SERMON SEEDS
July 28, 2017, 2:45 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 7/24/17

SERMON SEEDS

P27 – THE WEEK OF JULY 24, 2017

 

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JOHN 15:1-12 – LIFE IN THE VINE

JESUS: IN HIS OWN WORDS #8

It’s a great time to be in Lancaster County! – Fruits and Veggies are in!

It’s a great time to be a Christian!  If you’ve trusted Him as Savior, He will give you abundant life! This is a life that’s purposeful and productive!

We have been studying Jesus: In His Own Words:

  1. I Am
  2. I Am the Bread of Life
  3. I Am the Light of the World
  4. I Am the Door
  5. I Am the Good Shepherd
  6. I Am the Resurrection and the Life
  7. I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life
  8. I Am the true vine.

LIFE’S POWER – Vss. 1-3 – IN THE VINE

The secret of abundant living is abiding in the vine!

Vs. 1 – Jesus is the vine. The Father is the vinedresser.

Vs. 2 – Removal of dead branches and pruning are done by the Father. A dead branch does not bear fruit. Someone may claim to be a Christian, but if there’s no fruit, he is not a part of the vine.

God prunes fruit bearing vines so they will bear more fruit.

Hebrews 12:5-11, James 1:5-7, Revelation 3:19

Vs. 3 – God’s Word prunes us. Hebrews 4:12

LIFE’S PROCESS – Vs. 4 – ABIDE

1 Thessalonians 5:16-21

  • Delight – Vss. 16, 18
  • Devotion – Vs. 17
  • Danger – Vs. 19
  • Discernment – Vss. 20-21

LIFE’S PRODUCTIVITY – Vs. 5 – FRUIT

  • Of Righteousness – James 3:17-18
  • Of Holiness – Romans 6:22
  • Of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
  • Of Our Lips – Hebrews 13:15
  • Of Souls – John 4:35-36

LIFE’S PROBLEM – Vs. 6 – FAILING TO ABIDE

LIFE’S PROMISE – Vs. 7 – ANSWERED PRAYER

LIFE’S PRIORITY – Vss. 8-12 – GLORIFY FATHER

  • Through Fruitfulness – Vs. 8
  • Through Loving Obedience – Vss. 9-10, 12
  • Through Joy – Vs. 11

 

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GENESIS 27 – WRONGS DON’T MAKE IT RIGHT!

Have you heard of a sure cure for a toothache?  Next time you have one, drop a rock on your foot. You will forget that you have a toothache! The trouble is, after your foot stops hurting, you will still have the toothache. "Two wrongs don't make it right!"

You have also heard of that famous hero of yesteryear-named Robin Hood. Robin lived in Sherwood Forest with his band of "Merry Men". Somehow they felt justified in robbing from rich people in order to take care of poor people. Granted, the poor may have been abused by the rich, but stealing is still stealing.  "Two wrongs don't make it right!"

If a friend of yours does something wrong, is it right for you to lie for him to keep him out of trouble?  No! "Two wrongs do not make it right!"

How do I know that two wrongs, or any number of wrongs can not make it right? The Bible tells us so! When you study Romans 3 sometime make a close examination of verses 7-8. In those verses Paul condemns those who say, "Let us do evil, that good may come." He is saying that doing wrong does not make things right.

When people do wrong to make things right they forget a key principle in the Word of God. Numbers 32:23 says, "...and be sure your sin will find you out."  You can not escape the penalty for hidden or unconfessed sin. Many a man thought he could hide an affair from his wife, only to have her discover it. The marriage was ruined.  Many a woman thought she could hide her drinking habit only to discover she paid for it with family and health problems.  Even if a person could or can hide a secret sin from people, God always knows about it and will hold the person accountable. 1 Corinthians 3:13

Wrongs do not make it right.

Today we want to learn about four people who tried to do wrong in order to make things right. They failed miserably.

