SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 11/9/20
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S45 – WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9, 2020

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JOHN 6:1-13 – MEET THE INSIGHTFUL LEADER

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #11

Have you felt overwhelmed and defeated lately? Imagine how the disciples felt when Jesus told them to feed between 15-20 thousand people (5 thousand men plus women and children)! Mark 6:37

This is the only miracle mentioned in all four Gospels besides the resurrection. John gives us “The rest of the story”, or the story behind the story. John’s account allows us to meet our Insightful Leader in a special way. He is still there to lead with insight.

 

JESUS SAW THE PEOPLE – Vss. 1-5

  • When Jesus saw people, he saw needs.
  • Mark 6:30-34 – He taught them.
  • Luke 9:19-11 – He healed them.
  • Matthew 14:14 – He had compassion.
  • Matthew 9:36-38

 

JESUS SAW THE POTENTIAL – Vs. 5

  • Jesus saw the potential for feeding people and giving them a sign as to who He is.
  • Jesus sees the potential for us to reach out to those who are hurting and to be a church with impact. Matthew 28:19-20

 

JESUS HAD A PLAN – Vs. 6

  • He has a plan for us. Ephesians 5:15-17 – See then that walk circumspectly not as fools

 

JESUS INCLUDED PARTICIPANTS

  • Philip thinking – Vss. 5-7
  • Andrew looking – Vs. 8-9
  • A Little Boy giving – Vs. 9
  • The Disciples working – Vss. 10-13

 

JESUS HAD THE POWER

  • Because Jesus is God, He had the power and authority to work this Miracle.
  • Jesus instills us with Power and His authority to fulfill His mission. Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Zechariah 4:6

 

JESUS MADE PROVISION – Vs. 11

  • The whole supply came through the hand of Jesus.
  • As we move forward to reach others, Jesus will provide the opportunities, the wisdom, the words, and the power to bring people to Himself! That’s His goal.
  • Prayer and availability are the key! John 14:12-15

 

JESUS INSISTED ON PRESERVATION – Vss. 12-13

  • A reminder that his resources are more than adequate for the job He wants us to do.

 

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2 SAMUEL 17 – A FOILED (OR SPOILED) PLAN

 

God will work in many ways to save his children. King David was in grave danger because Absalom rebelled against his father and took over the Kingdom. David was forced to flee.  In order to protect himself against the new regime, David sent his friend Hushai back to Jerusalem to defeat the counsel of Ahab’s counselor, Ahithophel. 2 Samuel 15:32-27, 16:15-23

 

A SMART TACTICIAN – Vss. 1-4

Ahithophel’s plan to destroy just David would have worked.

 

A SMOOTH TALKER – Vss. 5-14

Hushai used more words than Ahithophel and caused Absalom as a mighty conqueror who could have a great military victory over his Father.  A gathering of an army would give David a chance to escape and to regroup.  He managed to convince Absalom that his plan was better than Ahithophel’s.

 

A SECRET TRANSMISSION – Vss. 15-21

Absalom’s plans were communicated secretly to David.

 

A SPEEDY TRIP – Vs. 22

David made a hasty retreat based on the information given.

 

A SAD TERMINATION – Vs 23

Ahithophel went home and hung himself.  I believe he knew that David would eventually win because his plan was not followed.

 

A SUPPLIED TROOP – Vss. 27-29

Sympathetic men provided for the needs of David’s family and followers.

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PSALM 85:6 – PRAYER FOR REVIVAL

 

"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?"

 

There is a lack of Spirituality among Christians, especially in the United States. God's people need to pray for revival, realizing the following things.

 

GOD'S POWER FOR REVIVAL

Only God can bring true revival, that's why we must ask God for it, and believe God for it. (Matthew 11:24)

 

GOD'S PLAN FOR REVIVAL

To revive means to give life!  When revival is needed, it is because there is a definite lack of Spiritual life.

