SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 11/29/21
December 2, 2021, 7:08 PM

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BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T47 – FOR WEEK OF 11/29/21

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ACTS 2:36-47 – FAMILY COMMITMENT – Part 2

TALKING CHURCH AS A FAMILY #5

William Ernest Henley was a British poet, literary critic, and editor in the late 1900’s in Victorian England. He suffered from many physical problems, including the amputation of his leg. I want to read to you his short poem and I want you to think especially of what he says in the last line of the poem. Do you agree with what he says.

INVICTUS – William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

Many today would applaud Henley’s last line, but as Christians, we should have strong disagreement. We are beings, created in the image of God. It is God who has redeemed us through His Son. Jesus is the Master of my fate. Jesus is the captain of my soul. My commitment is to be to Him.

Our theme in all our services has been “Family Talk”. In the morning service we have been “Talking Church as a Family.”

  • We began by observing that “We are Family” established by Jesus and commissioned to fulfill the “Great Commission”.
  • We then observed “The Family Memorial”, the Lord’s Table.
  • We talked about the first part of Family Commitment, which is “Believe”.
  • Last week we discussed “The Family Responsibility” to love one another as Christ as loved us.
  • We return to Family Commitment this week to see three commitments we must make as members of the Family of God.

These three commitments are clearly seen in the Story of the Day of Pentecost and Peter’s great sermon.

BELIEVE! – Acts 2:21-24, 36-39

BE BAPTIZED! – Acts 2:38, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:48, Romans 6:1-4

BELONG! – Acts 2:42-47, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, Hebrews 13:7, 17

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PRAYING FOR SANCTIFICATION

FAMILY PRAYERS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH #4

Philippians 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:15-24

  • When you think of the word “sanctification”, what comes to mind?
  • “Sanctification is the ongoing supernatural work of God to rescue justified sinners from the disease of sin and to conform them to the image of his Son: holy, Christlike, and empowered to do good works.” – Lexham Survey of Theology

God’s goal for us is that we be sanctified or “set apart for Him”.  (1 Peter 1:15-16, 3:15              As Christians, we can be asking God to set us and each other apart in these various ways:

 

That we would be “abounding in love”. Philippians 1:9

That we would be approving the excellent. Philippians 1:10

That we would be abundant with fruit. Philippians 1:11

That we would pursue what is good.1 Thessalonians 5:15

That we would be persistent in praise and prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

That we would be powerful in faith. – 1 Thessalonians 5:19

That we would be perceptive with Scripture. – 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21

That we would be pure in every way. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

That we would be perfectly set apart.1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

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ISAIAH 9:6 – THE MESSIAH

Introduction - "For unto us a son is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called.."

 

"Wonderful" – HIS PERSONALITY  

"Counselor" – HIS PROFESSION (JOB)

“Mighty God” – HIS POWER

"Everlasting Father" (Means "Father of eternity") – HIS PERMANENCE  

"Prince of peace" – HIS PREEMINENCE  

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MICAH 5:2 etc. – BETHLEHEM

A CITY OF DESTINY - Micah 5:2 – It was predicted that the Messiah would be born there.

A CITY OF DELIGHT - Luke 2:11 – The Messiah, Jesus Christ, was born there!

A CITY OF DEATH - Matthew 2:8, 11-18

It was a city of death because of the unbelief of Herod. If Herod had believed, he would not have tried to kill Jesus. Today, there is still death when a person does not believe in Christ. John 3:16-18

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LUKE 1:26-38 – PROMISES, PROMISES!

Here are some great promises for the Christmas Season!

PROMISES FOR MARY

  • She was Special. – Vss. 28-30
  • She was Selected. – Vs. 31
  • She was Secure. – Vss. 36-38

PROMISES FOR JESUS

  • Jesus is Savior. – Vs. 31, Luke 2:10-11
  • Jesus is Sovereign. – Vss. 32-33, Psalm 2:7-9, Philippians 2:10-11
  • Jesus is the Son (of God). – Vss. 34-35, John 14:8-9

PROMISES FOR ME (If I am saved)

  • I am Special. – Vss. 28-30, Romans 8:16-17, 29
  • Jesus is my Savior. – Vs. 31, Acts 4:12                          
  • Jesus is my Sovereign. – Vss. 32-33, Acts 2:36, Romans 10:9-10             
  • Jesus is my Security. – Vs. 37 – John 10:27-30

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LUKE 1:39-55 – MARY’S SONG

 

I would say that every true Christian has a song in his or her heart. Sometimes, mostly, the songs in our hearts are songs that others have written. Amazing Grace, The Old Rugged Cross, Living for Jesus, Blessed Assurance, At Calvary,                                     How Great Thou Art.

