SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/12/2020
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S41 – WEEK OF OCTOBER 12, 2020

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John 4:1-35 – MEET OUR EXAMPLE FOR OUTREACH

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #8

While Jesus was here on earth, He was constantly reaching out.

  • Zacchaeus – Luke 19
  • Bartimaeus – Luke 18
  • His hometown, Nazareth – Luke 4
  • A crippled man – John 5
  • A blind man – John 9
  • A hungry crowd – John 6
  • A little girl who had died – Luke 8
  • A woman who had been sick – Luke 8
  • To a lost and dying world. John 3:16

In many of these stories we have lessons on how we can reach out with the Good News about Jesus. One of my favorites is the story of “The Woman at the Well”

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HUMILITY – Vss. 1-9

John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt…

  1. He went to an unlovely place. – Vss. 1-4
  2. He went to unlovely people. – Vss. 5-9, Mark 11:45

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HELPFULNESS – Vss. 10-15

  1. He engaged her in conversation.
  2. He made her an amazing offer. John 7:37-39

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HONESTY Vss. 16-30

  1. About the woman, Vss. 16-18
  2. About Worship, Vss. 19-24 – Spirit (inward worship and truth (Jesus, Gospel)
  3. About Himself, Vss. 25-30

THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S HUNGER – Vss. 31-38

   His Food, Vss. 31-34

  1. His Focus, Vss. 35-38 

TAKE-AWAYS

  1. Be Humble – Find your Samaria.
  2. Be Helpful – Look for openings
  3. Be Honest – Share the Gospel
  4. Be Hungry – Desire to do God’s will.

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PSALM 124 – WITHOUT THE LORD

[1] If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; [2] If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

 

WITHOUT THE LORD WE WOULD BE SWALLOWED – Vs.3

Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

 

WITHOUT THE LORD WE WOULD DROWN – Vss. 4-5

Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: [5] Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.

 

WITHOUT THE LORD WE WOULD BE PREY – Vs. 6

Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

 

WITHOUT THE LORD WE WOULD NOT ESCAPE – Vs. 7

Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

 

WITHOUT THE LORD WE WOULD HAVE NO HELP – Vs. 8   

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

 

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PROVERBS 17:22 etc. – A MERRY HEART

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..."

I have two goals for this message.

1. That you will leave our meeting with a merry heart.

2. That you will maintain that merry heart through the whole week, no matter what circumstances you face.

A merry heart is a joyful heart.  We are joyful on the inside because of what God is doing and because of who He is.  We are joyful to a point of singing, even when circumstances are not what they should be, or what we want them to be.

Some people want to always be happy.  The joyful or merry Christian isn't always happy with the happenings surrounding him, however, he finds joy in Christ in spite of the happenings.

This proverb states that a merry heart is good for us like a medicine.

A medicine often soothes. A merry heart soothes us and anxiety is reduced. A merry heart also soothes our attitude so that we respond properly to people.

A medicine often reduces pain. A merry heart reduces the pain of hurt feelings, failed expectations and misunderstandings.

A medicine also makes one feel better, especially when infection is removed. A merry heart makes us feel better about the situations with which we are confronted.

How do I receive a merry heart?

What is a merry heart like?

Here are six qualities of a merry heart:

1. A MERRY HEART IS A HEART AT PEACE.

The peace of conversion Isaiah 59:2, 53:5-6, Romans 5:1

The peace of confession Psalm 66:18, 1John 1:9, Psalm 32:5

The peace of concentration Isaiah 26:3 (True peace comes from the Lord, focusing on Him.)

 

2. A MERRY HEART IS A HEART OF PRAISE.

Lamentations 3:22-23, Psalm 34:1, 100:1-5, 103:1-2, Hebrews 13:15

 

3. A MERRY IS A HEART OF PRAYER.

Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7

 

4.  A MERRY HEART IS A HEART OF PRACTICE.

A merry heart practices obedience. Hebrews 10:17, John 14:15

 

5. A MERRY HEART IS A HEART WITH PURPOSE.

The problem with many is that they have no purpose for living. Micah 6:8 gives us 3 purposes for living. We should do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

 

6. A MERRY HEART IS A HEART OF POWER

Nehemiah 6:8, Philippians 4:13

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JEREMIAH 31:1-14 – WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!

