SERMON SEEDS
April 16, 2017, 9:06 PM

SERMON SEEDS P13 FOR WEEK OF 4/17/17

SERMON SEEDS

P13 – THE WEEK OF APRIL 17, 2017

 

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

 

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WHY?

More often than not, I believe people should be given reasons for the rules they are given to obey.  There are times however when a parent’s answer can only be, “Because I said so, that’s why!”

There are things that all of us have been told in church in a sermon or in a Sunday School Class that have us prompted to ask, “But, why?”

You have been told that you should lean on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and that the life you live after being saved should be by faith; but why?

You have been told that you should love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind; but why?

You have been told that you should learn about the Bible and its teachings; but why?

You have been told that you should listen to your parents, your Sunday School Teacher, and the Pastor; but why?

You have been told that you should live your life totally sold out for the Lord Jesus Christ; but why?

I’m going to try to answer these questions that you might have asked at one time or another.

 

WHY LEAN?

You have been told that you should lean on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior; but why?

Probably the answer most of us would give to that question is, “You want to lean on Jesus as your Savior, because you don’t want to go to hell.”

Indeed, this true. John 3:36

But are there any other reasons to trust Christ, besides being afraid of going to hell?   

Try this reason: Jesus has done for you what you couldn’t do for yourself.

There is at least one thing you can’t do for yourself.

You can not atone or pay for your sins.

The Bible tells us:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

…the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4

People have tried to be good to pay for their sins.

People have gone to church to pay for their sins.

People have been baptized to pay for their sins.

People have given money to pay for sins.   

And none of it works.

Jesus has done for you, what you can’t do for yourself. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Here is another reason for leaning on Jesus as your Savior: Why pay for what is already paid for?

If Jesus already died for my sins, why should I try to pay for them too? Ephesians 2:8-9

One more reason why I should lean on Christ as my Savior: God has loved me so much that his very Son came from Heaven, suffered, and died for me.  Shouldn’t I accept that great love? John 3:16  

These are a few reasons for leaning on Jesus as your Savior.

Most of you all profess to know Christ as your Savior.

Why should you lean on Him now by faith? That is, why should you live in dependence upon God’s help, and not wing it on your own?   

First of all, if you haven’t discovered it already, you will find that it is impossible to live a Godly life without dependence upon God. Romans 7:19

But God gives us a better way. He tells us to live the Christian life by faith, leaning on His Son for victory. Galatians 2:20, Philippians 4:13

You did nothing good to save yourself.  Don’t expect to be able to do good on your own to live a Christian life.

   

WHY LOVE?   

You have been told that you should love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind; but why?

There are very few of us who would ever claim not to love God.  It is not the love of God that is actually in question. It is the degree of that love.

That we should love God is understandable.  But why should we love Him above all others, to the point of always choosing Him and His way no matter what?

The answer is really quite simple and is summed up in

1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us.

Let’s think about that love.

He loved you enough to create you and to make you unique.  There is no other individual quite like you. Psalm 139:14

He also loved you enough to accept you. Ephesians 1:5-6

And here’s another wonderful reason for loving Him. Jeremiah 31:3

He has loved you forever and always will love you.

He has loved you enough to draw you to Himself for salvation.

He has loved you enough to promise that you can never be separated from that love. Romans 8:35-39  

Of course, God loved us enough to send His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to die for us.

1 John 4:10

God loves us.

Isn’t that enough reason to love Him totally in return?   

WHY LEARN?

You have been told that you should learn about the Bible and its teachings; but why?

You and I have a Heavenly Father. He’s the one that loves us with an everlasting love.

Although you do not or did not have perfect earthly parents, you do have a perfect Heavenly Parent.

And just as your parents have taught you, He wants to teach you.

He wants to teach you Spiritual things.

He wants to teach you moral things.

He wants to teach you about Himself.

He wants to teach you about yourself.

He wants to teach you how to live.

Your earthly parents have and will fail you.

He will never fail you.

Learn from Him.

He has given His Word.