BACKGROUND:

God's intent was that the older son, Esau, would serve the younger son, Jacob. Genesis 25:22-23

Isaac, the father, loved Esau because of the venison he prepared. Rebekah, the mother, loved Jacob. Genesis 25:28

Esau despised his birthright and because of hunger sold it to Jacob. Jacob took advantage Esau in order to gain the benefits of the birthright. Under God's plan, the birthright would be Jacob's. Jacob went about getting it the wrong way. Genesis 25:29-34

ISAAC'S PLAN - Vss. 1-3

Isaac planned to give the blessing God to Esau. This was not God's plan according to Genesis 25:22-23.

Also, the deal over the birthright indicated that Jacob should be the one receiving the blessing. His wrong did not make things right, and other problems followed.

We have to give credit to Isaac. When he realized that his plan had failed, he yielded to the will of God. Genesis 27:23

 

SARAH'S PLOT - Vss. 6-16

Rebekah overheard Isaac's plan. She should have confronted her husband. Instead she schemed in order to do what was right.  Her plan was to fool her husband into thinking Jacob was Esau.

The deception worked, but it did not make things right.  It developed an animosity between Esau and Jacob. Esau was ready to kill Jacob and Jacob needed to leave for his safety. As a result she never again saw the son she loved. Genesis 27:41-28:5

 

JACOB'S DECEIT - Vss. 18-29

Jacob told a string of lies in order to deceive his father.

Although he received the blessing, it did not make things right.

Jacob had to flee for his life, and he ended up being deceived by his father-in-law.

It wasn't until Jacob finally humbled himself before his brother that things were made right. Genesis 32:3-5, 33:8-11

 

ESAU'S DEFEAT - Vss. 30-41

Esau was evidently in agreement about taking the blessing away from Jacob.

He also knew that the birthright had been sold to Jacob.

His plot only ended up in defeat and disappointment.

As a result, he became so angry that he planned to murder his brother.

 

WRONGS DO NOT MAKE IT RIGHT!

 

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ESTHER 3-4 – JEWS IN JEOPARDY

GOD WAS THERE PART 2 (STUDIES IN ESTHER)

Long before Hitler tried to annihilate the Jews it was attempted by a man named Haman. However, God had chosen vessels, Mordecai and Esther in the right place to help defeat this wicked man.

 

I. WRETCHEDNESS AGAINST THE JEWS, Chapter 3

A DETERMINED POSITION Vss. 1-6

Because of Mordecai's refusal to bow to Haman, Haman took the position of determining to eliminate all Jews in the Persian empire.

A DECEITFUL PRESENTATION Vss. 7-11

After casting the lot to determine the right time, Haman deceived the king into thinking that the Jews deserved to be destroyed.

A DEVILISH PROCLAMATION Vss. 12-15

All the Jews were to be destroyed in one day.

 

II. WILLINGNESS TO HELP THE JEWS Chapter 4

MORDECAI'S EXPLANATION Vss. 1-9

ESTHER'S EXCUSE Vss. 10-12

MORDECAI'S EXHORTATION Vss. 13-14

God would save the Jews. But Esther was placed where she was for just this time. She was to be willing take a chance to save her people.

ESTHER'S EXPECTATION Vss. 15-17

Esther expected to take the chance of appearing before the king without an invitation. She would go to intercede in behalf of her people.  If the king extended his golden scepter, she would live.

If he did not extend the scepter, she would die.

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PSALM 92 – WHAT ABOUT WORSHIP?

THE FREQUENCY OF WORSHIP – Vss. 1-3

THE FACTS ABOUT WORSHIP – Vss. 4-5

THE FOOLS THAT AVOID WORSHIP – Vss. 6-9

THE FAITHFUL THAT ENJOY WORSHIP – Vss. 10-15

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LUKE 9:46-56 – MY PURPOSE

Through the events of this passage of Scripture, we are reminded what our purpose should be as a child of God.

