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October 28, 2021, 6:55 PM

SERMON SEEDS ARCHIVES

JEREMIAH – DANIEL

Through no fault of our own, about 5 years of Sermon Seeds was deleted from the Website of the First Baptist Church.

We decided that it was time to begin archiving them in a different way.

Please be patient as we gradually archive these outlines.

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JEREMIAH 6:16 – A CALL FOR REVIVAL

Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) - Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

Jeremiah was preaching to the Nation of Judah.  They were lost! They were obsessed with sin!  Jeremiah calls for revival, a turning from sin back to God. 

STAND – Stand ye in the ways

We need to stop and admit that we are lost!

Revelation 2:4 - Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

SEE – and see

Revelation 2:5 - Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen…

SEARCH - and ask for the old paths, where is the good way?

Deuteronomy 4:29 - But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

STEP - And walk therein.

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

SATISFACTION - And ye shall find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

STUBBORNNESS - But they said, We will not walk therein. 

Jeremiah 6:17 - Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

Revelation 2:4-5 - Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 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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JEREMIAH 15:16 – WORSHIP IN THE WORD

They have taken the Bible out of the government.

They have taken the Bible out of the schools.

Doesn’t it seem logical that they are trying to take the Bible out of the home and even out of the church?  Even if they are not trying to remove the Bible literally, they are trying to remove the Bible’s influence and authority.

Will God allow that to happen?

Why shouldn’t He if we do not reverence the Word which comes from the God we claim to worship?

The preaching of the Word of God should be an act of worship on my part.  I am to offer up to God a sacrifice, His Word prepared for His people.

For the congregation, it is just as much an act of worship to listen to and respond to God’s Word as it is to sing a hymn or worship chorus. You are not worshipping the preacher, he’s only the messenger.  You are worshipping the God who gives you the message in His Word by listening and responding to what God has to say.

Jeremiah 15:16 - Thy words were found, and I did eat them;and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

This verse helps us to Worship in the Word, both when it is read and preached in church and when I am reading it on my own.  

 

WORSHIP IN THE WORD INVOLVES DISCOVERY

Thy words were found…

We have all made discoveries.  That is, we have all found things or even learned things that have helped us, educated us and even thrilled us. 

There is no greater discovery to make than the things spoken by God. Why is that? 2 Timothy 3:16-17

God’s Word is inspired. That is, it is “God breathed”.

Because it comes from God it is profitable.

  • It is profitable for teaching us – doctrine.
  • It is profitable for reprimanding us for our own good – reproof.
  • It is profitable for changing us – correction.
  • It is profitable for helping us live Godly lives – instruction in righteousness.

Paul tells us why we should want to discover God’s Word.

Following it will make us perfect, that is complete or mature. It is also equips us to be ready to do good works which God wants us to do.

The discoveries we make in God’s Word are not always pleasant.  2 Kings 22:11-13

Josiah was both convicted and sorrowed by what he discovered in God’s Word.  He responded by trying to do something about it.

If you approach this Book as an act of worship, you too will make discoveries.

There will be many joyful discoveries and many sorrowful discoveries.

There will be many convicting discoveries.

There will be many life-changing discoveries.

But each one of us has to make discoveries for ourselves.

You will only make discoveries as you read the Word at home or in church if you want to make discoveries.

In church if you stop worshipping God after the hymns and prayers, you will not find yourself making discoveries.

I admit to you that not every sermon is a gem, but if you are looking to make discoveries out of God’s Word as an act of worship, you will find “jewels” that others will miss.

You need to desire to find God’s Word.

WORSHIP IN THE WORD INVOLVES DIGESTION

Thy words were found, and I did eat them;

Every Sunday, Sunday School teachers, myself and/or a guest speaker will serve up the Word to you.

During the week your Bible sits there, waiting to be opened.

Your responsibility is to eat and digest the Word of God that is set before you.

Here are some practical ways for you to digest the Word of God.

  1. Confess any known sin to the Lord. 
  2. If you have any problem with me or any other speaker get it straightened out.  I’m a much better preacher in your eyes if you’re not angry at me.
  3. Ask God to help you get something from Him.
  4. Pay Attention. Strive to follow the speaker or your own reading.
  5. Be Open – Be ready to be blessed, to be challenged, to be comforted, or to be corrected.
  6. Be submissive – If there is a conflict between what it is the Word of God and what you are doing or thinking, you know who’s right. It isn’t you.
  7. Meditate after you read or after you hear a sermon.  You may even want to reread the passage sometime during the day.
  8. Memorize and meditate on God’s Word.  The more you meditate on a passage, the more God will speak to you.

Some of you have worked out at a gym.  Those weights and exercise machines do you no good unless you use them.

We need to have Gospel work outs. Philippians 2:12-13

A “work out” means you are developing muscles that you already have. A Spiritual “work out” assumes that you already have salvation.  You are simply developing your Spiritual muscles.  

