SERMON SEEDS
October 30, 2018, 6:39 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/2918


SERMON SEEDS

Q31 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 29, 2018

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LUKE 17:1-10 – HARD THINGS

From the Top Tens website. Here is a list of the 10 hardest things to do in life. This list seems to be an opinion poll, so it is subjective:

  1. School
  2. Accepting Death
  3. Growing Up
  4. Taking Rejection
  5. Raising Kids
  6. Work
  7. Being Depressed
  8. Losing a Loved One
  9. Losing a pet
  10.  Child birth   https://www.thetoptens.com/hardest-things-life/

We will all face hard things in life! If we know Jesus as our Savior and Lord, He will require us to do some hard things.

Because of all He’s done for us, we need to handle the hard things he requires of us.

In this passage Jesus gives us, His disciples, four hard things to do, and then an attitude that will help us get them done!

 

Flee! – Vss. 1-3a

  • Vs. 1 – When we cause or tempt God’s little ones to stumble, we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. Some examples: Jim Jones and other false teachers; believers who seduce other believers, committing adultery with them and causing havoc in families tempting those who were offended also to sin; anger causing anger and bitterness in return; being judgmental toward others, thus causing others to be judgmental.
  • Whenever you invite someone else into your sin, you tempt someone else to sin.
  • Vs. 2 – Jesus promises retribution.
  • Vs. 3a – The words “Take heed to your selves” seem to be linked to verses 1-2.

FACE! – Vs. 3b

  • The words “against you” in this verse are not found in the manuscripts.
  • When we see a brother sinning habitually we are to confront him with a rebuke, making sure that we are not guiltier than they are. Matthew 7:3-5, Galatians 6:1,  

FORGIVE! – Vss. 3- 4

Vs. 3c – If a brother repents, he is to be forgiven. 

Vs. 4 – In this verse Jesus is talking about personal forgiveness when we are wronged. We must be careful to forgive. Proverbs 19:11, Mark 11:24-25

We can not wait for his a person to apologize before we forgive that person. We must be quick to forgive. However, for restored fellowship, it takes a personal apology for the offender. Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13

FAITH! – Vss. 5-6

Vs. 5 – Let’s give the disciples credit here. They realized just how hard this saying of Jesus is!  They knew they had faith, but they didn’t feel that they had enough. This is reminiscent of a boy’s father who cried out with tears and said in Mark 9:24 …Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Vs. 6 – Faith in God’s Pronouncements, Faith in God’s Promises, Faith in God’s Power

FULFILL! – Vss. 7-10

Vs. 7 – A  servant (slave) who works all day did get to come in from a hard day’s work, relax and eat? The answer is “no”.  This was the society in which Jesus lived.

Vs. 8 – Instead, a servant (slave) would be expected to change, get his master’s supper, and serve it.

Vs. 9 – The obedient servant (slave) would not expect to be thanked for what was his duty.

Vs. 10 – Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

  • Humble submission will be rewarded. 2 Corinthians 5:10, 2 Corinthians 4:5

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2 KINGS 1:1-28 – THE CONSISTENT (FAITHFUL) SERVANT

GOOD (FAITHFUL) SERVANT FOR BAD TIMES #9

  • Are inconsistent people ever consistent?
  • Are consistent people ever inconsistent?
  • Why are consistent Christians sometimes inconsistent?
  • What is the value of consistency for a Christian? Matthew 5:14-16, 1 Peter 3:15                               1 Timothy 4:12, Revelation 2:10

 

Although Elijah had moments of inconsistency (See 1 Kings 19), he was consistent or faithful to the end of his life. In 2 Kings 1 we see Elijah consistently carrying out his duties as a faithful servant.

 

ELIJAH WAS CONSITENTLY OBEDIENT – Vss. 1-4

 

ELIJAH WAS CONSISTENLY KNOWN – Vss. 5-8

  • He had a reputation going beyond his clothing. He was known as a man of God.

 

ELIJAH WAS CONSISTENTLY FEARLESS – Vss. 9-10

 

ELIJAH WAS CONSISTENTLY AUTHORATATIVE – Vss. 11-12

  • Colossians 3:17, John 14:13-14

 

ELIJAH WAS CONSISTENTLY SENSITIVE TO GOD’S LEADING – Vss. 13-15

 

ELIJAH WAS CONSISTENTLY HONEST – Vs. 16

 

ELIJAH WAS CONSISTENTLY ACCURATE – Vss. 17-18

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PSALM 17:1-15 – ENCOURAGED!