 

I AM HERE TO SUBMIT NOT TO BE PROMINENT - Vss. 46-48

I AM HERE TO SERVE NOT TO BE EXCLUSIVE - Vss. 49-50

I AM HERE TO SAVE (SHARE CHRIST) NOT TO DESTROY - Vss. 51-56

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ROMANS 13:11-14 – KNOWING THE TIME

There was a Sunday Morning several years ago when one of our people at our church came to services. She walked in, and sat down. Imagine her surprise, when just after she sat down, the whole congregation got up and left!  What had happened?  It was the Sunday to change the clocks and she forgot to change her's. She didn't know what time it was.

One time I was scheduled for a stress test.  My family doctor's office had given me a time of 1:00 to be at Amsterdam Memorial hospital. The day before the test the cardiologist's office called and told Dottie that I should be there at 11:00.  I was suspicious, and called the cardiologist's office back. The girl I needed to talk to was out to lunch, but I was assured that appointments are changed all the time.  Dottie and I showed up at Amsterdam Memorial at 11:00, registered, and went down to the out patient waiting room where we sat for a few minutes.  The receptionist then came over and told me that my appointment wasn’t until 1:15. Talk about stress.  All because, through no fault of ours, we did not know the time of the appointment.

We've all had trouble knowing exactly what time it is. Watches stop, or lose or gain time.  We misread clocks. Sometimes we are told the wrong time.  But to fulfill all our obligations we need to know the time!

Our Scripture text begins with the phrase "knowing the time". 

We tend to forget that God is keeping time.  He is working up to a time when He will end this age in which we live, and move on to another one.  We, who are Christians need to be aware of this and to know that it is time for us to do certain things.  According to the passage before us this morning, we must realize that it is:

TIME TO WAKE - Vs. 11

When Paul talks about "knowing the time" here he is not talking about a chronological time like five o'clock on July 6, 2003. Instead he is talking about an epoch, an era, or the age in which we live. We are actually living in the last times before Jesus comes to get his church. We’ll say more about that in a few moments.

Because this age is almost over, and because Jesus could come at any time, we are told here to "Wake Up!"

When someone is not "with it" mentally or Spiritually, we often wonder when the person will "wake up" and face reality, and do what is necessary. We talk about getting a "wake up" call.

Sometimes when we have a health problem we “wake up” and start doing something about our eating habits or exercising.

Paul tells us here that it is "high time to awake from sleep".

When Paul talks about awakening from sleep here, he is talking about spiritual sleep. Paul is calling us to awake from spiritual "unconsciousness, unresponsiveness, and inactivity concerning the things of God."

We as Christians can very easily be unconscious to the things of God.  We just more or less ignore them. We're saved, but it doesn't sink in as to what we should be doing.

We as Christians are often unresponsive to the Word of God.

The preacher gives a message, and we know he's right.

He then gives an invitation for us to fix what's wrong, to make a commitment, or to do what we know the Bible tells us to do. We just sit there, unresponsive!

Sometimes we wonder why God doesn't give us all that we want. Perhaps, it's because we are not ambitious enough to pursue what we say we want. Ephesians 5:14-18

When we wake up, we show Godly ambition, and we seek to do God's will, and we don't waste time.

Most of all, when we wake up we examine our lives and confess sin, so nothing hinders the filling of the Holy Spirit, and we ask God to fill us with His Spirit.

Why should we wake up?

Because our salvation is nearer than when we believed.

Wait a minute. Weren't we saved the moment we believed?

Yes we were.

Acts 16:31 says in part Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...

So, if we were saved when we believed in Christ, Then how can our salvation be closer?

That's because your salvation is in 3 tenses, past, present and future.

past - JUSTIFICATION - At a specific moment in time, I believed on the finished work of Christ, His death, burial, resurrection for my sins. I trusted him as my Savior. Romans 5:1

present - SANCTIFICATION - We are growing in Christ, becoming more like Him, knowing Him better, and living a holy life. 2 Peter 3:18

future - GLORIFICATION - This is when the Lord Jesus comes back for his church in the air.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

So Paul is talking about our final salvation here.

And of course, it is nearer than when we first believed.

Because of this, we are to awake from our sleep and live Godly lives, because Jesus could come at any time.

The soon, or imminent return of Christ is a Biblical Doctrine.

