SERMON SEEDS
May 22, 2018, 8:34 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 5/21/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q20 – THE WEEK OF MAY 21, 2018

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JOB 28:28, PROVERBS 9:10, 3:5-7 – CONSISTENTLY WISE

CONSISTENTLY HIS #4

 

We don’t always do things which are wise. Give some personal examples of what you or people you know did that was unwise.

Me – Sitting on the end of a helicopter seat without a seatbelt.

Me – Not telling my Dad that I had become a Baptist but told someone else in the church congregation where I grew up.

We are talking about how to be consistent in our Christian Lives.

Week 1 – Not alone as we battle for consistency. Holy Spirit is inside of us.

Week 2 – To be consistent we need to have the Mindset, or mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5-11

Week 3 – We showed you three things to remember from Isaiah 41:8-13

  • We are Special – We God’s servants, chosen, and friends
  • We are Strengthened
  • We are secure

This Week: We need to be consistently wise.

 

DEFINITION - Job 28:28 - And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

This verse defines wisdom and understanding.

Luke 10:2, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Deuteronomy 6:12, Deuteronomy 7:2, Leviticus 20:7-8

The Jewish people were to fear God and depart from evil.

 

DECISION - Proverbs 9:10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.  

According to James Montgomery Boice, the word “beginning” here means ‘prerequisite’. I also think of it as the condition for having wisdom.  Romans 3:13, 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16-18, John 3:36, John 10:27-30, Acts 9:1-9

The first decision you must make is to trust Christ as our Savior. By turning to Christ, as Savior you are also deciding to turn away from evil.

As a Christian, you must decide daily, hourly, and continually to fear the Lord and Depart from evil

 

DEVOTION - Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Psalm 32:8, Ephesians 5:16-18, 2 Timothy 2:3-4

We must be in the word, and prayer for this to happen!

 

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NEHEMIAH 1 – A MAN WHO CARED

                          

Nehemiah was a man who cared.

 

HE INQUIRED ABOUT JERUSALEM – Vss. 1-2

HE WAS INFORMED OF THE PROBLEMS – Vs. 3

HE WAS INFECTED WITH A BURDEN – Vs. 4

HE INTERCEDED FOR HIS PEOPLE – Vss. 5-10

HE INTENDED TO GET INVOLVED – Vs. 11

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ECCLESIASTES 10:1-20 – PRACTICAL ADVICE

#11 OF 12 OUTLINES ON ECCLESIASTES

The Bible is a very practical book. It gives advice on countless topics and can be applied in some way to every situation.  God designed the Bible to be practical. Psalm 19:7-9, Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

The passage before us contains practical advice from Solomon that we should consider.

 

PRACTICAL ADVICE CONCERNING REPUTATION - Vss. 1-3

 

Vs. 1 -  Dead flies (The Fly in the ointment") can ruin Sweet perfume. Flies aren't large, but they can ruin the smell!

 

In the same way, just a little folly, a little foolishness, a little evil, can destroy the reputation of a person who is otherwise known for his wisdom and honor.

 

Vs. 2 - The majority of people were right-handed. I think that the right hand would have been considered the strong hand. The left hand was the weaker hand. The wise man's heart is strong.

The foolish man's heart is weak. We are not talking about the physical heart, but a man's spiritual heart.

 

Vs. 3 - A fool demonstrates his foolishness by his behavior. "His wisdom faileth him."

 

PRACTICAL ADVICE CONCERNING RULERS - Vss. 4-7, 16-17

 

Vs. 4 - It is possible to run from or resist authority. It is best to yield.

 

Vss. 5-7 - The wrong people are often honored or given responsibility when they do not deserve it. God has his reasons for this. Romans 13:1-2

 

Vss. 16-17 - A nation is cursed when it has immature leadership and blessed when it has mature leadership.

 

PRACTICAL ADVICE CONCERNING RESPONSIBILITY - Vss. 8-10, 18-19

 

Vss. 8-9 - Every job has its hazards, even preaching! :-) We are to be careful in our jobs and be aware of the dangers.

 

Vs. 10 - Don't work harder. Work smarter!

 

Vs. 18 - We should not be lazy!

 

Vs. 19 - As it has been said, "Money talks!"

 

PRACTICAL ADVICE CONCERNING REMARKS (WORDS) - Vss. 11-14, 20

 

Vss. 11-14 - Words can be dangerous, and a fool reveals himself by the things that he says.

 

Vs. 20 - We must be careful of critical words, and be aware that people have a way of finding out what we have said.

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MATTHEW 7:21-29 – HOW VALUABLE IS YOUR CHRISTIANITY?

 

We all evaluate the value of things in our lives. 

If I asked you to go through your home and evaluate every thing in it, you would place much value on some things, and little value on others.

The same is true of non-tangible things in our lives. 

