SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/13/20
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SERMON SEEDS

S2 – THE WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2019

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MATTHEW 5:21-26 - KEEPING THINGS RIGHT

 

 

One of the most difficult tasks we face as Christians is the practice of being right with people at work, people at home, people in school and our brothers and sisters in church. It is likely that there is at least one person in your life that you are currently at odds with or he is at odds with you. It is very possible that you are holding a grudge against someone who did something to hurt you or someone you love.

 

Why is it hard to get along well with all people all the time?

It is simply because we are human and have our faults.

It is simply because they are human and have their faults. Romans 12:18

 

So how do we keep things right between us and others?

The Lord Jesus answers this question in Matthew 5:21-26.

 

ANGER – Vss. 21-22

 

Vs. 21 – Jesus gives us the statement of the Old Testament  

               Law, as taught by the leaders of His day.

 

The only requirement, as seen by the religious leaders of the day, was not to murder (They were not talking about accidental or unintentional killing.).

 

As long as nobody was murdered, a person was allowed to be as angry as he or she cared to be.

 

Vs. 22 – In this verse Jesus shows us how guilty we are!

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:

 

Psalm 66:18

 

ALTAR – Vss. 23-24

   

Matthew 5:23 - Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

 

The altar was in the Temple.

The altar was where, as a part of worship, sacrifices were made for sin.

The altar here is probably symbolic for worship.

If you come to worship God and realize someone has a legitimate problem with you, and you haven’t tried to rectify it, you must!

 

Matthew 5:24 - Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

 

 

AGREEMENT

 

Vs. 25 - Jesus uses the illustration of being in debt to someone. Your opponent is taking you to court.

If thrown in jail in those days, you didn’t get out until you paid up. It was a debtor’s prison type deal.

 

The only way you could get out was if someone could raise the money to get you out.

So, if you could come to terms with your creditor, and make agreement on the way to court for a plan to pay the man back, you were certainly better off.  

   

How does this relate to us today?

It is far more pleasant to agree with a person than to argue with him. It is far more pleasant to come to compromise, if doctrine is not involved than to have a hassle.

 

And especially, if you are the one to blame, the debtor, you should be the one who is trying to straighten things out.

 

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1 PETER 2:18-25 – UNPOPULAR WORDS

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD (1 PETER) #9

Some Words are not as popular as others with certain people. Some unpopular words with children and youth:

  • Bedtime
  • Naptime
  • Stop!
  • Because I said so!
  • Curfew
  • Obey
  • Not now!
  • No!

Some words most adults don’t like!

  • Wait
  • Delay
  • Diet
  • Obey
  • You’re wrong!
  • Why? Or How Come?
  • Mommy! Or Daddy – the whine
  • Can’t afford it
  • No!

There are Bible words that are unpopular with most of us, because we are not fully mature. Some words that Peter uses may not resonate well with us. These words include be subject or submissive or submitting or submit. Last week we saw that we are to be submissive to government and show respect to all. This week the theme of submission continues in 1 Peter 2:18-25.

SUBMISSIVE SERVANTS – 1 Peter 2:18-20

The word servants here refers to domestic help, most of whom were slaves.

Please remember there is a worse and a better slavery than physical slavery. John 8:31-34, Romans 6:15-18

Although we are not slaves. Often there are those who have authority over us because they pay us to work for them. They are called employers.

Vs. 20 – Luke 6:27-28, Romans 12:17-21

SUBMISSIVE SAVIOR – 1 Peter 2:21-24

Matthew 27:11-13, 27-31, 35-44, Isaiah 53:3-10

SUBMISSIVE SAINTS/SHEEP – Vs. 25

Hebrews 13:20-21, John 10:28-30

Jesus’ saints/sheep are those who have submitted to God’s plan of salvation.                                          1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 10:9-10, 13

 

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VARIOUS PSALMS – WHOLE-HEARTEDLY!

 

WHOLE-HEARTED PRAISE

Psalm 9:1 - I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

 

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.

 

Psalm 138:1 - I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

 

WHOLE-HEARTED PURSUIT

Psalm 119:2 - Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

 

Psalm 119:10 - With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

 

WHOLE-HEARTED PROMISE

Psalm 119:34 - Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

 

Psalm 119:69 - The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

 

Psalm 119:145 - I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.

 

WHOLE-HEARTED PRAYER

Psalm 119:58 - I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

 

Remember, the heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked”

Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 

I can not be whole-hearted until I have a new heart and the power of God making me whole hearted.