 

GOD'S PRIORITY IN REVIVAL

The prayer is "Revive us again."  Only the Christian who has experienced the grace of God in his life can truly pray that prayer.  God's priority is that Christians would get right with Him and experience a return to true Spiritual life.  When Christians get right with God, then the unsaved will also come to Christ.

 

GOD'S PURPOSE IN REVIVAL - "That thy people may rejoice in thee."

God's people rejoice in sports, computers, business, fame, fortune, and a host of other things. Our God wants us to receive our joy from Him.

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LUKE 9:28-36 – WE WOULD SEE JESUS

 

INTRODUCTION: People come to church for different reasons.

  • Someone makes you come. Some come out of habit.
  • Some come to hear a sermon. Some come to see their friends.
  • Some come to learn. Some come for the music.
  • Some come to make someone happy.

 

While some of these reasons for church attendance have some validity, one of the best reasons for coming to church is stated in John 12:21 - "WE WOULD SEE JESUS."

 

I invite you to see Jesus during this service.

 

SEE HIS IDENTITY  Vss. 28-29

He is God!

 

SEE HIS DESTINY Vss, 30-31

The Cross

 

SEE HIS AUTHORITY Vss. 32-36

",,,This is my beloved Son, Hear Him."

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JOHN 12:1-8 – GUESS WHO CAME TO DINNER

LIFE OF CHRIST #45

 

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem for the last time, and stopped first in Bethany, about six miles away, to visit his dear friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  It was here that there was a memorable dinner party where a wonderful act of devotion took place.

 

There is much to learn from the people named by name in this story. Hopefully we can glean some lessons from those involved in this dinner party.

 

THERE WAS MARTHA WHO SERVED - SHE WAS FAITHFUL – Vs. 2

 

This is the same Martha who served a dinner back in Luke 10.  It was not her home this time, but she still was involved in the making and serving of the meal. I imagine that she was in charge.

 

I said that this was the same Martha, but in a real sense it wasn’t. Luke 10:38-42

 

The Martha in Luke 10 was frustrated and overwhelmed. Obviously this Martha was not.

The Martha in Luke 10 was upset with Mary and Jesus. 

I believe this time Martha was allowing her love for Jesus to motivate her service, and may have even put her approval on the act of devotion that Mary was about to do.

 

Martha still served, but obviously Martha was serving with a different attitude.  She was serving out of love for the Lord Jesus and appreciation for what Jesus had done to resurrect her brother from the dead.

 

She evidently had taken Jesus’ words of rebuke to heart, and had learned to “sit at Jesus feet and hear His word” before she got on her feet and served her master. 

 

Martha is a great example of faithful service.  And when Martha learned that devotion came first and service second, I believe she became a very effective servant.

 

Ephesians 2:10, Romans 12:11, and Galatians 5:13 encourage us to serve.

 

We serve best when we serve out of love and devotion for the Lord Jesus.  It does not matter what others say and think. We are doing it for Him because we love Him!

 

THERE WAS LAZARUS, WHO SAT - HE HAD FELLOWSHIP - Vs. 2

 

Lazarus was a guest at the meal.  He was there to have fellowship with Jesus.

 

To have fellowship with Jesus is to spend time with Him.

That time is spent in worship, in His Word, and in prayer.

To have fellowship with Jesus is to abide in Him. John 15:7, Revelation 3:20

 

For Lazarus to have fellowship with Jesus he had to stop whatever else he was doing and sit in His presence. Although we can fellowship with Jesus as we do other things, the best fellowship is when we set aside everything else to spend time with the Lord Jesus.

 

THERE WAS MARY WHO SHARED - SHE WAS FERVENT (IN HER DEVOTION) - Vs. 3

 

Vs. 3 – Mary had a very expensive container of perfume.

It was pure nard, perhaps imported from India.

Perhaps she had been saving it for her wedding day. Perhaps she went out and bought it for this occasion.

Comparing the Gospel accounts Mary poured this perfume on Jesus’ head and feet, and probably over His whole body.

Then she did something unimaginable for the culture of that day, she unloosed her hair in public and dried Jesus’ feet.

It was an active of supreme devotion.

