SERMON SEEDS
October 24, 2018, 10:38 AM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/22/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q30 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 22, 2018

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LUKE 16:1-13 – MANAGING HIS MONEY

 

Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10-11, Psalm 39:12

Everything belongs to God. If everything belongs to God, so does our money.  How we manage and spend His money is important to God. He’s the one who gives it to us.

We find the story of the unjust steward.  The problem with this parable is the commendation of an unrighteous man by our Lord Jesus. The theme of the parable and the section that follows is the use of money as a proper investment in the Kingdom of God.

 

THE PARABLE OF THE UNRIGHTEOUS STEWARD

Vs. 1 – A steward was a business manager who ran the affairs of a household. In this case, he ran a rich master’s holdings, probably because the master was an absentee landlord.

The steward had far-reaching authority over his master’s holdings. He was free to do business in his master’s name. This steward had a problem. He was not honest, and he evidently squandered his master’s resources for his own pleasures. He was accused before his master.

 

In a sense you and I as Christians are stewards of things that have been given to us by God.  That would include our money, our relationships, our time, our thoughts, and many other things.

 

Vs. 2 – The steward was fired.  He had to make a final account of his stewardship and then he was done! Of course, we are reminded that at the Judgment Seat of Christ, we too, will have to give account of our stewardship of the things that God has blessed us with. 2 Corinthians 5:10

 

Vs. 3 – The steward, obviously is in a quandary.  He is not physically able to do manual labor, and he would be too ashamed to be a beggar.

 

Vs. 4 – The steward thinks and comes up with a plan.  He decides to make friends with his master’s debtors, so they, also, people of means, might receive him graciously into their homes.  His plan is a very clever one.

 

Vss. 5-7 – The steward inquired of each debtor what he owed and had him reduce it.  The first debtor owed 100 measures or baths of oil, about 800 gallons worth. The steward had him reduce his bill by half, or 400 gallons.

The second debtor owed about a thousand bushels of wheat or about 8-9½ years wage. The bill was reduced to a little over 800 bushels of wheat.  Again, this was a significant savings.

 

The steward endeared himself to each of his master’s debtors, who would have shown appreciation by receiving him into their homes after he was done his job.

 

Vs. 8 – The unjust steward was commended not for his honesty, but for his shrewdness.  It doesn’t mean that the unjust steward was right, but he was shrewd and helped solve his personal problem.

 

Jesus goes on to make an application.  The children of this world are wiser than the children of light. The children of this world would be those who are unsaved. The children of light would be those who are saved.

Unsaved people are often shrewd with their money and know how to use it for their own good and pleasure. They take care of their own interests, and their own future.

But how many Christians, who might be shrewd in their finances for their own worldly pleasure, use that shrewdness in business to invest in Heavenly dividends?

 

THE PRINCIPLES THE PARABLE TEACHES

 

In verses 9-13 our Lord gives us three principles that this parable teaches. These are things which we should apply to our own lives.

  1. BE FRIENDLY

 

Luke 16:9 – First, how do we know that Jesus is not teaching that you can buy your way into Heaven? John 14:6, 1 John 5:11-12, Ephesians 2:8-9

Now we ask the question, how can we make friends with money that will mean something in “everlasting habitations” or Heaven?   

   

The immediate context of Jesus’ day was the perhaps the giving of alms to the poor.

 

However, in our day, there are a few ways money can be invested that will bring reward in Heaven. Besides the support of local church Ministries through our tithes, the first thing that comes to mind for me is investing in missions

 

Imagine the joy of a heavenly reunion someday where you are welcomed by the missionary who was on the mission field with you help and by the people he won to the Lord because you gave. Another way of giving is giving to those in need both Christian and non-Christian.

Galatians 6:9-10

 

  1. BE FRIENDLY – Make Heavenly friends with your money
  2. BE FAITHFUL

Luke 16:10 - The context is concerning money, but this statement is true for every endeavor.

If we are faithful in little issues, we will be faithful in big issues.

If we are unrighteous in little issues, we will be unrighteous in big things.

The person who is faithful in a small job at work or at church would be faithful if you gave him or her a big job.   

The person who is unfaithful in a small job at work or at church will be unfaithful in a big one.

The person who is faithful to the Lord in little behavior issues will be faithful in big issues, such as honesty.

