SERMON SEEDS
July 2, 2017, 6:45 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 7/3/17

SERMON SEEDS

P24 – THE WEEK OF JULY 3, 2017

 

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JOB 1 – THE TRIANGLE

There is a “triangle” of sorts in Job 1.  Three characters interact.

JOB

  1. Acted Righteously – Vss. 1, 5
  2. Accumulated Wealth – Vs. 3
  3. Accepted Ruin – Vss. 20-22

SATAN

  1. Accused – Vss. 9-11   
  2. Attacked – Vss. 13-19

GOD

  1. APPROVED OF JOB – Vss. 6-8
  2. ALLOWED JOB’S TRIAL – Vs. 12
  3. ASSIGNED THE LIMITS TO JOB’S TRIAL – Vs. 12

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PSLAM 27 – A BALANCED LIFE

When we practice these principles in Psalm 27 we will have a balanced Christian life.

ABSENCE OF FEAR - Vss. 1-3

When the Lord is our light, our salvation, and our strength, we have nothing to fear.

ASPIRATION TOWARDS GOD - Vss. 4, 8

Seeking the face of God is to be a priority in our lives.

ASSURANCE OF PROTECTION - Vss. 5-6, 10

APPEAL FOR HELP - Vss. 9, 11-12

When in trouble ask for the Lord's help.

ACCEPTANCE OF WAITING - Vss. 13-14

Instead of being discouraged, we are willing to trust the Lord and wait on Him.

We accept the fact that waiting on the Lord is part of the Christian life.

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EZEKIEL 3:17-21 – THANK GOD FOR WATCHMEN

 

When I was in the United Sates Army, one job that I had occasionally was being on guard duty.  I was a watchman for the army.  The first guard duty I can remember was at Fort Dix, New Jersey, during basic training.  Another soldier and I were given the job of guarding the PX (store).

Our weapons were a club each.  What amused me were the instructions we were given about the nearby branch bank.  The instructions told us that if the alarm went off at the bank we were to go over and take charge!  I'm sure bank robbers would have been really scared of two guys carrying clubs instead of guns! :)

Although guard duty during basic training was probably only training, being a watchman or a guard is usually a very important job.  In the Bible God gave prophets, apostles, evangelists and pastors the job of being His "watchmen".  Even to this day God has appointed those who preach His Word as watchmen or guards.  Because God loves us, he has given us these watchmen, and we should be thankful for them!

The passage before us today is a good description of the job of being one of God's watchmen.

RESPONSIBILITY AS A WATCHMAN - "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman..."

I’m thinking about the various duties of watchmen and how they apply to preachers of God's Word.

1. A watchman protects. 

Just as a watchman is assigned to protect something or somebody, a preacher is assigned to protect the saints from false teaching, discouragement and sin.  He is also sent to the unsaved as a protection against going to hell. Of course, a watchman can only warn. The decision to obey is up to the person hearing the message.

2. A watchman patrols.

The watchman will move about, being on the alert for trouble.  The Godly pastor will move through his congregation looking for those things that need prayerful attention.

3. A watchman perceives.

A watchman is on the alert.  A good watchman can perceive problems.  A man of God can perceive Spiritual difficulty.

4. A watchman proclaims.

He isn't silent when he spots trouble.  He takes action, warning the violator and notifying those who can help stop the violation.  The preacher proclaims words of warning to those who have sinned against God.  When necessary, he warns others of the potential danger of listening to someone who is sinning.

RECEPTION OF ORDERS - "...therefore, hear the word of my mouth..."

A good watchman has orders to follow.  He is enforcing the rules of another.  Preachers must get their message from God.  They must get their message by being in the Word of God.  Ezra 7:10, Jeremiah 15:16

REPORT TO THE PEOPLE - "...and give them warning from me."

Just as the watchman reports to those who are breaking the rules or who might break the rules, the preacher is responsible to proclaim the rules to those who have or might violate God's Word.

REWARDS FOR THE WATCHMEN - Vss. 18-21

A good watchman is rewarded with pay and compliments for doing his job.

A poor watchman is rewarded with loss of pay because he'll lose his job.  He might also be rewarded with punishment for breaking laws himself.

