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January 28, 2020, 5:42 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/27/20


SERMON SEEDS

S4 – THE WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2019

 

Sermon Seeds is a generally weekly collection of Sermon and Bible Study Outlines and Full Lessons from the pen of Pastor Jack Peters. Pastor Jack has been pastoring for 44 years and enjoys sharing what he gleans from God’s Word. He currently serves as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of New Holland, PA.

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JOHN 17:11-24 – JESUS PRAYED FOR YOU

 

 

Many times, I’ve prayed with people during a difficult situation. It’s been appreciated.

Other times people have prayed with me during difficult situations. (Give your own examples)

 

You too have probably appreciated times when someone has prayed for you in your presence.  You have also appreciated knowing that others were praying for you and situations that concern you.

And here is an even more comforting thought.  If you are a Christian the Lord Jesus has prayed for you, does pray for you and will pray for you. Hebrews 7:24-25

After the Last Supper, Jesus did some teaching known to us as the “Upper Room Discourse”. Somewhere, either in the Upper Room or traveling to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Lord Jesus prayed for his disciples and us in John 17.

Verses 11-19 – Jesus prayed for disciples, but I believe the prayer applies to us as well.

Verses 20-24 – Jesus did specifically pray for us.

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SECURITY – Vss. 11-15

 

Ephesians 2:1, 8-9, John 10:27-30

 

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SANCTIFICATION – Vss. 16-19

Philippians 3:20, 1 Peter 1:15-16

 

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY -Vss. 20-23

Philippians 2:1-4, John 13:34-35

 

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SATISFACTION – Vs. 24

2 Corinthians 5:8 - We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

 

 

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PSALM 145 – THE REAL MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

 

There was once on United States television a show called "The Magnificent Seven".  I did not see the program, but I like the title.

I feel that the real magnificent seven appears in this Psalm. Psalm 145 is a Psalm of praise which gives us at least seven magnificent reasons to praise and worship God.

 

1. GOD'S POSITION - KING, Vss. 1-2

2. GOD'S POWER, Vss. 3-6

3. GOD'S PERSONALITY Vss. 7-9, 17

4. GOD'S PREEMINENCE Vss. 10-13

5. GOD'S PROVISION Vss. 14-16

6. GOD'S PRESENCE Vss. 18-19

7. GOD'S PRESERVATION Vss. 20-21

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EZEKIEL 33:1-12 – THE WATCHMAN

 

EXAMPLE OF A WATCHMAN – Vss. 1-6 – YOUR PASTOR IS TO WATCH!

God used the example of a watchman assigned to watch for the enemy and give warning.

If he sounds the trumpet in warning when the enemy comes, he is not responsible.

If he fails to sound the warning, the watchman is responsible.

Your Pastor has been given the responsibility to watch for your soul. Hebrews 13:17,

1 Peter 5:1-4

 

EXPLANATION TO A WATCHMAN – Vss. 6-9 – YOUR PASTOR IS TO WARN

Ezekiel was called as a watchman to Israel.

He was to listen to God and warn the people.

If Ezekiel failed to warn the wicked he was responsible.

If Ezekiel did warn the wicked, he was not responsible.

Your pastor is to preach the Word. He is responsible if he doesn’t. You are responsible if he does and you ignore him. 2 Timothy 4:2, 2 Peter 1:8-13

 

EXHORTATION FOR A WATCHMAN – Vss. 10-11 – YOUR PASTOR IS TO WORK

Ezekiel was to speak to the house of Israel.

Israel was to be told that God took no pleasure in the death of the wicked.

God’s desire is that men turn from wickedness and live.

Your pastor is to work at leading men to turn from wickedness and live! Malachi 2:5-7,

Romans 1:16-17, Romans 10:13-17, Titus 1:13, Titus 2:15, Revelation 3:19

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JOHN 2:11-22 – CLUTTER

LIFE OF CHRIST #10 of 60

 

This morning we want to look at the first miracle that the Lord performed and we find that He had an interactive ministry between Himself, guests at a wedding, his mother, and the servants at the wedding.  This miracle of turning the water into wine is also a reminder that Jesus interacts in our lives still today.  This is an interaction that we greatly need.

 

This morning we resume our study of the Life of Christ. Jesus had been baptized and then spent forty days in the wilderness being tempted by the Devil and successfully refusing that temptation. After that he returned and was identified by John the Baptist as “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the World.”  Jesus was followed by Andrew and John, who became disciples.  Andrew and probably John as well, brought their brothers to Jesus, Peter and James.  

 

Jesus recruited Phillip. Phillip brought Nathaniel to Jesus, who is probably the man called Bartholomew in the other Gospels.

 

With six disciples in tow, Jesus interacts at a wedding.

There are three things that I want you to understand about the interactive ministry of the Lord Jesus then and now.

 

HE WAS INTERESTED – Vss. 1-5

 

Vs. 1 – This would have been two days after the calling of Nathaniel. There was a marriage in Cana, of Galilee.  The exact location of Cana is not known, but it was probably just a few miles from Nazareth.

