SERMON SEEDS
October 18, 2018, 6:34 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/15/25


SERMON SEEDS

Q29 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 15, 2018

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LUKE 15:1-24 – THE HEART OF GOD

 

God cares for lost people. A lost person is someone who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior.

God is a triune God, a Trinity. The heart of the triune God is that lost people will come to trust in the finished work of Christ and claim Him as Lord and Savior. John 3:16-18, John 16:8-10,

2 Corinthians 5:19

In Luke 15 we find the loyal opposition, the religious self-righteous, finding fault with the Lord Jesus because he received tax collectors and sinners and even ate with them!

 

THE SHEEP, THE COIN AND THE SON:

EACH ONE WAS LOST – Luke 15:4, 8, 11-16

  • The Sheep Wandered – Isaiah 53:6
  • The Coin was Dead – Ephesians 2:1-3
  • The Son Rebelled – Romans 3:10-18

EACH ONE WAS VALUED

EACH ONE WAS SOUGHT – LUKE 15:4, 8, 20

  • The Shepherd – John 10:11-15
  • The Woman – John 3:5-8
  • The Father – Ezekiel 18:32, 1 Timothy 2:3-4

EACH ONE WAS RETURNED

  • Returned to the Fold
  • Returned to the Purse or Necklace
  • Returned to the Father

EACH ONE WAS CELEBRATED

  • By the Owner – Luke 15:5-6, 9, 21-24
  • With those Around
  • In Heaven – Luke 15:7, 10

 

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LUKE 16:15-25 – THE SHUNNING

HERE IS MY INTRODUCTION TO THIS SERMON:

Most of us know what “shunning” is. It is a form of excommunication practiced in this area by The Amish and the Old Order Mennonites. Some Jewish people have a similar practice when a person converts to Christianity.

On Thursday Dottie and I went to the Solanco Fair. We were amazed by the tremendous number of exhibitors from various business, non-profits, and religious organizations.

We had the privilege of meeting the Pastor’s wife of one of the churches that were distributing tracts.  She told us that her parents were Old Order Mennonites. A newspaper began arriving at her parents house many years ago, called “The Sword of the Lord”. The editor was the late evangelist, John R. Rice. Her father took the newspaper to one of the elders in the church and asked if it was all right to read it. He said, “Yes”.

Upon reading the “Sword of the Lord” her parents realized that salvation was not based on works but on the grace of God. They both became born again Christians. After several years the parents became brave enough to leave the Old Order Mennonites. They were immediately shunned! For the mother it was a terrible experience, and years later the mother still remembered it with tears. 

Not all shunning is done in a formal way. We have shunned others, wanting nothing to do with them. Others have shunned us, wanting nothing to do with us. In other churches, I have been informally shunned. And, sorry to say, I have shunned others.

The story we read this morning is about a shunning of sorts. The Prodigal Son had demanded an early inheritance, left the family, blew his inheritance, fell on bad times, repented and returned home, wanting to become a hired hand. The Father was ecstatic, welcoming Him warmly and reinstating him as a son. Luke 15:20-24

The Older Brother was furious, and began the process of shunning, by refusing to have any part in the celebration party.

Let me remind you that the parables of the three lost things in this passage were directed at the scribes and Pharisees, who, themselves shunned tax collectors and sinners. They did not like it that Jesus reached out to them. They were lost people and Jesus came to “seek and to save the lost”. Luke 15:1-3

Let’s look at the older brother and discover some conclusions about him and other self-righteous people who tend to shun others. We might even discover something about ourselves.

 

 THE OLDER BROTHER:

  • Didn’t know the Father – Didn’t know him in an intimate way. None of us know the Heavenly Father unless we have trusted Jesus as our Savior. John 1:11-13

 

  • Because he didn’t know his Father, he didn’t love his Father – If we know the Father, His Spirit abides in us. His Spirit makes us love the Father, and the Lord Jesus.

