SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 2/21/22
February 24, 2022, 8:00 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

U5 – FOR WEEK OF 2/21/22

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

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MARK 1:21-34 - WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE?

A small business I was acquainted with changed hands from the father to the son. The Son bought the business, but the father did not retire. This created a problem for one of the employees who used to receive conflicting orders from the two men.  The employee rightly asked the question, "Who's in charge here?"

Have you ever served on a committee that had no appointed chairman, or a chairman who didn't give any leadership? There is often confusion because nobody is in charge. But when somebody takes charge and the other committee members cooperated things start to get accomplished. The question, "Who's in charge here?" must be answered.

"Who's in charge here?" is also a question that must be answered within your life. Someone or something is going to be in charge of the decisions that you make and the actions that you take.  It can be yourself, a habit, a person, a hobby, an organization, or any number of things.

So, "Who's in charge here?"  Who runs your life? Allow me to remind you of the one should be in charge of your life. The one you should allow to run your life is none other than the Son of God. Why should he run your life? He has the authority to lead and guide you better than anything or anybody.

According to Webster's Dictionary, authority is "The power or right to give commands, enforce obedience, take action or make final decisions."  In our text we find that Jesus has that type of authority.

JESUS HAS AUTHORITY OVER DECLARATION (THE MESSAGE) – Vss. 14-15

  • The events in John 1-4 took place before this round of preaching in Galilee.
  • Jesus announced the Kingdom of God was at hand. He was and is the King!
  • Two responses – “Repent!” and “believe in the Gospel”
  • The message has not changed! Luke 2:46-48, Acts 2:38, Acts 2:20-21, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 10:13

JESUS HAS AUTHORITY OVER DISCIPLES – Vss. 16-20

  • This was not the first encounter with the Lord Jesus. John 1:40-42
  • The invitation was to full time discipleship.
  • As they followed Jesus, spent time with Jesus, learned with Jesus and obeyed Jesus they would become fishers of men.
  • To believe in Jesus is to be a Christ-follower, a disciple. After his resurrection Jesus instructed His followers, to go into all the world and make disciples. Matthew 28:18-20
  • To be a disciple today is to follow Jesus, spend time with Jesus, learn from Jesus and make disciples.
  • Is Jesus the authority in your life? Luke 9:23-24

JESUS HAS AUTHORITY OVER DOCTRINE (TEACHING) - Vss. 21-22

  • Jesus taught with authority because He is God. Mark 13:31
  • Jesus’ Words are to be obeyed. Matthew 7:21-27
  • Because Jesus is God, all Scripture is inspired by Him.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21

  • God has given us His Holy Spirit and gifted individuals in order for us to learn and grow. John 16:13-14, Ephesians 4:11-12

JESUS HAS AUTHORITY OVER THE DEVIL AND DEMONS - Vss. 23-27

  • Demons are the Devils “angels”. Jesus has authority over the Devil and His Demons. 1 John 3:8
  • Satan will meet his demise. Matthew 25:41
  • 1 Peter 5:8-9, James 4:6-7, 1 John 4:4

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JOSHUA 9 – I’M NO FOOL, OR AM I?

Use examples of how people have been fooled.

We like to think that we are not easily fooled, and yet there are times when we can be deceived.

Satan is the master of deceit. Ephesians 6:11, 1 Peter 5:8, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, John 8:44

Joshua and the Children of Israel had great success conquering the promised land. They were given specific instructions for destroying the inhabitants of the land. Exodus 23:31-33, Deuteronomy 7:2,16

The residents of Gibeon realized that they would be destroyed,

They decided to use trickery to deceive Israel.  Although the Israelites probably didn't consider themselves very gullible, they were deceived for three reasons.

THEY JUDGED BY APPEARANCE Vss. 1-13

THEY ASSUMED THEY WERE BEING TOLD THE TRUTH Vss. 14-15 - They could have checked out the story first.

THEY FAILED TO ASK GOD Vs. 14-15

Note the consequences of the decision.

DISOBEDIENCE Vss. 15-17

CRITICISM Vs. 18

LIVING WITH THE SITUATION Vss. 19-17

PROTECTING THEIR ENEMIES (See Chapter 10)

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PSALM 119:97 - LOVE AFFAIR

  • Let’s name some famous “love affairs”.  Remember, many of them have been noble and pure!
  • Tell us about a beautiful love affair that you’ve witnessed personally.
  • Why should I have a love affair with God?  1 John 4:10, 18-19
  • What does a love affair with God look like?
  • People don’t just have love affairs with people.  Name some love affairs that people have had with things other than people.
  • The Psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 had a love affair with the Word of God. Psalm 119:113, 164, 165, 47, 48
  • Our text is, Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.  Psalm 119:97   
  • I suggest that an ongoing love affair with the Word of God is something every Christian should have.  If you profess to know Jesus as your Savior, and to love Him and to love your Heavenly Father, a love for God’s Word should be a characteristic of your life.

