SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 2/22/21
February 24, 2021, 2:05 PM

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T8 – FOR WEEK OF 2/22/21

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JOHN 8:12 – MEET TRUE FREEDOM

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #17

Meeting True Freedom is Jesus’ theme as we continue to Meet Jesus in the Gospel of John. Last time we got together we met Jesus as the Light of the World.

 

We need freedom from bondage of sin, not only so we can be forgiven and spend eternity with God in Heaven, but also so we can have freedom from habitual or persistent sin now. In this passage Jesus tells us that in order to have true freedom:

 

BE A POSSESOR, NOT A PROFESSOR – John 8:31-32

BE A SON NOT A SLAVE – John 8:33-35

BE A VICTOR NOT A VICTIM – John 8:36

 

BE A POSSESOR, NOT A PROFESSOR – John 8:31-32

  • Vs. 30 – Many believed in Jesus.
  • Vss. 31-32 – Jesus was not fooled. He knew that not all who professed belief really were believers.
  • Jesus is saying “If you are a true believer in me there will be change in your life.” You will abide in His Word, believing it, loving it and obeying it.
  • The more you know, believe, and obey the Word of God, the more you will be set free to live a life assured of eternal life and victorious over sin.
  • Many people claim to believe in Christ, but they are not trusting Him for forgiveness of sin. The belief needed is not an intellectual commitment, but a heart commitment.
  • Believing that you are a sinner (Romans 3:10, 23) and you can not atone or pay for your own sins in any way.
  • Believing that the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son died for your sins and rose again. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • Believing that Jesus alone can save you based on what He did on the cross, you trust the Lord Jesus as your Savior. Romans 10:9-10
  • It is then when you become a possessor of salvation and not a professor.
  • Then you will begin to know the truth that sets you free. Jesus is the truth. God’s Word is truth. John 14:6, 17:17
  • It is then you have a hunger to know God’s Word, follow Jesus, obey Jesus, and let Him set you free. John 14:15

 

BE A SON NOT A SLAVE – John 8:33-36

  • Vs. 33 – The first thing these supposed believers do is argue with Jesus that they have never been in bondage to anyone. Historically that just was not true, beginning with slavery in Egypt, and at the current time, under Roman domination.
  • It is likely that what they were claiming was they were never in Spiritual bondage to anyone. They were “children of Abraham”, and therefore not in Bondage. They were under Abraham’s umbrella. Genesis 17:7
  • Vs. 34 – Jesus answers them with stark reality, the one who is guilty of continued sinning, that is habitual sin, is a slave to sin.
  • Vs. 35 – A slave can be disposed of at any time. A son cannot. The son is the heir. He abides forever. In the Father’s House, the slave, who is in bondage will not live forever will perish. The Son, however, the Lord Jesus, lives forever.
  • Vs. 36 – Because Jesus died for our sins, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, He set free, whoever He will.
  • When a person truly trusts Christ as Savior, he or she is born again into the family of God and adopted as well. John 1:12, 13, Galatians 4:4-7

 

BE A VICTOR NOT A VICTIM – John 8:36

  • Although we will always sin in this life because we are in the flesh, sin does not need to dominate us.
  • Jesus came to not only to free us for eternal life but came to free us from habitual sin.
  • We go back to John 8:31-32 – We will know the truth and the truth will set us free.
  • Vs. 36 – We know the Son and the Son will set us free.

Romans 6:14, Romans 8:1-4, Galatians 5:13

 

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2 SAMUEL 22 – LESSONS OF A LIFETIME

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

This is a complete lesson.

 

  • What are some lessons that you have learned in your lifetime?
  • Why are life lessons important to the one learning them?
  • How can your life lessons be helpful to others?

 

There is a psalm that appears at the end of the account of David’s life in 2 Samuel 22.  I believe that this Psalm, no matter when it was written, sums up the lessons that David learned over a number of years.  Perhaps it was written at the end of his life and David is looking back. I have listed these lessons in the first person because they are lessons that I should learn.  Psalm 18 is very similar to this Psalm.