 

  • Because he didn’t love his Father, he didn’t love his brother. Think of who you love or loved because your father or mother loved them. 1 John 4:7-8

 

  • Because he didn’t love his brother, he didn’t care about his brother. (Hence the shunning.) The older brother didn’t go looking for his younger brother. John 4:20-5:2

 

  • Because he didn’t care about his brother, he lived in bitterness. Listen to his tirade: Luke 15:28-30, Ephesians 4:30-32

 

  • Because he lived in bitterness, his Father was seeking another prodigal son (and missing the party!). Luke 15:28, 31-32

Is the Father missing the party because He is seeking you?

 

 

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1 KINGS 19:15-21 – THE MENTORING SERVANT

GOOD (FAITHFUL) SERVANT FOR BAD TIMES #8

  • Have you ever mentored someone to do a job that you are doing?
  • When is it time for you to become a mentor?

 

It would soon be time for Elijah to go home to Heaven. He needed a replacement that would be mentored by him and take over after his departure. Elisha was that man.

 

THE CHOICE OF A PROTÉGÉ – 1 Kings 19:15-16

  • God’s choice was Elisha. God should choose mentors and protégés.

 

THE CALL OF THE PROTÉGÉ – 1 Kings 19:19-20

  • How does God call people to become protégés?

 

THE CONSENT OF THE PROTÉGÉ – 1 Kings 19:21-22

 

THE CURRICULUM OF THE PROTÉGÉ

  1. Time (Together) – 1 Kings 19:22
  • To mentor someone, time must be spent with the individual, not only in formal teaching times, but especially interaction on a personal basis.
  • Why are one on one times valuable both to a mentor and a protégé?

 

  1. Testimony – 2 Timothy 3:10-11, 1 Timothy 4:12
  • Jesus set the example for His disciples to follow. Matthew 10:24-25
  • As Elijah’s constant companion, Elisha witnessed key events that instructed him.

These included the events in 1 Kings 21 and 2 Kings 1-2.

  • Watching a mentor handle life, and in some cases death, testifies to the reality of his or her faith.

 

  1. Teaching – Matthew 5:1-2, Timothy 2:2, 1 Timothy 4:13

 

  1. Tasks – Philippians 4:9
  • As Elijah’s servant, Elisha would have been assigned things to do.
  • Jesus sent His disciples on mission, and they reported back to Him.                                 Mark 6:7-12, 30

Paul constantly assigned Timothy, Titus, and other protégés tasks to be completed. 1 Timothy 1:3, Titus 1:5

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PSALM 9:10 – AN ENCOURAGING WORD

 

Psalm 9:10 - And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

 

WE ARE FAMILY - And they that know thy name (His name is "Father". John 1:12, Romans 8:15-18)

 

WE MUST HAVE FAITH - will put their trust in thee: (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 

GOD IS FAITHFUL - for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

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Mark 5 – POWERFUL ACTIONS

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES

LESSON #7

THINK ABOUT IT!

  • Tell us about a time when you saw God's power at work.
  • We think of God as omnipotent, or all-powerful.  What exactly does that mean?

Jeremiah 32:17, 27

  • In what ways should the omnipotence of God encourage us as Christians?
  • What do you think was Jesus' most powerful miracle?

 

There are three people in Mark 5 that experience the mighty power of God, the Son, in their lives.  Jesus made it evident that he can do what other people deem impossible.

I. THE DEMON-POSSESSED MAN - Vss. 1-20

A. Satan's Control Vss. 1-5

  • The trip was made to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. This would have been a more Gentile area.
  • Have you ever met a person who had what seemed to be supernatural strength, especially when angry or scared?
  • What would this man think about if he ever had any sane moments?
  • How does the physical description of this man parallel the Spiritual condition of a person without Christ?

B. The Savior's Victory Vss. 7-17

· Who was speaking in verse 7?  Why did he know who Jesus is?

  • Why do you think Jesus asked the demon his name? Vs. 9
  • A Roman legion consisted of about 6,000 men.
  • Why do you think Jesus allowed the demons to enter the pigs?  What does this show you about man's capacity to contain evil?  Vss. 10-13
  • The former demoniac is healed and probably a believer.  How does his description in verse 15 describe the condition of a person who has been born again?
  • Why do you think the residents asked Jesus to leave? Vss. 16-17
  • What should have the residents realized after hearing the testimony of the demoniac?

