SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/25/21
October 28, 2021, 7:48 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T43 – FOR WEEK OF 10/25/21

First Baptist Church of New Holland PA - SERMON SEEDS (fbcnhremembers.com)

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1 SAMUEL 17 – THE GIANT

Vs. 1 - Imagine waking up one morning and discovering that there is an invading army in your country ready to attack.  A similar thing happened to King Saul and the nation Israel. One day the Philistines moved into Israeli territory and set up camp!  They were there to invade Israel.

Vss. 2-3 -Word came to King Saul, who mustered his army and went down to the same valley and set up for battle against the Philistines. They were on opposite mountains from each other with a valley in between.

Vss. 4-7 - It appears that there was little or no action between the two armies until a giant named Goliath appears.  He was big and their best warrior. He was their champion! This guy with all his height, equipment and power stood out in the valley and began to yell a challenge to the Israeli army.

Vss. 8-10 - The giant called for one warrior from Israel to come out and fight him in a "winner take all" match.

Vs. 11 - The response of King Saul and the Israelites was fear and dismay.

Vs. 16 - This intimidation went on for 40 days.

Such was the impact of the GIANT!

Do you have any giants in your life?  Is there a habit, a sin, a person, a situation that is bullying you around and taking control of your life?  It could be worry, smoking, cursing, gossip, alcohol, bad temper, illicit sex, or a bad influence.  There are many giants who might try to dominate you.

It could be that these giants have been harassing your for so long, that you have given up hope of ever being delivered from their influence.

If you have such a giant in your life, you can be sympathetic towards Saul and the men of Israel. They needed help.

They needed deliverance

They needed a champion greater than the giant they faced!

Perhaps today, you need help. You need deliverance. You need a champion greater than the giant that you face.

LET ME TELL YOU FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THE CHAMPION OF ISRAEL WAS NOT DAVID! David was just an instrument in the hands of Israel's champion. ISRAEL'S CHAMPION WAS THE LORD OF HOSTS! Vs. 45

Your champion against the giants in your life is also the Lord of Hosts!

THE ENEMY IS REAL - Vss. 4-7, 33

Goliath was a real person. Goliath was big (10 feet tall), strong, and dangerous!

Our enemy is real too. His Name is Satan. Isaiah 14:12-15

He caused Eve to fall in the Garden. Genesis 3

He is the Father of lies. John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

He is powerful. Ephesians 6:12, 1 Peter 5:8

THE STAKES ARE HIGH! Vss. 8-11

Much was at stake when Goliath came out and taunted Israel.

The personal integrity of every soldier was at stake.

The integrity of the nation was at stake.

God's integrity was at stake. Vs. 26

Much is at stake when giants torment you.

Personal integrity is at stake.

Church integrity is at stake.

God's integrity is at stake. He is your God. Giving in to a "giant" implies that God is not strong enough to deliver you.

 

THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S! Vss. 20-37

David arrived to see Goliath at work taunting Israel.

Vss. 23-26 - David wanted to know the reward for defeating Goliath. He realized that Goliath had no right to "defy the armies of the living God."

Satan has no right to defy us who are God's children. Victory over Satan was won at the cross. Romans 6:10-14, Galatians 2:20

Vss. 32-37 - David appears before Saul and confidently announces that God will give him the victory!

THE VICTORY IS GOD'S! Vss. 38-54

Vs. 45 - David confronted the giant in the name of his God.

             Let us confront our giants in the name of the Lord Jesus!

             As we trust Him, he will give the strength to defeat any giant. Philippians 4:13

Vss. 48-54 – Ultimately, God gave the victory!

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PSALM 119:15-16 – MAKING GOD’S WORD A PRIORITY

1. Reflect - "I will meditate in thy precepts..." – Psalm 119:97-104, Jeremiah 15:16

2. Respect - "...and have respect unto thy ways." – Psalm 119:1-8, James 1:22-25

3. Rejoice - "I will delight myself in thy statutes..." – Psalm 119:162, Psalm 1:1-3

4. Remember - "...I will not forget thy word.", Psalm 119: 9-16

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MATTHEW 4:1-11 LESSONS FROM THE TEMPTATION

HOW THE CHRISTIAN LIVES – Vs. 4 – Man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 19:7-11, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21

 

WHAT THE CHRISTIAN LEARNS – Vs. 7 – God is not to be tempted or tested. We should not presume upon God to see how much we can get away with. Deuteronomy 6:16,                          Exodus 17:1-7, James 1:13-16

 

WHO THE CHRISTIAN LOVES – Vs. 10 – God alone is to be worshipped and served. Mark 10:30

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MERCIFUL ME!