 

This perfume was so expensive that Judas claimed that it was worth about 300 pence or 300 days wages for a common laborer. It took a year’s salary, so to speak, to buy this perfume.

 

Mary shared the best that she had with the Lord Jesus.  She was passionate in her devotion to Him.

When we are passionate in our love for Christ nothing is too good for Him.

 

Why did Mary do what she did?

Yes, because she loved Him. But Mary was also listening and Mary understood.

 

John 12:7 - Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

 

Mark 14:8 - She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

 

Jesus had been telling the disciples all along that He was going to Jerusalem to be crucified, to be buried and to rise again.  The disciples were not getting it. They weren’t listening closely. But Mary was, and she understood.

 

It was customary to anoint a body for burial.  But Mary understood that a crucified body might not get the traditional treatment from loved ones. So Mary expressed her love for Jesus while she could.

 

This is a great lesson for us.

Express your love for others while you can!  Make sure others know how you feel while you have the opportunity to do so.

 

Most important of all is that you express your love for Jesus while you can!

Jesus Himself said in John 9:4 (NASB) – We must work the works of Him who sent me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work.   

 

Please note that verse 3 says …and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

 

Mary gave her best to Jesus and it smelled wonderful all around her.  And wherever Mary went in that house her hair, with which she dried the perfume, carried the sweet fragrance.

 

Whenever you sacrifice your best for the Lord Jesus Christ as Mary did, your life will smell good!  It will have a sweet-smelling affect on everyone around you.

 

THERE WAS JUDAS, WHO STOLE - HE WAS A FAKE - Vss. 4-6

 

You can count on this - when you give your best to the Lord Jesus, someone will not like it. Judas didn’t like what Mary did.

 

Vss. 4-5 – Evidently Judas started to criticize and he influenced the other disciples. Matthew 26:8-9

 

Vs. 6 – Judas sounded very pious.  But Judas was a fake, a phony!  He was the treasurer and he was a thief.  He was a hypocrite.  He didn’t care about the poor. 

 

God hates hypocrisy more than you do! Job 27:8, Romans 12:9, Romans 2:22

 

THERE WAS JESUS WHO SAVED - HE IS FANTASTIC! - Vss. 7-8

 

Jesus was the guest of honor at this dinner.

Jesus was also in charge at this dinner.

Jesus silenced the criticisms of Mary.

Mary understood. Mary knew that Jesus was going to die and that there would always be poor people to help.

But Mary knew that Jesus’ time was limited.

Mary knew what Jesus was about to do.

She was to be honored, not criticized.

 

Matthew 26:12-13 - For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. [13] Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

 

I believe Mary understood something else.

She understood that Jesus was offering a sacrificial death for the sins of the world.  She had been listening.

Mary understood that Jesus is fantastic!

 

His burial would follow His fantastic payment for our sins.

His death, His being lifted up on the cross opened the door for all to have forgiveness and eternal life.     John 3:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

Today, Jesus who died for your sins will forgive you and wash away your sins if you but put your trust in Him.

 

So here we have it.  There are lessons from five people who came to dinner.  Will you apply their lessons to your life?

 

THERE WAS MARTHA, WHO SERVED - SHE WAS FAITHFUL – Vs. 2

THERE WAS LAZARUS, WHO SAT - HE HAD FELLOWSHIP - Vs. 2

THERE WAS MARY WHO SHARED - SHE WAS FERVENT (IN HER DEVOTION) - Vs. 3

THERE WAS JUDAS, WHO STOLE - HE WAS A FAKE - Vss. 4-6

THERE WAS JESUS WHO SAVED - HE IS FANTASTIC! - Vss. 7-8

 

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ROMANS 10:9-10, 13-17 – NO TIME FOR SILENCE  

 

There are times when it is right to be silent, especially when words will needlessly hurt someone. There are other times when it is wrong to be silent, especially when someone is in danger, and words would warn. When it comes to the sharing of the Gospel of  Jesus Christ, today is no time for silence.