C. The Saint's Responsibility Vss. 18-20

· Why did the former demoniac want to follow Jesus? Vs. 18

  • Why did Jesus say "no"? Vs. 19
  • What does Jesus' response teach us about the will of God?
  • How is Jesus' command to the former demoniac similar to our responsibility as Christians?

II. THE HEMORRHAGING WOMAN - Vss. 25-34

A. HER SICKNESS AND SEARCH FOR A CURE - Vss. 25-26

  • How distraught have you seen people become over continued sickness?
  • What are some of the reasons for prolonged sickness?
  • Have you ever seen someone make a career of getting healed?

B.  HER STEP OF FAITH - Vss. 27-29

  • What was right and wrong with her reasoning?
  • Why do you think God healed her in spite of some inaccurate reasoning?
  • Do we ever get pickier than God does?

C.  JESUS' STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE - Vss. 30-34

  • Why did Jesus expose the woman's actions before all?  How did this help her?
  • Why is faith such a key ingredient in all that we do?  Hebrews 11:6

III. JAIRUS' DAUGHTER - Vss. 21-24. 35-43

A. JAIRUS SEARCHED FOR HELP - Vss. 21-23 

  • What was this man's condition when he made his appeal to Jesus?
  • Would he have only come to Jesus if he were a believer? Why or why not?

B. JAIRUS WAS SLOWED BY CIRCUMSTANCES - Vss. 24-34

  • What was going on in Jairus' mind as Jesus was thronged by a slow moving crowd and as Jesus stopped to heal another?
  • Do we like delays?
  • Why does God allow delays?

C. JAIRUS WAS SADDENED BY THE NEWS - Vs. 35

  • What would your reaction have been if you were Jairus?
  • We can get equally angry or frustrated when things don't go our way. What do we need to remember?

D. JAIRUS WAS STRENGTHENED BY JESUS - Vss. 36-43

  • What does verse 36 teach us about faith?
  • Why did Jesus leave the crowd and most of the disciples behind? Vs. 37
  • There were skeptics in Jesus' day. Vss. 38-40
  • How do skeptics today react to faith?
  • What answer do we have for skeptics?
  • Jesus healed this little girl.  Why do you think he wanted the miracle to be kept quiet?

 

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1 Corinthians 3:11-15 – GIVING AN ACCOUNT

 

The Christian need not fear condemnation and sentencing to hell. Romans 8:1. He will not be judged at the "Great White Throne" of Revelation 20:11-15.

 

The Christian, will, however stand before the "Judgment Seat Of Christ" to give account for his service after salvation. 1 Corinthians 4:5, 2 Corinthians 5:10,  Romans 14:12

 

Our current passage teaches us a little of what this judgment of believers will be like.

 

THE FOUNDATION OF SALVATION, Vs. 11

 

THE FIRE OF EVALUATION Vss. 12-13

 

THE FORMULA FOR RETRIBUTION Vss. 14-15

The Christian is rewarded for the permanent good he's done.

If "fire" burns everything he has, he is still saved, but has suffered loss of reward.

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JAMES 4:1-10 – A SPIRITUAL CLINIC

 

There are all sorts of "clinics" available today to meet medical needs. There are medical clinics, eye clinics, dental clinics, psychiatric clinics and a host of other clinics. They specialize on particular physical needs.

 

In James 4:1-10 God is giving to us a Spiritual clinic. He's helping us see what some of our Spiritual problems are and how to fix them.

 

OUR MAJOR SOURCE OF CONFLICT IS OUR LUSTS - Vss. 1-2

 

OUR MAJOR LACK OF CONTENTMENT IS DUE TO IMPROPER PRAYER LIVES - Vss. 2-3

 

OUR MAJOR LACK OF COMMUNION WITH GOD IS DUE TO SPIRITUAL ADULTERY - Vss. 4-5

 

OUR MAJOR MEANS OF CORRECTION IS HUMBLE REPENTANCE - Vss. 6-10

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