He has given us preachers and teachers of that Word. Ephesians 4:11-12

Did you ever learn something so you could please someone else? Why not learn so you can please God? 2 Timothy 2:15

We should also learn because we want to know God better. Philippians 3:10

WHY LISTEN?

You have been told that you should listen to your parents, your Sunday School Teacher, and the Pastor; but why?

Your parents have been given you an awesome job.

They have been commissioned by God to raise you.

They have been commissioned by God to train you.

They have been commissioned by God to teach you. Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4

God knew that your parents would be less than perfect.

And God knows that some of you have received undeserved grief from your parents.

But God has chosen your parents for you for whatever reason.

When they are not teaching you to disobey God, you are to listen to them and obey them.

Proverbs 6:20 - My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Colossians 3:20 - Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

What about listening to your Sunday School Teachers and Pastor when they teach? It’s so easy to tune us out and consider us irrelevant.

God has given us the important job of teaching you. This is a job that we will answer to God for.

You can help us by realizing that we have a job to do. 

You help us do our jobs when you pay attention and try to obey what God’s Word is teaching.   

WHY LIVE?

You have been told that you should live your life totally sold out for the Lord Jesus Christ; but why?

Of course we should live a life totally sold out to Jesus Christ because we are leaning on Him, loving Him, learning from Him and listening to Him.

There is one more reason that I’d like to add to this list.

You should live a live totally sold out to Jesus Christ because He says to live such a life.

Luke 9:23-24, Matthew 10:39, Luke 14:26-27

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NUMBERS 27:12-23 – CHANGING OF THE GUARD

There are always times when leadership changes. Sometimes it is because of age, or death, or resignation, or incompetence, or some other reason.  When leaders change we sometimes call it "The Changing of the Guard".  This alludes to an act of soldiers.

In Israel there was a changing of the guard before they entered the Promised Land.  Joshua replaced Moses in leadership.

GOD'S CALL OF MOSES TO HEAVEN -Vss. 12-14

MOSES' CRY FOR A SUCCESSOR - Vss. 15-17

GOD'S CHOICE OF JOSHUA - Vss. 18-23

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PROVERBS 4:20-22 – THE BODY AT WORK

Figuratively speaking we see the body at work bringing about Godliness.

THE MIND ATTENDS - "My son, attend to my words;"

THE EAR INCLINES - "...incline thine ear unto my sayings."

THE EYES FOCUS - "Let them not depart from thine eyes;"

THE HEART KEEPS - "...keep them in the midst of thine heart."

THE FEET TRAVEL (to find God's Word) - "For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."

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LUKE 12:31-40 – THY KINGDOM COME!

 

WORK FOR THE KINGDOM - Vss. 31-34

WATCH FOR THE KING - Vss. 35-38

WARNING ABOUT THE KINGDOM - Vss. 39-40

Jesus is coming at a time when people will not be thinking that he's coming.

 

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ACTS 6:1-15 – STEPHEN

 

Stephen was a very special man.

 

HIS CHARACTER - Vss.3, 5

Stephen met the qualifications for being a deacon.

He had an honest report.

He was full of the Holy Ghost.

He was full of wisdom.

He was full of faith.

 

HIS CONDUCT - Vs. 8

 

HIS CONFLICT - Vss. 9-14

 

HIS COUNTENANCE - Vs. 15

Despite his struggle he had the face of an angel.

 

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EPHESIANS 1:15-23 – GREAT EXPECTATIONS  

KNOWING AND GROWING #6

·    God has expectations for each Christian. What are some of them?

·    God has ordained that we can help each other meet God’s expectations by praying for each other.  Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:12-13, John 14:13-14

Throughout his letters, Paul models how to pray for the Spiritual wellbeing of the Saints. In this prayer for the saints, Paul has great expectations for the saints, especially for their knowledge of God and their own blessings. Here, Paul is showing us how to pray with great expectations!

PRAY THANKFULLY – Vss. 15-16

·    Paul did not know many of the saints to whom he was writing, but he had heard about them and gave thanks. We, too, can give thanks for saints whom we have never met.