LUKE 6:36-42

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

We know that we, as Christians, are to be merciful as our Heavenly Father is merciful! Based on Verses 37-42, we ask ourselves the following questions. If we can honestly answer these questions with a “Yes!”, we are probably merciful like our Heavenly Father.

AM I GRACIOUS? – Vs. 37

If I do not judge or condemn, but do forgive, I will be forgiven. When we show grace we receive grace from our Heavenly Father.

AM I GENEROUS? – Vs. 38

The more generous I am towards others the more generous God is with us. We do not “give to get”, but God does bless generous givers. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Proverbs 19:17

AM I GUIDED? – Vss. 39-40

The more I imitate my Master, or Teacher Jesus Christ, the more I will be able to guide others.

AM I GENUINE? – Vss. 41-42

If I have examined myself and corrected my own errors, it is easier for me to evaluate what needs to be corrected in others. Many times, when we examine ourselves first, we discover that the other person needs no correction. Galatians 6:1

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ACTS 6:1-8 – LEADERS AT WORK

One of the jobs of leaders is to handle difficulties as they come along.

One of the problems leaders have is solving difficulties without getting themselves distracted from what God has called them to do. Often leaders can solve problems by doing things themselves and robbing time from other important tasks.  The Apostles solved a major problem in Acts 6:1-8 without being taken from the jobs which God had given them.

DIFFICULTY IN THE FELLOWSHIP - Vs. 1

There were two groups of Jewish believers in the early church.

The "Hebrews" were the Palestinian Jews who grew up in the land of Palestine.

The "Grecians" were the Hellenistic Jews who grew up in other parts of the world.

The early church supported widows.  The Grecians felt that their widows were not being properly taken care of.

DISTRACTION FROM THE WORK - Vs. 2

The Apostles saw the potential for distraction. Their main ministry was the Word of God.

It would not make sense for them to leave their important ministry to do something that others could just as easily do. Proper care of the widows was important, but others could do it.

Leaders must remember to do the most important things that God has called them to do, and to let others have part in ministry as well.

DECISION OF THE APOSTLES - Vs. 3

The first deacons were to be appointed.

They were to be men of good reputation, full of the Holy Ghost, and full of wisdom.

DETERMINATION FOR MINISTRY - Vs. 4

The Apostles were determined to stick with their most important ministries, which were the preaching of the Word and prayer.

DEPLOYMENT OF DEACONS - Vss. 5-6

The deacons were elected and deployed by the Apostles.

DESCRIPTION OF GROWTH - Vss. 7-8

There was peace in the church.

The Word of God increased and so did the number of Apostles.

Stephen "...did great wonders and miracles among the people."

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PHILIPPIANS 4:1-5 – A HAPPY CHURCH

The church at Philippi was experiencing some inner tension.  Paul gave some advice that, if followed, would make this church a happy place of worship and service. Our churches would be happier if we followed the same advice.

UNWAVERING STAND - Vs. 1

First, each church member must be strong in the Lord's power and might.

UNIFIED FAMILY - Vss. 2-3

Those who didn't get along were to receive help getting along.

UNENDING REJOICING - Vs. 4

We are to constantly have an attitude of joy in the Lord.

UNIQUE CONTROL - Vs. 5

Our moderation or "sweet reasonableness" is to be known to all. After all, "the Lord is at hand", and we want to be pleasing Him when He arrives.

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1 THESSALONIANS 3:1-10 – FAITH FACTOR

There was a show on television called "Fear Factor".  I only watched part of it once.  Evidently the idea of the show was to measure how much bravery a person has and at one point fear takes over.  In our text, Paul is not measuring bravery, but he is measuring the faith of the Thessalonians.

The Apostle Paul once spent about 3 weeks establishing a church in a city called Thessalonica.  After three weeks he was run out of town by persecution. Acts 17:1-10

Because he loved the new Thessalonian Christians, and knowing of the persecution that they would receive about their faith, Paul dispatched young Pastor Timothy to Thessalonica to check on the new church.  We have the story of Timothy's visit in

1 Thessalonians 3.  And in talking about Timothy's visit, we find that Paul's greatest concern was over the faith of the Thessalonians.  The word faith is mentioned five times, and we learn that:

FAITH IS TO BE ENCOURAGED - Vss. 1-4

Timothy was dispatched to encourage the believers in their newfound faith.

FAITH IS TO BE EVALUATED - Vs. 5

Paul realized that because of the tough times that the Thessalonians were facing, it would be easier for Satan to come in and rob them of their faith.   

So, Paul wanted to make sure that the faith of the Thessalonians was still strong.

