SERMON SEEDS
July 13, 2017, 10:56 AM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 7/10/17

SERMON SEEDS

P25 – THE WEEK OF JULY 10, 2017

 

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JOHN 10:27-30 – ABOUT THOSE SHEEP

JESUS: IN HIS OWN WORDS #5

 

Read Psalm 23

John 10:11 - I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

 

As the good shepherd, Jesus came to earth to give His life for the sheep.

  • He gave His life by teaching the sheep how to live.
  • He gave His life by being the sinless example of how to live.
  • He gave His life by working great miracles.
  • He gave His life by leaving Heaven and taking on a human body, with all its inconveniences and pains.
  • He gave His life by suffering indignity and persecution. As creator, He suffered at the hands of His creatures.
  • He gave His life to train and pray for His disciples.
  • Most of all, He gave His life by dying on the cross for our sins. He took the punishment that we deserved!

 

His death - Isaiah 53:5-6,

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – His resurrection.

 

Jesus is still the good shepherd, and He is very active as Psalm 23 shows us.

In John 10:24-26 we see that not everyone is one of Jesus sheep.

So if not all people are sheep, it is important that we know who the sheep are, and it is most important that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are Jesus' sheep.

 

Jesus teaches us some very important things about His sheep in John 10:27-28:  

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

 

JESUS' SHEEP ARE SENSITIVE - My sheep hear my voice,

Matthew 11:28

Salvation is a gift. “and I give them eternal life” - John 3:16, Revelation 22:17

If we are His sheep, we above all others are to be listening to His voice! How do we listen to His voice as His sheep?

  1. Sensitive to His Word – Psalm 119:97
  2. Sensitive to His Holy Spirit – 1 Kings 19:11-12

JESUS' SHEEP ARE SPECIAL - and I know them,

John 15:15, Proverbs 18:24, Hebrews 13:5

JESUS' SHEEP ARE SMART - and they follow me:

Luke 9:23, John 14:15, 1 John 4:19

JESUS' SHEEP ARE SAFE - And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish,

Luke 16:22-26

JESUS' SHEEP ARE SECURE - neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand.

John 10:29-30, Romans 8:37-39

 

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JOHN 11:25-26 – IT’S REAL!

JESUS: IN HIS OWN WORDS #6

  • Remember Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat and other Looney Tune Characters? They weren’t real!
  • Remember how Superman could fly? That wasn’t real!
  • Remember the Sound of Music? That wasn’t real, neither was Mary Poppins.
  • Remember those fantasies, day dreams, and night mares that you have had? Not real!
  • Remember when you thought someone was guilty of something and they weren’t? That wasn’t real either!
  • Today we hear about fake news. That’s simply news that isn’t real.
  • Photos can be doctored today so they look real, but are not real!
  • Most religion today is not real, because it is based on error, a false premise. For instance, most people think that you can earn your way into Heaven! That’s not real!
  • This morning as we study Jesus: In His Own Words, the “I Ams” of Jesus, we encounter several things in John 11 that are real!
  • The things that we see here are very sobering, yet encouraging, if we believe them.

 

DEATH IS REAL! – John 11:1-15

DISAPPOINTMENTS ARE REAL! – John 11:17-22, 28-33

DECISIONS ARE REAL! – John 11:23-26

John 1:12-13, John 3:3-8

DESTINIES ARE REAL! – John 12:25-26

2 Corinthians 5:6-8, John 3:36

DEFEAT OF DEATH IS REAL! – John 11:38-44

John 20:24-29

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PSALM 3 – SUCH IS LIFE!

 

These things should be a part of the life of the Christian.

 

THERE ARE PROBLEMS – Vss. 1-2

 

THERE IS PROTECTION – Vss. 3, 5

 

THERE IS PRAYER – Vss. 4, 7

 

THERE IS PEACE – Vs. 6

 

THERE IS PROVIDENCE – Vs. 8

God, in His providence provides salvation and blessing.

 

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Jeremiah 29:1-14

Jerusalem was conquered.

Many were taken into captivity into Babylon. Vss. 1-3

Jeremiah wrote an encouraging letter, which can encourage us today as we face difficulties.

 

GOD'S PLAN - Vss. 4-7 - BE A BLESSING WHERE YOU ARE!

The difficulty had come from God.

They were to settle in and seek the peace of the city where they were now dwelling.  During our difficulties, we should seek the good of those around us, remembering that only what God allows will occur in our lives.

 

GOD'S PROMISE - Vss. 10, 12-14 - THERE'S A BETTER DAY COMING.

There was a better day coming from Israel, and there's a better day coming for us too. One day we'll be in the presence of the Lord Jesus.

See 1 John 3:1-3.