The person who is unfaithful in little behavior issues, will be faithful in big behavior issues, such as honesty on a larger scale.

 

Luke 16:11 - Money and the things money can buy won’t go with you to Heaven.   

Faithful use of it, however will lead you to receive true riches, the riches that do not pass away.

I believe that often we are not blessed with other responsibilities for the Lord because we have not been faithful in using our money wisely.  Matthew 6:19-21, Ephesians 4:28

Luke 16:12 - God owns everything.

Anything that we own is simply a gift from Him.

Therefore how we use the resources God has given us is of the utmost importance.

 

  1. BE FRIENDLY
  2. BE FAITHFUL
  3. BE FERVENT

Luke 16:13 - Actually, you will be fervently in love with either God or money, or something else.  Jesus says you can’t love both.

You will love one and despise the other.

Most people love money and don’t even realize it.

They are tied up with the things that money can buy.

If they don’t have money, they dream and talk of things they would like to have if they had money.

   

Here is a very convicting test.

Listen to what you think about and what you talk about.

If you love money you will think and talk about money, and things that money can buy.

 

If you love someone or some activity you will talk about that.

If you love God, you will talk about Him.

If you love God, you will use your money as much as possible to further the Kingdom of God.

 

If you would like to listen to this Sermon visit:

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LUKE 16:19-31 – SATAN’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

Here are some things that Satan does not want you to believe:

  1. God really did create everything in six days.
  2. Jesus Christ is God, the Son.
  3. Jesus Christ really did pay for your sins in full!
  4. Jesus Christ really did rise from the dead.
  5. You don’t deserve to be happy on your own terms.
  6. You can’t in any way earn your way to heaven.
  7. He’s real and dangerous! 1 Peter 5:8
  8. He’s a liar – He’s the Father of lies. John 8:44                  
  9. Faith in Christ is the only way to Heaven.
  10.  And then there’s what I call Satan’s Dirty Secret – There really is a hell and those who go there never get out.

Why does Satan want people to go to hell? Because he is the enemy of God! He will stop at nothing to keep someone out of Heaven. Therefore, Satan will lie about the existence of hell, the seriousness of hell, the nature of hell, and the permanence of hell!

Jesus tells a parable that was directed towards the Pharisees, who according to Luke 16:14, were great lovers of money.  Although they were very religious, they also thought that wealth was a sign of God’s approval and admission to Heaven.

Although a proper name is given this is probably a parable. This is a story made up by Jesus to convey truth.  Although this is a story it does teach the reality of everlasting punishment and everlasting life or bliss.

TWO PEOPLE – Vss. 19-21

  1. The Rich Man – Vs. 19– Not a sin to be wealthy – David, Abraham, and Joseph were all wealthy!  What people do with the wealth shows the condition of their heart! Clothes – purple – imported wool whitened then dyed with the purple from a rare sea mussel named murex. His underwear was fine Egyptian cotton. His menu nothing but the best food and wine daily. He lived like a king!
  2. Lazarus – Vss. 20-21 – A beggar full of sores was unceremoniously dumped at the rich man’s gate – obviously unable to walk, perhaps partially paralyzed

Stale bread used as napkins – thrown on floor – dogs would eat it – Lazarus would have even taken that!                                                                                                                                      Lazarus’ name means “God has helped” – his faith was in the right place. Ephesians 2:8-9

TWO PARTINGS – Vs. 22

  1. Lazarus Passed Away – Nothing said of burial – Mass grave? – Town dump with a continuous fire?
  2. The Rich Man Passed Away – He was buried – Professional mourners – best of perfumes – great eulogies – great meal – fine tomb

TWO PLACES – Vss. 22-24

  1. Lazarus in Heaven – At rest – because of faith – James 2:5, Psalm 116:15, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
  2. Rich Man In Hell – Sheol – OT. grave Hades (Greek) - In torment – never used for a believer in the NT.

Why was he there? – His unbelief indicated through his lack of care for Lazarus. John 3:18, 1 John 3:16-17

TWO PROBLEMS – Vss. 24-31

  1. There Is No Relief In Hell – Vss. 24-26 – What happens in hell stays in hell.  What happens in Heaven stays in Heaven. Revelation 20:11-15
  2. There Is No Returning to Evangelize – Vss. 27-31

 

If you would like to listen to this Sermon visit:

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1 KINGS 21:1-26 – STORY OF TWO MEN

GOOD (FAITHFUL) SERVANT FOR BAD TIMES #9

  • What makes a righteous man righteous?
  • What makes an evil man evil?
  • Do righteous men and evil men get along?