GOD WILL PROTECT ME – Vss. 2-3

  • When David wrote the 23rd Psalm he wrote as a shepherd and used pastoral examples.  When David wrote this Psalm he wrote as a military man and used military terms.
  • How do the terms, “rock”, “fortress”, “shield”, “horn of my salvation”, “high tower”, and “refuge” speak to you about protection?
  • What are some of the things from which you and I need protection?
  • What does this tell you about God’s care for His children?
  • Why do Christians worry when God promises to protect?

GOD WILL HEAR ME – Vss. 4-16

  • Vs. 4 - It is interesting that part of calling upon God is praising Him even as the enemy comes against us.  When we are free to praise it means that our trust is in him. We will only truly praise God when we are truly confident in God.
  • Vss. 5-7 – God actually wants us to call upon Him in times of deepest distress.  According to Hebrews 11:6 lack of faith displeases God.  The opposite is also true. Faith pleases God.
  • Verses 8-16 are figurative. What does this figurative language tell you about God’s response to our prayers?
  • How does Hebrews 4:15-16 encourage you?

     Hebrews 4:15-16 - 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. [16] 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 WILL DELIVER ME – Vss. 17-20

  • Vs. 17 – Sometimes we get the sensation of drowning in our troubles.  Perhaps that’s how David felt.
  • What lessons do we learn about our enemies in verse 18?  Why is this verse an important admission on David’s part?
  • Vss. 19-20 – Why does God delight in us? 
  • There are times when God delights in us more than others. When are those times?
  • What is the significance of being brought into a large place?

GOD WILL REWARD ME – Vss. 21-29

  • Vs. 21 – When does God reward me in spite of my (lack of) righteousness?
  • When does and when will God reward me according to my righteousness?
  • Vss. 22-25 – What part does obedience have do with God’s current blessings and future rewards?
  • In light of what we have studied previously about David’s life, do you have any problems with David’s statements in verses 22-25?  How can we reconcile David’s behavior with David’s claims here?
  • What is the New Testament principle found in Vss. 26-27?

GOD WILL STRENGTHEN ME – Vss. 30-46

  • Vs. 30 – How might God allow you to “run through a troop” or “leap over a wall”?
  • Vs. 31 – The word “perfect” has been translated “blameless”.  How is God’s will blameless?
  • The Word of God is tested by us during times of trouble. When we trust His Word God is our shield.
  • What is verse 32 saying?
  • What statement(s) in verses 33-38 strike you as significant?
  • Vss. 39-46 show how God can and will give total victory. Why should we settle for anything else?

GOD WILL BE WORSHIPPED BY ME – Vss. 47-51

  • What justification does David give for worship in these verses?
  • What do verses 47 and 50 tell you about worship?

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PSALM 5 - WALKING WITH GOD

 

PRIORITIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD – Vss. 1-3

 

PERCEIVE THE HOLINESS OF GOD – Vss. 4-6

 

PURSUE THE PRESENCE OF GOD – Vss. 7-8

 

PONDER THE ENEMIES OF GOD – Vss. 9-10

 

PRAISE THE PERSON OF GOD – Vss. 11-12

 

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MATTHEW 3:13-17 – WHY REVERENCE?

 

There are people today who would like to remove the doctrine of the Trinity from Christianity. When they do, the whole building called our faith comes tumbling down. The doctrine of the Trinity is part of the structure of our faith. Without it, we do not have Biblical Christianity.

When we think of the word Trinity, we think of the Biblical teaching that God is "three in one and one in three". Although the word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible, the doctrine of the Trinity is. Don't panic if you do not fully understand how there one God can be three persons in the Godhead. No human being can fully comprehend the doctrine of the Trinity.

 

In this passage we are examining the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is an important passage because it is here that we find the Trinity presented together. Jesus the Son of God is baptized. The Holy Spirit descends upon him in the form of a dove. God the Father gives his approval from Heaven.

 

This scene reminds me of some of the ways God the Trinity is involved in the lives of true Christians.

 

GOD WITH ME – IDENTIFICATION – Jesus is God with us - God identifying with man.

