SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/18/21
January 19, 2021, 4:28 PM

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BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T3 – FOR WEEK OF 1/18/21

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JOHN 7:25-39 – QUESTIONS TO PONDER - 1

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #14      

 

Here are some fun questions from the website, “Funny all-women’s talk.com for you to ponder:

  1. “Why is an alarm clock going ‘off’ when it actually turns on?”
  2. “Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?”
  3. “If a person told you they were a pathological liar, would you believe them?”
  4. “Is there another word for synonym?”
  5. “Why is the man who invests your money called a broker?”
  6. “Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected the expected?”

https://funny.allwomenstalk.com/hysterical-unanswerable-questions-to-ponder-about-life/

Now I’m sure that you and I agree that there are more serious questions to ponder than these, some even with life-or-death ramifications.

As we return to our series, “Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John”, we are confronted with three questions about Jesus that everyone needs to ponder:

  1. Where did Jesus come from? Vss. 25-30
  2. Where was Jesus going? Vss. 31-36
  3. What does Jesus offer? Vss. 37-39

We are moving on from John 6, where Jesus fed the 5,000, walked on water and presented himself as “The Bread of Life.”

There was a growing hostility and unbelief mounting among the Spiritual leadership and the Pharisees, who were the religious fundamentalists of their day. John 7:1

John 7:5 is very telling. For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

In our story it was time for The Feast of Tabernacles or The Feast of Booths. This was a huge joyous harvest festival celebrating the Exodus from Egypt. People would dwell in booths, and it was one of the feasts that the men were expected to attend in Jerusalem.

John 7:10 – Jesus did go up to the feast but went “incognito”.

In Vss. 14-24 – Jesus begins teaching and rebuking those who opposed Him for their hypocrisy. Now we are ready to ponder these serious questions.

WHERE DID JESUS COME FROM? – John 7:25-30

Vss. 25-27 – The “locals” knew the attitude of leadership towards Jesus and wondered why He was not stopped.  They knew He was not the Messiah. They assumed this because he was Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph. They rejected any notion that he was Messiah or the Son of God.

Vss. 28-29 – Jesus is implying you only think you know me. Jesus was born in Bethlehem in fulfilment of prophecy but existed as God before the foundation of the world.                                Micah 5:2, John 1:1-5,14, John 14:7-11, 1 John 2:22-23

WHERE WAS JESUS GOING? – John 7:31-36

Vss. 33-34 – Jesus was to return to the Father in Heaven.

  • He went by way of the Cross. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • He went by way of the grave.
  • He went by way of resurrection.
  • He went by way of ascension. Acts 1:9                 
  • They could not go because of unbelief. John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10

WHAT DOES JESUS OFFER? – John 7:37-39

Vs. 37 – The last day of feast was a great day of joy, involving water. Jesus offered living water!

Zechariah 14:8, Isaiah 12:3

When a person comes to Christ as Savior, his thirst for forgiveness and eternal life is satisfied.

Vss. 38-39 – The Holy Spirit takes up residence, and makes it possible for abundance of life now, as well as giving assurance of salvation. John 10:10, Ephesians 1:13-14

 

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1 SAMUEL 18 – NEVER THE SAME

David: A Man’s Man, God’s Man Lesson #3

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

 

  • How is a man “never the same” after he gets married?
  • How is a man or woman “never the same” after the death of a spouse or a child?
  • What are some other events that you were “never the same” after they happened?
  • How would you be “never the same” if all of a sudden you became a national hero?
  • What is the biggest change you anticipate in the near or not too distant future?
  • React to this statement:  Being “never the same” after a life changing event will affect us in the long haul either positively or adversely, depending how we handle the change.

 

Last week we saw the classic confrontation between David, the challenger, and Goliath the champion.  As you know, David won.  Israel had a great victory.  Becoming a national hero changed David’s life forever.  The purpose for this lesson is to examine the changes in David’s life, and how we might adapt to similar changes in our own lives.

COVENANT WITH JONATHAN - Vss. 1, 3-4

1. THEY WERE SOUL BROTHERS – Vs. 1 

...the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David...

 

  • What do you know about Jonathan?
  • What would have attracted Jonathan to David or David to Jonathan?

 

  • What attracts you in another person that motivates you to pursue friendship?
  • Why should Christian men pursue Christian friendships?
  • What makes solid Christian friendships special?

 

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 - For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. [13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

 

John 17:20-21 - Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; [21] That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

2. THEY WERE SOUL LOVERS - Vs. 2 

...and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 

  • According to the passages below, what are the qualities of love that we should be developing in a Christian friendship?

 

John 13:34-35 - A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 - Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, [5] Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; [6] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; [7] Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. [8] Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

3. THEY WERE SOUL SUPPORTERS - Vs. 3 

Then Jonathan and David made a covenant...

