SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/9/23
January 10, 2023, 6:40 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS

V2 – FOR WEEK OF 1/9/23

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

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Ruth 2 - PRINCIPLES FOR GLEANERS

(This is a long outline and does not contain alliteration. I suggest you prepare notes to be distributed to your hearers.)

In Ruth 2, Ruth goes forth to "glean." To glean meant "to gather" or to "pick up." According to the Word of God, gleaners were allowed to pick up grain that was missed by the harvesters. See Leviticus 19:9-10, 23:22, and Deuteronomy 24:19-21. The gleaners were poor people, such as widows.

In a real sense, each one of us are gleaners. Today we will glean from somewhere and feed are minds and hearts with material. It is important that we gather from the right source, God's Word. Based on this passage, here are 8 principles for us to be aware of as gleaners.

1. WE WILL ALL GLEAN SOMEWHERE TODAY. Vss. 1-2

Each of us will go out to glean, whether we realize it or not. We will pick up things from others, from the media, from reading material etc. We are not isolated. We will be influenced by something.

2. THE FIELD OF GOD'S WORD IS AVAILABLE Vs. 3

There were friendly farmers and hostile farmers in Israel. Some showed compassion on the poor, others hostility. Ruth found a friendly farmer and an available field.

God's Word is a field from which we can glean (Jeremiah 15:16, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2-3). We can gather Spiritual nourishment from this field.

3. GLEANING TAKES EFFORT Vss. 4-7

It was noted to Boaz that Ruth had been working all morning, with the exception of a little rest.

Studying God's word will also take effort. (Acts 17:10-11, 2 Timothy 2:15)

4. WE SHOULD CHOSE AND REMAIN IN THE RIGHT FIELD Vss. 8-9

Ruth chose the right field in which to glean. Boaz told her to stay.

The field of God's Word is certainly the place to chose to glean, and the place to remain. (John 15:7,10)

5. GOD WILL GIVE US "HANDFULS ON PURPOSE" AS WE GLEAN. Vss. 15-16

Boaz instructed his harvesters to leave handfuls of grain in the way so Ruth could pick them up.

As we search God's Word and ask for help, God will leave us all sorts of good things from which to learn. (Psalm 119:27, 97-104)

6. GLEANING BRINGS REWARD Vs. 17

Just as Ruth received a good harvest from gleaning in Boaz's field, we will receive a great Spiritual reward as we glean from God's field. (Jeremiah 15:16, John 5:39, Psalm 1:3)

7. WE SHOULD SHARE WHAT WE GLEAN WITH OTHERS Vs. 18

Ruth shared her gleanings with Noaomi. We need to share our gleanings with others. (2 Timothy 2:2, Matthew 18:19-20)

8. THE BIG QUESTION FOR US IS "WHERE HAVE WE GLEANED TODAY?" Vs. 19

Have we gleaned in someone else's field, or in the field of God's Word?

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Psalm 19:7-9 - THE BENEFITS OF GOD’S WORD

GOD’S WORD CONVERTS THE SOUL - The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:

GOD’S WORD COMMUNICATES WISDOM - the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

GOD’S WORD CHEERS THE HEART - The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:

GOD’S WORD CLEANSES THE EYES - the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

GOD’S WORD CONSISTS FOREVER - The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:

GOD’S WORD CHAMPIONS RIGHTEOUSNESS - the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether

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Proverbs 12:1-8 - CONTRASTS

There are many differences between a righteous man and a wicked man. These

contrasts are made very clear in our text.

CONTRASTING WISDOM - Vss. 1, 5

A righteous man loves instruction.

A wicked man hates instruction. Vs. 1

A righteous man thinks right thoughts.

A wicked man thinks deceitful thoughts. Vs. 5

CONTRASTING WORKS - Vs. 3

A wicked man is not established or settled by wickedness.

The righteous are established in their righteousness.

CONTRASTING WORDS - Vs. 6

The wicked attack with their words.

The righteous deliver with their words.

CONTRASTING WORTH - Vss. 2,4,7,8

The righteous have the Lord's favor.

The wicked face condemnation. Vs. 2

The righteous woman is of value to her husband.

The wicked woman is a blight to her husband. Vs. 4

The wicked are defeated.

The righteous stand. Vs. 7

The wisdom of the righteous is commended.

The wisdom of the wicked is despised. Vs. 8

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 - PARTNERSHIP

When someone goes his own way and does his own thing he is often called a "Lone Ranger".

He is named after The Lone Ranger, a fictitious hero of radio, television and comic books.

The interesting thing about the "Lone" Ranger is that he did not stand alone.

He had his "faithful Indian companion, Tonto" as his partner.

Even the Lone Ranger had a partner!

