SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/4/21
October 7, 2021, 5:00 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T40 – FOR WEEK OF 10/4/21

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2 PETER 1:5-11 – WRITE YOUR OWN SYMPHONY

FINISHING WELL – STUDIES IN 2 PETER #4

When I think of a symphony orchestra, I think of a collection of musicians playing various instruments and producing beautiful music. A symphony is a work or art written by a composer. If you love the old hymns, there is nothing like a symphony orchestra playing your favorites.

Referring to 2 Peter 1:5-11, Kenneth O. Gangel “In this beautiful paragraph Peter orchestrates a symphony of grace. To the melody line of faith he leads believers to add harmony in a blend of seven Christian virtues which he lists without explanation or description.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary, 2 Peter, VICTOR BOOKS®A DIVISION OF SCRIPTURE PRESS PUBLICATIONS INC. USA CANADA ENGLAND

We believe that 2 Peter is encouraging us to “finish well”

We get off to a good start with salvation – Vs. 1

When we trust Christ as our Savior, we become equipped with all we need finish well! – Vss. 2-4

As we saw last week, although God has equipped us to finish well, it is a process in which we are to participate. The ultimate goal is to be like Jesus in this life, because we will be like him for all eternity. 1 John 3:2-3

The key word we discussed last week was diligence or as many translations render it “Make every effort”.

DILIGENCE REQUIRES DEVOTION

DILIGENCE REQUIRES DEPENDENCE

DILIGENCE REQUIRES DETERMINATION

I believe that we are to use to diligence to write our own “Symphony of Grace”. We are to develop the qualities mentioned here to compose in a sense, beautiful music that glorifies our Lord Jesus and enables us to finish well.

Vs. 5 – For this very reason – Because we have been saved by Jesus and have all we need to live the Christian life, we are to add, the qualities mentioned here. Although we should work on all of these at the same time, it appears that one will build on the other.

The word “add” is an interesting word. From it we get the word chorus. The director of the chorus had to pay all the expenses for training the chorus. The word developed to refer supplying something in abundance or to “supply lavishly”.

So, in writing our own symphony of grace we are to be diligent in lavishly supplying these qualities to our lives.

RESPONSIBILITY – Lavishly supply the harmony. Vss. 5-7

  • Faith is the melody. If you don’t have faith, you don’t have a song. Saving faith is essential. But we must remember that saving faith should lead us to trusting faith, obedient faith, and praying faith.
  • To faith lavishly supply virtue (moral excellence, or moral courage). Moral excellence says, I will do the right thing, no matter what the cost.
  • To virtue lavishly supply (practical) knowledge. Different word than in verse 3. This knowledge learns and applies what it learns. This knowledge must include a practical application of the Word of God.
  • To knowledge lavishly supply self-control. Proverbs 25:28, When I know what is right and what to do, self-control gets it done. Not just temper, but everything I do.
  • To self-control lavishly supply perseverance. – Perseverance says, “I’m in it for the long haul.” It’s one thing to show self-control once in a while, but perseverance is everlastingly at it! Diet
  • To perseverance lavishly supply godliness (Reverence for God lived out daily.) Malachi 2:5-7
  • To godliness lavishly supply brotherly kindness (Love that shows grace to all.) Galatians 6:9-10
  • To brotherly kindness add love. (Agape – love that gives all!) This is the type of love God shows. Do not take John 3:16 lightly.

REALITY – There will be negative or positive results. Vss. 8-9

REASSURANCE – Your composition can be a “masterpiece”. Vss. 10-11

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2 PETER 1:5-11 – WRITE YOUR OWN SYMPHONY – BIBLE STUDY

This is a follow-up Bible Study to the Sermon shown above.

  • Last week we talked about diligence in 2 Peter 1:5, 10. What did you “take away” from that sermon?
  • This morning we talked about writing you own symphony. Why will every Christian’s “symphony” be different?
  • Let’s take a more detailed look at each of the character traits that are named in this passage. This should help us as we try to “lavishly supply” these traits.

FAITH – Hebrews 11:1-6

  • Vs. 1 – Faith is the “assurance” of things hoped for and the conviction that what we can’t see is true. Christian faith is not blind faith. It is based on the Word of God.
  • Saving faith is the most important type of faith. Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Besides saving faith there is obedient faith (Hebrews 11:10), trusting faith (Proverbs 3:5-6), and praying faith (Matthew 21:22).
  • What does Hebrews 11:3 teach us about creation? What do Abel and Enoch teach us about faith?

VIRTUE – Numbers 13:30-14:10, 24, Joshua 14:7-8

  • Virtue is moral excellence that leads to moral conviction. It is doing what is right no matter what the cost. How did Caleb model virtue?

