SERMON SEEDS
August 24, 2017, 1:37 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 8/21/17

SERMON SEEDS

P30 – THE WEEK OF AUGUST 21, 2017

(With Apologies for Missing Last Week and Being Late this Week!)

 

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A FAMILY THAT GROWS

WE ARE FAMILY # 2 OF 4

My unique branch of the Peters Family began on June 10, 1972. Dottie became my bride!

 In 1973, 75, and 77 we added 3 children: David, Mark, and Donna.

Each one of our children got married. One at a time, we added their spouses, Carletta, Candace, and Tim, to our number.

In 1997, Nicole, who will be 20 this year, the first of our 17 grandchildren joined the clan!

Last year, Amayah, the first of our great-grandchildren, joined us!

We have grown in number. But we’ve grown in other ways as well.  Each of our children and spouses have been growing Spiritually. And grandchild has grown physically, mentally, emotionally, and hopefully, spiritually!

What a difficulty it is when children don’t grow up! Family should normally grow!

The church is a family, universal and local.

The Church Established:

  • Announced – Matthew 16
  • Commissioned – Matthew 28: 18-20
  • Launched (Started) – Acts 2:1-12, 37-42

Next, the church began to grow, Spiritually and numerically. We like numbers increasing, but even better is when there is Spiritual progress! Let’s look at a family that grows!

ONE FAITH – ACTS 2:37-41

John 3:36, 1 Thessalonians 1:9, Ephesians 2:8-9, Psalm 32:1, 1 Cor. 12:13, Romans 8:9-14

 

ONE FAMILY – ACTS 2:42

1. THEY CONTINUED

  • In Doctrine (Teaching) – Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Timothy 4:13

 

  • In Fellowship“Common Participation in God” 1 John 1:3

 

  • In Breaking of Bread – 1 Corinthians 11:22-26

 

  • In Prayer – Acts 4:31, Acts 12:5

 

2. THEY UNITED – Acts 2:44, 46

Philippians 2:1-4, Ephesians 4:1-6

 

3. THEY SHARED – Acts 2:44-45

1 John 3:16-18, Galatians 6:9-10

 

4. THEY REJOICED – Acts 2:46-47a

Psalm 100

 

ONE FORCE – ACTS 2:47

Favor with the people

People added to the church such as would be saved.

A good testimony in action and words (Gospel)

 

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A FAMILY THAT LOVES

WE ARE FAMILY # 3 OF 4

 

The very best family is the one that loves each other, warts and all!  My Dad and Mom taught us that by example.  Dad and Mom were always there for their children, for their own parents, and for other family members. Things were not always happy, like when I became a Baptist, and he found out from someone else instead of me.  But in time, he forgave and we moved on.

When my folks died within four months of each other, the settling of the estate was a testimony to the good example my parents set. It went smoothly.

Around the same time there was a death in a family that I pastored.  There was angst and consternation. People in that family were not getting along.

The church is a family!  God is Father to each one who trusts His Son as Savior. John 1:12. This makes each believer a brother or a sister. This is Heritage Month. We’ve already seen “The Family Established”, and “A Family That Grows”. This week we see “A Family That Loves.”

The Church is a love story.

  • God’s creatures rebelled against their creator from Adam and Eve on.
  • A righteous God demands justice. Someone had to pay for man’s sin.
  • God in His love sent His perfect, sinless, Son to take our punishment. God accepted that sacrifice and rose Jesus from the dead. 1 John 4:10
  • God, in His love offers the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life who will trust His Son. John 3:16
  • Those who believe are now part of the universal church. The universal church is to be distinguished by love. The local church, a microcosm of the universal church should be known by its love. John 13:34-35
  • What does it look like when a local church family demonstrates love? 1 Corinthians 13 answers that question.

  THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 1 John 4:7-8

THE CHARCTERISTICS OF LOVE – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

  1. Love Is Patient – Vs. 4, Romans 12:17, Matthew 5:39
  2. Love Is Kind – Vs. 4, Ephesians 4:30-32, Luke 6:31  
  3. Love Is Not Jealous – Vs. 4, Proverbs 27:4
  4. Love Does Not Brag – Vs. 4, Matthew 6:1-18
  5. Love Is Not Self-Important (conceited, arrogant) – Vs. 4
  6. Love is Polite – Vs. 5
  7. Love Is Flexible – Vs. 5 – Philippians 2:4
  8. Love Is Not Grumpy – Vs. 5
  9. Love Thinks the Best – Vs. 5
  10.  Love Has Integrity – Vs. 6
  11.  Love Is Optimistic – Vs. 7 – The key to optimism is faith. Hebrews 11:6
  12.  Love Never Fails – Vs. 8

THE PREEMINENCE OF LOVE – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:22-23, Luke 11:13

 

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THE FORGOTTEN FACE OF A “SECOND BANANA”

FORGOTTEN FACES #3 OF 8

Down through the years there have been many “side kicks”, #2 men, or “second bananas”.  These are the helpers to people who usually grab the headlines, so to speak.

