SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/19/2020
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S42 – WEEK OF OCTOBER 19, 2020

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JOHN 5:1-16 - GRACE IN ACTION

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #9

One of the greatest words in the world today is the word “grace”.  And although you and I have heard much about grace, “God’s unmerited favor”, we should not tire of hearing about it!

We have been meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. This week we find the Lord Jesus attending a feast in Jerusalem.  We do not know which feast it was.  It does not matter.  It is here that Jesus healed a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years.  The healing of this man was an act of grace in action.  In this act of grace, we learn about the grace of God that the Lord Jesus shows to us. This morning we see:

GRACE NEEDED – Vss. 1-5

Jeremiah 17:9, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10

Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23

GRACE OFFERED – Vss. 6-7

Romans 5:6-9, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

1 Corinthians 10:13, Romans 8:1-4

GRACE APPLIED – Vss. 8-9

2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 6:11

Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:14

GRACE CAUTIOUS – Vs. 14

GRACE QUESTIONED – Vss. 10-13, 15-16   

John 15:19, 1 Corinthians 2:14

 

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GENESIS 39:12 etc. – MOVING ON

There are times when God requires us to leave something behind in order to move on to something better.

LEAVING TEMPTATION FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS – Genesis 39:12 (Genesis 39:7-12)

And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

Joseph refused to be enticed by Potiphar’s wife.

However, the temptation became so great that he had to run!

Joseph moved up by maintaining his righteousness when tempted. 1 Corinthians 10:12-14

LEAVING SECULAR WORK FOR FULLTIME CHRISTIAN SERVICE – Matthew 4:20  (Matthew 4:18-22)  

And they straightway left their nets and followed him.

In Matthew 4:19 Jesus called the apostles to follow Him and that he would make them “fishers of men”.

Not every Christian is called to full time Christian employment, but everyone is called to follow Jesus full time.  Luke 9:23-24

LEAVING A GIFT FOR RECONCILIATION – Matthew 5:23-24

Matthew 5:23-24 - Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; [24] Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

When we come to worship and realize someone has something against us, we are to leave our gift of worship and first be reconciled to our brother.

LEAVING THE CARES OF THIS WORLD FOR RECONCILIATION – John 4:28 (John 4:25-30)

The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

The woman went to draw water, but found something more important than the cares of this world.

She left her water pot to go tell others about Jesus.

LEAVING THE BASICS FOR MATURITY – Hebrews 6:1 (Hebrews 6:1-2)

Hebrews 6:1 - Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Our learning of Scripture should move us beyond the very important basics of the Gospel into a life of Christian maturity.

LEAVING WEIGHTS AND SINS FOR THE RACE – Hebrews 12:1-2

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, [2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The weights are anything that will slow us down.

I believe that sin being referred to hear is unbelief.

Our focus is to be on Jesus.   

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PSALM 26 – IS YOUR SALVATION REAL?

It is possible to make a profession of faith in Christ and not be truly saved. Matthew 7:21

Here are three questions to ask yourself based on Psalm 126 to evaluate if your salvation is the real thing.

 

IS YOUR SALVATION A RELEASE? – Vs. 1

The person who is truly saved has been set free. He is a new creature and no longer required to be in captivity. 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 6:10-14, Galatians 5:13, John 6:31-36

 

DOES YOUR SALVATION REJOICE? – Vss. 2-3

Someone who has trusted Christ has Savior realizes that the Lord has done great things for him and rejoices. Vs. 2-3

 

IS YOUR SALVATION RESPONSIBLE? – Vss. 5-6

Someone who knows Christ as Savior will have a burden to reach others with the Gospel.

They are responsible to weep for others who don’t know Christ, bring the Gospel to them taking “precious seed” and reaping with joy those who trust Christ, the “sheaves”.

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PROVERBS 1:1-6 – WHY I STUDY THE BIBLE

 

TO KNOW

Vs. 2 - To know wisdom and instruction;

TO PERCEIVE

Vs. 2 - to perceive the words of understanding;

TO RECEIVE

Vss. 3-4 - To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;  To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

TO GROW

Vs. 5 - A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

TO UNDERSTAND

Vs. 6 -  To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

 

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MARK 10:17-27 – CONSULTATION

LIFE OF CHRIST #42

In this passage we meet a man who needed advice.  And I’m glad to tell you that He came to the right person for this advice. This man consulted the Lord Jesus Christ. 

In Mark’s report about the “rich young ruler” we find a man who knew he lacked something and came to Jesus to find out what he was lacking.  Unfortunately, he did what so many of us do.  He got good advice and then didn’t follow it.