WHY SHOULD I LOVE THE WORD OF GOD?

  1. I SHOULD LOVE THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE OF WHAT IT IS.
  •  God’s word is God’s written revelation to man. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21
  •  God used the personality and circumstances of the man writing to give His Word to us, so that Paul sounds different than Peter who sounds different than Isaiah.  But each one of them delivered to us the Word of God.  
  •  If God didn’t care about us, He wouldn’t have bothered to give us His Word.  The very fact that a righteous, loving, all powerful God would communicate to us is one good reason to love the Word of God.
  1. I SHOULD LOVE THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE OF WHAT IT DOES.
  •  It is God’s Word that shows us the way of salvation through faith in Christ.                       Romans 1:16-17
  •  It is God’s law that shows us that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 3:10, 21-24
  •  It is God’s Word that is used in bringing people to faith in Christ. The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to bring about the new birth. 1 Peter 1:23
  •  God’s Word teaches us, rebukes us, corrects us, and shows us how to live righteously.             2 Timothy 3:16
  •  Notice what the Word of God does according to Psalm 19:7-11.
  1. I SHOULD LOVE THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE I KNOW THE AUTHOR PERSONALLY
  •  When a person is saved, he is changed and becomes a child of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 1:12-13, Romans 8:15-16
  •  Because we are His children, we, of course, should love Him.  And if we love Him, we should also love His Word.
  •  How can you say you are God’s child and have little or no interest in His Word?
  1. I SHOULD LOVE THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE OF ITS IMPORTANCE TO GOD
  •  God is my Heavenly Father if I’m saved or born again. I should be concerned about what my Heavenly Father is concerned about.
  •  My Heavenly Father has made his Word to be extremely important to Himself. Psalm 138:2
  • There is nothing more important to God than His Word.

HOW SHOULD I LOVE THE WORD OF GOD?

  1. BY READING IT FOR MYSELF Psalm 119:18, 2 Timothy 2:15
  2. BY ALLOWING GODLY PEOPLE TO TEACH ME Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11-13
  3. BY HIDING IT IN MY HEAD Psalm 119:11, Psalm 1:1-3
  4. BY MEDITATING ON GOD’S WORD
  •  Reflect on God’s Word continually, trying to understand it and trying to apply it to your life.
  •  There should be no greater delight than to learn God’s Word and make it personal.
  •  This learning is academic, but it goes further. How? Psalm 119: 99
  •  Meditating on God’s Word also leads to obedience! Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11,                          1 Samuel 15:22-23
  •  Meditating on God’s Word also leads to faith. Romans 10:17
  •  Meditating on God’s Word also leads to peace. Psalm 119:65

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WHEN OVERWHELMED – LAMENTATIONS 3:19-30

PRACTICAL PRECEPTS FROM THE PROPHETS #3

  • What are some possible reactions when we feel overwhelmed with grief?
  • What advice would you give to a person who is overwhelmed (after you let him or her vent)?

Jeremiah was overwhelmed with grief after the fall of Jerusalem. Conditions were terrible. However, with God’s enabling, he was able to put things in perspective.

REMORSE – Vss. 19-20

  • Vs. 19 – Jeremiah is reflecting on all the affliction and “wanderings” or “homelessness”.
  •  “WORMWOOD  Nonpoisonous but bitter plant common to the Middle East. Wormwood often is used in analogy to speak of bitterness and sorrow.” Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
  • Gall would be poison. He was thinking of all the bad things that had afflicted him and Israel.
  • Vs. 20 – All these hurts led Jeremiah to be feeling depressed.

RECALL – Vss. 21-23

  • Vs. 21 – In spite of the depression, Jeremiah recalls some facts that bring him hope.
  • Vs. 22 – God’s lovingkindness or mercies never allow us to be consumed! Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20
  • His compassions never fail, no matter what is happening in our lives.
  • Vs. 23 – God renews his compassions every morning. How is that true?
  • How does the faithfulness of God encourage you?

RESPOND – Vss. 24-27

  1. It is good to choose. Vs. 24, Psalm 16:5, Joshua 24:15
  2. It is good to hope. Vss. 24, 26, Titus 2:13-14
  3. It is good to wait. Vss. 25, 26, Psalm 62:5, Psalm 130:5-6
  4. It is good to seek Him. Vs. 25, Psalm 27:8, Matthew 6:33
  5. It is good to submit. Vss. 27-32, Romans 12:1, 1 Peter 3:8-15

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MATTHEW 9:18-33 - JESUS DOES IT!