  • This was a commitment to bear the burdens of the other.  Jonathan interceded for, protected, and encouraged David in his problems with Saul. 1 Samuel 19:1-7, 20:1-42                    1 Samuel 23:16, Galatians 6:2
  • What unspoken agreements do Christian men have?

4. THEY WERE SOUL SHARERS - Vs. 4

  • Jonathan shared what he had with David.
  • What are some of the things that Christian men might share with their Christian friends?

CHANGE OF SERVICE - Vss. 2, 5

  • Why was David no longer permitted to go home?
  • How might we face a change of service as Christians?
  • What should be our reaction to any change of service that God gives to us?
  • Vs. 5 - What two qualities will help us handle change?

CHALLENGE OF POPULARITY- Vss. 6-7

  • David became now the "matinee idol" of Israel.
  • How do you think David handled praise?
  • How should we handle praise, especially when it is lavish?

CONFLICT WITH SAUL - Vss. 8-16

  • Saul was not happy with the praise that David received. Why?
  • In these verses, who acted more like a king and why?
  • What must we remember when we face conflict with others?

Matthew 5:44-45, Romans 12:16-21, James 1:2-4

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PSALM 66 – CELEBRATE!!

 

Psalm 66 invites us to celebrate God.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP – Vss. 1-4

 

CAUSE FOR AWE – Vss. 5-9

 

CHALLENGE OF TRIALS – Vss. 10-12

 

COMMITMENT TO GOD – Vss. 13-15

 

COMFORT THROUGH PRAYER – Vss. 16-20

 

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MALACHI 2:10-16 – A MARRIAGE MESS

NOW AND THEN – STUDIES IN MALACHI – #4

  • God’s opinion of marriage -  Genesis 2:20-24, Mark 10:2-12
  • In this passage Malachi addresses two marital difficulties prevalent in his day.

A BASIC PRINCIPLE – Vs. 10

  • God is talking to Israel as a nation.
  • God created Israel from Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3, 18:18, 46:3
  • When we deal “treacherously”, we “are faithless” (ESV) with those who are in the same family.
  • Psalm 15 gives us some good examples of how to deal treacherously or break faith with fellow believers.
  • To profane the covenant of their Fathers would be to break God’s law. Exodus 19:3-8, Exodus 20:1-24:8
  • The basic principle is that we should not break faith with God’s people by breaking God’s covenant; that is, we should not disobey the laws that tell us how to treat fellow believers.

MIXED MARRIAGE – Vss. 2:11-12

  • Vs. 11 – The first example of being faithless is marrying “foreign” wives.
  • Israelites were marrying women who worshipped other Gods. This was historically a problem, especially in the days of Malachi. Ezra 9:1-2, Nehemiah 13:23-27, 1 Kings 11:1-8
  • Vs. 12 indicates a big penalty for those who intermarry with those who worshipped other Gods.
  • As Christians, we must avoid being “unequally yoked” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

DIVORCE– Vss. 13-16

  • Vs. 13-14a – God was not accepting their sacrifices and they wondered why.
  • Vs. 14b – The men had become faithless towards the wives of their youth.
  • Vs. 15 – God made them one to produce Godly offspring.
  • Vs. 16 – The one who divorces his wife “covers his garment with violence”.
  • They were those who showed partiality instead of teaching the Word of God accurately.

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JOHN 13:1-17 – ROOM SERVICE

LIFE OF CHRIST #51

 

There is no substitute for good solid preaching and teaching, both in church and in our homes. And those of us who do so are to be good examples. 1 Timothy 4:12

 

If anyone ever practiced what He preached it was the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

As we return to our study of His life, we find him practicing what He preached. He provided “Room Service”, or service to His disciples in “The Upper Room”.

It was the night before His death and He gathered His disciples together for the celebration of the last supper. Before the institution of the Lord’s Supper, He took the role of a servant and washed the disciples’ feet.

 

In this passage the Lord sets for us an example that we should follow. We will see:

 

HIS SECURITY AS THE SON – Vss. 1-3

 

What Jesus was about to do in the Upper Room, in the Garden of Gethsemane, during his trial and on the cross was absolutely unbelievable. To think that the God who created us would suffer so much for us!

 

The reason Jesus could endure what He endured was His feeling secure as God the Son.

 

Vs. 1 – In other passages it was said of Jesus that His hour or his time had not yet come. But now, Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world by way of crucifixion. He would go back to His Father in the splendors of glory, after suffering the most brutal and unfair death in all of history.

 

He knew where he was going, which gave Him a real sense of security. You will only feel secure if you know for sure where you are going when you die. It is something that nobody should want to leave to chance.

