SERMON SEEDS
February 7, 2018, 3:46 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 2/5/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q6 – THE WEEK OF February 5, 2018

 

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LUKE 11:38-42 – TWO DISCIPLES

 

We want to meet two disciples who have something to teach us about discipleship.  What is interesting about these disciples is that you have probably not thought of them as such.  Also, they were sisters, and are two of the better-known women in the Bible. Of course, I’m speaking of Martha, and her younger sister, Mary.

 

Vs. 38 – Jesus was traveling and came to a familiar village. It was the Village of Bethany, about two miles from Jerusalem, the home of Mary and Martha.  Mary and Martha were sisters to Lazarus who Jesus raised from the dead.

 

Martha received Jesus and probably at least some of the other disciples into her home.  Mary and Martha were believers, and I’m sure Jesus was always welcome.

 

THEY WERE FEMALE

 

You may wonder why I am emphasizing their gender.

In the times of the Bible, it was a man’s world.

In the Jewish culture it was a man’s world.

 

Vs. 39 – A disciple is a learner.

              Mary sat at Jesus feet and heard his word.

If you read Martha’s profession of faith in John 11, you will see that she too, was a disciple, a learner, a follower of Jesus.

 

Kent Hughes – “Judaism did not forbid women to be instructed in the Torah, but it was unheard of for a rabbi to allow a woman to sit at his feet. Later rabbinic tradition includes quotations such as: ‘May the words of the Torah be burned, they should not be handed over to women”. And ‘The man who teaches his daughter the Torah teachers her extravagance.” Cleary, Jesus rejected such unbiblical, regressive attitudes outright.” R. Kent Hughes, Preaching the Word – Luke Volume 1, (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1998), p. 396

 

In ancient Israel the Word of God was to be read to all, then all could hear and learn. Deuteronomy 31:10-13

In the book of Acts, there was a lady name Dorcas who was called a disciple. Acts 9:36   

 

Also, in the Book of Acts there is a husband and wife team, Aquilla and Priscilla, who show themselves both to be disciples. Acts 18:24-26

 

My point is this, although overall leadership in the church has been given to men, the ladies have as much right and responsibilities to be good disciples as the men do.   

 

And in many cases throughout the history of the church, it’s often the lady disciples who have been more sensitive and open to the call of God then the men have.

 

Mary and Martha both were disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THEY WERE FAITHFUL

 

SERVING

Martha in this story was certainly not right in her attitude towards her sister, or even towards the Lord. But let us not forget that Martha was committed to the task at hand, serving the Lord, and was indeed faithful to the Lord Himself. She got her priorities mixed up, putting service ahead of fellowship.

 

We need Marthas who are concerned with detail.

We need Marthas who have the gift of hospitality.

We need Marthas who are willing to use the abilities that God has given them to serve the Lord.

 

I see Mary doing three things here as part of her discipleship that I feel are important for us. Sitting at Jesus’ feet, Mary was

 

LEARNING

Jesus was teaching.  Mary was learning. In fact, as we’ll see in a few moments, Mary had a better understanding of Jesus’ death than the Apostles did.

Why was that?

She was sitting quietly, taking it all in, perhaps even asking questions. She paid attention.   

 

LEANING

 

Being at Jesus’ feet reminds me that He is close. And that whatever is bugging me, whatever worries me, whatever concerns me, I can bring to Him.

He’s present to answer.

He’s present to encourage.

He’s present to guide.

A good disciple does not “free lance”.

A good disciple gets all his strength, guidance, and authority from his master. John 14:13-14,

Philippians 4:6-7, 1 John 5:14-5

 

LOVING

 

Why do Christians risk their lives in countries hostile to Christianity?

It’s because they love Jesus.

Why do Christians endure persecution joyfully?

It’s because they love Jesus.

Why did Mary sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His Word?

It’s because she loved Jesus.

 

The best disciple is the one who faithfully loves his Master.

The disciple who loves His master loves to hear His voice.

The disciple who loves His master loves to speak with Him.

The disciple who loves His loves to do His will.

 

Mary and Martha were both faithful disciples.

 

THERE WAS FRICTION

 

Luke 10:40 - First of all, I want you to note that my implication, Mary had been helping in the kitchen.  Evidently, Jesus came, and she showed the hospitality of spending time with her guest.

 

Martha got entangled in her serving.

She was trying to do too much.

She was letting it get the best of her.

And when we are trying to do too much, it is easy for us to look at others who aren’t helping, and get frustrated! And it becomes very easy for us to become very judgmental and huffy.

