SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/24/22
January 28, 2022, 6:34 PM

Hello Friends!

I kind of went into a Sermon Seeds Funk in December and January.

I think I needed to take a few weeks off.

I’m back this week with some of the “classics” from over the years.

Hope they are a blessing to you! Hope you can use them to help others!

Pastor Jack

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

U1 – FOR WEEK OF 1/24/22

First Baptist Church of New Holland PA - SERMON SEEDS (fbcnhremembers.com)

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JUST AS I AM

In honor of Ethel Peters 8/25/22-9/24/04

If you have attended this church or other evangelical churches for very long, you are undoubtedly familiar with the hymn that we just sung, Just as I am.  The words were written in 1836 by Charlotte Elliot and the music we sing this hymn to was written by William Bradbury.

Miss Charlotte Elliott was vi­sit­ing some friends in the West End of Lon­don, and there met the em­i­nent min­is­ter, Caesar Milan, While seat­ed at sup­per, the min­is­ter said he hoped that she was a Christ­ian. She took of­fense at this, and re­plied that she would ra­ther not dis­cuss that quest­ion.

Dr. Ma­lan said that he was sor­ry if had of­fend­ed her, that he al­ways liked to speak a word for his Mas­ter, and that he hoped that the young la­dy would some day be­come a work­er for Christ.

When they met again at the home of a mu­tu­al friend, three weeks lat­er, Miss Ell­i­ott told the min­is­ter that ev­er since he had spok­en to her she had been try­ing to find her Sav­iour, and that she now wished him to tell her how to come to Christ. “Just come to him as you are,” Dr. Ma­lan said. This she did, and went away re­joic­ing. Sankey, Ira, My Life and the Sto­ry of the Gos­pel Hymns. Har­per & Bro­thers, 1906.

About the words or this hymn her brother said: “In the course of a long min­is­try, I hope I have been per­mit­ted to see some of the fruit of my la­bor, but I feel that far more has been done by a sin­gle hymn of my sis­ter’s.” http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/u/justasam.htm

Just As I Am is one of those Gospel hymns that has been used as what we call an “invitation hymn”. 

It is generally sung at the end of a service and is used to invite people to trust Christ as Savior.  This hymn also encourages Christians to bring their problems to their Savior.

This hymn has a great Biblical message. 

 

The theme of this hymn is “I Come”.  There are five verses that we use of this hymn.  Each one stresses a different aspect of coming.

VERSE 1 – I COME WITH ONE PLEA

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

VERSE 2 – I COME FOR COMPLETE PURIFICATION

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

VERSE 3 – I COME WITH MANY PROBLEMS

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

VERSE 4 – I COME FOR GREAT PROVISION

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

VERSE 5 – I COME BECAUSE OF GREAT PROMISES

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

This hymn was my Mom’s favorite! 

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2 KINGS 4:1-7 – THE STEADY FLOW

Introduce this sermon by talking about some successful people you know personally.

I think that most of us would like to be successful.  As Christians, we should desire to be successful in the eyes of God. To be a success in God's eyes, you must be a born again Christian. (John 3:1-16). Also, to be a success, you need to be successful, you must be faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). Thirdly, to be a success, you must be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

An illustration of success in God's eyes is found in our text. We often relegate such stories to children's church or Sunday School, but don't consider the value of the story for us adults.

This story tells of a steady flow of oil that continued to flow until all was full. In order for us to be successful Christians, we must have the steady, continuous flow of God's Holy Spirit in our lives. As Christians, we will go through three stages if we experience the filling or controlling of the Holy Spirit.  In this story I see pictures of the:

THE BANKRUPT CHRISTIAN - Vs. 1

Elisha was apparently the chief prophet in Israel at this time.  There were schools of training for those who would aspire to be prophets. They were the Bible Schools of their day.  Today we might call the students "preacher boys".

One of the widows of one of the sons of the prophets came to Elijah. Her husband was dead. She was bankrupt, and creditors were coming to take her sons as slaves to pay the debt.

There are many Christians like this women in our story. They are bankrupt.

They have tired in their own strength to do something for God. They have tried in their own effort to be successful. They have made their own plans to serve God and have met with nothing but disappointment. They have done battle with habitual sin in their lives and have ended up losing (Romans 7:18-21).

