SERMON SEEDS
April 24, 2018, 4:07 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 4/23/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q16 – THE WEEK OF APRIL 23, 2018

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JOHN 14:16-18, 26-27 – NOT ALONE - PAGE 1

CONSISTENTLY HIS #1

 

I love to play Christian Music from the internet on my desktop and on my Smart Phone. We listen to such stations as Rejoice Radio, Family Radio, Hymns and Favorites, Abiding, Bible Broadcast Network, and Fresh Air. One problem I have is that every one of these stations is inconsistent. Sometimes, I turn one on only to find there’s no music but talking. Other times the selections of music they are playing are not as good as I think they usually are.

As a Pastor, I discovered long ago that Christians are inconsistent! Their moods swing, sometimes dramatically, and they struggle with the same sins. 

Now, before you start worrying about what I think of you, I confess to you that I have the same inconsistencies. I have grown and matured over the years, and God has given me many victories, but I struggle over certain things still.

If you are like me, and I think you are, you need help being consistent. This is what this series of messages is about. I propose to you that we, as Christians, can grow in our consistency and victories over sin, because we are CONSISTENTLY HIS!  As Christians, we belong to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!

 

Give the Gospel in your own words, here.

 

John 1:12-13 – We are God’s children. God cares for us and wants us to be consistent. 1 Peter 1:13-16

 

When Jesus left the disciples here on earth without Him being here physically, he did not leave them or us alone. He left us with God the Holy Spirit in residence in the life. God the Father and God the Son are still with us as well, but it God the Holy Spirit who will help us in our quest for consistency.

 

THE HELPING SPIRIT - Vss. 16 & 18

A helper, comforter, or counselor is one who stands right there with you or along side you for the purpose of helping. It means “one called alongside to help.” He is our lawyer, if you will. Notice Jesus said that the Holy Spirit was another Comforter.

Two words for “another” in Greek. One means another of a different kind.

The other word means another of the same kind.

(I brought with me two pairs of mugs. One pair was two different mugs, the second w343 identical.) I have two mugs in my hand. Obviously, they are different. I have two mugs of another, or different kind.

By contrast, here are two other mugs. They are identical. They are of the same kind and exactly alike. 

The Holy Spirit is another helper, but He’s got all the same qualities as the Lord Jesus. He’s another helper, just like Jesus, because both are God!

Up until the time Jesus physically left the earth, He was the comforter for this little band of men. Now with Him going back to Heaven to be with the Father, the Holy Spirit would take over. Jesus, when He was here, was physically in their presence. The Holy Spirit works inside of us.

Jesus has not stopped being the Comforter.

While the Spirit is working within us as Comforter, Jesus is working in Heaven as Comforter. 1 John 2:1-2

So then, we have two comforters, one in Heaven and one within us.

Vs. 18 - The Holy Spirit within is the answer to this promise.

This is a tremendous promise for every child of God.

The Holy Spirit is the comforting Spirit. The words of Psalm 23:4 are so true, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

 

HE IS THE INDWELLING SPIRIT - Vs. 17

Notice that this Spirit, is indeed the Spirit of Jesus Christ, because He is the Spirit of truth. Jesus says, in the beginning of this chapter, I am the way, the truth, and the life…  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and is, therefore, the Spirit of Jesus.

 

The Holy Spirit is not ministering comfort to the whole world today. The comfort is just for the Children of God. The world cannot see or receive or know the blessed presence of the Spirit, because it is without the Lord Jesus. The disciples knew the presence of the Spirit with them. Jesus calls the Spirit "He" because He is a real person, not an "it". He explains that He is with them.

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in John 7:37-39

Of course, it was on the Day of Pentecost that the Spirit began to indwell believers. He indwells us today!

1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9

 

THE ABIDING SPIRIT - Vs. 16

You may have a grandchild or child who idles at about 90 miles an hour. There are times when she is here, there and everywhere. One minute, you'd see her, and the next minute she is gone! It is hard keeping up with her.