 

  • Instead of remaining aloof from his creation, Jesus Christ who for all eternity has been and ever will be the Son of God, came to earth, identifying with man.
  • Jesus identified with us in his BIRTH. Matthew 1:20-23
  • Jesus identified with us in his BAPTISM. Matthew 3:13-15
  • Jesus identified with us through his BLOOD. 1 Peter 1:18-19, 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • Jesus identifies with us in the BATTLE. 1 John 2:1-2, Hebrews 4:14-15 (He is always interceding for us before the Father.)
  • Jesus identifies with us in BEREAVEMENT. Isaiah 53:3, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8:35-39

 

GOD IN ME - INDWELLING - Vs. 16 - The Holy Spirit is God in us - God indwelling man.

 

Because Jesus was the perfect man, the God-Man, He did things the way we should do them. He was our example.  All that Jesus did as a man on earth was done in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1. John promised that Jesus would baptize with the Spirit. Matthew 3:11, 1 Corinthians 12:13

 

  • There is PRESENCE. Romans 8:9 (The Holy Spirit Indwells)
  • There is POWER. Acts 1:8
  • There is PRODUCTION. Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:22-23
  • There is PRAYER. Romans 8:26

 

GOD OVER ME - INVOLVEMENT - Vs. 17 - The Father is God over us - God involving Himself with man.

 

God the Father is present as He always is. He is involved in the life of the perfect man. He is also involved in the life of the Christian.

 

  • God's AUTHORITY - "This is"
  • One of the greatest reasons for Godly Christian behavior is God's authority in my life.
  • God's AFFECTION - "My Beloved Son"
  • We too are God's beloved children if we know Christ. John 1:12, 1 John 4:10, John 3:16
  • God's APPROVAL - "In Whom I am well pleased."

The perfect man had approval from God.

We, as His children, can also have his approval.

As Jesus pleased God, God approved.

As we please God, God approves.

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SELECTED SCRIPTURES – THE ESSENCE OF THE CROSS

LIFE OF CHRIST #55

 

We have arrived at the cross in our study of the Life of Christ.  It is here that Jesus Christ died a horrific death, a death so brutal that Roman citizens were exempted from that type of torture.

It is here that our Lord Jesus not only suffered at the hand of man but also at the hand of God as He bore the sins of the whole world upon Himself that we might have forgiveness and eternal life.

 

This morning we will center on the Essence of the Cross, which I feel is reflected in the 7 last words of our Lord Jesus Christ.  These words are the recorded words of Jesus when He was on the cross.

 

1. A WORD OF PETITION – Luke 23:33-34

 

Luke 23:33-34 - And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. [34] Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

 

Jesus had preached forgiveness as a way of life. Luke 6;27-28

 

On the cross Jesus practiced what he had preached.

He also fulfilled prophecy by doing so. Isaiah 53:12

 

Jesus demonstrates just how far we should go in forgiving others. In ignorance the soldiers had mistreated and crucified the very Lord of Glory!

In ignorance these soldiers had crucified an innocent man.

In ignorance these soldiers murdered God!   

 

If Jesus could forgive such gross mistreatment, how much more should we forgive others when they mistreat us! Ephesians 4:32

 

2. A WORD OF PROMISE – Luke 23:39-43

 

As you know, there were two thieves crucified with Jesus.

At first both taunted Jesus that if He was who He said He was, He should save Himself and them.

 

But as Jesus suffered there on the cross, He did so mostly in silence.  He didn’t curse and swear. He didn’t yell at His persecutors. He didn’t lash out.  One of the thieves took notice. The other thief started in again on Jesus.

 

Luke 23:39 - And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

 

The other thief actually rebuked his fellow thief.

Luke 23:40-41 - But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? [41] And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

 

“Don’t you fear God?” the thief asked.

He also added that his partner and he were justly crucified.

He admitted they deserved the punishment for what they had done.

And then he added that Jesus didn’t deserve the punishment because he was innocent.  

   

Luke 23:42 - And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

 

The man had already admitted his guilt, and now he calls Jesus “Lord” and asks to be remembered when Jesus comes into His Kingdom.

 

This man had placed His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

And Jesus answers with one of the most wonderful promises of all Scripture.