 

Another thing we see here is that He loved His own unto the end. Even when they didn’t understand Him, forsook Him and denied Him, He loved them to the end.

 

That is true today. Jesus loves us to the end of this life and into eternal life. Romans 8:38-39

 

Vs. 2 – Judas was influenced by Satan to betray Jesus.

 

Vs. 3 - We are given some more reasons for Jesus’ being able to take the role of the servant, not only in the Upper Room, but in His sufferings and death.

 

1. JESUS HAD AUTHORITY

 

All things were under control. All that He was about to do He had the authority to do from God. He was doing it voluntarily. He wasn’t forced to do anything.

He had the authority to serve.

He had the authority to suffer.

He had the authority to sacrifice for us to give us eternal life.

He was secure because He had authority.

 

2. JESUS KNEW WHO HE WAS

 

Jesus knew that He came from God.

Jesus knew that He was God.

You can endure a lot when you know who you really are!

You can serve a lot when you know who you really are!

 

3. JESUS KNEW WHERE HE WAS GOING

 

Jesus was secure because He knew that when it was all over, He would be returning to Heaven.

 

You, Christian will be called upon to humbly serve and submit yourselves in various ways. You will be able to do this if you realize that.

 

1. You have authority.

God has given you authority to witness, to teach, to serve and to suffer persecution. Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 23:11, 2 Timothy 3:12

 

  1. You know who you are.

 

Jesus knew that He came from God. You and I know that we are born of God, making us His children. John 1:12-13, Galatians 3:26

 

3. You know where you are going.

 

We can feel secure in suffering and service because we know where we are going when we did. This life is a hundred years long at best. Eternity is forever. With God’s help we can endure anything!

2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:21

 

Jesus was secure!

  1. should be secure as well.

 

HIS SUBMISSION AS THE SAVIOR – Vss. 4-11

 

When Jesus and the disciples had arrived at the Upper Room their feet would have been dirty. The roads were dusty, and they wore open sandals. Usually when there were guests at a dinner, the host would have one of his servants wash the feet of the guests. In the Upper Room, there were no servants.

 

One of the disciples should have performed this task, but evidently none of them were willing. It was a menial, lowly task. Luke 22:24

 

Not one of them had fully learned to be a servant, except of course, our Lord Himself.

 

Vs. 4 – Our Lord arose during the meal, and quietly, humbly, and majestically laid aside his outer garments

 

Vs. 5 – Then our Lord poured water into the basin, and began to wash the feet of each disciple present. As their Lord and Master, this was not His assigned task. As the Lord of Glory, He should have not been required to do this. But He did it out of loving service and as an example for them and us.

 

Vs. 6 – Simon Peter enters the picture.

Outspoken, impetuous, Peter could not keep still!

Others might let the Lord Jesus wash their feet without a whimper, but not Peter!

  1. thought that the one whom Peter rightly understood to be the Messiah would wash Peter’s dirty feet was intolerable.

 

Vs. 7 – Notice the answer that our patient Lord gives to impatient Peter. “Peter, you don’t understand what I’m doing now, but you will later!”

 

After our Lord’s humiliation, death, burial, and resurrection Peter would understand. But right at that moment, he didn’t understand.

 

This verse encourages me. We do not always understand why the Lord is doing what He’s doing. And sometimes we don’t even know what He’s doing! I am reassured that when there are times when I don’t understand, I will understand later, if necessary. I am also reassured that whether I understand or not, the Lord knows what He is doing, and that He can be trusted.

 

Vs. 8 – Peter was emphatic! He was saying, “You’re not going to wash my feet! No way! No how!”

 

Jesus was even more emphatic. He tells Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me!”

If Jesus did not wash Peter, there would be no communion, no fellowship, and no part with the Lord. We’ll explain that in a moment.

 

Vs. 9 – Good old Peter went overboard again. He was expressing his desire to be a part of the Lord. If being washed by the Lord Jesus had something to do with being a part of Christ, then Peter was willing to have all exposed parts washed.

 

Vs. 10 – What Jesus is saying here is, “He that has had a bath only needs to wash his feet.”

 

These men would have already bathed for the day. Their feet, however got dirty as they walked in open sandals. Only their feet needed to be washed.

 

Let’s think about the symbolic meaning here.

When you came to Christ you were redeemed. You were “washed in the blood”. You were saved. You were totally forgiven. You had a spiritual bath that made you a child of God, based on the sacrifice that Christ made for you on the cross.

 

But you have what has been called, “a daily walk”.

You walk in a dirty, sinful world, and although you are clean because you’ve been saved, your feet still get dirty.

They get dirty with sin!

