20 calls "The Lake of Fire".  It is a terrible place Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched according to Mark 9:46.

Why would a loving God send any person to such a place as that?

It is because our loving God is also a holy and righteous God.

It is because of our iniquities and sins.

A holy and righteous God demands that someone be punished for our sins. We are the logical choice to be punished.

We have failed God so greatly that the book of Ephesians tells us that without Christ we are dead in trespasses and sins. Isaiah 64:6, Ezekiel 18:4

So we need protection. We need a door to protect us from the fire of hell and everlasting damnation.  

That's where God's love enters the picture.

That's how Jesus became your door of protection.

Jesus came to earth.

Jesus led a sinless life.

Jesus died on the cross bearing the punishment for your sins and mine.  

Romans 5:6-8, Hebrews 10:12, 14

So Jesus died for our sins. He arose from the dead. He's living in Heaven. He says, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,”

How do you enter in Jesus as the door?

You enter in by faith!  Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-9

When you enter in the door of faith, you are saved or protected from the punishment you deserve.

When Jesus said that He was the door, He was referring to the door of a sheepfold. That's where sheep were kept at night. It was a protective place made for the sheep.  After the sheep were gathered into the sheepfold, the shepherd would lay down in the doorway and literally be the door for the sheep. No sheep could get out and no thieves, robbers, or predators like wolves could get in without dealing with the Shepherd

When Jesus is your Savior, not only is He your door to protection for eternal life and against wrath to come, but He is also your door to protection right now as you face the bumps and bruises of life.

John 10:27-28, Psalm 34:7, Hebrews 13:5-6, Deuteronomy 33:27

JESUS IS THE DOOR TO PEACE

We live in a world full of troubles and cares.

We face challenges to our physical, emotional and Spiritual wellbeing every day.

Things are so hectic, so out of control, so worrisome and so burdensome that we need to enter a big door labeled "PEACE". That big door labeled peace is none other that the Lord Jesus. John 14:27

How do we keep our hearts from being troubled or afraid? Philippians 4:6-7

 

JESUS IS THE DOOR TO POWER

John 10:9 - I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out...

Going in and out carries the idea of power.

You can't go in and out unless you have the power to do so.

If you are a Christian you have power that comes through the shepherd the Lord Jesus. He is the door to power.

John 14:12  - That's a pretty weighty promise isn't it?  Jesus says that those who believe on him will do the works that He did, and that they would do greater works.

I believe that the works that we can do as followers of Jesus are greater in quantity, but not greater in quality.  We can accomplish great things for the Lord if we allow him to work through us.

John 14:13 -14 - And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

I told you earlier that you should be praying when you need peace.  These verses tell me that you should be praying when you need power!

JESUS IS THE DOOR TO PASTURE

John 10:9 - I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

What do sheep need to be healthy sheep?

They need to be fed. They need pasture.

Jesus provides pasture to His sheep.

First there is the pasture of His word.

As we feed on His word we will grow. John 15:7, Joshua 1:8, Jeremiah 15:16

I believe that there is another kind of pasture as well.

I would call it the pasture of God's Spirit.

He has to be in control of our lives.

As we allow that control we will be victorious. Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:16, 22-23

What is the end result of good pasture? I believe John 10:10 answers that question.

The result of good pasture is more abundant life.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 – A NATION AFTER GOD’S HEART

I suggest that just before this sermon that you sing "America" ("My Country 'Tis of Thee).

This morning during our worship service we did something that was first done almost 170 years ago at a July 4th celebration.  It was on July 4th, 1831 when the words "My Country 'Tis of Thee', our national hymn, were first sung by the Sunday School children in the Park Street Church in Boston.

"Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was a classmate of the author, Samuel Frances Smith, a Baptist minister, attributed Smith's genius in the song to the very first word, "my". This makes the song personal, and instantly challenges every patriot." (source unkown)

Of course, the hymn "America" is a hymn of pride. We as Americans have much to be proud of!

We can be proud of our beautiful forests, gorgeous mountains, enormous rivers, and fertile farmlands.

We can be proud of our democracy, our system of government, and our freedoms of speech and movement.

We can be proud to be a refuge for those in need. It is written on the base or our Statue of Liberty,

"Give me your tired, your poor, you huddled masses yearning to be free, The refuse of your teeming shore. Send these the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

We can be proud of our Bill of Rights, and proud that it is on our money that it says, "In God we trust".

