SERMON SEEDS
June 18, 2018, 4:30 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 6/18/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q24 – THE WEEK OF JUNE 18, 2018

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IN SERMON SEEDS Q22 I PREMATURELY ANNOUNCED THAT LESSON 19 IN THE REVELATION SERIES WAS THE LAST ONE. I WAS WRONG! THERE IS ONE MORE AT THE END OF THIS WEEK’S SERMON SEEDS.

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PSALM 16:11 – ENJOYING LIFE, ENJOYING GOD

OR, ENJOYING GOD, ENJOYING LFIE

 

Psalm 16:11 (KJV) - Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

PATH (OF LIFE)

(This section is a review of the message that I preached last Sunday, “Two Words to Remember”. See Sermon Seeds Q23)

  • John 8:58 – “I AM”. Exodus 3:14
  • John 6:35 – The Bread of Life
  • John 8:12 – The Light of the Word
  • John 10:9-10 – The Door
  • John 10:11 – The Good Shepherd
  • John 11:25-26 – The Resurrection and the Life
  • John 14:6 – The Way, the Truth and the Life
  • John 15:5 – The Vine

PRESENCE (FULLNESS OF JOY)

Here are 6 commands to follow for fulness of joy. It revolves around God’s presence in our lives.

  • Reverence and Rejoice – Revelation 4:11, 5:11-13, 7:12, Malachi 2:5-7, Psalm 22:23, Philippians 4:4
  • Request and Receive – Ephesians 5:18-21, Luke 11:9-13, Galatians 5:22, Nehemiah 8:10
  • Reflect and Respond – Psalm 119:1-16, John 14:15, John 15:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

PLEASURES (FOREVERMORE)

Revelation 21:1-7, Revelation 22:1-5

(See next week’s Sermon Seeds for a complete sermon on “Pleasures”.

 

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1 KINGS 17:1-24 – THE CARED-FOR SERVANT

GOOD (FAITHFUL) SERVANT FOR BAD TIMES #2

· What evidences have you seen of God’s care for you?

  • When did you get strength that you didn’t know you had?

· How have you seen God provide for the needs of a missionary or pastor?

Elijah was a servant of God who teaches us that God will meet the needs of those whom He calls to serve Him. Elijah was called to go into the hostile court of Ahab and Jezebel and proclaim a draught in the name of the Lord. His life was in jeopardy. God took care of all his needs during this trying time.

 

GOD CARED FOR ELIJAH’S PUBLIC MINISTRY – Vs. 1

  • What would Elijah have needed to make his bold announcement to Ahab?
  • What has God promised us when we make public statements in behalf of the Lord Jesus? Luke 13:5-6, Mark 13:9-11, Acts 1:8

GOD CARED FOR ELIJAH’S POWERFUL PROTECTION – Vss. 2-3

  • In Elijah’s case, he was being protected by being hidden by God.
  • What are some of the ways that God protects us?

GOD CARED FOR ELIJAH’S PRACTICAL NEEDS – Vss. 4-16

  • Vss. 4-8 – God can be very creative in the way that he provides for us. We must learn to be content with what he has provided. 1 Timothy 6:6-8
  • Vss. 9-16 – When one means of supply is exhausted, God is not at a loss to provide through another way. Philippians 4:19
  • How was the widow’s faith tested?

GOD CARED FOR ELIJAH’S PERSONAL TESTIMONY – Vss. 17-24

  • Vss. 17-18 – Through no fault of his own, Elijah's testimony was at stake.
  • Vss. 19-22 – Notice that Elijah took full responsibility for the problem. Elijah’s only recourse was prayer. Jeremiah 33:3
  • Vss. 23-24 – God did not fail Elijah. God will not fail us either. Philippians 4:13

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PROVERBS 20:1-4 – GOOD ADVICE

REFRAIN FROM ALCOHOL (DRUNKENNESS) – Vs. 1

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

RESPECT YOUR LEADERS – Vs. 2

The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

RETREAT FROM STRIFE – Vs. 3

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

REJECT LAZINESS – Vs. 4

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

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MATTHEW 10:21-31 – FAITHFUL DISCIPLESHIP

To be a disciple of Christ is to be his follower. A Faithful Disciple will learn these truths:

THERE IS CONFLICT OVER CHRIST – Vss.21-23

THERE IS CONTENTMENT IN CHRIST – Vss. 24-25

THERE IS CONFIDENCE THROUGH CHRIST – Vs. 26, 28-31

THERE IS COMMUNICATION OF CHRIST – Vs. 27

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MARK 1:14-45 – SERVANT IN ACTION, PART 1

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES

LESSON #2

THINK ABOUT IT!

  • When is it good to be active?
  • When is it good to be inactive?
  • What does being active have to do with being a servant?
  • What does being inactive have to do with being a servant?

REVIEW

In the Gospel of Mark Jesus is presented as the Servant.

Mark is the Gospel of action. John Mark was the human author.

