SERMON SEEDS
June 20, 2017, 1:03 PM

SERMON SEEDS P22 FOR WEEK OF 6/19/17

SERMON SEEDS

P22 – THE WEEK OF JUNE 19, 2017

 

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GENESIS 2:15-24 – FATHER KNOWS BEST

Does anyone remember who Jim Anderson was on television in the late 50's and early 60's? He was the wise father, played by Robert Young, on the show "Father Knows Best". On this show, it seems that the father always knew what was right.

He always made the right decisions. He always knew what was best.

Fathers and mothers are very often wise, very often right, and very often they know what is best.

I discovered over the years that my own dad and mom were very often wise, very often right, and very often knew what was best!  I am appreciative for the upbringing and the support that my parents gave me.

However, Jim Anderson on television was not perfect. Dad Peters was not perfect.

Your father wasn't or isn't perfect. As a father, or in any other way, I'm not perfect.

In reality, fathers do not always know what's best. That's because we all have a faulty human nature. Every one of us is a sinner! That means we are fallible.

I have good news! There is a father who always knows best. The father who always knows best is our Heavenly Father. Because He is God, He is always right, always accurate, always loving, and always knows best. He is far superior to any of us human fathers or mothers.

Isaiah 55:8-9

THE FATHER AND HIS CREATION

·      THE NEED FOR LABOR - Vs. 15 - Proverbs 18:9, Proverbs 13:4, Ephesians 4:28, Colossians 3:23

 

·      A NEED FOR LIBERTY -  Vss. 16, 19

 

·      A NEED FOR LIMITATIONS – Vs. 17

 

·      A NEED FOR LOVE – Vss. 18-24

 

·      A NEED FOR LIFE – Adam and Eve failed God, and thus entered into physical death in the future and Spiritual death immediately. Ezekiel 18:4

The provision for eternal life is promised in Genesis 3:15, and fulfilled in the Lord Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 3:36

 

THE FATHER AND HIS CHILDREN – John 1:12

Those who trust in the Lord Jesus as Savior become God’s Children. God still knows best and takes care of the following needs:

 

  • THE NEED FOR LABOR - Ephesians 2:10, Luke 9:23, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 4:10-11

 

  • THE NEED FOR LIBERTY - Romans 6:14, Galatians 5:13

 

  • THE NEED FOR LIMITATIONS – Colossians 3:1-10

 

  • THE NEED FOR LOVE – Romans 8:35-39

 

  • THE NEED FOR LIFE - Romans 5:17

 

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1 SAMUEL 16:1-13 – LOOKING FOR A LEADER

There will be times in the course of God's work that a new leader will be needed.

Saul had been the king of Israel, but Saul had disqualified himself. 1 Samuel 13:5-16, 1 Samuel 15:1-31

The prophet Samuel, who had anointed Saul to be king, would be called upon again to appoint and anoint a new leader for Israel

SAMUEL'S MISSION - Vss. 1-3

Vs. 1 - There is a time to stop lamenting for a leader who is gone or has disqualified himself. Joshua had to stop lamenting the loss of Moses, a very good leader, and move on (Joshua 1:1-2).

Samuel had to stop lamenting the loss of Saul, who had failed, and move on.

Sometimes we fail in our churches to get over the loss of a leader good or bad and move on under God's direction.

Vss. 2-3 - Samuel was to step out in faith to find and anoint a new leader.  God would protect him from the enemy and guide him to the man of God's choosing. Although God provides His leaders, he gives His children the job of looking for them.

SAMUEL'S METHOD - Vss. 4-11

Each "candidate" in Jesse's family was brought before Samuel.

Samuel, in a sense, examined them.  But the ultimate choice was up to God. Samuel set aside his own personal opinions in order to do the will of God. He listened for God's voice during this process.  As we search for leaders, we must also set aside our own opinions to find the men and women of God's choosing. We must look to the Lord for His choice. Psalm 32:8

SAMUEL'S MAN - Vss. 12-13

Samuel's "man" was closer to being a boy. Samuel's man was lowest in rank in a large family. Samuel's man was a man God filled with His Holy Spirit. Samuel's man was a man after God's own heart. 1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22

As we search for leaders, let's make sure our man is really God's man.