How were some of these famous teams of a famous man and a second banana? Can you think of some of these?

Batman and Robin, Roy Rodgers and Pat Brady, or Gabby Hayes, Sherlock Holms and Watson

Yogi Bear and Boobo, The Green Hornet and Kato, The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Paul and Silas, or Barnabas, Peter and Andrew

Very often in the movies or cartoons, a second banana has been viewed as somewhat of a fool.  But in other cases the second banana was really quite competent, even though he or she did not have the primary role.

As we return to our study of “Forgotten Faces” this evening we come to the story of a man who ended up being “second banana” to a very famous king.  In fact if this man’s father had not messed up, this man would have become King of Israel himself, and would have been very competent as such.

There is nothing wrong with being a “second banana” when our lives are yielded to God.  We need only serve where he puts us.  As someone has said, we are to “bloom where we are planted”. Psalm 47:4, Psalm 75:6-7

The Second Banana I’m thinking about is Jonathan. Who was Jonathan?  

He was the son of King Saul. He was the good friend of David.

He would have been king Saul, had not disqualified himself from being king. 1 Samuel 15:28

Let’s look at the life of Jonathan, who ended up being second banana or playing second fiddle to David.  This did not discourage him, he simply lived his life pleasing God. He accepted God’s plan for his life.

JONATHAN’S COURAGE

Israel was in sad shape at this time.

The Philistines were making inroads into Israeli territory.

Saul had foolishly acted and tried to do the priest’s job of offering sacrifices.

Saul had been told that he was disqualified from being king and that he would lose the kingdom.

Many Israelites were hiding in fear in caves for fear of the Philistines.

There were no swords available except for those that belonged to Saul and Jonathan. With all these negative things happening, Saul appears to have paralyzed with fear and indecision.

14:1 – Jonathan with just an armor bearer decided to go the nearest stronghold of the Philistines, called Mich-mash. Meanwhile, his father did nothing. 

14:6 – Here we see a statement both of courage and of faith.  Jonathan had courage because Jonathan had faith. He realized that there was no limitation on the Lord when it came to numbers.  He could deliver using few or many.

Too often Christians are like Saul who fail to act because they are outnumbered.

We need to be more like Jonathan, who realized “that God plus one man equals a majority.”

Jonathan’s faith and courage were not blind faith or courage.

God had promised victories along this line if Israel would follow the Lord. Leviticus 26:7-8

There are times when we lack courage.

More often than not it is because we lack faith.

How do we build faith?  Romans 10:17 

14:8-10 – If the soldiers invited them up, they would be confident that God was in it.

   14:11-12 – The soldiers thought they had discovered a couple of scared Jewish soldiers. They playfully invited them up to them.  Jonathan took this as a sign of victory.

Vss. 13-15 – Not only were 20 Philistines slain, but this caused confusion or panic among the Philistines.  And God added an earth quake as well.

By the time Saul arrived to see what was going on, the soldiers were fighting amongst themselves, and Jews who had defected to the Philistines realigned with Israel, and those in hiding came out to fight. (Vss. 20-23)

JONATHAN’S COMPANION

We need to move ahead past two very significant events.

First we move past the anointing of David as the new king.

Although he had not yet begun to reign, he was designated by God as Saul’s successor.

Second, we move past the story of David and Goliath.

Israel was in fear of the great giant.

David was used of God to defeat Goliath with a slingshot and a God-guided stone.

The death of Goliath led to another Israeli victory over the Philistines and made David a national hero.

I venture to say that you can tell the character of a man or woman by their friends.  Men and women of character make their closest friends men and women of character.

18:1- Immediately after the defeat of Goliath, Jonathan’s soul was knit with the soul of David.

Both men were courageous.

Both men loved the Lord God of Israel.

Both men were men of faith.

