SERMON SEEDS
December 12, 2018, 8:25 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 12/10/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q36 – THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 10, 2018

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THE PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTMAS #1

THE PROMISE WAS PRECEEDED BY A WONDERFUL CREATION

  1. It Was very good – Genesis 1:26-31
  2. Man Is special – Genesis 2:7-9
  3. Woman Is special – Genesis 2:18-22
  4. Marriage Is special – Genesis 2:23-25

THE PROMISE WAS NEEDED BECAUSE OF THE FALL

  1. Man was warned – Genesis 2:15-17
  2. Satan had an agenda – Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:11-19
  3. The Serpent (Satan) deceived Eve – Genesis 3:1-6
  4. Adam and Eve disobeyed and died – Genesis 3:6-13
  5. Satan seems to have a victory. Genesis 3:16-24

THE PROMISE WAS MADE TO SATAN – Genesis 3:14-15

  1. The serpent was punished – Genesis 3:14
  2. Satan and his seed are the enemies of the woman and Her Seed, who is Christ and those who are saved. – Genesis 3:15, John 8:44, Hebrews 2:13   

THE PROMISE IS FULFILLED IN CHRIST – Genesis 3:15

  1. Satan bruised Jesus’ Heel. – The Crucifixion
  2. Jesus bruised Satan’s Head. – The Crucifixion and Resurrection. – 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 15:20
  3. Satan is a defeated foe! – 1 John 3:8, Revelation 20:10
  4. The Message of Christmas is a message of hope! – Luke 2:10-11, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

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A PROPHECY OF CHRISTMAS – ISAIAH 9:6

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTMAS #2

HIS PERSONALITY - "Wonderful"

  • WONDERFUL BEFORE BIRTH - Colossians 1:15-17, John 1:1-4
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS BIRTH
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS LIFE
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS DEATH - Isaiah 53:6
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS RESURRECTION - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • WONDERFUL IN SALVATION - John 11:25-26
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS MINISTRY TO US WHO BELIEVE

      Hebrews 4:14-16

 

HIS PROFESSION (JOB) - "Counselor"

Psalm 16:7, Psalm73:24, Proverbs 3:5-6

 

HIS POWER - “Mighty God” - Luke 1:30-32, Luke 1:35, Ephesians 1:19

 

HIS PERMANENCE - "Everlasting Father"

"The Father of eternity."

 

HIS PREEMINENCE - "Prince of peace"

  • HE IS PRINCE OVER OUR PEACE WITH GOD.

Romans 5:1

  • THE LORD JESUS IS PRINCE OVER THE PEACE OF GOD.

Isaiah 26:3-4

  • THE LORD JESUS IS PRINCE OF PEACE ON EARTH.

Isaiah 11:1-10

 

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MARK 11 – ACTIONS UPON ARRIVAL

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES - LESSON #13

 

THINK ABOUT IT!

  •  Why is Palm Sunday a significant day to remember?
  •  What was the atmosphere of Palm Sunday?  Why is that atmosphere ironic?
  •  What practical lessons can we learn from Palm Sunday?

 

In Mark 11 we see Jesus' "triumphant" entry into Jerusalem and some of the activities that followed.

I.  THE TRIP - Vss. 1-11

A.  INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION - Vss. 1-3

  1. SECURING THE COLT - Vss. 4-7
  1. WORSHIP OF THE KING - Vss. 8-10
  1. With clothing - Vs. 8
  2. With labor - Vs. 9
  3. With Voice - Vss. 10-11
  1. ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM - Vs. 11
  • The Lord  "had need of the colt".  Does He have need of us?  How?  Why?
  • Jesus was given a Messianic welcome into Jerusalem.  What was the crowd probably expecting of Jesus?  Why was the crowd quick to turn on Him in a few short days?
  • What was Jesus looking for in verse 11?
  • Does Jesus examine his church today?  How should this challenge us?

