SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 12/3/19
December 3, 2019, 11:02 AM

SERMON SEEDS

R26 – THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 2, 2019

 

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JOHN 14:1-11 - UNTROUBLED LIVING

 

What has troubled you lately?

  • The opinion of others?
  • The habits and actions of people?
  • The sickness or death of a loved one?
  • Financial woes and/or employment?
  • Marriage and/or Family?
  • School and/or Work
  • Acceptance by others?
  • Feeling unloved?
  • The future?
  • The past?
  • The present?
  • Not getting what you want?
  • Not wanting what you’ve got?
  • Fitting in?
  • Getting everything done?

Luke 10:38-42 – Mary and Martha

Martha troubled – Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet, hearing His Word. So, let us sit at Jesus’ feet this morning and hear His word concerning being troubled.

 

Vs. 1 – The disciples knew there were troubles and were concerned.

The word “troubled” means to shake or stir up. Jesus is telling us not to be shaken or stirred up. I would also use the word, “worry”, because when were shaken or stirred up, we’re worried!

Usually when some says, “Don’t worry!” that does little to allay our fears. Jesus tells us that worry, fear, and being stirred up are matters of the heart. We have a heart problem!

Jesus was not saying that the Apostle’s or our fears were not real. He was telling us that there is an antidote for a troubled heart. The antidote for a troubled heart is trust!

Jesus is talking to those who already believed or trusted in Him for salvation. This is something that every blood-bought believer needs to realize. Faith does not end at salvation. It begins at salvation. “Trust God, trust me”!

Jesus is God! Isaiah 40:25-26, 28-31 – no trust = sin!

TRUST HIM FOR A PLACE - Vs. 2

“My Father’s House” – Intimacy - Many rooms, not mansions

I go to prepare a place for you 1 Corinthians 5:21 – Gospel

If we can trust Jesus for a place in Heaven, can't we trust Him with the rest of our lives as well! How we disappoint Him when we don't trust him!

TRUST HIS PROMISE - Vs. 3

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Psalm 116:15

TRUST HIS PREEMINENCE - Vss. 4-6

Vs. 6 - THE WAY - HE IS THE WAY –

The way to Heaven – John 14:6

The way to LoveJohn 15:9,

The way to JoyJohn 15:11

The way to PeaceJohn 14:27

The way to the FatherHebrews 4:14-16

THE TRUTH - If you have Jesus, you have the truth. John 16:13-14

THE LIFE - If you have Jesus, you have life. John 3:16, John 10:10

Narrow-minded – True for salvation and Godly living. Jesus is all we need.

TRUST HIS PERSONALITY - Vss. 7-10

Vs. 7 - Why does Jesus make this statement?

Jesus is God. The Father is God.

The person who has seen Jesus has seen God.

He has God as his model.

Reading of Gospels is essential

 

TRUST HIS POWER - Vs. 11

Matthew 28:18-20

Ephesians 1:19-22

 

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ACTS 1:1-8 – SENT!

 

Acts 1:8 (NKJV) - But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

POWER - But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; Mark 1:8, John 14:16-18, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9, Acts 2:1-4, 40-41

PURPOSE - and you shall be witnesses to Me

Acts 5:29-32, Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 10:13-15

PLACES - in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

PROCEDURES:

  • Use your words to pray and to share your faith.

1 Timothy 2:1-6, 1 Peter 3:15

 

  • Use your works to bring glory to God and show your faith. Matthew 5:14-16, 1 Peter 2:12

 

  • Use your ways to live a Godly life. 1 Peter 3:18

 

  • Use your wallet to invest in missions. Matthew 6:19-21, 24

 

  • Use your walk (feet, phone, computer) to take you to whom the Lord would have you to go.

 

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PSALM 95 – COME!

Gathering for worship is not a new thing.

It has been done by the Christians for 2000 years.

It has been done by the Jewish people many centuries longer than that!

 

Psalm 95 is a call to worship.

 

The Psalmist was inviting his fellow Jews to true worship.

The Psalmist is inviting you and me to true worship.

