SERMON SEEDS
October 17, 2016, 4:54 PM

SERMON SEEDS N7 FOR WEEK OF 10/17/16

N7 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 17, 2016

 

Sermon Seeds is a weekly mailing of brief sermon outlines from Pastor

Jack Peters.  These outlines are meant to help other pastors and Bible

Teachers in their own preparations, as well as students of the Word in their studies. 

 

These outlines are only "seeds".  They are not sermons ready for you to preach.  Feel free to improve on these outlines any way the Lord leads you.

 

These outlines are based on the King James Version of the Bible, but are usually a “fit” with other translations.

 

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2 KINGS 4:32-37 – WHEN THE PROBLEM BECOMES MINE

 

There will be times in our lives when specific problems will be become our own responsibility with which to deal. Such was the case when a Shunammite woman deposited her dead son on Elisha’s bed in his “prophet’s chamber” (2 Kings 4:17-21). Elisha shows us how we can deal with the problems that become ours by the way he handled this problem which became his.

Before you teach the points of this sermon or lesson, you should summarize the story found in 2 Kings 4:8-31. Stress the fact that the woman was presenting her dead son as the prophet’s problem. Sometimes problems become ours because of no fault of our own.

PURUSE (SURVEY) THE PROBLEM – Vs. 32 – Elisha observed the problem for himself. The child was dead! We must also survey our problems and make sure we understand the problem as much as possible.

PICK (CHOOSE OR ACCEPT) THE PROBLEM AS YOUR OWN – Vs. 33 – When Elisha shut the door to the outside world he was indicating that he was accepting responsibility. He didn’t cause the problem, but he knew God wanted him to deal with it. Before God can use us to solve certain problems, we must realize that God is telling us to deal with them.

PRAY FOR GOD’S INTERVENTION – Vss. 33-34 – Elisha prayed and involved himself with the dead child. In this case, all Elisha could do was pray fervently. There will be times when God will direct you to take action (James 1:5-8). Other times, like Elisha, all you can do is pray!

PERSIST THROUGH THE PROBLEM – Vss. 34-35 – As Elisha prayed, the child became warm. There were signs that the problem would be solved. Notice that Elisha stayed with the problem until the child came totally back to life. Let us make sure that we do not give up on a problem too soon when we see slight improvement. Let us trust God for full victory.

PRESENT THE SOLUTION – Vss. 36-37 – Of course the child was presented alive to his mother. When we see God’s solutions to problems, we should share them with others and give God full credit!        

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PSALM 19 – TESTIMONY TIME

 

God gives us ample testimony to make right decisions concerning Him! Psalm 19 tells just what He uses as His personal testimony to us.

 

THE TESTIMONY OF NATURE – Vss. 1-6 – Romans 1:20

 

THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORD – Vss. 7-11 – Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Peter 1:23-25, 2 Peter 1:20-21

 

THE TESTIMONY OF THE SPIRIT – Vss. 12-14 – John 16:8-14

The Spirit convicts, using the Word and Nature to cause us to desire cleansing.

 

 

 

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MALACHI 1:1 – WHAT HAVE WE HERE?

NOW AND THEN – STUDIES IN MALACHI – #1

  The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

Malachi 1:1 (KJV)  

 

1.    NOW AND THEN

·      Malachi addresses key Spiritual issues of his day (his “now”!).

·      The people of his day were what Jesus will later call “lukewarm” (Revelation 3:15-16).

·      What Malachi viewed as “now” is very much the situation we have today.

·      Malachi also had “then” in view as he looked for the coming Messiah and His messenger.  Malachi 3:1-4, 4:1-5

·      We too have a “then” to which to look forward that should affect our behavior now! Titus 2:11-14

 

2.    TIME OF WRITING

·      Internal clues indicate that the writing was done in the post-exilic period. The priesthood was in operation and the temple was in existence.

·      The problems addressed very much parallel the ones faced by Nehemiah. Compare: Malachi 2:11-15, Nehemiah 13:23-27; Malachi 3:8-10, Nehemiah 13:10-14; Malachi 2:8-9, 4:4, Nehemiah 13:15-22; Malachi 1:6-2:9, Nehemiah 13:7-9; Malachi 3:5, Nehemiah 5:1-13

·      Malachi was probably written between 433-400 B.C.

