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February 26, 2019, 6:39 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 2/25/19


SERMON SEEDS

R6 – THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25, 2019

 

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LUKE 21:20-38 – WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

 

The title of this message is “What Are We Looking For?”

This message requires you to listen and to think.

The “We” here refers to those who

  • know they are not good enough to good to Heaven based on their own good works or morality.
  • know that they are sinners who deserve punishment.
  • who believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, died for their sins, was buried, and rose again is their only hope for Heaven.
  • who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • and, as a result of this decision, been born into the family of God. 1 John 1:12-13

So, what are we Looking for? I’ll give you two choices.

The first choice is found in the Scripture Reading,                    

 Luke 21:20-38 - This passage is a continuation of last week’s Scripture.

Jesus previously began answering a question concerning the destruction of Jerusalem  

THE SECOND COMING

  • Luke 21:20 – Jerusalem surrounded by armies, desolation near, Matthew 24:15-16, Daniel 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Revelation 13:11-18
  • Luke 21:21-23 – Days of Vengeance – Revelation 6-19
  • Luke 21:24-26 – Times of the Gentiles
  • Luke 21:27 – Luke 21:27 – Return of Son of Man to Mount of Olives. Zechariah 14:1-4, Acts 1:9-11, Revelation 19
  • Luke 21:28 – Jesus talking to those here at that time.
  • Luke 21:29-33 – The fig tree – See Vs. 32
  • Luke 21:34-39 – Call to Watch

THE RAPTURE

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 – For Christians dead and alive
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 – "I'm not looking for signs, I'm listening for a sound." – Vance Havner
  • Revelation 3:10 – The Tribulation is not designed for current believers (the Church).
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – This meeting will take place in the air, not on earth.
  • John 14:1-6 – The rapture will take us to Heaven
  • Revelation 19:8, 14 – The church will be with Jesus when He returns to earth.
  • Titus 2:11-14 – We are to watch for Christ’s return for His Bride, the Church.

SO, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

IF YOU ARE A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN,

I BELIEVE YOU ARE TO BE LOOKING FOR THE RAPTURE BEFORE THE SECOND COMING!

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LUKE 19:45-20:19 – BECAUSE GOD IS WITH YOU!

 

(This series will eventually include 39 outlines, one from each book of the Old Testament. Personally I am bringing the series in the morning services in the summer. Sometime I plan to move them to the evening service. Of course, everyone of these messages is self contained and can be preached individually.)

 

If you are a born-again Christian, you should have a recurring realization of the presence of God. 

 

The moment you turned from your sins and trusted the Lord Jesus as your Savior, the one who died for your sins, the presence of God became a great reality. Romans 8:15-17, 8:9, Hebrews 13:5-6, Matthew 8:20

 

So, if you are a born-again Christian, God is with you.

But do you understand that means you have some responsibilities because God is with you?

 

One of the biggest responsibilities that you have is to live a changed life in His power. 2 Corinthians 5:177, 1 Peter 1:15-16  

 

Joseph was the next to youngest of Jacob’s twelve sons.  He had made a godly stand against his older brothers.  His older brothers were jealous of him and unknown to His father, had him sold into slavery in Egypt.   

   

Eventually Joseph would rise to power in Egypt as Prime Minister and deliver Egypt though a great time of drought and famine.  Also he would save his father’s household and be reunited with His brothers.

 

As we meet Joseph in Genesis 39 his circumstances are not good at all.

 

Vs. 1 – Upon coming to Egypt, Joseph was purchased as a slave by Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guards.  He had gone down from being a privileged son of a wealthy herdsman to being a slave.  Circumstances were not good for Joseph, but there is an encouraging thought found here in verse 2.

 

Genesis 39:2 - And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

 

The Lord was with Joseph, but Joseph did not use this fact as an excuse for not doing his best.  Because the Lord was with Joseph, he demonstrated certain qualities that should be true of us, if the Lord is with us.

 

In this chapter there are three ways Joseph behaved because the Lord was with Him.  We should behave in the same three ways because the Lord is with us.   

 

BE CONSCIENTIOUS BECAUSE GOD IS WITH YOU –  Vss. 1-6

 

Joseph had been mistreated by His brothers and sold into slavery (Genesis 37). He could have had a bad attitude because of the mistreatment.

 

Instead he evidently did his best and God prospered Him. 

 

Vs. 3 – Notice that Joseph was active.

He would have done his work well.

He was probably what some would call an overachiever.

God is not impressed with laziness.

God blesses those who are willing to work. Proverbs 13:4

 

God blessed Joseph and what he did God prospered.

And please note that it was obvious to Potiphar that God was with Joseph.  He could see the success that God was giving Joseph.   

 

Vs. 4 – Joseph was put in charge of everything that Potiphar had in the house and in the fields.  Later, Joseph would be in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

 

God blessed Joseph, but there is no doubt that Joseph was conscientious about what he was doing.

 

Vs. 5 – God blessed Potiphar for Joseph’s sake.