There is coming a day when Israel will be restored under the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is what the day will be like!

WHAT ASSURANCE! – Vss. 1-3 – The children of Israel will be gathered together and assured of God’s love.

WHAT ABUNDANCE! – Vss. 4-5 – There will be prosperity in the land.

WHAT AN ASSEMBLY! – Vss. 6-11 – There will be a great gathering of God’s people.

WHAT ATTITUDE! – Vss. 12-14 – Everyone will be joyful.

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MARK 10:13-26 – LET THE CHILDREN COME

LIFE OF CHRIST #41

We continue the study of the Life of Christ.  At this point, Jesus is on His last preaching tour before He goes to Jerusalem to sacrifice His life for our sins. 

Last week we saw Jesus heal 10 lepers. Only one of the 10 was truly grateful

This week relatives are seen trying to bring very young children to Jesus.  They are stopped by Jesus’ disciples.

Jesus was displeased.  Let’s examine this passage, because it is very important for us to see the treatment of children that Jesus requires.  In essence, Jesus says, “LET THE CHILDREN COME”.

Evidently just before this incident there had been a discussion of marriage.  Jesus was very clear about the sanctity of marriage in Mark 10:10-12.

If marriage is so important, and it is, the fruit of that marriage, the children, are also important. 

Psalm 127:3

A BLOCKED DOOR – Vs. 13

   Parents were lining up to bring their children to Jesus.

It was custom in Hebrew culture for children to be blessed.

And what better person to bless the children than the Messiah, the Son of God!

The age of the children evidently ranged from infants to pre-teens. This is a good reminder for us to bring the children to Jesus.

Children should be brought to the Lord for salvation at a very early age.  It should be the desire of every Christian parent and grandparent that their children and grandchildren come to Christ for salvation as early as possible.

There was, for those wanting to bring their children to Jesus, a blocked door.  If Jesus was still in the house as it states in verse 10, it was literally a blocked door.  If He wasn’t in the house, it was figuratively a blocked door.

The door was blocked by the disciples!

They actually rebuked those who were bringing the children to Jesus!

I’m sure the disciples meant well.

 Perhaps they thought that Jesus needed to rest. After all He was so busy teaching and performing miracles.

 Perhaps they thought blessing the children was an unimportant task.

 Perhaps they didn’t think that children were very important it all.

Let’s make sure that we don’t make the same mistake of hindering the children from coming to Jesus in church.

A BOTHERED MASTER – Vs. 14a

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased,

The word displeased means indignant.

Jesus was angry with the disciples because they hindered the children from coming.

Do you think Jesus is displeased with the church in general today?

I think He is. If we are not doing what we can to bring children to Jesus, we are hindering them from coming!

Children are to be brought. We are not to wait for them to get the idea to come to Jesus.

Some parents have decided to leave a child’s choice of religious belief up to the child without giving him or her any guidance.  These same parents will give guidance in personal hygiene, diet, manners, and will insist that the child attend school, study, and strive for good grades.  They will also encourage participation in sports or play so the child will be physically fit.  If we give guidance in these important areas, shouldn’t we also take our children for training in Sunday School or whatever training for children that our church provides?  If we want to develop well-rounded children, their religious guidance must not be neglected.

They are only children. They don’t know what’s best for them.  We shouldn’t let children make up their minds about whether they need or want to come. We are to bring them so they can hear the precious Gospel.

A BOLD COMMAND – Vs. 14b

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

“Permit the children to come to me, and don’t hinder them!”  

In a day when children can be physically, sexually, and emotionally abused, abandoned, ignored, and forgotten, we must remember the one we call “Lord” loves all the children in the world.

If Jesus loves the children we, who are His followers, should also love the children.

This verse also reminds us that children can be saved at an early age.  Children can come to Jesus for salvation when very young.  Every one of our children trusted Christ as their Savior before they were 5 years old. 

Polls show people are most likely to be saved when they are young!

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Every child born into this world is born helpless.

Every child born into this world is dependent on others for food, clothing, protection and education.

Every Christian is born helpless.

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Ezekiel 18:4 - …the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Just as children depend on others to survive, so Christians need Christ to survive.  Helpless dependence is what the Kingdom of God is all about.

