SERMON SEEDS
September 28, 2017, 8:07 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 9/25/17

SERMON SEEDS

P33 – THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 1:5-10 – WHAT HAPPENED?

REAL CHURCH IN A REAL WORLD #3

 

  • When a child starts crying and screaming at the top of his or her lungs, we ask, “What Happened?”.
  • When a loved one calls you at 3:00 in the morning in tears, we also ask, “What Happened”.
  • When someone who was your friend suddenly turns on you, we ask, “What Happened?”
  • When someone who is normally depressed becomes very happy, we ask, “What Happened?”
  • “What happened?” is probably what my parents asked, when I, a formally devout Episcopalian, became a born-again Christian.
  • And when new believers are baptized people wonder, “What Happened?”

If you were in the bustling city of Thessalonica in Macedonia, or Northern Greece, in the days of the Apostle Paul you might have been asking the same question!

There was a group of Gentiles who started worshipping and serving the Lord Jesus Christ instead of the traditional Gods of Mount Olympus, just 50 miles away. They became part of this sect known as “Christians”.

It was a day when idol worship and emperor worship was the norm, and one could worship multiple idols.  The Thessalonian believers, for the most part, Gentiles, had taken the radical step of believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. More than one Thessalonian parent, child, wife, husband, aunt, or uncle was wondering “What Happened” that one of their relatives became a Christian.

“What Happened?” is still a question often asked when one becomes a “Born Again” Christian and their lives are changed forever.

The Church in Thessalonica had been founded by the Apostle Paul along with his partner Silvanus, and their assistant, Timothy.  So many people became Christians, that the Jews became upset and instigated a riot that caused Paul and Silas to be kicked out of town.

This young church was left on its own, until Paul sent Timothy several months later to check on their wellbeing.

This real church in the real world was thriving, howbeit, persecuted! Paul sent this letter to the Thessalonians and it still helps us today to know how to thrive as a real church in the real world.

Last week we saw how we can fulfill our mission as individual Christians and as a church. Our mission is to glorify God through the Lord Jesus Christ and to fulfill the Great Commission. For the Thessalonians and us it is a work of faith, a labor of love, a steadfast hope, and a secure mission because we are chosen for it.

This week we see, “What Happened” when the Thessalonians and we became Christians.

 

THEY WERE CONVICTED – Vs. 5

The Gospel was (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 10:9-10) was not just in word, but in power (Acts 1:8, John 16:8-10, John 3:3-7). Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy also witnessed through their Godly behavior (1 Thessalonians 2:4-8).

Assurance = conviction – I believe the conviction was that of the missionaries. They witnessed with power because they were convinced themselves.

 

THEY WERE CONVINCED – Vs. 6

They became followers of Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy first, then of the Lord!

As they trusted Christ, they were persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).

As they trusted Christ, they also experienced joy (1 Peter 1:8-9)

 

THEY WERE CONSPICUOUS – Vss. 7-8

They were so open about their faith, Paul and Silvanus didn’t need to tell anyone about the faith of the Thessalonians. They were so open that everyone knew about it. We should always be tastefully open about our faith (Romans 1:16-17)

 

THEY WERE CONVERTED (CHANGED) – Vss. 9-10

Vs. 9 – The Thessalonians were new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).                                          

Vs. 10 – The Thessalonians were looking for the return of the Lord Jesus (Titus 2:11-15)!

 

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ESTHER 4:14 – THIS IS THE TIME! OR, POP AND POOF!

…and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for a time as this?

 

  • What Bible Character, other than Jesus would you like to have been?

 

  • What do all the Bible Characters that were just mentioned have in common?

 

  • Consider the following characters. Notice how each one of these popped on the scene and poof, they were gone!
  1. Melchizedek, Genesis 14:18-20
  2. Elijah, 1 Kings 17:1, 2 Kings 2:11
  3. Ananias, Acts 9:10-19, Acts 22:12-16
  4. The Two Witnesses, Revelation 11:3-13

 

  • Queen Esther appears in the Bible book bearing her name. Let’s review her story.

