SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 11/18/19
November 20, 2019, 8:34 PM

SERMON SEEDS

R24 – THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18, 2019

 

Sermon Seeds is a generally weekly collection of Sermon and Bible Study Outlines and Full Lessons from the pen of Pastor Jack Peters. Pastor Jack has been pastoring for over 43 years and enjoys sharing what he gleans from God’s Word. He currently serves as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of New Holland, PA.

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1 THESSALONIANS 3:1-10 – THE QUESTION I FAIL TO ASK

 

Over the years I've asked a lot of questions.  Some of the questions have included:

 

Who won the ball game last night?

How's your garden doing?

Did you get any rain last night?

Are you having regular devotions?

How are you doing with that problem you told me about?

When do you plan to get married?

How is your marriage doing?

When is the baby due?

How's your prayer life?

Are you sleeping well?

Are you worrying?

Have you forgiven him? Have you forgiven her?

 

When I talk to people, especially in counseling type situations I ask a lot of questions.

But I must confess there is a question that I should have asked, but usually fail to ask.                                                   The question is, "How's your faith?"

 

Now your reaction might be "Huh? Why should you be asking me about my faith?" 

 

First of all, it is only by faith that a person receives forgiveness of sin and eternal life.  Ephesians 2:8-9

Secondly, our whole lives are to be lives of faith.    

Romans 1:17, Hebrews 11:6 

   

Thirdly, the only way we can have victory over sin, sickness, Satan or trials is by faith. 

Jim Cymbala, in his book Fresh Faith says, "When most people break down in their Christian Life, they simply 'try harder.' Lots of luck! I've looked inside of me - and stopped looking. There's nothing in there that's good or usable. On the other hand, if I turn the other way and begin 'looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith' (Hebrews 12:2 KJV), I find everything I need." Jim Cybala with Dean Merrill, Fresh Faith, ©1999 by Jim Cybala, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids Michigan, Page 45

 

Philippians 4:13, John 15:4-5

 

People measure churches in a variety of ways.  Most frequently a church is measured by attendance.  But people also measure churches by the size of the budget, the quality and size of the choir, the amount of money given to missions, the number activities going on in a week and the size of the youth program and Sunday School.   

 

    According to Jim Cymbala, the question we don't ask about a church is "How great is their faith?"  It is only when true faith, true dependence upon God is present, that a church will be successful where it counts - in God's eyes.

   

The Apostle Paul once spent about 3 weeks establishing a church in a city called Thessalonica.  After three weeks he was run out of town by persecution. Because he loved the new Thessalonian Christians and knowing of the persecution that they would receive about their faith, Paul dispatched young Pastor Timothy to Thessalonica to check on the new church. 

We have the story of Timothy's visit in

1 Thessalonians 3.  And in talking about Timothy's visit, we find that Paul's greatest concern was over the faith of the Thessalonians.  (1 Thessalonians 3:4) The word faith is mentioned five times, and we learn that:

FAITH IS TO BE ENCOURAGED - Vs. 2

 

Philippians 2:20, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:12, Romans 15:4, Philippians 1:29, James 1:2-4

 

FAITH IS TO BE EVALUATED - Vs. 5

 Hebrews 13:17, 1 Peter 5:2-3

 

FAITH IS TO BE EXPRESSED - Vs. 6

 

FAITH IS TO BE ENCOURAGING - Vs. 7

1 Samuel 23:16, Acts 27:25

 

 

FAITH IS TO BE ENLARGED - Vs. 10

  • TEACHING

 

  • TRIALS - Romans 5:3-5, 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

  • TEMPTATIONS - 1 Corinthians 10:13

 

  • TALENTS – 1 Peter 4:11

 

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Psalm 9:1-4 – LET’S JUST PRAISE THE LORD!

 

THE COMPLETENESS OF PRAISE - Vs. 1

"...with my whole heart..."

"...all thy marvelous works."

 

THE CONCERT OF PRAISE - Vs. 2

"I will be glad and rejoice in thee..."

"I will sing praise to thy name..."

 

THE CAUSES FOR PRAISE Vss. 3-4

"When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy

presence.". Vs. 3

"For thou hast maintained my right and my cause..." Vs. 4

 

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JOHN 1:1-5 – BEFORE BIRTH

LIFE OF CHRIST #1 of 60

These extensive outlines may be used either as individual messages or in a series.

 

Is Jesus your Lord?

Is Jesus your Savior?

Is Jesus your God?

 

If He is, shouldn’t you know as much about His life and ministry and how it affects your life as possible? 

 

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

Luke 6:40 - The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

 

How can we walk as he walked if we don’t know how he walked?

How can we be like our Master if we don’t know what our Master is like?   