KNOWLEDGE – Proverbs 2:1-6

  • What is the difference between practical knowledge and book knowledge?
  • Notice the key words in this passage: “commands”, “wisdom”, “understanding”, “discernment”, “fear of the Lord”, “knowledge”.
  • How does head knowledge of God’s Word lead to working knowledge?

     SELF-CONTROL – Proverbs 25:28, Ecclesiastes 7:9, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

  • If I have no self-control, I am vulnerable. Proverbs 25:28
  • If I have no self-control over anger, I am a fool. Ecclesiastes 7:9
  • If I have no self-control, I will become disqualified for rewards. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

PERSEVERANCE – Jeremiah 1:17-24, Ezekiel 3:4-9

  • Besides Jeremiah and Ezekiel, what other examples of perseverance can you think of?

     GODLINESS – 1 Timothy 4:8-10, 6:6

  • The more I reverence God, the more I will obey God and become more like Him.

BROTHERLY KINDNESS – Acts 2:41-47

  • Brotherly kindness was reflected in the early church.

LOVE – 1 John 4:10-11

  • How did the Father and Son give all in love? How should we do the same?

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ESTHER – GOD WAS THERE!

The Book of Esther is unique because God’s name is never mentioned.  However, God’s presence as you see him working behind the scenes.

GOD WAS THERE:

WHEN A QUEEN WAS CHOSEN – 2:1-18

Esther’s choice as Queen later helped to thwart the efforts of Haman to destroy the Jews.

WHEN AN ASSASSINATION WAS PLANNED – 2:19-23

Haman would later be honored for his heroics when it really counted.

WHEN A PLOT WAS HATCHED – 3:1-15

God knew what was going on and how to thwart it.

WHEN STEP OF FAITH WAS TAKEN – 4:1-5:8

Nobody was allowed to just walk in on the king.  After fasting and praying, Esther did just that. In God’s providence, the king was pleased.

WHEN A GALLOWS WAS BUILT – 5:9-6:14

Haman had a gallows built to hang Mordecai.  God gave the king insomnia.  He guided the reading of the courts records to the heroic act of Mordecai, which never had been rewarded.  Haman ended up honoring his enemy in a way he would have never planned.

WHEN AN APPEAL WAS MADE – 7:1-8:17

Esther made her appeal for people. Haman was exposed and hung on his own gallows.  Mordecai became Prime Minister, and devised a plan to help the Jews.

WHEN A WICKED LAW WAS REVERSED – 9:1-16

The Jews were enabled by God to have victory over their enemies.

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PSALM 30:4-6 – PATH TO JOY

God has intended that we Christians would be a joyful people (Nehemiah 8:10, Philippians 4:4).

We will be joyful as we follow David's admonitions in these verses.

COMMAND PERFORMANCE - Vs. 4 - "Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness."

COMFORTING PROMISES - Vs. 5

1. "For his anger endureth but a moment;"

2. "in his favour is life:"

3. "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

 

CONFIDENT PROCLAMATION - "And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved."

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PROVERBS 15:1-4 – SPEECH CLINIC

We live in an age when there is a clinic for just about every problem men and women have.

There are cancer clinics, cancer clinics, wound clinics, sleep clinics and a host of others.

In our text God holds a "speech clinic".  He tells us about one of the smallest, yet most deadly body parts, the tongue (James 3:1-13).  God tells us what we need to know about the tongue so that we will use speech that is pleasing to Him!

A TENDER TONGUE - Vs. 1

The best way to diffuse a volatile situation is with quiet comments. The best way to stir up a volatile situation is with "grievous" words.

A THOUGHTFUL TONGUE - Vs. 2

A wise man is one who thinks before he speaks. He uses knowledge correctly.  A fool doesn't think, but keeps talking! He pours out foolishness.

A TESTED TONGUE - Vs. 3

No matter what we say, the Lord hears us!  God is always listening and evaluating our words.

A TRUE TONGUE - Vs. 4

A wholesome tongue is full of life. A perverse tongue breaks the spirit.

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ISAIAH 55:6-7 – CONDITIONS FOR REVIVAL

When there is revival, the first results are among God's people.

THE CHRISTIAN'S RESPONSIBILITY

1. SEEK THE LORD - Vs. 6

2. FORSAKE WICKED WAYS - Vs. 7

3. FORSAKE UNRIGHTEOUS THOUGHTS - Vs. 7

GOD'S RESPONSE

1. HE WILL HAVE MERCY - Vs. 7

2. HE WILL ABUNDANTLY PARDON - Vs. 7

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MARK 5:21-43 – DELAYS

Those of us who live in the United States do not like to be inconvenienced.

One of the great inconveniences that we face are delays.

With the exception of school opening delays on an icy, snowy morning, we usually do not like delays!

Delays are a part of life.

