SERMON SEEDS
April 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 4/2/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q13 – THE WEEK OF APRIL 2, 2018

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JOHN 20-21 – GOOD WORDS

There are times when we are down, depressed, feeling like that the world is caving in on us, that we need to hear some good words.

The followers of Jesus were in that state on Easter Sunday Morning. They needed some good words, and they got them from a risen Savior

A GOOD WORD FOR THE DEFEATED – John 20:1-18

  • Mary Magdalene, became a believer since Jesus cast 7 demons out of her. Helped with ladies’ support team.
  • She was at the cross and the tomb. This was last straw.
  • Vss. 11-16 – Jesus spoke her name. That’s all it took.
  • Vs. 17 - She could not hold on. He would ascend.
  •  She became a witness.
  • In the dark times, listen for Jesus speaking your name.

A GOOD WORD FOR THE DESERTER – John 20:19-23

  • Vs. 19 - They all had forsaken Him – Now he lives!
  • Jesus first word to them was “Peace”.
  • The next word was a commission. “So send I you.”
  • Enablement of the Holy Spirit
  • Vs. 23 – We have the same authority.
  • Better yet, we have the same forgiveness.

A GOOD WORD FOR THE DOUBTER – John 20:24-31

  • Vss. 24-25 - Extremely sorrowful and depressed. Would not allow himself to be comforted unless he saw it for Himself.
  • Vss. 26-27 - Jesus meets Thomas at his level. Here’s the evidence, believe it!
  • Vs. 28 - Thomas gives a classic response – “My Lord and my God.”
  • Vss. 29 – Here’s our encouragement. We are blessed if we haven’t seen the risen Christ and still believe.
  • We believe through faith – “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17
  • When we are doubtful, we go to the word, and believe!

A GOOD WORD FOR THE DENIER – John 21:15-23

  • Jesus appeared to Peter the first day. Peter knew he was forgiven for his denial. Now Jesus was confronting him about his long-term service going forward.
  • Three times, “Do you love me?”
  • Three times, “Lord you know I love you.”
  • Three times, “Feed my sheep.”
  • If you love Jesus, even though you have denied him in any way, do what Jesus has called you to do.

Jesus’ good words show us that there is hope for the defeated, the deserter, the doubter, and the denier!

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NUMBERS 33:51-56 – BEING USEFUL

(Actual notes from a Sunday School Lesson)

 

What did you do that was useful to yourself this week?

What did you do that was useful to your family this week?

What did you do that was useful to others this week?

What did you do that was useful to God this week?

Why is it good to be useful?

 

Titus 2:14 - Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

 

Why is it sometimes hard to be useful?

 

This week we see God challenging the Children of Israel to enter into the Land of Canaan, The Promised Land.

According to Theodore Epp, “Canaan is not a type of Heaven, but a type of spiritual Christian usefulness.” Theodore Epp, Joshua – Victorious By Faith, (Lincoln Nebraska, Back To The Bible Broadcast, 1968) p. 33

 

THE WAY TO USEFULNESS – Vs. 51

 

The children of Israel had to decide to obey God and to be disciples, or followers of their leaders who would bring them into the Land of Canaan.

 

  • DECISION - John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

  • DISCIPLESHIP - Luke 9:23 - And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

THE WORK OF USEFULNESS – Vs. 52-54

   

  • DRIVE – Vs. 52 – The Spiritually useless inhabitants of the land were to be identified and the work of driving them out initiated.

 

Proverbs 6:16-19 - These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: [17] A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, [18] An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, [19] A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 

  • DESTROY – Vs. 52 – All reminders of our previous life without Christ are to be destroyed.

 

Colossians 3:5-9 - Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: [6] For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: [7] In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. [8] But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. [9] Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

 

Galatians 5:24 - And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

 

  • DISPOSSESS – Vs. 53 – Don’t let any part of the old life control the new life.

   

Philippians 3:8-9 - Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, [9] And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

 

  • DWELL – Vs. 53 – We will dwell in usefulness as we abide in Christ.

 

Philippians 3:10 - That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

 

John 15:4-5 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

 

  • DIVIDE – Vs. 54 – We are to share the responsibilities of usefulness with other believers.

 

Romans 12:3-8 - For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. [4] For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: [5] So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. [6] Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; [7] Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; [8] Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

 

THE WARNING AGAINST USELESSNESS – Vs. 55-56

   

  • DISOBEDIENCE – Disobedience will result in uselessness and punishment.