A DETERMINED WORD – Vs. 17

Here was a man who was an overachiever.

He ran to Jesus. With the help of the accounts of Matthew and Luke, we know that this man was:

  1. rich
  2. young and ambitious
  3. a man of authority, a ruler, perhaps in the synagogue
  4. respectful
  5. religious

Here was a man of determination.

He did not stand by and watch the world pass him by.

He was an active participant in all that interested him.

He runs to Jesus. He kneels before Him.

He asks a question.

“Good Master, What shall I DO that I may inherit eternal life?”

The man sensed a need.  He evidently was not sure that he would have eternal life when he died.

But he was a determined man.

He was determined to do whatever great work Jesus would require of him.  Perhaps it would be something using some of his great wealth.

The man was making a great mistake.

He thought he could do something to earn eternal life.

Unfortunately, there are thousands of people today who are no different.  They think that it is what they do that will get them into Heaven!  This is just not true.

Righteous people go to Heaven.  But nobody is righteous! Romans 3:10

It takes the work of God to make us righteous. Titus 3:5, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-9  

A DEFINITIVE WORD – Vs. 18

Calling Jesus, or any other person “good” in the Jewish culture was almost unheard of.  This man was either flattering Jesus, or really on to something.

Jesus was being definitive as to who really is good.

It is only God who is good.

If this man was calling Jesus good, He was, in essence, calling Him God.

Why would Jesus want to clarify His deity with this man?

I think it is because of what Jesus was going to tell Him to do next.

For a man of such wealth, Jesus’ radical requirement for this man to sell what he had and give to the poor was going to shake Him up.

It would only be possible for this man to comply if He really understood that it was God in the flesh who was asking Him to do this!

 How we respond to the commands of Jesus will also be largely based on how we define Him!

If we see Jesus as God, then we are obligated to do as He tells us.  If we don’t see Jesus as God, but a common man like us, then we can argue that we are not obligated to obey Him.

Did Jesus claim to be God?

He most certainly did! John 8:57-59

In Mark 10:18 Jesus is giving a definitive word that He is God.

A DISCERNING WORD – Vss. 19-22   

 

The rich young ruler knew that he was lacking something.  He needed something more than he has in order to attain eternal life.

Jesus, in his interview with this man, gives the discerning word concerning the rich young ruler’s lack.

Vs. 19 – Jesus begins by telling the man to keep the Ten Commandments.  In this verse he cites the commandments that have to do with man treating man. 

Why did Jesus mention the commandments as a way of eternal life?

He wanted the man to see that he had broken those commandments.

In fact the Old Testament Law, including the Ten Commandments was given to show people that they have a need for a Savior! The commandments show us how sinful we really are! Galatians 3:22-24

Vs. 20 – I believe that the man was sincere, but blind.  He thought of himself as having kept the law.  He was sincere, but he was sincerely wrong.

Although he claimed to have kept the law, yet He was convicted in such a way that he knew that there was something missing in his life.

Matthew 19:20 - The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Perhaps you are like this rich young ruler.  You have tried to obey God’s laws. You have tried to do good works. You have tried to live a Godly life, and yet you realize that there is something missing!   

Vs. 21 – Jesus looked at this man, and saw deep within His

soul.  He loved the man.  I believe that the words Jesus spoke were spoken tenderly.  “Do you want eternal life? This is what you lack.”

Jesus told the man to sell all that he had and give to the poor.  That would give Him riches in Heaven.

Why did Jesus tell Him to do this?

He told him this because the man was breaking at least one of the commandments. Exodus 20:2-3

The man was putting his confidence in his wealth and not in God.  Money was His God.   

If he sold all that he had and followed Jesus, he would become helplessly dependent on Jesus! 

That is what faith is, being helplessly dependent!

Not everyone has to sell all that he has to become a Christian.  But we all need to forsake all other gods, and become helplessly dependent on Jesus in order to have eternal life. Galatians 3:11, John 3:36

Vs. 22 – I think that this man who ran to Jesus was sulking when he left Jesus. He had great possessions.  He was sad because the price Jesus said he had to pay was higher that he wanted to pay! Luke 9:24

Is there something that you love more than Jesus that’s keeping you from becoming helplessly dependent on Him for eternal life?  Forsake it, and put your trust in Jesus Christ for eternal life.

Is there something that you love more than Jesus that’s keeping you from becoming helplessly dependent on Him for living the Christian life? Forsake it, and put your trust in Christ for victory.

A DISCOURAGING WORD – Vss. 23-26

Vs. 23 – What Jesus said next discouraged the Apostles.

