SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/5/20
October 6, 2020, 9:00 AM

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John 3:1-12

MEET THE MAN FOR TIMES LIKE THESE

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #7

 

JESUS IS THE MESSENGER – John 3:13

Philippians 2:5-8

JESUS IS THE MEDIATOR – John 3:14-15

Separation between God and man because of sin. Someone had to mediate, bring us together.

Numbers 21:4-9 – Serpent represents Satan and sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21 – Jesus was lifted-up and became sin for us, receiving the wrath of God for the sins of the world, and then raising from the dead

Vs. 15 – As the Israelites looked at the Serpent on the pole and lived, anyone who looks to Jesus in trusting faith has eternal life.

JESUS IS THE MESSAGE – John 3:16-17

The simplicity, splendor and power of these verses do not always make sense to men and women but show the love of God!

JESUS IS THE MANDATE – John 3:18-20

God is narrow-minded and has every right to be! Here is God’s mandate, that there is only way to eternal life.

Conclusion - William Whiting Bordon – Fortune in mining, not milk! Saved, world tour, surrender, Yale, on the way, died in Egypt, while preparing to go to China. Passion for the Gospel! 25 years old.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Whiting_Borden

If we are truly saved, we must have a burden to reach the lost who do not know Christ, as William Borden did.

 

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1 Samuel 8 – LOOKING FOR A KING

A KING WAS REQUESTED – Vss. 1-6 – Instead of having judges rule over Israel, Israel wanted a king to be like other nations.

GOD WAS REJECTED – Vss. 7-9 – Samuel was not being rejected, but God was!  Samuel was to give their request, but first warn them.

THE PEOPLE WERE REMINDED – Vss. 10-18 – Israel was reminded of the sacrifices they would have to make to have a king.

THE NATION WAS RESOLVED – Vss. 19-20 – They refused to listen to Samuel’s warnings and insisted that they wanted a king.

THE MATTER WAS REHEARSED – Vss. 21-22 – Samuel reviewed things with God. God told him to anoint a king.  The people were sent away, and God would show Samuel who the next king would be in 1 Samuel 9.

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PSALM 116:15 – THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS (A Funeral Message)

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

The death of a saint (born again Christian) is precious because of:

1. THE PERSON WHO DIED - A CHILD OF GOD - John 1:12,

Romans 8:15-16

2. THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID - THE SHED BLOOD OF CHRIST -

1 Peter 1:18-19

3. THE PLACE THAT HE HAS GONE - HOME - Philippians 1:21,

2 Corinthians 5:6-8, Revelation 21:1-4

4. THE PROMISE OF RESURRECTION - RAPTURE -

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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LUKE 17:11-19 – AND THEN THERE WAS ONE

LIFE OF CHRIST #40

As we continue our studies in the Life of Christ, our Lord Jesus has again left the Jerusalem metropolitan area where He had raised Lazarus from the dead. The leaders in that area wanted to kill him. Evidently he made one last trip in Galilee before heading back to Jerusalem to die.  It is on this trip that ten lepers approach our Lord Jesus.

In this little story we find only one who was truly grateful to the Lord Jesus for all that He had done.  In Luke 17:11-19 we find that there were:

TEN HURTING, TEN HEALED – Vss. 11-14

Vss. 11-12 – Jesus was traveling in area close to the border of Galilee and Samaria. The name of the village is not important.

Jesus came upon ten men who were hurting because of the dreaded disease called leprosy.

The leper in Israel was by ceremonial law, ostracized from others. It is not surprising that the lepers were in a group of ten. The only ones they could associate with safely were other lepers. Leprosy was considered a serious disease, and these lepers were separated from their families, their friends and their jobs. This is why they stood afar off.

These people were hurting. Leprosy is a picture of sin.

Isaiah 64:6 - But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

And even those of us who have been forgiven of our sins and are headed for Heaven still experience hurts. I venture to say that there isn’t a person in this room who isn’t experiencing a hurt of some kind this morning. We can certainly relate to these 10 who were hurting.

Notice that these ten men hurting became ten men healed. These men stood afar off, because ceremonial law said they had to. It reminds how sin has separated us from God. Isaiah 59:1-2

Vs. 13 – They raised their voices to the Lord Jesus and called Him “Master”, which means “chief commander”. How appropriate.