The children are to be welcomed into the Kingdom of God.

A BASIC DOCTRINE – Vs. 15

Mark 10:15 - Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

The basic teaching is this: You can not enter the Kingdom of God unless you become like a child.

A child who knows he’s helpless depends on others.

A Christian who knows he’s helpless depends on Christ. Romans 5:6-8, Ephesians 2:8-9

You can not enter the Kingdom of God without being helplessly dependent on Christ!  Are you?

If you truly turn to Christ alone in hopeless dependence, you will be saved and your life will change.

Titus 3:5-8

A BLESSING SAVIOR – Vs. 16   

After the Lord’s rebuke of the disciples, he warmly received the children.  He didn’t casually bless them, the verb means that he “fervently blessed” them.

The children were naturally attracted to Jesus.

He made them feel welcome in His arms.

He was their friend.

Let us fervently bless the children in our area.

Let us make them feel welcome in this church.

Let us reach out to them in love.

Just as God makes us feel comfortable in His presence through the Lord Jesus, let us make children and those that have the humble faith of children feel welcome here.

Jesus blessed the children.  Let us do the same.

Let the children come!

A BLOCKED DOOR – Vs. 13

A BOTHERED MASTER – Vs. 14a

A BOLD COMMAND – Vs. 14b

A BASIC DOCTRINE – Vs. 15

A BLESSING SAVIOR – Vs. 16   

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1 TIMOTHY 1:1-2 – GETTING IT DONE

Do you get any satisfaction from completing a job? I do. When we finished

shampooing some of our carpets recently it was nice to say, "That's done!"

When I complete preparing a message or sending out an edition of Sermon

Seeds, it's nice to say, "That's done!" My wife Dottie and I have completed

raising our children from childhood through to early adulthood. We are

delighted to see that the task is done and our children are functioning

successfully on their own.

On the cross of Calvary our Lord Jesus Christ said, "It is finished." He had

completed everything necessary to pay for the sins of mankind. It was done!

When Paul came to the end of his life, Paul was able to joyfully say, "I'm

done, and I did it well." 2 Timothy 4:7-8

It will also be nice, comforting, and pleasing to God if at the end of our

lives we can say with Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my

course, I have kept the faith:"

As Christians we are responsible to live lives which please God. Such lives

require sacrifice. Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:25-33, Galatians 2:20

1 Timothy 1:1-2 shows us how we can go about "Getting it done", living a

life that in the end pleases God.

GOD CALLING ME - COMMANDMENT - Vs. 1

Because this was an open letter as well as a personal letter, Paul had to

establish his authority. He said that he was an Apostle. Paul was an apostle

because God had commanded him to be an Apostle.

God has called the Christian to do God's will (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians

5:15-17). There are commands that every Christian should follow. But God

also has a specific plan for each life. We are to use the gifts and

abilities God has give us in the way God commands us to use them. Some will

be in full time Christian service while most will not. However, no matter

what our jobs, we are all called to be full time Christians.

If we are going to get the job done, we must be following God's commands.

GOD HELPING ME - GRACE - Vs. 2

In verse 2 Paul wishes for Timothy 3 qualities that helped Timothy get the

job done. They will help us as well. The first one mentioned is "grace". A

Christian first receives grace, or God's unmerited favor when he or she is

saved (Ephesians 2:8-9).

God's grace continues after salvation.

God's grace will enable to get the job done.

God's grace will give me the power to live the Christian life.

God's grace will give me the power to stand against sin.

God's grace will enable me to witness, to serve, to lead, to raise my

family, and do anything else God commands me to do.

I keep grace working in life as I grow in grace and knowledge of my Lord. 1

Peter 3:18

I keep grace working in my life as I humbly call upon Him for help and

submit to His leadership. James 4:6-7

GOD PARDONING ME - MERCY - Vs. 2

Grace is God giving me what I don't deserve.

Mercy is God not giving me what I do deserve.

I first received mercy when I trusted Christ and was cleansed of my sin

(Isaiah 53).