Jeremiah 24:7 - And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

 

Ezekiel 36:26 - A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

 

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LUKE 11:1-13 – PRAYER PRIME OR ABOUT PRAYER

 

As the Son of God, Jesus was a man of prayer. He knew how to communicate with his Heavenly Father.  On a day when Jesus was praying, one of the disciples wanted lessons in prayer (Vs.1). John the Baptist had evidently taught his disciples. Would Jesus also instruct those who followed Him in the important discipline of prayer? Of course He would!

 

A SYSTEMATIC PATTERN - Vss. 2-4

 

The Lord's Prayer (There's a longer version in Matthew 6:7-13) is a "skeleton" or pattern for prayer. We are to put the "meat" on the skeleton or elaborate on the basic ingredients of prayer here. When we pray we should remember:

 

God's Presence - "Our Father"

God's Praise - "Hallowed be they name"

God's Preeminence - "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done..."

God's Provision - "Give us this day our daily bread."

God's Pardon - "And forgive us our sins..."

God's Pathway - "And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil."

(Most of the above "p's" are part of the outline that has been shared before.)

 

A STUBBORN PERSISTENCE - Vss. 5-8

 

God wants to answer our prayers (Jeremiah 33:3). God also wants us to sincerely seek His face for all that we need.  God is not reluctant to act like the neighbor in this story, but God does want to see us be as persistent in asking as the man making the request in this story.

 

Although there are times when God will show us that what we are asking is not His will, all too often we give up asking God before He sends the answer. Let's continue to pray and continue to believe that He'll answer, even if the answer seems long in coming. James 5:16-18

 

A SUPERNATURAL PROMISE - Vss. 9-13

 

As we continue to ask, seek and knock, God will respond. Vss. 9-10

God is kinder than any parent. Vss. 11-12

God will answer our prayers. Particularly mentioned here is the giving of the Holy Spirit. Although we do not need to ask for the presence of the Holy Spirit today, we should ask for the power of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:16

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JOHN 1:35-51 – RECRUITED!

LIFE OF CHRIST #8 of 60

 

Countless thousands, of preachers, evangelists, Sunday School teachers, and missionaries have been recruited to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.  And every one of us who has trusted the Lord Jesus as Savior has been recruited to be a disciple, a committed follower of our Lord and Master.

 

As we continue our study of the Life of Christ this morning, we see Jesus recruiting the first of his disciples.  The first recruits were men whom we can learn from.  Each one of the four mentioned by name in this passage have something to teach us. We find:

 

BACKGROUND

 

Vs. 35 – This is the day after John has identified Jesus as the

               Messiah.

 

There were two disciples with him, Andrew, and most likely, John, the human author of this Gospel.

 

Vs. 36-37 – John saw Jesus again.  This time Jesus was just

walking by.  John reiterated to these two disciples that here was the Lamb of God.  He made it very clear that here was the one, the Messiah that John had been preaching about.

 

Vss. 38-39 – Jesus asked what they were looking for.

The disciples were basically asking private time with the Lord Jesus. 

“Where are you living?” they ask.

“Come and see,” was Jesus’ reply.

Jesus was ready to spend time with these men.

Jesus is ready to spend time with any person who wants to learn from Him.

We should be ready to spend time with anyone who wants to learn about the Lord Jesus.

 

A DISCIPLE WITH A CHAMPION – Vss. 40-41

 

Vs. 40 – One of the first two to follow Jesus was Andrew.  Andrew was a fisherman and partner with his brother, Simon Peter.

 

Many people in John’s day knew about Peter.  Evidently, not so many knew about Andrew. 

 

Andrew was one of those guys who kind of flew below the radar.  Probably few knew Him.  Everybody knew his brother.

 

Andrew was not as well known or probably as talented as Peter, but Andrew had a champion.  And the first person Andrew wanted to tell about His champion was his brother.

 

Vs. 41 – Israel was waiting for the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One from God.  Andrew announces to his brother, Peter, “We have found the Messiah!”

 

Andrew had a champion.

· As Andrew’s champion, Andrew believed on Jesus as Savior.

· As Andrew’s champion, Andrew believed on Him, as Lord and Master.

· As Andrew’s champion, Andrew wanted his brother, Peter to believe on the Lord Jesus too.   

· As Andrew’s champion, Andrew was known for bringing people to the Lord Jesus. 

Andrew is mentioned three times in this Gospel, and each time he is bringing someone to the Lord Jesus. He wanted for people to know his champion.

 

Is the Lord Jesus your champion?

· Is Jesus your champion because you have trusted Him as your Savior? 