They cried out to the Lord Jesus for mercy.  Usually when we cry for mercy, we are crying for something we don’t deserve. Probably, we all have given and received human mercy.

Psalm 103:10-12 - He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. [11] For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. [12] As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

So these 10 hurting men cry out to the Lord for something our Lord delights to give, mercy!

Shouldn’t we follow their example? If you are not sure your sins are forgiven, call out in faith to Christ alone for mercy.  If you are a Christian and you are hurting because of sin in your life, call upon the Lord for mercy, confessing your sins. Psalm 32:5

Perhaps you are a Christian and hurting with problems. The Lord doesn’t always make the problem go away, but he will give you’re the grace to face the problem victoriously.

Call on Him for mercy! Jeremiah 33:3

Vs. 14 – Jesus’ answer required faith. They were to show themselves to the priests.

The priest needed to declare them clean before they would be accepted back into society. They needed to believe that Jesus would heal them as they went. And He did!

We need to have that same kind of faith today. We ask God. We believe God will answer. We go our way in faith. Mark 11:24, James 1:5-8

NINE GOING, ONE GRATEFUL – Vss. 14-16   

As they went, I think that they were so concerned about getting on with their lives, that they it just didn’t occur to them that they should pause and be grateful.

Lack of gratitude is a common problem.

I don’t think that most of us are purposely ungrateful.

I do think that we are preoccupied with ourselves. We get so wrapped up in our plans that we don’t think to thank others, and worse, we don’t think to thank God!

There were nine going, one was one grateful. Eventually this man would have gone to the priest, like the others.    

Vs. 15 – But picture this. The man heads towards the priest, as instructed.

He looks down at his skin, and sees that He is healed.

He whirls around and yells, “Praise God!” at the top of his voice.

And then he runs back to Jesus, and falls down at His feet and gives him thanks.

The worship part of our service should be exciting to us.

  • From the heart we should be worshipping God for our grand salvation.
  • From the heart we should be thanking God for our place in Heaven.
  • From the heart we should be thanking God for His provision.
  • From the heart we should be praising and thanking God for our families, our friends, and of course, answers to prayer.

So often we just go through the motions when we sing.

So often, our hearts are nowhere near the loftiness of the words which we sing.

This man, however, was grateful!

May we catch the spirit of worship in Heaven! Revelation 4:7-11

Psalm 111:1 - Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

3 STATEMENTS, 1 SAVED – Vss. 17-19

Remember that the one grateful was a Samaritan.

He was not accepted in Israel, because of his different religion.

There are 3 statements by the Lord Jesus to consider.

  1. WERE THERE NOT 10 CLEANSED? – Vs. 17

Jesus knew how many were healed.

Jesus knew that all ten should be grateful.

Jesus knows who’s been helped and healed in this church

Can you imagine Jesus saying, “Was not everyone helped and healed in some way this week?”

2. WHERE ARE THE NINE? – Vs. 17

Jesus asked why the others did come back to show gratitude?

I wonder how the Lord is looking for you and I to come back and show appreciation.

So often we ask for God’s blessings, and how often do we say thank you?

We have been saved from eternity in hell, and how often do we show our gratitude?

It is so easy to receive, but are you and I like the nine who do not give thanks?

3, THERE ARE NOT FOUND THAT RETURNED TO GIVE GLORY TO GOD, SAVE THIS STRANGER? Vss. 18-19

Jesus marveled that the one who did return was a stranger. He was not the same religion and yet he brought his praise.

I wonder how many times it happens that the ones who should naturally praise God, don’t, the ones who shouldn’t do!

If we are truly children of God, then we should truly praise Him!

3 Statements – 1 Saved

Vs. 19 – Jesus tells this man to get up and go his way.

Jesus also says that this man’s faith has saved him, or made him whole.

This man’s faith went beyond faith that healed.

This man’s faith was in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am going to make a hard application here.

9 men walked away healed, but not saved.

There a lot of people who profess salvation, but never have time to praise and worship God.

I wonder how many people who profess salvation, but have no time for worship are really saved?

Gratitude, praise, and thanksgiving are the marks of a believer.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - Rejoice evermore. [17] Pray without ceasing. [18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

And what about you this week?

Will your life be filled with gratitude to others who have helped you?