It is very difficult for people with riches to enter into the Kingdom of God. 

Vs. 24-25 - This statement was totally contrary to Jewish thought of that day.  The rich were considered privileged and destined for Heaven. Therefore the disciples were astonished at Jesus’ statement.

Jesus went on to say in verse 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

This was a common expression of the day.  It was probably meant literally.  A camel could not possibly pass through the eye of a needle used for sewing!

Jesus was saying that rich men trust in and worship their riches instead of trusting in and worshipping God.  Very few rich people will make Heaven.

Vs. 26 – If the privileged rich were not going to make to Heaven, then who would?  The disciples wondered how anyone could make Heaven!

The disciples were discouraged.

 

A DELIGHTFUL WORD – Vs. 27

A camel going through the eye of a needle was impossible with men but not with God.  God could pass a camel through a needle’s eye if He wanted to.

A rich man being saved is impossible with man.

Anyone being saved is impossible with man.

No man can save himself.

No man can save others.

A poor man is more likely to humble himself and become totally dependent on the Lord Jesus Christ than a rich man is. James 2:5, 1 Corinthians 1:26

God does the impossible to save every person who is saved. Ephesians 2:1-7

Salvation is the work of God!

The impossible task of saving a soul from hell and giving that person eternal life is possible with God.   

There was a consultation with a rich man.

A DETERMINED WORD – Vs. 17

A DEFINITIVE WORD – Vs. 18

A DISCERNING WORD – Vss. 19-22

A DISCOURAGING WORD – Vss. 23-26

A DELIGHTFUL WORD – Vs. 27

 

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1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-27COMPETITION

The Christian Life is a competition in which every Christian is involved, and every Christian can win!

 

I AM RESPONSIBLE – Vss. 24-25a

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. [25] And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things…

I AM REWARDED – Vs. 25b

…Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

I AM RESTRAINED – Vss. 26-27

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: [27] But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

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TITUS 3:1-8 – FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

  • One of the jobs of a pastor is to have his congregation ready for what comes down the road.
  • I am not sure what is coming next, but there is a good chance that it will not be good! 😊
  • The times we face may be like those faced by first-century Christians under the rule of Nero. This is when Paul wrote to his protégé, Titus.
  • Here are the right ways to behave “For Such a Time as This”.

RESPOND COMPLIANTLY – TITUS 3:1-2

  • Vs. 1 – We are to submit to and obey those who rule and have authority over us. That is not always easy. Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:15-22
  • Every community needs citizens who will perform civic duty. As Christians, we must be ready to do our part.
  • Vs. 2 – Our commitment to accepting government must go further by seeing that each of us shines in our community. We must demonstrate these qualities before the unsaved especially.
  • If we want people to listen to the Gospel, we must show them by our behavior that the Gospel is worth listening to.

REMEMBER CLEARLY – TITUS 3:3

  • One of the best ways to not get frustrated with unsaved (and saved) people is to remember what we were like before we came to the Lord Jesus.
  • This is a good description of someone born with a sin nature and practicing that nature. Even when we hid these qualities, they were still there.
  • When I remember what I was, and that I’m yet to “arrive” to Spiritual perfection, my attitude toward others should soften.

REFLECT CONFIDENTLY – TITUS 3:4-7

  • We need to remember what Jesus did for us!
  • Consider how good we have it in Christ, and what a wonderful salvation we have!
  • Also remember that all frustration and suffering is temporary and that the outlook for the future is glorious!

REACH OUT COMPASSIONATELY – TITUS 3:8

  • Notice that good works follow salvation. They do not earn salvation. Ephesians 2:8-10
  • Good works are to be extended continually without respect of persons.                             Matthew 5:14-16
  • Remember, your behavior is the only Gospel some people will ever read.

  

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CHANGES

Christianity is a religion of change (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Some of the key doctrines of Christianity involve change.

REPENTANCE IS A CHANGE OF PURPOSE

Luke 15:18 - I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

1 Thessalonians 1:9 - For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

SALVATION IS A CHANGE OF POSITION

Ephesians 2:5-8 - Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) [6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. [8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

JUSTIFICATION IS A CHANGE OF STATE

Romans 5:1 - Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

ADOPTION IS A CHANGE OF FAMILY

Ephesians 1:5 - Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

REDEMPTION IS A CHANGE OF MASTERS

Ephesians 1:7 - In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

You belong to the one who redeemed you!

SANCTIFICATION IS A CHANGE OF LIFESTYLE

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 - And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. [24] Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

CONSECRATION IS A CHANGE OF WILL

Romans 12:1-2 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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