SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 2/17/20
February 18, 2020, 7:13 PM

  

SERMON SEEDS

S7 – THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17, 202O

 

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1 PETER 3:1-6 – WHEN A WIFE PLEASES GOD

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD #11 – 1 Peter

1 Corinthians 8:6 (KJV) - But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

The purpose of our existence is to please God.

The only way we can please God, is through the Lord Jesus Christ.

In our own power we cannot please God because our sin has separated us from God. Romans 3:23

Isaiah 59:1-2 (KJV) - Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died for our sins and rose again. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,

Faith in Christ brings eternal life. Romans 10:9-10, 13.

Now I can please God through the continued work of the Lord Jesus in my life through the Holy Spirit. And I please God by allowing Him to live His life through me. Galatians 2:21, Romans 12:1-2

So in marriage, the Christian Husband is to live to please God through the Lord Jesus Christ. (Review)

And in marriage, the Christian wife is to live to please God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Review: The Duties of the Husband

LEARN HER! - Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, (1 Peter 3:7)

LIFT HER! - giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)

LOVE HER! - Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, (Ephesians 5:25)

LEAD HER! - For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. (Ephesians 5:23)

WHEN A WIFE PLEASES GOD:

SHE CONDUCTS HERSELF PROPERLY – Vss. 1-2

“Respected and pure conduct” – ESV, Ephesians 5:22

 

SHE DRESSES HERSELF APPROPRIATELY – Vss. 3-4

1 Samuel 16:7, Galatians 5:22-23

 

SHE FOLLOWS ROLE MODELS SCRIPTURALLY – Vss. 5-6

Hebrews 11:11, Genesis 12:11, Titus 2:3-5

 

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GENESIS 41 – MESSAGE IN THE NIGHT

 

PHARAOH’S DREAM – Vss. 1-7 – Like no other dream

 

PHARAOH’S DILEMMA – Vs. 8 – No one could tell him what it meant.

 

PHARAOH’S DREAM DECIPHERED – Vss. 9-36

  • The Butler Remembered – Vss. 9-13
  • Joseph Was Summoned – Vss. 14-16
  • Pharaoh Explained (the dream) – Vss. 17-24
  • Joseph Interpreted – Vss. 25-32
  • Joseph Advised – Vss. 33-36

 

PHARAOH’S DECISION – Vss. 37-46 – Joseph was placed in charge.

 

JOSEPH’S DIRECTION – Vss. 47-57 – Under his leadership food was saved for the coming famine.

 

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PSALM 94:1-15 – THINKING CLEARLY

The Psalmist shows how to think clearly during times of trial.

 

THE PSALMIST’S CRY TO GOD – Vss. 1-2

 

THE PSALMIST’S COMPLAINT ABOUT THE WICKED – Vss. 3-7

 

THE PSALMIST’S CHALLENGE TO EVIL DOERS – Vss. 8-11

 

THE PSALMIST’S COMFORT FOR THE RIGHTEOUS – Vss. 12-15

 

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PROVERBS 6:23-35 – INIDELITY

PROTECTION AGAINST INFIDELITY – Vs. 23

  • The commandment is a lamp
  • The law is a light
  • Reproofs are a way of life

 

PARTNERS IN INFIDELITY – Vss. 24-25

  • An evil, flirting woman – Vs. 24
  • A lustful man – Vs. 25

 

PROBLEMS WITH INFIDELITY (For a man) – Vss. 26-35

  • He is humbled in a bad way – Vs. 26
  • He is burned – Vss. 27-28
  • He is guilty – Vs. 29
  • He is destroying himself – Vss. 30-33
  • He is worse than a thief – Vss. 30-31
  • He lacks understanding – Vs. 32
  • He faces dishonor and reproach – Vs. 33
  • He deals with a jealous husband – Vss. 34-35

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JOHN 4:46-54 – A FAITH STORY

LIFE OF CHRIST #13

Each of us must realize that one quality that God requires of us is faith. Romans 5:1, Hebrews 11:6

 

We must also realize that there are going to be times when our faith is going to be put to the test. James 1:2-4

 

One of my former church members, Alan Cornman, recently came up with the following definition of faith.   

