SERMON SEEDS
December 5, 2018, 8:58 AM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 12/3/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q35 – THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 3, 2018

PROPOSED CHRISTMAS SERIES

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2 CORINTHIANS 5:14-21 – IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS

 

 Have you ever heard the expression, “It doesn’t get any better than this?”

This expression has been used to evaluate everything from a favorite team’s Super Bowl win, to a great dinner or concert.

I could use this phrase, “It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!” to describe our Thanksgiving Day at our daughter Donna’s.

  • We had hot chocolate on the way over.
  • I got to carve two turkeys, thus feeling useful.
  • Two children and their spouses and children were there, so we saw 9 of our grandchildren and our great-granddaughter!
  • There was, for the most part, peace with everyone getting along, and no major behavior melt-downs.
  • The dinner was on time, hot and delicious!
  • We played family games that were fun, gracious, and gentle.
  • I saw some football and had a short nap!
  • Our son said that it was good to see us.
  • We were home before 7:00 P.M.

Believe me, Dottie and I had a great day, and would normally put the tag ON it, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

But even days like this could have been better. We could have had the rest of our family with us and we could have had pumpkin pie for dessert.

But when we talk about God’s work, and what He does, we can certainly say, “It doesn’t get any better than this!

THE WORK OF TRANSFORMATION - Vs. 17

  • Dead in trespasses and sins. No hope!
  • Born-again by the Spirit of God. John 1:12-13,

1 Peter 1:23

  • New forgiveness, new love, new joy, new peace, new hope, new desires which lead to changes in behavior, and a new book!
  • We also have a new master and a new freedom to serve God instead Satan.

 

THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION - Vss. 18, 19b, 20

  • Vs. 18 – The great wonder of reconciliation was God reconciling us to Himself Through the Lord Jesus Christ! IT WAS ALL HIS PLAN AND HIS WORK!” Ephesians 1:4-8
  • We are given the ministry of reconciliation.  Matthew 28:19-20
  • Vs. 19b – We are given the word of reconciliation, summed up so nicely in John 3:16.
  •  Vs. 20 – We are ambassadors for Christ.
  1. By Proclamation here and beyond – Mark 16:15, 1 Timothy 1:1:12-14
  2. By Prayer – 1 Timothy 2:1-7
  3. By Payment or Investment – Philippians 4:10-19

THE WONDER OF REDEMPTION - Vss. 19a, 21

  • Romans 5:6-9

 

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MARK 10 – CONTROVERSAL ACTIONS

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES

LESSON #11

 

THINK ABOUT IT!

  •  What did Jesus do that was controversial?
  •  Why were Jesus' actions often controversial?
  •  When and why should Christians be controversial today?

 

In Mark 10 we see Jesus taking some controversial teaching action on several subjects.

I.  DIVORCE - Vss. 1-12

A.  THE CHALLENGE BY THE PHARISEES - Vss. 1-2

B.  THE COMMAND OF MOSES - Vss. 3-4

C.  THE COMMENTARY BY JESUS - Vss. 5-9

  1. THE CLARIFICATION FOR THE DISCIPLES - Vss. 10-12

 

  • Why would Jesus' words rankle most people seeking divorce?
  • Why do Christians divorce?
  • Why should Christians do everything possible to save a marriage?
  • What should be done when divorce becomes a possibility?

II. CHILDREN - Vss. 13-16

A.  REFUSAL BY THE DISCIPLES - Vs. 13

B.  REBUKE BY JESUS - Vss. 14-15

C.  RECEPTION OF THE CHILDREN - Vs. 16

 

  • What do you think was the disciple's reasoning by refusing the children? - Vs. 13
  • What do the words of such is the kingdom of God mean?
  • What should we do as a church to receive the children?

III. ETERNAL LIFE - Vss. 17-22

A.  SERIOUS CONVICTION - Vs. 17

B.  STRICT COMMANDMENTS - Vss. 18-20

  1. SPECIFIC CHOICE - Vss. 21-22

 

  • What does Jesus imply in verse 18?
  • The rich young ruler had kept the commands directed toward mankind.
  • Why did the man rightly feel that he lacked something?
  • Why did Jesus insist that the man sell all and follow Him?  Is this a requirement for all disciples?
  • Why did the man walk away sad?  Do people walk away from Jesus with the same attitude today?

IV. RICHES - Vss. 23-27

  1. AMAZING STATEMENT - Vss. 23-25
  2. ASTONISHED DISCIPLES - Vs. 26
  3. ASSURING SAVIOR - Vs. 27
  • Why were the disciples so amazed at Jesus' statements?
  • What hinders a rich man from being saved?  A poor man?
  • How did God do the impossible for rich and poor alike?

V. REWARDS - Vss. 28-31

  1. PETER'S COMMENT - Vs. 28
  2. JESUS' COMFORT - Vss. 29-30
  3. JESUS' CHALLENGE - Vs. 31

 

  • What question was Peter implying by his statement in Vs.28?
  • In what ways do Christians receive the good things mentioned in Vss. 29-30?
  • What is the ultimate reward?
  • How does Vs. 31 challenge us today?