Most important, will you life be filled gratitude to God?

Will you praise him and thank Him during the week, and any time your voice sings praise in church?

10 HURTING 10 HEALED

9 GOING 1 GRATEFUL

3 STATEMENTS ONE SAVED

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PHILLIPANS  4:14-19HEAVENLY BANKING

Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 is all too often taken out of context, without Christians considering any conditions that God might place on the fulfilling of this promise.

Let's consider this verse in light of verses 14-19.  I think of this particular passage as a picture of Heavenly Banking.  I see the Christian doing what he should do, and our Heavenly Father responding.  Please note that Heavenly Banking:

HEAVENLY BANKING REQUIRES INVESTMENTS - Vss. 14-16, 18

In verses 10-13, Paul was thanking the believers at Philippi for their financial support.  It had been some time since they had helped, but they were again able to do so.  Paul did insist, though, that it was God who enabled Paul to flourish whether his financial conditions were good or bad.

Paul did not want the Philippians to think that he didn't need appreciate or their support.

Vs. 14 - Paul says here, "You've done well", or, "You've done a beautiful thing!” They had "communicated" or had fellowship with Paul. They were partners with Paul in his ministry. Their gift made them part of his team.

Vss. 15-16 - When Paul left the Philippians, they supported him financially so he could continue his missionary work.  You would think that churches would stand in line to support someone as great as the Apostle Paul, but the only supporting church Paul had was the Philippians.

According to Verse 15, the Philippians communicated with Paul concerning giving and receiving.  These two words were banking terms.  Today we would use the terms debits and credits.  This reminds me that giving is a business transaction.  Giving is an investment in God's business!

Vs. 18 - Paul had received a generous gift from the Philippians.

Notice how pleased God is when we invest in his work.

Paul calls it "an odor of a sweet smell".

Investments in God's Kingdom made with the right attitude smell good to God!

Investments in God's Kingdom are sacrifices given to God.

Giving to the church and to missions is actually an act of worship!

God is well pleased with the right kind of giving!

God is well pleased with sacrificial giving. Luke 21:1-4

What are God's principles for giving?

In the Old Testament the tithe is mentioned. That's 10 percent. I believe that for us as Christians, the tithe is the logical place to start.  Why should we give anything less, having received the wonderful gift of salvation?  And I believe that the tithe should go to the local church.

But above the tithe, the investment in the local church, there is the investment we can make in missions around the world.  And there are some New Testament principles that help us decide what we should be doing. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

HEAVENLY BANKING YIELDS INTEREST - Vs. 17

Paul is saying here, "I am more interested in your reward than receiving a gift."

When we give with the right attitude and with the right proportion God will allow you to bear fruit both in this life and in the next.  God pays interest on your investments for Him.

Paul knew that God rewards those who invest in God's Kingdom.

And there are many Scriptures that prove this. Proverbs 11:25, 19:17, 22:9, 2 Corinthians 9:8

God promises sufficiency so we can abound to every good work.

God multiplies our investments. They gain interest.

Imagine what God can do with your investments, if you make them willingly and cheerfully!

Matthew 6:19-21 - Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: [20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Money invested in earthly endeavors disappears.

Money invested in the Lord's work reaps eternal rewards.

Giving money does not gain you entrance into Heaven.

Only being born-again by faith can do that.

But giving money to the Lord's work means that God can reward the Christian in Heaven for the investment made on earth.

HEAVENLY BANKING IS FULLY INSURED - Vs. 19

Now hear me! We should never give to get!

Giving so we can receive is not pleasing to God.

But, when we give sacrificially

When we give cheerfully

When we give out of love first for God, and then for the individual then God promises that our giving is fully insured!

God promises that our needs will be met.

Notice it says "needs" and not "greeds".

God won't provide for our selfishness.

Notice how God will provide for us.

He will take care of ALL our needs and will do it according to His riches in glory.

If you ask a rich man for a donation to your favorite charity and he gives you $10, he has given to you out of his riches. But that's a donation you and I could also give out of our riches.

If you ask a rich man for a donation to your favorite charity and he gives you $50,000, he has given according to his riches.  He has given as only a rich man can give.

Get the point? God gives according to His riches.  That means that God will give to us generously in order to meet our needs.

Perhaps our thoughts can be summed up with Matthew 6:33,

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

It seems to me that God is saying, "You take care of my business, and I'll take care of yours."