God has appointed church leaders, particularly pastors and elders, with the duty of watching you faith.  They aren't to judge your ministry, only the Lord can do that, but they should check to make sure your faith is strong, and then help strengthen that faith.

Proverbs 27:23, Hebrews 13:17, 1 Peter 5:2-3

FAITH IS TO BE EXPRESSED - Vs. 6

Timothy brought good news back to Paul.  In spite of the persecution and hardship being dished out by Satan, the Thessalonians were strong in their faith.  And not only were they strong in faith but in love as well.  And they also had a fond appreciation for their mentor, the Apostle Paul. Faith should show.

We should certainly express our faith verbally. Romans 12:9-10, Psalm 107:2

But our faith must go deeper than talk.  People need to see that what we are saying is real in our lives.

People need to see us leaning on God alone, when we face the trials and troubles of life.

People need to see us trusting God for the strength to obey Him.

Think about this.  We will only be obedient to God if we believe Him!

We will only be obedient to God when we have faith that He will give us the strength to do as He says.

FAITH IS TO BE ENCOURAGING - Vs. 7

Have you ever tried to comfort somebody and ended up being comforted yourself?  Some people have so much faith during their tough times, that they encourage others.

The Apostle Paul was having his own problems with affliction and persecution.  And when He heard about the faith of the Thessalonians, he was encouraged.

There are certainly examples in Scripture of people who encouraged others.  When David was running from King Saul, Saul's son, Jonathan went out of his way to encourage David.

1 Samuel 23:16 - And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

When the Apostle Paul was a prisoner headed for Rome he was on a ship in the middle of a terrible storm.  He encouraged those with him that God had promised that all lives would be saved.

He encouraged them with these words found in Acts 27:25

Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

FAITH IS TO BE ENLARGED - Vs. 10

Paul prayed that he might have another opportunity to visit the Thessalonians and help to increase their faith.  Faith is something that should grow in our lives as we mature in the things of Christ.

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1 JOHN 5:6-13 – BLESSED ASSURANCE

REAL CHRISTIANITY #17 – STUDIES IN 1 JOHN

The lesson we have in 1 John 5:6-13 is about being sure on the greatest issue of all, eternal life. This passage helps us to be sure that our sins are forgiven, sure that we have peace with God, sure that when we die we are saved from punishment for our sins.  This passage shows us that God wants you to be sure of eternal life.  That’s “blessed assurance”.

God wants you to be sure of eternal life.

He wants you have “Blessed Assurance”.

There are two key concepts in these verses.

GOD’S WORK – Vss. 6-9, 11

There are certain things that God does to make it possible for a person to have eternal life. In the text in front of us, I see at least two.

First, I see God providing three witnesses concerning His Son Jesus Christ. What you believe concerning Jesus Christ is literally a matter of life and death, eternal life or eternal death. Because of this, God gives to man witnesses concerning the deity and work of our Lord.

1 John 5:6 - This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

1 John 5:8 - And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Notice in these verses that all three witnesses agree concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.

The first witness we will consider is the water. Down through the years there have been many interpretations concerning what the water is referring to. Remember that the subject here is Jesus Christ.

I personally feel that the water is referring to Jesus’ baptism. Matthew

The deity of Jesus Christ is an important issue. In order to have eternal life, one must believe on Christ as the Son of God. The baptism of Jesus gives evidence of the existence of the Trinity and the deity of Christ.

First, the Spirit of God came upon Him, showing that his ministry was certainly in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Secondly, God says, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

So water baptism of Jesus becomes a witness to the deity of Christ.   

The next witness is blood. 

When man failed in the Garden of Eden by sinning against God, he was evicted.  They were naked and without shame in the garden, as long as they did not sin. With sin came the shame, the lack of innocence. They knew they were naked.

Then they needed a covering. What did God cover them with?  “Coats of skins” – Animals were slain to cover man because of his sin. There was the shedding of the innocent blood of an animal so man could be covered.

When Adam and Eve’s sons came to God with sacrifices, God accepted the sacrifice of Abel.  Cain brought vegetables from his garden.  Abel brought an animal from the flock and shed its blood.  God accepted the sacrifice of Abel because it was a blood sacrifice.

Read through the Pentateuch and you will find that the sacrifices God accepted where blood sacrifices. An innocent animal was slain for the sake of men who were not innocent.

Our Jewish friends celebrate Passover. The Angel of Death went through Egypt killing the first born. Israel was instructed to slay a perfect lamb and apply the blood of the lamb to the doorposts.  When the Angel of Death saw the blood he passed over that house and no one was harmed.

