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SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 11/4/19


SERMON SEEDS

R22 – THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3, 2019

 

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1PETER 1:23-2:3 – SOMEBODY SPECIAL

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD (1 PETER) #7

We usually don’t do this, but I’d like us to take a moment and greet each other.So why did I have you shake hands now? I wanted those around you to shake hands with somebody special, you!  If you know Christ as your Savior, you are somebody special! And, if you do not know Christ as Savior, you’re still special! He created you! He died for you!

 

The passage before us, 1 Peter 2:4-10 shows us just how special you are! 1 Peter 2:9 sums it up!

There are four things listed here that make you special. Let’s look at them.

 

 

WE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION or A CHOSEN PEOPLE

Vs. 4 - Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 4:15-16

Vs. 6 - Isaiah 28:16

Vs. 7 – Psalm 118:22

 

YOU ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD

Romans 12:1, Hebrews 13:15, Psalm 47:6-7, Revelation 4:10-11, Revelation 8:3,                     Ephesians 6:18, Hebrews 13:16, Philippians 4:18

 

A HOLY NATION

Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Peter 1:15-16, 1 Peter 3:15

 

A PECULIAR (SPECIAL) PEOPLE

Psalm 23

 

 

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PSALM 46 – NO MATTER WHAT  

Psalms for Living #12

We can have confidence in God, no what happens in our lives.

 

WE CAN BE CONFIDENT IN GOD’S ABILITY! – Vss. 1-3

Romans 8:35-39 

WE CAN BE CONFIDENT IN GOD’S CITY! – Vss. 4-5

Revelation 22:1-5, Hebrews 11:10

WE CAN BE CONFIDENT IN GOD’S POWER! – Vss. 6-7, 11

Psalm 73:24-26

WE CAN BE CONFIDENT IN GOD’S VICTORY! – Vss. 8-9

Millennial Kingdom – Isaiah 11:3-9                                                                                                     Personal Victory - 2 Thessalonians 1: 4-10

WE CAN BE CONFIDENT IN GOD’S COMMAND! – Vs. 10

John 14:6

 

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ISAIAH 51:11 – WHAT A FUTURE!

 

Isaiah 51:11 - Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

 

REDEEMED - Therefore the redeemed of the Lord

RETURN - shall return, and come with singing unto Zion

REJOICING - and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy;

REMOVAL - and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

 

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MARK 3:1-6 etc. – THE FOUR LOOKS

 

Much can be communicated through the use of the eyes. There's the look of love, the look of despair, the look of appreciation, the look of peace, the look of anger, the look of conviction, and the look of joy, just to mention a few. We very often understand people better when their words are matched by a facial expression.

 

Wouldn't it be neat, if we could see the eyes of our Lord Jesus when He spoke or dealt with people?  Or wouldn't be great to see just the "look" that He gave in given situations. Of course, this is physically impossible, for we would have had to have been "there" in order to see these looks.

 

However, our friend Mark tells us of four instances in the life of our Lord Jesus in which Mark says of Jesus, "He looked around."  By examining the circumstances, we can easily determine the type of look our savior gave and gain some very practical lessons for our own lives.

 

THE LOOK OF EXASPERATION 3:1-5

 

When our Lord was angry it was always a righteous anger.

 

One of the groups who opposed our Lord was the Pharisees. The Pharisees were a group who not only stood for a strong and literal interpretation of the laws of God, but also adhered to many man-made traditions and writings of men.

 

Vs. 5 - Now here is our Lord's look of anger. The anger was over the hard heartedness of the people!

They would rather see a man stick stay sick than have one of their man-made laws violated.

 

But the Pharisees themselves would violate their own man-made laws. Luke 14:1-6 - It was evidently common practice to rescue animals on the Sabbath day, but for the Lord to heal a human being was viewed as wrong.

 

THE LOOK OF EXPOSURE - Mark 5:24-34

 

The look of exposure in this story is a good look.

Our Lord gives this look to expose and solidify the faith of someone who has chosen to trust him.

 

Vss. 25-26 - In this crowd is a certain woman who had been sick as long as Jairus' daughter had been alive - 12 years.

Vs. 27 - This woman came in to the crowd and reached out and touched the garment of our Lord.

 

Vs. 28 - This was a reach of faith. It was felt in those days, that if you touched the garment of someone like the Lord Jesus you could be healed. This was superstition, more than anything else.