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PSALM 150 – PRAISE: A SUMMARY

The psalms are loaded with praise to our wonderful God.  Psalm 150 seems to sum up what has been said about praise in the other Psalms.

 

PRAISE FOR HIS MAJESTY - Vs. 1

Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:1, Psalm113:3-4,

 

PRAISE FOR HIS MIGHTY ACTS - Vs. 2

Psalm 46, Psalm 104, Psalm 107, Psalm 136

 

PRAISE WITH MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - Vss. 3-5

Psalm 33:1-3, Psalm 81:1-4, Psalm 92:1-3, Psalm 108:1-2,

 

PRAISE WITH THE MOUTH Vs. 6

Psalm 96:1-2, Psalm 98:1, Psalm 89:1, Psalm 104:33-34

 

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ISAIAH 41:10 – FEAR NOT!

At one time or another, most of us have been gripped with fear.

We have been afraid that things which happened in the past can hurt is in the present.

We have been afraid of what people think.

We have been afraid of what people would do.

We have been afraid of the future.

We have been afraid of circumstances.

We have been afraid of ourselves.

We have been afraid of any number of things.

One of the forms fear takes is that of worry.  When we are afraid of something, we worry over it.  As we continually worry, we make life miserable for ourselves, and for those who have to listen to us worry!

The ironic thing about our fears is God doesn't want us to fear, as long as we fear Him!

Luke 12:4-5 - "And I say unto you my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, fear him."

We fear God when we trust Christ as our Savior from sin (Isaiah 53:5-6, Romans 5:1). When we fear God, we need not fear anything or anybody.

God is originally speaking to Israel here, but I believe that this verse is applicable to all born again Christians.

Notice please that God tells us not to fear. This is a command. When we fear things God tells us not to fear, we are disobeying God!

What I like about the passage before us this morning is that this verse tells us why we shouldn't fear. And these reasons are centered on God!  In telling us not to fear, Isaiah is telling us something about God.  In fact there are five things which we learn about our God here which should help keep us from living in fear and worry. In this passage we learn:

 

OUR GOD IS PRESENT - "Fear thou not; for I am with thee:"

OUR GOD IS PERSONAL - "be not dismayed; for I am thy God:"

OUR GOD IS POWERFUL - "I will strengthen thee;"

OUR GOD IS PRACTICAL - "yea, I will help thee;"

OUR GOD IS PERMANENT - "yea, I will uphold thee with the right

hand of my righteousness.

 

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LUKE 8:4-17 – GOOD SOIL

The parable of “The Sower and the Soils” in Vss. 4-10 is explained in verses 11-17. Note that the seed being planted in the soil is the word of God.

 

GOOD SOIL IS DUG SOIL – Vs. 12 – The soil by the wayside was packed down and hard.  It had not been recently plowed.  The Holy Spirit was must dig deep in our hearts in order to make us receptive to the Word of God. See John 16:8-11

 

GOOD SOIL IS DEEP SOIL – Vs. 13 – Soil on the rock was actually on a ledge.  The Word of God had not gone down deep in the heart.

 

GOOD SOIL IS DISINFECTED SOIL – Vs 14 – Soil needs to have the weeds of “cares and riches and pleasures” removed.

 

GOOD SOIL IS DEPENDABLE SOIL – Vs. 15 – Dependable soil comes from “an honest and good heart”, keeping the Word, and bearing fruit.

 

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GALATIANS 5:1 – STAND FAST!

Galatians 5:1 - Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

I knew a lady who had a very rough childhood. Her father abused and ridiculed her, showing no love to speak of. Her father passed away, so technically she was free from her father. But because of her failure to forgive, the lady was still in bondage to her father. She still lives with pain.

I knew another lady who was a schoolteacher. Her first principal mistreated her. She was fired. Since that time, she held other teaching positions very responsibly.  She was free from the first principal, and yet she was not free because she failed to forgive him.  She had a hard, sad countenance.