Please note that this woman was honest. She came to Elisha. She did not try to fool him. She simply told the truth.  As Christians, we need to be equally honest. When we sense bankruptcy in our Spiritual lives, we must come and honestly humble ourselves before God (James 4:6-10)

THE RESOURCEFUL CHRISTIAN - Vs. 2

Elisha wants to know, "What do you have on hand?" He wants to know, "What are your resources?" What was available for God to multiply?  You might recall that the Scripture tells how God multiplied a little meal and a little oil belonging to another widow (1 Kings 17:8-16). We also know that God the Son multiplied a little boy's lunch so that it fed a multitude (John 6:1-14).

This lady only had a little oil. It was a valuable commodity, but not enough to get her out of debt.

What do Christians have to help them when they sense that they are bankrupt?

They do not have merit.

They do not have strength within themselves.

They do not have ability.

BUT THEY DO HAVE OIL!

Oil is often symbolic for God's Holy Spirit.

We do have the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9, Zechariah 4:6, Acts 1:8,

Like the woman in the story we need to be resourceful. We must realize that we have all we need for success through the Holy Spirit.

THE VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN - Vss. 3-7

Vs. 3-4 - Elisha's advice was simple. It was for her to use her resources. She was to borrow empty pots, go home, shut the door, and start pouring.

The victorious Christian will do something similar. We do not need more of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit needs more of us. As we provide ourselves as an empty vessel, He will fill us.

An empty vessel is one that has confessed all known sin.

An empty vessel is one that contains nothing of self (Romans 12:1).

An empty vessel is one that has an open lid, ready, willing, and asking to be filled (1 John 5:14-15).

Vss. 5-6 - The woman did as she was told. When there was no longer an empty vessel, the oil stopped flowing. We must continually present to God an empty vessel, so he can fill it.

The results of Spirit filling are seen in Acts 1:8, Ephesians 3:16, 5:18-21 and Galatians 5:22-23.

Remember that the steady flow of the Holy Spirit, which gives power, victory, joy and fruitfulness, will stop flowing when we fail to provide an empty vessel. However, the flow of the Spirit will resume when there is again an empty vessel available to be filled.

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PSALM 119:1-2 – THE WAY OF HAPPINESS

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

Most people think that happiness depends on "happenings".

When things are going well, folks are happy. When they don't go well, they are not happy. Psalm 119:1-2 shows us how to be truly happy (blessed).

It begins with being "undefiled in the way". The undefiled in the way are those who are saved. Romans 5:1-9, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16

After salvation we are happy as we spell the word "SAD"

S - SATURATION - Walk in the law of the Lord.

A - APPLICATION - Keep His testimonies.

D - DETERMINATION - Seek Him with the whole heart.

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JEREMIAH 15:16 – WORSHIP IN THE WORD

They have taken the Bible out of the government.

They have taken the Bible out of the schools.

Doesn’t it seem logical that they are trying to take the Bible out of the home and even out of the church?  Even if they are not trying to remove the Bible literally, they are trying to remove the Bible’s influence and authority.

Will God allow that to happen?

Why shouldn’t He if we do not reverence the Word which comes from the God we claim to worship?

The preaching of the Word of God should be an act of worship on my part.  I am to offer up to God a sacrifice, His Word prepared for His people.

For the congregation, it is just as much an act of worship to listen to and respond to God’s Word as it is to sing a hymn or worship chorus. You are not worshipping the preacher, he’s only the messenger.  You are worshipping the God who gives you the message in His Word by listening and responding to what God has to say.

Jeremiah 15:16 - Thy words were found, and I did eat them;and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

This verse helps us to Worship in the Word, both when it is read and preached in church and when I am reading it on my own.  

WORSHIP IN THE WORD INVOLVES DISCOVERY

Thy words were found…

We have all made discoveries.  That is, we have all found things or even learned things that have helped us, educated us and even thrilled us. 

There is no greater discovery to make than the things spoken by God. Why is that? 2 Timothy 3:16-17

God’s Word is inspired. That is, it is “God breathed”.

Because it comes from God it is profitable.

  • It is profitable for teaching us – doctrine.
  • It is profitable for reprimanding us for our own good – reproof.
  • It is profitable for changing us – correction.
  • It is profitable for helping us live Godly lives – instruction in righteousness.

Paul tells us why we should want to discover God’s Word.

Following it will make us perfect, that is complete or mature. It is also equips us to be ready to do good works which God wants us to do.

The discoveries we make in God’s Word are not always pleasant.  2 Kings 22:11-13

Josiah was both convicted and sorrowed by what he discovered in God’s Word.  He responded by trying to do something about it.

