SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/11/21
January 12, 2021, 5:11 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T2 – FOR WEEK OF 1/11/21

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PSALM 51:1-15 - WHEN THE JOY IS GONE!

Born-again Christian, what do we do when the joy is gone?

  • When we lack enthusiasm for the Lord
  • When we worry more than we rejoice
  • When we lack excitement for Christ, His presence, His Power His Word, His people, and His Great Commission.
  • When life is a drag 
  • When we terrified or distraught about current events and the future.
  • When the threat of covid19 looms over our head and we live in fear

In Psalm 51, the joy was gone for David, His sin had been recently exposed by the Prophet Nathan and was forced to deal with his sin.

David’s sin was grievous. He committed adultery with a beautiful woman named Bathsheba, while her husband Uriah was out fighting for David. When she became pregnant, he tried to get unsuspecting husband to sleep with her, but God did not let that happen. Then, he had Uriah killed in battle by the enemy, and took Bathsheba as his own wife.

We are not surprised when we read in 2 Samuel 11:27, “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.”

Now you may have never committed adultery and you probably have not literally murdered someone. But we all do things that displease the Lord. 1 John 1:8, 10

If we do not deal with these things, we will be miserable. Psalm 32:3-4, Romans 7:18-19 – David’s joy was gone!

So, what did David do? He finally dealt with his sin, as Psalm 51 shows us. He was forgiven but had to live with some serious consequences. 2 Samuel 12:9-15

So, what do we do when the joy is gone? We follow David’s example is Psalm 51.

REPENT – Psalm 51:1-6

David was a saved man. He was a man after God’s own heart. He was a man of faith. John 3:5-6, 14-16

REQUEST – Psalm 51:7-12

Vs. 7 – Isaiah 1:18, 1 John 1:9

Vs. 11 – David was not afraid of losing his salvation, but his fellowship and right relationship with God.  Ephesians 4:30-32, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

Have faith, have obedience. No faith, no obedience.

Vs. 12 – willing Spirit, either my spirit being willing, or the willingness of the Holy Spirit working in us.

RESULTS – Psalm 51:13-15

 Vs. 13 – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Acts 1:8

Vs. 14 – Our tongues should sing and speak His righteousness. If Philippians 1:21 is true, this is too!

Vs. 15 – Hebrews 12:28, 29, Hebrews 13:14-16

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1 SAMUEL 17 – LESSONS FROM A GIANT KILLER

David: A Man’s Man, God’s Man Lesson #2

 

(These are my complete notes for a men’s study.)

 

  • Think of a giant as anything that bullies or controls a person, family, or church.
  • What are some of the giants that Christian men face?
  • What are some giants that families face?
  • What are some giants that churches face?
  • How do giants intimidate us?
  • Why do giants intimidate us?
  • What does Satan not want us to know about giants?

 

We have before us the classic story of David and Goliath.  David turned out to be a “giant killer”.  As we face giants in our personal lives, families, and church, we can learn some lessons from David’s experience with Goliath that will help us conquer the giants that we face.

INTRODUCTION – Vss. 1-11

  • Vss. 1-3 – Picture a valley or canyon about a mile wide with a riverbed running through it. Also picture one army camped on one side of the valley and the other army on the other side.
  • Vss. 4-7 – Goliath came out of the Philistine camp. He was over 9 feet tall. His armor was not only extensive, but heavy. His coat of mail weighed in between 175-200 pounds.  The head of his spear weighed between 25-30 pounds.
  • Vss. 8-10 - Imagine Goliath going into the ravine and issuing a challenge for a “sudden death” match.
  • Vs. 11 – How was Saul’s and Israel’s reaction typical, but wrong?

BE COOPERATIVE – Vss. 12-22 – SUBMIT TO AUTHORITY

  • David had been anointed by Samuel as the next king of Israel.  Since then he had split time soothing Saul’s nerves with his harp, working as his armor bearer, and tending his father’s sheep.  He did not flaunt his future position, nor did he seek any recognition. He simply did what he was told.
  • David did not look for giants to conquer. He was too busy being obedient.  He tended his father’s sheep and only went to the battlefield when his father sent him with supplies and to get a report on the battle.
  • How is a submissive attitude to authority good training for fighting giants?