One of the most famous Christian Songs ever composed came straight from the heart, out of the mouth, and was inspired by God’s Holy Spirit.

Mary had received the announcement that she would be the Mother of the Son of God in Luke 1:26-38 (Review).

There are things we learn about worship and our own song as we study “Mary’s Song”

MARY WAS AFFIRMED BY ELIZABETH’S GREETING – Vss. 39-45

Luke 1:15, Numbers 23:19, Psalm 119:89, Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 John 5:14-15

MARY ASCRIBED GLORY TO THE LORD – Vss. 46-47

MARY APPRECIATED GOD’S KINDNESS TOWARDS HER – Vss. 48-49

Revelation 20:6, 22:14, 1 Corinthians 6:11

MARY WAS ASSURED OF GOD’S:

  • Mercy – Vs. 50

Luke 12:4-7

  • Strength – Vss. 51-52

Matthew 23:11-12

  • Provision – Vs. 53

Psalm 34:10, Matthew 5:6

  • Faithfulness – Vss. 54-55

Genesis 17:7

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LUKE 2, MATTHEW 2 – THE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS

The Bible is very clear that Christmas is a time of joy. I want us to see some Bible characters who had joy on that first Christmas.

THE ANGELS HAD THE JOY OF REVEALING – Luke 2:11-14

They told of the birth of Jesus!

THE SHEPHERDS HAD THE JOY OF RECEIVING – Luke 2:15-16, 20

The Shepherds received the Angel’s message as true and went to investigate. After visiting their Messiah, they returned joyfully.

THE SHEPHERDS AND ANNA HAD THE JOY OF REPORTING – Luke 2:17,18, 36-38

They shared with others what they had seen.

MARY HAD THE JOY OF REFLECTING

Luke 2:19 - But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

Mary thought on all the events of Christmas.

She pondered them. She remembered them.

THE WISE MEN HAD THE JOY OF RECIPROCATING – Matthew 2:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12 tells the story of the Wise Men who came to visit Jesus.

These mystical men of the east came bearing gifts.

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REVELATION 4:11 – CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR JESUS

Christmas is coming, and most of us have a sizable Christmas shopping list. I wonder how many have on their list the one who's birthday we celebrate, the Lord Jesus Christ? He's the only one I know who celebrates a birthday and watches others get more presents than He does.

Revelation 4 is a heavenly scene showing the worship around the throne of God. The four and twenty elders are worshipping God, and cast crowns at His feet. As they cast these thrones they say, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour, and power..."

Here are three things that every Christian can give the Triune God as Christmas presents.

GLORY

Glory is praise. We can and should continually give God praise and Thanksgiving. Hebrews 13:15, Philippians 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Psalm 29:2, Psalm 100

HONOR

We honor God by:

1. Trusting Christ As Savior. Ephesians 2:8-9

2. Doing good works Ephesians 2:10

3. Using fitting speech. Ephesians 4:29

4. Avoiding the wrong places. Psalm 1:1

5. Doing all things for His glory. Colossians 3:23

6. Thinking the right thoughts. Philippians 4:8

7. Being Obedient. John 14:15

POWER

Allow God's power to work in you. Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:22-23

Allow God's power to work through you. Philippians4:13

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MATTHEW 1:18-25, LUKE 1:26-38 – PRE-NATAL (BIRTH) CLASSES

When couples are expecting their first baby they often attend pre-natal (birth) classes.  God gave Joseph and Mary pre-natal classes.

MARY - Luke 1:26-38

LISTENED – Vss. 26-33

LEARNED – Vss. 34-37

LEANED – Vs. 38

JOSEPH - Matthew 1:18-25

HE WAS RIGHTEOUS – Vss. 18-19

HE WAS RECEPTIVE – Vss. 20-23

HE WAS RESPONSIVE – Vss. 24-25

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A WELL-ADJUSTED FAMILY THAT’S FOCUSED – PHILIPPIANS 1:12-29

FAMILY TALKS IN PHILIPPIANS #2 of 7

  • Have you ever gone through the motions of doing something without being focused on what you are doing? Give some examples.
  • How does being focused help us?
  • How does not being focused hurt us?
  • Obviously, Satan does not want us focused on a well-adjusted Christian life. 1 Peter 5:8-9

If there was ever a person who knew how to be focused on the things of God, it was the Apostle Paul. Through his personal example and challenge in our text, Paul was encouraging his beloved Philippian Church to stay focused.