Luke 23:43 - And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

 

Jesus was dying for the sins of that thief while they were speaking.

Jesus looked ahead and saw that the thief’s sins would be paid for.

He heard the thief’s confession of faith, and knew it to be sincere.

He made the promise that that very day the thief would be with Him in paradise.   

   

The promise of Heaven was not just for that thief.

The promise of Heaven is for all, who, in humility acknowledge their sins and total unworthiness and turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness.  It is the one who by faith applies the atoning work of Christ to their own lives that is saved! John 3:16, John 3:36

 

How about you? Have you turned to the Lord Jesus Christ by faith?  Have you claimed the promise of Heaven for yourself? 

 

3. A WORD OF PROVISION – John 19:25-27

 

Picture Jesus filled with physical, emotional, and spiritual pain!  Picture Jesus suffering terribly.  In all of His stress not only does he think about a poor lost sinner, the thief, but He thinks of the needs of His mother.

 

John 19:25-27 - Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. [26] When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! [27] Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

 

The relationship between Jesus and Mary was changing forever.  On the cross Jesus was literally becoming her Savior and Lord, worthy of all her faith and adoration. He would not be physically available to provide the care needed.  And so Jesus turns to the one who was probably Jesus’ closest friend, the Apostle John and commits his mother’s physical care into His hands.

 

Some may think that becoming a Christian relieves us of responsibility.  After all, we don’t have to work for our salvation.  But becoming a Christian gives us new responsibilities to love and care for other Christians.  Jesus wants us to help meet the needs of other believers. Galatians 6:9-10 

 

4. A WORD OF PAIN – Mark 15:33-34

 

Mark 15:33-34 - And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. [34] And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

The sixth hour was noon.  There was a three hour darkness that God imposed on the land until about 3:00 P.M. while Jesus was on the cross.

The darkness hid his suffering from public view.

The darkness was also an indication that God was indeed turning His back on His own Son.

 

In those hours Jesus bore the sins of the whole world.

He was punished for every sin that had ever been committed or would be committed.

He experienced the wrath of God poured out upon Him so that we might have forgiveness and eternal life.   

 

The words my “My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?” were quoted from Psalm 22:1.  Imagine the anguish Jesus experienced in being separated from His literal Father!  Imagine the punishment inflicted on the Lord Jesus for every murder, every lie, every theft, every bad word, every bad attitude, and every unkindness that ever existed!

 

If you’ve ever felt abandoned, you can only begin to learn how Jesus felt.  He who only knew fellowship with God the Father and God the Spirit was abandoned by them as He suffered for you!

Galatians 3:13, 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

My friend, don’t take lightly the pain that Jesus suffered for you that you might be forgiven.   

 

5. A WORD FOR PROPHECY – John 19:28-29

 

John 19:28-29 - After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. [29] Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

 

In spite of all the suffering that Jesus had been through, He was still in control. And he made sure that he fulfilled the prophecies concerning his death down to the last detail.

 

Psalm 69:21 - 1They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

 

Not even one verse of Scripture was overlooked as our Lord fulfilled prophecy to the letter.

 

This encourages me.  My Lord has taken care of every detail of my salvation and eternal life. He hasn't missed a thing. And to think that even now He's preparing a place for me in Heaven, I can be comfortable, knowing that he won't miss a thing. John 14:2-3

 

6. A WORD OF PRONOUNCEMENT – John 19:30

 

John 19:30 - When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

 

IT IS FINISHED MEANS:

1. EVERY APPOINTMENT KEPT

 

2. EVERY MIRACLE PERFORMED

 

3. EVERY LESSON TAUGHT

 

4. EVERY PROPHECY FULFILLED

 

5. EVERY SIN PAID FOR.

 

The work of Christ is complete.

Hebrews 10:14 - For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

 

The shout “IT IS FINISHED!” was certainly a shout of victory!   

 

7. A WORD OF PEACE – Luke 23:46

 

Luke 23:46 - And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

 

Jesus had paid it all.

He was no longer separated from His Heavenly Father.

He could commend His spirit to God, because He was going home to God!

He actually died in peace, knowing that He had done all that He had been asked to do.