VI. DEATH - Vss. 32-34

  1. THE DISCIPLES' FEAR - Vs. 32
  2. JESUS' FORECAST - Vss. 33-34

VII. POSITION - Vss. 35-45

  1. GREAT REQUEST - Vss. 35-37
  2. GREAT REQUIREMENTS - Vss. 38-40
  3. GREAT RESENTMENT - Vs. 41
  4. GREAT RESPONSIBILITY - Vss. 43-45

 

  • What is your opinion of the question asked by James and John?
  • Why did Jesus tell them that they didn't know what they were asking for?
  • In what ways were James and John baptized with the same baptism?
  • Why were the disciples so angry with James and John?
  • In relation to other disciples, what is the greatest thing we can do? Why?
  • Whose example are we to follow and why?

VIII. BLINDNESS - Vss. 46-52

  1. GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT - Vss. 46-47a - "Jesus is coming!"
  2. STUBBORN APPEAL - Vss. 47b-51 
  3. WONDERFUL ANSWER - Vs. 52 - He was healed!

D.  LOYAL AMBITION - Vs. 52

 

  • What can we learn from Bartimaeus?
  • His faith made him whole! We know that saving faith makes us whole.  How does the faith of a Christian make him whole on a daily basis?
  • If we've been saved, we've received our "sight". LET'S FOLLOW JESUS!

 

 

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EPHESIANS 5:18-21 – FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

 

When a person is saved, he or she is baptized with the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13.)  If the Holy Spirit is not present in the life, a person is not born again (John 3:5-8, Romans 8:9).

 

Although there is only one baptism of the Spirit, there is to be many "fillings" of the Spirit.  The filling of the Spirit is the control of the Spirit of God in the life.

 

THE FILLING OF THE SPIRIT IS NOT ARTIFICIAL - Vs. 18 - "And be not drunk with wine..."

Satan is a deceiver. He tries to substitute God's work with his own.

Alcohol is the substitute for the filling of the Spirit mentioned here.

When alcohol controls it is not only devastating, but temporary.

We must also beware of a "filling" of the Spirit that has no Biblical basis.

 

THE FILLING OF THE SPIRIT IS NOT ACCIDENTAL - Vs. 18 - "...but be filled with the spirit."

 

Spirit filling does not just happen, it is commanded.  The original text conveys the idea of being constantly filled, or controlled by the Spirit.

To be filled with the Spirit, one must confess sin, and be a "clean" container for the Spirit to fill. 2 Timothy 2:19-21, 1 John 1:9. Then, ask God to fill you with His Spirit. 1 John 5:14-15.

 

THE FILLING OF THE SPIRIT IS NOT AVERAGE - Vss. 19-21

 

The results of Spirit filling include

 

1. Supernatural Praise Vs. 19

2. Supernatural Thanksgiving Vs. 20

3. Supernatural Submission Vs. 21

4. Supernatural Fruit Galatians 5:22-23

 

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Luke 2:9-14 – THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

 

As we are have put most of the cleaning, running, shopping and wrapping behind us, it is indeed time to take inventory and ask ourselves, “Do we have the true spirit of Christmas?” What good is Christmas if we haven’t entered into the true meaning of Christmas?

 

I believe that the Spirit of Christmas is reflected in the Words of the Angels in Luke 2:10-14

 

Based on this Scripture I would like to suggest to you that,

 

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS THE SPIRIT OF FAITH

 

Have you noticed how much faith was involved in the first Christmas?

Zacharias was disciplined by God because he didn’t believe the message that he would be the Father of John the Baptist.

Mary was visited by the Angel and told that she would be the mother of God’s Son. It took faith for her to believe and accept this.

Joseph was told by God that his intended wife was pregnant through the work of God’s Holy Spirit. It took faith for Joseph to accept and believe that.

Simeon was told that he would not die until he saw the Lord’s Christ. That required faith.

The Wise Men followed a star by faith, looking for the Promised Messiah.

And the shepherds. They received a message from angels that the Savior, Christ the Lord was born in Bethlehem. They believed that by faith and went to see Him.

 

Listen again to the message of the Angel to the shepherds.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

The spirit of Christmas is the Spirit of faith.

You can’t truly enter into the Spirit of Christmas with out having faith that a Savior has been born, and that he’s your Savior.

 

You are a sinner who has broken God’s law.

You deserve eternal punishment.

But God in his love sent His sinless Son, to receive the punishment you should receive.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

The price for your sin has been paid.

It requires faith on your part to apply that payment for sin to your account.

You must accept Jesus as your Savior, as the one who paid for your sin. John 3:16

  1. you haven’t entered into the true spirit of Christmas by trusting the Lord Jesus as your Savior, I beg you to do so this evening.

 

And I want to remind those of us who know Jesus as our Savior that he is also “Christ, the Lord”. That is something you and I must accept by faith. If Jesus is the Messiah, and if Jesus is Lord (and He is!), then we must accept that by faith and allow Him to be Lord of our lives.

 

Christian, by faith, let Jesus rule your life.

 

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS THE SPIRIT OF JOY

 

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

 

God intended Christmas to be a time of joy.

If anybody should have the Spirit of joy at Christmas, it should be you and I who are Christians.