 

Vs. 29 - She was completely healed, and she knew it.

 

Vs. 30 - Our Lord, being God, knew that power had left His body for the purpose of healing. So, He turned and asked who had touched Him.

 

Vs. 33 - The woman came forward and told the story in fear and trembling.

 

Vs. 34 - Our Lord gave assurance of total healing. It was God honoring her faith that made her well.She was to go in peace.

 

By exposing her, the Lord could assure and encourage her. She did not have to fear because she had had privately expressed her faith.

 

We need people like this woman today.

  • People who will privately trust God for healing in their families,
  • People who will privately trust God for growth in their churches.
  • People who will privately trust God for development in their Spiritual lives.Many times faith need not be public, other times it needs to be.When God calls you to private faith, don't be surprised if the Lord makes it public, as he did with this woman.

 

THE LOOK OF EMPHASIS Mark 10:17-27

 

The story is about the rich young ruler.

 

Vs. 17 - He asks how he can obtain eternal life.

Vs. 20 - As far as an outward obligation, this man claimed to have been obedient in all these areas.

 

Vs, 21 - Our Lord loved this man, as He does every sinner.  He realized that there was only on thing keeping him from eternal life. he was going to have to turn his back on his wealth and follow Christ, if he was going to be saved. Our Lord did not say this to every person who followed Him. In this case, however, the man loved His money more than God.

The money was His idol, his God. Although, in his opinion, he kept the commandments of obligation to his neighbor, he violated the first two commandments. Exodus 20:2-3

 

Vs. 23 - Here is the next of our Lord's looks.

           It is the look of emphasis.

           He is looking around, getting eye contact, because He is going to make a point.

 

A RICH MAN ENTERS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY!

 

THE LOOK OF EVALUATION Mark 11:11

 

It was on the day of His entry into Jerusalem.

It was on the day Jerusalem had given Him a king's welcome

As king, our Lord looked around the the temple area, an area that was dedicated to Him as God.

 

The look was one of evaluation. He would come the next day and clean the temple of it's sinful practices as far as buying and selling in God's house was concerned.

Now why should we care if Jesus took a look of evaluation around a temple?

Because if you and I are saved we are the temple of God. God's Holy Spirit lives inside of us.

If my body and Spirit belong to God, does not the Son of God have the right to make evaluation? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Psalm 139:23-24

 

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John 10:1-15 – ABUNDANCE

 

We like it when there is an abundance of good things.  We are happy when there is an abundance of things to eat, things to do, clothes to wear, etc.  The best abundance, however, comes from the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ.  He provides:

 

ABUNDANT LEADERSHIP, Vss. 1-5

  He comes. Vss. 1-2

  He calls. Vs. 3

  He chaperones. Vss. 4-5

 

ABUNDANT LIFE, Vss. 7-10

  Salvation - Vss. 7-9

  Sanctification - Vs. 10

 

ABUNDANT LOVE Vss. 11-15

  Sacrifice for the sheep. Vss. 11, 15

  Knowledge of the sheep. Vs. 14

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GALATIANS 3:1-9 – UNDERSTANDING GOD’S BLESSINGS

 

I have often acted foolishly because I failed to think things through.

I've spent money I didn't have to spend because I failed to think.

I once road in a helicopter next to an open door without wearing a seat belt.

That certainly wasn't thinking.

And when I was a layman I once sided with someone on a key issue, without talking to my pastor first.  That wasn't thinking either.

 

In verses 1 and 3 of our text Paul calls the Galatians "foolish".

By foolish, he did not mean they were stupid, or dumb, or mentally deficient.  He meant they weren't thinking. Because they weren't thinking they were being fooled by false teachers.

 

The false teachers were instructing these new believers that they had to keep Old Testament Law as well as believe on Christ in order to have eternal life.  Specifically the Galatians were being wrongly taught that they had to practice the Jewish rite of circumcision in order to be saved.

 

Today we as Christians try often foolishly try to do the same thing. We believe on Christ, and God, through His Spirit, does a wonderful work in our lives. Then we try to live the Christian Life without God's power at work within us. We try to be holy, Godly, and a good witness in our own self-effort. This is foolish.  We are not thinking.