 

And notice that Jesus was in control to the end.

“He gave up the ghost.” He willed to die. They didn’t take Jesus life, although they meant to. He gave it!

 

What about you?

Will you die in peace?

Will you die in peace because you know Jesus as your Savior?

Will you die in peace as a Christian, knowing that you’ve done God has wanted you to do with your life?

 

We have seen the essence of the cross.   

 

A WORD OF PETITION

A WORD OF PROMISE

A WORD OF PROVISION

A WORD OF PAIN

A WORD OF PROPHECY

A WORD OF PRONOUNCEMENT

A WORD OF PEACE

 

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1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 – THE WISE INVESTOR

 

Everyone has money to invest.

Children and teenagers invest their money in candy, ice cream, baseball cards, gum, video games, bicycles, cars etc.

Adults have been known to invest in food housing, clothing, medical expenses, televisions, computers, vacations, and a host of other things.

Based on 1 Timothy 6:6-10 and 10-17, we want to talk about being a wise investor of the wealth that God has given.

 

THE WISE INVESTOR HAS THE RIGHT PRIORITIES - Vs. 6

Godliness and contentment are better priorities than becoming wealthy or accumulating merchandise.

 

THE WISE INVESTOR HAS THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE - Vss. 7-10

We brought nothing into the world with us. Nothing will leave with us. Vs. 7

If we have the "basics" we are to be content. Vs. 8

Those who desire to be rich are asking for trouble. Vs. 9

The love of money is the root of all evil. Vs. 10

 

THE WISE INVESTOR FOLLOWS THE RIGHT PROCEDURE - Vss. 17-19

Rich people are not to trust in their riches, but in the living God. Vs. 17

Rich people should use their wealth to bless others. Vs. 18

Nobody is saved by his or her wealth. However there are rewards for those Christians who invest their money for the glory of God. Vs. 19

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UNIFIED!

 

When we and/or our friends are facing trials we appreciate those who pray for us.

Before Jesus went to the cross, He prayed for every person who would be saved by Him.

 

John 17:20-21 - "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

 

Please notice that Jesus prayed for the unity of those who would trust Him!  This is a unity of every truly born again Christian. This unity is to be a testimony to those who do not know Christ as Savior.

 

Psalm 133:1 states the importance and beauty of this kind of Godly unity.

 

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

 

Looking at other portions of Scripture, we can find some of the ways there should be unity among true believers

 

UNITY OF PERSONALITY - CHILDREN OF GOD - John 1:12

Very often we say "He's just like his father", or "She's just like her mother."

We tend to have personality traits similar to the personality traits found in our parents.

According to John 1:12, a person who is saved is a child of God.

The moment a person is saved the Holy Spirit does a work in his life and he is changed. John 3:1-8

2 Corinthians 5:17

As children of God, we should now all demonstrate some of the personality characteristics of our Heavenly Father.

 

God is forgiving. We are to forgive.

God cares about the Spiritual well being of others. We should care about the Spiritual well being of others.

God cares about the physical well being of others. We should care about the physical well being of others.

God is holy. We should strive for holiness in our own lives.1 Peter 1:15-16

 

UNITY OF PURPOSE - AMOS 3:3

We can not walk together in unity unless we are in agreement.  We must agree on the purpose of our lives.  I believe every one of us should have a three-fold purpose for living. If all Christians have these purposes, we will be unified!

 

1. To Love and Obey God - Matthew 22:37

 

2. To Love Each Other - Matthew 22:38, John 13:34-35

 

3. To Win Souls to Faith in Christ - Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 3:15, Mark 15:16

 

UNITY OF POWER - THE HOLY SPIRIT - Ephesians 1:19-23, 3:16, 5:18, Acts 1:8

Paul prayed that the Ephesians would understand the power that is at work inside of them (Ephesians 1:19-23). He also prayed that the Holy Spirit would strengthen them within.

Later, he commanded us to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).  There will be unity as the Holy Spirit controls all who are saved!

 

UNITY OF PRAYER - Ephesians 6:18, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Acts 2:42, Acts 4:31

When the church unifies in prayer, God does wonderful things!

 

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