SERMON SEEDS
May 23, 2017, 8:16 PM

SERMON SEEDS P18 FOR WEEK OF 5/22/17

SERMON SEEDS

P18 – THE WEEK OF MAY 22, 2017

 

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Sermon Seeds is a 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. Some of these outlines are new. Some have been shared in the past.          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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REVELATION 2-3 – IT’S WORTH IT!

Thinking About Heaven #3

 

·      Hours to make a meal – eaten in 20 minutes – Is it worth it?

·      Invest hours in a person and they disappoint or criticize you? Is it worth it?  I think a parent has asked that question many a time.

·      Working hard to get a college degree.  You might ask. “Is it worth it?”

·      You trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. You find that you’ve lost friends, given up things for Him, committed your life to Him and stopped having “fun”, so to speak. When you get discouraged, or things aren’t going the way you think they should, you might ask “Is it worth it?” The answer to this one is a resounding “Yes!”

 We’ve been “Talking about Heaven.”

1.     Revelation 21:1-8 – “All Things New!”

2.     Revelation 21:9-22:5 – “What A City!”

3.     Revelation 2-3 – It’s Worth It!

Revelation is addressed to seven churches. The Lord evaluates them and ends with a word of encouragement for overcomers!

WHO IS THE OVERCOMER? – 1 John 5:3-5

·      Why does the world need overcoming? 1 John 2:15-17, Ephesians 2:1-3

·      Jesus has overcome Satan and the world for us. 1 John 3:8, 1 Peter 2:22-25

·      To believe on Jesus is to trust Him. 1 John 5:3-4

·      So, the one who overcomes is the one who has become a “Christ-follower”. It is not easy! In fact, sometimes the Christian life is hard. And Jesus is always here through His Spirit to empower us.

So, how is it worth it?

PARADISE - Revelation 2:7

Vs. 7 – Adam and Eve had been evicted from the Garden of Eden so they would not eat of the Tree of Life. This tree of life is phenomenal.  Revelation 22:2

PROTECTION – Revelation 2:11

Not hurt by the second death.

PERSONALITY – Revelation 2:17

Hidden Manna – Special Relationship with Christ, the Bread of Life. We will never hunger or thirst. 

White Stone with name on it – Admission pass to an awards banquet

Special name – known only to God and us (Pet Name)

POWER – Revelation 2:26-29

Vs. 26 – Power over the nations – Millennium

Vs. 27 – Rule (Shepherd) – Psalm 2:8-9

Vs. 28 – Morning Star – Jesus Himself – Revelation 22:16

PURITY – Revelation 3:5-6

White Raiment – Clothed with righteousness

Name permanently in the Book of Life

Our name confessed by the Lord Jesus before God and Angels

PERMANENCE – Revelation 3:12-13

Pillars constructed to bring honor

Name of God and God’s city written on us

Christ’s new name written on us

PROMINENCE – Revelation 3:21-22

We will sit with Christ on His throne!

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JOSHUA 23 – AN OLD SOLDIER SPEAKS

 

Introduction: Vss. 1-2

 

REMINDER OF PAST VICTORIES  Vs. 3

 

REMINDER OF FUTURE CONQUESTS  Vss. 4-5

 

REMINDER OF CURRENT RESPONSIBILITIES  Vss. 6-8

 

  1. Obedience Vs. 6

  2. Separation

        Negative Vss. 7,12

        Positive Vs. 8

  3. Devotion Vs. 11

 

REMINDER OF GOD'S JUDGMENT Vss. 12-16

 

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NEHEMIAH 1:1-11 – NEHEMIAH, PATRIOT

We as Christians need to be strong patriots if this country is going to survive. It does not mean we agree with everything our country stands for, or with everything our leaders do, but we need to be committed to our country as patriots in a God- honoring way.

 

There are patriots mentioned in the Bible. Samson and David were loyal to Israel. After Israel split in two, Jeremiah was loyal to his country, Judah. However, each one of these men was more loyal to God than they were to their countries. It should be the same for us today. Loyalty to country should be secondary to loyalty to God through our loyalty to our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Nehemiah was zealous for his nation, even while living in a foreign country.  We can learn to be good patriots if we learn from Nehemiah.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Because of sin, Israel (The Northern Kingdom) and Judah (The Southern Kingdom) were carried into captivity. After 70 years of captivity for Judah, permission was given by Cyrus, King of Persia, for some to go back to the land and rebuild the temple.  As we enter into the story of Nehemiah, the people had gone back, and after a number of years rebuilt the temple.  But, as we will learn, the walls of Jerusalem were down, making them susceptible to the enemies of Israel.

 

HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT HIS NATION - Vss. 1-4

 

Vss. 1-3 - Nehemiah's brother returned from a trip to Jerusalem.

Patriot that he was, Nehemiah asked about the conditions of the hometown. This was not a casual question, like some of us would ask concerning the well -being of another and not really care. For Nehemiah this was an important, significant question, because he did care!

 

The answer he got to his question was not a pretty one, nor was it the one he wanted to hear. The city was in great reproach. The walls were down. To us that doesn't mean much, but please remember that cities in those days had to have walls for protection.

Also note that the gates were down because they had been burned with fire. Without gates, the walls would not be of much use.

 

Vs. 4 - We see Nehemiah's true concern

           He sat down.

           He wept.

           He mourned.

           He fasted.

           He prayed.

 

We see that America is going downhill morally, but do we care?

Do we care enough to pray?

Do we care enough to weep?

Do we care enough to fast?

Do we care enough to mourn?

 

NEHEMIAH CRIED TO GOD

 

Where did Nehemiah go with his burden for his nation? He went right to God of course!