 

We need to understand God's blessing. God has blessed us so we can live a Christian life that pleases Him after we are saved. The Galatians were foolish because they did not understand the blessing of God. We are equally foolish if we do not understand the blessing of God.  In our text Paul shows us three things about God's blessing that we need to understand.

 

WE ARE BLESSED WITH THE SPIRIT

 

Vs. 2 - These Galatians were truly saved.  They had received the Holy Spirit of God in their

lives.

Anyone who is saved is born of the spirit. (John 3:1-8)

Anyone who is truly saved has received the Holy Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 12:13, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 1:3.

 

Vs. 5 - The one who ministers or supplies the Spirit is God.

God supplies His spirit so that we might be filled with the Spirit and produce the fruit of the Spirit.  Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:22-23

 

WE ARE BLESSED BY FAITH

 

Vs. 2 - Paul asks an important question.

He wants to know if the Galatians first received the Spirit by the works of the law or the hearing of faith? The obvious answer is that they were blessed by the hearing of faith.

 

Vs. 3 - Paul shows how illogical and foolish these Galatians were. They received the Spirit of God as a result of faith. They began their Christian walk with the Holy Spirit. Now, they were trying to perfect the Christian life by the keeping of the Old Testament Law.  They should have been living the Christian Life by simple faith in the power of God's Spirit.

 

Vs. 5 - The great things accomplished by the Spirit of God are not by keeping Old Testament Law or any self-effort without the power of God.  The great things of the Spirit of God accomplishes in our lives are a result of our faith or reliance, or trust in God.

 

We are not suggesting that we are to be lazy. We are suggesting that all that we do should be done by faith.

 

WE ARE BLESSED WITH ABRAHAM

 

Vs. 6 - Abraham was a great patriarch, a great hero in Jewish history. God made him a promise. He promised him a son. He promised him descendents as numerous as the stars. Abraham believed that promise. God declared him righteous.

 

Vs. 7 - Those in this age, which trust Christ as Savior are true children of Abraham. Those who live the Christian life by faith by faith after being saved are acting as true children of Abraham.

 

Vs. 8 - The Gentiles are justified through faith in Abraham's descendent, Christ. In Abraham all nations are blessed.

 

Vs. 9 - Those who are of faith are blessed with faithful, or believing Abraham. If you are saved you were blessed with Abraham at the point of salvation. And every time you trust God by faith as a Christian, you are again blessed with Abraham.

 

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PSALM 103:8-14 – KNOWING GOD’S MERCY

KNOWING GOD #6 OF 7

 

(Note: This is a series basically on the attributes of God. Very Complete Notes, so be creative in adapting them. If you don’t change some of it, be sure to give me credit for writing your sermon. Otherwise, I don’t need credit. :-)

                   

If you think about it, every one of us at one time or another has been shown mercy. Not having to pay a bill, not receiving a deserved punishment, not being penalized for handing in a late paper, receiving help on a job or project around the house, that was your own responsibility.

 

The greatest shower of mercy who ever lived is God.

 

Lamentations 3:22-23 - It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. [23] They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

 

God shows mercy to everyone, or we’d all be dead. We’ve all sinned. We’ve all violated God’s holy laws. And yet God does not immediately cast us into hell when we violate His commandments. If he did, earth would have been unpopulated long ago!

 

God’s greatest show of mercy was at the cross of Calvary where His Son died for your sins and mine. Romans 8:6-8

 

Now, through faith in His Son, God shows us the mercy of forgiveness and ever lasting life.   

Ephesians 2:8-9

 

God’s mercy is such a tremendous blessing, not just at the moment of salvation, but throughout the life of the Christian.

Psalm 103:8-14 gives the believer a clear understanding of some of the mercy of God. It also gives the one who is yet to come to Christ some encouragement to be born again.

 

We want to continue our series on knowing God this morning by concentrating on Knowing God’s Mercy, as found in Psalm 103:8-14. 

 

THE DECLARATION OF GOD’S MERCY – Vs. 8

 

Psalm 103:8 - The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

 

In this verse God declares outright that He is the God of mercy.  “Merciful is the adjective form of a word which means to “love deeply”, “be compassionate”, or “have mercy”.

 

When God described Himself to Moses he said in

Exodus 34:6, …The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

 

Because God is compassionate He cares about you!

He is concerned about your well being, your needs, your eternal life!

With God you are not a number on a computer printout. You are a real person!

 

God is also gracious. We think of grace as “unmerited favor”. Because God is gracious to us, He is showing us favor that we do not deserve.