 

  • Like the other characters we discussed she popped into the Bible narrative and then at the end of the book, poof! She was gone.

 

  • God has put you where you are right now for a reason. Do you know what it is? Ephesians 3:21, 2 Thessalonians 1:11, Matthew 28:18-20

 

  • Let Ephesians 5:18-21 help you to fulfill the purpose for which God put you here!

 

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PSALM 34:1-9 – COMMITTED TO GOD

 

COMMITMENT TO PRAISE GOD – Vss. 1-3

 

COMMITMENT TO PURSUE GOD – Vss. 4-6

 

COMMITMENT TO PARTICIPATE WITH GOD – Vss. 7-9

  1. Fear
  2. Taste
  3. See
  4. Trust

 

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ISAIAH 1:2-9 – NATION IN TROUBLE

 

A STUBBORN NATION IS A NATION IN TROUBLE – Vss. 2-3

 

A SINFUL NATION IS A NATION IN TROUBLE – Vs. 4

 

A SICK NATION IS A NATION IN TROUBLE – Vss. 5-6

 

A SUPPRESSED NATION IS A NATION IN TROUBLE– Vss. 7-8

 

A SPECIAL NATION IS A NATION WITH A GODLY REMNANT! – Vs. 9

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MATTHEW 6:9 – HALLOWED BE THY NAME

THE LORDS PRAYER #2 0F 8

 

Revelation 4:11 - "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

Worship is an important part of church.

Worship is an important part of our prayer lives.

Worship is evidence that you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-20

 

When we approach God in prayer, we begin by remembering that we are coming into the presence of "Our Father".  This is assuming that the person praying has trusted Christ as his Savior. John 1:12, Romans 8:15-16

 

So we come, praying to our Father.

And because our Father is who He is, our prayer nicely flows into the adoration of worship, "Hallowed be Thy name."

Worship includes at least three things that we need to consider:

 

THERE IS REVERENCE IN WORSHIP

 

According to Martin Lloyd-Jones, The word "hallowed" means "to sanctify, or to revere, or to make and keep holy." (D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, The Sermon on the Mount, Copyright by Inter-Varsity Fellowship, Printed by Eerdmans Printing Company, Grand Rapids, Page 59)

It is to have reverence.

It is to have respect.

It is to set apart as special.

 

The request is that God's name would be reverenced by us, by others, and by the whole world. Why reverence for the name of God?  God's names reveal who He is.  In Bible times, the names that God used for Himself and that He was called revealed the character of God. (In my message I took time to elaborate on some of the names of God. You might want to do the same.)

 

THERE IS REJOICING IN WORSHIP

 

There is certainly an attitude of rejoicing worship in the Psalms.

Psalm 104:33-34, Psalm 34:1-3, Psalm 30:4, Psalm 96:1-2

 

How do we go about rejoicing in worship?

To answer that question, let us go to Psalm 100.

Psalm 100:1, 2, and 4 show us how to rejoice in worship. (Elaborate)

 

THERE ARE REASONS FOR WORSHIP

 

Psalm 100:3,5

1. The Lord is God.

2. The Lord has made us.

3. We (Christians) are the Lord's People.

4. We (Christians) are the sheep of the Lord's Pasture (Psalm 23)

5. The Lord is good.

6. The Lord's mercy is everlasting.

7. The Lord's truth endures to all generations.

 

Not only should our worship include reverence, rejoicing, and reasons in our own private times of prayer, but let us remember to worship God in church with reverence, rejoicing, and reasons.

 

 

 

 

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LUKE 19:1-10 – A CONVERSION STORY

 

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector in Jericho. The Jews, who considered

tax collectors as traitors, would have considered Zacchaeus a great sinner.