We place value on our use of time.  Some things we deem as good use of time, other things we consider a waste of time.

 

Without realizing it, we place value on our relationships. 

Some relationships and friendships are more valuable than others.

 

We place value on our Christian faith. To some of you, your faith is very valuable.  To others of you it is not as valuable.

 

Have you ever thought that God places value on things as well?  And what God deems important is not always what we deem important.

Let me ask you – How valuable is your Christianity to God?

The value of an individual’s Christianity in God’s eyes is what Jesus addresses as He concludes the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus tells us of two different kinds of Christianity which vary in their value.

 

God might see your Christianity as of little value.

Some profess but do not possess.

Some listen but do not learn

God might see your Christianity as of great value.

Some receive and respond.

 

Let’s skip ahead for a moment to the last verses of this chapter.  Look at verses 28-29.

 

Those who heard Jesus speak were astonished at His teaching. It was certainly new, revolutionary, different, and exciting.

 

But what really astonished the listeners was that he taught with authority.

The Scribes, Pharisees and Rabies of Jesus’ day would quote others to prove their point. They would sight others as the authority. Jesus, however, taught as the authority.

 

Jesus taught as the authority because Jesus is God! John 1:1-2

 

Because Jesus is the authority, we should want to know what, according to Him, is Christianity of little value and what is Christianity of great value.

 

SOME PROFESS BUT DO NOT POSSESS – Vss. 21-23

   

Vs. 21 – Picture the time of judgment.

              Every person will kneel before the Lord Jesus.

              Every person will name Jesus as Lord. Philippians 2:10-11

 

But calling Jesus “Lord” at the Judgment will not be enough.

Everyone will do that.

There will be those present who called Him Lord while they were in this life. They were “professors”. They professed to know Him, to trust Him, to believe on Him, but they didn’t actually possess Jesus as Lord.   

 

The professing Christian who calls Jesus Lord, but doesn’t do what he says is not a possessor of eternal life. To do what Jesus says begins with the way a person comes to God for salvation.

 

Jesus told us how to come to God.

We come to God through Him.

We enter the straight gate and follow the narrow way of trusting Jesus alone as the one who died for our sins.

We enter the straight gate and narrow way of trusting Jesus alone for forgiveness and eternal life. John 3:16-18, John 14:6

 

It is not enough to say, “I was born into a Christian home, and therefore, I am a Christian.”

That is like saying, “I was born in garage, and therefore I am a car.”

 

It is not enough to say, I’ve been a Christian all my life, without being able to point to a time in your life when you trusted Christ as your Savior.

 

It is not enough to say, “I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died on the cross, was buried and rose again.”

 

Instead there must be a specific time in your life when you trusted Jesus Christ as you Savior.  This time is called by Jesus being “born again.” John 3:6-7

 

When we are born again, the Holy Spirit of God enters our lives.  When we are born again, Christ becomes a reality to us.   

 

The result is that there is a drastic change in our lives. 2 Corinthians 5:17

A person who is truly born again should have an interest in the things of God.

A person who is truly born again will show it by their behavior and by their works.

 

There is many a professing Christian, who claims to know Jesus, but shows no change of behavior, no interest in the Bible, and no works that would indicate he or she is a Christian.

Being saved costs you nothing. Titus 3:5  

 

But if you are truly saved, you will show it. After telling Titus that Christians are not saved by works, he then says that true Christians will perform good works. Titus 3:8, James 2:14-20

 

Vs. 22 – Jesus goes on.

Some will say, “But Lord, we preached in your name.”

“We cast out demons in your name.”

“We did miracles in your name.”   

   

Jesus will answer, “I never knew you.”

 

Why will Jesus say that?  Because when a person is a professing Christian and not a possessor of Christ, he is pretending to have what he never possessed, faith in Christ.

 

There will be pastors in the group of pretenders.

There will be Sunday School teachers in the group of pretenders.

There will be regular church attendees in the group of pretenders.

There will be those who claimed to be saved in the group of pretenders.

 

Just to profess is not enough!

You must possess Jesus Christ as your Savior.

 

My dear friend, I don’t want you to be one of the people who hears Jesus say, “I never knew you.”

Make sure that you have truly been born-again.

Make sure that you are a possessor and not just a professor.

 

SOME PROFESS BUT DO NOT POSSESS – Vss. 21-23

SOME LISTEN BUT DO NOT LEARN – Vss. 26-27

 

Vss. 26-27 - You probably know the story of the two houses.

One was built on rock, the other on sand.

It is like contrasting Manhattan Island in New York City with Venice Italy.

 

Venice is sinking into the sea, because Venice has no foundation of rock.

Manhattan is thriving because there is rock in the foundation of the Island of Manhattan. That’s why they can build all those skyscrapers.

 

So in this parable, the foolish man built his house on the sand. Why?

 

Sand is cheap.

Sand is plentiful.