 

Not only does this verse declare that the Lord is merciful and gracious, but slow to anger.

 

There are many of us who can lose our tempers at the drop of hat. But God is holy, and does nothing unholy.

Although God’s righteous wrath is a terrible thing to experience, God is slow to anger.

 

If God was not slow to anger, the children of Israel would have never made it to the Promised Land. Between their complaining, immorality, and idolatry, there was enough for God to wipe them out!

 

This verse also tells us that God is plenteous in mercy.

This means that God abounds in love or in loving kindness.

 

Get this through your head, beloved. God loves you.

This is not just a trite saying.

 

THE DESCRIPTION OF GOD’S MERCY – Vss. 9-10

 

Psalm 103:9 – He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

 

In relation to God’s children, God does not always chide. That is, He is not always scolding us!   

 

Could God find reasons to scold His children all the time?

Indeed, He could!

None of us are perfect. We could all do better.

However, as justified as scolding us would be, God realizes that we would easily be discouraged if all we ever heard was scolding.

 

When He scolds us He is correcting us so that we confess our sins and do better.

 

Hebrews 12:6 - For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

 

Also note that God does not keep His anger forever. Psalm 32:5

As Christians, Christ died for our sins.

When we sin as Christians, we do not lose our salvation, but we lose our fellowship.

When we confess our sins, our fellowship with God is restored, and God is no longer angry with us.

 

And when we arrive in Heaven, and face the Judgment Seat of Christ and receive our rewards, and our embarrassments, that will be the end of it. There will be no more anger for any of our sins.   

   

Psalm 103:10 - He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

 

This is a terrific verse for the Christian.

He has not dealt with us after our sins, or we’d be in hell, or at least on the way!

 

God has decided to deal with us in mercy.

Our sins and iniquities He dealt with at the cross and put them on the back of His Son instead of on our backs.   

 

THE DIMENSIONS OF GOD’S MERCY – Vss. 11-12

 

In these two verses we have two pictures of God’s mercy.

One picture deals with height, the other with width.

 

Psalm 103:11 - For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

 

How high are the Heavens above the earth?

The distance of the Heavens above the earth are like the Engergizer Bunny, “They keep going, and going, and going”.

The space above the earth goes for billions and trillions of miles.

That’s a lot distance.

That’s a lot of mercy!

 

My friend, I may not know why or how you are hurting today. But I can assure you of God’s mercy in your life.   

 

His mercy toward them that fear him.

If you’ve feared Him enough to trust the Lord Jesus as your Savior His mercy is there for you.

As you fear, that is reverence and respect, Him in your Christian walk you will see evidences of His mercy every day! I suggest that you look for them!

 

Psalm 103:12 - As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

 

If you travel north you will eventually travel south.

If you travel south you will eventually travel north.

South and north meet at the north and south poles.

However, you can travel east forever and never start heading west.

And you travel west forever and never start heading east.

 

If it were possible to walk straight into space in a straight line, we could head east, and never see someone who is heading west.

When it comes to our sins, God sends them in one direction, and us in the other, never to meet again!

 

My friend, every sin you’ve ever committed is paid for. Every sin you will ever commit is paid for!

When you commit a sin as a Christian, that will not keep you out of Heaven, for your sins are paid for!

 

This does not give you license to sin.

Romans 6:1-2 - What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? [2] God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

 

Because we have received so much mercy from God, we should not want to sin.  We should not want to add to the list of things that Jesus had to die for!

Because we love our loving God and our wonderful Savior, let’s make every effort to flee from sin, and of course, keep short accounts with God by confessing our sins.   

 

THE DELIGHT OF GOD’S MERCY – Vs. 13

 

Psalm 103:13 - Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

Unfortunately, for some this verse is not significant because they have not experienced the love of a Father.   

The Psalmist is saying here that as a good Father loves his children, God loves those who fear Him.

 

THE DESIGN OF GOD’S MERCY – Vs. 14

   

Psalm 103:14 - For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

 

God knows our frame. He knows that He made us from dust. He never gives us more than we carry can for He’s always there to carry us!

 

HE WILL NOT OVERLOAD YOU WITH TRIALS

HE WILL NOT OVERLOAD YOU WITH TEMPTATION

HE WILL NOT OVERLOAD YOU WITH TASKS

 

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