 

3.    BURDEN

·      The word “burden” has the idea of something heavy that must be lifted up.

·      A message from God can be a burden to the messenger and the ones receiving the message.

 

4.    LORD

·      This is the personal name of our God.  He is the great “I Am”. Exodus 3:13-15

·      One of His key attributes is that of love. Psalm 103:8-12

·      As the great “I Am”, He is jealous of His glory.  Isaiah 42:8, Exodus 34:14

·      The LORD saves His people in spite of their sins. Psalm 106:7-8

·      The LORD makes Himself known through creation and His Word. Psalm 19:1, 7-11

 

5.    WORD OF THE LORD

·      Malachi was not transmitting his own message, but God’s.

·      He was not speaking on His own authority, but God’s.

·      It is important to understand that Malachi’s message is a message from God.                           2 Peter 1:20-21

·      Not every prophet who claims to speak for God actually does speak for God. Ezekiel 13:3-5, 1 Kings 22:13-28

·      Those who speak and teach today must be aware of the grave responsibility they have as they represent God.  1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Hebrews 13:17

 

6.    TO ISRAEL

·      The message was to God’s people as a corporate entity.

·      Although Malachi must be applied by the individual believer, it must also be applied by the church as a body of believers who are God’s people.

 

7.    BY MALACHI

·      Malachi means “My Messenger”.

·      We know nothing about him, so some think this is a general title instead of a real person.

·      Considering that the Old Testament does not lack for people having significant names, there’s good reason to think of Malachi as a real person.

·      Like all the other authors of Scripture, God used Malachi’s personality and circumstances to communicate His Word. 

 

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MARK 6:1-6 – REJECTED!

Jesus was doing great teaching and miracles throughout Galilee. When he got to His hometown of Nazareth, however, the reaction was different. He was rejected!

 

FAMILIAR FACE – Vss. 1-3a – Although Jesus’ words were mighty and the report of his miracles was that they were stupendous, what his home town people saw was a familiar face. They were not ready to embrace Him as Lord and Savior because He was too familiar.

 

FAITHLESS REACTION – Vss. 3b-4 – Instead of believing in Jesus they were offended by Him. Jesus observed that a prophet is accepted everywhere but in his own country and among his own people.

 

FAILED POWER – Vss. 5-6 – Jesus didn’t do many miracles because of the lack of faith on the part of the people. He marveled, or was amazed at their unbelief. Please notice that He left town and went to places where people would accept and believe on Him.

 

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JOHN 2:1-11 – BIG!

 

A BIG WEDDING – Vss. 1-2 – Jesus, Jesus’ disciples, and Jesus’ mother were there.

A BIG PROBLEM – Vs. 3 – A social tragedy occurred.  They ran out of wine.

A BIG CONVERSATION – Vss. 3-4 – It seems that Jesus was establishing his authority independent of His mother. He was acting on His own authority.

A BIG MIRACLE – Vss. 5-9 – Mary got the message, and just told the servants to do as Jesus instructed. Jesus made the water into wine.

A BIG COMMENT – Vs. 10 – The ruler of the feast observed that the best wine was held for last. When Jesus works a miracle, it is always the best quality.

A BIG BEGINNING – Vs. 11 – This was the first of many miracles Jesus would perform.

 

 

 

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2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-12 – GOOD GIVING

 

GIVE BOUNTIFULLY – Vs. 6

GIVE PURPOSEFULLY – Vs. 7

GIVE CHEERFULLY – Vs. 7

GIVE EXPECTANTLY – Vss. 8-12

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HEBREWS 11:30 – A PICTURE OF PRAYER

 

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

 

THEY WERE COMPLIANT – They did as they were told. Joshua 6:1-5

 

THEY WERE CONSISTENT – They kept obediently at it. Joshua 6:6-16

 

THEY CONQUERED – The walls fell and they defeated Jericho. Joshua 6:17-27

Matthew 7:7-8 – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: [8] For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

BE COMPLIANT – Ask! Seek! Knock!

 

BE CONSISTENT – Keep on asking, seeking and knocking!

 

CONQUER! – You will receive! You will find! You will have open doors!

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