 

Vs. 6 – Joseph was so conscientious that Potiphar only concerned himself with one thing at home, “What’s for supper!?”

Joseph was so conscientious that he was trustworthy.

Doing our best, being conscientious, is a requirement for all Christians.

 

Colossians 3:17 - And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

If God is truly with us, it means that we have named Jesus as our Savior, our hope for Heaven.

If we have claimed Jesus as Savior, He is also to be the Lord of our lives.

If He is the boss, the Lord of our lives, whatever we do in word or deed should be done in His name, and be thankful to God because of Him and through Him.

 

Very simply, if we can do something in the name of Jesus, we should be doing it.  If we can not do something in the name of Jesus we should not be doing it.  Let us ask ourselves conscientiously, “Can I honestly do what I want to do in the name of the Lord Jesus?”

 

Colossians 3:23 - And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

 

This verse was spoken to slaves.  There were millions of them in the Roman Empire when Paul wrote these words.

Although we are not slaves today, I believe that this verse applies to all of us who are employees or even students.

 

Whatever we do is to be done heartily, with enthusiasm.

That’s hard to do sometimes if we don’t like the employer or the teacher.

It’s easier to do when we are conscientious enough to do everything for the Lord first, and then for the boss or teacher.

 

BE COURAGEOUS BECAUSE GOD IS WITH YOU – Vss. 7-20

 

Joseph was doing a great job, but temptation came his way through the advances of his boss's wife.

 

Vss. 7-9 – Although Joseph was in charge of his master’s house, he was still a slave.

 

It would have been easy for him to have given in to the sexual advances of his master’s wife.  Out of expediency, pride and pleasure it would have been quite simple to give into the master’s wife.  He could have even rationalize it.

 

Joseph had the courage, the guts to say “no” to something that was wrong.

 

Joseph refused because his master trusted Him as Vs. 8 says.

In Vs. 9 Joseph states that the only thing that was “off limits” to him in the house was his master’s wife.

And Joseph was bold to call adultery what it is, wickedness and sin!

And Joseph was bold enough to state that the wickedness and sin was against God!

Do you know why we often fall into sin?  It is because we often give it another label, like a “mistake” or “indiscretion”

We fall to identify it as wickedness and sin against God!

 

Vs. 10 – Joseph had to say “no” more than once. This woman was persistent.  And some of the temptations we face will be equally persistent.

 

Vss. 11-12 – The woman was even bolder than before when nobody was around.  She grabbed him and he fled as quickly as possible, leaving the coat in her hand.

 

It takes courage to call sin what it is, sin against God!

It takes courage to consistently say “no” to what we know is wrong.

And it takes courage to run when the only way we can resist is by running.

 

When God is with us, we need to learn to run from temptation and not towards it.  God provides the way of escape. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13,

 

I’d like to tell you that everything will turn out well when we say “no” to sin.

Sometimes we will be falsely accused if we don’t do what others are enticed to do.

Joseph was falsely accused as Verses 13-19 tell us.

The wife of Potiphar falsely accused Joseph.

 

Vs. 20 – Joseph ended up a prisoner because of saying “no” to sin.

So what about you?  Would you rather be falsely accused when saying “no” to sin, or would you rather answer to God at the judgment for not doing what was right?

 

BE CONSISTENT BECAUSE GOD IS WITH YOU - Vss. 21-23

 

There is many a person who has stopped doing what is right because it got them in trouble.

It would have been easy for Joseph to just give up and stop serving God because doing right got him in trouble.

Joseph did not do this.  Was he devastated? Probably!

Was he outraged at the injustice? Most likely!

Was he defeated? No!

Did he give up on God? No!

 

Vs. 21 – God was still with Joseph.

               God showed Joseph mercy.

               God gave Joseph favor in the eyes of the keeper of

               the prison.

 

God did not deliver Joseph from jail because God had a plan that involved the jail (See Genesis 40-41).

 

God may not deliver you right away from suffering for what is right, but He will show His mercy upon you as you remain consistent.

 

Vs. 22-23 - Joseph again did a conscientious job.

Joseph remained faithful to God. He was consistent

Joseph did his job as well as he had before.

It wasn’t long before Joseph ran the jail.             

Remember this, my friend, God is keeping score.

 

God knows how you’ve been mistreated.

God will settle the score in his time whether it be in this life or at Judgment Day.

If you have stood for what is right and have been falsely accused, continue to be faithful!  Continue to be consistent! Romans 12:19-21, 1 Corinthians 4:2

 

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2 CHRONICLES 8 – TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

 

Solomon was a busy king.  Here are some the areas of “business” that he took care of.

 

THE BUSINESS OF CONSTRUCTION – Vss. 1-6

THE BUSINESS OF CONTROL – Vss. 7-19

THE BUSINESS OF CONSECRATION – Vss. 11-16

THE BUSINESS OF COMMERCE – Vss. 17-18

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PSALM 90:10, 12, 14 – ON TIME

There is at least one thing you and I have in common.  God has given us each the same amount of time each day!  We each have 24 hours. Each hour has 60 minutes. Each minute has 60 seconds.

