SERMON SEEDS
January 7, 2019, 4:00 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/7/19


SERMON SEEDS

R1 – THE WEEK OF JAUNARY 7, 2018

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ISAIAH 41:10 – FEAR NOT!

 

A salesman, driving on a lonely country road one dark and rainy night had a flat. He opened the trunk—no lug wrench. The light from a farmhouse could be seen dimly up the road. He set out on foot through the driving rain. Surely the farmer would have a lug wrench he could borrow, he thought. Of course, it was late at night—the farmer would be asleep in his warm, dry bed. Maybe he wouldn’t answer the door. and even if he did, he’d be angry at being awakened in the middle of the night. The salesman, picking his way blindly in the dark, stumbled on. By now his shoes and clothing were soaked. Even if the farmer did answer his knock, he would probably shout something like, “What’s the big idea waking me up at this hour!” This thought make the salesman angry. What right did that farmer have to refuse him the loan of a lug wrench? After all, here he was stranded in the middle of nowhere, soaked to the skin. The farmer was a selfish clod—no doubt about that!

The salesman finally reached the house, and banged loudly on the door. A light went on inside, and a window opened above. “Who is it?” a voice called out. “You know darn well who it is,” yelled the salesman, his face white with anger. “It’s me! You can keep your blasted lug wrench. I wouldn’t borrow it now if you had the last one on earth!” https://bible.org/illustration/fear

I've tried to use the comical approach to what is often a serious problem. The problem is fear.  At one time or another, most of us have been gripped with fear.

 

  • We have been afraid that things which happened in the past can hurt is in the present.
  • We have been afraid of what people think.
  • We have been afraid of what people would do.
  • We have been afraid of the future.
  • We have been afraid of circumstances.
  • We have been afraid of ourselves.
  • We have been afraid of any number of things.
  • One of the forms fear takes is that of worry.  When we are afraid of something, we worry over it.
  • Like the man in our story, we imagine things that are just not so. 
  • As we continually worry, we make life miserable for ourselves, and for those who must listen to us worry!

 

The ironic thing about our fears is God doesn't want us to fear, if we fear Him! Luke 12:4-7

 

This is not the only time that God tells us not to fear.

 

Psalm 27:1, John 14:1, John 14:27

There are many other verses which tell us not to fear or worry. But one of my favorites is our text for this message: Isaiah 41:10

 

God commands us to fear not, and there are good reasons He says that. There are 2 "I Am's" and 3 "I will's" in this passage.

 

THE "I AM'S" OF COMPANIONSHIP

  • I am with thee.
  • I am thy God.

 

THE "I WILL'S" OF COMPASSION

  • I will strengthen thee.
  • I will help thee.
  • I will uphold thee.

 

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GENESIS 7 – THE ARK: A PICTURE OF SALVATION

 

SUMMONS TO THE ARK - Vss. 1-4

God summoned Noah into the ark.

Jesus summons us to salvation. Matthew 11:28, John 3:16, Revelation 22:17  

 

SAFETY IN THE ARK  - Vss. 5-16

Noah and all that were with him were safe.

Those who saved are safe in Christ. We are not condemned. John 3:17-18a

 

SUFFERING OUTSIDE THE ARK - Vss. 17-24

What was not in the ark was destroyed.

Those without Christ are condemned. John 3:18b, John 3:36

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PSALM 119:10 – DECEIVED!

 

Psalm 10 is an appeal to God for help against the wicked.  In the course of the Psalm we find our just how badly wicked people are deceived.

 

LIES THE WICKED TELL THEMSELVES

 

1. "The poor are insignificant." Vss. 2, 8-10

2. "What I want is what I'll get." Vss. 3, 7

3. "God is not important." Vs. 4

4. "I am indestructible" Vs. 6

5. "God has forgotten." Vs. 11

6. "God will not judge." Vs. 13

 

TRUTHS THE WICKED IGNORE

 

1. God sees. Vs. 14a

2. God holds man accountable. Vs. 14b

3. God helps the oppressed. Vs. 14d

4. God is permanently king. Vs. 16

5. God answers the prayers of the humble and poor. Vss. 14c, 17

6. God is the judge for the oppressed. Vs. 18

 

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MARK 12 – ACTION IN THE RING

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES - LESSON #14

THINK ABOUT IT!