MY PRAYER IS TO GOD - Vss. 1-7

MY PROTECTION IS FROM GOD - Vss. 8-14

MY PRESENCE WILL BE WITH GOD - Vs. 15

 

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ISAIAH 1:10-20 – REVIVAL

 

WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN:

 

  1. OUR ACTIONS REMIND GOD OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH - Vs. 10

For a list of the sins of Sodom see Ezekiel 16:49.

 

  1. THERE ARE MANY SACRIFICES, BUT A GOD WHO IS FED UP - Vs. 11

 

  1. THERE IS FREQUENT ATTENDANCE, BUT A GOD WHO IS INDIFFERENT - Vs. 12

 

  1. THERE ARE MANY ATTEMPTS AT WORSHIP, BUT A GOD WHO IS GRIEVED - Vss. 13-14

 

  1. THERE ARE MANY PRAYERS, BUT A GOD WHO WILL NOT HEAR - Vs. 15

 

WE HAVE REVIVAL WHEN:

 

  1. WE HEED GOD'S CALL TO REPENTANCE
  1. Confess (Wash you, and make you clean) - Vs. 16, 1 John 1:9
  2. Forsake (…Put away the evil of your doings…) - Vs. 16
  3. Learn (…to do well…) - Vs. 17

 

  1. WE ACCEPT GOD'S INVITATION FOR CLEANSING - Vss. 18-20

 

  1. THE WORK OF GOD - Vs. 18
  2. THE RESPONSE OF MAN (If ye be willing and obedient…) - Vss. 19-20

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Mark 7– ACTIONS FOR ALL

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES

LESSON #9

 

THINK ABOUT IT!

  •  What are some of the traditions in your church?
  •  When did you first learn to wash your hands before eating? What are some of the other healthy traditions your parents taught you?
  •  What are some of your favorite traditions?
  •  When is tradition good?  When is it bad?

 

In Mark 7 Jesus is found taking action in some way with those He comes in contact with.  One of the most significant actions he took was confronting the Pharisees about their traditions.

I. THE PHARISEES - CONFRONTATION - Vss. 1-13

A. THE QUESTION FOR JESUS - Vss. 1-5

 

  1. From the Panel - Vs. 1

 

  1. About the Disciples - Vs. 2

          What did the Pharisees and scribes observe that disturbed them?

 

  1. Concerning Their Traditions - Vss. 3-5

          The traditions were oral laws delivered by well-known rabbis.  They were                                    

          compiled in a book called the Mishna. The Mishna was said to be "a fence

          around the law", supposedly keeping Jews from violating God's Word.

          Instead the Mishna ended up giving the Jews excuses for violating God's

          Word.

B. THE PROBLEM IDENTIFIED - Vss. 6-8

 

  1. Hypocrisy of lip service - Vs. 6

          What is hypocrisy?  Is it easy to say what we don't mean?  Why do we do it?

 

  1. Replacing of God's Word with Man's Tradition - Vss. 7-8

          Why was their worship of God in vain?  Why was it dangerous?

C. AN EXAMPLE GIVEN - Vss. 9-13

 

  1. God's Teaching - Vs. 10
  2. Man's Tradition - Vss. 11-12

         According to the rabbis, a man could neglect the care of his parents by

         claiming that he was setting the resources aside as a gift to God.

         See Matthew 23:23 for another example

  1. The Sad Result - Vs. 13

II. THE PEOPLE - WARNING - Vss. 14-16

A. CALL TO HEAR - Vss. 14, 16

     Why did Jesus call the crowd together to give them this information.

     How can we tell when we've really "heard" what Jesus has to say?

B. CLARIFICATION - Vs. 15

    How can we apply this statement to our own lives?

III. THE DISICIPLES - EXPLANATION - Vss. 17-23

A. QUESTION AND REBUKE - Vss. 17-18

    How ingrained was the teaching of the Pharisees?

    Did this have anything to do with the question of the disciples?

B. THE ROUTE OF FOOD - Vss. 18-19

    The Pharisees were concerned about defilement.  Does eating with unwashed

     hands have anything to do with it?

C. THE CONDITION OF THE HEART - Vss. 20-23

Jesus pointed out that defilement is in the heart and comes out in our behavior.