Although there was a difference in their ages, Jonathan probably being significantly older, there was no difference in their zeal for God.

In his love for David, Jonathan displayed a quality that is to be present among church leaders. He was a lover of good men. Titus 1:7-8

You and I should also be lovers of good men and women and spending time with them developing our mutual faith. Hebrews 10:24-25

18:2-3 – Jonathan and David made a covenant of friendship. They would look after each other and each other’s families, especially if one should die first.  Notice the depth of Jonathan’s love. He loved

David as much as he loved himself.

   18:4 – What was Jonathan’s position in the court?

            He was the crown prince.

            In all likelihood he wore clothes fitting to the office.

            Can it be that Jonathan, in giving his very clothes to David, is acknowledging that it was

            David, not he, that would be the next king of Israel?

Here is a friend who was willing to let another friend go ahead of him.  Good friends, good companions, are not selfish.  One of the qualities of love is that it is not selfish.

 

JONATHAN’S COOPERATION

A good second banana knows how to cooperate, especially with his superior partner.  The events in Israel’s court certainly made it necessary for David to have Jonathan’s cooperation.  David got that cooperation because they were friends.

18:6-12 – Saul became David’s enemy.  It’s important to note that David never became Saul’s enemy.  David did not retaliate.

There are two events that I want us to look at to see the cooperation between Jonathan and David.

19:1- 3 – When Jonathan got wind of the fact that David was targeted by his father to be killed, he first warned David.

Praise God for friends who cooperate by warning us.

In this case Jonathan was warning David of possible danger.

It is important that we follow the example of Jonathan.

There are times when our friends need to be warned of danger.

Cooperating with David, Jonathan didn’t stop at warning.

He also intervened for David.

19:4-7 - There are times when you and I need someone to speak in our behalf as Jonathan did for David.  There are times when you and I need to defend someone who is absent, and to speak in behalf of them.

Sometimes someone will say something totally false about a person.  I need to speak up and defend the person who is not there.

Sometimes someone needs to say a word in defense of someone who has accidentally hurt someone else’s feelings.

Sometimes it takes a third person to make peace.

Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Although Jonathan cooperated with David and was his peace maker, Saul quickly reverted back to his antagonism against David.   

In 1 Samuel 20 there is another story of Jonathan’s cooperation with David.

In this case Jonathan acted as a spy to see if Saul wanted to kill David.  It became evident that this was indeed the case. Jonathan warned his friend and David was able to flee.

I am impressed that through all of this, Jonathan was cooperating with David, because Jonathan was concerned about David’s best interests.  May we do the same thing.

Philippians 2:4 - Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

 

JONATHAN’S COMMUNICATION   

There are times when we need encouragement.

We get down.  We get depressed. We get in need of a good word.

Proverbs 12:25

David was being pursued by Saul relentlessly.

He needed encouragement.

It was Jonathan who delivered that encouragement.

23:14-18 – The key thought in this passage is Vs. 16.

1 Samuel 23:16 - And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

So how do we strengthen our friends hands in God?

We pray with them.

We share Scriptures.

We remind them of God’s promises.

We remind them of God’s faithfulness.

We encourage them.

The best thing we can do for our friends is to communicate encouragement.

You probably know the end of the story.

Saul and Jonathan are killed in battle.

David becomes king.

But David never forgot the man who could have been king, but became a second banana.

2 Samuel 1:26

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ESTHER 7-8 – VICTORY!

GOD WAS THERE PART 5 (STUDIES IN ESTHER)

HAMAN'S REMOVAL – Esther 7

Explanation Of The Jews' Peril Vss. 1-4

Exposure Of Haman's Wickedness Vss. 5-6

Execution Of Haman Vss. 7-10

ISRAEL'S RESCUE – Esther 8

Mordecai's Rise To Power Vss. 1-2, 15-17

Esther's Request For Help Vss. 3-6

The King's Resolution To The Problem Vss. 7-14

 

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PSALM 8 – EXCELLENT!

GOD IS EXCELLENT IN NAME – Vss. 1, 9

GOD IS EXCELLENT IN GLORY – Vs. 1

GOD IS EXCELLENT IN STRENGTH – Vss. 2-3

GOD IS EXCELLENT IN ACTION – Vss. 4-5

GOD IS EXCELLENT IN DELEGATION – Vss. 6-8

 

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MARK 6:14-29 – INTRIGUE IN THE PALACE

 (Some of us remember the Three Stooges. I believe it was them who once did a short movie called “Malice in the Palace”. You could use that title instead.)