Ephesians 5:21 - Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

 

James 4:7 - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

BE CONCERNED – Vss. 23-27 – BE BURDENED FOR GOD’S GLORY

  • Notice in verse 16 that Goliath had continued his intimidation tactics. 
  • Vss. 24-25 - He had even become bolder. At first he stayed in the ravine and then started to actually come up towards the camp, so that the soldiers ran.
  • How do our giants become bolder if we don’t deal with them?
  • Vss. 26-27 – How was David’s perspective different from the army’s perspective?
  • How will a burden for God’s glory help us deal with giants?

BE COOL – Vss. 28-30 – DON’T LET CRITICISM UPSET YOU

  • Why do you think Eliab got so angry at David?
  • How could David have reacted to Eliab instead of giving a quiet response?
  • Why do we need to choose our battles carefully?

BE COMMITTED – Vss. 31-33 – DECIDE TO FACE THE GIANT

  • What prompted David to say he would fight the giant?
  • Why should we decide to do battle with the giants that harass us?
  • What made Saul less than supportive?

BE CONFIDENT – Vss. 34-37 – TRUST GOD FOR THE VICTORY

  • Why do we reflect more on our failures than our successes?
  • Why should we often reflect on the victories that God has given us in the past?
  • According to verse 37, what was the secret to David’s confidence?

Psalm 62:8 - Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

  • Why did Saul concede to David’s fighting the giant?

BE CREATIVE – Vss. 38-40 - USE YOUR OWN GOD-GIVEN GIFTS AND ABILITIES

  • Why was Saul’s armor not suitable for David?
  • How will we discover the best tactics for fighting our giants?  Why do tactics vary?
  • Why do we need to realistically understand our strengths and weaknesses?

BE CONFRONTATIONAL – Vss. 42-50 – HANDLE THE GIANT FOR GOD’S GLORY

  • Vs. 45 – Why should we confront our giants in the name of the Lord Jesus?
  • How should we confront our giants in the name of the Lord Jesus?  See Matthew 4:1-10, 1 Corinthians 10:12-14, Romans 6:11-14, Romans 8:1-4, 1 Peter 5:8-9
  • How is fleeing temptation the same as resisting it?
  • Vs. 46 – What was David’s ultimate purpose in fighting this giant? 
  • What similar purpose should we have, and why?
  • What made David such a good shot?

BE COMPLETE – Vs. 51 – MAKE SURE THE JOB IS DONE

  • We should not allow even a little toe-hold for our giants in our lives, families or churches. Why?

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MALACHI 2:1-9 – HOLY AND UNHOLY PRIESTHOODS

NOW AND THEN – STUDIES IN MALACHI – #3

  • Christians have the unique privilege of being God’s priests. 1 Peter 2:5, 9, Revelation 1:5-6, John 13:12-14, Hebrews 13:15, Ephesians 6:18,                                            1 Timothy 2:1-5
  • Those in leadership have even higher standards. 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 4:11-16, Titus 1: 5-9
  • As in any profession, there are those who are a credit to the Christian priesthood and those who are not.  There are those who act in a holy way and those who act in an unholy way.
  • The priests in Malachi’s day were acting in an unholy way.  He rebukes them at the beginning and end of our text.
  • In the middle of our text, Malachi describes what a holy priest is like. As Christ’s priests today, there are lessons to be learned in this passage.

