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October 31, 2019, 4:36 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/28/19


SERMON SEEDS

R21 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 28, 2019

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1PETER 1:23-2:3 – ANOTHER DIET

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD (1 PETER) #6

We certainly live in a diet-conscious era.

People diet to lose weight.

People diet to control sugar.

People diet to control cholesterol.

People diet to feel good and to stay healthy.

 

And by the way, everyone has a diet. It is either a good diet or a bad diet, but we all have a diet! The first definition given for diet in Webster's New World Dictionary is "What a person or animal usually eats or drinks; daily fare."

 

I jokingly say, "I'm on a sea food diet; I see food and I eat it!"

 

Not only do we have a food diet, but we also have a Spiritual diet. What we feed our minds will affect how we think, how we act, and what we say.

 

For the Christian, the primary ingredient in his Spiritual diet should be the Word of God. Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1-3, Psalm 119:15-16, John15:7

 

And Paul told young pastor Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

 

Our diet should include:

  • The reading of the Word of God
  • Memorization and Meditation upon the Word of God
  • Listening to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God

 

We return to the Book of 1 Peter. Last time we talked about stress from 1 Peter 1:18-23. We saw:

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL REDEMPTION - 18--19

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL REVELATION - 20-21

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL REGENERATION - Vs. 23

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL RESPONSIBILITY - Vs. 22

 

This morning, we are picking up where we left off at 1 Peter 1:23 and going through chapter 2 and verse 3.  We will consider our diet of the Word of God.

 

A RELIABLE DIET - 1:23-25

 

John 1:12-13, Mark 13:31, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21 Psalm 19:7-11

 

A RESTRICTED DIET - 2:1

 

  • No Malice, Philippians 4:8:
  • No Deceit, Ephesians 4:25
  • No Hypocrisy
  • No Envy or Jealousy
  • No Evil Speaking  

 

A RECEIVED DIET - 2:2

 

2 Peter 3:18

 

A REASONABLE DIET - 2:3

 

Jeremiah 15:16,

 

 

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PSALM 96 – TIME TO SPEAK  

Psalms for Living #11

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b (KJV) - To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

 

It’s Time to Speak Because:

 

We Are to be Singing! – Psalm 96:1-2

 

We Are to be Sharing! – Psalm 96:3-6

 

All Are to be Worshipping! – Psalm 96:7-9

 

All Need to Know that Jesus is Reigning! Psalm 96:10-12

 

All Need to Know that Jesus is Coming! – Psalm 96:10, 13

TAKE AWAY QUESTIONS:

  1. Have I trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?
  2. Am I speaking up for Jesus when I should?
  3. Will I start asking God for more opportunities to say a word for and about the Lord?
  4. Will I commit to helping with outreaches such as National Night Out?
  5. Will I commit to supporting the Evening Service by attending and encouraging the unsaved to attend?

 

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MATTHEW 21:28-32 – TALE OF TWO SONS

 

A REPENTANT SON – Vss. 28-29

A son had refused to obey, and then repented.

 

A REBELLIOUS SON – Vss 30

A son said he would obey, but never did.

 

A REBUKED PEOPLE – Vss. 31-32

The Scribes and Pharisees claimed to be religious, but when John the Baptist preached, they refused to repent.

As Christians, we often give “lip service” obedience to our Heavenly Father, but do not obey.  But what we need to do is repent and to do as He asks.

 

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ACTS 6:6-16 – GOD’S GUIDANCE

 

In Psalm 32:8 God promises, "I will instruct and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."

In Romans 12:2 God's will is called "good", "acceptable", and perfect.

Knowing God's will is often a challenge to believers. 

The way God guides Paul in this passage reminds us of some things about God's guidance.

 

GOD RESTRICTS Vss. 7-8

There are times when we will feel a hesitation about doing something that comes from the Spirit of God. Other times, we will find God saying "no" as we read his word.  Other times, what we thought was an open door will close.

 

GOD REVEALS Vss. 9-10

God will show us His will through His Word, through circumstances, through others, and through the prodding of his Holy Spirit.

God will never lead you contrary to the written Word of God.

 

GOD REASSURES Vss. 11-15

Although crowds were small, God reassured Paul that he was in the right place through the salvation of Lydia and her household.

God will reassure us when we are in the center of His will.

 

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Colossians 4:1-6 – A PICTURE OF SALVATION

 

Here are some tips for effective service for our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

WE HAVE A MASTER - Vs. 1 - He is in Heaven!

 

WE HAVE A MANDATE - Vss. 2-4 - To pray!