IV. THE GENTILE WOMAN - CHALLENGE - Vss. 24-30

A.  THE CIRCUMSTANCES - Vss. 24-26

B.  THE MILD REBUKE - Vs. 27

C.  THE EVIDENT FAITH - Vs. 28

D. THE GREAT RESULT - Vss. 29-30

Matthew 15:28 - …O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt…

V. THE SICK MAN - COMPASSION - Vss. 31-37

A.  BROUGHT BY FRIENDS - Vss. 31-32

B.  TAKEN ASIDE AND HEALED BY JESUS - Vss. 33-35

C.  REPORTED BY ALL - Vss. 36-37

 

 

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JOHN 16:1-14 – WONDERFUL WORDS FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS

 

The disciples were hurting because Jesus was going to leave them. These

words given by Jesus were designed to encourage them. When we are hurting,

the place to go is God's Word for encouragement.

 

THE PURPOSE OF JESUS' WORDS - Vss. 1, 4

 

THE PROMISE OF PERSECUTION - Vss. 2-3

 

THE PREOCCUPATION OF THE DISCIPLES - Vss. 5-6

 

THE PROVISION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - Vss. 7-14

· The Comforting Spirit - Vs. 7

 

· The Convicting Spirit - Vss. 8-11

 

· The Guiding Spirit - Vss. 12-13

 

· The Glorifying Spirit - Vs. 14

 

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JAMES 1:18-27 – THE SERMON SAMPLERS GUIDE

 

You are a sermon sampler.  Right now you are sampling a sermon from me.  In times past you have probably sampled sermons from others.  If you attend church once a Sunday for a whole year, you have sampled 52 sermons. If you attend twice on Sunday, you are up to 104 year.  Add to this total sermons heard in church and on the radio and television, and you will probably conclude that you have listened to quite a few sermons.

 

If you are investing so much time in sampling sermons, it seems to me that you should know how to get the most out of these sermon-sampling experiences. Sermons are designed to teach, to help, to encourage, comfort and convict.

 

James has something to say to those who listen to the Word of God preached. He gives what I would call "The Sermon Sampler's Guide.  James shows us that listening properly to a sermon will involve:

 

REACTION TO THE SERMON - Vss. 18-20

Vs. 18 shows us that a man is forgiven of his sin and saved when he is born again. John 1:12-13

This verse also shows us that the new birth takes place in response to the preaching of the "word of truth".

 

The ministry of the preached word does not end with salvation, but begins with salvation. Timothy was instructed by Paul to preach the Word in 2 Timothy 4:2.

 

Vs. 19 - When listening to a sermon the Christian should be

 

1. Swift to hear. - He should be swift to hear by showing up to church regularly. He should be swift to hear by paying attention as the preacher presents God's Word. He should be swift to hear, wanting to learn the Word of God and wanting to change as the Word of God directs.

 

2. Slow to speak - We will not always like what the preacher says.  Being human, we can be quick to react with our words.  We should think before we speak in reaction to the sermon.

 

3. Slow to wrath - Sometimes the preacher will make us angry by what He has said.  Even if the preacher is incorrect, the wrong kind of anger will accomplish nothing.  Many times we are angry about what the preacher has said because we are under conviction.  See verse 20 also.

 

RECEPTION OF THE SERMON - Vs. 21

 

I have a friend who used to be a tomato farmer. Each year he hired boys to pull stones out of his fields. Every year there were more stones. Every year they were yanked.  Another thing a farmer must do is deal with weeds. Those of us who have small gardens end up pulling a lot of weeds.

 

In order for us to get the most out of sermon we must get the stones and weeds out of our hearts.

James tells us to "lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness". 1 John 1:9

Then we are to receive the Word of God with meekness or humility.  We must be willing to let the Lord deal with us through the Sermon.

 

REPRODUCTION OF THE SERMON - Vss. 22-29

 

What is a good sermon? A good sermon is one that sends you the door doing things differently than when you walked in the door.  The best sermon samplers take what they have heard and reproduce it in their lives. A good sermon sampler is a "doer of the Word". Vss. 22-25

 

James shows us at least 3 ways that a good sermon sampler is a doer of the word:

 

1. He bridles his tongue. Vs. 26

2. He assists the fatherless and widows. Vs. 27

3. He keeps Himself unspotted from the world.

 

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