We suddenly become the judge of what a person should and shouldn’t be doing. Matthew 7:1-2

 

Martha comes to Jesus all upset and frustrated.

“Lord, don’t you care that I’m slaving out her by myself? Tell Mary that she should help me!   

 

Luke 10:41-42 - Jesus tenderly, yet firmly corrects Martha.

“Martha, Martha, you’ve got lots on your plate.  You’ve got a lot that bothers you. You are uptight about many things.”

 

Then Jesus tells Martha a very important truth.

Only one thing was necessary.

And Mary had chosen it.  Jesus was present and time was to be spent with Him.

And time spent with Jesus is invaluable!

If Martha had spent her time with Jesus, the meal might not have been elaborate.

But Martha’s spirit would have been at rest.

And Martha would have had the strength and joy to serve when it was time to serve!

 

Our problem is, we try to serve with spending time with Jesus. This leads to frustration.   

 

THERE WAS FAVOR

 

Of course, Mary received the compliment from Jesus that she had made the right choice.

But what about Martha?  Did she learn her lesson?

 

I believe she did and because of that she is certainly in favor when her brother Lazarus died.

 

John 11:22-27 - Lazarus was dead. Jesus was not there to heal him.

But Martha gives indication that here was a woman who had learned her lesson to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His Word.

 

Vss. 22-24 – Here was woman who had not lost or left her faith.

 

Vss. 25-27 – Martha’s response is one of the clearest attestations to the deity of Christ that anyone makes in all of Scripture.  Martha HAD been listening. She HAD BEEN sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing His word.

 

To this day, Martha stands in Scripture as a disciple who knew who her Master was.

 

And what about Mary?

Turn over to John 12:1-8 - Mary had been listening.

It was Mary who, out of love, anointed Jesus’ body before burial, realizing that there would not be much opportunity after burial. Mary knew why she was doing what she was doing! Matthew 26:12-13

 

So both Martha and Mary found favor with the Lord.

 

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1 SAMUEL 17 – PRIZE FIGHT!

 

THE CHAMPION - GOLIATH

 

  • He Was Big. Vss. 1-7
  • He Was A Bully. Vss. 8-11
  • He Was Brash. Vss. 41-44
  • He Was Beatable. Vs. 54

 

THE CHALLENGER - DAVID

 

  • His Courage Vss. 20-40
  • His Confrontation Vss. 45-48
  • His Conquest Vss. 49-54

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PSALM 26 – A RIGHTEOUS LIFE

 

For one to be truly live a righteous life, he or she must come to Jesus Christ by faith.

Romans 5:1-9

Psalm 26 shows us how to live a righteous life, after we have been declared righteous by God.

 

MY PATTERN – “I HAVE”

  • Walked, Vss. 1, 3
  • Trusted, Vs. 1
  • Not Sat (with vain persons), Vs. 4
  • Hated, Vs. 5
  • Loved, Vs. 8

 

MY PLAN – “I WILL”

  • Not slide, Vs. 1
  • Not go, Vs. 4
  • Not sit, Vs. 5
  • Wash, Vs. 6
  • Compass (thine altar), Vs. 6
  • Publish, Vs. 7
  • Tell, Vs. 7
  • Walk, Vs. 11

 

MY PETITION

  • Judge Me, Vs. 1
  • Examine Me, Vs. 2
  • Prove Me, Vs. 2
  • Try Me, Vs. 2
  • Gather Me not, Vss. 9-10
  • Redeem Me, Vs. 11
  • Be Merciful unto Me, Vs. 11

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Proverbs 18:9, 10, 22, 24 – WISE WORDS

 

WISE WORDS ON AMBITION

Proverbs 18:9 - He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

WISE WORDS ON SECURITY

Proverbs 18:10 - The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

WISE WORDS ON MARRIAGE

Proverbs 18:22 - Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

WISE WORDS ON FRIENDSHIP

Proverbs 18:24 - A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

 

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MARK 2:13-17 – LOVING THE SINNER

 

We are generally kind to those we truly love.  We express our loving kindness in many ways.  Sometimes we do nice things for the ones we love. Sometimes we listen carefully to those we love.

Sometimes we rejoice or weep with those we love. Sometimes we give gifts to those we love.

 

It is usually easiest to love those who love us, or who have been kind to us.

Jesus showed his love to sinners (That includes all of us. Isaiah 64:6).