If we are going to worship together, we should do it in a way that pleases God. So, the Psalmist invites us to come!

 

COME JOYFULLY – Vs. 1

 

Vs. 1 – The Jewish religion was a joyful religion.

             Christianity is a joyful religion.

 

Yes, there are times of sorrow.

Yes, there are times for repentance.

Yes, there are times to grieve.

But by and large, Christianity is a religion of joy.

 

It is a joy to know the God of the universe personally.

It is a joy to come before God in the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a joy that God encourages us to come to Him. He’s not standoffish.

It is a joy that our sins are forgiven.

It is a joy that we have eternal life.

It is a joy that He will never leave or forsake us.

It is a joy that He protects us.

It is a joy that He heals us.

 

We are told to come with singing.

We are told to come with shouting, a joyful noise.

Our worship should be enthusiastic on the outside, because we are enthused on the inside. Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16

 

Our outward worship should be an expression of what is going on in our hearts!

Worship is a privilege. We should be joyful in that privilege.   

 

Notice who we are worshipping!  We are worshipping the LORD – We are worshipping Jehovah, the great “I AM”, the self existent God of the universe.

 

We are worshipping the “rock of our salvation”.

A rock can not be moved.  Our salvation as Christians is “rock solid”! When Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my church,” the rock that He was referring to was Himself.

 

Your salvation, if you are saved is worth singing and shouting about.

Your salvation is worth getting excited over.

Consider the words of Ephesians 2:1-7:

 

COME THANKFULLY – Vs. 2

 

Vs. 2 – There are people I only hear from if they want something. Do you know people like that?

When does God hear from you?

And when God does hear from you, do you come with a thankful heart for all that he’s already done?

 

Do you begin your approach to the “throne of grace” with a thankful heart?

 

COME KNOWLEDGABLY – Vss. 3-5

 

The better we know about God, and the better we know God, the more joyful and thankful we will be when we come into his presence.

 

Vs. 3 - There are so many ways that God is a great God, many we have already mentioned. But I think that two of the greatest things about our God are His holiness and His omnipotence. Nothing is impossible to Him.

 

God is great because He is holy.  He is totally set apart from all that is evil, wrong, and wicked in this world. This puts God in a league of His own. 1 Samuel 2:2, Isaiah 6:4

 

God is holy, and therefore worthy of our worship. 

God is all-powerful, omnipotent, with Him nothing is impossible. Again, He is worthy of our worship.

Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 1:37, Luke 18:27

 

The more we have a working knowledge that nothing is impossible with God, the more we will trust Him    When it says that God is a great king above all gods, the psalmist is not saying that other gods are real.  He is acknowledging that there are things that people have made to be gods, and God is superior to all of them. Psalm 96:5

 

Vs. 4 – God is in control of the deepest places in the earth, some of which man has never been to.

God is also in control of the highest mountain peaks.

 

Vs. 5 – God made the sea and everything in it.

             God made the dry land and everything in it. Psalm 19:1

 

COME REVERENTLY – Vss. 6-7

 

Vs. 6 – When we worship we give honor and glory to God.

The word “worship” in Hebrew means to prostrate oneself. We know what it means to bow and kneel.

When we are reverent, we are humbling ourselves before God.

 

In this church we don’t literally kneel when we pray or worship. But we should be kneeling in our hearts, submitting to God.  I recommend that you kneel to pray when and if you can at home.

 

Vs. 7 gives us reasons for the reverence we should show to God.

 

First of all, The Lord is our God.  You reverence what you worship. If God is truly your God, you will reverence Him.

 

Also notice that we should reverence God because we are the people in his pasture, and thus, the sheep of his hand, or “under his care”.

 

Consider the 23rd Psalm as God expressing His care for you. 

 

COME REPENTANTLY – Vss. 8-11

 

In spite of this great invitation to come and worship, there is also a warning and an abrupt warning at that. 

This warning also calls us to repentance.

 

Vs. 8 - If we will hear God’s voice calling us to worship Him, (Vs. 7), let’s not harden our hearts.