The faithful preacher will not be held accountable if he has faithfully warned the righteous and the unrighteous. (Vss. 19, 21) He will also be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:10

The unfaithful preacher will be held accountable if he has not delivered God's message to the righteous and the unrighteous. Vss. 18, 20

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MARK 6:30-52 – LESSONS

We are never too old to learn lessons.  I knew a  lady over 70 years old, named Ella, who just delighted when she learned how to do something new, like taking meals to someone else in need, feeding college students, or having over-night guests.

 

In our Spiritual walk with the Lord, it's always good to learn new lessons, or to relearn ones that we might have forgotten.  Here are some lessons for us to apply to our lives this week from Mark 6:30-52:

1. REPORT - I SHOULD MAKE MYSELF ACCOUNTABLE DAILY TO GOD. Vs. 30

The disciples returned from a missions trip.  They reported to Jesus what they had done and what they had taught. They were accountable!

It would be a good policy to examine our lives each evening before the Lord, reporting to Him, thanking Him, and confessing our failures.

2. REST - I SHOULD TAKE TIME FOR PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL REST. Vs. 31

My body needs rest. My Spirit needs rest and revitalization in the Word, prayer, and fellowship.

3. REALITY - I SHOULD HAVE COMPASSION ON OTHERS.

Vss.32-34

Jesus saw that these people were like "sheep without a shepherd", so He had compassion on them and taught them.  How much compassion do we have for the physical and Spiritual needs of others?

4. RESPONSIBILITY - I SHOULD SHARE WHAT I HAVE

SPIRITUALLY. GOD WILL MULTIPLY IT. Vss. 35-44

Just as the little boy with 5 loaves and 2 fishes shared his lunch and saw it feed 5,000, as we share what we have Spiritually, God will multiply that to bless others.

5. RELIANCE - I SHOULD LOOK FOR JESUS IN THE STORM.

    Vss. 45-52

Just as the disciples saw Jesus coming to help them in the midst of trouble, let's realize that Jesus will come to help us in the midst of our troubles. Hebrews 13:5

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JOHN 4:4-30 – SOUL-WINNER

We know, that as Christians, it is our responsibility to witness or to be "soul-winners."  See Psalm 107:2, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 3:15.

The greatest soul winner of all was our Lord Jesus Christ.  Not only did He win every soul that is saved through his death on the cross, but He was also effective in personal evangelism.  In this text we see the master soul winner at work. As Jesus dealt with the woman at the well, please note:

HE CAUGHT HER ATTENTION Vss. 4-9

While the disciples went for food, Jesus rested by a well.

The woman came for water at unusual time because she was probably an outcast because of her immoral behavior.

Jesus asked her for a drink of water. This was unusual because he was a Jew and she a Samaritans.  "For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans."

HE CREATED AN INTEREST Vss. 10-15

Although she didn't understand what Jesus was talking about, his offer of living water certainly got her attention.

HE CHALLENGED HER HEART Vss. 16-26

Concerning her past. Vss.16-19

Concerning worship. Vss. 20-24

Concerning His identity. Vss. 25-26

HE CAUSED RESULTS Vss. 27-30

Obviously, the woman believed.

She went to the village and called the man to come meet the one she was sure was the Messiah.

May we remember that it is our duty to witness, but it is always the Spirit of God who works when people believe. (John 16:8-11)

 

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1 PETER 1:23-2:3 – ON A DIET

We certainly live in a diet-conscious era.

People diet to lose weight.

People diet to control sugar.

People diet to control cholesterol.

People diet to feel good and to stay healthy.

And by the way, everyone has a diet. It is either a good diet or a bad diet, but we all have a diet!

I jokingly say, "I'm on a sea food diet; I see food and I eat it!"

Not only do we have a food diet, but we also have a Spiritual diet.

What we feed our minds will affect how we think, how we act, and what we say.

For the Christian, the primary ingredient in his Spiritual diet should be the Word of God. Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1-2, 119:15-16, John 15:7, 2 Timothy 4:2

Our diet should include:

The reading of the Word of God

Memorization and Meditation upon the Word of God

Listening to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God

According to our text, we discover that our diet of the Word of God should be:

 

A RELIABLE DIET - 1:23-25

There are all sorts of diets that people try.

There has been the grapefruit diet.

There are low fat diets, and low cholesterol diets.

There are low salt diets.

And recently I heard that there is an aspirin diet, but don't try it. They say it has no value.