I. THE PREPARATION FOR SERVICE - Vss. 1-13

  1. THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST - Vss. 1-8
  2. THE BAPTISM OF JESUS - Vss. 9-11
  3. THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS - Vss. 12-13

II. THE INITIATION OF SERVICE - Vss. 14-28

(Please note that the use of the word "first" in this part of the outline is referring to first in the Gospel of Mark and not Jesus' entire ministry.)

A.  FIRST PREACHING - Vss. 14-15

  • Jesus called for repentance.  Is repentance necessary in order to be saved? 1 Thessalonians 1:9
  • If a person is truly saved, what is going to happen in his life?                   2 Corinthians 5:17
  • In what sense is the Kingdom of God at hand today?  What should we, as Christians do about it?

B. FIRST CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP - Vss. 16-20

  • What does their occupation tell you about Jesus' first disciples?
  • What does their occupation tell you about Jesus' disciples today?
  • 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
  • Note that it is Jesus who makes us "fishers of men".  How does He do that?
  • What are some things we might have to forsake to follow Jesus? Vs. 18
  1. FIRST CONFRONTATION WITH DEMONS - Vss. 21-28
  • What was astonishing about Jesus' teaching method? Vs. 22
  • Can we teach or preach in a similar fashion to Jesus? Why?
  • Why do you think the demon announced to the world who Jesus was? Vs. 24
  • What did this miracle say to the world about Jesus' authority?  Does Jesus have authority today? Ephesians 1:19-23
  • How does Jesus' authority help us?

III. THE CHARACTER OF SERVICE - Vss. 29-45

  1. TIME FOR THE HOME - Vss. 29-31
  • What was unique about the healing of Peter's mother in-law?
  • Besides the healing, what were the advantages of having Jesus in the home?
  • In what ways should Jesus be in the home today?  Deuteronomy 6:4-9
  1. TIME FOR PEOPLE - Vss. 32-34
  2. TIME FOR GOD - Vss. 35-39
  • By his action, what does Jesus teach us about prayer?
  • Isaiah 50:4 speaks about Jesus.  What does this verse teach us?
  • Why is it hard to make prayer a priority?
  • What motivated Jesus to move on? Vs. 38

D. TIME FOR THE UNLOVELY - Vss. 40-45

  • Did Jesus need to touch the leper to heal him?  Why did he?
  • Jesus had compassion on the leper?  Who needs our compassion today and why?
  • Why do you think Jesus wanted the healed leper to remain silent? Vs. 44
  • Why did Jesus require that the healed leper appear before the priest?

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1 THESSALONIANS 4:9-12 – PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY

Some people live like Christianity is something that is only practiced for an hour or two on Sunday.

However, Christianity is a very practical religion which is to be practiced all day, every day.

Here are some tips on how to live a practical Christian life from the pen of Paul, who wrote by the inspiration of God's Holy Spirit.

A HEAVENLY WORD - Vss. 9-10

We are taught by God to love one another. The Greek word here for brotherly love is "phileo", which refers to brotherly love.  It is the love that comes from being in the same family, the family of God. This love comes from having the same Heavenly Father. This love says, "Other Christians are family and therefore I have a family type of love for them."

The stronger word for love, a form of the word "agape" in the Greek is used later in this verse. This type of love is a proof of regeneration (John 3:14) and a proof of being Christ's disciple (John 13:34-35).

Not only were the Thessalonians taught to love one another, but also they did it! (Vs. 10)

They were to work at getting better at loving each other. They were to increase or abound in their love for each other.  Just as a good athlete should now be satisfied with his accomplishments, but always try to do better, so should the Christian never be satisfied and always try to love more.

A HOLY WORK - Vs. 11

"Study to be quiet" - The word "study" means to "strive earnestly". This means that we are to work at being quiet within our Spirit. As we are quiet within our spirits, we will be quiet in our handling of the difficulties that come our way.

"Do your own business" - As Christians we should "mind our own business". There is a time to "bear one another's burdens" (Galatians 6:2), but we are not to be busybodies.

"Work with your own hands" - The Macedonians were known for being on the lazy side. They did not necessarily like to work. They were told here to care of business by working with their own hands.

AN HONEST WALK - Vs. 12

Our testimony as Christians is extremely important. If we walk honestly, doing our own business, and loving each other, we will have a good testimony towards those who are without Christ.  Also, God will bless by providing for our needs. God will not provide supernaturally for our needs when we are being lazy or stingy. Philippians 4:18-19

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REVELATION 22: 6-11 – IN CONCLUSION

THE BACK OF THE BOOK # 20

THIS REALLY IS THE LAST LESSON IN THE SERIES  

 

“Heaven is more than a destination; it is a motivation. Knowing that we shall dwell in the heavenly city ought to make a difference in our lives here and now. The vision of the heavenly city motivated the patriarchs as they walked with God and served Him (Heb. 11:10, 13-16). Knowing that He was returning to the Father in heaven also encouraged Jesus Christ as He faced the cross (Heb. 12:2). The assurance of heaven must not lull us into complacency or carelessness, but spur us to fulfill our spiritual duties.” Warren Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Volume 2 (NT), (Wheaton, IL, Victor Books, 1989), p. 624

  • What have you learned from this study of Revelation that you never knew before?
  • Has this study of Revelation impacted your life in any way?