  • Your washer or dryer breaks down and there is a delay while the repairman finds the right part.
  • Your parents are coming for a visit but are delayed by illness or bad weather.
  • You want to go on a trip but you are delayed because you can't get the reservations to go when you want to go.
  • You want to go out for the evening, but there is a delay while you wait for your husband, wife, or teen-age daughter to get ready to go.

Even the Christian life is full of delays.

God does not work as fast as we think He should.

We ask God to change a situation, and He seems to delay in answering.

We ask God to save an unsaved loved one or friend, and God seems to delay His work of bringing that person to Himself.

We experience misery, cry out for physical, spiritual, or emotional deliverance, and God seems to drag His feet in meeting the need.

God loves us and cares about us. God is working to develop character in our lives. And God does not think the same way we do. Isaiah 55:8, Romans 11:33-34

Because God's ways and thinking are superior to ours, we have to believe that when there are delays God has good reasons for them.

Some delays are due to our own stubbornness and sin. Psalm 66:18

Other delays have nothing to do with sin, but with God's timing. When God delays, we are instructed to learn the fine art of waiting. Psalms 27:14, 37:7, 62:5, 130:5-6

In our text we meet a man who was forced to wait on the Lord Jesus while his daughter was close to death. We learn some important facts about delays.

DELAYS ARE UNAVOIDABLE - Vss. 21-24

Jesus just returned by boat. Immediately a crowd met him. Vs. 21

Jairus comes to Him and requests that he come heal his daughter. Jesus consents to come. Vss. 22-23

On the way to the sick daughter the crowd throngs Jesus. Progress would have been slow.  It was an unavoidable delay.

We must realize that some delays are unavoidable. They will occur whether we want them in our lives or not.  We must remember that delays are in God's plan.  All things work together for good for the Christian according to Romans 8:28. Even delays can be good!

DELAYS ARE UNCONTROLLABLE - Vss. 25-32

A sick woman in the crowd exercises faith and touches the hem of Jesus' garment. She is healed. Vss. 25-28

Jesus stops and asks who touched his clothes. He begins looking for the person who touched His garment.

Here is another delay.  Jairus could not control Jesus' activity. He was with the Master, and had to travel at the Master's speed.  If the Master wanted to stop and look for someone, the Master had the right to do so.

We cannot control delays. We cause trouble when we get impatient and try to control delays by taking matters into our own hands.  Abraham and Sarah made this mistake when they decided to have a child with the help of Hagar, instead of waiting for God. Genesis 16:1-3

DELAYS ARE UNDERSTANDABLE - Vss. 33-34

The woman confesses to what she had done. Jesus encourages her because of her faith.

We will not understand all delays, but if we had God's knowledge, we'd see that every delay is understandable in the eyes of God.

In the case of this woman, Jesus needed to be assured that she was permanently healed. Also, there needed to be a public testimony for the sake of the crowd. Thirdly, the testimony was being given as Jairus was about to hear of the death of his daughter.  The woman's testimony would have strengthened his faith.

DELAYS ARE UNNERVING - Vss. 34-36

Jairus' daughter was dead.  He could have looked back at the delays and said,

"If only Jesus hadn't been stuck in traffic!"

"If only that woman had waited another day to get healed!"

"If only Jesus had been more sensitive!"

Jesus, however says to an unnerved Jairus, "Be not afraid, only believe."

When we are unnerved by delays, let us remember to continue to trust Christ!

DELAYS RESULT IN UNBELIEVABLE BLESSING! - Vss. 37-43

In the end, Jesus healed Jairus' daughter.

God worked in spite of the delays.

Let us remember that delays are a part of God's plan. God will work through the delays and still answer prayer.

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LUKE 5:17-26 – WHO WILL CARRY THE STRETCHER?

We already read the Scripture about 4 men who carried a stretcher and brought a paralytic man to Jesus.  When you came to Christ as your Savior, there were probably one or more people who helped bring you to Jesus. They were instrumental in leading you to Christ.  In a sense, they helped carry the stretcher.

Many of the ideas for this message came from an article written by Donald D. Orvis in Moody Monthly magazine in March of 1978. I would like to begin by reading you the introduction to his article.

Think for a moment, who helped carry the stretcher that brought you to Jesus?

· Who prayed for your salvation?

· Who set an example of what a Christian is?

· Who witnessed to you?

  • Who preached to you in person or on radio or T.V.?

If you are saved, Jesus wants you to “carry the stretcher” so others will come to know Him as Savior. After all someone else did it for you!  Where would you be if someone didn’t pray for or witness to you? Mark 16:15, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, 1 Peter 3:15

Do you remember what Jesus said to those who would want to be disciples? He told them to count the cost. They were to consider what was required to be a disciple.

This morning my question is "WHO WILL CARRY THE STRETCHER?"