The Holy Spirit is not like your child, or grandchild. The Holy Spirit abides with you and I forever. He does not wander from us. He abides with us forever!

Even when I sin against the Holy Spirit, He does not leave! Ephesians 4:30

When we sin, we might not feel the presence of the Holy Spirit because He is grieved. That doesn't mean that He's left. The moment we confess and repent, the Spirit will again be at active work in our lives.

 

I am also reminded that I cannot lose my salvation. If the Spirit will abide with us forever, that means I will live forever. The Holy Spirit will not have a ministry of comfort in hell!

When Jesus says "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee," in Hebrews 13:5, we can be assured of the Spirit's ministry for all eternity.

 

THE TEACHING SPIRIT - Vs. 26

Here is a glorious promise! Sure God has given us great teachers of the word by whom we have certainly been instructed. But the one who is responsible for our instruction is the Holy Spirit. He teaches us through the Word of God.

1 John 2:20 & 27

Another part of the Holy Spirit's teaching is mentioned here in John 14:26. We are told that the Holy Spirit would bring into remembrance everything that Jesus had said to them.

God's Holy Spirit reminds us of things in God's Word at the right times. The disciples were reminded of things that Jesus said after he had left them, and were, therefore, taught by Holy Spirit through the recalling of Jesus' words.

We too have the words of Jesus brought to our attention at just the right time.

When we need a word of comfort.

When we need a word of encouragement.

When we need a word of warning.

When we need a word of peace.

When we need a word conviction.

When we need a word of instruction.

When we need to witness.

 

THE PEACE-GIVING SPIRIT - Vs. 27

I believe Jesus is still thinking of the Spirit's ministry in this verse. Jesus leaves us peace.

It is a gift that is available to us.

Part of the fruit of the Spirit is peace.

PEACE WITH GOD - Romans 5:1

PEACE OF GOD - Philippians 4:6-7, Isaiah 26:3

 

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1 SAMUEL 18:1-22 – "BE REASONABLE, DO IT MY WAY!"

                          

Sometimes people can be very stubborn.  As Samuel was getting to the end of his life, the Israelites were clamoring for a king. No matter what he told them, they did not want to have their minds changed about a king.

 

REQUEST FOR A KING - Vss. 1-5

 

EXPLANATION FROM GOD - Vss. 6-9

Notice that Israel was not rejecting its prophet, Samuel.

Israel was rejecting God, not wanting Him to rule over them.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE KING - Vss. 10-18

God told Samuel to warn Israel about having a king (Vs.9).

In these verses Samuel tells Israel what will happen when they have a king.

 

STUBBORNESS OF THE PEOPLE - Vss. 19-20

Israel rejected the appeal of God through Samuel, and insisted on having a king.

We must be careful not to be stubborn when God warns us. Psalm 106:14

 

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PSALM 4 - REFLECTIONS ON MY SITUATION

 

No matter what the situation I find myself in today, Psalm 4 applies to it.

 

THERE IS SOMEONE TO HEAR – Vs. 1 – The God of my righteousness

 

THERE IS SOMETHING TO CONSIDER – Vs. 2-3 – The Lord sets apart the godly for Himself

 

THERE IS SOMEWHERE TO GO – Vss. 4-5 – To the Lord

 

THERE IS SOMEBODY TO ENJOY – Vss. 6-8 – The Lord Himself

 

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ECCLESIASTES 7:1-10 – BETTER LIVING

#7 OF 11 OUTLINES ON ECCLESIASTES

 

Note: When I did this series, I did not cover chapter 6.  If you wish to cover it, feel free, or just move on with us to chapter 7.

 

Sometimes it is good to want something better (Give examples.)

Sometimes it is not so good to want something better (Give examples.)

The key word in this passage is the word "better". Solomon shows us several things which, in his opinion, are better.

