SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 2/1/21
February 1, 2021, 3:02 PM

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T5 – FOR WEEK OF 2/1/21

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JOHN 8:12 – MEET THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #16

Isaiah 5:20-24 reminds of the darkness around us.

Romans 3:10-12, 23 – reminds of the darkness inside us.

It is into this darkness that Jesus cries, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKNV)

FACT - I am the light of the world

  • Light was the first thing created. Genesis 1:1-3
  • God is light. 1 John 1:5
  • Jesus, as God, is light John 1:4
  • John 1:5 – Jesus overcame the darkness through His death, burial, and resurrection. – Isaiah 53:5-6,                                          1 Corinthians 15:20, Revelation 1:18

FAITH – I am the light of the world

  • For anyone to have eternal life in the future and abundant life now, he or she must have faith in the Lord Jesus. John 3:16-21

FOLLOW - He who follows Me

  • As we just saw, it takes faith to follow Jesus.
  • It takes change to follow Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17,

Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 1:13-14

  •  It takes love to follow Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
  • It takes surrender and obedience to follow Jesus.

Luke 14:25-33

  • It takes fellowship to follow Jesus. John 15:4-5

FRUIT - shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

  • The pattern of life changes. 1 John 1:6-7
  • We are to walk in the light as He is in the light.

1 John 2:6

  • We have a support team. – fellowship, 1 John 4:7-11
  • We have cleansing 1 John 1:7-10

 

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2 SAMUEL 9 – GRACE ILLUSTRATED

David: A Man’s Man, God’s Man Lesson #5 of 8

This is a complete lesson.

 

  • Think of grace as giving or receiving something which is not deserved.
  • In what ways have you shown grace to someone or received grace from someone?
  • How does God’s grace differ from man’s grace?
  • “(God’s) Grace is everything for nothing to those who don’t deserve anything.” Our Daily Bread, October 31, 1997
  • Why is it important that we as Christians extend grace to others?

 

King Saul and his son Jonathan were eventually killed in battle. In time David became king over all of Israel. He then had time to think about his covenant of peace and mutual support with Jonathan. In this chapter we see David extending grace to Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth.

This is an illustration of the grace that God extends to us.

Let us look at Mephibosheth’s reception of grace and how it relates to us.

HE WAS SEPARATED

 

2 Samuel 4:4 - And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

 

  • Because there was a new king in Israel, Mephibosheth was evidently kept in hiding. Why?
  • He stayed in what was probably an isolated place called Lo-debar.
  • It was very possibly in or near the desert.  According to Chuck Swindoll, the word Lo-debar means "no pastureland."  Charles R. Swindoll, David, A Man of Passion & Destiny, (Dallas Texas, Word Publishing Inc., 1997), pp. 172-173  
  • What do you think Mephibosheth would have been taught as he was raised in this desolate area?  What do you think was his greatest fear?
  • Mephibosheth was separated from the “main stream” of life. 
  • In what way is every person separated from God?

 

Isaiah 64:6 - But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

Isaiah 59:2 - But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 

  • Why is separation from God such a serious problem?

 

Ezekiel 18:4 - Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

HE WAS SOUGHT – Vss. 1-5

 

  • Vs. 1 – What was David’s motivation for seeking out a relative of Jonathan’s?  What is God’s motive in seeking poor lost sinners?
  • Vss. 2-4 – Ziba, a servant of Saul, was brought in to see King David.  Mephibosheth was identified as being available.
  • David was told upfront that Mephibosheth was handicapped.  Why might that be a problem in the king’s court?
  • What would initially make us undesirable for being in the court of King Jesus?
  • Vs. 5 – David sent for Mephibosheth. Why does God seek for us?

 

Romans 3:10-11 - As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [11] There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

 

According to Luke 19:10 and 1 John 4:10 why and how did God seek for us.

 

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

 

1 John 4:10 - Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

· According to 1 John 16:8-11, how does God seek sinners today?

  • How is salvation pictured in the parable of the lost coin found in Luke 15:8-10?
  • According to Mark 16:15 what part do we have in seeking the lost?  Why don’t we take our part more seriously?

HE WAS SAVED – Vss. 6-13

  • Vs. 6 - What do you think Mephibosheth was thinking when he stood before David?
  • What do many unsaved people think when they envision standing before a holy God?  Why is that a good thing?
  • Vs. 7 – How did this pronouncement change

     Mephibosheth’s life?