JESUS MAKES THE SICK WELL – Vss. 20-22

JESUS MAKES THE DEAD ALIVE – Vss. 18-19, 23-26

JESUS MAKES THE BLIND SEE – Vss. 27-31

JESUS MAKES THE DUMB SPEAK – Vss. 32-33

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2 THESSALONIANS 2 – CLEAR THINKING ABOUT THE CONCLUSION

(THE DAY OF THE LORD)

CLEAR THINKING IN A CLOUDY WORLD #2 – 2 THESSALONIANS

“In order to understand the nature of the error Paul is correcting, it is necessary to define what is meant by the “day of the Lord.” This expression is found often in the Bible. In a word, it is the period of time predicted in the Scripture when God will deal directly with human sin. It includes the tribulation time preceding the second advent of Christ as well as the whole millennial reign of Christ. It will culminate in the judgment of the great white throne. The Day of the Lord is therefore an extended period of time lasting over one thousand years.”                    John F. Walvoord, The Thessalonian Epistles

The Thessalonian Church founded by Paul and his coworkers (Acts 17:1-10) had been suffering under persecution and some false teachers were saying that they were already in the tribulation period. Paul wrote this letter to clear up their cloudy thinking. In Chapter 1 Paul wants the Thessalonians and us to think clearly about the conditions that we are in (Encouragement, Expectation, Exaltation).

Persecution was great in the Thessalonian Church, and some false teachers were telling the Thessalonians that the “The Day of the Lord” had already arrived. In Chapter 2, Paul is reinstructing the Thessalonians in the truth of the Day of the Lord, wanting them to think clearly.

THE STRESS – Vss. 1-2

  • Vs. 1 – The Thessalonians had been instructed by Paul that the Rapture would precede the “Great Tribulation Period”. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:5, Revelation 3:10
  • Vs. 2 – False teachers added stress by telling the beleaguered Thessalonians that they missed the Rapture, and they were going through the Tribulation. They even misrepresented Paul.

THE SCHEDULE – Vss. 3-5

  • Vs. 3 – The Day of the Lord will not arrive until there is the Apostasy (Falling Away). We have apostasy now, but it will get worse. 2 Timothy 3:13, 2 Timothy 4:3-4
  • I believe this Apostasy will take place with the appearance of the “Man of Sin”, or the Anti-Christ. He will be revealed at the beginning of the Tribulation Period which starts the “Day of the Lord.” Daniel 9:27
  • Vs. 4 – The Anti-Christ will actually set himself up as God.
  • Vs. 5 – Paul reminds them that these are things previously taught by him.

THE SECURITY – Vss. 6-7

  • Vs. 6 – Right now there is a “restrainer” in place until God’s time arrives. Satan’s plan has to follow God’s timetable.
  • Vs. 7 – The mystery of lawlessness is already at work but can only go so far. 1 John 2:18-19
  • The “restrainer” appears to be the Holy Spirit at work in the Church, that is, true believers.

THE SCAM – Vss. 8-12

  • Vs. 8 – After the restrainer is removed, the lawless one, the Anti-Christ, will be revealed.
  • Vs. 9 – The Anti-Christ will be Satan’s tool.
  • Vs. 10 – The unsaved will be deceived.
  • Vs. 11 – God will send them “strong delusion” so they will believe the “lie”.

Revelation 13:11-18

  • Vs. 12 – Notice the unsaved were condemned because they did not believe the truth.

THE SUPREMACY – Vs. 8

  • The Anti-Christ and his False Prophet are doomed with the return of Jesus and the battle of Armageddon. Revelation 19:20

THE SUPPORT – Vss. 13-14

  • Paul encouraged the Thessalonians because they were in a great position in Christ.
  • The fate of believers is the exact opposite of those deceived by the Anti-Christ.

THE STAND – Vs. 15

  • The Thessalonians were to stand strong and hold on to what they were taught.

THE STRENGTH – Vss. 16-17

  • Vs. 16 – We have great support from God the Son and God the Father.

Vs. 17 – God the Father and God the Son will comfort and establish us

 

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WE ARE THE CHURCH

As born again Christians we are the church!

As born again Christians gathered as a local assembly of believers, we are the church!

Many of the Spiritual problems we have as a church are a result of people not understanding who we are as a church.

We have an identity crisis, as such!

This morning I want to help you understand exactly who we are as a church!  By understanding who we are, we can better understand how each person who calls this church “home” should be behaving!

WE ARE A STRUCTURED & STEADFAST PEOPLE

Matthew 16:18 - And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Peter was a “stone”.

The church would be built on a “large rock”. That “large rock” is Jesus Christ Himself! Peter’s own words attest to this fact. 1 Peter 2:6-7

Jesus is building his church, person by person.  Each person who comes to know Christ as their Savior is a part of the building.

Jesus is building his church into a mature, complete structure. Ephesians 4:14-16

You and I all know that not every group that calls themselves a church is really a church!  And not every church that calls itself a church is growing in new converts, and/or Spiritual maturity.