 

INVITATION TO SINNERS - Vss. 13-14

As Jesus traveled, He went by a tax collector named Levi, or Matthew.  The Jews hated tax collectors because they worked for the occupying Roman Government. They were considered to be traitors.  The tax collectors were considered traitors.

 

Jesus invited Levi to follow Him. I believe that this was first an invitation to salvation. Jesus and His followers were constantly giving invitations for people to trust Him as Savior. John 3:16, Matthew 11:28, Acts 16:31, Revelation 22:17

 

The invitation to Levi was also an invitation to discipleship. He became one of the twelve apostles.

True salvation is followed by discipleship. Luke 9:23-26

 

INVOLVEMENT WITH SINNERS - Vs. 15

Jesus ate a meal with those who were noted publicans (tax collectors) and sinners.

He associated with them so He could reach them.

As Christians we should isolate ourselves from the sinful habits of the world, not doing what the world does. 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, 1 John 2:15-16

However, we should not isolate ourselves from contact with unsaved people. We need to involve ourselves with the unsaved by:

 

Having them visit our homes and visiting their homes.

Giving them a helping hand in times of need.

Allowing them to help you.

Telling them how Christ changed your life.

Inviting them to church.

 

In our previous church in Fonda, New York, there was a coffee shop across the street from the church.  I often went there for coffee.  I became a friend with several people, especially a man named Seymour.  I became Seymour's friend.  We even went to Seymour's and wife Marge's surprise 40 wedding anniversary party. I was able to listen to Seymour and to give him some advice.  Eventually, Seymour and Marge started coming to church. He came to Christ. She was already saved. Eventually they were baptized and joined the church.  It all began in a coffee shop across the street from the church. Involve yourself with the unsaved if you want to win them to Christ.

 

INSTRUCTION TO CRITICS - Vss. 16-17

There will always be self-righteous people who think that Christians should have nothing to do with those who are noted for their sin or who are not professing Christians.  Jesus instructed His critics by explaining that as a physician of souls He needed to go to the ones who were spiritually sick.  The Pharisees and self-righteous people today do not consider themselves to be sinners, or sick, therefore they do not think they need the Savior.

 

Always remember that the church is a hospital. We deal with hurting people, both saved and unsaved, and need to minister to their needs.

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GALATIANS 6:1-10 – PREPARED TO HELP

 

You may want to divide this into two messages.

 

As a former Boy Scout, I remember the Scout motto, "Be Prepared".

The Scouts taught that there would be a multitude of situations one would face.  The scout needed to be ready to handle any situation.  We were taught such things as swimming, first aid, knot tying, cooking, and Morse code.

 

As a pastor I find it important to be prepared, especially when I am expected to preach or teach God's Word.  I must also be prepared to handle emergencies, listen at any time, pray with someone hurting, and give loving counsel.

 

As Christians God wants us to be prepared to help each other.  Galatians 6:1-10 shows us 6 things we should be prepared to do.

 

ASSIST - Vs. 1

When a Christian has failed God we are to be ready to humbly restore him to fellowship with God.

 

ASSUME - Vss. 2

When Christians have heavy burdens, we should be ready to help bear them, fulfilling the law of love. John 13:34-35

 

ACCEPT - Vss. 4-5

Although we do have the responsibility to help others with heavy burdens, we do have responsibility to bear our own burdens. The word burden here is different from verse 2. Here it simply refers to something carried in the hand. It is not a heavy burden like verse 2.

 

SHARE - Vs. 6

The person who is taught should share good things with his teacher.  This very well could refer to financial support for the full-time minister of the Word.

 

SOW - Vss. 7-8

We reap what we sow. Therefore, we should sow the things of the Spirit and not the things of the flesh.

 

SERVE - Vss. 9-10

We should not be weary in well doing because we will reap good things if we don't give up.

We should strive to do good to all, but especially to fellow believers.

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A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN – REVELATION 4

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #5 (REVELATION)

 

This is a series of complete study notes. If you take a premillennial, pretribulational, position in prophecies, these notes may be helpful. I have shared these previously.

 

Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Ray Stedman went to Hawaii as part of a 2 man painting crew.  His job was to paint “the militarily sensitive buildings”.  He had this observation:

 

“One day my partner and I were brought in to paint the office of Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander in chief of the entire U.S. Pacific Fleet and the chief naval strategist of World War II. I remember the awe I felt as I entered that office. I found myself surrounded by maps and charts of the Pacific Islands. Here in this room, I thought, the historic events of this war are being conceived and brought into existence. Within these four walls, the Admiral gathers with his captains and advisers to plan the tactics, advances, and assaults of the greatest conflict in human history.