 

  • Vs. 8 - Why was Mephibosheth so flabbergasted about David’s pronouncement?
  • What is so amazing about God’s grace to us?
  • What did Mephibosheth have to do to make David’s offer of grace his?
  • What do we do to make God’s offer of grace ours?

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

  • Why is it that people actually refuse God’s offer of grace?
  • Vss. 9-11 – Instructions were given to fulfill David’s promise.

HE WAS A SON – Vss. 7, 13

 

  • Sitting at the king’s table meant that David was treating Mephibosheth like his own son.
  • John 1:12-13 - 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: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
  • Romans 8:15-17 - For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [16] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: [17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
  • What privileges do we have as God’s children?
  • How do we sometimes fail to act like God’s children?

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PSALM 121 – THINGS TO REMEMBER

  1. NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE, YOU ARE KEPT BY GOD. - Vss. 1-2, 8, Psalm 139:7-10

 

  1. NO MATTER WHAT THE OBSTACLE, YOU ARE KEPT BY GOD. Vs. 3a

 

  1. NO MATTER WHAT THE HOUR, YOU ARE KEPT BY GOD. Vss. 3b-4

 

  1. NO MATTER WHAT THE CONDITIONS, YOU ARE KEPT BY GOD. Vss. 5-6

 

  1. NO MATTER WHO THE ENEMY, YOU ARE KEPT BY GOD. Vs. 7

 

  1. NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES, YOU ARE KEPT BY GOD. Vs. 8, Psalm 23:4,6

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MALACHI 3:6-12 – GIVING WITH INTEGRITY

NOW AND THEN – STUDIES IN MALACHI #6

  • The Levites, who were to be supported by the tithes of the Jewish people were evidently not receiving the tithes. Nehemiah 13:10-12
  • In this passage, Malachi makes an appeal for giving with integrity.

GOD'S ACCUSATION - Vs. 6-8

  • Vs. 6 – God’s people do test Him. If He were not patient, none of us would be here.
  • If God were not patient and unchangeable in His character, the Jews would have been consumed. Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17
  • God’s goodness and faithfulness should lead to repentance. Lamentations 3:22-23, Romans 2:4
  • Vs. 7 – This is a wonderful principle. When we return to God, God returns to us.               Jeremiah 15:19, Isaiah 55:6-7, Revelation 2:4-5
  • Vs. 8 – God realized that He had to spell out to the people how they robbed God, or they just wouldn’t get it.
  • People forget that God owns everything.  Psalm 24:1-2, Psalm 50:10, Psalm 95:3-7
  • God’s people were to tithe to support the priests and the Levites. Numbers 18:8-28
  • Every third year, a tithe was collected to be used locally for the poor.                          Deuteronomy 14:28-29

GOD'S ACTION - Vs. 9

  • Because of their disobedience in giving, they were not receiving God’s best.
  • In one sense of the word, we cannot afford to cheat God.

GOD'S ADVICE - Vs. 10a

  • In the Old Testament, tithes were brought into the storehouse to be made available as needed.
  • In the New Testament, giving is to be regular (1 Corinthians 16:1-2), voluntary, cheerful  (2 Corinthians 9:6-7), and sacrificial (2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Luke 21:1-4, Acts 4:34-37). 

GOD'S ASSURANCE - Vs. 10b -12

  • God will give great blessing when we give properly.
  • We should not give to get, but when we honor God, He honors us. Matthew 6:19-21, 33,  2 Corinthians 9:6-12, Philippians 4:18-19
  • Vs. 11 – Insects would be destroyed, and crops would come to full maturity.
  • When we give to God’s work sacrificially, it seems that things go further, because God rebukes our “devourers”.
  • Vs. 12 – When we are obedient, and God pours out his blessings, others will take notice.

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MATTHEW 23:1-12 – AM I A PHARISEE?

 

In case you’ve ever been concerned that you might be a Pharisee (a hypocrite), here are some of the marks or characteristics of a Pharisee.

 

THE PHARISEE’S METHOD – Vss. 1-4 – He preaches, but doesn’t practice it.

THE PHARISEE’S MOTIVE – Vss. 5-7 – He wants glory and prominence for himself.

THE PHARISEE’S MISTAKE – Vss. 8-10 – He desires to control others.

THE PHARISEE’S MAKEOVER (CONVERSION or CHANGE) – Vss. 11-12 – He must humble himself and become a servant.