A HOLY PRIESTHOOD – Vss. 5-7

  • Vs. 5 – The covenant of life and peace is alluded to in Exodus 32:25-29. The Levites took a stand against those who worshiped the golden calf.
  • The covenant of peace was bestowed on Phineas when he took a stand against immorality. Numbers 25:1-15
  • When a person becomes a Christian, he receives life. John 3:16
  • When a person becomes a Christian, he receives peace. Romans 5:1,
  • The covenant with Israel, priests included, was a covenant of fear. Deuteronomy 6:1-7, Joshua 24:14, Psalm 33:18, Psalm 34:9, Proverbs 3:7
  • As we fear God, we will be freed from fear of others. Luke 12:4-7
  • Vs. 6 – The priest would also have functioned as a teacher. His teaching was accurate.
  • We expect those who teach us the Word of God to be accurate.  Hebrews 13:7,                            2 Timothy 2:1-2, 2 Timothy 4:1-4
  • The priests “walk” was to match his “talk”. The priest was a man of peace and righteous behavior.
  • Our walk as believer/priests should also be those whose “walk” matches their “talk”.  Matthew 7:24-27, Matthew 5:14-16, Titus 2:11-14, Ephesians 5:8-17
  • A Godly priest turned others from iniquity.
  • A Godly Christian will influence others towards salvation and forgiveness.
  • The life and words of a Godly Christian will influence other Christians in a positive way.  Hebrews 13:7, Philippians 3:17
  • Vs. 7 – The lips of a priest were to be careful to guard knowledge.  The people were to seek his instructions.  The lips had the sobering responsibility of speaking for God.
  • All Christians are God’s messengers. Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Peter 3:15, Ephesians 4:29, Colossians 4:6
  • Those of us who are preachers and teachers have a serious responsibility and need to be very careful. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, 1 Kings 22:14, 2 Timothy 2:15-19

AN UNHOLY PRIESTHOOD – Vss. 1-4, 8-9

  • The priesthood of Malachi’s day was nothing like that described above.
  • Vs. 1 – Malachi pulls no punches here. He has already described the unholy sacrifices that were offered to Him (1:6-14). He now makes it even clearer that He is speaking to the priests.
  • Vs. 2 – God is calling for repentance. He wanted them to take seriously giving glory to His Name. How should we take giving glory to His Name seriously?
  • The priest who did not repent would be cursed.
  • One of the duties of the priest was to bless the people (Numbers 6:22-27). If God cursed their blessings, imagine the difficulty that would cause!
  • Vs. 3 – The seed or offspring of the priests were in trouble because of their fathers’ sins.
  • The filth associated with the priests’ sacrifices would be rubbed in their faces, and they themselves would be removed.
  • Vs. 4 – God was calling the priests to repentance so the original covenant with Levi would continue.
  • God calls His servants to repentance today so our testimony for Christ will continue. Revelation 2:4-5

 

  • Vs. 8 – The priests had turned out of the way of Levi. They were not walking the way God wanted them to. Jeremiah 6:16-17
  • The behavior and teaching of the priests caused the people to stumble.
  • The priests had corrupted what had been a pure covenant.
  • Vs. 9 – The result of poor behavior and teaching was disrespect and ridicule.
  • They were those who showed partiality instead of teaching the Word of God accurately.
  • What have you seen as results of the teachings and behavior of false teachers?
  • Why do we as individual Christians need to beware?

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MARK 12:28-34 – CLOSE!

LIFE OF CHRIST #50

It is good to get close to doing something positive. We usually make progress towards a decision before we make a decision.  It is tragic when we get close to doing the right thing and never do.

We return to our series in the Life of Christ.  It is the last week of Jesus’ life, probably just a couple days before he died.  He had been approached by the Pharisees, Herodians, and the Sadducees in the Temple with two questions, one about paying taxes to Caesar, and the other about the resurrection. These groups were trying to trip Jesus up so they could accuse Him, but they couldn’t trip up or ensnare Jesus in His own words, because he is God.

Finally, the religious legalists of the day, the Pharisees, sent forward one of their own to question Jesus.  This man was different from the typical, legalistic Pharisee, who wanted everything done to the letter of God’s laws or man-made interpretations of those laws.

