SERMON SEEDS
November 2, 2016, 2:35 PM

SERMON SEEDS N9 - WEEK OF 10/31/16

SERMON SEEDS

N9 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 31, 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.

 

As seeds these outlines need to be:

 

WRAPPED (planted)  in the soil of  SUPPLICATION   (prayer).

WATERED with the rain of EDUCATION (doctrine).

WARMED by the sun of  APPLICATION AND ILLUSTRATION.

 

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

 

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS – A TOPICAL SERMON/LESSON

 

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

In the Trenches for Our Churches

Learning to Intercede for Others

 

John 14:12-14 (KJV) - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

 

·      The words of our Lord Jesus written above should excite us, empower us, and challenge us to live lives dedicated to intercessory prayer.

·      The Lord Jesus never intended His church to be weak, but a powerful witness for Him. Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8

·      The Lord Jesus did not intend individual Christians to be weak, but strong in Godly living, prayer, evangelism, and good works. Romans 6:14, Galatians 5:16, John 15:1-17, Ephesians 2:10

·      Perhaps the single, most perplexing problem we have is feeble prayer lives.

·      Learning to pray for others will take most of us a lifetime to perfect. Remember, improving personal intercessory prayer is better than no prayer life at all!

·      Group prayer in our churches is important, but will probably not be as effective until some of us learn to pray effectively privately, behind closed doors.

 

LET’S GO BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!

 

IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN THE NAME OF JESUS

Matthew 6:5-6 (KJV) - And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
 

Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV) - Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Jude 1:20 (KJV) - But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

 

WITH A PENITENT HEART

Psalm 66:18 (KJV) - If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

1 John 1:9 (KJV) - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

WITH PRAISE ON OUR LIPS AND IN OUR HEARTS

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (KJV) - Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


Hebrews 13:15 (KJV) - By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.


WITH THE PROMISE OF ANSWERS

Matthew 7:7-11 (KJV) - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

 

AS A PRIVILEGED INTERCESSOR FOR ALL

FOR THE SAVED: Ephesians 6:18 (KJV) - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesians 3:14-21 (KJV) - For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

For more specific prayers for the saints, see Ephesians 1:17-23, Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-14, and 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12.

 

FOR THE UNSAVED: - 1 Timothy 2:1-6 (KJV) - I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

 

AS A PARTICULAR INTERCESSOR FOR SOME

Colossians 4:12 (KJV) - Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

 

AS A PERSISTENT INTERCESSOR FOR OTHERS

Luke 18:1-8 (KJV) - And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

 

AS A PARTNER WITH GOD FOR THE SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING OF ALL

Note – If this doesn’t get us on our knees, nothing will!

James 5:16-18 (KJV) - Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

 

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2 KINGS 5 – PEOPLE

The Story of Naaman tells us lots of things about people!

GREAT PEOPLE HAVE FLAWS – Vs. 1 – Naaman was great in the eyes of his master, but he had leprosy.

HUMBLE PEOPLE HAVE IMPACT – Vss. 2-5 – This poor little maid was rich in faith, and that changed things.

IMPORTANT PEOPLE PANIC – Vss. 6-7 – The King of Israel was terrified.

GOD’S PEOPLE ACT – Vss. 8-10 – Elisha came to the rescue by taking responsibility for Naaman’s healing.

PROUD PEOPLE REBEL – Vss. 11-12 – Naaman was too proud to wash in the Jordon River.

REASONABLE PEOPLE INTERVENE – Vs. 13 – Naaman’s servants were able to reason with their master.

HUMBLED PEOPLE ARE HEALED – Vss. 14-19A – Naaman was healed physically and Spiritually.

GREEDY PEOPLE DECEIVE – Vss. 19B-27 – Gehazi became rich by lying, but the penalty was permanent leprosy.

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PSALM 118:1-9 – IT’S TIME

IT’S TIME TO WORSHIP – PRAISE – Vss. 1-4

IT’S TIME TO ASK – PETITION – Vs. 5

IT’S TIME TO RELAX – PARTNERSHIP – Vss. 6-7

IT’S TIME TO TRUST – PEACE – Vss. 8-9

 

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MALACHI 2:1-9 – HOLY AND UNHOLY PRIESTHOODS

NOW AND THEN – STUDIES IN MALACHI – #3

·      Christians have the unique privilege of being God’s priests. 1 Peter 2:5, 9, Revelation 1:5-6, John 13:12-14, Hebrews 13:15, Ephesians 6:18,                                            1 Timothy 2:1-5

·      Those in leadership have even higher standards. 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 4:11-16, Titus 1: 5-9

·      As in any profession, there are those who are a credit to the Christian priesthood and those who are not.  There are those who act in a holy way and those who act in an unholy way.

·      The priests in Malachi’s day were acting in an unholy way.  He rebukes them at the beginning and end of our text.

·      In the middle of our text, Malachi describes what a holy priest is like. As Christ’s priests today, there are lessons to be learned in this passage.