 

THE BETTER TREASURE - Vs. 1a

Reputation is the topic here. The better treasure is a good name. This is more valuable even than precious (and expensive) ointment. Proverbs 22:1, Colossians 4:5, 1 Timothy 3:7

 

THE BETTER DAY - Vs. 1b

Believe it or not, the second part of this verse is directly related to the first part.

In most cases the day of one's birth is a happy day for parents and grandparents as well as other relatives and friends. But because of the value of a good name the day of one's death can be more valuable that the day of one's birth.

 

If you and I come to the end of our lives having been born-again we are on our way to Heaven.  And, if we have maintained a good testimony, we can be confident that we have pleased the Lord, and will receive rewards from Him. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 

 

THE BETTER PLACE - Vs. 2

Solomon is saying that it is better to be in the funeral parlor than the banquet hall!

Death is something that is true for each individual. It is something we all have in common.

Hebrews 9:27 - "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

 

When there is death, people who are alive "lay it to heart". They start to reflect and think about their own frailty and the likeliness of their own death. This can lead them to think about eternity and getting ready for it (Romans 6:23). Death makes people realize that they have little time to accomplish in this life. Psalm 90:10,12, Psalm 39:4

 

THE BETTER EMOTION - Vss. 3-4

There is nothing wrong with laughter. Proverbs 17:22, Philippians 4:4, Nehemiah 8:10 Ecclesiastes 3:1

However you will find more wise men at a funeral and more fools at a party!

 

THE BETTER SOUND - Vss. 5-6

The sound of a wise rebuke is better than the sound of a foolish song! Galatians 6:1

Vs. 6 - The crackling of thorns as they burn under a pot is very noisy. However, little heat is generated. There is more noise than heat! So it is with the laughter of a fool, there is noise but no substance.

 

THE BETTER POSITION - Vs. 8a

The better position is that of a good finish. It's nice to start something but it is better to finish it, and finish it well. It is important that a Christian finishes well, and God's power makes it possible. Philippians 1:6, 4:13

 

THE BETTER ATTITUDE (SPIRIT) - Vss. 8a-9

It is better to have a patient attitude than a proud or angry attitude.

 

THE BETTER PAST - Vs. 10

Solomon is telling us that we should not mourn for the "good old days". I think it was Warren Wiersbe who said "The good old days are a combination of a bad memory and a good imagination."

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JOHN 8:1-11 – IT’S EASY!

 

Some things are hard to do, while others things seem to be pretty easy.  One of the easy things to do is to have a critical spirit.  Especially in church you will find people who have the "gift of criticism".  No matter what you do in church, someone will criticize.  Jesus certainly dealt with his hare of critics, and we meet some of them in this passage.

 

IT'S EASY TO FIND FAULT - Vss. 1-6

The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus who had been caught in the act of adultery.  Look around and you will find it easy to identify the sins of others.  That's because we have all sinned (Romans 3:19, 23).

 

They suggested to Jesus that Moses said that such a person caught in such an act should be stoned (Vs. 5). The interesting thing is that they were suggesting this, so they could accuse Jesus after he gave an answer.

 

IT'S EASY TO FORGET OUR OWN SINS - Vss. 7-9

Jesus simply told them that whoever was not guilty of sin to cast the first stone.

They were willing to condemn the woman caught in sin, but were not remembering their own sins (Matthew 7:1-2).

They were so convicted that each one of them left without throwing a single stone.

 

IT'S EASY TO BE FORGIVEN - Vss. 10-11

Jesus could have condemned this woman, but He didn't.

Instead, He told her to go and sin no more.

 

It is easy to receive forgiveness from the Lord Jesus, because it is He who died for our sins (Romans 5:6-9). When a person trusts Christ as Savior forgiveness and eternal life comes(John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 1:9-11).

When Christians confess their sins, they are forgiven (1John 1:9).

 

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1 JOHN 1:1-4 – IT’S REAL

 

Have you noticed how many imitation products there are on the market today? There's imitation butter, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, milk, sugar, artificial flavors, and a host of other things.