 

We should have joy remembering the birth of our Savior.

We should have joy practicing the presence of Jesus in our lives.

We should have joy sharing the precious message of salvation with friends and loved ones.

We should have the joy of knowing that one day we will be with Him for all eternity.

We should have the joy of looking for His return.

We should have the joy of allowing Him to lead and guide us.

 

Philippians 4:4, Nehemiah 8:10

 

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS THE SPIRIT OF PEACE - Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

The wish here is for peace on earth.

In one sense, right now, Jesus does not bring peace.

Those who share the Gospel often produce unrest in the hearers. That’s the conviction of the Holy Ghost.

And Jesus told his followers that they would be persecuted for His Sake.

 

But Jesus came to earth to bring peace to anyone and everyone who will accept it. Jesus brought peace.

 

Sin produces separation between God and man.

Because of his sin, man is God’s enemy.

He shed His blood for us so that we can be declared right with God, or justified. Romans 5:9

 

When a person trusts Jesus as Savior and is declared right with God, he is no longer God’s enemy, but God’s child. John 1:12

 

  1. a person trusts Jesus as Savior, but he is no longer God’s enemy he has peace with God.

Romans 5:1

 

But let’s me honest, although we are at peace with God, we often lack the peace of God. We are often restless, up tight, bent out of shape, worried, and or anxious. Why?

 

First of all, we lack peace because we fail to focus on God.

We focus on business instead of focusing on Jesus.

We focus on fun instead of focusing on Jesus.

We focus on our problems instead of focusing on Jesus.

But when we focus on Jesus everything else will fall into perspective and we will have peace.

Isaiah 26:3-4

 

If you don’t focus on reading God’s Word you’re not focusd on Jesus.

If you don’t focus on meditating on Scripture, you’re not focused on Jesus.

If you don’t focus talking about the things of God, you’re not focused on Jesus.

If you don’t focus on prayer, you’re not focused on Jesus.

 

This leads to the second reason for a lack of peace. We fail to commit all our problems to the Lord in prayer. Philippians 4:6-7

 

Christian to have the true spirit of Christmas, you must have peace. Focus on the Lord and commit everything to Him in prayer.

 

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS THE SPIRIT OF GOOD WILL

 

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

One of my favorite Christmas stories is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The star character is Ebenezer Scrooge, a skin flint old miser who claimed that Christmas was a “humbug”.

 

At the end of the story Scrooge is a changed man. He then starts showing good will toward men by buying his employee Bob Cratchit a turkey, and generously sharing with people in need. He also raises Cratchit’s salary and he pays for medical attention for Tiny Tim.

 

And that’s generally our idea of good will towards men.

But for the Christian good will towards men goes further than that.

 

Yes, we are to do kind deeds to those in need. Galatians 6:10

 

Having good will towards men means ceasing from anger.

And good will towards men means forgiving others and not holding grudges against them.

Ephesians 4:26-27, Ephesians 4:31-32

 

If you are unforgiving and/or bitter, you do not have the spirit of Christmas!

 

And one more thing, “good will towards men” would include seeking the Spiritual well being or all, Christians and non-Christians alike.

 

A non-Christian can not be truly happy without Jesus.

A Christian can not be truly happy without walking and growing in Jesus. You can help each of them with your personal concern and input into their Spiritual well-being.

 

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Luke 2:1-20 – PERFECT!

 

GOD'S TIMING WAS PERFECT - Vss. 1-3

 

GOD'S PLACE WAS PERFECT - Vss. 4-7

 

GOD'S ANNOUNCEMENT WAS PERFECT - Vss. 8-14

 

GOD'S WELCOMING COMMITTEE WAS PERFECT - Vss. 15-20

 

 

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MATTHEW 2:1-12 – WISE MEN

 

WISE MEN INQUIRE – Vss. 1-6

 

WISE MEN INVESTIGATE – Vss. 7-10

 

WISE MEN INTERACT AND INDULGE – Vs. 11

 

WISE MEN ARE INSTINCTIVE – Vs. 12

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IT’S CHRISTMAS!

 

As you drive through neighborhoods this time of year, you see many light displays, reminding you that it's Christmas.  Turn on the television and you will see many special holiday programs and commercials, telling you that it's Christmas.  Go to the stores and the merchants don't want you to forget that it's Christmas.  Come to church and you will notice the decorations, music, Scripture Readings and Sermons are telling you that it's Christmas.  Over the next several moments, let's remind ourselves of the true meaning of Christmas as we consider:

 

THE POWER OF CHRISTMAS - Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:30-35

God's power is shown at Christmas through the Virgin Birth.

 

THE PROCLAMATION OF CHRISTMAS - Luke 2:11

The angel tells the shepherds that a Savior is born who is Christ the Lord. 

 

THE PRAISE OF CHRISTMAS - Luke 2:13-14

The angel choir gives praise to God, reminding us that praise is our responsibility.

 

THE PROPONENTS OF CHRISTMAS

The Shepherds - Luke 2:15-20

Simeon - Luke 2:25-35

Anna - Luke 2:36-39

The Wise Men - Matthew 2:1-12

 

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