  •  Who is the best “fighter” that you have ever known personally?
  •  What is the most important thing you ever fought for?
  •  In what ways was Jesus a fighter?

 

In Mark 12 we find Jesus’ opposition trying to discredit Him any way they can. In a sense, we see the Lord Jesus “putting on the gloves” and “coming out swinging.

I.  ROUND #1 – CONCERNING THE REJECTION OF CHRIST – Vss. 1-12

 

A.  THE LEASE – Vs. 1

  1. THE REJECTED MESSENGERS – Vss. 2-5
  1. THE REJECTED SON – Vss. 6-8
  2. The JUDGMENT – Vss. 9-11 
  3. THE ANGRY RESPONSE – Vs. 12

 

  • What nation is being pictured here?
  • Who are the rejected messengers?
  • What are some of the points about the rejection of the son mentioned here?
  • Who is in charge of the vineyard today? Should we be concerned? Why?
  • What should have been the proper response to Jesus’ teaching?

II. ROUND #2 – CONCERNING TAXES – Vss. 13-17

A.  THE COMMITTEE - Vss. 13

    Who were they and why did they come?

  1. THE TRICKY QUESTION – Vs. 14
  2. THE TEACHING OF PRIORITIES

 

  • What is this passage teaching about taxes?
  • We know what to render to Caesar. What does God want?

III. ROUND #3 – CONCERNING THE RESURRECTION - Vss. 18-27

A.  THE STRAW MAN - Vss. 18-23

  1. THE REASONS FOR ERROR - Vs. 24
  2. THE CORRECT TEACHING - Vss. 25-27

 

  • What is the problem with hypothetical situations?
  • Why is this one silly?
  • What two errors mentioned here are often too typical of Christians? What is the solution to the problem?
  • What do we learn about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? How is that an encouragement?

IV. ROUND #4 - CONCERNING THE LAW - Vss. 28-34

  1. THE QUESTION - Vs. 28
  2. JESUS’ ANSWER - Vss. 29-31
  3. THE SCRIBE’S AGREEMENT - Vs. 32-33
  4. Jesus’ response - Vs. 34

 

  • What was different about this scribe?
  • These two commandments sum up the Law and the Prophets.
  • Does this summary make keeping the commandments any easier?
  • This scribe was “not far” from the Kingdom of God. What did he need to do to get there?

IV. ROUND #5 - CONCERNING THE MESSIAH - Vss. 35-37

  1. THE TEACHING OF THE SCRIBES - Vs. 35
  2. THE DIFFICULTY WITH THE TEACHING – Vss. 36-37

 

  1. What is the answer to Jesus’ question?

IV. ROUND #6 - CONCERNING THE SCRIBES - Vss. 38- 40

  1. THE WARNING - Vs. 38a
  2. THEIR HYPOCRISY – Vss. 38b-40

 

  • What was the desire of the scribes?
  • How were they hypocritical?
  • What does this passage teach us about rewards in hell?

IV. ROUND #7 - CONCERNING MONEY - Vss. 41- 44

  1. THE SHOWY RICH- Vs. 41
  2. THE HUMBLE WIDOW – Vs. 42
  3. THE PERCENTAGE PRINCIPLE – Vss. 43-44

 

  • Why must we be careful about the way we give? Matthew 6:4
  • Why is this woman still talked about today?

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JOHN 6:35, 47-51 – CONTENTED?

 

I probably don't need to tell you that there are many discontented people in this world. You meet them everywhere.

 

Discontented people are found in grocery stores when lines are too long or the product they want is not available.

 

Discontented people are found in homes when the husband is not making enough money to make ends meet or his income is only adequate and does not allow for a new car or all the "toys" that the children want. Sometimes the husband is not happy because the wife or the children are not doing what he things they should do. The children might be discontented because Mom or Dad are perceived as too strict, or in some cases, too lenient.