 

THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION - Vss. 9-10,13

 

THE METHOD OF EVANGELISM - Vss. 14, 17 (Preaching of the Word of God)

 

THE MANDATE FOR MISSIONS - Vss. 14-15

 

THE MISTAKE OF (SOME) HEARERS - Vs. 16

 

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JAMES 4:1-10 – A SPIRITUAL CLINIC

LET’S GET PRACTICAL (JAMES) # 10

  • Why do you think 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us to examine ourselves?
  • When is it time to do a spiritual assessment?
  • What are the dangers associated with doing a spiritual assessment on one’s self?
  • Why is a Christian’s Spiritual health important to himself, his family, his friends, his church, and the unsaved? 
  • In James 4:1-10 God is giving to us a Spiritual clinic. He's helping us see what some of our Spiritual problems are and how to fix them.

OUR MAJOR SOURCE OF CONFLICT IS OUR LUSTS - Vss. 1-2

  • Vs. 1 – James was probably the first Epistle to be written. Why does verse 1 seem unbelievable in light of its early date of writing?
  • The word “quarrels” could be literally translated “state of war”.
  • What is so sad about a “state of war” within a local church, or even minor skirmishes?   John 13:34-35, Philippians 2:1-4
  • The problems come because of our “pleasures” or passions. The King James Version calls them lusts.  John calls these lusts “the world” in 1 John 2:15-17.
  • Vs. 2 – In what ways does murder occur in the church? Matthew 5:21-24,                                              1 Corinthians 6:1-8, James 4:11-12, James 5:9
  • When I covet, I want what someone else has. What are some of the things that we can covet?  Exodus 20:17

OUR MAJOR LACK OF CONTENTMENT IS DUE TO IMPROPER PRAYER LIVES - Vss. 2-3

  • Vs. 2 – All too often, we connive and plan instead of asking God. Matthew 9:35-38
  • Peace within us and among us comes as a result of prayer.  Philippians 4:6-7
  • Vs. 3 – People who pray sometimes do not receive answers because they are asking for the wrong reasons.
  • What are some wrong motives for praying?
  • The right motive for praying is so that God will be glorified. Ephesians 3:20-21
  • God does not answer prayer when we harbor sin in our lives. Psalm 66:18, Proverbs 28:9

 

OUR MAJOR LACK OF COMMUNION WITH GOD IS DUE TO SPIRITUAL ADULTERY - Vss. 4-5

  • Vs. 4 – How would you define spiritual adultery?  Exodus 20:1-6, Exodus 16:32, Hosea 4:11,12
  • Does God have a right to be jealous? Exodus 34:14
  • Enmity is hatred or ill will that’s usually mutual.
  • We can’t be God’s friend and the world’s friend at the same time. Why?
  • Our loyalty is to be exclusively to our God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 14: 25-28, Luke 14:33
  • Vs. 5 – One of the most difficult verses in James. To make matters worse, translations vary.
  • James 4:5 (KJV) - Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
  • James 4:5 (NKJV) - Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"?
  • James 4:5 (ESV) - Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?
  • James 4:5 (NASB) - Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"?
  • James 4:5 (HCSB) - Or do you think it’s without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously?
  • James 4:5 (NIV) - Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
  • There is no specific Scripture that verse 5 is quoting.  James may be summarizing what Scripture says. Exodus 34:14 may come closest to this.
  • Either way you interpret this, God is not pleased with spiritual adultery.

OUR MAJOR MEANS OF CORRECTION IS HUMBLE REPENTANCE - Vss. 6-10

  • Vs. 6 – When a Christian is humble enough to admit he’s guilty of spiritual failure, God is ready to extend grace. Psalms 32:5, 1 John 1:9, Matthew 5:3-4
  • The extension of grace does not always cause us to avoid consequences. 2 Samuel 12:1-15
  • Vss. 7-9 – Consider these key words:
  1. Submit
  2. Resist
  3. Draw Near
  4. Cleanse and Purify
  5. Sinners and Double-Minded
  6. Be Wretched, Mourn and Weep
  • Vs. 10 – Our humility leads to God’s honor.

 

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