If you approach this Book as an act of worship, you too will make discoveries.

There will be many joyful discoveries and many sorrowful discoveries.

There will be many convicting discoveries.

There will be many life-changing discoveries.

But each one of us has to make discoveries for ourselves.

You will only make discoveries as you read the Word at home or in church if you want to make discoveries.

In church if you stop worshipping God after the hymns and prayers, you will not find yourself making discoveries.

I admit to you that not every sermon is a gem, but if you are looking to make discoveries out of God’s Word as an act of worship, you will find “jewels” that others will miss.

You need to desire to find God’s Word.

WORSHIP IN THE WORD INVOLVES DIGESTION

Thy words were found, and I did eat them;

Every Sunday, Sunday School teachers, myself and/or a guest speaker will serve up the Word to you.

During the week your Bible sits there, waiting to be opened.

Your responsibility is to eat and digest the Word of God that is set before you.

Here are some practical ways for you to digest the Word of God.

  1. Confess any known sin to the Lord. 
  2. If you have any problem with me or any other speaker get it straightened out.  I’m a much better preacher in your eyes if you’re not angry at me.
  3. Ask God to help you get something from Him.
  4. Pay Attention. Strive to follow the speaker or your own reading.
  5. Be Open – Be ready to be blessed, to be challenged, to be comforted, or to be corrected.
  6. Be submissive – If there is a conflict between what it is the Word of God and what you are doing or thinking, you know who’s right. It isn’t you.
  7. Meditate after you read or after you hear a sermon.  You may even want to reread the passage sometime during the day.
  8. Memorize and meditate on God’s Word.  The more you meditate on a passage, the more God will speak to you.

Some of you have worked out at a gym.  Those weights and exercise machines do you no good unless you use them.

We need to have Gospel work outs. Philippians 2:12-13

A “work out” means you are developing muscles that you already have. A Spiritual “work out” assumes that you already have salvation.  You are simply developing your Spiritual muscles.  

Work out in the Word of God. Receiving it and obeying it.

WORSHIP IN THE WORD INVOLVES DELIGHT

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart:

There are some things that bring joy and rejoicing to my heart.

All of these things should have second place to my Lord and His Word.  They should be the joy and rejoicing of my heart. Psalm 119:47, 97, 129, 162

Psalm 19 shows us what the Bible is good for, and what happens when the Bible is the joy and rejoicing of our heats.

  • Vs. 7 – The Bible converts the soul.  God’s Word is used by God’s Spirit to convict us.
  • Vs. 7 - God’s Word makes simple folks like us wise.
  • Vs. 8 – God’s Word is right and brings joy to the heart.
  • Vs. 8 - God’s Word is pure, giving us discernment.
  • Vs. 9 – God’s Word inspires us to Godly fear.
  • Vs. 9 – God’s Word is true and righteous.
  • Vs. 10 God’s Word is more valuable than gold and sweeter than honey.
  • Vs. 11 – God warns me in His Word.
  • Vs. 11 – When I obey God’s Word, there is great reward.

When the Bible becomes the joy and rejoicing of your heart:

  • You will want to read it.
  • You will want to hear it preached.
  • You will want to remember it and think about it.

DO YOU BELONG TO GOD? WORSHIP IN THE WORD INVOLVES DISTINCTION

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

The Word of God should be the joy and rejoicing of my heart because of who I am!

Jeremiah says that He was called by God’s name.

That means Jeremiah belonged to God.

You do belong to God if the following things are true:

  1. You have admitted that you are so bad a sinner that you could never save yourself.
  2. You have heard and understood that Jesus Christ, the Son of God died for your sins and paid for them in full.
  3. You have sincerely received Jesus Christ into your life as your only hope for forgiveness and everlasting life.
  4. Upon receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, your life has been changed by the Spirit of God.

If you belong to God, you are called by the name of God, the Son. His name is Christ.  Your name is Christian!

This truth is even more exciting when you consider that if you have trusted Christ to be your Savior you have received a new birth and have been born into the family of God.

Also, you have been adopted into God’s family and have been given all the rights and privileges of an adult Son.

Because of this distinction, that the Lord, God of Hosts, the God of the universe has chosen to call you by His own name, what He has to say to us should be of the utmost importance.

Have you ever received a letter that you have read over and over again and hung on every word because it came from someone you loved and cared about?

Because you are God’s child and called by God’s name, you should hang on every word from God!