So now we know the principles of Heavenly Banking.

Heavenly Banking:

REQUIRES INVESTMENTS

YIELDS INTEREST

IS FULLY INSURED

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JAMES 2:14-26 - THE REAL DEAL

LET’S GET PRACTICAL # 7 – LESSONS IN THE BOOK OF JAMES

  • How do you know that your Christianity is genuine or “The Real Deal”?
  • Why is it important that your faith is genuine?
  • What makes faith genuine?

If we know what genuine faith looks like, it will be easier for us to spot counterfeit faith in our own lives. In this passage James shows us Genuine Faith!

GENUINE FAITH IS NOT JUST WORDS – Vss. 14-17

  • Vs. 14 – What is “easy believism”?
  • Genuine faith is heart-belief that is attested to by profession of faith. Romans 10:9-10
  • Genuine faith produces a changed life. 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Thessalonians 1:9,                 Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5, 3:8
  • The kind of faith that produces no works is not faith at all!
  • Vss. 15-16 – People who offer words of sympathy without tangible help not only lack faith. They lack love as well. 1 John 3:16-19
  • Vs. 17 – How is dead faith dangerous faith? Revelation 3:1-3

GENUINE FAITH IS PROVEN BY ACTION – Vs. 18

  • Why is it impossible to prove faith without action?
  • We say we believe God answers prayer. Do we pray in faith? John 14:13-14
  • We say we believe God doesn’t want us to worry. Do we worry? Philippians 4:6-7
  • We say we believe that God will save the lost. Do we witness to the lost?                              Matthew 28:18-20
  • We say we believe that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. Do we? Luke 10:25-37, Ephesians 4:32

GENUINE FAITH IS MORE THAN JUST MENTAL ASSENT – Vs. 19

  • Many people believe in one God.
  • The demons know firsthand that there is a God. They tremble. Romans 3:10, 18

GENUINE FAITH IS DEMONSTRATED BY BIBLE CHARACTERS – Vss.20-26

  • Vs. 20 – A person who just gives mental assent and lip-service to faith is a fool. How so?
  • James offers Biblical proof that people of genuine faith are people who are justified by their works as well.
  • Vs. 21 – We normally think of justified as meaning to be “declared righteous”. And indeed, the only way someone can be declared righteous is by faith. Romans 5:1
  • The word justified can also mean to “vindicate” or “show to be righteous”.
  • I believe that James is saying that the works of Abraham when he offered Isaac on the altar at God’s command vindicated him, or showed that his faith was real. Genesis 22:1-14
  • Vs. 22 – Notice that faith and works form a partnership.  Nobody gets to Heaven based on their good works.  Nobody is truly saved unless their good works follow their profession of faith.
  • Vs. 23 – 30 years earlier before the offering of Isaac, Abraham was declared righteous on the basis of faith (Genesis 15:6). That Scripture was shown to be true by his action with Isaac.
  • In what way should we be friends with God? John 15:12-15
  • Vs. 24 – James is simply saying that this proves that there must be works if there is truly faith.
  • Vs. 25 – How did the children of Israel know that Rahab had faith in the God of Israel, and wasn’t trying to deceive them? Hebrews 11:31, Joshua 2:1-21
  • Vs. 26 – James concludes with a challenge. Faith without works is dead, just like the body without the spirit.  A man who has no spirit is a dead man. A faith that has no works is a dead faith.
  • Perhaps a good way of looking at this is that we are justified before God by our faith. We are justified or vindicated before men by our works; they see we have faith when we show our works.
  • Both are needed. For it is only by our works that men can see that our faith is real.

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IN SEARCH OF PURITY

 

Matthew 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

1 John 3:1-3 - Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. [3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

1 Timothy 1:5 - Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

PURE THOUGHTS   

Matthew 5:21-22 - Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: [22] But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 5:27-28 - Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: [28] But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Luke 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 Matthew 15:18-20 - But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. [19] For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: [20] These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

PURE TONGUE

Psalm 19:14 - Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Proverbs 15:4 - A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

James 3:2 - For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

James 3:8-10 - But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. [9] Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. [10] Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

PURE TESTIMONY

James 3:17-18 - But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. [18] And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Titus 2:11-13 - For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, [12] Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; [13] Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

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