 

Vs. 5 - Notice Nehemiah's approach to God.

          He was distressed. He was concerned. He was burdened.

          But he did not forget to whom he was talking.

          He worshiped God, pointing out God's covenant keeping and mercy.

          Worship should be an important part of our prayer lives!

          So often we rush into God's presence without adoring Him,

          and without considering to whom we are talking. Psalm 113:3-5, Hebrews 13:14

 

Vs. 6 - Nehemiah asked God to hear his prayer.

 

Vss. 8-9 - Please notice that Nehemiah's prayer was based on the promises of God. There are many, many, promises in God's Word that we can claim in prayer. And there are many things that are God's will mentioned in Scripture. We can ask God to keep His promises. We can ask God for His will to be done. 1 John 5:14-15

 

Vs. 10 - Here is an important point.

            Nehemiah was praying for the people of God.

            We are to pray for the unsaved.

            We are to pray for our nation.

            But we must pray for God's people, our brothers and sisters in Christ.

            When God's people are living as they should, the nation will become more righteous.

 

Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

NEHEMIAH CONFESSED SIN

 

I imagine that Nehemiah was familiar with Psalm 66:18 - If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

 

Vss. 6-7 - Nehemiah confessed sin.

               Nehemiah confessed his own sin.

               Nehemiah confessed the sin of his fathers, of his nation.

 

It is important that we as individuals confess our sins, naming them, seeking God's forgiveness. 1 John 1:9

 

When we confess the sins of our nation and family we are owning up to the fact that we have no right or merit that justifies us having our prayers answered. We are acknowledging our total failure. We are also acknowledging our need for God's mercy and grace.

 

Imagine what would happen if Christians around the country started confessing to God family sin and the nation's sin, as well their own sin. 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

NEHEMIAH CHOSE TO GET INVOLVED

 

Vs. 11 - He was ready to go before the king to see what he could do. He realized he needed God's help, but he also realized that there was personal responsibility.

 

As a result of his going before the king, Nehemiah ended up going back to Jerusalem and leading in the rebuilding of the walls. He served as governor of the area.

 

Nehemiah had a comfortable and responsible position, but set it aside to be used of God to solve the very problem about which he was concerned.

 

The result is summed up in Nehemiah 6:15 - So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.

 

For Nehemiah, being concerned, crying to God, and confessing sin led to direct involvement.

 

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MATTHEW 8:5-13 – WHAT A SOLDIER! (OR, MAN)

A HURTING SOLDIER – Vss. 5-7

 

A HUMBLE SOLDIER – Vs. 8

 

A HOPEFUL SOLDIER – Vss. 8-9

 

AN HONORED SOLDIER – Vss. 10-13  

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 3 – HOW TO HELP A HURTING CHURCH

 

From time to time we will hear of churches and pastors that are hurting.

Sometimes churches hurt because of persecution.

Sometimes they hurt because of misunderstandings.

Sometimes they hurt because of sin in the pastor, the members, or both.

Sometimes they hurt because of physical problems, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, famine etc.

 

There are times when other congregations can help those churches that are hurting.

In our text the Apostle Paul is talking to a church that was hurting because of persecution.  In these verses, Paul shows us some definite ways to help hurting groups of believers.

 

SEND A GOOD MAN - Vss. 1-3

When Paul could forbear no longer, he made a personal sacrifice to send Timothy to the Thessalonians. Vs. 1

In verse 2 we find reference to Timothy, who was an excellent man of God. Hallmark Cards once used the slogan, "When you care to send the very best."  Paul cared enough to send one of his best helpers.

The reason Paul sent Timothy was "That no man should be moved by these afflictions;" Vs. 3

He wanted the Thessalonians to remain strong during inevitable persecution. Vs. 4

 

SEEK AN ACCURATE REPORT - Vss. 5-8

Another reason Paul sent Timothy was to find out the truth of what was going on. He wanted to know from a reliable source just how his "children" were bearing up under persecution.

Timothy returned with a good report.

In trying to help other churches, we must remember not to draw conclusions from the report of one individual in the church. It is always good to get the "whole story" before deciding who is right and who is wrong.

 

SPEAK A THANKFUL PRAYER - Vss. 9-10

Paul prayed for the Thessalonians, even though he was not able to go immediately to help them.

His prayers included thanksgiving and a desire to personally go to them for the purpose of ministry.

We can intercede for other churches even when we can do nothing else.

 

SHARE AN ENCOURAGING WORD - Vss. 11-13

Paul encouraged the believers in these verses! We have more ways to encourage today than the Apostle Paul did.  We can encourage by way of telephone, letter, text, and e-mail.

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PHILIPPIANS 4:14-19 – HEAVENLY BANKING

Philippians – PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL #20 (Last of Series)

This message this morning will not tell you how to get to Heaven.  There is only way to Heaven and that's through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.                                                      John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:36

This message will help you make wise choices in the use of your money. Matthew 6:19-21

 

HEAVENLY BANKING REQUIRES INVESTMENTS -  Vss. 14-16, 18

 

Luke 21:1-4, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

 

HEAVENLY BANKING YIELDS INTEREST - Vs. 17

 

Proverbs 11:25, Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 22:9,

2 Corinthians 9:8

 

HEAVENLY BANKING IS FULLY INSURED - Vs. 19

 

Matthew 6:33

 

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2 TIMOTHY 2:3-4 – A GOOD SOLDIER

 

ENDURANCE - "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

 

ENTANGLEMENTS - "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life;"

 

ENLISTMENT - "...that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."

 

If you would like another point, consider:

ENABLEMENT - Ephesians 6:13-18

God will only call on us to do those things that He will enable us to do.

  

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