 

GOD'S PURPOSE - Vs. 11 - THE GOOD OF HIS CHILDREN

 

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1 TIMOTHY 3:1-7 – GODLY LEADERSHIP

(This is a complete lesson done in a prayer meeting session.)

 

  • What type of leader do you want to follow?
  • Why do you think most churches lack qualified leaders?
  • Should we try to imitate our leaders?  Why? To what extent?
  • Notice that Paul expected to be imitated.

1 Corinthians 11:1 - Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

In 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Paul is instructing those who would be “bishops”. The word "bishop" means "overseer".  When we see this term we often think of the pastor and other Godly leaders in the church.  The role of leadership in the church is not for everyone, because everyone does not qualify. Even though we might never fully qualify to be leaders, we should still strive to be as Godly as possible. Making the characteristics of leadership our goal will help us live Godly lives.

 

A Godly leader is:

CONSISTENT IN BEHAVIOR - Vss. 1-3

  • Vs. 2 - The word blameless means “beyond reproach”.
  • How can a person still be a sinner (1 John 1:8) and yet beyond reproach?
  • In what ways should leaders and congregation members be beyond reproach?
  • To be the husband of one wife is to be “a one woman man”.  To be the wife of one husband is to be a “one man woman”.  This quality should be reflected in our attitudes and our actions.
  • In its strictest sense, the word “vigilant” means to be sober.  Hence in this situation it would refer to being sober spiritually.

A spiritually sober person is always “under control”.  The spiritually sober person is actually under the control of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-21.

  • To be sober is to be "serious, earnest, sound.”  If this is the case, what part do joy, joking, and laughter have among us?
  • The words good behavior mean "orderly" or "well ordered".
  • In what ways should pastors and other leaders show orderly behavior?  In what ways should all believers show it?
  • In what ways should all believers be “apt to teach”?
  • Vs. 3 – Do you think church leaders should be total abstainers? Why?
  • What is a “striker?”  What about a striker is not under control?
  • What should be the attitude of Christians towards money?
  • Contrast a patient individual with a brawler.
  • Why is it especially dangerous for a leader to be covetous?

CONSCIENTIOUS AT HOME - Vss. 4-5

  • Who is to be the ruler in the home and why?
  • What does it mean to have “children in subjection with gravity?”
  • The easiest time to bring children in subjection is when they are young.
  • Why is a man disqualified from leadership in the church when he isn’t in charge at home?

CONDITIONED BY EXPERIENCE - Vs. 6

  • Why do Christians need experience before they can lead?
  • Why do churches and Christian organizations tend to make novices leaders?
  • Why was the devil condemned?

COMPLIMENTED BY OUTSIDERS - Vs. 7

  • Why is the testimony of leaders and Christians to unbelievers so important?
  • What reproach is there for Christians who have a poor testimony?  How is it a snare?

 

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JUDE 1:24-25 – BENEDICTION

 

At the end of services in some churches the minister will give a benediction or a blessing. Some Bible Books also end with a benediction or a blessing. Much can be learned from these benedictions, such as the one found here in Jude. This benediction is especially appropriate for times of thanksgiving.

 

GOD'S ABILITY - Vs. 24 - Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

 

GOD'S ATTRIBUTES - Vs. 25a - To the only wise God our Saviour,

1. Only wise God

2. Our Savior

 

GOD'S ADORATION - Vs. 25b - be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

I should ascribe (give credit) to God all the glory, majesty, dominion and power. I should do this with my lips, but also in the way I conduct my life. I should let Him have all the glory and majesty in my thoughts and actions. I should let Him have the dominion and power over me.

 

 

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GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY

A Topical Study

 

God has been gracious to me! Lord willing, I will turn 70 on Sunday, July 16. I thank God for his enabling, and for the opportunity I still have to preach almost every Sunday!  Here are some tips for growing older, no matter how old one is now!

 

Joshua 14:10-11 - And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. [11] As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

 

2 Timothy 4:6-8 - For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. [7] I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: [8] Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

 

I think that most of us would like to “age” the ways Caleb and the Apostle Paul did. We would like to “grow old gracefully”.  And God would like us to grow old gracefully.

 

THE REALITY OF AGING

 

Psalm 90:10 - The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

 

Job 7:6 - My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

 

Job 9:25 - Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

 

REQUESTS FOR AGING

   

Psalm 39:4 - Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

 

Psalm 71:17-18 - O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. [18] Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

 

RECIPE FOR AGING

 

Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 - Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; [2] While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: [3] In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, [4] And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; [5] Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: [6] Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. [7] Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

 

1 Peter 3:10-12 - For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: [11] Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. [12] For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES FOR AGING

 

Titus 2:1-6 - But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: [2] That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. [3] The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; [4] That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, [5] To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. [6] Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

 

REASSURANCE FOR AGING

 

Job 19:25-27 - For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: [26] And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: [27] Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

 

2 Corinthians 5:8 - We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

 

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