 

Something that is hardened is not soft and pliable, not flexible, and not moldable.  Stubborn is probably a good synonym.

 

Hearing the Word of God, obeying it, and applying it to your own life, will make you constantly repentant of the sins that God reveals to us. This will make you pliable, molable in God’s hands.

Failure to obey God’s Word and failure to believe God will lead to harden hearts.

 

When the children of Israel were relatively recently out of Egypt and headed for the Promised Land they came to a place called Rephidim (Exodus 17). There was no water there. The people complained against Moses and God instead of trusting God.  Moses was told by God to strike a rock and water came out of the rock.

 

The place was called Massah and Meribah, or in English, test and quarreled.  They tested God’s patience with their unbelief and quarreled with Moses.

 

Vs. 9 – This is one example of what went on during the time of Israel’s wilderness wanderings.

They were constantly testing and proving God, although they had constantly seen God’s miracles in Egypt and in the wilderness.

 

Their ultimate unbelief was shown when 12 spies checked out the Promised Land.  Ten of them brought a bad report of the Land God wanted them to enter.  Two spies, Joshua and Caleb believed that God would give them victory in the land. 

 

The Children of Israel however griped and complained, and even wanted to return to the bondage of Israel.  The end result was 40 years of wandering.  All the adults except Caleb and Joshua died in the wilderness because of their unbelief. Their children entered the land.

 

Israel’s bottom line problem was unbelief.

 

Vs. 10 – God was grieved with this generation because erred in their hearts and did not know God’s ways.

Should they have believed? Yes! They saw so many miracles.

Should they have known God’s Ways?  Yes! Moses was teaching them.

 

Vs. 11 – Because of their unbelief these people never entered the rest of the Promised Land.

 

The Psalmist is telling us not to be like these people!

When it comes to worshipping God, don’t be stubborn.

Don’t be hard hearted.

 

Worship God by believing what he says and doing it!

Repent of those things that keep us from entering Spiritual rest!

 

Hebrews 3:18-19 - And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? [19] So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

True worship involves resting in God.

In what ways do you show your unbelief as you try to Worship?

Do you worry?

Do you allow your mind to wander?

Do you make something or someone else in your life more important than God? That’s worshipping idols!

Do you do things that the Word of God tells you not to do?

 

How do we fix this problem? Ezekiel 14:6 - Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

 

Turn away from anything that is keeping from true worship.

Matthew 6:24 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

Trying to worship God and trying to hold on to your own selfish ways is like a man trying to keep two wives. Besides being illegal and against God’s will, it just doesn’t work!  One will be loved more than the other and neither will be happy!   

  

God wants you to worship Him!

He wants you to come!   

COME JOYFULLY – Vs. 1

COME THANKFULLY – Vs. 2

COME KNOWLEDGABLY – Vss. 3-5

COME REVERENTLY – Vss. 6-7

COME REPENTANTLY – Vss. 8-11

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ISAIAH 7:14 – THE BIRTH OF GOD!

 

The birth of Jesus is actually the birth of God. John 1:14

 

THE BIRTH OF GOD WHO IS PRESENT (EMMANUEL, “GOD WITH US”) – Isaiah 7:14

 

THE BIRTH OF GOD WHO IS POWERFUL – Isaiah 9:6

 

THE BIRTH OF GOD WHO IS PERPETUAL (ETERNAL) – Micah 5:2

 

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LUKE 2:21-39– JOURNEY OF FULFILLMENT

JOURNEYS WITH MARY - Lesson #3 of 4

A COMPLETE SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

 

  • What have you done for someone else that has made them feel “fulfilled”?
  • What has someone done for you that has made you feel “fulfilled”?
  • What have you done that has made you feel “fulfilled”?
  • What has God done that has made you feel “fulfilled”?

 

We continue our “Journeys with Mary” in Luke 1-2.  We have already seen Mary’s “Journey of Faith” to see Elizabeth after the angel’s announcement of Jesus’ birth. We have also seen God doing as He promised after a “Journey of Fruition”.  There were those waiting in Israel for the arrival the Messiah.  For those who waited, this trip to the temple in Jerusalem was a “Journey of Fulfillment” as they viewed the promised Savior.