Now products are advertised as "real" butter, "real" chocolate chips, "real" sugar, "real" milk etc.

 

Not only in food products do people want what is real, but in interpersonal relationships as well. Many people are artificial. They look nice on the outside, but on the inside they can be angry or unhappy, or empty, or a bunch of "fluff".

 

We like it when people are real! When they act like they really are. We like when they do not put on "fronts", when they are sincere, honest, frank.

 

Even in religion there are those that are imitations of the real thing. They pretend or claim to have what is real, when in reality all they have is a cheap imitation.

 

Biblical Christianity is real! It's genuine! It's alive! It's sincere!

 

In 1 John 1:1-4, John is saying, "Christianity is real. There's nothing artificial about genuine Christianity."

 

REALITY THAT WAS SEEN - Vs. 1

John reminds us at the end of this verse that reality is in a person. He calls this person "The Word of Life."

In John 1:1-2 and John 1:14 Jesus is called "the Word".

Why is Jesus called "the Word"?  Our words reveal to others just what we think and just how we feel. As "the Word" Jesus reveals to us the heart and mind of God. He is God's living communication to us, God's Word in the flesh.

 

He is called "The Word of Life". He came to earth to communicate eternal life for you and I, which is available through Him. He made this life possible through His death on the cross for our sins, and his subsequent resurrection from the dead. When a person believes on Christ, eternal life becomes a reality. 1 John 5:11-12

 

Also, when we believe on Christ we have real life, real living, right now. John 10:10

 

In verse 1 John is saying "We have heard, seen, and handled the Word of life!"

 

REALITY THAT WAS SHOWN - Vs. 2

Reality was seen because reality was shown. The life was manifested in the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:6

The word "manifested" means "to make visible, clear, known." John is saying that the life was made visible, and that he saw it. After John had seen the life he communicated with his readers.

 

REALITY THAT IS SHARED - Vs. 3

One way that we know that what we have is real is because it can be shared.

The key word in this verse is "fellowship". Fellowship means a partnership, a having in common, sharing.

 

I have something in common with every other person who knows Christ as Savior. I have the same Savior, the same Heavenly Father, the same Bible, the same joys, sorrows, and trials. It matters not the amount of time I've know someone, or what color a man's skin is, or what denomination a person belongs to. When we both have Christ, we have something real to share with each other.

 

Not only is our fellowship to be with each other, but also with God the Father and God the Son.  We are to abide in intimate sharing with them. In order to have real fellowship with other Christians, we must have real fellowship with God!

 

REALITY THAT IS SURE - Vs. 4

How am I sure when I have reality?

When I have real fellowship with the Lord and others, I will have joy!

 

A sure reality in Christ is a joyful reality, in spite of difficulties.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS – REVELATION 14

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #13 (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.

 

  • What are some “important” announcements we hear made on television?
  • Why are there announcements at almost every event you attend, especially Morning Worship?
  • What important announcements from God have changed your life?

 

Not all the events in Revelation are presented in chronological order all the time. As part of an interlude between the “Trumpet Judgments” and “Bowl Judgments”, there are some important announcements made in Revelation 14.

 

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF VICTORY – Vss. 1-5

  • These verses appear to be an encouragement for those facing rough times during the Tribulation. “Preferable is the view that this is a prophetic vision of the ultimate triumph of the lamb following His second coming, when He joins the 144,000 of Mount Zion at the beginning of His reign.” John  F. Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1966), p. 214
  • The 144,000 are the Jewish men who witness for Christ during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:1-8). Because they are sealed, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads, Satan will not be able to harm them.
  • Vss. 2-3 – There was a new song sung in Heaven. It was a song of praise to God. It will evidently be a song that on earth only the 144,000 can learn.
  • Vs. 4 – I believe that these men are celibate, I believe because of the nature of their ministry during hard times, and their exclusive commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • They are the firstfruits unto God and the lamb, those saved for a special purpose and probably being first in order among the Tribulation saints.
  • They were not deceitful and “without fault” or blameless, justified by faith. Romans 5:1 

