SERMON SEEDS
June 14, 2017, 3:33 PM

SERMON SEEDS P20 FOR WEEK OF 6/5/17

SERMON SEEDS

P20 – THE WEEK OF JUNE 5, 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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JOHN 6:35, 47-51 – CONTENTED

Jesus: In His Own Words – #2

 

Many people are looking for contentment. True contentment is found in Jesus, who is the “Bread of Life”.

A PROMISE

John 6:47 - Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

Hebrews 9:27, Romans 6:23, Ezekiel 18:4, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 5:6-8, Corinthians 5:21, 2 Corinthians 5:17

A PERSON

John 6:35 - Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

John 6:48 - I am the bread of life.

Hebrews 13:5-6, John 10:10, John 15:4-5, John 15:9-11, Philippians 4:11-13

Bread is basic food. Jesus is the food for eternal life and abundant life.

A PERSPECTIVE - Vss. 49-51 

John 6:49-51 - Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Philippians 1:21 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

The Israelites ate manna and died. Those who take the “Bread of Life” by believing on Christ as Savior will never die.

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DEUTERONOMY 16:18-20 – GOOD GOVERNMENT

Good Government:

APPOINTS JUDGES – Vs. 18

Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes:

APPROVES JUSTICE – Vs. 18

…and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

AVOIDS INJUSTICE – Vs. 19

Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

ABOUNDS RIGHTEOUSLY – Vs. 20

That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

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PSALM 23:3 ETC. – MY SOUL IN PSALMS

The term "my soul" appears 102 times in the Book of Psalms.  It presents to us a wealth of Spiritual insight and encouragement.  Here are just a few key thoughts about my soul as found in Psalms (You can find more.)

MY SOUL RESTORED - Psalm 23:3

MY SOUL REQUESTING (in prayer) - Psalm 25:1, Psalm 143:8

MY SOUL REPORTING (testifying) - Psalm 34:2, Psalm 107:2

MY SOUL REJOICING - Psalm 35:9

MY SOUL RESPONDING (in hope) - Psalm 42:5

MY SOUL RELAXING (waiting) - Psalm 62:1,5, Psalm 130:5-6

MY SOUL REMEMBERING - Psalm 103:2

 

(Remember that Sermon Seeds are just seeds or ideas. Take this outline and reduce or expand on it as the Lord leads you. You could even preach a whole series on my soul in Psalms.)

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ISAIAH 6:21-8 – A FRESH LOOK

    A "fresh look" is usually something which helps, encourages, and refreshes our hearts.  It is a new way of looking at something which we have never seen before.

    There was prophet, a man of God in the Bible, who, one day, received a fresh look. He had been serving God, and was a saved man.  But God gave him a vision which gave this prophet that FRESH LOOK. The prophet's name is Isaiah. His story is found in Isaiah 6:1-8.

Perhaps you need the same fresh look which Isaiah received. Perhaps you have been spinning your spiritual wheels lately, and need to get back on track.  If it is true of you, we trust God will help you this morning. It is our prayer that you will receive a fresh look.

However, you cannot get a fresh look unless you have had the first look.

The first look that realizes that you are a sinner. Isaiah 64:6

The first look that realizes that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose again.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

The first look is the look which calls on the Lord Jesus as your Savior, in faith, believing on Him alone for forgiveness and eternal life. Romans 10:13

 

A FRESH LOOK IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY Vs. 1

It was in the year King Uzziah died.

Uzziah was a great king of Judah, who reigned for 50 years. He was a giant in his day.

2 Chronicles 26:5 shows his rise to power.

2 Chronicles 26:16&21 show us his sin problem.

Uzziah, even with his leprosy, would have been loved and respected.  So the year he died, was a year of tragedy. In this tragic year Isaiah received a fresh look from the Lord. He saw the Lord on a throne, "high and lifted up".

Sometimes our greatest vision of the Lord, our fresh look at God, will come when someone is removed from your life.

Why? All too often we get our eyes on people instead of on the Lord.  The Lord has to help us get our eyes off of people and back on Him.

Sometimes we see the Lord clearer when someone well beloved by us becomes sick and is laid aside.

Sometimes we see the Lord clearer when someone well beloved by us passes away.

Sometimes we see the Lord clearer after being hurt, or disappointed by one of his saints, seeing them withdraw from us, or us having to withdraw from them.

A FRESH LOOK AT THE GLORY OF GOD Vss. 1

Isaiah says, ‑"I SAW THE LORD" - It is our natural habit to see people.

But Isaiah got his fresh look by seeing the Lord.

WHO IS THE LORD HERE?

The apostle John in John 12:37-41 tells us that the Lord is the Lord Jesus Christ.

"SITTING UPON A THRONE" - a truth to remember.

Jesus is King. The word "throne" is synonymous with kingship.

My friend, Jesus Christ is still on the throne.

He is still in charge.

He still hears and answers prayer.

"HIGH AND LIFTED UP" - Where is the Lord Jesus?

He is high above everything and everybody.

Where is the Lord Jesus? Lifted up! More important, more prominent, more worthy than anything or anybody!