They would have said that he needed to be converted, or changed. But

Zacchaeus was no different than anyone else then and now. If you haven't

already, you need to experience the same conversion that Zacchaeus did.

 

HE WAS SHORT, I AM SHORT - Vs. 3

Not only was Zacchaeus sort in stature, but he was short spiritually. He was

a sinner that needed salvation. Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10-18, 23

 

HE WAS SMART, I NEED TO BE SMART - Vss. 3-4

Zacchaeus sought after Jesus. That is the smartest thing anyone can do! When

we seek Jesus He finds us!

 

HE WAS SUMMONED, I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED - Vs. 5

He invites us to come to Him and believe on Him. Matthew 11:28, Revelation

22:17

 

HE WAS SAVED, I CAN BE SAVED - Vss. 6-10

Zacchaeus quickly responded to Jesus' summons.

We respond to Jesus' summons to salvation through faith. John 3:16,

Ephesians 2:8-9

There was a change in Zacchaeus' life that showed that he had truly been

converted. A person who is truly saved will also be a changed individual. 2

Corinthians 5:17

 

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PHILIPPIANS 4:8 – YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK

THE WAY WE THINK AFFECTS OUR BEHAVIOR

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The Bible clearly tells us that we are what we think!  Eventually our words and our behavior will reflect what we are thinking on the inside.

 

Proverbs 23:7 - "For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he:..."

 

Matthew 15:18-19 - But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

 

Luke 6:45 ­ A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 

If we are going to think the way God wants us to think, and as a result act the way God wants to act, we are going to have to learn how to think properly, because "You are what you think."

Changing your thinking begins with salvation.  If you have truly recognized yourself to be a sinner, and have truly turned to Jesus Christ, as the One who died for you, and have trusted Him for forgiveness of sin and eternal life, there will be a change in your life! 2 Corinthians 5:7

 

As a result of the new life in Christ, we are told to make some changes. One change is who our boss will be in life. Another change is how we think through life's situations. Romans 12:1-2

 

If our mind is renewed, it means that our thinking will be different than the way it was before we knew Christ as Savior. It means that we must learn how to think differently. This all brings us to our text, Philippians 4:8:

 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

 

This verse gives us a pattern for our thinking.

 

We'll talk about how to implement that pattern at the end of the message.  But first, let's look at the types of things about which we should be thinking.  We can break down the types of things to think about into three categories.

 

 

PROFOUND THOUGHTS

 

I call these thoughts profound because they are certainly of the highest and deepest quality. They include the things that are true, honest, and just.

 

  • THE TRUE

 

The things which we think about should be true.

They should be valid thoughts.

They should be responsible thoughts.

They should be honest thoughts.

 

Have you ever stopped to realize how much we think about is just not true?

We worry about what this one is thinking.

We worry that this has happened or that has happened.

 

We worry about what will happen.

We assume people are saying and doing things that they are not saying and doing.

 

Why is this?  Ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been getting man to believe lies which he tells.  If he gets you to believe what isn't true, he can paralyze your testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ. John 8:44

 

Thinking about lies will upset you, make you worry, make you angry, make you ineffective for the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

  • WHAT WE THINK ABOUT IS TO BE HONORABLE.

 

That's what the word "honest" means here.

What we think about is not to be simplistic.

What we think about is not be trash.

What we think about is not to be sheer imagination.

So much of what we think about is useless!

Thinking on the honorable takes us to a higher plane.

What we think about as Christians is to be better than what our unsaved friends are thinking about.

Our thinking is to be honorable, or reputable, or noble.

 

  • WHAT WE THINK ABOUT IS TO BE RIGHT

 

The word just would mean right.

Back in the Old Testament days of the Judges it is said that every man did that which was right in his own eyes.  It's not hard for me to view my own thoughts as right according to my standards.  I can easily justify the way I think.

But to have my thoughts conformable to God's standards is something else.

 

Micah 6:8 -  He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 

To do justly, I must think justly.