 

Ahab and Elijah had clashed before! This time, it was because of the way Ahab, through the antics of his wife, Jezebel, took possession of Naboth’s vineyard. This was a clash between good and evil. For God this was the “last straw”.

 

AHAB – A BAD (EVIL) MAN

  1. A Bad Man – 1 Kings 21:25-26

 

  1. A Bad Reaction – 1 Kings 21:1-4
  • Naboth had every right to refuse Ahab. Leviticus 25:23, Numbers 36:7
  • How do people act when they don’t get their own way?

 

  1. A Bad Wife – 1 Kings 21:5-7
  • How should Ahab have reacted to Jezebel’s promise?

 

  1. A Bad Plot – 1 Kings 21:8-14

 

  1. A Bad Move – 1 Kings 21:15-16

 

  1. A Bad Attitude – 1 Kings 21:20

 

  1. A Good Response – 1 Kings 21:27

 

ELIJAH - A RIGHTEOUS MAN

  1. An Attentive Man – 1 Kings 21: 17, 28-29

 

  1. An Obedient Man – 1 Kings 21:18-19, 29

 

  1. A Fearless Man – 1 Kings 21:20

 

  1. A Forthright Man – 1 Kings 21:21-24

 

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Ezekiel 2:1-3:4 – CALLED!

 

To me, the greatest privilege in the world is to be called to preach God's Word!

Ezekiel's call to preach should be a challenge to anyone who hears God calling him into ministry!

 

RECRUITMENT OF EZEKIEL - 2:1-3

In Ezekiel 1, Ezekiel saw a great vision of the glory of God.

He was reminded as to whom he would be serving.

Isaiah also had a vision of God's glory in Isaiah 6:1-4.

Those called to preach must see God in His glory and must have experienced salvation for themselves. In these verses, God singles out Ezekiel as one who would be God's representative.  There is no higher calling than the calling to preach!  Romans 10:15

 

REBELLION OF ISRAEL - 2:3-4

All preachers like to see positive results from their preaching. However, the preacher does not always see positive results. Often, people will rebel against the message.  Even though the preacher may not see the positive results, he can be assured of a positive outcome. Isaiah 55:10-11, Ezekiel 3:17-21, 1 Timothy 4:11-16

 

REASSURANCE FROM GOD - 2:5

No matter what the response to the preaching of God's Word, the preacher who is doing God's will can be assured that those hearing will know that he is a messenger from God.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PROPHET - 2:6-8

1. Be Fearless - Vs. 6

2. Be Faithful - Vss. 7-8

 

RECEPTION OF GOD'S WORD - 2:9-3:4

God's word must be received and digested before it can be shared with others!

 

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Mark 6:1-29 – OUTREACHING ACTIONS

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES

LESSON #8

THINK ABOUT IT!

  • Was Jesus a missionary? Why or why not?
  • What kinds of people did Jesus try to reach in his lifetime?
  • Who did Jesus tell his disciples to reach after he left? Mark 16:15
  • The church is responsible for outreach.  How can the church reach out to its neighborhood, its area, its state, and its world?
  • For a good outreach the church people need to have some specific attitudes. What are they?

 

In Mark 6 we find Jesus reaching out to various people.  He had a marvelous concern for the Spiritual wellbeing of people.

I. IN THE HOMETOWN - Vss. 1-6

  • Jesus had visited Nazareth previously and was rejected.  Why do you think he went back? Luke 4:16-30

A. GREAT TEACHING - Vss. 1-2

 

  • What was the initial reaction of the townspeople?

B. GREAT TRAVESTY - Vs. 3

 

  • What was their complaint about Jesus?
  • Do you see a "slam" (criticism) in this verse?
  • Why do you think they were offended by him?

C. GREAT TRUTH - Vs. 4

 

  • When is familiarity good?
  • When is familiarity bad?
  • How must we be careful when people we know take on roles of leadership in the church?