THEY HAD THE RIGHT PRIORITIES – Vss. 21-24

  • How do the priorities of Christians tend to be “messed up” or “out of whack”?
  • Why is it so easy for us to get our priorities as Christians out of order?
  • According to these verses, what do you think were the most important priorities to Mary and Joseph?
  • Vs. 21 – In accordance with Old Testament Law Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day. Leviticus 12:3 - And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
  • Mary and Joseph named the baby “Jesus” as they had both been instructed. Matthew 1:21, Luke 1:31
  • Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name “Joshua”, which means “Jehovah is salvation”. Why is this name so fitting?
  • Vs. 22-23 – There was a period of time when a woman who had a child was not allowed to enter the temple because she was ceremonially impure. Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem to offer a prescribed sacrifice in Mary’s behalf and also to present Jesus to the Lord.
  • The first born child was considered the Lord’s.     Exodus 13:1-2 - And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, [2] Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.  
  • The first born child was to be presented to the Lord and redeemed.  Numbers 18:15-16 - Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the Lord, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem. [16] And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels…
  • In what ways should we present all our children to the Lord?
  • Vs. 24 - The sacrifice that was made for Mary was the sacrifice that the poor were to make. Leviticus 12:1-8

THEY MET THE RIGHT PEOPLE – Vss. 25-27,      37-38

  • How have you seen God guide you to the right person at the right time?
  • There were at least two people that needed to see the literal fulfillment of God’s promise of Messiah. God guided them to the infant Jesus, and the infant Jesus to them.
  • Vs. 25 – Simeon had some terrific character traits. First of all, he was just or righteous in his dealings with others.  Why is it a joy to deal with righteous people?
  • Simeon was also devout, or devoted to God.  How can we tell when someone is truly devoted to God?
  • Simeon was waiting for the consolation or comfort of Israel through the coming Messiah.  We are to still be waiting for the (second) coming of the Messiah.  Titus 2:11-13
  • Simeon was also filled, or controlled by the Holy Spirit. It is neat to think that God wants to fill us with His Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 5:18
  • Vs. 26 – I think that it is likely that Simeon was an old man, but he wouldn’t necessarily have to have been.  The important promise was that he would see the Messiah before he died.
  • Vs. 27 – God brought Simeon and Anna to the right place at the right time.  As we walk with Him, he will do the same for us.  Ephesians 5:15-18
  • Vss. 36-38 – Anna was an old and Godly woman.  What does she teach us about priorities?

THEY HEARD THE RIGHT PRONOUNCEMENTS  – Vss. 28-36, 38

  • Vss. 28-30 – After seeing Jesus, what were Simeon’s first reactions? What do we learn from Simeon’s response to Christ?
  • What do verses 30-32 teach us about the Lord Jesus Christ?
  • Joseph and Mary already knew who Jesus was.  Why did Simeon’s statements about Him surprise them so in verse 33?
  • Vs. 34 – How do people fall before they rise when they trust Christ?
  • Who were some of the people who spoke against Jesus?
  • According to verse 35, speaking against Jesus revealed a wicked heart.
  • How and when did a sword pierce through Mary’s soul?
  • What lesson does Anna teach us in verse 38?

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LUKE 2:40-52 – JOURNEY TO THE FUTURE

JOURNEYS WITH MARY - Lesson #4 of 4

A COMPLETE SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

 

  • What are some of the significant stages that children pass through as they grow up?
  • In what ways can children surprise us as they grow up?
  • How do different events in a child’s life point to the future?
  • How do different character traits in a child’s life point to the future?
  • What do you think Jesus was like as a child?

 

We are concluding our “Journeys with Mary” in Luke 1-2.  We have already seen Mary’s “Journey of Faith” to see Elizabeth after the angel’s announcement of Jesus’ birth. We have also seen God doing as He promised after a “Journey of Fruition” to Bethlehem where Jesus was born.  Last time we saw a “Journey of Fulfillment”.  God fulfilled his promise to Simeon that he would see the Lord’s Christ before he died when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Jerusalem temple.  The final journey took place twelve years later as Mary took a “Journey to the Future” as she sees Jesus showing signs of growing up in a trip to Jerusalem.