FOCUSED ON THE CAUSE – Philippians 1:12-18

  • Vs. 12 – Lots had happened to the Apostle Paul over his storied lifetime. Over the past few years Paul been arrested, accused, and sent to Rome to appear before Caesar. Acts 21-28
  • Paul’s current situation, although unpleasant as a prisoner, was ideal for His cause, the proclamation of the Gospel. Acts 28:30-31
  • Vs. 13 – The Jews may have thought that Paul had been silenced, but instead, Paul was so focused on the Gospel that the whole Praetorian Guard, and seemingly all in Rome, knew why he was imprisoned. He never lost focus!
  • Vs. 14 – Has the boldness of another Christian ever helped you focus on witnessing and caused you to be less fearful?
  • Vss. 15-17 – Not everyone shares the Gospel for the right reasons. Why should that never deter us from witnessing?
  • The bottom line for us should be, when Christ is preached, we rejoice!

FOCUSED ON CHRIST – Philippians 1:19-26

  • Vs. 19 – Paul knew that he would be delivered one way or another. He also knew that the prayers of the Saints and the Holy Spirit would sustain him.
  • Vss. 20-21 – What can we do to focus on Christ the way Paul did?
  • Vss. 22-24 – Paul was focused on doing what was best for the sake Christ and the Philippians.
  • Vss. 25-26 – Paul was confident of his release because that was most beneficial for the Philippians.

FOCUSED ON CONDUCT – Philippians 1:27-29

  • Vs. 27 – Paul expected the Philippians to focus on conduct worthy of the Gospel.
  • Vs. 28 – Fearlessness against our opponents is a sign that they are under God’s judgment, but we are safe. 2 Thessalonians 1:4-10
  • Vs. 29 – We are privileged to believe and to suffer for Jesus’ sake. John 15:18-25

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A WELL-ADJUSTED COMMITMENT – PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11

FAMILY TALKS IN PHILIPPIANS #3 of 7

  • We talked about Family Commitment this morning. What is your reaction?
  • Should commitment be a somber, no fun drudgery? Matthew 11:28-30, Colossians 3:17

The Philippian Church was a great church that had an on-going love relationship with the Apostle Paul (Philippians 1:3-7). As good as this church was, these dear saints didn’t always get along with each other. Their commitment needed an attitude adjustment. Paul gives some basic guidelines in these verses.

MOTIVATION – Philippians 2:1-2a

  • Vs. 1 – Paul begins with the word, “therefore”, which I believe goes back to Philippians 1:27-30. Paul encouraged them to live in a way “worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
  • The word “if” means “since”. Since the things he mentions are true, the Philippians should be motivated to live in unity.
  • “Consolation (“Encouragement”) in Christ.” What encourages you about being in Christ that every other Christian possesses? John 1:12-13, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 12:13,

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 7:7-11

  • “Comfort of love” – How does the love of Christ comfort you? Does every other believer have that comfort available to them? Romans 8:35-39
  • “Fellowship of the Spirit” – The same Holy Spirit that empowers you is in inside each believer. The Holy Spirit produces fellowship in believers. We should not grieve Him. Ephesians 4:25-32
  • “affection and mercy” – These are outgrowths of the work of the Spirit inside of us.

Romans 12:10

  • Vs. 2 – “Fulfill my joy” – One final motivation is given by Paul. As a spiritual father, he would find joy when they lived in unity. 3 John 4

MANDATE – Philippians 2:2-4

  • Vs. 2 – Unity
  • Vs. 3 – Humility
  • Vs. 4 – Charity

MODEL – Philippians 2:5-8

  • Vs. 5 – We are to imitate Christ’s attitude. He subjected Himself to abuse to secure our salvation.

Isaiah 53:3-5

  • Vs. 6 – form = “inner essence”. Jesus is God!
  • Vs. 7 – Jesus took on the “inner essence” of a slave as He became the perfect man. Jesus laid aside His Heavenly privileges to secure our salvation.
  • Vs. 8 – He yielded to total humiliation for us.
  • As we follow the example of our Lord out of appreciation, we will be able, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to fulfill the mandate of unity, humility, and charity.

MASTER – Philippians 2:9-11

  • Vs. 9 – God has highly exalted him! His name is above all others.
  • Vs. 10 – Every knee of every being that ever lived will bow the knee to Christ.
  • Vs. 11 – Every tongue will also confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, either willingly or unwillingly!
  • As a grateful believer, I should be at His disposal as my Savior and Lord.
  • There should be nothing I would hesitate to do for His sake!

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