   

Usually when we study the life of the Lord Jesus it is through a single sermon or a series on one of the Gospels. It is rare when an actual study is made on the life of Christ. Such a study would try to look at the life of the Lord Jesus in some sort of Chronological order and include studying in all the Gospels.

 

I have never preached such a series, but feel that now is the time to do so.  This will take a long time, but it will help you become more familiar with the life of the one we call Lord and Master. In this study we will not go into much detail on the various sermons, but will emphasize the events and briefer teachings that were part of His life and ministry.

 

The life of Jesus did not begin at birth or even conception.  The Lord Jesus had a very active life before He ever came to earth.  It is important that we understand this, because it helps us grasp just who this person is whom we call “LORD” Jesus!

 

In John 1:1-5 we see Jesus’ true genealogy.  We find out that Jesus came from Heaven where He existed as “The Word”.

 

Why is He is called "The Word"?

What is the purpose of words?

Words express a thought, or an action or an object or an idea.

 

The Lord Jesus is the “word”, the expression, the thought the idea, of who God is! John 14:8-9

 

We know more about God, because he is revealed through The Word, The Son of God!

As we look at our Lord’s history before birth, we are looking at Him as “the Word”.  Let’s consider:

 

THE PREEXISTENCE OF THE WORD – Vss. 1-2

 

John 1:1-2 - In the beginning was the Word…The same was in the beginning with God.

 

If you are going to worship the Lord Jesus, He should be superior to you.

There is a specific time you started living. At conception you became alive in your mother’s womb.

 

For Jesus there was no such starting time. He is eternal. He has always existed. He is superior to you.

   

In the beginning was the Word…

This beginning goes back before creation into eternity past.

In the Greek language the word was means “was continuing”.

There was never a time when Jesus did not exist. Micah 5:2, Colossians 1:17, Revelation 22:13

 

THE PRESENCE OF THE WORD - Vss. 1

   

John 1:1-2 - and the Word was with God… The same was in the beginning with God. 

 

Jesus was with God in eternity past. He was present.

Jesus was with God in Heaven. He was present.

According to R. Kent Hughes – ”Next the apostle adds, ‘and the Word was with God.’ Literally, ‘the Word was continually toward God.’  The Father and the Son were continually face to face. The preposition “with” bears the idea of nearness, along with a sense of movement toward God. That is to say, there has always existed the deepest equality and intimacy in the Holy Trinity.” R. Kent Hughes,

Preaching the Word, John – That You May Believe, (Wheaton Illinois, Crossway Books, 1999) p. 16 

   

If I were ushered into the presence of God the father, I would be on my knees. I would not be on the same level as He. Jesus however, is able to look at God face to face, because He is on the same level.

 

Think of this.  The very Son of God was on equal level with the Father. He could look God in the eye, so to speak.  And He left this position of power and importance to be born of a virgin and go to the cross to die for our sins.  WHAT LOVE! Philippians 2:5-9

 

THE POSITION OF THE WORD - Vss. 1

 

John 1:1 - …and the Word was God. Isaiah 9:6

 

You might have heard it said, that Jesus never claimed to be God.  That is not true. John 8:56-59

 

The Jews understood that Jesus claimed to be “I AM” or Jehovah, the preexistent God.   

 

THE POWER OF THE WORD - Vs. 3

 

John 1:3 - All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1:1-2

 

God the Father created the universe through His Word, who is His Son.  So Jesus was the instrument of creation. Psalm 139:14

 

THE PROVISION OF THE WORD - Vss. 4-5

 

John 1:4 - In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

 

Before Jesus came He had two qualities mentioned here that He has shared with man.  This is his provision for us.

 

  • LIFE

 

There are three aspects of life that Jesus gave to man.

 

Physical Life – Because he is creator, He has given you and every other individual “life”.  If for no other reason, we should be indebted to Christ!

 

Eternal Life – Jesus came to earth with eternal life.  He came to live a perfect life and then to die in our places for our sins. John 3:14-18

 

Abundant Life

 

John 10:10 - The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

Jesus not only came to give you eternal life, but He came to give you abundant life, right now.

Life before your conversion to Christ was marked with failure.

Life after your conversion to Christ should be marked with victory.

Because Christ has come we have abundant life in several ways. Here are four of them:

 

  • Abundance of Christ’s presence  Matthew 28:20, John 15:4-5

 

  • Abundance of Christ’s peace John 14:27

 

  • Abundance of Christ’s provision  Philippians 4:19

 

  • Abundance of Christ’s power Philippians 4:13, John 14:13-14

 

John 1:4 - In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

 

  • LIGHT

With His life comes His light.

Jesus is God. God is light. Psalm 104:1-2

 

1 John 1:5 - This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

This old world is entrenched in the darkness of sin.  Jesus came into the world to give it light, to point people to the God of light. John 8:12

 

John tells us in John 1:5 - And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

This is great news.