INTRODUCTION – Vss. 14-16

Jesus had sent his disciples on a preaching mission.  Their works were so great people began to speculate as to the identity of Jesus. Herod thought it was John, whom he had beheaded.  Here is the story of the Intrigue in the Palace!

 

A STEADFAST PROPHET – Vss. 17-20

Herod had arrested John because he had told Herod that his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife. Herodias had a grudge against John. She would have killed John, but couldn’t.

Herod feared, respected, and listened to John.

A SENSUOUS GIRL – Vss. 21-22

Herod’s step-daughter danced a sensuous dance that pleased Herod and his associates.

A SILLY (STUPID) PROMISE – Vss. 22-23

Herod made a promise to give the girl whatever she asked for.

A SINISTER WIFE – Vss. 24-25

Herodias instructed her daughter to ask for the head of John on a charger!

A SILENCED MESSENGER – Vss. 26-29

Although the king was sorry, he was not sorry enough to go back on his word. 

John was executed.

 

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HEBREWS 11:5-6 – FAITH WALKER

I began this message by quoting verses from 3 hymns - "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," "In the Garden", and "O Master Let Me Walk With Thee".

The words from these three hymns remind us of the importance of walking with God.  The original faith walker was a man named Enoch. He walked by faith!

HIS TRIP

"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:"

Enoch jumps off the pages of Genesis 5 and grabs our attention.

If Hebrews 11 is the "Faith Chapter" of the Bible, Genesis 5 is the "Death Chapter".  The key phrase in this list of genealogies is, "And he died".

Enoch is the exception to the rule. Genesis 5:21-24

Enoch did not see death.  God brought Him directly home to Heaven.  This translation from earth to Heaven was a result of Enoch's faith.  That was some trip!

As a result of the faith of each Christian, we too will experience "translation".  We call it the rapture, and it is possible that some of us will experience the rapture before we experience death. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

While we await the coming of the Lord Jesus, faith is to be a key part of our waiting. Titus 2:11-14 – We show that we believe that Jesus is coming back soon is found in our Godly living.

 

HIS TESTIMONY

"for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."

This is a wonderful testimony to have.  Enoch pleased God.

This is a thought that I don't want you to take lightly.

There are a lot of things that people deem important.  And many things are important things after a fashion.

Family is important.

Friends are important.

Church is important.

The job is important.

Inter-personal relationships are important.

Paying our bills is important.

But there is nothing more important than pleasing God!

If we get to the end of our lives and God is not pleased, what do we have? Nothing!

How did Enoch please God? Enoch pleased God by walking with God! Genesis 5:24

To please God today, we must walk with God.

Our walk with God has certain ingredients in it.

1. COOPERATION

We can not walk with God unless we are in agreement with God. Amos 3:3

2. COMMUNICATION

To walk with someone does imply some sort of fellowship or communication.  If we are going to walk with God, we must be listening to what He has to say.  What's the use of walking with someone if you are not speaking with someone?

We talk much about prayer and the concept of talking to God.

Indeed the Bible tells us that this important.

But just as Elijah heard a still, small voice, we need to be listening for that same voice as we pray and as we listen to the Word of God.

3. CONDUCT

Walking with God requires certain kinds of behavior, if we are going to walk the way God wants us to walk.

We are to walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

We are to walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16

We are to walk in love. Ephesians 5:2 -

 

4. CONFIDENCE

Confidence is a very important part of our walk with God. In fact, I mention it now but the concept is developed in the next verse. 2 Corinthians 5:7

HIS TRUST

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

If we do not have faith, it is impossible to please God.

If we are going to come to God, we must believe that He exists.

If I asked each of you if you believed that God exists, you will all say "yes".

However, the real question is "Do you act like God exists?"

I confess that all too often, I haven't.

Very often our behavior betrays how much we really believe in the existence of God.  If we really believed in God's existence, we wouldn't be so quick to do some of the things we do.

We must also believe that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Do we truly believer that God rewards those who seek Him?

How does God reward those who seek Him?

Peace

Answered prayer

Holy Spirit Power

Godliness

 

Now, if we truly believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, what will be do? Isaiah 55:6, Psalm 27:4-8, John 15:1-7

If we truly are men and women of faith, we must be men and women who believe He exists and that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him. If we believe that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him, we will seek Him. This is what Trust is about!

 

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