D. GREAT TRAGEDY - Vss. 5-6

 

  • When it says that Jesus could do no mighty work, does it mean that He was incapable?
  • Is physical healing the greatest miracle?
  • Should we settle for physical healing as the only miracles we see?
  • What are the greater miracles that Jesus didn't perform in Nazareth?
  • Do you think Jesus "marvels" at our unbelief? Why?
  • Why is unbelief viewed as such a serious sin by God?
  • Notice that in the end, Jesus left. Why?

II. THROUGH THE TWELVE - Vss. 7-13

A. COMMISSION OF THE TWELVE - Vss. 7-11

 

  1. Why is going in pairs a good policy? Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  2. Why did Jesus send the disciples out without resources? Vss. 7-9
  3. Is this the way missionaries are to go today?
  4. Why did Jesus forbid the disciples to move from house to house? Vs. 10
  5. What was the significance of the act in Vs. 11?

B. CONDUCT OF THE TWELVE - Vss. 12-13

 

  1. They did what they were told.  That's basically what Jesus asks of us. John 14:15

III. THROUGH JOHN - Vss. 14-29

A. CONVICTION - Vss. 14-16, 20

 

  • In verses 14-16 what is Herod's problem?  In what types of situations might we have the same problem?
  • In verse 20 we learn that Herod was afraid of John.
  • What qualities made Herod listen to John?  Will these same qualities gain us a hearing from unsaved people?

B. CONVENIENCE - Vss. 17-19

 

  • What was Herodias' problem with John?  Did she have a justifiable complaint?
  • John was put in prison because of Herodias.  It was convenient for Herod to deal with his wife in this way, in spite of the fact that John was an innocent man.

C. COMPROMISE - Vss. 21-29

 

  • This story teaches us how easy it is to compromise our convictions.  Herod knew that John was not deserving of death but he compromised those convictions to please others.
  • The dance performed by his niece was a sensual dance that no self-respecting Jewish teenage daughter would have normally performed.  Nor would have parents permitted it. Vs. 22
  • Herod made quite a boast.  The girl could ask for basically whatever she wanted. Vss. 22-23
  • When the request was made for John's head, Herod was caught in a trap.  Was he right in not going back on his word? Vss. 24-28
  • What does this story teach us about the promises we make?
  • What does this story teach us about holding to our convictions?

 

 

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Galatians 3:10-14 – IT’S SO SIMPLE, DON’T MISS IT!

 

Introduce your message with an example of someone who took something simple and made it difficult.  This might include giving travel instructions or working on some sort of project.

 

The Gospel itself is really very simple (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Ephesians 2:8-9), but there are folks who try to add to the Gospel.  This was the problem facing the Galatians.  The Galatians were trying to live the Christian Life by keeping the Old Testament Law.  They were taking something simple, and making it complicated.

 

THE CURSE Vs. 10

Trying to be righteous by law keeping (The Ten Commandments, or any other law.) just doesn't work.  The curse is that a person would have to keep the law perfectly in order to get into Heaven.

Nobody but the Lord Jesus has ever done that. Romans 3:10, 23, James 2:10

 

THE CONFLICT Vss. 11-12

There are two principles that contradict each other mentioned here.

The law principle, says, "I will try to be declared righteous before God based on my ability to keep law, my own self-effort."

The grace principle says, "I will trust God to do for me and in me what I cannot do for myself."

 

THE CURE Vs. 13-14

The cure for those who have not lived righteous lives according to the law (That's all of us.) is the fact that Christ died for our sins, becoming a curse for us. When a person receives Christ as Savior, he or she receive the cure for their sins, and is blessed. They receive the "promise of the Spirit through faith", which enables them to live Godly lives.

 

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HEBREWS 10:24-25 ETC. – WHY ATTEND CHURCH REGULARLY?

 

CHURCH IS A PLACE OF JOY - Psalm 122:1, Psalm 100:1-2, Psalm 5:11, Acts 13:52, Ephesians 5:19

 

CHURCH IS A PLACE OF POWER - 1 Corinthians 1:18, 2:1-5, 2 Timothy 4:2

 

CHURCH IS A PLACE OF OBEDIENCE - Hebrews 10:25a

People have all sorts of excuses for not attending church, but God commands church attendance. If we don't attend regularly, we are sinning against God!

 

CHURCH IS A PLACE OF ENCOURAGEMENT - Hebrews 10:24, 25b

 

CHURCH IS A PLACE OF LOVE - John 13:34-25

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