This scribe, a copyist and expert in the Jewish religious writings, ended up being close to the Kingdom of Heaven, far closer than most of the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day.  Perhaps you will find yourself to be like this scribe, close to the Kingdom of Heaven, but not necessarily in it.

AN HONEST QUESTION – Vs. 28

The first two questions that had been asked of Jesus were ones designed to trip Him up and get Him condemned or censored.  The first question involved taxes. The second involved resurrection.

This question was of a different nature.

First of all, notice that this scribe had listened to Jesus’ encounter with the Sadducees.  He was well pleased with the answer that Jesus gave to a very difficult question.

This question was not a trick question.  It was an honest question Which is the first commandment of all?

With all the “laws” that were available it was significant to know which one was the most important, or on which ones were all the others based, or how they could be summarized.  It is good in religion, as well as most aspects of life to have priorities.

The Scribe heard Jesus answer well, so he asked an honest question that was not only important to Him, but to the Jewish religion as well.

You will notice that on the first two questions of that day, Jesus rebuked those asking.

When He was asked about paying taxes to Caesar, He responded, Why tempt ye me? (Mark 12:15)

When He was asked about the resurrection he said,

Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:29)

   This man received no rebuke because it was an honest question.

I am encouraged that when I have sincere, honest questions, that God does not rebuke me for asking. In fact God encourages sincere, honest questions especially when we are going through trials. James 1:5

A HOLY ANSWER – Vss. 29-31

Vs. 29 – Jesus had an answer, part of which was actually very familiar to the scribe. We would say that it was “right under his nose.”

Verses 29-30 were part of the “shema”, quoted by pious Jews in their worship both morning and evening. It is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9, and is an affirmation that there is only one God. The word “shema” means “hear”.

Vs. 30 – God wants to be loved.

And just as a husband wants the total love of his wife, and a wife wants the total love of her husband, God wants the total love of His creatures.

God wants our love for him to go beyond human love for a husband, a wife, a relative, or a friend.  God wants our love for Him to be superior to our love for any person, and activity, any thing. Luke 14:26-27

We should take seriously the warning of Exodus 34:14 - For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

And if you are a Christian, you realize that Jesus is setting a standard that you have never attained.

To love the Lord our God the way described would mean that you would have to keep the first four of the Ten Commandments perfectly. Exodus 20:2-8

In fact, it is because nobody has kept this commandment to love God completely that Jesus came to earth.   

There is only one human who ever kept this commandment perfectly, the Lord Jesus, the God Man Himself.

I believe that Jesus wanted this scribe to realize that he had not kept this commandment and was in need of help.  Jesus would point to Himself as the one who would die for the sins of not loving God the way one should. 2 Corinthians 5:21  

Vs. 31 – Jesus gives a second commandment.

Not only is a person to love God completely, he was to love his neighbor as himself.

This was a quote was from Leviticus 19:18 - Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.

Jesus is showing that loving our neighbor was part of loving God.  If we don’t love our neighbor, we don’t love God.   

And again loving our neighbor as ourselves is summed up in the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:12-17

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus made it clear that undue anger was equivalent of murder and lusting after a woman was the equivalent of adultery. Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28  

Jesus’ summary of the God’s Law was complete.

It was forceful.

It is convicting.   

AN HONORABLE RESPONSE – Vss. 32-33

Vs. 32 – This Scribe was special.  He was not like so many of Jesus’ enemies who were constant opposition to Him.

He was a breath of “fresh air”. His response was very positive.

The scribe exclaimed, “Well said!” or “Beautifully said!”

He then explained why he agreed with the Lord Jesus.

The stunning thing about this man is that, although he was a part of a group which wanted to destroy Jesus, he was open to the truth, and willing to acknowledge it when he saw it.

May we be equally willing to approve of the truth when it is expressed to us!

Vs. 33 – He also acknowledged that the moral law, our love commitment to God and Man was more important than any sort of animal sacrifice. That was the ceremonial law.

He was not discarding the animal sacrifices.  He was simply prioritizing as to what was most important.