HE DEVELOPED INTO A MAN – Vss. 40-42

  • We know very little of Jesus’ childhood.
  • Vs. 40 tells us about His development. He grew up just the way you would expect the Son of God to grow up.
  • Three qualities mentioned here will be repeated in verse 52. We can say that Jesus’ childhood appears to be what we expect from any child. The only difference is, Jesus grew up better than any other child!  How do you think it was obvious that the grace of God was on Jesus?
  • Vs. 41 – At this point in Israel’s history, every Jewish male was required to go to Jerusalem for a feast at least once a year.  It was apparently optional for the wife.  What does this verse tell you about Mary?
  • Vs. 42 – At age twelve, Jesus was probably just a year away from becoming a full member of the synagogue.  It was recommended that fathers bring their sons along to Jerusalem when they were a year or two away from religious manhood.
  • What can Christian men and women do with their children that would follow Joseph and Mary’s good examples?

HE DESIRED THE THINGS OF GOD – Vss. 43-47

  • Vs. 43 – How do you think it happened that Joseph and Mary were able to leave Jesus behind in Jerusalem and not realize it? Remember they would have been traveling in a caravan.
  • What gave Jesus the right to tarry in the Temple, ignore at least an assumed command of Mom and Dad, and not be guilty of sin?

2 Corinthians 5:21 - For he hath made him to be sin for  us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

  • Vss. 44-45 – What do you think was going through the minds of Joseph and Mary when Jesus could not be found?
  • Vss. 46-47 – Evidently they took a day’s travel away from Jerusalem and a day’s travel back.  They found Jesus in the temple on the third day.
  • Probably some of the great teachers of the law for that day were gathered on one of the temple’s porches.  The method of learning in those days was for learners to ask and answer questions.
  • Jesus was not teaching.  He would not do that publicly until he was 30.  His answers and his questions amazed those that heard Him.  What purpose, other than Jesus’ own personal spiritual development, would this session with the doctors of the law accomplish?

HE DEDICATED HIMSELF TO HIS FATHER’S BUSINESS – Vss. 48-50

  • Vs. 48 – How do you sympathize with Mary?  What challenges would have been associated with being the mother of the Son of God?
  • Vs. 49 - Once Joseph and Mary returned to Jerusalem, how long should it have taken them to find Jesus and why?
  • It is obvious that Jesus knew who He was, the Son of God, and that He had an intimate relationship with His Father.
  • As Christians, we are the children of God.

John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 

Romans 8:16 - The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

 

1 John 3:1-3 - Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. [3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

  • How should we as the children of God have an intimate relationship with the Father?
  • How do we develop such a relationship?

HE DEFERRED TO AUTHORITY – Vs 51

  • How have you seen people justify a lack of submission to the authority God has set up in their lives?
  • How could Jesus have justified not being in subjection to His parents?
  • What does Jesus’ submission teach us?

Ephesians 5:21 - Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

HE DEEPENED IN MATURITY – Vs 52

  1. HE GREW INTELLECTUALLY – WISDOM
  2. HE GREW PHYSICALLY – STATURE
  3. HE GREW SPIRITUALLY – FAVOR WITH GOD
  4. HE GREW SOCIALLY – FAVOR WITH MAN

 

  • Why is growth in each of these areas important?
  • How can we help our children and grandchildren grow in each of these areas?
  • With the exception of growing physically, why should you and I continue to grow in each of these areas?

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

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MESSAGES AT CHRISTMAS

 

MESSAGE TO A DOUBTFUL PRIEST – Luke 1:5-22

MESSAGE TO A DEVOUT BELIEVER – Luke 2:26-38

MESSAGE TO A DEDICATED SERVANT – Matthew 1:18-25

MESSAGE TO A DELIGHTED AUDIENCE – Luke 2:8-20

 

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