 

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE GOSPEL – Vss. 6-7

    • Vs. 6 - God does not use an angel to proclaim the Gospel today.  He will during the Tribulation.
    • This will supplement and give credence to the many judgments that will be poured out, and to the ministry of those witnessing, especially the 144,000.  His ministry will be very public and widespread, and apparently understood in all languages.
    • The Gospel, of course is “good news”. It will be the same Gospel that is preached today, “the everlasting Gospel”.
    • Vs. 7 - Evidently there will be emphasis on the coming judgment, calling men to repent and to worship the true God, who created all things.  Of course, Satan will be seeking men’s worship through the Anti-Christ and False Prophet as we saw in chapter 13.

 

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF DEFEAT – Vs. 8

    • Babylon, which will be mentioned in more detail in chapters 17-18, is evidently representative of the false religion promoted by the Anti-Christ and False Prophet during the later part of the Tribulation.
    • This verse reminds us that Babylon is a defeated foe.  She will be defeated, because she seduced nations to …drink the cup of her fornication. She led people into idolatrous false religion.

 

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF WARNING – Vss. 9-11

 

    • I believe these verses are an indication of just how much God loves mankind. He will be pouring out judgment, but will warn those who are rebellious.
    • Evidently these warnings will take place before all have received the “Mark of the Beast”.
    • God is very straightforward in his warning. Those who worship the beast and take his mark are doomed.  Those who are doomed will suffer eternally.                                                                             Revelation 20:15 - And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
    • Even now God is patient with mankind delaying judgment so that more will repent.                             1 Peter 3:9 - Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

 

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF BLESSEDNESS – Vss. 12-13

  • Vs.12 – The 144,000 will not be the only ones saved during the Tribulation. There will be many more.
  • Along with the 144,000, they will persevere, obeying God’s commands and holding to faith in Christ. They will be faithful.
  • Vs. 13 – Unlike the 144,000, they will not be protected from death.  They are likely to suffer martyrdom. 
  • The death of God’s saints has always been “precious”.                                                                                                              Psalm 116:15 - Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
  • Vs. 13 - Those who die in the Lord during the tribulation will be especially blessed.
  • They can be assured of rest from their labors and reward for their works.

 

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BOWL JUDGMENTS – Vss. 14-16 

  • In these verses judgment is symbolized by the grain harvest and the grape harvest.
  • “The grain harvest symbolizes the seven bowl judgments, the grape harvest the judgment of Armageddon.” John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Revelation 12-22,, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1999), p. 111
  • Vs. 14 – This is a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, ready to reap a harvest of judgment.
  • Vss. 15-16 - “Here is one of the most tragic and sobering statements in all of Scripture. Simply, and without fanfare, it records the executing of divine judgment. The frightening details of that judgment are unfolded in chapter 16: loathsome and malignant sores on the worshipers of Antichrist (v. 2), the death of all life in the world's oceans (v. 3), the turning of the world's rivers and springs of water into blood (v. 4), the intensifying of the sun's heat until it scorches people (v. 8), painful darkness over all of Antichrist's kingdom (v. 10), the drying up of the Euphrates River in preparation for a massive invasion by the kings of the east (v. 12), and the most powerful and destructive earthquake in history (v. 18). Those seven rapid-fire bowl judgments mark the first phase of the final reaping of the earth.” MacArthur p. 114

 

AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF ARMAGEDDON – Vss. 17-20

 

  • Vss. 17-18 – An angel who had power over fire came forth with a sickle, followed by another angel making a bold announcement. The time was right for the grapes to be harvested.
  • The grapes were to be placed in the great wine press of the wrath of God.
  • At Armageddon, the bloodbath and slaughter will be horrific!
  • Revelation 19:11 - And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
  • Revelation 19:19-21 - And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
    And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
    And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

 

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