Our love for God and man is more important than any sacrifice we could make.

A HOPEFUL WORD – Vs. 34

Jesus announced that this man was “not far” from the Kingdom of Heaven. That means that he was very close.

  • He accepted Jesus teaching intellectually.
  • He recognized the love for God and for one’s neighbor as the ultimate fulfillment of the law.
  • He was being honest and not hiding behind the legalism he had grown up with.
  • He obviously respected the Lord Jesus.

He was close to the Kingdom of Heaven.

There may be some of you who are close to the Kingdom of Heaven.

  • You’ve heard the Gospel, perhaps all your life.
  • You acknowledge that love for God and man is ultimate.
  • You may acknowledge that you are a sinner and that Jesus died for the sins of the World.

So, what did this scribe have to do to go from being close to being in?

He had to admit that He couldn’t save Himself.

He had to turn to Jesus by faith and trust Him as Lord and Savior.

He couldn’t rely on His own law keeping or law keeping plus Jesus.

He had to trust Jesus explicitly. John 14:6, 3:16

It was good that the man was close.

It is good if you are close to the Kingdom.

But being close to the Kingdom is not being in the Kingdom.

You need to trust Jesus as your Savior!

A HORRIBLE THOUGHT  

The scribe was a good man.

The scribe was leaning towards Christ.

The scribe was close.

But here’s a horrible thought.

Unless this man placed his faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, for as close as He was, He didn’t make it.

John 3:16-18, 36

2 Corinthians 13:5 - Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith…

The scribe was close.

AN HONEST QUESTION – Vs. 28

A HOLY ANSWER – Vss. 29-31

AN HONORABLE RESPONSE – Vss. 32-33

A HOPEFUL WORD – Vs. 34

A HORRIBLE THOUGHT  

 

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FAITH (MATTHEW STYLE)

LITTLE FAITH

Matthew 6:30 - Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Matthew 8:26 - And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Matthew 14:31 - And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Matthew 16:8 - Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

GREAT FAITH

Matthew 8:10 - When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Matthew 15:28 - Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

OBVIOUS FAITH

Matthew 9:2 - And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

HEALING FAITH

Matthew 9:22 - But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

FULFILLED FAITH

Matthew 9:29 - Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

MOUNTAIN - MOVING FAITH

Matthew 17:20 - And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 21:21 - Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

OMITTED FAITH

Matthew 23:23 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

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ROMANS 8:9-27 – GROANING TO GLORY

Groaning is something that will take place all through our lives and until such time as Jesus establishes His rule here on earth. When glory comes the groaning will cease. Until then, there are three things mentioned in our text that will cause “Groaning To Glory”.

GROANING CREATION – Vss. 19-22

In the future there will be a new Heaven and a new earth. Revelation 22:1-5

Vs. 19 - The creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God.  This manifestation will take place when we appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:4, Revelation 19:14

Vs. 20 – The creation became subject to vanity when Adam and Eve sinned Genesis 3:15-19,

Vs. 21 - The “glorious liberty of the children of God” is described in 1 John 3:1-3.

GROANING CONVERTS – Vss. 23-25

Vs. 23 – We are the “firstfruits of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:30

              We will groan until the adoption process is fully completed.

Vss. 24 -25 – Though we groan, we have hope.

GROANING COMFORTER – Vss. 26-27

On earth, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with “groanings which can not be uttered.

In Heaven the Son of God intercedes for us at the Father’s Throne. Romans 8:34

Note – The alliteration in this outline is mine, however the original thought of the three groanings came for John MacArthur.  John MacArthur, The MacArthur Commentary, Romans, Volume 1, Chapter 33, (Moody Press, Chicago, 1991), pp.451-460

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2 CORINTHIANS 2:14-17 – SIMPLE LIVING

WE TRIUMPH IN CHRIST – Vs. 14

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

WE TESTIFY TO ALL – Vss. 15-16

For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

WE TELL THE TRUTH – Vs. 17

For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

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