II. THE TREE - Vss. 12-14, 20-26

A.  DISCOVERY AND PROCLAMATION - Vss. 12-14

B.  THE DEAD TREE - Vss. 20-21

  1. SPIRITUAL LESSONS - Vss. 22-26
  1. Faith - Vss. 22-23
  2. Prayer - Vs. 24
  3. Forgiveness - Vss. 25-26

 

  • Was Jesus wrong to curse the fig tree?
  • Although it was early for figs, leaves and figs arrive around the same time.  If it was full of leaves, there should have been figs.
  • How was the nation Israel like the fig tree?  Has Israel in any sense been cursed for her actions?
  • The disciples were amazed at the speedy withering of the fig tree.  How does Jesus' statement of verse 22 incriminate the disciples and us?  Hebrews 11:6
  • It is easy to make great statements of faith. Why is it hard to maintain faith after making great statements? Verse 23, Hebrews 11:6
  • What does verse 24 tell us about our prayers lives?
  • What does verse 24 tells us about the prayer life of our church?
  • Because of where these verses appear in the text, what can we can conclude about unforgiveness and prayer?

III. THE TRADERS - Vss. 15-19

A.  ACTION BY JESUS - Vss. 15-16

  1. TEACHING BY JESUS - Vs. 17
  2. RESPONSE OF JESUS - Vss. 18-19

 

  • This event took place in the "Court of the Gentiles".  This is where purchases could be made for temple worship.  The family of the high priest ran the concessions.
  • How was dealing in the temple similar to going to a Pirates or Steelers game?
  • Carrying things through the temple could very well pollute it.  How does this apply to us today?
  • Is the church to be a "house of prayer" like the temple?
  • Why is such little emphasis placed on corporate prayer today?
  • We know how a liberal church can be a "den of thieves" with its sales and games.  How can a fundamental church become a "den of thieves"?
  • Why did the leadership want to destroy Jesus? What stopped them?

IV. THE TEST - Vss. 27-33

 

  1. QUESTION OF AUTHORITY - Vss. 27-28
  2. QUESTION CONCERNING JOHN - Vss. 29-30
  3. QUANDARY OF THE LEADERS - Vs. 31-32
  4. TRIUMPH OF JESUS - Vs. 33
  • What right did the leaders have to question Jesus?
  • What right did Jesus have to do what He did?  His right was superior.
  • The questioning of Jesus revealed the key problem that the leaders had. What was it?
  • What did the authority of John have to do with Jesus' authority?
  • Why did Jesus' question about John silence the leaders?

 

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John 1:1-5, 14-17 – SUPERNATURAL INVASION

A Complete Lesson

 

· What are some of the greatest military invasions of all time?

· What are some of the characteristics and results of a successful invasion?

· In what sense is Christmas an invasion?

· How was this invasion different from military invasions?

 

Some people would not think of John 1:1-5 and 14-17 as a Christmas passage.  In reality, it is, because it speaks of the incarnation or God the Son becoming man. Christ’s arrival can be thought of as a friendly, supernatural invasion. This passage describes our Lord Jesus Christ in the following ways:

 

HIS ETERNAL IDENTITY  - Vss. 1-2

 

· Vs. 1 - Before the heavens and earth were created the Lord Jesus Christ existed. Genesis 1:1

· The verb “was” indicates continuing action in the past.  There never was a time that Jesus did not exist. He is not a created being.

· Jesus is called “the Word”.  This had significance to both Jewish and Gentile readers.

· “To the Jew a word was something concrete, something much closer to what we would call an event or a deed. A word spoken was a deed done.” James Montgomery Boice, The Gospel of John, Volume I, The Coming of the Light,(Grand Rapids MI, Baker Books,1999), p.34

· “To the Greek philosophers, the logos was the impersonal, abstract principle of reason and order in the universe. It was in some sense a creative force, and also the source of wisdom.” John MacArthur, John 1-11, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago, Moody Press, 2006), p.16

· Based on the two quotes above, how do you view Jesus as “the Word”?

· It says that the Word was “with God”.  I was once with John Denver (along with thousands of others).  Just about every day I’m with my wife. There’s quite a difference.  To be with someone is to be “face to face”.  Jesus was intimate with God.