To love mercy, I must think mercifully.

To walk humbly with my God I must think about Him enough to meditate in His Word and talk to Him.

 

PRECIOUS THOUGHTS

 

We get the mistaken idea that when we think the way God wants us to think, that things will be dull.

I think quite the opposite is true.

 

The next two types of thoughts are precious to God and precious to others, because of the way we will treat them when our thoughts are precious.

 

And these thoughts will be precious to ourselves, because we will be so much happier when we think this way.

 

PRECIOUS THOUGHTS - There are two types here.

 

  • WHAT I THINK ABOUT IS TO BE PURE.

 

First and foremost my thoughts must be morally pure before God.

I am not to be dwelling on that which displeases God!

I am not to be dwelling on the filth of this world.

I am not to be dwelling on that which would make me blush if others knew what I was thinking.

Psalm 101:3

 

 

PRECIOUS THOUGHTS

  • WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY

 

When we think about lovely things they are pleasing.

When we think about lovely things they are agreeable.

When we think about lovely things they are amiable.

 

Lovely thoughts are beneficial towards God.

Lovely thoughts are beneficial towards others.

Lovely thoughts are those which would put God and others first.

Lovely thoughts are probably the thoughts that motivate us towards service for God and kind deeds towards man.

 

When you've done something nice, it is because it began with a lovely thought.

 

POSITIVE THOUGHTS

 

Do you know why we are often critical?

Do you know why we are often unkind?

Do you know why we are often guilty of slander, and a judgmental attitude?

It is because we do not think positive thoughts.

 

  • WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT

 

Instead of dwelling on bad news dwell on good news.

Instead of trying to make yourself look good, try to make God and others look good.

 

This occurs when we think about the good we find in others instead of the bad we find in others.

There are some verses that Paul shared with the Philippians that should be our attitude towards other believers. Philippians 1:3-6

 

The words "good report" mean worth talking about.

If it's worth talking about something, it's worth thinking about.

If it's not worth talking about, then it's not worth thinking about either.

 

POSITIVE THOUGHTS:

  • IF THERE BE ANY VIRTUE

 

The word virtue means "excellence".

We are to be so choosy about what we think that thinking just good thoughts isn’t enough. We must strive to think excellent thoughts.

 

We want to think about that which is excellent in God's eyes.

When we praise we should think on the excellent.

When we pray we should think about the excellent.

When we consider God's will, we should think about doing what is excellent.

Part of Paul's prayer for the Philippians in chapter 1 of that book is that they would "approve things that are excellent".

May we strive to do the same.

 

POSITIVE THOUGHTS:

  • IF THERE BE ANY PRAISE

 

We should think on things worthy of our praise.

We should think on things worthy of God's praise.

We are to think thoughts worth sharing to others, that they would think them too.

 

We have quite a list here:

PROFOUND THOUGHTS THAT ARE TRUE, HONORABLE AND RIGHT

PRECIOUS THOUGHTS WHICH ARE PURE AND LOVELY

POSITIVE THOUGHTS WHICH ARE OF GOOD REPORT, EXCELLENT, AND WORTHY OF PRAISE.

 

The question now is, how do we go about thinking such thoughts?

 

Let me give you three suggestions, remembering that you can't think thoughts pleasing to God, until you are a child of God.

 

1. Ask Christ to control your thought life, using Romans 6:13 as a model.

 

Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.

 

Yield yourself to God as one who is alive from the dead in Christ.

Yield your thoughts to God as instruments of righteousness unto God.

 

2. Think of the ways the Lord Jesus fulfills all of these qualities found in Philippians 4:8. (Review)

    For instance, think of all the ways Jesus Christ is true, honorable, etc.

 

3. Memorize and Meditate on the Scriptures.

 

Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

 

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God's word is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue, worthy of praise, thinking on it and the Lord Jesus are the best ways to revolutionize your thought life.

 

 

These are expanded notes from a previously shared outline.

 

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