Our diet should be a healthy diet.  It should be good enough to take care of our physical needs.  It needs to be reliable.  We should try no diet unless we know it can be trusted.

When we feed ourselves spiritually with the Word of God, we have a reliable diet.

A person who is "born again" or "saved" he or she becomes a child of God. Vs. 23, 1 John 1:12-13

When a person realizes he or she is a sinner, that Christ had died for his or her sins and rose again and then trusts Christ as Savior, he or she is born again.  It is the work of the Spirit of God who uses the Word of God.

That's why this verse tells us that we are born again by God's Word.  But see what the Word of God is. It is "incorruptible seed".

God's word is not corrupt or faulty in any way!

God's word is dependable. According to this verse, God's word lives and abides forever.

1 Peter 1:24-25 is quoting from Isaiah 40. Man is like grass. Eventually he will fade away. The Word of God, however endures forever! It is permanent, and therefore reliable.

(For some more ways that the Word of God is reliable check out 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Psalm 19:7-11. I suggest you share these with your listeners.)

 

A RESTRICTED DIET - 2:1

Several years ago I ended up in the hospital.  The food wasn't very good there because I was on a restricted diet. There were certain things they weren't going to let me eat!  The reason for a restricted diet was for my own physical health. In order for you and I to grow Spiritually, and to be all that God wants us to be, He wants us to be on a restricted diet.  There are things that just don't belong in the life of the Christian.

Peter says that there are certain things that we are to "lay aside" or put out of our lives.

We are lay aside all malice. Malice is any kind of wickedness or evil that is lurking inside of us. It needs to be confessed and forsaken.  Evil and malicious thoughts often lead to evil and malicious actions. If we have committed any evil and malicious actions, these too need to be confessed, made right, and forsaken.

We are to lay aside all guile. Guile is deceit. We are not to deceive others. We are not to lie. We are not to promote falsehood in any way. It is to be put away from us.

We are to lay aside hypocrisy. This term comes from the Greek stage or theatre.  A hypocrite was an actor. He pretended to be someone he was not.

Sometimes we pretend to understand when we don't understand.

We pretend to love another person when we don't.

We pretend to be more spiritual than another is when we are not.

We pretend to be concerned when we could care less.

We pretend to love the Lord when we don't love the Lord!

Often our words do not match what we actually think or feel!

God says to restrict this from our diets!

We also have to beware of jealousy or envy.

All too often we are jealous because someone else has what we want.

We are jealous if someone else is asked to do something and we are not.

We are jealous if someone else gets the raise or promotion and we don't.

We are jealous when other people are spoken well of and we are not mentioned.

Jealousy will lead us to do and say things that we will be sorry about later!

We are to lay aside all evil speaking.  It's so easy to say things that aren't true. It's so easy to say things that are critical. It's so easy to say things because we have been hurt.

It's so easy to say things that aren't necessary. It's so easy to say things that will make us look good and someone else look bad.

A RECEIVED DIET - 2:2

In physical sense there are people who have been given a diet to follow but haven't. That includes myself. We have been told to eat certain things and stay away from other certain things, but we haven't done it.  A diet will do you no good unless you receive or accept it!

We are told here in this verse how to receive God's Word. We are to receive it as "new born babes". A newborn babe is enthusiastic about Mamma's milk. A newborn babe likes to eat! We are to be equally enthused and receptive of God's Word! Why should we crave the sincere or pure milk of the Word of God? Because pure milk causes us to grow!

A REASONABLE DIET - 2:3

Is God being unreasonable when He expects us to desire His Word?

Of course not! When you were born again the Spirit of God used the Word of God.

You tasted that the Lord is gracious! You received forgiveness of sin and new life.

If by God's grace you tasted of the Lord's grace from the word of God once, shouldn't you continue to taste of His grace through His Word? Of course!

We should be able to say with Jeremiah in Jeremiah 15:16, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts."

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THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Acts 5:3-4 (He is God!), John 16:7-14

THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 7:37-39, John 14:16-18, Acts 2:1-4, Romans 8:8-11, 15-17

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Acts 1:8, Romans 15:13

THE PROMINENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Romans 8:14, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 5:18

THE PRODUCTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Ephesians 5:9, 19-21, Galatians 5:22-23

PRAYER IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20-21

 

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