· “…and the Word was God”. – What are some of the attributes of God that Jesus displayed?  Did He ever claim to be God? John 8:56-58

· Vs. 2 – Why is this verse significant?

 

HIS EARTHLY IMPORTANCE - Vss. 3-5

 

· Vs. 3 - Creation involved the Trinity.  That Jesus is creator is attested to in other Scriptures.  Colossians 2:16, Hebrews 1:1-2

· Vs. 4 – It is phenomenal to think that in Himself Jesus possesses life. We have life, but we are dependent creatures. Jesus has life because He is God.

· As Creator Jesus gives physical life.

· As Savior Jesus gives Spiritual life. John 14:6, John 10:10,

· God is light. As God, Jesus is light. 1 John 1:5, John 8:12, Revelation 21:23

· Vs. 5 – The light of the Lord Jesus cannot be comprehended, overcome, or “put out” by darkness.

· In what ways are the threats of Spiritual darkness serious? Ephesians 6:12

  • John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

HIS EXTRAORDINARY INVOLVEMENT - Vss. 14-17

 

  • Vs. 14 – When Jesus “became flesh” He was no less God. He voluntarily limited the use of his attributes.                     Philippians 2:5-8
  • What was the greatest significance of the Old Testament Tabernacle? Exodus 40:34-35
  • When Jesus “dwelt among us”, it means that “He pitched his tent” with us.  In an intimate way God resided with man.
  • In what ways did John and others behold the glory of the Lord Jesus?
  • How was Jesus’ glory full of “grace and truth”?
  • Vs. 16 – We as Christians have received the fullness of His grace, so that God heaps on us “grace upon grace”.  Ephesians 1:3-7, 2:7
  • Vs. 17 – Law and grace are both necessary. Why?
  • Why are grace and truth wrapped up in our Lord Jesus Christ?

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MATTHEW 2 – LESSONS FOR CHRISTMAS

 

The Christmas story is full of truths which we can apply to our own lives. Consider these four truths from Matthew 2:

 

1. GOD'S TIMING IS PERFECT Vss. 1-2

Jesus was born at just the right time and in just the right place (Micah 5:2)

The wise men came at just the right time to just the right place.

 

2. GOD'S ENEMIES ARE TREACHEROUS Vss. 3-8

Satan, through Herod, would do all that he could to destroy the Lord Jesus, including trying to deceive the wise men.

 

3. GOD'S SERVANTS ARE FAITHFUL Vss. 9-14

a. To go. Vss. 9-10

b. To share. Vs. 11

c. To obey. Vss. 12-14 (The wise men and Joseph obeyed God's directions.)

 

4. GOD'S PROTECTION IS POWERFUL Vss. 15-23

Satan through Herod tried to destroy Jesus, but God protected His Son.

 

 

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LUKE 2:1-20 – GOD’S MAGIC MOMENT

 

GOD’S INFLUENCE – Vss. 1-5

GOD’S INVOLVEMENT – Vss. 6-7

GOD’S INFORMATION – Vss. 8-14

GOD’S INQUIRERS – Vss. 15-20

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LUKE 2:36-38 – ANNA – TOO YOUNG TO RETIRE!

 

An older congregation might appreciate this mother in the faith. Although she had no children, she is a godly example to those who wish to "retire" from Christian service prematurely.

 

HER AGE - Vs. 36-37

She lived with a husband for seven years and had been a widow for 84 years!

Assuming that she married as a young teen, she had to be over a hundred!

 

HER ACTIVITY - Vs. 37

She did what she could to serve God. She fasted and prayed!

Most older people can't do what they once could. But every Christian can do something.

One of the ladies in a church I pastored was 93 years old and still showed up for the Ladies Missions Society work day everh. She and a younger lady (only 80) pasted pictures on blank place mats so they can be used in nursing homes for special occasions. She's now with the Lord.

 

HER ASSOCIATIONS - Vs. 38

She spoke of Jesus to those who were looking for His coming. In our old age, may our associations be with those who are looking for Jesus' Second Coming!

 

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