·    Paul continually gave thanks for the saints. How will continually giving thanks for fellow Christians help our attitude towards them?

·    Paul had heard of their faith. Their faith would have been evident by their profession and by their actions. Romans 10:9-10, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 7:21-27

·    Paul had heard of their love for all the saints. John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7-8

PRAY FAITHFULLY – Vs. 16

·    As you read Paul’s epistles, notice how many times Paul refers to his prayers for others. He prayed continually.

·    In Matthew 7:7-11 the idea is that our prayers are a continuous action.

·    Paul encourages us to pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Colossians 4:2

PRAY SPECIFICALLY – Vss. 17-23

1.    THAT THEY WOULD KNOW GOD – Vs. 17

·    Notice to whom we should pray.

·    There is debate as to whether the word “spirit” means “attitude” or the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can give us the attitude that is mentioned here.

·    Paul was praying the Holy Spirit would reveal God to us and give us wisdom. Although the Holy Spirit is present in the lives of Christians we need Him to be at work if we are going to know God intimately. Isaiah 11:2

·    “Of course the Ephesians knew Christ, but Paul is praying that they might ‘know him better.’ The regular Greek word for personal knowledge is gnosis, but here the word is intensified with the preposition, epi. Paul is asking for epignosis – ‘a real, deep, full knowledge’ – a ‘thorough knowledge’. R. Kent Hughes, Ephesians – The Mystery of the Body of Christ, (Wheaton IL, 1990) pp 51-52

·    It should be our passion to intimately know God through Christ. Philippians 1:21

·    It should be our passion that fellow believers would intimately know Christ.

 

2.    THAT THEY WOULD KNOW HIS HOPE – Vs. 18a

·    We are called to one day be just like Jesus. Romans 8:29, 1 John 2:3

·    We are called to a new, resurrection body. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

·    Our “blessed hope” is the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. At this time, we will receive our new bodies and Christ-likeness. Titus 2:13

·    Those of us who know this hope should act accordingly. Titus 2:11-13, 1 John 3:2-3, 1 Peter 1:13-15

 

3.    THAT THEY WOULD KNOW HIS INHERITANCE – Vs. 18b

·    Jesus gets us.

·    He will grant us an inheritance because we are his inheritance. Galatians 4:4-7

 

4.    THAT THEY WOULD KNOW HIS POWER – Vss. 19-23

·    We need to realize the greatness of the power that is available to us to live the Christian life. Ephesians 5:18-21, Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:16

·    We need to realize the greatness of the power that is available to us to know God.

·    Vs. 19 – We need to realize the greatness of the power that will do all that God has promised us.

·    Vss. 20-21 – This is the same power that took Christ from the grave and placed Him above everything for all eternity. He is sovereign Lord of the Universe.

·    Vs. 22 - He is the head of the Church.

·    Vs. 23 – A head is not complete unless it has a body. The church is that body. We are the “fullness of him who fills all in all”.

Our prayer should be that we and all other believers would know all these things

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PHILIPPIANS 3:18-21 – ON THE WATCH!

Philippians – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #15

Watching is something all Christians should be doing.

Matthew 25:13 (KJV) - Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

1 Thessalonians 5:6 (KJV) - Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

In our text, the Apostle encourages us to do some serious watching.

WATCH OUT FOR PHONIES! – Vss. 18-19

1.    Who deny the necessity of the cross – 1 Corinthians 1:18 

2.    Who deny the power of the cross – Romans 1:16-17

3.    Who deny the transformation of the cross – Galatians 2:20

4.    Who deny the sacrifice of the cross – Luke 9:23

5.    Who deny the Godliness of the cross – Vs. 19, Matthew 7:15-20, 1 John 2:15-17

WATCH FOR CHRIST’S RETURN – Vss. 20-21

1.    Because of our citizenship in Heaven – Vs. 20, Revelation 21:1-8, 22-27

2.    Because of our coming transformation – Vs. 21, Titus 2:11-14

3.    Because of the One we serve – Vs. 21, Philippians 2:9-11

 

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