 

So who is the foolish man that builds his house on the sand?

He is the one who, according to Vs. 26, hears the words of Jesus but doesn’t do them.

He listens but he does not learn.

 

When has learning really taken place?

Learning hasn’t taken place when the lesson is taught.

Learning takes place when the person can actually do what is taught in the lesson.

 

When have you really learned a sermon?

Not when you walk out the door and say, “Nice message, Pastor”, but when you can say, “I am doing what the Bible says as taught in that sermon.

 

A foolish man hears the word of salvation and never trusts Christ.

A foolish man hears the principles of the Sermon on the Mount taught and does not do them.

A foolish man hears the principles taught in other parts of the Bible and doesn’t do them.

 

The rain, flood and wind represent judgment. What happens when judgment comes?

The person who does not know Christ will not survive judgment. Psalm 1:5, Revelation 20:15

 

And what about the Christian who hears and does not obey? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

 

Christian, do you want to see the majority of your works go up in smoke and escape “yet so as by fire”? I don’t think so.   

   

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about worthless, Christianity

 

SOME PROFESS BUT DO NOT POSSESS – Vss. 21-23

SOME LISTEN BUT DO NOT LEARN – Vss. 26-27

SOME RECEIVE AND RESPOND – Vss. 24-25

 

Vss. 24-25 - The Christianity that is valuable to God is that which receives the Word of God by faith and responds in obedience.

 

This is like the wise man who built His house upon the rock.

 

First, a person wisely believes what Jesus says about salvation.  Then He does not need to fear future judgment.

 

Second a person wisely hears God’s Word and does it.

James 1:22 - But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 

In this passage Jesus is thinking of the Words that He just spoke in the Sermon on the Mount.

A wise man hears these words and works at

Practicing the golden rule

Praying

Avoiding hypocrisy, loving His enemies

Turning the other cheek, letting his light shine

Practicing the beatitudes etc.   

 

And when judgment comes the Christian who has worked at receiving the Word of God and responding to it will hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.

 

Also, when the wind, rain and floods of earthly trial come, the foolish man will have nothing to stand on.  But if Christ, and His teachings have been your rock, you will have all the resources you need to stand during trials.

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2 Timothy 2:1-6 – WORD PICTURES FOR TIMOTHY

 

 

Remember when you were a kid?  Your favorite books were the books with pictures in them. As I grew up, I enjoyed going to my great grandmother's house, where she had Sunday School papers that had the Bible, and other stories in cartoon form. Even today, we like to see pictures to illustrate what we are reading.

 

There is another kind of picture I enjoy. It is called a "word picture".  This is when someone illustrates what they are saying with a story, an  example, a model, or an illustration from life. Most of us find it easier to remember someone's "word pictures" more than any other part of a message.

 

The Bible makes use of word pictures. Our Lord often used them. Some of the ones he used were the sower and the soils, the vine and the branches, the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son, the unjust steward, and the wheat and the tares.

 

In 2 Timothy 2 we find several word pictures used as illustrations by Paul for his disciple, Timothy.  I see Paul taking Timothy on an imaginary tour as he brings him with word pictures to:

 

THE CLASSROOM - Vs. 2

 

THE ARMY CAMP - Vss. 3-4

 

THE SPORTS ARENA Vs. 5 

The man who strives for masteries is the athlete competing in an  athletic event. The crown here is the victor's wreath given to the winner. In order to be crowned the winner, he must follow the rules.

 

THE VINEYARD Vs. 6

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HEAVENLY WORSHIP – REVELATION 19:11-20:3

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #17 (REVELATION)

 

“There are some astounding statistics regarding the frequent mention of Christ’s Second Coming in Scripture:

  • One fifth of the Bible is prophecy. One third of these prophecies relate in some way to Christ’s second coming.
  • There are at least 333 prophecies relating to Christ in the Old Testament. Only 109 were fulfilled at His first advent, leaving 224 – more than twice as many – to be fulfilled at His second advent.
  • Of the 46 Old Testament prophets, less than ten speak of events in Christ’s First Coming, while 36 speak of events connected with His Second Coming.
  • There are 7,959 verses in the New Testament, 330 of which refer directly to the Second Coming.
  • The Lord refers to His return 25 times.
  • Throughout the New Testament, there are more than 50 exhortations for people to be ready for Christ’s return. John MacArthur Jr. The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ,(Panorama City, CA, Word of Grace Communications, 1981), p.1-  as quoted in David Levy, Revelation: Hearing The Last Word, (Bellmawr, NJ, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. 1999), pp. 225-226

 

Not to be confused with the Rapture of the Church (1 Corinthians 15:51-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17), the Second Coming of Christ to the earth will begin at the Battle of Armageddon, as Christ returns to set up His kingdom. All of his enemies will be defeated, as the armies of the world gather for one last battle before the Millennium.