 “FAITH: the underlying confidence in God that He has done all He said He has, is all He said He is, and will do all He said He will.”

 

John 4:46-53 is the story of a nobleman with a sick son. Like so many Bible Stories, it is a story of faith.  And like so many Bible stories, this story challenges you and me to greater faith.

 

FAITH REFINED – Vss. 46-49

 

Vs. 46 – Jesus returns to Cana in Galilee, the same place where He had recently turned water into wine.

 

Jesus is about to have an encounter with a “nobleman”.  He was probably a member of the court of King Herod.  It appears that the man was probably a man of means.  He had servants, and working for Herod was probably a profitable venture.

 

This nobleman had a problem. He had a very sick son. 

Have you noticed that the rich and famous are not exempt from having problems?  They get problems just as much as we do!

 

Job 5:7 - Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

 

The Son of this nobleman was in Capernaum, between 20-25 miles away.

 

Vs. 47 – When the nobleman heard that Jesus was only 20-25 miles away, he came to Jesus.

 

When the nobleman came to Jesus he begged Him, or actually continually begged him for help.  He was in earnest. He cared.  He wanted Jesus to come right away because the boy was at the point of death.

 

God wants us to pray in a similar way. Matthew 7:7-8

 

The words in Matthew 7:7 actually mean “Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking.”  We should be persistent in our prayers to the Lord!

 

Sometimes God allows our faith to be tested even more!

Such was the case with the nobleman. Things immediately got worse.

 

Vs. 48 – This statement was somewhat of a blow to the nobleman.  What Jesus says even seems cruel. 

 

And notice that Jesus made his response not just to the nobleman but to all that were gathered around.

 

The Jews were constantly looking for “signs” or proofs from Jesus before they would believe on Him. 

 

They wanted to see Him physically perform a miracle.    

The nobleman wanted Jesus to go physically with him to Capernaum and heal his son.  That would have been a sign.

 

Jesus was saying to the crowd and to the nobleman, “I want you to believe on me, even if I don’t give you a sign.”

 

Vs. 49 – The nobleman didn’t seem to care.  No matter what Jesus said, he realized that Jesus was his hope.  He still thought Jesus needed to come, and he was still in earnest.

“Sir, Come ere my child die.”  

 

Oh, may we have the same earnestness as this nobleman when we pray!   

   

The man’s faith was severely tested, and yours will be too from time to time.

Psalm 66:10 - For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.

When silver is tried or refined heat is applied!

When you are tested, the heat of affliction will be applied.   

 

FAITH REFINED– Vss. 46-49

FAITH RESTING– Vs. 50

 

Jesus now shows what he means about believing without a sign.

Jesus simply gave His word.

Jesus said, “You can go now. You’re son lives!” Jesus had healed the boy without going to Capernaum.

 

For all of the nobleman’s begging about Jesus going to Capernaum, he simply took Jesus at His Word.

Why, he didn’t even rush home to make sure that what Jesus said was true.  He didn’t go until the next day!

 

This man simply trusted the Word of Jesus.

This is what faith is. It’s trust that what God says he will do!

 

Trusting faith is often what is missing in our prayers.

We leave out the believing that God will answer.

God does not answer faithless prayers. Mark 11:24

 

FAITH REWARDED – Vss. 52-53

   

When we trust God there will always be victory.

Sometimes the victory will be a positive answer to our prayers.  A person will be healed, or a problem will be solved.  

Other times we will not see the answer we want, but God will give us the grace to triumph through the difficult times. Romans 5:3-5

 

In our story the Nobleman experiences triumphant faith.

   

Vs. 51 – The Nobleman’s servants actually started out to find their master with the good news!  The son had been healed! The fever was gone! 

 

I’m sure the Nobleman was overjoyed, but I don’t think that he was surprised!  After all, he was trusting Jesus at His word!

 

Vs. 52 – The Nobleman was curious.  When did the boy start to heal? The time was stated.