 

Discontented people are found on jobs where certain employees are not happy with the boss, the working conditions or perhaps the pay.  Or maybe the boss is unhappy with his workers, his boss or the company he works for.

 

Discontented people are found in schools where students think that the rules are too strict, or that teachers are unreasonable, or too demanding or too lazy. There are also discontented teachers unhappy with administration or the students.

 

Discontented people are found in churches where church members are not happy with all that a pastor does or doesn't do.  They are sometimes unhappy with the church's music, the church's doctrinal stand or the church's programs.  Pastors are sometimes discontented with the size of their congregations, the lack of loyalty, or with their church leaders.

 

The world is full of discontented people! Have things changed since the days of our Lord Jesus?  No they haven't! Luke 12:13-15, Mark 9:34-35, John 3:1-3 (I believe that Nicodemus came to Jesus because he was discontented.)

 

I want us to look at a specific instance of discontentment this morning found in John 6.  To begin with, Jesus works a very famous miracle in this chapter.  Using a little boy's lunch He feeds 5,000 men plus women and children.  That was quite an accomplishment.

 

Vs. 15 shows us one of the responses of some of the crowd. They wanted to take him by force to make Jesus a king. 

 

Here was a man who could heal people and provide food, why not make Him king?  Of course, we know why. Jesus is King but the time for establishing His kingdom on earth was not then.

 

Jesus came the first time to save sinners by dying for them. The next time Jesus comes his Kingdom will be established.

 

I feel that this movement to make Jesus King shows discontentment.  They were discontented with the Roman government.  And many followed Jesus as Messiah thinking that He would establish His kingdom right away and overthrow the Roman government.

 

Another reason for discontentment was the very fact that they had to work for a living! They wanted free food so they didn't have to work. If Jesus were king, they probably thought, he could put the whole country on welfare!

 

Jesus dispersed the crowd and went into a mountain to pray.

Later that evening He met the disciples on the lake, walking on water.  That was another miracle that showed His power and deity.

 

Vss. 22-26 - Some of these discontented people showed up the next day.  Jesus revealed their selfishness and their laziness. They were looking for Jesus because they ate and were satisfied.

 

Vs. 27 - Jesus warns these people not to labor for food that is temporary, but for food that endures for eternal life.

 

Jesus then proceeds to point these people to Himself.

 

Using Vss. 35 and 47-51 of John 6, I would like to show you how to have true contentment. In the center of our thoughts this morning is Jesus' statement saying "I am the Bread of Life".  This is one of seven "I am" statements that Jesus makes in the Gospel of John.

 

The phrase "I am" was definitely a reference to Jesus' dignity.  God referred to Himself by that term when talking to Moses. Exodus 3:14 God is dependent on nothing and nobody for His existence. He is just there. He is! Revelation 1:8

 

Jesus, the Son of God very clearly shows us that He is the answer for all discontent because He is the Bread of Life.

 

As we look at Jesus as the source of true contentment in a discontented world I want us to consider:

 

A PROMISE - Vs. 47

 

Humanly speaking, man's biggest problem and the greatest source for his discontentment is his mortality. Psalm 90:10

 

Into this fear of death comes another problem. Hebrews 9:27

The discontentment caused by death is complicated by the fact that we must stand before God and give an account. We are all sinners deserving of judgment and condemnation.

Romans 6:23, Ezekiel 18:4, Isaiah 64:6

 

Jesus answers this discontent caused by death by making a promise. John 6:47

 

Jesus is saying, "There is an alternative to eternal death.  There is an alternative to punishment. There is an alternative to discontent caused by the fear of death."

 

Why is there an alternative to eternal death?

Why is there an alternative to the fear of dying?

 

It is because Jesus took your place, dying for your sins on what has been called the "Old Rugged Cross". (You may quote the hymn if you like. Words are found at http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/r/oruggedc.htm) Romans 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

You see, Jesus died for your sins on the cross.

Jesus died for you so that you don't have to die eternally.

Jesus' promise is that anyone who will simply believe on Him can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  John 6:47

 

Believing on Jesus for eternal life means trusting Him instead of trusting yourself. When you trust Him, He provides eternal life in the future and a new life now. That's His promise! 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

A PERSON - Vss. 35 and 48

 

Here is Jesus' first "I Am". He is the bread of life.