· Is Jesus your champion because you have trusted Him as Lord and Master?

 

And like it or not, whatever controls us, is our champion! Matthew 6:24

 

Jesus should be our champion! 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

 

A DISCIPLE WITH COURAGE – Vs. 42

 

Andrew probably had no idea that his brother would turn out to be one of the most famous and effective of all the Apostles. 

 

And we never know how the Lord Jesus will use those whom we bring to Christ.  They very well could outshine us!

 

Vs. 42 – Andrew brought Peter to Jesus.

Jesus gave Peter a new name.

Jesus saw in Peter a rock or a stone.

Jesus saw in Peter a man of courage, of boldness, who would preach boldly and live boldly for Christ.

 

But if you know anything about Peter, you know that he was very impetuous, up one moment and down another.  You also know that he denied the Lord Jesus three times.

 

How could Jesus nickname this type of man, “Rock”?

It is because Jesus knew what He would do for Peter.

It is because Jesus knew that when He sent Peter and the other Apostles the Holy Spirit that they would be empowered men who would boldly show courage.

 

· It was Peter who boldly preached on the Day of Pentecost and saw 3,000 converts.

· When Peter and John were not to speak in the name of the Lord Jesus, their response was courageous in Acts 4:20, For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

· When Peter and the other Apostles were confronted because they were preaching about the Lord Jesus, they said in Acts 5:29, We ought to obey God rather than man.

 

We live in a day when people don’t want you sharing your Christian faith.

We live in a day when you may be criticized if you tell people that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.

We live in a day when some want the Christian message silenced.

The Lord wants people who, through the His empowering have courage.

 

Just like Peter, we will not have courage until we allow God’s Holy Spirit to control us.

John 15:4 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

 

A DISCIPLE WITH A CAUSE – Vs. 43

   

Vs. 43 - A third disciple is mentioned by name.

              His name was Phillip.

Jesus simply said, “Follow Me”.

One verse tells us about Phillip’s recruitment.

But those 2 words, “follow me” speak volumes.

When we follow someone or something, that someone or something becomes our “cause”.

It is what we stand for.

It is what we live for.

One cannot be a disciple of Christ unless He is willing to make Jesus his cause.

Jesus is very stringent on the requirements for following Him. John 12:24-26

 

To follow Jesus we must die to ourselves.

To follow Jesus we must despise our own lives in favor of Jesus.

To follow Jesus we must accept His leadership and His plan for our lives.

To Follow Jesus we must be faithful. Luke 9:62

Luke 9:62 - And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

 

Phillip had a cause. Do you?

Is it the right cause?

Is your cause the Lord Jesus Christ?   

 

A DISCIPLE WITH CHARACTER – Vss. 44-51

 

Vs. 44-45 – Notice that Phillip shared His cause.  When a cause is truly important to you, you will share it.

 

Phillip gave Nathaniel a summary of who they found.

Although we know that Jesus is the Son of God, he would have been known by his guardian on earth’s name, Joseph,

Hence, Phillip calls him, Jesus the Son of Joseph.”

 

Vs. 46 – Nathaniel was a man without deceit or guile.

               Nathaniel would tell you what he thought.

               He was no hypocrite.

So, “He asks, can any good come from Nazareth?”

Evidently, the reputation of Nazareth, just four miles from Bethsaida, where Nathaniel lived, was not very good.

 

Phillip’s answer was very profound, “Come and See”.

Rather than argue with Nathaniel, Nathaniel was invited to experience Jesus for himself.

 

Vs. 47 – Jesus knows his disciples even before they sign up.

Jesus gives his assessment of Nathaniel before actually meeting him.

Jesus didn’t see a sinless man, but he saw a man of character.  He saw a man, who was without deceit. He was straightforward, honest.

 

Vs. 48 – Nathaniel wondered how Jesus knew Him.

Evidently Nathaniel had been sitting under a fig tree by himself with nobody around.  And whatever Nathaniel was thinking under that fig tree were thoughts that showed him to be without deceit.

 

Vs. 49 – This was it all it took for Nathaniel. As a man of faith he declared Jesus to be Son of God and King of Israel.

 

Vss. 50-51 – Jesus basically told Nathaniel, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!” 

The allusion is to “Jacob’s ladder” that Jacob had seen in a dream.  A ladder or a stairway connects two places.

Jacob’s ladder connected Heaven and Earth.

Jesus Christ is the ladder that bridges God and Man.

Jesus is the ladder that makes access to Heaven possible.

God’s blessing is brought to earth through the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

There are four disciples mentioned by name.