I receive mercy today as I acknowledge my sins to God and confess them. 1

John 1:9, Psalm 32:5

GOD KEEPING ME - PEACE - Vs. 2

The moment I was saved I received peace with God. Romans 5:1

As I stay focused on the Lord and bring all my cares to Him I will

experience the peace of God. Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:6-7

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JAMES 3:1-12 – TONGUE-TRIED

LET’S GET PRACTICAL # 8 – LESSONS IN THE BOOK OF JAMES

  • More than once I have put my foot in my mouth.
  • Have any of you even done the same or witnessed it done by someone else?
  • James’ treatise on the tongue is scathing in these verses. It is scathing because it is true, and, if we are honest, we must raise our hand and cry, “Guilty!”

THE IMPORTANT TONGUE – James 3:1-4

  • It would be very easy to walk away from this study with a totally negative point of view concerning the tongue. However, the tongue has some very positive uses.
  • Worship – Hebrews 12:28-29, Hebrews 13:15
  • Witnessing – Psalm 107:2, Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15
  • Encouragement – Hebrews 3:12-13, Hebrews 10:24-25
  • Edification – Ephesians 4:29
  • Teaching – 1 Timothy 4:13
  • Correction – Galatians 6:1
  • Prayer – Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 7:7-11
  • Vs. 1 – God has sent us gifted men and women who can communicate the Word of God. And each of us has the responsibility of teaching at home. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
  • Judgment of teachers will be stricter. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
  • Teachers should be accurate. 2 Peter 2:1-3
  • Teachers should practice what they preach. Luke 11:46, Romans 2:21-23
  • Preachers and teachers should follow the example of Ezra. Ezra 7:10
  • Vs. 2 – How does control of the tongue relate to control of the whole body?
  • Vs. 3 – Illustration #1 – The horse
  • Vs. 4 – Illustration #2 – The boat or ship

THE INFLAMED TONGUE – James 3:5-6

  • Vs. 5 – How have you seen the little tongue cause big trouble?
  • Vss. 5-6 – How have you seen the tongue destroy like a fire?
  • Vs. 6 – What sobering things are said about the tongue in this verse? Matthew 25:41

THE IMPOSSIBLE TONGUE – James 3:7-8

  • There is more hope for taming wild animals than taming our tongues.
  • Humans cannot tame their own tongues. It is impossible!
  • Jeremiah 17:9 – We all have deceitful hearts.
  • To have a proper tongue we need a new heart! Ezekiel 36:26, 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • A new heart must be surrendered to Christ. Romans 12:1-2
  • A new heart must be surrendered to speak the right things. Psalm 141:3

THE INCONSISTENT TONGUE – James 3:9-12

  • Vs. 9 - We bless with our tongue. We even bless the right God, our Father.
  • Then, we curse man who was created in the image of God!
  • Like a fire, the tongue is of great value under control.
  • Vs. 10 – Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. This is terribly inconsistent.                It should not be! We should not bless and curse at the same time!
  • Vs. 11 – It is either fresh or salt water that comes from a source. Either blessing or cursing will consistently come out of our mouths, one or the other.
  • Vs. 12 – A fig tree only gives figs, a vine only gives grapes, and an olive tree only gives olives.
  • As Christians, our tongues should say only what is good, and right, and proper!
  • Luke 6:45 - The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Lord, grant this one request I pray:

Guide thou my tongue! The words I say

Can never be called back again:

Should they cause any anger, sorrow, pain,

Then in an ever widning sphere

They spread their havoc far and near.

So guide my tongue in every word,

That it may bless where it is heard.

Eugene Lincoln

 

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FAITH’S DIPSTICK

 

Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

A dipstick is used to measure the amount of oil in an engine.

To measure our faith we may use the Word of God as our dipstick.

MINIMUM FAITH – John 3:36

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

MISSING FAITH - Luke 8:22-25

Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. [23] But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. [24] And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. [25] And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

MUSTARD SEED FAITH - Luke 17:3-6

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. [4] And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. [5] And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. [6] And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Please note in this passage that “mustard seed faith” is in the context of forgiveness.

 

MOUNTAIN-MOVING FAITH - Mark 11:22-24

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. [23] For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. [24] Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

MARVELOUS FAITH - Matthew 8:8-10

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. [9] For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. [10] When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

   

Only twice does Jesus marvel.  The other time is mentioned in Mark 6:6.

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