SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 12/12/22
December 17, 2022, 4:03 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS

U35 – FOR WEEK OF 12/12/22

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LUKE 1:26-38 – IMAGINE THAT!

Christmas Revisited #3

  • Just imagine a man.
  • Just imagine a little man who is pleasingly plump.
  • Just imagine a little old man with white hair and a white beard who is pleasingly plump.
  • Just imagine a little old man in a red and white suit, with a red and white hat with white hair and a white beard who is pleasingly plump.
  • Just imagine a jovial little old man in a red and white suit, with a red and white hat with white hair and a white beard who is pleasingly plump.
  • Just imagine a jovial little old man in a red and white suit, with a red and white hat with white hair and a white beard who is pleasingly plump who shows up every Christmas!
  • We have just imagined SANTA CLAUS!
  • Well, imagine that!

Now on a serious note, you can imagine Santa Claus who is a  fictitious character. Now I want you to come back with me 2,000 years to the true story which we just read in Luke 2:26-38 and just imagine!

Just Imagine a Heavenly Visitor – Vs. 26

  • Imagine Gabriel, a messenger angel who stands in God’s presence (Luke 1:19), ready to do his bidding and carry His message.
  • He is being sent to Galilee, an area in the north to a little hamlet that was so obscure and off the beaten track that it wasn’t mentioned in the Old Testament.
  • Imagine God knowing this place and those who lived there. Imagine Him knowing everyone where you live!

Just Imagine a Humble Virgin – Vs. 27

  • Imagine a young peasant woman, named Mary, barely past being a girl, who is still a virgin somewhere between 12-15 years old.
  • Imagine her already betrothed to another peasant, a descendant of David, the town carpenter, named Joseph. They are considered “married” even though they had not yet consummated the marriage and were not living together.
  • Just imagine God knowing them intimately as he does you.

Just Imagine a Gracious Message – Vss. 28-33

  • Vs. 28 - Imagine Gabriel, somehow making it obvious he was an angelic being, coming to Mary when she was by herself, and saying, “Rejoice highly favored one, the Lord is with you!”
  • Imagine Mary’s surprise when she discovers that she’s found unmerited favor in God’s eyes, and in some special way, the Lord was with her!
  • Vs. 29 – Imagine Mary being troubled wondering why she was being visited by an angel, and just what these words meant.
  • Vs. 30 – Imagine Mary being comforted by Gabriel with soft tones, assuring her she had nothing to fear. She had found favor with God. That favor was not earned but given freely at God’s prerogative.
  • This is the same type of favor we receive when we accept God’s free gift of salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
  • Vs. 31 – Imagine the marvelous message for Mary here. She would conceive in her womb and bear a son, who would be called Jesus, “Jehovah, or Yahweh, saves!” Later, she would proclaim “My Spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior”. (Luke 1:47)
  • Vs. 32 - Imagine Mary’s awe, as she was told that her Son would be called the “Son of the Highest”, the Son of God.
  • Imagine her striving to understand as she was further told that the Lord God would give her Son the Throne of his ancestor David. He would be “David’s greater Son”, the Messiah.
  • Vs. 33 – Imagine how mind boggling it was that her Son would reign for all eternity!    

Just Imagine a Practical Question – Vs. 34

  • Just imagine Mary, not doubting the words of the angel, but trying to understand how this was going to happen, since she was a virgin?
  • She asks, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

Just Imagine an Amazing Answer – Vss. 35-37

  • Vs. 35 - Imagine being told that God’s Holy Spirit Himself was going to come upon her. It would be He who implanted the seed of God into her.
  • Imagine the power of the highest coming over her. This would not involve the human effort and enjoyment that produces one of our children. I believe that Mary felt the fulness of the Holy Spirit upon her.
  • The end result would be a Holy One, the very Son of God.
  • Vs. 36 – Imagine Zacharias doubted and asked for a sign. Mary believed and was given a sign. She was told of her older cousin, Elizabeth, the one called “barren” was in her sixth month of pregnancy.
  • Vs. 37 – Just imagine the assurance God gave Mary. Nothing was impossible with God. The God who gave Elizabeth a child in her old age, would give Mary a child without sexual relations.