 

Mary, the mother of Jesus was there, but in his Gospel John never calls her by name.  From her intimate understanding of the wine supply and the willingness of the servants to listen to her, it is possible that Mary was involved with the managing of the festivities in some way.

 

Weddings in those days were big deals, and the celebration usually went on for about a week.  It was an important social event in a community and the bride and groom were treated like royalty.

 

Vs. 2 – Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding.  The significant thing to note here is that Jesus went.

Jesus’ ministry was an interactive ministry.  He went to where the people were so He could interact with them.

He was interested in what they were doing.

 

You might think that for all the important things that the Lord Jesus had to do, that He might not have time to attend  weddings or to accept invitations to people’s houses for meals.

 

Why was Jesus so interested in spending time with people?

When He was criticized for eating at Matthew’s house with tax collectors and sinners, he responded by saying in Luke 5:31-32 …They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. [32] I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

And it wasn’t just at meals that Jesus was interested in people and their needs.

  • A little girl, a widow’s son and Lazarus all died and Jesus was interested.
  • Parents brought little children to Jesus and Jesus was interested.
  • A Gentile woman came begging that Jesus heal her sick daughter, Jesus was interested.
  • A prominent religious teacher came to Jesus at night, and Jesus was interested.

And on and on we could go.

 

The most important way Jesus showed His interest was leaving the splendors of Heaven to come to earth.  Why did He come?

Luke 19:10 - For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

Jesus was interested in the eternal and spiritual wellbeing of all mankind, so He came to die for their sins.

 

  • Jesus is interested in you.

    He died for your sins and rose again.

  • Jesus is interested in you. He wants to be your Savior, if He isn’t already. He wants you to trust Him by faith. John 3:16
  • Jesus is interested in you.

He promises to always be with you. Matthew 28:20

  • Jesus is interested in you.

He hears and answers prayer. John 14:13-14

 

Vs. 3-4 - Jesus was interested even though it may not seem so here. 

They were out of wine.  No big tragedy by our standards.  But it would have been a social disgrace that would have been remembered by friends and families all the days of that marriage.

 

Wine was the staple drink of the day, often diluted so that it was not as strong as the wines today.              

The way that Mary told Jesus they were out of wine seems to indicate that she was trying to tell Jesus what to do, as a parent would a child. To me, it also seems that Mary may have thought this a good time for him to show who He really was. 

 

Jesus’ response was not disrespectful. The word woman was a respectable way to address His mother. He was telling her that she could no longer tell Him what to do. He had come to do the will of His Heavenly Father. It was not yet His hour to reveal himself.  

 

Vs. 5 – Jesus was interested in something as mundane as a lack of wine.  Wine in the Old Testament is a symbol of joy.

I would love to have been there to hear Jesus’ tone of voice and see his facial expression.  He left his mother confident that He would do something, probably not in the way she wanted, or because she thought He should help. He acted because his Heavenly Father wanted Him to act.

 

Mary gives great advice in this verse, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”  We should follow that same advice. 

When Jesus tells us to do something, we need to do it.

He is God. He knows what is best.

 

Jesus has and has had an interactive ministry.

 

HE WAS INVOLVED – Vss. 6-9

 

 

With the Lord Jesus interest is always followed with involvement.

  • Jesus was interested in the salvation of your soul.  He involved Himself by dying for your sins.
  • Jesus is interested in your everyday problems. That’s why He said to pray in his name. He’ll do something about it.  He also said to come boldly to the throne of grace and he will involve Himself in helping. Hebrews 4:15-16
  • Jesus is interested in world evangelism. That’s why He promises to be with us as we fulfill the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20.

   

Vs. 6 – The Jews involved themselves in a lot of ceremonial washings.  Therefore the water pots were there.  These six water pots of stone held the equivalent of 20-30 gallons.

 

Vss. 7-8 – Jesus told the servants to fill the water pots with water and then to take the water to the governor of the feast. The governor was the equivalent of a head waiter.

 

Vs. 9 – Somewhere along the line, the water was made wine

             by the Lord Jesus.  His involvement was the key to  

             this miracle.

 

HE MADE IMPROVEMENTS – Vss. 10-11

 

Vs. 9b-10 – I venture to say that the wine was the best that the governor of the feast ever tasted. 

 

It was the best because it was made by the one who created the grapes in the first place!   

When Jesus involves himself in something, the results are always an improvement.  When Jesus was on earth He involved himself and there was improvement.

 

  • The sick were healed.
  • The dead were raised.
  • The possessed were set free.
  • The ignorant were taught.
  • Lives were changed.
  • Sin and death were defeated on the cross.

 

Today, when Jesus involves Himself in a life, there is improvement.

 

  • The spiritually dead are given eternal life. Ephesians 2:1
  • Those who trust Christ are given a new life now. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Those who are given abundant life. John 10:10
  • Those who filled with His Spirit bear fruit. Galatians 5:22-23

 

Vs. 11 – This was the first “sign” that Jesus gave. That’s what the word “miracle” means here.  The end result was that Jesus showed His glory and it strengthened the belief of His disciples. These things were also improvements.

 

Jesus’ ministry was and is an interactive ministry.