 

Revelation 2:4-5 - Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. [5] Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

 

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PSALM 43 – THE PRAYER OF A TROUBLED MAN

CRY FOR HELP – Vs. 1

CAUSE FOR DISMAY – Vs. 2

CALL FOR GUIDANCE – Vs. 3

CONFIDENCE IN GOD – Vss. 4-5

 

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ECCLESIASTES 3:9-22 – GOD AT WORK

#4 OF 11 OUTLINES ON ECCLESIASTES

God is always at work. You may want to give several examples such as the creation, the weather, nature, intervention in people's lives, and salvation.

 

Solomon is generally giving us a secular view in this book.  He is talking about things "under the sun". But in these verses, Solomon does show us that he is aware that God is at work.

 

GOD'S GIFTS - Vss. 9-13

1. Labor - Vss. 9-10

2. Beauty - Vs. 11

3. Eternity (meaning of the word "world") in our hearts - Vs. 11

4. Enjoyment - Vss. 12-13

 

GOD'S GREATNESS - Vs. 14

 

GOD'S GOVERNMENT (Justice) - Vss 15-22

1. God will judge - Vss. 15-17, Revelation 20:11-15, Romans 14:10-12, 2 Corinthians 5:10

2. Man is like the animals because he will die, be buried and turn to dust.  Vss. 18-20

3. Man's spirit will go upward to God. God will decide his fate. - Vs. 21, Luke 16:19-31

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ACTS 1:8, 2:1-21 – PENTECOST

THE PROMISE OF PENTECOST - Acts 1:8

 

THE PLACE OF PENTECOST - Vs. 1

They were in one accord in one place.

 

THE POWER OF PENTECOST - Vss. 2-3

 

THE PRESENCE OF PENTECOST - Vs. 4

The presence was that of the Holy Spirit. He caused the disciples to speak in other languages.

 

THE PERPLEXITY OF PENTECOST - Vss. 5-13

Everyone heard the disciples speak "the wonderful works of God" in their own languages.

Many were confused, some mocked, saying the disciples were drunk.

 

THE PREACHING OF PENTECOST – Vss. 14-21

Peter gave a thrilling message on Pentecost (Verses 14-21 are just part of it.)

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EPHESIANS 6:18 – PROCEDURE FOR EFFECTIVE PRAYING

 

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching

thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."

 

One of the most difficult things a Christian is asked to do is to pray

consistently.

I personally feel that the difficulty rises because Satan knows just how

effective prayer is.

He doesn't want us to pray and he fights us about prayer.

 

The passage before us follows the description of the Christian Soldier's

armor. While technically not part of the armor, prayer is essential in the

armor's use. Prayer activates the armor and keeps us in touch with our

general, The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

FREQUENCY OF PRAYER - "always"

Prayer will not always be on our lips, but should never be far from our

lips.

Continual prayer is taught several places in Scripture including Psalm

55:17, Acts 6:4, 2 Timothy 1:3 and Philippians 4:6.

 

FULLNESS OF PRAYER - "all"

Prayer is not just asking God for things. I have had friends whom only

called me when they wanted something. I didn't appreciate this. Imagine how

God feels when all we do is ask. Prayer includes:

 

Praise - Psalm 47:6-7, Psalm 96:1-2

 

Thanksgiving - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

Request for guidance - James 1:5

 

Confession - Psalm 32:5

 

Request for spiritual needs - 1 John 5:14-15

 

Intercession - Ephesians 6:18

 

FORCE OF PRAYER - "in the Spirit"

The Holy Spirit should guide our prayers. He will, as we yield to His

filling.

 

FOCUS OF PRAYER - "all saints" and unsaved (1Timothy 2:1-4)

Paul gives us at least four prayers to model in praying for other believers.

Ephesians 1:16-23, 3:14-21, Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-14.

We should ask God to save those who don't know Christ.

 

FAITHFULNESS IN PRAYER - "perseverance"

We should continually be praying according to God's will until He sends the

answer. Luke 18:1-8

 

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AN INTERESTING INTERLUDE – REVELATION 10:1-11:14

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #10 (REVELATION)

  • Who are some of the characters who speak for God concerning or during the Tribulation period?
  • In this passage we meet at least four such representatives: “A mighty angel”, John, and the “two witnesses”.
  • Why is John’s ministry as the writer of Revelation so important?

 

In Revelation 10:1 we see an interlude between the 6th and 7th Trumpet Judgments.  Attention is given to what I call a recommissioning of John and the ministry of the Two Witnesses.