Just Imagine a Trusting Response – Vs. 38

  • Just imagine Mary, humbly submitting as God’s slave to do and to bear whatever was coming next. Not only giving birth to God’s son and raising him but enduring the misunderstanding and ridicule that would follow her in some places all her days.
  • Just imagine Mary trusting that God was in control and would see her through the days ahead.
  • Just imagine! Imagine that!

How does this apply to us?

  • Just imagine God showing his grace on you, sending His Son into the world who existed for all eternity.
  • Just imagine God’s love for you in allowing Him to be Jesus, the Savior who died for your sins, of which you and I have many.
  • Just imagine God convicting you that you are not good enough to go to Heaven but need forgiveness for your sins.
  • Just imagine confessing that you are a sinner who needs a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus.
  • Just imagine God giving you total forgiveness as you trust Jesus as your Savior.
  • Just imagine God changing your life so that you can live for Him as a new creature in Christ.
  • Just imagine the debt of loving service we owe to Him who died for us!
  • Just imagine! Imagine that!

 

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MARY’S SONG – LUKE 1:39-55

(This is an interactive Bible Study – Questions are Underlined!)

MARY WAS AFFIRMED BY ELIZABETH’S GREETING – Vss. 39-45

  • Vs. 41 – Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Vs. 42 – Mary was blessed among women because she was chosen to be the mother of the Messiah. And the fruit of her womb was blessed because the Messiah was inside.
  •  Vs. 43 – What “grabs you” about this announcement?
  • Vs. 44 – John “leaped for joy”! Being filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:15), he was already doing his job of pointing others to Jesus! John 1:22-23, John 1:29-34
  • Vs. 45 – What was the one thing required of Mary by God? What proof is there that Mary met the requirement? How were Elizabeth’s words helpful to Mary?

MARY ASCRIBED GLORY TO THE LORD – Vss. 46-47

  • Vs. 46 – Mary gives God all the credit! Psalms 47:6-7, Revelation 7:11-12
  • Vs. 47 – This is a key doctrinal verse. Why?

MARY APPRECIATED GOD’S KINDNESS TOWARDS HER – Vss. 48-49

  • Vs. 48 – Notice the example of her humility. She knew her place before God.
  • Vs. 49 – She recognized that God in His power was going to do more for her than she could do for herself. How has God done the same for us and why? Ephesians 1:19-21, 3:20 

MARY WAS ASSURED OF GOD’S:

  • Mercy – Vs. 50, Luke 12:4-7

What are some indications that we fear God?

  • Strength – Vss. 51-52, Matthew 23:11-12, James 4:6-10

What Biblical examples do we have of proud rulers being scattered or humbled?

What Biblical examples do we have of humble people being exalted?

  • Provision – Vs. 53, Psalm 34:10, Matthew 5:6, John 6:35

What are the advantages of being Spiritually hungry?

What are the disadvantages of not being hungry for the things of God?

  • Faithfulness – Vss. 54-55, Genesis 17:7

How has God helped Israel over the years?

 

MARY ABIDED IN SPIRITUAL SAFETY FOR THREE MONTHS – Vs. 55

  • What were the benefits of Mary and Elizabeth being together for a prolonged period of time?
  • How has fellowship with believers helped you during Spiritually challenging times?

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2 KINGS 4:8-37 – REASONING

LIFE OF ELISHA, THE STEADY PROPHET - #6 of 9

We as Christians are expected to demonstrate steady reasoning. That is we should have the ability, with God's help, to think things out clearly and logically.

2 Kings 5 presents us with a good example of the importance of steady reasoning. The way people reacted to the leprosy of Naaman and his appeal for healing give us some examples of good thinking and examples of bad thinking. Our outline shows us types of thinking that lead to steady or not so steady reasoning.

BACKGROUND - One of the enemies of Israel at this time was Syria. According to verse 1, the general of the Syrian army was a man named Naaman. The Lord, who controls governments, had given a great deliverance to Syria through Naaman. His name means "pleasant". Naaman was stricken with the dreaded disease of leprosy. Leviticus 13:3, 45-46

FAITHFUL THINKING - Naaman's Maid - Vss. 2-3

The Syrians had sent raiding parties into Israel. The little maid was taken captive and made a slave to Naaman's wife.