Work out in the Word of God. Receiving it and obeying it.

WORSHIP IN THE WORD INVOLVES DELIGHT

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart:

There are some things that bring joy and rejoicing to my heart.

All of these things should have second place to my Lord and His Word.  They should be the joy and rejoicing of my heart. Psalm 119:47, 97, 129, 162

Psalm 19 shows us what the Bible is good for, and what happens when the Bible is the joy and rejoicing of our heats.

  • Vs. 7 – The Bible converts the soul.  God’s Word is used by God’s Spirit to convict us.
  • Vs. 7 - God’s Word makes simple folks like us wise.
  • Vs. 8 – God’s Word is right and brings joy to the heart.
  • Vs. 8 - God’s Word is pure, giving us discernment.
  • Vs. 9 – God’s Word inspires us to Godly fear.
  • Vs. 9 – God’s Word is true and righteous.
  • Vs. 10 God’s Word is more valuable than gold and sweeter than honey.
  • Vs. 11 – God warns me in His Word.
  • Vs. 11 – When I obey God’s Word, there is great reward.

When the Bible becomes the joy and rejoicing of your heart:

  • You will want to read it.
  • You will want to hear it preached.
  • You will want to remember it and think about it.

WORSHIP IN THE WORD INVOLVES DISTINCTION

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

The Word of God should be the joy and rejoicing of my heart because of who I am!

Jeremiah says that He was called by God’s name.

That means Jeremiah belonged to God.

DO YOU BELONG TO GOD?

You do belong to God if the following things are true:

  1. You have admitted that you are so bad a sinner that you could never save yourself.
  2. You have heard and understood that Jesus Christ, the Son of God died for your sins and paid for them in full.
  3. You have sincerely received Jesus Christ into your life as your only hope for forgiveness and everlasting life.
  4. Upon receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, your life has been changed by the Spirit of God.

If you belong to God, you are called by the name of God, the Son. His name is Christ.  Your name is Christian!

This truth is even more exciting when you consider that if you have trusted Christ to be your Savior you have received a new birth and have been born into the family of God.

Also, you have been adopted into God’s family and have been given all the rights and privileges of an adult Son.

Because of this distinction, that the Lord, God of Hosts, the God of the universe has chosen to call you by His own name, what He has to say to us should be of the utmost importance.

Have you ever received a letter that you have read over and over again and hung on every word because it came from someone you loved and cared about?

Because you are God’s child and called by God’s name, you should hang on every word from God!

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DANIEL 3 – STANDING AGAINST EVIL

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego took a stand when told to do an evil thing.

PERVERSION – An idol to be worshipped was built under the orders of King Nebuchadnezzar. Vss. 1-3

PROCLAMATION – Everyone was to worship this idol or die. Vss. 4-6

PARTICIPATION – Almost everyone bowed down and worshipped the idol. Vs. 7

PERSECUTION - Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down to the idol. They were thrown into a fiery furnace. Vss. 8-23

PROTECTION – They were not harmed and probably had a visit with Jesus. Vss. 24-27

PROMOTION – The name of God was promoted as well as God’s servants. Vss. 28-30

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DANIEL 5 – A KING’S DEMISE

VIOLATION – King Belshazzar desecrated the holy things of God. – Vss. 1-4

VIZUALIZATION – God got Belshazzar’s attention with a hand writing on the wall. – Vss. 5-9

VOCALIZATION – God spoke through Daniel the Prophet. – Vss. 10-28

VINDICATION – God was vindicated by the death of Belshazzar that very night. -  Vss. 30-31

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DANIEL 6 – FAITHFUL!

Revelation 2:10 (KJV) - …be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

1 Corinthians 4:2 (KJV) - Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

FAITHFUL IN WORK – Daniel 6:1-4

Colossians 3:17, 22-25, Ephesians 4:28

FAITHFUL IN WITNESS – DANIEL 6:5-9

Daniel 1 – God’s Law – He would not eat the King’s food, but did not impose his beliefs on everyone.

Daniel 2 – God’s Message – Daniel explained and interpreted a dream for God’s glory.

Daniel 5 – God’s Judgment – Daniel pronounced judgment on sin at God’s direction.

FAITHFUL IN WORSHIP – Daniel 6:10-14

Daniel 3 – Like his friends before him, Daniel faithfully worshipped his God, no matter what the price!  1 Peter 3:13-17

FAITHFUL IN WORDS – Daniel 6:15-28

Daniel’s Silence – Vss. 15-20, Isaiah 53:7

Daniel’s Loyalty – Vs. 21

Daniel’s Protection – Vs. 22

Daniel’s Innocence – Vs. 22

Daniel’s Vindication – Vss. 23-27

FAITHFUL IN WALK – Daniel 6:28

Daniel continued to move forward as a faithful servant.

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