This passage in Ecclesiastes reminds us that "two are better than one".

Christians need to have other Christians as their partners. We are not to stand alone.

Two are better than one because of the:

HOPE OF REWARD - Vs. 9

When two work together, there is more production.  This past Sunday in our church the pulpit needed to be moved so folks could see the junior choir.  I tried to move it myself. As soon as another man came up and helped me however, the job was done a lot quicker.

HELP IN TROUBLE - Vs. 10

When we have difficulty while working with a partner the partner can help us.

When we have difficulty while working alone, there's nobody to help.

HEAT OF FELLOWSHIP - Vs. 11

Without someone with whom to share there is a coldness of spirit.

When we have a partner with whom to share the things of God there is warmth or heat.

HARDNESS OF UNITY - Vs. 12

When an individual is attacked, he is more likely to be defeated.

When two people are attacked, it is more likely that they will not be defeated.

If three people are attacked, it's like trying to rip apart three cords closely bound together.

It is hard to do.

When three Christians stand together in the Lord, Satan will have a hard time defeating them.

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Daniel 2:1-28 – LEANING ON GOD

Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego were in a tough position. They would have been executed, if God did not help them. In a real way, they learned to lean on God (Proverbs 3:5-6)

DREAM OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR - Vss. 1-3

He had a troubling dream.

DEMAND FOR INFORMATION - Vss. 4-13

Nebuchadnezzar not only wanted to know the interpretation of the dream, but the dream itself. The wise men of Babylon were unable to do this, and were sentenced to die.

DEPENDENCE ON GOD - Vss. 14-18

Daniel got a delay in the execution date in order to pray. He and his friends depended on God to reveal the dream and the interpretation.

DESCRIPTION FROM GOD - Vss. 19-23

God revealed the dream and its interpretation to Daniel. Daniel showed his appreciation.

DECLARATION FROM DANIEL - Vss. 24-28

Daniel declared to the king that his wise men could not reveal the dream and its interpretation. He also declared that there was a God in Heaven who would reveal the secrets of the dream.

(In the rest of this chapter Daniel revealed the dream and its interpretation.)

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Matthew 25:14-30 – INVESTMENTS

Several years ago I submitted my resignation from a church in New York State to go to a church in western Pennsylvania. I'm happy to say that there were tears and not a round of applause when I resigned. One of the things that impressed me about our people in New York was their good attitude. They were sorry to see us go, they said, but they didn't want to stand in the way of the Lord's will.

In fact, after our announcement, and in the coming weeks, several people really impressed me. There was Willis, a man in his mid eighties who came over and helped me pack the contents of the garage. There were Jeff and Mike, relatively new believers who came over to help me paint. There was Dick, who helped me pack up my books. There was Rose Marie, Dick's wife, who helped pack box after box, and kept my wife Dottie motivated. Finally there was Peggy, a lady who came to know the Lord about a year before, who for the 8-9 years before didn't seem to like me. Peggy was everywhere, giving us things to take with us, helping us paint, packing boxes, and feeding us as well. The loving support of these people and others was really appreciated.

The example of our church family in New York reminds me that God wants willing people!

God wants willing people who are ready to invest the gifts that God has given them.

The theme of this parable that Jesus told is investments.

When we invest we put something into something else.

When we invest money, we place it in a business, or a bank or the stock market.

When we invest time, we place it in a project, or work or some form of pleasure or responsibility.

When we invest energy we work on something, such as the nice closets which one of our men in this church has built in one of our classrooms.

Jesus told this story about a rich man who went on a journey, but before leaving, turned over his money to three of his servants, or slaves.

Two of the servants willingly invested the money on behalf of the master. One servant, who was unwilling, hid the money instead of investing it.

This particular story reminds us that God has turned over particular "riches" to us, and wants us to be willing investors of what He has given us to use. From this parable, we want to see three things:

WE ARE ASSIGNED. Vss. 14-15

A "talent" was a large sum of money equivalent to 20 years’ worth of salary for a common working man. This "talent" was worth thousands of today's dollars.

Just as the rich man in this story assigned responsibilities according to ability, our Lord has assigned us responsibilities according to our ability and his plan for our lives. He has assigned us various amounts of:

Treasure - Finances at our disposal to be used according to His will.

Talent - Here I'm using the word to refer to Spiritual gifts and natural abilities.

Testimony - An area of influence for Christ

Time - We each have an allotted number of years in which to serve the Lord.

WE TAKE ACTION Vss. 16-18

Each one of us, like the men in this story, will take action with the things God has given us.

We will invest them in some way. If we like the first two servants, we will be productive. If we are like the last servant, we will bury our gifts. Consider how we can wisely invest those things God has given us.