 

Vs. 53 – The boy was healed at the same hour as Jesus had said “Thy son liveth”.

This is absolutely remarkable.

Jesus healed a boy 25 miles away without seeing him.

He simply spoke the Word, and the boy was healed.

 

The result was that the Nobleman and his household believed.  They believed in Jesus as the Messiah.  The man’s faith led to more faith.

 

FAITH REFINED

FAITH RESTING

FAITH REWARDED

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2 CORINTHIANS 4:1-5 – GETTING IT RIGHT

 

Every Christian should desire to serve God. The Apostle Paul gives us an example of how to serve effectively.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF COURAGE - Vs. 1

God has given us something to do. We must do not fainting, but receiving mercy. God's mercy can get us through any problem.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF CONDUCT - Vs. 2

We are not to act or handle God's Word in a deceitful way.  We are to openly display the truth.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF CONCERN - Vs. 3

If the good news about Jesus is hidden, it is hidden from those who are lost.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF CONFLICT - Vs. 4

Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF COMMITMENT - Vss. 5

We are to preach Christ and not ourselves.

We are servants to others for Jesus sake.

 

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2 THESSALONIANS 3:1-5 – DAILY DEPENDENCE

 

CALL TO GOD

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 - Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: [2] And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

 

CONFIDENCE IN GOD

2 Thessalonians 3:3-4 - But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. [4] And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

 

COUNSEL FROM GOD

2 Thessalonians 3:5 - And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

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MATTHEW 6:5-6 – THE SECRET PLACE

COMMUNICATIONS CLINIC #1 – JESUS TEACHES ON PRAYER

COMPLETE LESSON, BUT ADAPT TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF YOUR LISTENERS

 

  • If you were going to attend a Southern Gospel Music clinic, who would you want the teachers to be?
  • If you were going to attend a preaching clinic, who would you want the preachers to be?
  • If you were going to attend an eye clinic, who would you want the doctor to be?
  • If you were going to attend a prayer clinic, the most logical teacher would be the Lord Jesus Christ. Why?
  • Why do we need a prayer clinic?
  • What would you like to learn at such a clinic?

 

Over the next several Wednesday nights we want to attend a prayer clinic taught by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We want to examine several of the passages in the Gospel where Jesus teaches on prayer.

 

  • What advantage is it to have a private place for personal prayers?
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to find such a place?
  • What are the benefits of private personal prayer?

 

Matthew 6:5 - And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

  • In Jesus’ day there were those who went to public places to pray.  Their goal was to be seen. Why?
  • Such people exist today. Where can we find them?
  • Jesus says that these people have their reward. Why is this sad?
  • We want to note that Jesus is not teaching against prayer meetings or public prayers. He is teaching against saying private prayers publicly.

 

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.

OVERWHELMING PRIVACY – …enter into thy closet…

  • Jesus told us to go to a private chamber or closet to pray.  How literally do we need to take that today?  What did Jesus mean?
  • What are some creative private places for prayer?
  • How is praying privately a real test of our devotion?
  • What are the advantages of privacy in prayer?  Are there any disadvantages?
  • How can we guard our prayer privacy? 

OVERWHELMING PRESENCE - …pray to thy Father which is in secret;

  • When we come to the father in secret, we are actually coming to “the Throne of Grace”. Hebrews 4:14-16 - Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
  • God is looking for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.                                                       2 Chronicles 16:9 - For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…
  • The desire of our hearts should be to abide in God’s presence.                                                   Psalms 27:4 - One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
  • There is no safer place to be than in the presence of God.                                                                 Psalms 27:5 - For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

    Psalms 91:1 - He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

OVERWHELMING POWER - and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

  • Why does God delight in answering our private prayers?
  • What should be the motive behind our private prayers?                                                                 John 14:13-14 - And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
  • Here are some more Scriptures that assure us of God’s answers to prayer.                                  Psalms 50:15 - And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

    Jeremiah 33:3 - Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

    James 5:17-18 - Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

    1 John 5:14-15 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

 

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