 

After giving us a detailed description of end time events, John is concluding his book. In these last verses there are challenges for us to seriously consider.

WORTH – Vs. 6

  • Some of John’s readers may have been flabbergasted and a little confused at the phenomenal message from the pen of John. There are those today with similar responses as they read or study the Book of Revelation.
  • John is assured by an angel that the message he received is “faithful and true”.  God’s Word can be trusted and is reliable. John is also claiming that his writings are inspired by God.                                                        2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • Notice that these things “must shortly be done”.  At any moment these prophecies could begin to be fulfilled. No wonder we are told to watch and pray! 1 Peter 4:7

 

WANTED! – Vss. 7-9

  1. FAITHFUL SERVANTS – Vs. 7
  • In light of Jesus’ soon return the faithful Christian is to heed or guard the words of this book. He is to believe them, know them, and obey them.
  • “God inspired Revelation for one purpose: to reveal the glory of His Son and call believers to live godly, obedient lives in light of His soon return. The purpose of Revelation is not to provide entertainment, but to provide motivation for Godly living.” John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Revelation 12-2, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1999), p. 295
  1. FAULTLESS WORSHIP – Vss. 8-9
  • We can understand why John was overwhelmed.  He was right in falling down to worship. His problem was that he tried to worship an angel.
  • The angel corrected him. He was a fellow servant, of the prophets, and those who keep the sayings in God’s Word.  These are all good things, but not worthy of worship.
  • Christians must be careful that they never start worshiping the messenger instead of God. This has happened all too often.
  • The words, “Worship God” are a succinct reminder to keep our priorities straight.

WARNINGS – Vss. 10-15, 18-19

  1. THE TIME IS AT HAND – Vss. 10-11
  • Vs. 10 – Daniel was told to “seal up” his book (Daniel 12:4). John was told not to.
  • The time was at hand, therefore people needed to be instructed and warned about the impending judgments.
  • Vs. 11 – If after hearing the prophecies of Revelation a person remains unmoved and unrighteous, he probably has a hardened heart, and will remain unrighteous.
  • John is not encouraging people to be unrepentant. He is warning them of the outcome!
  • The person who heeds the prophecies of Revelation and acts righteously is a saved person who will be righteous and holy to the end.
  1. REWARD IS COMING – Vs. 12
  • Jesus will come quickly.  When He comes He will reward believers and unbelievers alike.
  • Believers will be judged at “The Judgment Seat of Christ”.  1 Corinthians 4:1-5, 2 Corinthians 5:10
  • Unbelievers will be judged at “The Great White Throne”. Revelation 20:11-15
  1. JESUS IS ETERNAL – Vs. 13
  • The same statement was made by God in Revelation 1:8. Jesus, making the same statement, indicates His own deity.
  • Jesus is the “Alpha and Omega”, that is like saying He is “A to Z”.
  • He is the “beginning and ending”. He created all things. He will consummate all things.
  1. DON’T TAMPER WITH GOD’S WORD – Vss. 18-19
  • John is not warning against an honorable different interpretation of the Book of Revelation. He is warning against the willful manipulation of the Word of God.
  • Anyone who adds to Scripture or detracts from any Scripture willfully is running the risk of severe judgment. Proverbs 30:5-6

 

WONDER – Vs. 16

  • Jesus commissioned His Angel to give the message of Revelation to the churches.
  • Jesus shares a little of the wonder of who He is. Only Jesus as God can be the “root” and “off-spring” of David at the same time.
  • The bright morning star shines just before dawn. Jesus is “the light of the world.”  John 1:4-5, 8:12

 

WELCOMES – Vs. 17

  1. TO THE LORD JESUS – “And the Spirit and the bride say Come. And let him that heareth say come.”
  • God the Holy Spirit is anxiously awaiting the coming of God the Son.
  • The Bride of Christ, the church, should be anxiously awaiting the coming of Christ. Titus 2:13
  • Any unbeliever who hears the message of Revelation should turn to Christ by faith and then say “Come”.
  1. TO THE UNSAVED – “And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.”
  • God does not stop being evangelistic.
  • The “thirsty” are invited to come to Christ. John 7:37
  • The invitation is still open to all who will come to Christ by faith. Matthew 11:28-30

WISHES – Vss. 20-21

  1. Even so, come Lord Jesus! Vs. 20
  • Jesus reaffirms that He is coming quickly.
  • John’s response should be the response of all believers, “Even so, come Lord Jesus!”
  • In response to the glorious teachings of the Book of Revelation, let this be our heart’s cry!
  1. Grace be with you all! – Vs. 21
  • The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is wished upon all of us.
  • Christ’s wish for His church is that we would enjoy His grace.

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