 

HE WAS INTERESTED – Vss. 1-5

HE WAS INVOLVED – Vss. 6-9

HE MADE IMPROVEMENTS – Vss. 10-11

 

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2 Corinthians 1:3-11 – STANDING THROUGH SUFFERINGS

 

All true Christians suffer at some time in their lives.

The Apostle Paul was no different.

He teaches in this passage how to stand successfully, even when it hurts!

 

PRAISE THROUGH SUFFERING Vs. 3

PURPOSE OF SUFFERING Vss. 4-7

POWER IN SUFFERING Vss. 8-10

PARTNERSHIP DURING SUFFERING Vs. 11

 

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HEBREWS 9:27-28 – THERE IS! – FOUR THINGS ON WHICH TO COUNT

 

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look

for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

  1. THERE IS DEATH - And as it is appointed unto men once to die…
  2. THERE IS JUDGMENT - …but after this the judgment:
    • The majority of people will appear before “the Great White Throne” – Revelation 20:11-15
    • The born again Christian will appear before “the Judgment Seat of Christ”. –                        2 Corinthians 5:10
  3. THERE IS FORGIVENESS - So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; - ­Christ paid the price for our sins on the cross.  There is forgiveness for those who trust Him for forgiveness and eternal life! Isaiah 53:3-6, Romans 6:6-8, Romans 5:1, John 3:16
  4. THERE IS HOPE …and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. – The born again Christian anticipates “the Rapture”. –                 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

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REAL MEN HAVE INTEGRITY – THE STORY OF NATHAN

Real Men - Lesson #5 of 7

(Here are the outline and questions I used to teach this men’s Bible Study.)

 

  • What is integrity?
  • When have you seen a lack of integrity?
  • Name some men you know who have or did have integrity.  In what ways did they show it?
  • In what ways will being a man of God help a man be a man of integrity?
  • What are some of the things a man of integrity will care about?

 

Our study this week introduces us to Nathan, a man of God who was also a man of integrity.  He showed that he was a man of God and a man of integrity by the things he cared about. Here are four things that Nathan cared about that we should care about as men of God and men of integrity.

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO CORRECT HIMSELF

1 Chronicles 17:1-15

 

  •  Have you ever spoken out, and then discovered that you

 had spoken out of turn? Give us an example.

  •  Why is it often difficult to go back and correct what you  

      said?

  •  Nathan gave his blessing upon David building a temple  

      for God. He actually told David that God was with him.  

      Vss. 1-2

  •  Why do you think Nathan answered David the way he

      did?

  •  Do we ever claim to know God’s will or act like we do

      when we don’t? Give an example.

  •  Nathan discovered that he had spoken incorrectly.

      Vss. 3-14

  •  What might have held Nathan back from going and

      telling David the corrected message?

  •  Nathan corrected himself and gave David the accurate

      message from God. Vs. 15

  •  What does Nathan’s behavior teach us?

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO CONFRONT SIN 

2 Samuel 12:1-14

 

  • David's sins concerning Bathsheba and Uriah are described in 2 Samuel 11.
  • Nathan confronted David about his sin. What were the risks involved with confronting David?  What are the risks involved when we confront others with sin?
  • Why do you think he used a story in Vss. 1-7
  • After David was ready to take action against the man who stole the other man’s sheep, Nathan nails David with the words, “Thou art the man” and exposes David’s sin.

Vss. 8-12

  • How do we know when it is time to confront someone’s sin?
  • How do we go about confronting someone’s sin?

 

Galatians 6:1 - Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a  fault,

                        ye which are spiritual, restore such  an one

                       in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself,

                      lest thou also be tempted.

  • Nathan got good results.  David repented. Nathan announces that the child will die. Vss. 13-14
  • Not everyone will react to confrontation as well as David did.  What do we do when they don’t?

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO COMFORT 

2 Kings 12:24-25

 

  • Although Nathan was quick to confront David about sin, he was just as quick to bring God's message of comfort.
  • What might have made Nathan reluctant to deliver this new message?  Is it hard sometimes to “switch gears” and bring comfort after bringing a rebuke?
  • What must we remember about forgiveness and mercy from God’s perspective?
  • The nickname given to Solomon means "Beloved of God".  A man of integrity does not have a one-dimensional message. He is to be an encourager as well as a preacher against sin. Timothy was told to encourage as well as to reprove and to rebuke. 2 Timothy 4:2

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO COOPERATE 

1 Kings 1

 

  • David was near death, and one of Solomon's brothers planned to take the throne away from Solomon. Vss. 5-7
  • What mistake did David make? Vs. 6
  • What does verse 8 tell us about Nathan and the others mentioned in this verse?
  • As the conspiracy grew, what did the revolutionaries realize about Nathan and the others?  How does this show Nathan’s integrity? Vss. 9-10
  • Nathan establishes a plan with Bathsheba.  Why did they both need to say the same thing? Why could Nathan carry out this sort of plan and still maintain his integrity?

Vss. 13-14

  • Nathan and Bathsheba both told David about the plot to anoint a different king.  Is it possible that this type of approach is suitable in the church today?  Vss. 15-27
  • David had Solomon anointed king. Vss. 28-40
  • In what ways should men of integrity cooperate with other believers today?

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