 

WE HAVE A MISSION - Vs. 5 - To them who are "without"!

 

WE HAVE MANNERS - Vs. 6 - Speech with "grace, seasoned with salt"!

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 1:1-3 – GOD’S CORE VALUES

 

We hear a lot today about “core values”. 

Core values are what you are. They are what you stand for, what’s important to you.  As a Christian, it is important that you understand what God’s core values are.  It is important that you know what God wants you to have as your core values.

The core values that God wants you to have and are most important to Him are stated in 1 Corinthians 13:13 - And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Faith, hope, and charity or love are God’s core values.  They are repeated in our text for this morning in a slightly different order.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 - Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

The church in Thessalonica had God’s core values, and earned the commendation of the Apostle Paul.  If they had Paul’s approval, it is certain that they had God’s.

We should want the same core values that God wants us to have, so let’s try to learn from the Thessalonians this morning.

First of all, who were the Thessalonians?  They were, of course, citizens of the city of Thessalonica, a city in the Macedonia section of Greece.  It was along the famous Roman highway, the Egnatian way.

During his second missionary journey the Apostle Paul was forced to leave Philippi as a result of persecution. He traveled to Thessalonica. Acts 17:1-4

It is possible that Paul was only in Thessalonica 3 weeks, ministering to the unsaved and new believers alike when there was another persecution and he was forced to flee to Berea.

As a pastor, Paul certainly had a burden for the Spiritual well being of the new converts in Thessalonica.  Therefore, in due time, Paul sent Timothy, his trusted protégé to Thessalonica to check on the well being of the Christians there.  Timothy brought back a basically good report of things happening there. 1 Thessalonians is a book of encouragement and correction that teaches us much about the local church.

Paul was especially thankful that God’s core values were instituted in the hearts of the Thessalonians.  Let’s briefly look at the introduction to this Epistle.

1 Thessalonians 1:1 - Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul, of course, was the famous “Apostle to the Gentiles”, miraculously saved on the Road to Damascus.

Silvanus, or Silas, was Paul’s partner on his second missionary journey.

Timothy, was the helper that went along with Paul and Silas.

The word for church means a ‘called out company’.  It could refer to a town meeting or any assembly of people.  When it is used to refer to the church in the Bible, it never refers to a building, but to a body of Christian believers called out by God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We as a church are called out of the world as a body of believers who have been saved from sin and separated to God in order to live holy lives.

Notice, we are a “called out” people, and therefore, in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ:

We are in God the Father.  The moment that you put your faith in the Lord Jesus you became a child of God.  You were born into the family of God. John 1:12-13

  • God is your Father! Be encouraged. He takes care of His own. Be Encouraged!
  • God is your Father! Be challenged to live a life that shows that you are a child of God!

Not only are we in God the Father, but we are in the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is Lord, which gives Him the right and privilege to rule in our lives. Are we letting Him do that?

He is Jesus. That’s his earthly name, which means ‘Jehovah saves.’

He is the Christ, the Messiah, God’s anointed one!

Paul gives a greeting of “Grace and peace.”

The Christian is saved by grace, God’s unmerited favor. The Christian is to grow in grace. God continues to bless His children with His grace.

When we trusted Jesus as Savior we received peace with God. Our sins were paid for by the Lord Jesus on the cross and our faith applied Jesus’ blood to our account. Romans 5:1

And now, as we commit all our problems to God, we are promised the peace of God ruling in our hearts. Philippians 4:6-7

1 Thessalonians 1:2 - We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

I believe that Paul uses the word “We” because Silvanus and Timothy were also praying with thanksgiving for the Thessalonians on a regular basis.

When you pray for others are you thankful for them?

When you pray for others, do you pray on a regular basis?

1 Thessalonians1:3 - Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Paul and his friends were continually thankful for the core values that were present in these believers. If you are truly a believer, these values are to be present in your life.

 

THE WORK OF FAITH

Now if there’s one thing most of us know here, it is that we are not justified, declared righteous, or saved by or our works. We know that it’s not our works that save or make us righteous.  It is our faith in Christ alone for forgiveness of sin and everlasting life.

Our favorite verses for proving this are - Ephesians 2:8-9,  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

But though we are not saved by our good works, we are saved for good works.

Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We are God’s masterpiece, God’s “poem”, if you will. God has created us in Christ Jesus with the view that we would do good works.  God ordained or planned ahead that our walk, the pattern of our lives would be unto good works.

But it is a work of faith. In other words, the works that we do should be done by faith. John 15:4-5, Hebrews 11:6

Whatever work you do should be done in faith.