These are all pictures of what God would do to ultimately pay for the sins of the world.  He ultimately sent His Son to shed his blood for the sins of the world. Hebrews 9:12,

The blood of goats and calves was just a temporary covering for sin in the Old Testament, until the true Lamb of God would pay for our sins. Hebrews 9:13-14, 1 Peter 1:18-19  

The blood is a witness to the deity of Christ, and the work of Christ for our salvation. Isaiah 53:5-6

To me the most significant words of Christ on the cross were “It is Finished!”  This means His blood had been shed and the price for our redemption had been paid.  Nothing more had to be done.  

1 John 5:8 - And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.   

The first witness was the water.

The second witness was the blood.

The third witness is the Spirit. He, too, is a witness to the deity of Christ. How is He a witness to the deity of Christ?

First, He is responsible for the writing of the Scriptures that attest to the deity of Christ. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21

The Holy Spirit is also a witness to the deity of Christ because He uses the Word of God to bring about salvation.

Most of us came to Christ because the Spirit of God in some way used the Word of God to convict us of our need.   Isaiah 55:10-11

The Spirit is not only a witness through God’s Word and through God’s word being shared, but He is a witness through us Christians.  It is He who empowers us to witness. Acts 1:8

There is a fourth way the Holy Spirit acts as a witness. 

He convicts unsaved people of their need for a Savior. He convicts them that they need to trust Christ. John 16:8-11

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.   

There are three witnesses to the deity of Christ, the water, the blood and the Spirit.

1 John 5:9 - If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

We take people’s word for all sorts of things.  We just believe what they say! The witness of God is greater!  His three witnesses are more powerful and more reliable than any man’s witness! We need to believe what God says.

The first work of God mentioned here is His witness.

The second work of God John mentions is the offering of a free gift.

1 John 5:11 - And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

This is the record! We have it right here in the Book of Books.

The record is that God has offered us a gift!

The gift is eternal life.

It is offered through His Son.

When something is given it cannot be paid for.

When something is given it cannot be earned.

When something is given it is not necessarily deserved.

It is simply given.

A true gift has no strings attached.

When you see a commercial on T.V. offering a free gift, we ask, “What do we have to buy to get the free gift?”   

When God offers the free gift of everlasting life, there are no strings attached.

If we are honest with ourselves, no amount of good works, or law keeping, or money, or church attendance, or water will ever be enough to wash away, to atone for, to make restitution for our sins.

It had to be a gift because we could not earn it. Ephesians 2:8-9

The Work of God to bring about assurance of salvation includes the three witnesses of the water, the blood, and the Spirit, and the offering of a free gift.   

THE WORK OF GOD

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MAN – Vss. 10, 12, 13

Man simply has one responsibility and that is to believe.

Vs. 10 says “believe”.

Vs. 12 says “believe”.

Vs. 13 says “believe”.

Jesus already died for your sins. 

The gift has already been provided.

All you have to do is accept the gift by faith.

You need to believe that Jesus alone died for your sins and that Jesus alone is your hope for Heaven.

Verses 10, 12 and 13 show us what happens when we believe.

1 John 5:10 - He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

Belief produces the witness of the Holy Spirit in your life.

The Spirit before you believe is an outside witness through the Word, through the preacher and through His conviction.

Once you believe the Spirit comes into dwell and we now have an inner witness that we are the children of God. Romans 8:15  

There is another important fact in verse 10. If you don’t believe you are making God a liar. God says “believe on my Son for salvation”. If you say “no” you are implying by your unbelief that God is not telling the truth.   

Belief produces the Holy Spirit.

Belief produces life.

1 John 5:12 - He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Here it means eternal life. 

Eternal life is life that lives beyond the grave.

It is life that lives beyond sickness and death. It is life that is forever.

If you have the Son, because you have believed on Him you have life, eternal life.

Of course, having eternal life means that you have life right now.  You have a changed life. You have a life that is capable of being abundant! John 10:10

Belief produces the Holy Spirit.

Belief produces life.

Belief produces confidence.   

1 John 5:13 - These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

God does not mess with your mind.   

Many well meaning people think that no one can know that they are saved until they die.

God is not sadistic. He’ll not toy with you.

He wants you to know that you are saved.

If your faith is in Him you should know that you have eternal life!

You should be able to confidently say, “I know that I am going to Heaven when I die.”

Do you have Blessed Assurance of eternal life?

There is the Work of God.

Have you received the witness of the water, the blood, and the Spirit?

Have you accepted God’s free gift?

There is the Responsibility of Man

Have you believed in Christ as your Savior?

Belief produces the Holy Spirit.

Belief produces eternal life.

Belief produces confidence.   

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