 

You haven’t lost your salvation, but you have lost your fellowship with God. Proverbs 28:9

 

You have also lost your spiritual power because you have grieved or quenched the Holy Spirit that lives inside of you. Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19

 

How do we have our feet washed? 1 John 1:9

 

If Peter did not have his feet washed, he would have union with Christ, but no communion.

 

Even today, Christ washes our feet when we confess our sins. He is still acting, in a way, as a servant. This should make all the more, not to want to sin!

 

This act of submissive service by our Lord Jesus was just a precursor to what He would do on the cross. Unless He had taken on the role of servant all His life and through to His death there would be no forgiveness of sin. Philippians 2:5-8

 

Vs. 11 - And notice that Jesus knew who wasn’t clean. Judas wasn’t clean. He never had a bath! He’d never trusted Jesus as His Savior. He betrayed Jesus instead!

Remember, you can pretend to others, but Jesus knows if you are clean from being saved, or not. He makes not mistakes!

 

HIS STANDARD AS OUR SUPERIOR – Vss. 12-17

 

Vs. 12 – Jesus finished his foot washing ministry, got dressed and took His place at the chief spot at the table. He now sets His standard for us as our superior.

 

  1.  Jesus is Master and Lord – Vs. 13

 

They called Him “Master”, or “Teacher”.

They called Him “Lord”.

They were absolutely right to give Him these titles!

As Master or Teacher He would instruct them, and they were to listen.

As Lord, He was their sovereign, their king, their authority!

He was the one they should reverence or respect!

 

Christian, Jesus is your Teacher, Your master. Let Him teach you!

Christian, Jesus is your Lord. Let Him boss you!

 

  1. We are to follow the Lord’s example – Vss. 14-15

 

Vs. 14 – I see two applications in this verse.

 

First, Jesus humbled Himself to serve. He took the lowly job of washing feet. He took the even lower job of going to the cross to die for our sins. If our Lord and master stooped so low to serve us and others, we should be willing to stoop as low to serve other Christians, no matter how low or demeaning the job may be. Matthew 10:24

 

Second, when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, it was symbolic of cleansing from sin. This reminds me that symbolic foot washing is of another brother or sister’s sin is one messy, lowly job that we should submit ourselves to do. Galatians 6:1-2

 

Vs. 15 – Do we need to literally wash the feet of the brethren today?

As a ceremony in the church, I don’t think it’s necessary.

But if I am in a situation where my brother’s feet need literal washing, or he needs some other sort of physical attention I should be ready to wash, or physically bathe him or her.

  1. loving service is needed to make my brother or sister comfortable should be done, and never considered to be “below our dignity”.

 

  1. We cannot escape the responsibility – Vs. 16

 

You and I are servants. Jesus is Lord!

You and I are the “sent”. The Lord Jesus is the “sender”.

You and I are not greater than the Lord Jesus.

If He served in lowly submission, washing feet, enduring a mockery or a trial, being brutally beaten and then suffering the shame of the cross, then I should serve in the same way!

 

I can’t escape that responsibility, nor should I want to!

 

  1. Obedience leads to happiness. – Vs. 17

 

You will only be truly happy when you do as you have been told.

If you know these things in your head, obey them with your heart!

 

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ROMANS 4:20-21 – LEARNING FROM ABRAHAM

 

We can learn much from Bible characters. See Romans 15:4

From David we can learn to trust God explicitly when facing the "giants" in our lives.

From Daniel we can learn to be faithful.

From Mary, Martha's sister, we can learn to be devoted.

From Peter we can learn to put our mind in gear before speaking.

In this passage we can learn at least 3 lessons from Abraham.

1. BE CONSISTENT - He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief.

2. BE COURAGEOUS - But was strong in faith, giving glory to God.

3. BE CONVINCED - And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

Note: The promises to Abraham are found in Genesis 12, 15, 17, 18 etc.

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TITUS 1:1-4 – FIVE LESSONS ABOUT GOD

 

God is mentioned five times in these first four verses of Titus.

They lead us to some important lessons about God that we need to learn.

 

GOD IS PREEMINENT - Titus 1:1 -"Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ..."

Paul allowed God the Father and God the Son to be preeminent in his life. They were in charge, along with the working of the Holy Spirit. We must allow God to be preeminent in our lives.

 

GOD HAS A PEOPLE - Titus 1:1-2 "...according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;"

All those who place faith in Christ as Savior are God's elect. As God's people we are to be acknowledging God's truth and allowing it to lead them to godliness.

 

GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES - Titus 1:2-3 - "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"

 

GOD REVEALS HIS WORD THROUGH PREACHING - Titus 1:3 - "But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;"

 

GOD PROVIDES - Titus 1:4

To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

God provides grace, mercy and peace to His children.

 

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