"AND HIS TRAIN FILLED THE TEMPLE" - Isaiah may have been in the earthly temple.  But, I believe that his vision was of the heavenly temple. I believe Isaiah was receiving a vision of heaven!

The "train" here has nothing to do with railroad tracks.  It refers to the hem or fringe of his garment.

Psalm 104:1-2 tell us his garment is light.

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. [2] Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Vs. 2 - Seraphim means "burning ones".

Seraphim are angelic beings which seem to be guarding the holiness of God.

There is a definite lesson to learn from them, as they appear before the Lord.

Six wings - Two covered the face - reverence.

                   Two covered the feet - humility.

                   Two made them fly - service.

Twice as much effort is given to submission and humility than is given to service.

Twice as much effort is given to worship than to service.

Vs. 3 - The seraphim remind us that God is holy.

          He is separated from sin.

          He is separated unto righteousness.

Vs. 4 - The room's foundations shook at the worship of the Lord.  This suggested the awesome presence and power of God.

The temple began to fill with smoke.

In Israel's history, smoke was a symbol of the presence of God.

Isaiah was struck with the fact that he was literally before the Lord in all his glory!

 

ISAIAH HAD A FRESH LOOK AT SELF Vs. 5

He saw the Lord. And, to the Old Testament mind, that would have meant automatic death! Instead, it meant a new perspective.

Isaiah compared his righteousness and holiness to that of God. The response of this saved man was, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

The words of Isaiah remind me of what Peter said, after Jesus had worked a miracle by providing a miraculous catch of fish. Luke 5:8

In both cases, Isaiah and Peter were comparing themselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you look at Christians around you, Christian, you will not be too greatly impressed with your own sin.

Instead, compare your life to God's standard for holiness, the Lord Jesus Christ. Compare yourself to Him who never sinned, and see how you do! You might discover that you don’t like yourself as much as you thought you did.

 

A FRESH LOOK AT FORGIVENESS Vss. 6-7

 

Now, here's the good news!

In the Old Testament temple there was an altar of sacrifice where atonement was made for sin.

 

One of the "burning ones", the seraphs, goes to the altar and removes a coal and places it on Isaiah's tongue.

My friend the price for your cleansing was paid for at Calvary.

If you have already accepted Christ as Savior, the blood of Christ has been applied to your account.

When we sin anew, we do not need to be saved again, but for the sake of maintaining fellowship with God, we need to be cleansed.

The Lord cleanses us as we confess our sins. 1 John 1:9, Psalm 32:5

 

A FRESH LOOK AT RESPONSIBILITY Vs. 8

Notice that when God asks, "WHO SHALL I SEND?" that no seraph, no cherub, no angel responds.

Why?

Because God has ordained, that it is the cleansed, forgiven, child of God, who is to take the message of salvation!

The one who has experienced forgiveness and cleansing is to take the message of cleansing and forgiveness to others.

As you are cleansed by God, and "right" with Him, Christian, you might just hear Him saying, "WHO WILL GO FOR US?"

Who is "us?" - The Trinity, of course!

Isaiah's answer to God's question, was, "Here Am I, Send me!"

Isaiah was given a commission to go to Israel with bad news. He was also told that Israel would not respond.

God gives you and me a different commission. Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 5:14-16

 

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MARK 10:17-27 – THE BURDEN OF A GREAT POTENTIAL

To have great potential can be a real burden.  Many people who have great potential never see it amount to anything.  Here was a man with great potential for serving Christ who let money get in the way.

 

HE RAN! – Vs. 17 – He was eager to talk to Jesus.

 

HE WAS RESPECTFUL – Vs. 17 – He knelt and called Jesus “Good Master”.

 

HE WAS RESPONSIBLE – Vss. 18-20 – He had kept many of the commandments.

 

HE WAS RELUCTANT – Vss. 21-22 – He didn’t want to part with his riches.

 

HE WAS REMORSEFUL – Vs. 22 – He was sad, but not sad enough to repent.

 

HE WAS RESTRICTED – Vss. 23-27 – His love of money kept him out of the Kingdom of God.

 

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1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-5 – UNDERSTANDING MYSELF

MY IDENTITY – Vs. 1 – I am a Minister of Christ and Steward of the mysteries of God.

MY RESPONSIBILITY – Vs. 2 – I am to be faithful.

MY ACCOUNTABILITY – Vss. 3-4 – I answer to Christ who will reward all His servants.

MY IMPARTIALITY – Vs. 5 – I am to judge nothing before the time.

 

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FAITH’S DIPSTICK

Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

A dipstick is used to measure the amount of oil in an engine.

To measure our faith we may use the Word of God as our dipstick.

MINIMUM FAITH – John 3:36

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

MISSING FAITH - Luke 8:22-25

Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. [23] But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. [24] And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. [25] And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

MUSTARD SEED FAITH - Luke 17:3-6

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. [4] And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. [5] And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. [6] And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Please note in this passage that “mustard seed faith” is in the context of forgiveness.

 

MOUNTAIN-MOVING FAITH - Mark 11:22-24

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. [23] For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. [24] Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

MARVELOUS FAITH - Matthew 8:8-10

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. [9] For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. [10] When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

   

Only twice does Jesus marvel.  The other time is mentioned in Mark 6:6.

  

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