Each one has something to teach us.

 

ANDREW, A DISCIPLE WITH A CHAMPION

PETER, A DISCIPLE WITH COURAGE

PHILLIP, A DISCIPLE WITH A CAUSE

NATHANIEL, A DISCIPLE WITH CHARACTER

 

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ACTS 9:10-19 – USEABLE

 

It should be the desire of every Child of God to be useable by Him. When Saul (Paul) was converted on the Road to Damascus, God wanted a human instrument to minister to Him. He chose Ananias who was useable! Here is why:

 

ANANIAS WAS AVAILABLE – Vs. 10

ANANIAS WAS ATTENTIVE – Vss. 11-12

ANANIAS WAS APPREHENSIVE – Vss. 13-14

ANANIAS WAS ASSURED – Vss. 15-16

ANANIAS WAS ACTIVE – Vss. 17-19

  • He accepted Paul as “Brother”. – Vs. 17
  • He assisted Paul in his new faith. – Vss. 18-19

Paul received his sight and was baptized.

 

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REAL MEN HAVE FAITH – THE STORY OF ABRAHAM

Real Men - Lesson #3 of 7

(Here are the outline and questions I used to teach this men’s Bible Study.)

 

  • What is faith?
  • Why does God say that faith is so important?

     Hebrews 11:6

  • What are some of the consequences of unbelief for the Christian?
  • What is the greatest act of faith that you have ever seen?

 

Abraham is called the “Father of Faith”.  He teaches us by his example to be men of faith.

 

RESPONSE TO GOD’S CALL

Genesis 12:1-9

 

  • Look at Genesis 11:27-32. What do you think was Abraham’s religious background?

 

Joshua 24:2 - And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

 

  • Vs. 1- Why do you think God required him to leave his family behind and go to a different land?  How scary was that?
  • As we follow Christ, what does he require that we leave behind? Why?

 

Luke 14:26-27 - If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [27] And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

 

  • Why does leaving that which is familiar require faith?
  • Vss. 2-3 – What promises were made to Abraham and how have they been fulfilled?

 

RELINQUISHMENT OF RIGHTS

Genesis 13

 

  •  Who was Lot?  How was he different from Abraham?
  •   Vss. 5-7 – What are some causes of stress when family

       members live with or near each other?  Why is it

       sometimes harder to live near family than neighbors?

  •   In what ways is Abraham’s offer to Lot in Vss. 8-9 a

       very gracious offer?

  •   Why could Abraham make such an offer and not feel

       threatened?

  •   When should you and I be willing to relinquish our 

        rights?  Who makes relinquishing our rights easier and

        why? Ephesians 5:18, 21

  •   Why did Lot make a bad choice in Vss. 10-13?

 

2 Peter 2:8 - (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

 

  •   How did Abraham get the better end of the deal? 

       Genesis 13:14-17

  •   How do we get a better deal when we relinquish our

       rights?

 

REASSURANCE OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Genesis 15:1-6

 

  • This event took place after Lot had been taken captive and Abraham had rescued him.
  • In Vs. 1 what do you think Abraham was afraid of?
  • Did Abraham have a legitimate complaint inVss.2-3? What was Abraham forgetting?
  • Abraham was given a tremendous promise in Vss. 4-5.
  • What great Bible doctrine is reinforced in Vs. 6?

See Romans 5:1.

  • Why does God require faith to make someone righteous in His sight?

 

REQUEST MADE FOR OTHERS

Genesis 18:17-33

 

  • According to Vss. 17-19 why was God willing to reveal his plans to Abraham?
  • Why do some people have a greater grasp of the Word of God and the mind of God than others?
  • In verses 22-33 Abraham intercedes for Sodom and Gomorrah.  Why do you think Abraham was so adamant?

When we intercede for others, what should be our main concern?

  • How did Abraham’s intercession reflect his faith?
  • What mistake, if any, did Abraham make? Vss. 32-33

 

RELIANCE ON GOD’S PROMISES

Genesis 22

 

  • Sarah had given birth to Isaac.  The promised seed had arrived.
  • Vss. 1-2 – This was a test for Abraham.  What made this test so hard and so puzzling?
  • Why does God test us? James 1:2-4
  • On what was Abraham relying as he took Isaac up to be sacrificed?  Vs. 5, Hebrews 11:17-19
  • In Vss. 7-8, in what ways was this a prophetic utterance?

Genesis 22:13, 1 Peter 1:18-10

  • In Vss. 10-13 what did this test of Abraham prove?
  • What will the tests we face prove?

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