Instead of being bitter, she was faithful to God and to those in need in her thinking.

She spoke of Elisha, the prophet, who she felt could heal Naaman.

FEARFUL THINKING - The King of Israel - Vss. 4-7

Naaman himself reported the words of the maid to the King of Syria.

He sent expensive gifts and a letter to the King of Israel, requesting that Naaman be healed.

When the King of Israel received the letter, he panicked, and was sure that the King of Syria was trying to pick a fight.  Instead of relying on God, the King was overtaken with fear!  This is a king of thinking which we also need to avoid.  Proverbs 29:25

FEARLESS THINKING - Elisha - Vss. 8

Elisha the Prophet was not afraid. His confidence was in God.  He simply sent to the King of Israel asking him why he was so upset, and assured him that he, God's prophet would handle the matter. I'm sure the king gladly sent Naaman to Elisha. Isaiah 41:10

FAULTY THINKING - Naaman - Vss. 9-12

Elisha didn't even come out to meet Naaman when he arrived.

He simply sent a messenger to Naaman and told him to go wash in the river Jordan seven times.

Naaman got upset.  He thought Elisha would heal in a more dramatic way. Vs. 11.

He was upset that he had to wash in the Jordan and not a river in his own country.

He was in a rage because things weren't going the way he planned.  Sound familiar?

FACTUAL THINKING - Naaman's Servants - Vss. 13-14

Naaman's servants reasoned with him, and convinced him that the prophet was not asking for much.  It was simple request. Naaman should do it. 

Naaman did as he was told and was healed.

FINANCIAL THINKING - Gehazi - Vss. 15-26

A grateful Naaman offered gifts to Elisha. Elisha refused.

Gehazi, Elisha's servant, chose to deceive Naaman and take some of the gifts.

Gehazi was judged for his sin of greed. 1 Timothy 6:10

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MATTHEW 2:1-8, 16-18 – WHAT MADE HEROD MISERABLE?

GOOD NEWS MADE HIM TROUBLED – Vss. 1-3

JEALOUSLY MADE HIM TRICKY (DECEPTIVE) – Vss. 4-8

JEALOUSLY MADE HIM TREACHEROUS – Vss. 16-18

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LUKE 1:5-25 – A SPECIAL PRIEST

Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist was:

A SEPARATED PRIEST – Vss. 5-6

A SAD PRIEST – Vs. 7

A SCARED PRIEST – Vss. 8-11

A SKEPTICAL PRIEST – Vss. 12-18

A SILENNCED PRIEST – Vss. 19-22

A SATISFIED PRIEST – Vss. 23-25

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LUKE 2:11, ISAIAH 9:6 – CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

Luke 2:11 - For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

PERSONAL GREETINGS

For unto you is born this day…

For unto us a child is born…a son is given…

PRESENT GREETINGS

For unto you is born this day

2 Corinthians 6:2, John 4:35

PROFOUND GREETINGS

For unto you is born this day… a Saviour

Isaiah 53:4-5, Hebrews 9:27-28

POWERFUL GREETINGS

Luke 2:11 -…a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

  • WONDERFUL – before birth, birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, now, coming, kingdom
  • COUNSELOR – Hebrews 4:15-16
  • MIGHTY GOD – John 1:1-3
  • EVERLASTING FATHER – Revelation 1:18
  • PRINCE OF PEACE - John 14:27, John 16:33

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LUKE 2:8-20 – SHEPHERDS’ FAITH

There are many great people involved in the Christmas story (Elaborate on

God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Zacharias, Elizabeth, Simeon,

Anna, angels etc.)

But there is a group of seemingly insignificant men to whom the Angels

appeared. These were the shepherds who watched their flocks by night. They

are especially important because they were men of faith. They show us some

great qualities of faith.

FAITH HEARS - Vss. 8-14

FAITH BELIEVES - The shepherds believed the message they received from God.

FAITH ACTS - Vss. 15-16

FAITH SHARES - Vss. 17-19

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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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