Treasure - Luke 16:9-13, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Talent - Romans 12:3-8

Testimony - Matthew 5:14-16, Psalm 107:2, 1 Peter 3:15

Time - Ephesians 5:15-17, Psalm 90:12

WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE Vss. 19-30

Just as the men in the story answered to their master, we will answer to ours.

We must remember that there will be a time when we will be evaluated for what we have done for our Lord. See 2 Corinthians 5:10.

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Luke 15:1-10 - JOY IN HEAVEN

INTRODUCTION - Vss. 1-3

The self-righteous scribes and Pharisees found fault with Jesus because he received and ate with sinners.  Using the stories of the lost sheep and the lost coin, Jesus shows that there is joy in Heaven when a sinner repents.

TRAGEDY - Vss. 4, 8

One sheep out of 100 is lost.

One coin out of 10 is lost.

Neither the shepherd nor the woman was satisfied with one even being lost.

The Lord Jesus is concerned for all those that are lost. Christians should be concerned for all those that are lost.

TENACITY - Vss. 4, 8

The shepherd and the woman were tenacious in their search for what was lost.

The Lord Jesus continues his search for lost people today.

We must be tenacious in our outreach to those without Christ.

TRIUMPH - Vss. 4, 8

The lost sheep and the lost coin were both found.

Jesus finds lost sheep, especially through the evangelistic outreach of Christians.

TESTIMONY - Vss. 5-7, 9-10

The shepherd and the woman joyfully call for others to rejoice with them when what was lost was found.

CONCLUSION - Any time a person repents and comes to Christ there is joy in Heaven.

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1 Corinthians 2:1-8 – COMMUNICATING THE ANSWER

Everyone who speaks clearly is a communicator.

Some people are very good communicators.

Other people do not seem to be able to express themselves as well.

This world is full of problems caused by sin. Isaiah 64:6

The answer to the world's sin problem is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

Faith in Him brings eternal life (John 3:16-18, John 3:36).

It is the Christian's job to communicate the answer of the Gospel to a lost and dying world (Matthew 28:19,20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15).

One of the greatest communicators of the Gospel was the Apostle Paul.

He gives us some ideas of how to communicate the Gospel in our text.

MINDSET - Vss. 1-2

In order to effectively do anything one needs a proper mindset.  We need to think correctly and be determined to accomplish a specific goal.

When Paul went to Corinth he didn't go as a tremendous orator or great human wisdom (Vs. 1).

He went in order to communicate the testimony or message of God (Vs. 1)

Paul's mindset was to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Paul knew that Christ was the answer. His whole goal was to communicate the crucified Christ to these People (Vs. 2).

Actually, this was not only Paul's mindset for preaching, but for everything he did (Galatians 6:14).

We fail to communicate the Gospel effectively because we segregate the cross from the rest of our lives.  Communicating the cross to others is only a small section of our lives. With Paul, it was the vital part of his life! He gloried in the cross! May we do the same!

 METHOD - Vss. 3-5

What method did Paul use to communicate the cross?

First of all, Paul shows he was just like us. Verse 3 tells us that he tended towards being weak, fearful and scared!

Secondly, we see that Paul did not use man's wisdom (Vs.4). Man's wisdom did not save Paul, so he didn't use it. Instead Paul demonstrated the Spirit and power of God! Paul depended on God's strength to enable him to communicate the cross. May we be equally dependent on God! The faith of those we are reaching must be in the power of God, not the wisdom of men (Vs. 5).

MESSAGE - Vss. 6-8

Paul spoke a message of wisdom to those who were perfect (mature, complete) in Christ.

But it was not the wisdom of this world that Paul communicated (Vs. 6)

The wisdom of God is a mystery to this world (Vs. 7).

If the leaders of this world had understood God's wisdom, they would have never crucified Christ (Vs. 8).

We must make sure that the message we communicate is God's wisdom of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18-24). This message will bring people to maturity.

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Hebrews 6:1-3 - GOING ON

A POSSIBLE BAPTISM MESSAGE

This outline was used by me at a Baptism service. Baptism is not the end of a Christian’s experience, it is at the beginning!  Therefore, we are not to remain as babies, but to go on to perfection, that is, maturity.

Hebrews 6:1-3 - Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, [2] Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. [3] And this will we do, if God permit.

GO IN!  

GO IN FOR LEARNING

2 Timothy 2:15 - Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

GO IN FOR LEANING

John 15:4-5 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

GO IN FOR LIVING

Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

GO OUT!

GO OUT TO SERVE

Ephesians 2:10  -  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Galatians 6:10 - As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

GO OUT TO SHARE

Matthew 28:19-20 - Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

GO UP!

Matthew 6:6 - But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

John 15:16 - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

 GO DOWN!

Luke 9:23-24 - And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. [24] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service

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