 

DESCRIPTION OF CHRIST’S APPEARANCE – 19:11-16

 

  • Vs. 11- Heaven is opened and Christ is seen leading a huge army.
  • The white horse is a steed fit for a coming king. This is quite a contrast from the lowly donkey that He rode entering Jerusalem the first time.
  • Jesus is called “Faithful and True”.  There is nobody more trustworthy than the Lord Jesus to keep His promises and to accurately represent God. There is nobody more true or genuine than the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:6
  • The reason Jesus goes to war with Satan and his allies is because he will be judging in righteousness.  This is one war that will be righteous and holy.
  • Vs. 12 – Nothing will escape the piercing eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The crowns on Jesus’ head will represent his rule over the many nations He will have conquered.
  • The Lord had a name which nobody knew but Him. If God intended for us to know any more than this, He would have told us.
  • Vs. 13 – The blood in this case was not His own, but the blood of His enemies splattered upon Him.
  • Jesus is “The Word of God”. Jesus is the exact representation of God.                                    John 1:1-2, 14
  • Vs. 14 – The armies that come with Jesus will not have to fight. Therefore, their clothes will be clean.

 

 

 

 

  • “The armies will include the holy angels (Matthew 25:31), church saints (vs. 8), Old Testament believers (Jude 14-15; Daniel 12:1-2), and Tribulation saints martyred for their faith (7:13-14; 20:4). David Levy, Revelation: Hearing The Last Word, (Bellmawr, NJ, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. 1999), p. 229
  • Vs. 15 – The sword that comes out of Christ’s mouth symbolizes the deadly power of His words. He will say the word and the rebellious nations will be destroyed.
  • Notice that Christ’s rule will be with a “rod of iron”. No one will dare disobey Christ without fear of terrible consequences.
  • The winepress was an illustration used to depict the wrath of God. Joel 3:12-14
  • Vs. 16 - There is no doubt as to who is in charge. Jesus Christ is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”.

 

DECLARATION OF THE SUPPER OF THE GREAT GOD – 19:17-18

 

  • Vs. 17 - The birds that are invited to gather are vultures. The Battle of Armageddon will be so decisive that there will be dead bodies everywhere. “The Supper of the Great God” shows God’s total victory over His enemies.
  • Vs.18 – There will be no respect for persons at this meal.  All of God’s enemies, small and great will be included in the meal.

 

DEFEAT OF THE ENEMY – 19:19-21

 

  • Vs. 19 tells us that “the beast” or the Antichrist will have gathered armies together along with all the kings of the earth and their armies. They will be there to fight Christ.
  • Vs. 20 – The first residents of the Lake of Fire are going to be the beast and the false prophet. The false prophet’s deception of the unsaved is emphasized here.
  • Vs. 21 – Here is a summary statement as to why the vultures had so much to eat.

 

DETAINMENT OF SATAN – 20:1-3

 

  • Vss. 1-2 – An angel comes down from Heaven with a great chain and a key to the bottomless pit. Satan will be bound for a thousand years. This appears to be a signal for the start of the Millennium.
  • Vs. 3 – The nations will not be deceived by Satan for a thousand years. He will be loosed briefly at the end of this period.
  • The thousand year reign of Christ will be glorious! Isaiah 11:1-10

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GALATIANS 5:13 ETC. – IMPROVING YOUR SERVE

 

According to Galatians 5:13 we are to serve one another.

Other Scriptures including Ephesians 2:10 and Titus 3:8 would verify that the Christian Life is one of service. Even the Great Commission indicates that Christians are to serve. Matthew 28:19-20 tells us to teach all nations, to baptize and to teach those who have trusted Christ. All three of these actions are ways of serving others.

 

Let us consider how we can improve our serve, the way we work in behalf of others.

 

ACKNOWLEDGE CHRIST'S EXAMPLE - John 13:1-17

Our Lord Jesus set the example of service by taking on the lowly task of washing the Disciples' feet. He also indicated that His disciples were to follow His example. Vss. 13-17

 

ACCEPT THE FACT THAT JESUS WANTS YOU TO BE A SERVANT - Mark 10:42-45

The Gentiles exercise great authority over those under them. Vs. 42

It is to be different among believers. The great among Christians are to be servants. Vs.43

And the greatest Christian of all is to be servant of all. Vs. 44

Again, Jesus sets the example. Vs. 45

 

ATTAIN THE ATTITUDE OF A SERVANT - Philippians 2:1-8

The attitude of a servant is manifested in Vss. 1-4

The example of this servant attitude is found in Christ. Vss. 5-8

 

ACT AS A SERVANT OF CHRIST - Galatians 5:13-14

To act as a servant of Christ is to serve others in Love.

Two Biblical examples of serving others in love.

The Philippians served Paul. - Philippians 4:14-16

Onesiphorus - 2 Timothy 1:16-18


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