I, for one, am proud to sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee"!

But let's not fool ourselves. We are a nation that is in trouble!

We are a nation that permits babies to be murdered through abortion.

We are a nation that has to build more cells because our prisons are overcrowded.

We are a nation that forbids prayer in school, and forbids Christian groups to meet on some campuses.

We are a nation whose general morality has reached an all time low.

We tend to slap the face of God who made us a great nation!

There is no doubt that America is but a shadow of her previous greatness. Does this have anything to do with God? 2 Chronicles 7:13 tells us that the answer is "yes"!  In appearing to Solomon God shows that He commands the things that happen to a nation. He controls the weather, the animal population and disease according to this verse.

2 Chronicles 36:14-17 shows God's judgment on Judah.  The same thing happened to the Northern Kingdom of Israel.

My friends, never say that it couldn't happen here!

Down through the centuries too many nations have fallen for us to presumptuous.

Instead, we must ask, "Can we reverse the trend?"  The answer, of course, is "yes"!

God shows us how to reverse the trend in 2 Chronicles 7:14

Let us answer 3 questions:

1. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

God says that His people are the responsible ones.

Originally, that would have meant that God was speaking to Israel. Today, however, the people of God are the Christians. Romans 10:12-13

Notice also that the people of God are those called by His name.

We are called "Christians", named after Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh.

It is the Christian who needs to be responsible for a national turning back to God.

 

2. WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES?

We are to humble ourselves. James 4:6,10

We are to pray. I believe this is a prayer of confession. Psalm 32:5

We are to seek God's face.

We are to turn from our wicked ways.

 

3. HOW WILL GOD RESPOND?

He will hear from Heaven.

He will forgive our sin.

He will heal our land.

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PSALM 39 – DAVID’S TONGUE

A RESTRICTED TONGUE – Vss. 1-2

A RELEASED TONGUE – Vs. 3

A REFLECTIVE TONGUE – Vss. 4-6

A RELIANT TONGUE – Vs. 7

A REQUESTING TONGUE – Vss. 8-13

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ISAIAH 1:16-20 – REVIVAL’S CALL!

 

CALL TO REMOVAL (OF DIRT)

Isaiah 1:16 - Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

CALL TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

Isaiah 1:17 - Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

CALL TO REASON – Vss. 18-20

Isaiah 1:18-20 - Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. [19] If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: [20] But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

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MATTHEW 15:21-28 – WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

The “woman of Canaan” was distinctive because of her faith.

SHE WAS NOT SHY – Vss. 21-22

SHE WAS NOT SWAYED – Vss. 23-24

SHE WAS NOT STOPPED – Vss. 25-27

SHE WAS SATISFIED – Vs. 28

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EPHESIANS 6:5-9 – ON THE JOB

Most people to whom you will minister are involved in some sort of employment.  Ephesians 6:5-9 talks to masters and slaves.  The truths of this passage may easily be applied to employers and employees or bosses and employees.

THE SERVANT (EMPLOYEE) Vss. 5-8

The Honesty Of The Servant Vs. 5-6a

"...obedient..."

",,,fear and trembling..."

"...in singleness of you heart, as unto Christ..."

"...not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers...."

The Heart Of The Servant Vss. 6b-7 

"...servants of Christ..."

""...doing the will of God from the heart;"

""With good will doing service as to the Lord, and not to men;"

The Honor Of The Servant Vs. 8 

"Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall

he receive of the Lord..."

 

THE MASTER (EMPLOYER OR BOSS) Vs. 9

Reciprocate - "...do the same things unto them..."

Restrict - "...forbearing threatening:"

Remember - "...knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him."

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JAMES 1:2-8 – GOT PROBLEMS?

COMPLIANCE WITH GOD'S PLAN - Vs. 2

When troubles abound comply with God's plan. Count them as joy!

COMFORT FROM GOD'S PURPOSE - Vss. 3-4

God's purpose for allowing you to go through trials is so that you will become perfect or mature.

COMMITMENT TO GOD'S PROCEDURE - Vs. 5

When you don't know what to do during trials, ask God. He'll show you.

CONFIDENCE IN GOD'S PROVISION - Vss. 6-8

We are to ask in faith, confident that God will answer.

 

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