You may not think so, but the Lord Jesus has great things planned for you to do by faith.

  • JESUS WANTS YOU TO WITNESS BY FAITH Acts:1-8
  • JESUS WANTS YOU TO SHINE BY FAITH Matthew 5:14-16
  • JESUS WANTS YOU ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS BY FAITH John 14:12-14
  • JESUS WANTS YOU TO LIVE A CHANGED LIFE BY FAITH 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:14
  • JESUS WANTS YOU TO SUFFER BY FAITH James 1:2-4

 

What is it that God wants you to be doing by faith?

What is your work of faith?

And remember, James 2:26 says, For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

If you have no works you have no faith.

THEIR LABOR OF LOVE

What we do for the Lord Jesus should be a labor of love.

Labor is arduous, exhausting toil. Labor costs us of ourselves.

Sometimes when we do things for people as a labor of love they will not appreciate it. But that should not stop us.                           2 Corinthians 12:15

When we labor for Jesus, we should consider His labor for us. Isaiah 55:3-6

PATIENCE OF HOPE

Hope is anxious anticipation not wistful thinking!

Hope looks forward to something he knows is going to happen.

The Thessalonians were suffering for their faith in Christ.

1 Thessalonians 3:3 - That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.

The word patience means endurance. It is because of hope that we are to endure. To me hope goes beyond faith and allows me to look forward to a glorious outcome. Titus 1:1-2, Titus 2:13

You spend hours by the side of a sick child, and when the child gets better, you say, “It was worth it.”

You listen to a friend pour out his heart in sorrow and pain, and when you are done, because he is your friend, you say, “It was worth it.”

You spend thousands of dollars to put your child thought college, and when she graduates, you say, “It was worth it.”

You endure in serving the Lord Jesus in hope of eternal life, and when you see Him face to face, you will say, “It was worth it!”

The Thessalonians had God’s Core Values.

Do you?

What about your:

WORK OF FAITH?

LABOR OF LOVE?

PATIENCE OF HOPE?

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KNOWING GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

KNOWING GOD #5 OF 7

 

(Note: This is a series basically on the attributes of God. Very Complete Notes, so be creative in adapting them. If you don’t change some of it, be sure to give me credit for writing your sermon. Otherwise, I don’t need credit. :-)

                   

God is faithful.  Even when we don’t think that God is faithful, He is faithful. As we continue our series on “Knowing God”, we want to share with you another characteristic of our wonderful God.  This morning we want to talk about “Knowing God’s Faithfulness”, and showing you seven ways in which God is faithful 

 

It is especially important for us as Christians to know how faithful God is.  It will keep us from discouragement when tough times come, and it will encourage us to be faithful ourselves.  This morning I would like to share with you seven ways God is faithful based on the Scriptures.

 

FAITHFUL TO KEEP

Deuteronomy 7:9 - Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

 

This verse was first written for the nation Israel.

The two verses before Deuteronomy 7:9 show Israel, that without God she was nothing. Deuteronomy 7:7-8

 

Now let’s update this thought for you and I who know Jesus as Savior.  God didn’t save us because we were great or famous, or deserving. We are all sinners who deserve the punishment of hell.

In His love and mercy God saved us, declared us as righteous in His eyes, forgave our sins, and declared us to be His children.  

 

We don’t deserve it, but He did it.

 

And now, according to Deuteronomy 7:9, we see that God is faithful to keep covenant and mercy to those that love and keep his commandments.

 

God keeps his covenant or promises.

 

God promises to save those who put their trust in His Son. John 3:16

 

God promises peace to those who trust in Him and commit their problems to Him. Philippians 4:6-7

 

God promises to meet the needs of His saints. Philippians 4:19

 

God, the Son, promises never to leave us. John 14:18

 

God promises to take care of us. Psalm 121:7-8  

 

God is faithful to keep His promises to us.

   

FAITHFUL TO CALL

1 Corinthians 1:9 - God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

If you are saved, God has called you. Romans 8:29-30

 

God faithfully called us into the fellowship of His Son.

  • There is the fellowship that we are able to have with the Lord Jesus as we abide in Him.  He is present with us every moment and wants us to stay close to Him. What a privilege it is to talk to Him at anytime, in any place, and in every situation. John 15:4,7

 

  • There is also the fellowship in God’s Son that causes us to fellowship with each other.  We are all members of the body of Christ, and we are to work together and to care for each other as part of the body.  There should be a fellowship with each other, a “having in common” that makes fellow Christians near and dear.
  • We are also called into a fellowship with God’s Son that will mean us being with Him forever.