 

THE RECOMMISSIONING OF JOHN – 10:1-11:2

1. A Special Representative – 10:1-2

  • The description of this “mighty angel” here has led many to conclude that this is “The Angel of the Lord”, the Lord Jesus Christ, making an appearance.
  • Indeed these qualities are very special in many ways and do describe our Lord.
  •  There are reasons to think that this is just an angel and not the Lord Jesus, according to David Levy and John MacArthur:
  1. Nowhere in the Book of Revelation is Jesus referred to as an angel.
  2. The words, “I saw another mighty angel” refers to an angel of the same kind. The other angels were not the Lord Jesus. Neither is this one.
  3. If this angel were Jesus, it would constitute another coming by him to earth.  There are only two referred to in Scripture.
  4. Other angels have appeared with similar splendor. See Ezekiel 28:11-15, and Daniel 10:5-6  These thoughts come from either/or David Levy, Revelation: Hearing the Last Word, (Bellmawr, NJ, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry Inc., 1999), pp. 120-121, John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Revelation 1-11, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1999), pp. 278-280
  5. This angel, who must have appeared huge to John, had a foot on the land and a foot on the sea. This probably shows God’s sovereign authority over all.

 

2. A Sealed Message – 10:3-4

  • The mighty angel made a mighty cry and there were 7 thunders.  Evidently the words that were thundered were meant for John only. He was told not to write them but to seal them up.
  • It would be silly for us to speculate as to what these thunders said.  If God wanted us to know, he would have told us.
  • Remember, John was doing a monumental work in writing the Book of Revelation.  It would not be unusual for God to give him a special message that would help John’s personal ministry. Perhaps John needed some special encouragement.

 

3. A Sanctified Oath – 10:5-7

  • This holy being took an oath in the name of the eternal creator.
  • The oath was that there would be no further delay in the completion of God’s plan.
  • All that had been promised by the prophets would be fulfilled after the sounding of the trumpet by the seventh angel.
  • According to MacArthur, the mystery that is revealed is found in Ephesians 1:10. MacArthur  p. 286

 

4. Significant Assignments – 10:8-11:2

  • John was instructed to take the open scroll in the angel’s hand.
  • The identity of the scroll is not certain.  Perhaps it contained the prophecies of coming events.
  • John was also instructed to eat the contents of the scroll.  It was sweet to the taste and bitter to the stomach.
  • The words were sweet because they were the very Word of God.
  • They were probably bitter because of the severity of the judgments.
  • In Revelation 10:11 John was commissioned again to write.  His message was to go to “many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”
  • In Revelation 11:1-2 John was instructed to “measure” the temple, altar, and worshippers.  This was probably to show God’s ownership of these things.
  • The Gentiles would have rule over Jerusalem 42 months. This is probably the second part of the Tribulation period.

 

THE MINISTRY OF THE TWO WITNESSES – 11:3-14

1. Their Durable Tenure – 11:3

  • The two witnesses will prophesy for 42 months.
  • The identity of these two witnesses is much debated. Some think that it is Elijah and Enoch.  Others think that it is Elijah and Moses.  Others think that they are two men empowered with the abilities of Elijah and Moses.  I tend to believe the latter, but no one can be sure.

 

2. Their Dynamic Power – 11:4-6

  • These men were God’s representatives. For an explanation of the olive trees and candlesticks see Zechariah 4:1-6. These men were God’s Spirit-empowered witnesses.
  • Nobody will be able to stop these men until their ministry is complete.  Those who try will be destroyed.
  • Through God’s Spirit they will have power to cause destruction by fire, draught, and plagues whenever they want.

 

3. Their Destined Demise – 11:7-10

  • These prophets will fulfill their ministry before the beast (anti-Christ) will be able to kill them.
  • Christians should be comforted that we will not die until God’s purposes for us are accomplished.
  • There will be great celebrations on earth when these prophets die.
  • As an insult, they will not be buried, but their bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem.
  • It is interesting to note in verse 10, that these witnesses were “tormenting” those who dwell on earth.  In reality they were carrying out judgments that should have led the people of earth to repentance.

 

4. Their Dramatic Victory – 11:11-14

  • After 3½ days these men will be resurrected from the dead.  This will bring terror to the people.
  • They will be summoned to Heaven and will ascend in a cloud.
  • This will differ from the rapture which shall occur “in the twinkling of an eye”.  Their enemies will watch their ascension into Heaven.
  • After their ascension there will be an earthquake which will kill 7,000 people and scare everyone else.
  • They will give glory to God in Heaven.  Whether this will lead to repentance and faith in Christ or not, we do not know.
  • There would not be any respite, another “woe” would soon come.
  • Bear in mind that through all of these things God is in control.

 

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