In many places throughout the world Jesus is building His church.  My concern is that He might not be building His church here!  Are we as the church growing spiritually?  Are we as a church adding new converts to His building?

IS IT HAPPENING HERE?

Not only are we his Structured People, we are His steadfast people.  The gates of “Hell”, in this case meaning, the grave or death can not prevail against His church!

The gates of the grave and death will not prevail because Christ will draw all believers to Himself! 1 Corinthians 15:51-57

As the grave could not keep Jesus, the grave can not keep you either.

WE ARE A SENT PEOPLE

Just before Jesus left the earth to go to Heaven, He gave marching orders to His church!

Matthew 28:18-20 - And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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.

Jesus gives us the command to “go”.  His church is to be on the move outward.  We are not to sit, soak, and sour in the pew.

As we go what are to do three things:

  • Make Disciples – teach all nations
  • Baptize
  • Teach – to observe all the things that Jesus taught

WE ARE A SPECIAL PEOPLE

1 Peter 2:9-10 - But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

WE ARE CHOSEN

The church is made up of people who have been born into the family of God through faith in Christ. John 1:12-13

Each one of us who are children of God are part of the chosen. Don’t let that upset you. Let that excite you! Ephesians 1:4-6

As part of the chosen we are important to God.

As part of the chosen, God has singled us out to enjoy His grace.

As part of the chosen we have a special security, if we have been truly saved.

As part of the chosen we are special! And if you are not yet one who has put their faith in Christ, you too, can believe, be saved and found as one of God’s chosen. Acts 16:31

WE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD

We already established that we are children of God. As children of God we are members of His royal family, and we are scheduled to reign with His Son. Revelation 20:6

Have you noticed that for the most part Queen Elizabeth acts like royalty?

Have you also noticed that Queen Elizabeth has been often disturbed by the non royal behavior of her family?  Many times the royal family does not act like the royal family.

We are the church! We are God’s royalty.  I wonder how often God has been embarrassed by us in this church when we have not acted like children of the king!

We are a “royal priesthood”.  We are a “kingdom of priests”.

A priest labors for God in behalf of men.

Just as our “great high priest” intercedes for us, we are to intercede for others.                             Hebrews 7:24-25, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, 1 Timothy 2:8, Ephesians 6:18

Just as Prince Charles could intercede for a commoner like you or me before his mother the queen, we can intercede as members of the “royal family” for others, both saved and unsaved.

We are the church. We are special! We are a royal priesthood!

Do you act like a royal? Do you pray like a royal?  Do we as a church pray like royals?

Most of you can give lots of excuses for not coming to prayer meeting.  But if you were to set your excuses aside and start praying like a royal, we wouldn’t be just building a fellowship hall, we’d be building a sanctuary!

WE ARE A HOLY PEOPLE

We are a “holy” people. The word “holy means “set apart”.

In as sense, as Christians, we have signed a contract to live for God.  When we were saved we committed ourselves to Jesus as our Savior. But that also means that Jesus is our Lord.

Right off the bat, the minute we were saved God changed us. 2 Corinthians 5:7, Ezekiel 36:26-27

Of course, it makes sense that as a church God expects us to act like the holy people that we are. 1 Peter 1:15-16

  • Do we act like the “holy” people we are?
  • Do we hunger and thirst after righteousness?
  • Do we hunger and thirst after God’s Word?
  • Do we have daily times of prayer?
  • Do we forgive or hold grudges? 
  • Do we seek the lost or let them “fry”?
  • Do we praise from the heart or sit soak and sour in a pew?
  • Do we have Godly habits or habits that disturb God?

If we indeed are a holy people let’s start acting like it!

If you claim to be saved and changed by God, start acting like it!

WE ARE GOD’S OWN PEOPLE

In our text it says that we are a “peculiar people”.

The word peculiar here means that we are a people who belong to God because we have been purchased.

We are His because He has purchased us! Titus 2:14

We are the church! Do we act like we belong to God or do we act like we belong to the Devil? 

There should be no behavior by any us in this church that would indicate that we belong to the devil! When we do slip and act like the Devil, it should be confessed and forsaken.

We are the church! We are special!

We are a chosen people, a holy people, a royal priesthood, and God’s possession. Why has God made us this special?

1 Peter 2:9-10 - But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

We are special so we can declare the praises of Him who has done so much for us!

WE ARE THE CHURCH!

WE ARE A STRUCTURED AND STEADFAST PEOPLE

WE ARE A SENT PEOPLE

WE ARE A SPECIAL PEOPLE

  • We are a chosen people.
  • We are a royal priesthood.
  • We are a holy people.
  • We are God’s possession.

I am convinced that if each of us live like we are the church, there will be wholesale changes made.  It starts with you!

What do you need to do to start acting like you are a part of this church?

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