1 John 3:2-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

 

Just think! If God hadn’t been faithful to call us we wouldn’t be saved.

If God hadn’t been faithful to call us we wouldn’t have fellowship with Christ.

If God hadn’t been faithful to call us we would not have fellowship with Jesus and with each other right now.

If God hadn’t been faithful to call us we would not look forward to fellowship with the Lord Jesus in Heaven for all eternity.  

 

FAITHFUL TO DELIVER

1 Corinthians 10:13 - There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 

When we are tempted, God is faithful.

He knows exactly when, where, and what to send as help in every situation.

God will always provide a way out of temptation exactly when needed.

 

I am impressed that God sends to us a way to escape.

It is up to us to take the way that God provides.

I think of Joseph who ran when Potiphar’s wife wanted to seduce Him.

And I think of Samson who hung around Delilah when he knew that she was trying to discover the secret of his great strength. He should have run too, and surely God had provided for Samson a way of escape.

 

If our building were on fire, and I say, “Quickly, everyone calmly file out of this door”, the way of escape would be provided. However if you just sit there and don’t take the way provided, you would burn up in the fire.

 

When you are tempted, God provides the way of escape.

Make sure that you take it.

 

FAITHFUL TO PERFORM

1 Thessalonians 5:24 - Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 - Rejoice evermore. [17] Pray without ceasing. [18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. [19] Quench not the Spirit. [20] Despise not prophesyings. [21] Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. [22] Abstain from all appearance of evil.

 

Here are some familiar words.

These words are reminders as to how we should live as Christians.

These words are really keys to holy living.

As we practice them, we will be sanctified, set apart or holy.

 

 [23] 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.

 

It was Paul’s prayer that Christians be set apart totally unto God.  And that in the end our entire spirits, souls, and bodies would be preserved blameless until Jesus comes.

 

The encouraging thing here is that the God who has called us to holiness will see us through to the end. Not only will He enable us to live holy lives here on earth, but He will bring us into His presence, totally holy, totally set apart for Him.  Jude 1:24-25

 

God is faithful to perform.  He will preserve us as Holy unto Himself.   

 

FAITHFUL TO INTERVENE

Hebrews 2:17 - Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

 

You have probably intervened in behalf or someone more than once in your life.  And probably someone has intervened for you.

 

When it comes to God, all of us need someone to intervene for us.

We are all sinners who have failed God.

We need someone to speak for us in behalf of God.

 

In Israel there was someone who intervened for the people once a year, bringing a sacrifice of blood into the tabernacle or temple.  That was the high priest who brought a sacrifice of blood into the holiest part of the temple once a year.

 

God provided a greater high priest for us.

He sent his Son, the Lord Jesus in human form to the earth.

It was here that Jesus learned what is was like to be human, so He could knowledgably intervene for us as high priest.

Most important He offered the blood sacrifice for our sins.

 

When we Christians sin today, Jesus is present at the Throne of God to intervene in our behalf.

1 John 2:1-2 - My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: [2] And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

Be encouraged that Jesus is always in the presence of the Father as our great High Priest, faithful to intervene.   

 

FAITHFUL TO FORGIVE

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

You often hear me quote this verse.

Please don’t take it lightly.

Most of us can forgive minor offenses against us without even thinking about it.

Sometimes we struggle to forgive what we call major offenses against us or someone we love.

It is not always easy for us to forgive, even when we know we should.

 

1 John 1:9 tells us that God is faithful to forgive.

If we are Christians we know that when we sin against God, fellowship with Him is broken.

When we confess our sins, naming them specifically before God He is faithful to forgive them.

He forgives the big sins and the little ones.

And God does not limit how many times we can come to God and be cleansed for our sins.

Don’t think, Christian that you have ever sinned more than God can forgive.

 

Although God hates sin, He as God forgives and cleanses us when we come sincerely confessing our sins.

Praise God for this kind of faithfulness.

 

FAITHFUL TO THE END – Lamentations 3:22-23

Lamentations 3:22-23 - It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. [23] They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

 

You who know Christ as Savior can be confident that His compassions will never fail, that He will be faithful to you to the end.  Indeed, God is faithful to the end. John 14:2-3, Psalm 23:6

 

FAITHFUL TO KEEP

FAITHFUL TO CALL

FAITHFUL TO DELIVER

FAITHFUL TO PERFORM

FAITHFUL TO INTERVENE

FAITHFUL TO FORGIVE

FAITHFUL TO THE END

 

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