 

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JOHN 17:11-24 – JESUS PRAYED FOR YOU!

LIFE OF CHRIST #53

 

You 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, Hebrews 4:14-15

 

Christian, do you know what the first record we have of Jesus praying for you is?  It is in the next passage in our series on the Life of Christ. 

 

Although verses 11-19 specifically have the disciples in view, I feel that it can be implied that Jesus’ requests are the same for us as well. So in verses 11-24 we see that Jesus prayed for you!

 

Vs. 1 – Jesus teaches us something about prayer here.  When Jesus prayed, he asked that He, as the Son, would glorify the Father in this His hour. The hour was the hour of his betrayal, arrest, trial, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

 

Vs. 2 – The ultimate glory was that was in His giving eternal life to all those who have or will trust Him as Savior.

 

Vs. 3 – We have an explanation of the eternal life that Jesus gives to those who believe.  If you know the Lord Jesus, you know God.  It you know God, you know the Lord Jesus. John 14:6

 

Vs. 4 – The Lord Jesus glorified God the Father on the earth.  He brought glory to God’s name.

 

How did Jesus do this? Simply by doing the work which God gave Him to do!

How will we glorify God on the earth?  Simply by doing the work that He gave us to do.

 

Vs. 5 – Although Jesus had glory while he walked the earth, he had voluntarily limited the glory that he displayed while here.  It was time for Him, as an obedient son having completed His task to be dressed once again in His heavenly glory.

 

Now, having talked to the Father about His own situation, He directs His thoughts towards praying for the Eleven, and all that have followed them, including us.  These are things that God is doing or will do for us.

 

Vs. 6 – Notice that like the disciples, we are taken from the world’s way of doing things to belong to the Lord Jesus.

We are His possession because we are God’s possession. And notice the distinguishing point about disciples, “They have kept thy Word.”

 

A true believer keeps God’s Word.  He or she is not perfect, but gives indication of their faith by their obedience.

 

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SECURITY – Vss. 11-15

 

Vs. 11 – One of the great problems many Christians have had with their salvation is thinking that they could lose that salvation.

 

One reason why people think that they can lose their salvation is because they think that staying saved is up to them!

 

Getting saved was the work of God. Ephesians 2:1, 8-9

 

As this prayer by Jesus indicates, staying saved is also the work of God.  Jesus was leaving this world and asked that God would …keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me…

   

To the Jewish people a name was important.  The name of a person was to be a reflection of their character.

So when Jesus asks God to keep us by His name.  He is asking that we be kept by the character of God. 

And remember this, one of the characteristics or attributes of God is that He is all powerful.

John 10:27-30

 

Vs. 12 – When Jesus was here He worked at keeping His disciples.  The one that was not kept, Judas, was never a believer in the first place.   

 

Judas was not a child of God as the other disciples were. He was the “son of perdition”.

 

Vs. 14 – Jesus had given the disciples and us God’s Word. 

If we have truly trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we have trusted His Word.

The world hated Jesus because Jesus was not of this world.  The world hates Christians because we are of another world, Heaven because we belong to Jesus.

    

Vs. 15 – Wouldn’t it be nice if the moment we got saved, we just went to Heaven?

 

That’s not God’s plan. The plan is that we who know Jesus Christ as Savior will witness to those who do not know Him.  So, God, doesn’t remove us from the world but He keeps us from evil, or as it might also be translated, “the evil one”.

 

There is only so much that Satan can do. Satan can not take us away from Jesus or God.  Oh, He would like to, but God won’t let Him!

 

I have one last thought before we move on.  In some cases it appears that a person has lost their salvation.  They claim to be saved, and might even show some change, and then they fall back permanently into a life of sin.  I don’t feel that person was ever saved in the first place.

 

The person who is truly saved is kept by God.

 

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SECURITY – Vss. 11-15

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SANCTIFICATION – Vss. 16-19

 

Vs. 16 – Much of our anxiety would be removed if we simply accepted this truth.

 

Jesus was not of this world.  The things that often matter in this world like position, wealth, control, and personal comfort didn’t matter to Him.

 

Jesus is from Heaven. Jesus is God.

 

You, if you know the Lord Jesus as Savior are not of this world.  This world is just a temporary residence.  You are actually a citizen of Heaven. Philippians 3:20

 

Vs. 17 – The word “sanctify” and the word “holy” are the same word in Greek. Someone who is holy is set apart. God is Holy. He is set apart from sin.