I knew a man who wrestled with the doctrine of salvation and finally came to know Christ as Savior.  The man was now free to serve God as a Christian. However, because of a critical spirit, which made him continuously dissatisfied. He really wasn't free.

The people I have just mentioned are examples of a difficulty with which all born again Christians wrestle at one time or another.  It is the problem of being set free, but being in bondage. The people I just mentioned were free because they were forgiven. They were free because they were going to Heaven, and free because they had potential victory over sin.  They were free, but they were still in bondage to a critical or unforgiving spirit.

In the Book of Galatians Paul deals with a similar problem. The Galatians, who were mostly Gentiles before being saved, were set free from the bondage of sin and the rules and regulations of Gentile religion. But now, they were listening to false teachers called Judaizers, who were teaching the Galatians that they needed to observe Jewish Old Testament Law to be good Christians. They were trying to bring the Galatians back into bondage.

God has a wonderful plan for the life of every Christian. It is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in freedom all our days.  We are free to do what He wants us to do, when He wants us to do it, and in the way he wants us to do it.  We have freedom to do what is right!

God's enemy, Satan, wants us to be in bondage to law keeping, to guilt, to unforgiveness, to a critical spirit, to anger, to worry, to habitual sin of any kind. He wants anything possible to keep us from serving God freely.

The good news is that there is freedom from bondage for the Christian.  This freedom is found in Christ as Galatians 5:1 explains.

DECLARATION - …Christ hath made us free,

 

When Paul talks about being free he talking to those who have accepted the free gift of salvation found in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12

 

We are free from the penalty of sin. Romans 5:6-9, Romans 8:1-2

We are free from the problem of law keeping. This is the context of Galatians 5:1. We are not dependent upon law keeping to get to Heaven.

We are free from the power of sin. Romans 6:14

When Christ comes we will be free from the presence of sin. 1 John 3:1-2

(The above outline is not original with me. I have seen it often with the exception of the word "problem".)

 

DANGER - …be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

 

Christ had set the Galatians free. But now they were in danger of being entangled or entwined with a yoke. A yoke was a big piece of wood placed around the neck of an animal to keep that animal under control. When the Galatians tried to add law keeping to their faith in Christ, they were putting on a new yoke of bondage. When a person is trying to keep religious law, he is in bondage to detail, trying to keep everything perfectly. He is also in bondage to guilt if he breaks that law.

 

There is a better yoke than the yoke of bondage.  There is the yoke of Christ. Matthew 11:28-30

Allow Christ to control you through His Spirit. If He is in control, you will do what is right.  His yoke is easy! His burden is light!

 

DELIVERANCE - … Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,

 

When a person is saved, he is saved by faith. Romans 5:1

The work of the Spirit of God (John 3:1-7, John 16:8-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13) in our lives based on the work of Christ on the cross gave us freedom to serve God properly.  Just as the Spirit of God did the work that convicted us and saved us, the same wonderful Holy Spirit is present to keep us and empower us. Ephesians 1:13-14, Galatians 5:16, 22-23

We are delivered from bondage as we stand fast in the same original liberty that set us free in Christ!  As we stand fast in the control of the Holy Spirit we will delivered from bondage in our daily lives.  Ephesians 5:18

 

 

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2 TIMOTHY 4:2 – THE TYPE OF PREACHING GOD LIKES

Everybody has an opinion of what makes a sermon good or bad.

When someone says "That was a great message.", or that was a terrible message, he is usually giving a subjective opinion.

God tells us in this verse what kind of preaching He likes.  This is the type of sermon a preacher should strive to preach. This is the type of sermon for which God's people should be thankful when they hear it.

God likes the preaching when:

THE WORD OF GOD IS PROCLAIMED - "Preach the word."

 

THE MESSENGER IS PREPARED - "Be instant in season, out of

  season."

 

THE AUDIENCE IS PROVOKED - "Reprove, rebuke, exhort."

 

THE WORD IS PRESENTED PATIENTLY AND CLEARLY - "With all longsuffering and doctrine."

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