The light is in the world and the world can not comprehend it.  It does not understand the light.

The light is in the world and world can not overpower it, which is another meaning for the word “comprehend” in the Greek.

 

Since Jesus was born Satan and the world have tried to overtake or overpower His light. They can’t do it.

Light overpowers darkness.

Satan will never be able to overcome the Light.

We are on the winning team if we know Jesus as our Savior!

 

BEFORE BIRTH:   

THE PREEXISTENCE OF THE WORD – Vss. 1-2

THE PRESENCE OF THE WORD - Vss. 1-2

THE POSITION OF THE WORD - Vs. 1

THE POWER OF THE WORD - Vs. 3

THE PROVISION OF THE WORD - Vss. 4-5

  • LIFE
  • LIGHT

 

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THANK GOD FOR CALVARY

 

Jesus Christ SUBMITTED to God's plan. Luke 22:39-46

 

Jesus Christ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ STAYED on the cross. Luke 23:35-38

He had the power to come down on the cross but stayed there to secure our salvation.

 

Jesus Christ SPOKE in love.

 

  • Concerning his persecutors - Luke 23:33-34

 

  • To His Mother - John 19:25-27

 

  • To the thief on the cross - Luke 23:39-43

 

  • To the Father - Luke 23:46

 

Jesus Christ was SEPARATED from the Father. - Matthew 27:45-46

 

Jesus Christ ­­­­­­­­­­­­SATISFIED sin's debt. John 19:28-30, Mark 15:38

 

Jesus Christ SAVES those who believe. Romans 5:1

 

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EPHESIANS 2:8-10 – THANKFUL!

 

THANKFUL FOR GOD'S GRACE - For by grace are ye saved through faith;

 

THANKFUL FOR GOD'S GIFT - and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Salvation is a free gift that must be accepted.

 

THANKFUL FOR GOD'S GENIUS - Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

God in His genius made salvation something could not be earned. There will be no self-promotion in Heaven, no boasting.

 

THANKFUL FOR GOD'S GENEROSITY - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

We can be thankful because God has made us "his workmanship" and has ordained that we should perform good works. Just think! Poor lost sinners like us are allowed to serve God with good works. What a privilege!

 

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Philippians 1:3-8 – THANKFUL INTERCESSION

 

When we intercede for others in prayer, we are to be thankful.  That's easy enough when we are getting along with someone, but hard when we are not on good terms with another Christian.  In this passage, Paul shows us his own thankful heart for other believers.

 

THE WHO OF THANKSGIVING - Vs. 3

Who is to be thanked for the people who enter our lives, good and bad, Spiritual, and unspiritual? God is! Paul thanked the Lord for almost all the churches, even though they were filled with imperfect people. Romans 1:8, 1 Corinthians 1:4 (A very immature church.), Colossians 1:3 (A church plagued by some false teachers, Gnostics.)

 

THE WHEN OF THANKSGIVING - Vss. 3-4

"...upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you..."  See 1 Timothy 2:1-4 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

 

THE WHY OF THANKSGIVING - Vss. 5-8

Paul gives three reasons for giving thanks for the Philippians.

1. FELLOWSHIP - Vs. 5 - They were Paul's partners in Gospel ministry.  Every believer is your partner in Christ.

2. FAITHFULNESS - Vs. 6 - God began a "good work" in each believer.  Each believer will be completed at the rapture of the church.  God is faithful to preserve and keep us.  See Hebrews 12:2, 1 Peter 1:5, Ephesians 4:30 & John 10:27-30

3. FONDNESS - Vss. 7-8 - Paul was fond of the Philippians. As we develop the same fondness for other Christians, we too, will be able to pray for them thankfully.

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COLOSSIANS 1:12-14 – WHY GIVE THANKS?

 

Christians have many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Here are three of them:

 

WE HAVE A RESIDENCE - Vs. 12

We have an inheritance with the saints in light.

 

WE HAVE BEEN RELEASED - Vs. 13

We have been released from Satan's kingdom and have been translated into the kingdom of Christ.

 

WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED - Vs. 14

We have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb.

Our sins have been forgiven.

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 1:2-10 – BE THANKFUL!

 

Thank God (Vs. 2) when:

 

SAINTS HAVE THE RIGHT PATTERN (Of behavior). Vs. 3

SAINTS TAKE THE RIGHT PATH (Followers of Paul and the Lord.). Vss. 5-6

SAINTS ARE THE RIGHT KIND OF PROMOTERS (good testimonies). Vss. 7-8

SAINTS HAVE THE RIGHT PRIORITY (Turned to God from idols.). Vs. 9

SAINTS HAVE THE RIGHT PATIENCE (Waiting for Christ.). Vs. 10

 

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