 

The moment we trusted Jesus Christ, we became “holy” or “set apart”. The word translated “saint” is also from the same root word.  As Christians we are “saints”.  God has set us apart for Him. We are holy in our position, because we have been set apart for Him in Christ.

 

And I want to remind you that we are not only holy in our position as Christians, but we are to be holy in our practice as Christians. 1 Peter 1:15-16

 

Do you wonder how you can possibly live a holy life?

A good start to the holy life is taking seriously what Jesus says here, “THY WORD IS TRUTH!”

 

The more I read, study, memorize, and meditate on the Word, the more I will obey the Word.  The more I obey the Word the more holy in practice I will be.

 

Vs. 18 – Jesus was sent by the Father into the world to save the World.  Jesus sends us into the world with the message of that salvation.

   

Vs. 19 – Jesus set himself apart for us. He lived His life in this world for us.  He now lives in Heaven interceding for us!   

 

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY -Vss. 20-23

 

Vs. 20 – Now Jesus specifically mentions us.  He is asking specifically for all Christians.

 

Vs. 21 – God the Father and God the Son are one as parts of the Trinity.  They are one although they are unique in personality.   

 

Jesus prayed that we also would be one.  This unity is not a unity of behavior, not a unity of denominations, not is it a unity of personality.  Christians are not clones.

 

Christians are to be unified in Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Philippians 2:1-4

 

Christians are to be unified in their love for Christ and for each other. John 13:34-35

 

Vs. 22-23 – Jesus enables us to be unified. As we practice abiding in Christ and Him in us the world is going to take notice.

 

As each Christian practices being in Christ, they will also practice being on the same “wave length” as other Christians. They will be unified in Spirit!   

 

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SUBLIMITY – Vs. 24

 

Here is a prayer that God still answers for Jesus every day!

 

Every time a believer dies this prayer is answered!

 

The Lord Jesus is in Heaven.

Every time a Christian dies He or She goes to Heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:8

 

And what will we do in Heaven?

We will behold the eternal glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s okay to cry when we lose a loved one.

But let’s also remember that we weep for ourselves.

We have not reason to weep for the person who knows Jesus as Savior!

We maybe should be a little jealous!

He’s basking in the glory of the Lord Jesus!

We’re still stuck here.

   

Jesus prayed for you!

Every one of these prayers has been answered is answered every day!

 

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SECURITY – Vss. 11-15

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SANCTIFICATION – Vss. 16-19

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY -Vss. 20-23

JESUS PRAYED FOR YOUR SUBLIMITY – Vs. 24

 

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PHILIPPIANS 2:25-30 – RETURNING HERO

 

Modern American society does not choose its heroes well.  Many of the people that have been seen as heroes, especially in the area of sports, have not been good role models.

The Bible, however, shows us some true heroes of the Faith, including a little know Christian named Epaphroditus.  Epaphroditus had been sent by the Philippians to bring Paul a financial gift, and evidently to stay with Paul as an assistant.  Paul unselfishly thought it necessary to return Epaphroditus back to his home church.  In this passage we see Epaphroditus as:

 

WORKING WITH PAUL - Vs. 25

Epaphroditus showed himself to be a valuable brother and worker in Christ.

 

WEAKENED BY SICKNESS - Vss. 26-28

He was so sick that he almost died.

 

WORTHY OF HONOR - Vss. 29-30

He was to be held in esteem because of his unselfish behavior.

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2 TIMOTHY 2:1-8 – GOD HAS A PLAN

Has it ever occurred to you that God knows what He is doing? God has a plan and He will indeed carry it out. Psalm 33:10-11

In this text we what some of the plan of God entails.

THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS - Vss. 1, 2, 8

God's purposes are accomplished as God's servants pray. They are to be praying for all men, especially for all leaders so that they can lead a godly life in peace.

 

THE PURPOSE OF GOD - Vss. 3-4

Such godly living on the part of saints will attract the unsaved and challenge them to come to Christ (Matthew 5:14-16). God's purpose is that all will be saved. He wants to see people trust his Son as Savior. Not all will, but it is God's purpose none the less.

 

THE PRICE PAID BY CHRIST - Vss. 5-6

There is only one person who can mediate between man and God. That person is God's Son.  By dying for sin He made it possible for all to be reconciled to God.

 

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL - Vs. 7

Paul was called to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to an unsaved world, especially to the Gentiles. We are also called to proclaim the Gospel. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15

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