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MATTHEW 14:22-33 – SINKING PETER

One of the greatest English speaking preachers who ever lived was Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He was known as the "Prince of Preachers", and from a young age pastored in London England at a church that became known as Metropolitan Tabernacle. His sermons are still read today, as well as his classic commentary on Psalms, "The Treasury of David".

The ministry of Spurgeon was almost stopped before it began when Spurgeon was 22 years old. In order to accommodate the crowds that wanted to hear him, Spurgeon had rented a secular music hall called "Surrey Gardens".  The place was packed out with a crowd of about 10,000 people.

Some pranksters yelled "Fire! Fire!" and panic resulted. In the confusion, 7 people were killed and thirty taken to the hospital.

Spurgeon was devastated by this tragedy. The press of that day tortured him in the newspapers. It looked like his ministry was ruined. He was taken to the home of a trusted friend to recuperate.

According to the Book, THE HIDDEN PRICE OF GREATNESS by Ray Beeson and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, (C. 1991 by the authors, printed by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois, pages 51-52) "Plunged into a pit of anguish, he sought comfort from God. None came. Tears and doubts filled his waking thoughts and nightmares filled his sleep. He opened his Bible in search of strength; it only deepened his grief. His prayers seemed to bounce off a sky of brass."

"In the second week after the incident, while Spurgeon walked in a small garden, a verse from the Bible came forcefully into His mind. 'Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and gave Him a nmae which is above every name' (Philippians 2:9). The words bathed his soul and restored his faith.

"The name of Jesus became a strong tower of safety. Song burst from him, and the chains about his mind broke in pieces. He was free..."

Just two weeks after this tragedy, Spurgeon was once again preaching in his pulpit. His first text back was the same one that set him free.

This is not an unusual story. Every Christian faces times of trial. Faith gets weak. We begin to sink.

Such was the case of Peter in our text. At one of the greatest spiritual moments of his life, a faith walk, he began to sink.

This passage is a great text for teaching us to walk by faith.  Four times the Scriptures tell us "The just shall live by faith," and that includes not just faith for salvation, but faith for daily living.

Peter has much to teach us about faith, especially faith during trials.

BACKGROUND: Vss. 22-24

Jesus ordered his disciples into a boat and sent them to the opposite shore.

Jesus sent the crowd that had witnessed the "Feeding of the Five Thousand" home and went to a mountain to pray.

A terrible storm came up. Out on the sea, the disciples battled for their lives.

MOTIVATED FAITH - Vss. 25-28

During the night Jesus came to His disciples, walking on the water. Note his encouraging words in verse 27.

In verse 28, Peter asks if he can join Jesus on the water. Notice there is no rebuke, but rather encouragement for Peter to take this step of faith.  Notice also that Peter's faith was motivated by the Word of Christ. Our faith needs to be motivated by the Word of God.

MOVING FAITH - Vs. 29

Peter got out of the boat and actually walked on the water. He did it! Jesus was the one who gave him the strength to do this. He trusted the Lord Jesus for the strength.

Moving faith is better than stationary faith.

Moving faith says, "I will actively trust God and do whatever He wants me to do."

Stationary faith says, "Oh yes, God can do anything He wants, but I'll play it safe, and not take any chances." I don't believe that stationary faith is really faith at all!

MISDIRECTED FAITH - Vs. 30

As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he was fine. But the moment he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on the problem, he began to sink. Whenever we take our eyes off of Jesus and put them on the problem we have, we will sink too.

MENDED FAITH - Vss. 30-33

Jesus mended the faith of Peter in four steps.

REQUEST - Vs. 30 - Peter needed to focus again on Jesus and ask for help.

RESCUE - Vss. 31, 32 - Jesus got him out of danger.

 

REBUKE - Vs. 31 - Peter was reprimanded for his doubt.

REVERENCE - Vs. 33 - The end result was that Jesus was worshiped. That should be the end result of our mended faith as well.

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MARK 6:14-29 – INTRIGUE IN THE PALACE

INTRODUCTION – Vss. 14-16

Jesus had sent his disciples on a preaching mission.  Their works were so great people began to speculate as to the identity of Jesus. Herod thought it was John, whom he had beheaded.  Here is the story of the Intrigue in the Palace!

A STEADFAST PROPHET – Vss. 17-20

Herod had arrested John because he had told Herod that his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife. Herodias had a grudge against John. She would have killed John, but couldn’t.

Herod feared, respected, and listened to John.