 

“But the awe I felt at that moment pales in comparison to what John must have felt in the next scene from the book of Revelation – a scene in which he finds himself in the control center for the entire universe!” Ray Stedman, God’s Final Word – Understanding Revelation, (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Discovery House Publishers, 1991), p. 114

 

Revelation 1:19 - Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

  • We have already seen the first two parts of the Revelation Outline as described in Revelation 1:19.  Chapter 1 showed us the things that John had seen, his vision of Christ and commission to write.  Chapters 2 and 3 showed us the things which are, the different types of churches that exist today.
  • Now we begin to see the things which shall be hereafter. These are things that take place after the Rapture of the Church.
  • In Revelation 4 we get to see the “throne room of Heaven” and get a small glimpse of things that will begin to happen there. 

 

HEAVENLY SUMMONS – Vss. 1-2

  • If the churches of chapters two and three are the things which are, it makes sense that when the things which shall be hereafter come along that the things which are will no longer exist.  The church is not mentioned in Revelation 4-19. This is one of the evidences that the church has been removed to Heaven.
  • Vss. 1-2 - John, in his spirit was called up to Heaven by the “first voice” (Revelation 1:10).  His body was on the Isle of Patmos, but the real him was in Heaven.  Just as John was called up to Heaven to view the Tribulation, the church will be called up and will view things from Heaven’s vantage. Revelation 3:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  •  Jesus makes it very clear that the things John would see were in the future.
  • “You might be surprised to find that the throne is the central theme of the book of Revelation. Out of 22 chapters in the book, there are only five chapters in which the word “throne” does not appear.” Stedman p. 114

 

HEAVENLY SCENE – Vss. 3-7

 

  • Vs. 3 - I believe it is God, the Father sitting on this throne. Revelation 5:6-7
  • The Jasper is a diamond. The sardine is perhaps a ruby. The emerald colored rainbow is in shades of green.  While the jasper and sardine (sardius) may refer to God’s glory and fiery judgment, the emerald rainbow reminds us that God is a God of grace and promise in spite of His judgment.
  • Vs. 4 - The identity of the 24 elders has been debated.  Some believe they are angels or signify Israel and the church. I believe the elders represent the raptured church in Heaven for the following reasons:
  1. The lack of reference to the church during the Tribulation and that elders are referred to as church leaders throughout the New Testament.
  2. Twenty-four appears to be the number of completion.  The complete church will be there. 1 Chronicles 24:4-5, 7-18 speak of a complete priesthood.  The church is a priesthood. 1 Peter 2:9
  3. National Israel will not be redeemed until the ministry of the 144,000 will be completed.
  4. The elders are clothed in white and wearing crowns. Evidence that they have been judged.  The church will be judged and rewarded by Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:10
  • Vs. 5 – “Lightnings, thunderings, and voices” speak of the judgments that are about to take place.  The Holy Spirit is referred to as “seven lamps of fire”. These are more like torches than candlesticks, again alluding to fiery judgment. Isaiah 11:2
  • Vs. 6a – “The Crystal Sea” seems to reflect God’s brilliance and majesty.
  • Vss. 6b-7 – The four beasts (“living creatures”) seem to be a special order of angelic beings that protect the holiness of God.  They are called “Seraphim” by Isaiah and “Cherubim” by Ezekiel. Isaiah 6:1-8, Ezekiel 1:5-14, Ezekiel 10:14-22
  • “Those descriptions view the four cherubim in relation to the created world; the lion represents wild creatures, the calf domestic animals, the eagle flying creatures, and man the pinnacle of creation. Symbolically, the lion represents strength, the calf service, the man reason, and the eagle speed.” John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Revelation 1-11, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1999), p. 154
  • Isaiah 6:2 - Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
  • It has been noted by others that the seraphim use four of their wings for worship and two for service.

 

HEAVENLY SERVICE – Vss. 8-11

 

  • Vs. 8 – The eyes of the cherubim show their constant watchfulness.
  • They give constant worship and praise to God. Something we are to do in this life.  Think of how much more appropriate it will be in Heaven. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Hebrews 13:15
  • Vss. 9-10 – The elders join in the worship!  They have earned crowns (rewards) in this life, and cast them at the feet of God.
  • Vs. 11 – The elders proclaim the worthiness (worth) of God.
  • God receives worship as creator.
  • We are reminded that all things are created for His pleasure!

 

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