A HOLY PRIESTHOOD – Vss. 5-7

·      Vs. 5 – The covenant of life and peace is alluded to in Exodus 32:25-29. The Levites took a stand against those who worshiped the golden calf.

·      The covenant of peace was bestowed on Phineas when he took a stand against immorality. Numbers 25:1-15

·      When a person becomes a Christian, he receives life. John 3:16

·      When a person becomes a Christian, he receives peace. Romans 5:1,

·      The covenant with Israel, priests included, was a covenant of fear. Deuteronomy 6:1-7, Joshua 24:14, Psalm 33:18, Psalm 34:9, Proverbs 3:7

·      As we fear God, we will be freed from fear of others. Luke 12:4-7

 

·      Vs. 6 – The priest would also have functioned as a teacher. His teaching was accurate.

·      We expect those who teach us the Word of God to be accurate.                       Hebrews 13:7,  2 Timothy 2:1-2, 2 Timothy 4:1-4

·      The priests “walk” was to match his “talk”. The priest was a man of peace and righteous behavior.

·      Our walk as believer/priests should also be those whose “walk” matches their “talk”.  Matthew 7:24-27, Matthew 5:14-16, Titus 2:11-14, Ephesians 5:8-17

·      A Godly priest turned others from iniquity.

·      A Godly Christian will influence others towards salvation and forgiveness.

·      The life and words of a Godly Christian will influence other Christians in a positive way.  Hebrews 13:7, Philippians 3:17

·      Vs. 7 – The lips of a priest were to be careful to guard knowledge.  The people were to seek his instructions.  The lips had the sobering responsibility of speaking for God.

·      All Christians are God’s messengers. Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Peter 3:15, Ephesians 4:29, Colossians 4:6

·      Those of us who are preachers and teachers have a serious responsibility and need to be very careful. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, 1 Kings 22:14, 2 Timothy 2:15-19

AN UNHOLY PRIESTHOOD – Vss. 1-4, 8-9

·      The priesthood of Malachi’s day was nothing like that described above.

·      Vs. 1 – Malachi pulls no punches here. He has already described the unholy sacrifices that were offered to Him (1:6-14). He now makes it even clearer that He is speaking to the priests.

·      Vs. 2 – God is calling for repentance. He wanted them to take seriously giving glory to His Name. How should we take giving glory to His Name seriously?

·      The priest who did not repent would be cursed.

·      One of the duties of the priest was to bless the people (Numbers 6:22-27). If God cursed their blessings, imagine the difficulty that would cause!

·      Vs. 3 – The seed or offspring of the priests were in trouble because of their fathers’ sins.

·      The filth associated with the priests’ sacrifices would be rubbed in their faces, and they themselves would be removed.

·      Vs. 4 – God was calling the priests to repentance so the original covenant with Levi would continue.

·      God calls His servants to repentance today so our testimony for Christ will continue. Revelation 2:4-5

 

·      Vs. 8 – The priests had turned out of the way of Levi. They were not walking the way God wanted them to. Jeremiah 6:16-17

·      The behavior and teaching of the priests caused the people to stumble.

·      The priests had corrupted what had been a pure covenant.

·      Vs. 9 – The result of poor behavior and teaching was disrespect and ridicule.

·      They were those who showed partiality instead of teaching the Word of God accurately.

·      What have you seen as results of the teachings and behavior of false teachers?

·      Why do we as individual Christians need to beware?

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MATTHEW 23:1-12 – AM I A PHARISEE?

In case you’ve ever been concerned that you might be a Pharisee (a hypocrite), here are some of the marks or characteristics of a Pharisee.

THE PHARISEE’S METHOD – Vss. 1-4 – He preaches, but doesn’t practice it.

THE PHARISEE’S MOTIVE – Vss. 5-7 – He wants glory and prominence for himself.

THE PHARISEE’S MISTAKE – Vss. 8-10 – He desires to control others.

THE PHARISEE’S MAKEOVER (CONVERSION or CHANGE) – Vss. 11-12 – He must humble himself and become a servant.

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PHILIPPIANS 1:3-8 – THANKFUL FOR THE TEAM

PHILIPPIANS – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #2

 

THE WHO OF THANKSGIVING - Vs. 3, 4

Romans 1:8, 1 Corinthians 1:4, Colossians 1:3

THE WHEN OF THANKSGIVING - Vss. 3-4

1 Timothy 2:1-4, Thessalonians 5:16-18

Remember the joy is not so much in the person prayed for, but in the Lord! Philippians 2:29, 3:1, 4:4, 4:10.

THE WHY OF THANKSGIVING - Vss. 5-8

Paul gives three reasons for giving thanks for the Philippians.

1. FELLOWSHIP - Vs. 5 - They were Paul's partners in Gospel ministry.  Galatians 3:26-28

2. FAITHFULNESS - Vs. 6 - God began a "good work" in each believer. 

John 10:27-30, Romans 8:29, 1 John 3:2-3

3. FERVENCY- Vss. 7-8 

Romans 12:15, Hebrews 13:3

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