I think that just about has some sort of bread.

I think of bread as basic food.

 

Bread gives nourishment.

Bread helps maintain physical life.

 

Jesus is the "bread", the basic for eternal life.

Without the "bread of life", there is no eternal life.

 

The person who finds the "bread of life" no longer has the gnawing pain and sorrow associated with being separated from God.  He comes to Jesus no longer has to suffers from Spiritual hunger and thirst that leads to eternal death.

 

Trusting Jesus, or eating the "bread of life" leads to no more fear of what is beyond the grave.

 

John 6:48  - Notice that Jesus is that bread of life.

There are no other alternatives.

If you want life you must come to Jesus, believing on Him.

It's that simple.

 

Christian, Jesus was your answer to discontent concerning death.

But, Jesus is also your answer for contentment in every other area of your life.

Hebrews 13:5-6

 

Christian, true contentment is not found in your possessions.

True contentment is not found in money.

True contentment is not found in alcohol, sex, or drugs.

True contentment is not found in being loved or popular.

 

True contentment is found in your personal daily walk with Jesus. John 10:10, John 15:4-5, John 15:9-11

 

Christian, allow Jesus to control your life now. As you do, you will experience true contentment daily. The Apostle Paul did: Philippians 4:11-13

 

Contentment is found in a person, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A PERSPECTIVE - Vss. 49-51 

 

Jesus gives some perspective to what He has just said. In Vs. 49, He reminds his listeners that their ancestors had eaten manna, supernaturally provided bread.

 

They ate this manna when they were with Moses in the wilderness, traveling between Egypt and the Promised Land.

 

As good as the manna was, it did not provide Spiritual life.

 

Vs. 50 - Jesus is that bread that came from Heaven. If a person eats this bread, that is, believes on Him, he will not die. Oh, he will probably die physically, but his spirit lives on. Death is only a shadow.

 

Vs. 51 - Men and women who trust Jesus will live forever because of His flesh given as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

 

When a person believes on Jesus Christ, there is a whole new perspective on death.

Philippians 1:21

 

So what is the point of this morning's message?

There is no reason for anyone to fear what is the greatest source of discontentment of all - death!

 

Have you placed your faith in Christ?

If not do so now!

Are you a Christian?

Find your contentment in abiding in Him!

 

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ACTS 2:42 etc. – GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

Do you ever wish that we could "turn back the clock" and live "the way we were" or the way we used to be?  Perhaps we could go back to the days of hard work, decency, and integrity. Perhaps we could go back to the days when more marriages lasted a life time and when families often lived close by and took care of their own.

 

It would be nice if the Christian Church could turn back the clock and return to the way we were at the beginning of Christianity.  Perhaps we can't turn back the clock for Christianity in general, but individual churches can practice being more like the church found in the Book of Acts.

 

WE WERE STEADFAST - Acts 2:42

To be steadfast is to be stubborn in a good way. To be steadfast is to consistent and not to quit, not to let down and not to stop. The early church was steadfast in doctrine (teaching), fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers.

 

WE WERE STIRRED UP - Acts 8:1-4

Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15 and Acts 1:8 give the Great Commission.

The early church had not yet begun to carry it out.

When persecution began the church scattered. As they fled, they were so excited or stirred up about their newfound faith, that they shared it with others. They were enthused about salvation and burdened that others would come to Christ.

 

WE WERE SHEPHERDED

There were Godly leaders who shepherded the church (1 Peter 5:1-4).

 

Acts 5:1-11 - Ananias and Sapphira were disciplined through Peter.

Acts 6:1-8 - Deacons were selected to solve a dispute.

Acts 13:1-3 - Missionaries were sent.

Acts 15:1-24 - Godly shepherding by James resolved another dispute.

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2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-7:1 – THAT’S GREAT

 

GREAT CHALLENGE – Vs. 14a

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:

 

GREAT CONSIDERATIONS – Vss. 14b-16a

for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?

 

GREAT COMFORT – Vss. 16b-18

for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

GREAT CLEANSING – 7:1

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

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