We are taught in this passage that in light of His imminent return, we are to be awake, alert, and living Godly lives. Titus 2:11-13, 1 John 3:1-3

Jesus could come at any moment.

Will you be delighted to see Him and unashamed?

Or will you be delighted to see Him, but ashamed of the condition in which He's found you?

And one more thought. When Christ comes, it will be too late to pray for, live a Godly life in front of, or witness to your unsaved family and friends. It must be done now. It's time for us to WAKE UP!

 

TIME TO WALK Vs. 13

In the Scriptures, our walk refers to our conduct.

There is a positive conduct in this verse in which we should walk. There is also a negative conduct in this verse in which we should not walk!

First, we are to "walk honestly, as in the day;"

To walk honestly, is to behave properly.

It is to behave in the way children of God should behave.

There were times when growing up, that I did not behave in a way a member of the Peters family should behave. And, my father let me know it.

On the job, if you do not behave the way a member of your company should behave, you are told about it.

Even in sports, there is a code of behavior. Several years ago Sandy Alamor spit in the face of an umpire. That was not the right kind of behavior for a baseball player.

Proper behavior for a Christian is clearly spelled out in the Scriptures. 1 Peter 1:15-16

As Christians, we are children of the day, not the night.

We are children of light, not of darkness.

We are to walk as children of the day, not of the night! 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8

This leads to how we should not walk, if we avoid the deeds of darkness, these things will be on our lists.

NOT IN RIOTING - Rioting here can be partying of the worst kind, an orgy, if you will! It's been translated elsewhere as "carousing".

NOT IN DRUNKENNESS - Proverbs 20:1 says  Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

NOT IN CHAMBERING - Not in "going to bed", that is sexual promiscuity. Hebrews 13:4

NOT IN WANTONNESS - We might say sensuality.  There is to be no public display of sexual immorality. We are never to show "shameless excess or absence of restraint."

NOT IN STRIFE - There is not to be petty bickering and fighting among us.  We are to be known by our love, not our disagreements.

NOT IN ENVYING - We are not to be jealous of what someone else has.  Jealousy is what often leads to the strife which we just mentioned!

 

TIME TO WEAR Vss. 12, 14

Vs. 12 - I wear different clothes for different occasions.

I wear old jeans and an old shirt when I work in the garden.

As you can see, I didn't wear those for this morning's service.

you and I became Christians, we thought certain things to be acceptable behavior.

But these things turned out to be sinful, and now that we are saved, we need to get changed.

We need to take off our "night clothes" of sin, and put on our day clothes of righteousness.

We need to undress by taking off the works of darkness.

We must decide to remove those things which do not please God, that are still left from our old lives.

Instead, because we are children of the day, children of light, we are to put on the "armor of light". The armor of light is described in Ephesians 6:13-18.

Vs. 14 - It is one thing to put on a team uniform, like say the Pirates. It is quite another thing to act like one of the star players, like say Andrew McCutchen.

I think it would have been neat if I could have put on a Pirate Uniform, and had Andrew McCutchen play through my body. I'd be quite a star! That of course is impossible.

We have, in a sense the team uniform. We are the Christians.

We are to live like the star of the team - Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have an advantage over my trying to be Andrew McCutchen.

The Lord Jesus does live inside of me, and I can put Him "on" by faith, and He will live His righteous life through me. Galatians 2:20

However, I can not serve the Lord Jesus and live my old,  sinful life as well. I need to be continually putting on the Lord Jesus Christ, and taking off the flesh at the same time. I denounce the old, sinful habits, and take them off.  I put Christ on, and imitate Him!

 

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1 Peter 1:3-7 – YOU’VE GOT IT!

There are certain things that we have if we have been saved.

A SIGNIFICANT BIRTH - Vs. 3

We were born again to a living hope. John 3:1-8, 1 Peter 1:23

We have a living hope of resurrection because Christ is risen from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

A SUPERNATURAL INHERITANCE - Vs. 4

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

A SECURE SALVATION - Vs. 5

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

A SPECIAL TEST - Vss. 6-7

God uses trials to perfect us. James 1:2-4

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