One of the hardest things we need to do each day is to use God's gift of time wisely!  Moses makes some interesting observations in Vss. 10, 12 and 14 of Psalm 90.  He speaks about time.

 

RECOGNIZING THE TIME - Vs. 10

According to the Bible, the average life span is 70 years.  Sometimes, especially in America today, a person may even receive a few more years. Nevertheless, no matter how long we live it is not long at all, and our time will be up.

 

REDEEMING THE TIME - Vs. 12

Moses recognized the need for proper use of time.  Our time should be spent acknowledging the brevity of time and the need to use our time wisely.  The most important thing we can do with our time is please God.  See Ephesians 5:15-17.

 

REJOICING THROUGH TIME - Vs. 14

The sooner we find the mercy of God in Christ, and are satisfied with that mercy all our days, the happier we will be! The word mercy here refers to God's love!  Let us always remember that nothing can separate us from that love!  Romans 8:35-39.

 

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MARK 16 – GREAT ACTIONS

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES - LESSON #17

THINK ABOUT IT!

  • What arguments have you heard against the resurrection of Jesus from the dead?  How do you answer them?
  • Why is the resurrection important to you?
  • Why is the resurrection a key part to the Gospel Message?

 

We are concluding our study of Mark with a look at the Great Actions that took place at the Resurrection of Christ from the dead.

I.  GREAT INTENT - Vss. 1-3

  • Why do you think the women wanted to anoint the body?
  • How do the huge stone at the tomb and the guards mentioned in other Gospels give credence to the resurrection?

II. THE GREAT DISCOVERY - Vss. 4-5

  • Why was the stone rolled away?
  • Would you have been frightened or amazed if you saw such a young man as the women did?  Why?

III. THE GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT - Vss. 6-8

  • The angel knew who the women were looking for.  He attests to the crucifixion.
  • The angel's great news was that Jesus was not there.  He had risen from the dead.
  • Why did the angel want the women to look at the place where Jesus had laid?

      John 20:6-7

  • Why was Peter singled out to be told about the resurrection? Luke 22:62
  • Why do you think Jesus chose to visit with the disciples in Galilee?  He also appeared to them in Jerusalem. John 20:19

IV. THE GREAT APPEARANCES - Vss. 9-14

  • What does the appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene tell you about the nature of Jesus? What does it tell you about the Gospel? Vs. 9
  • What do you think about the unbelief of the Apostles when they heard Mary's testimony? Vss. 10-11
  • Verse 12 is a reference to the two disciples whom the Lord met on the Road to Emmaus.  Other than seeing the risen Lord, what was the special privilege these men received (Luke 24:27)?  How can we enjoy the same privilege (John 16:13-14)?
  • Why was it so easy for the disciples not to believe in the resurrection? Vs. 13
  • What does hardness of heart have to do with unbelief? Vs. 14
  • Has Jesus ever rebuked you for your unbelief and hardness of heart?
  • What does Hebrews 3:12 tell us about unbelief?  What is one of the key antidotes to unbelief? Hebrews 3:13, 10:24-25

V. THE GREAT COMMISSION - Vss. 15-18

  • What are ways we can carry out the "Great Commission"?
  • What good reasons are there for not being baptized?
  • Is it possible to be saved and not be baptized?
  • What other important ingredient does Matthew add to the Great Commission? (Matthew 28:20)
  • When did the miracles of verses 17-18 take place? Hebrews 2:1-4

VI. THE GREAT CONCLUSION - Vss. 19-20

  • Where is Jesus now? What is He doing? 1 John 2:1-2, Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:24-25
  • How did the ascension motivate the Apostles?
  • What made the Apostles so successful? Acts 1:8

 

 

THINK ABOUT IT: What life lessons have you learned from the study of Mark?

CONCLUSION OF SERIES

 

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1 CORINTHIANS 13 – HOW’S YOUR LOVE LIFE?

When we ask "How's Your Love Life?", we are not talking romance.  God is very clear in the "Love Chapter", that true, Christian, agape love is of the utmost importance. How do you measure up to 1 Corinthians 13?

 

LOVE IS ESSENTIAL - Priority - Vss. 1-2

LOVE IS EXPERIENTIAL - Practice - Vss. 3-7

LOVE IS EXCEPTIONAL - Prominence Vss. 8-13

 

(You may want to preach this one in three sessions, breaking down the main points with your own sub-points.)

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COLOSSIANS 1:13-19 – PERSPECTIVE

 

There are times when we need to realize that the Lord Jesus and us are on two different levels.  He is completely superior to us, but sometimes we forget. This Scripture puts things in perspective.

 

WE'RE SINNERS, HE'S SAVIOR Vss. 13-14

WE'RE CREATURES, HE'S CREATOR Vss. 15-17

WE'RE SAINTS (the church), HE'S SOVEREIGN Vss. 18-19

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