I am reminded of Isaiah 6:8 - Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Before we decide if we are going to say, "Yes Lord, I'll help carry the stretcher to bring people to Christ," I want us to consider from the story in front of us what it will take from us in order to carry the stretcher that brings others to Jesus. What will it cost us?

IT TAKES COMPASSION TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

Vs. 18 - These men brought this sick man to Jesus because they cared! They had compassion on the man who was sick.

I think we as Christians have lost our compassion for the lost, or perhaps we have never had it.  I don't think that we really care that people without Christ are dying and going to hell. John 3:36, Revelation 20:11-15

IT TAKES TIME TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

In our story, these men donated their time to bring this sick man to Jesus.

Everything we do takes time.

Work takes time.

Pleasure takes time.

Eating takes time.

Church takes time.

Prayer and reading the Bible take time.

Carrying the stretcher, bringing someone to Jesus takes time.

  • It takes time to develop a friendship, a relationship, so a person will be receptive to the Gospel. I am convinced that most people are more receptive to the Gospel if they see someone living the Christian Faith in front of them.  We can't live the Christian Faith in front of people, unless we spend time with them.
  • It takes time to be available when that person has a need.
  • It takes time to pray for that person's salvation.
  • It takes time to share the Gospel.
  • It takes time that you could be using to do something else.  But we should be making the best use of our time. Ephesians 5:15-17

IT TAKES PERSISTENT EFFORT TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

These four men came to where Jesus was, and discovered that due to the crowds and location of Jesus, that they weren't going to have it so easy.  They were going to have to be persistent to get this man to Jesus.

There are some people, especially children, who can hear the Gospel once and be saved.

There are others who require persistent effort on our part to be won to Jesus.

Make no mistake, only the Spirit of God convicts and saves. But also make no mistake, that we need to be persistent about bringing people to Jesus!

IT TAKES CREATIVITY TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

Vs. 19 - They couldn't get in to see Jesus. They got creative!  They found a way to get the man to Jesus!

Let me tell you folks, the Gospel message doesn't change.

The message of salvation is the same.

God's Word does not change.

But methods do change!

For example, years ago, many people came to evening church. In fact many unsaved would go to church, and many would be converted. Pastors would emphasize evangelism and see many come to Christ.

In our day the unsaved, if they come to church at all, come in the morning.  We emphasize the Gospel now in the morning service instead of the evening. The message hasn't changed, but the method has.

Let me tell you something folks, if we are going to win people to Christ, we need to ask the Lord for creative methods that are going to reach Baby Boomers and Generation-X!

IT TAKES FAITH TO CARRY THE STRETCHER.

Vs. 20 - Jesus responded to the faith of the men who brought the sick man to Jesus. It doesn't say he saw the man's faith. It says that He saw their faith, the ones who were carrying the stretcher!

Carrying the stretcher, bringing someone to Jesus requires faith.

  • Faith that bringing people to Jesus is important
  • Faith that bringing people to Jesus is God's will
  • Faith that bringing people to Jesus is a heaven or hell issue
  • Faith that bringing people to Jesus is worth the effort
  • Faith that bringing people to Jesus pleases God
  • Faith that bringing people to Jesus helps them.

IT TAKES PRAYER TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

When the men in our story lowered the stretcher of that man down to Jesus it was a form of a prayer. They were saying to Jesus, "Here he is, Lord, please heal him!"

For some reason, God honors the prayers of His people when it comes to saving people.

2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 5:14-15

If it's God's will that people be saved, shouldn't we be praying for their salvation?  God has chosen to accomplish His work in answer to our prayers! We'd better get busy!

IT MIGHT TAKE MONEY TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

It might not have cost any money to fix that roof, but I have a feeling that these men either paid for the fixing or did the fixing of the roof.

Jesus talks about money. He talks about investing money in God's work. Often, when we invest money in God's Work, we are investing in souls. Matthew 6:19-21

IT MIGHT TAKE CRITICISM TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

Do you think everyone was happy with those men?

With all the Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting there, I highly doubt it.

When you witness you may be criticized,

· For being narrow minded

· For wanting to convert people to your religion

· For not minding your own business

  • For being too religious

But it is better to be criticized than to be silent!

Four men carried the stretcher to bring a man to Jesus.

Will you carry the stretcher to bring others to Christ?

Remember, there is a cost.

IT TAKES COMPASSION TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

IT TAKES TIME TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

IT TAKES PERSISTENT EFFORT TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

IT TAKES CREATIVITY TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

IT TAKES FAITH TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

IT TAKES PRAYER TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

IT MIGHT TAKE MONEY TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

IT MIGHT TAKE CRITICISM TO CARRY THE STRETCHER

 

ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE?

WILL YOU CARRY THE STRETCHER?

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