A SENSUOUS GIRL – Vss. 21-22

Herod’s step-daughter danced a sensuous dance that pleased Herod and his associates.

A SILLY (STUPID) PROMISE – Vss. 22-23

Herod made a promise to give the girl whatever she asked for.

A SINISTER WIFE – Vss. 24-25

Herodias instructed her daughter to ask for the head of John on a charger!

A SILENCED MESSENGER – Vss. 26-29

Although the king was sorry, he was not sorry enough to go back on his word. 

John was executed.

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LUKE 5:33-39 - OH NO! SOMETHING NEW!

The strictly conservative Pharisees of Jesus' day were much like us in that they did not like change.  Sometimes something new poses a real threat to us.

INQUIRY - Vs. 33 - The Pharisees wanted to know why Jesus' disciples did not fast like they and John the Baptist's disciples did.  They were doing something new.

INSIGHT - Vss. 34-35 - Jesus explained that just as a wedding was not a time for fasting, neither was it appropriate to fast while Jesus (who is the Son of God) was in their presence.

ILLUSTRATIONS - Vss. 36-38 - New cloth sewn on an old garment will rip the old garment.  New wine placed in old wineskins will burst the wineskins. To place the Gospel of grace into a system of law does not work!

INDICTMENT - Vs. 39 - Most people do not like change. They will say, "The old is better!" before they have tried the new.  Christianity is a radical change from Judaism, and the Pharisees deeded the old way better.

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JOHN 15:17-27 - OPPOSITION

There is persecution of Christians taking place throughout the world.

Give examples that you know of.

When Jesus gave his "Upper Room" discourse He warned us that there would be

opposition to Him and to His followers. In John 15:17-27 we find:

THE LORD'S WILL - Vs. 17

Our Lord made this statement just a few verses before in Vs. 12.

He repeats the statement just before talking about persecution. I think the

Lord was indicating that one of the ways to get through persecution that will come from the world is through the love of the brethren!

Let's face it, hassles from the rest of the world are easier to take when

there's love at home. And hassles from the world are harder to take, when

there is no love at home!

We all need a place of peace.

We all need a place of refuge.

We all need a place where we feel loved.

The church should be such a place! The church should be the Christians

second home!

THE LORD'S WARNING - Vss. 18-21

I don't think that the Lord was indicating that the world may hate you and

it may not. The Lord was talking as if the world was going to hate us. Paul

said in

2 Timothy 3:12 - "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall

suffer persecution."

THE LORD'S WITNESS - Vss. 22-25

The Jews would not have been guilty of the sin of rejecting Jesus if He had

not come to them, spoken to them and worked his miracles in front of them.

His witness made them guilty of rejecting Him.

THE LORD'S WORK - Vss. 26-27

In spite of persecution, the Lord is at work today through the conviction of

the Holy Spirit and the witness of His followers.

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PHILIPPIANS 4:10-19 – PERSONAL TESTIMONY

The Philippians were very involved in supporting Paul in his missionary endeavors. Here is Paul's personal testimony concerning the gifts which the Philippians had sent.

SCHOOL OF FAITH Vss. 10-12

Paul had learned both how to abound and to suffer need.

He learned to trust God in the good times and the bad times.

STRENGTH FROM CHRIST Vs. 13

Whatever God wants us to face, we have the strength we need in Christ. Ephesians 3:16, Colossians 1:11

SACRIFICE TO GOD Vss. 14-18

Notice that gifts which the Philippians sent were "...a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God."

SUPPLY FOR NEEDS Vs. 19

Don't take this verse out of context!

The Philippians' gift to the Lord's work was sacrificial, and God met their needs.  Giving should be done in the right way and with the right attitude in order to expect God's blessing. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

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HEBREWS 12:1-3 - REVIVAL - HEBREWS STYLE

There are several verses that talk about revival. Habakkuk,3:2, Psalm 85:6, Psalm 138:7, Isaiah 57:15, 2 Chronicles 7:14

Hebrews 12:1-3 shows us how to have revival.

YOU ARE SHOWN - Vs. 1

There is a cloud of witnesses mentioned in Hebrews 11 that shows us how to live the life of faith.

BE SURRENDERED - Vs. 1

We are to lay aside the weights and sin that easily besets us.

BE STEADY - Vs. 1

We are to run with patience the race that is set before us.

BE SUPPLIED - Vs. 2

Look to Jesus for the strength to endure.

BE SCHOOLED - Vs. 3

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

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