SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 3/2/20
March 3, 2020, 5:38 PM

SERMON SEEDS

S9 – THE WEEK OF MARCH 2, 202O

 

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2 KINGS 13:4-19 – FAITH CLINIC

Faith is important – Hebrews 11:6

 

Sometimes our faith is weak and needs strengthening. Such was the condition of King Joash's faith.  The clinic in faith that the dying prophet, Elisha, gave to this king can help us develop our faith.

 

POWER NEEDED - Vs. 14

Joash was probably lamenting the eminent death of Elisha, and realized that his power as a prophet in Israel would be missing.  The King evidently realized that the loss of a godly man was equivalent to a loss of God's power. See 2 Kings 2:12. We have probably lamented the death of a godly man or woman who showed the power of God in their lives. We have probably wondered who would replace them.

 

POWER COMMUNICATED - Vss. 15-16

Elisha placed his hands on the king's hands, indicating that the power was coming from God. We must remember that power has been communicated to us through the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8

 

POWER PROMISED - Vs. 17

The king was to shoot an arrow in the direction of the enemy.

The arrow was symbolic of the victory that God would give over the enemy.

 

POWER NEGLECTED - Vs. 18

Elisha told the king to smite the ground with the arrows. Perhaps he was to shoot them into the ground. Instead of using up all his arrows, he showed his limited faith by only hitting the ground 3 times.

 

POWER LIMITED - Vs. 19

Elisha was unhappy with Joash's lack of faith.  The king should have hit the ground more often and he would have had total victory!  Each time the King hit the ground was symbolic of  a battle won over the enemy.  We are limited in our victories over Satan by our lack of faith. The more we use our faith, the more we will have the victory!

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1 CHRONICLES 17:1 ETC. – STANDING FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

In the Bible many people were called upon to speak for God. In the Old Testament there were priests like Ezra, prophets like Moses, Ezekiel and Hosea, and kings such as David and Solomon.

In the New Testament there prophets like John the Baptist, Apostles such as Peter and Paul, pastors such as Timothy and Titus, and deacons such as Stephen. Of course, best of all, the Son the God spoke for His Father. Hebrews 1:1-4

 

The man who speaks for God will receive stringent judgment. James 3:1, Revelation 22:18-19

The man who speaks for God should be a man who is standing for righteousness because God is righteous. Psalm 145

1 Peter 1:15-16 is to be especially true for a preacher of righteousness.

 

After Samuel died the next prominent prophet was Nathan.

He was evidently a friend of David, a trusted advisor, and a spokesman for God in the King's court.

Nathan's concern was for the righteousness of God!

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO CORRECT HIMSELF - 1 Chronicles 17:1-15

Nathan gave his blessing upon David building a temple for God. He actually told David that God was with him. Vss. 1-2

Nathan found out that this was not what God had planned. Vss. 3-14

Nathan corrected himself and gave David the accurate message from God. Vs. 15

If we are going to stand for righteousness, we must admit when we are wrong and correct mistakes.

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO CONFRONT SIN - 2 Samuel 12:1-14

David's sins concerning Bathsheba and Uriah are described in 2 Samuel 11.

Nathan confronted David about his sin. This was a bold thing to do considering that David could have had Nathan executed.  If we care about righteousness, we need to confront what is wrong. Galatians 6:1

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO COMFORT - 2 Samuel 12:24-25

Although Nathan was quick to confront David about sin, he was just quick to bring God's message of comfort. The nickname given to Solomon means "Beloved of God".  A man who stands for righteousness does not have a one-dimensional message. He is to be an encourager as well as a preacher against sin. Timothy was told to encourage as well as to reprove and to rebuke. 2 Timothy 4:2

 

HE CARED ENOUGH TO COOPERATE - 1 Kings 1

David was near death, and one of Solomon's brothers planned to take the throne away from Solomon.  Nathan cooperated with others so that this plan was foiled. 

The church is a body with many members. We are to work together for the cause of righteousness.

 

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PSALM 15 – INTEGRITY

 

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

 

Verse 1 basically asks, “Who will dwell with God?”  The answer is found in the rest of the Psalm. It is the man of integrity that dwells with God.

 

THE INTEGRITY OF TRUTH – Vs. 2

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

 

THE INTEGRITY OF TESTIMONY – Vss. 3-4

He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. [4] In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

 

THE INTEGRITY OF TREASURE – Vs. 5

He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

 

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JEREMIAH 1:17-19 – THE SERVANT

Jeremiah the prophet was a servant of God.

In these verses God tells Jeremiah and us how to be good servants.

 

THE RESPONSIBLE SERVANT, Vs. 17

The good servant is responsible to do what God tells him to do.

 

THE RESISTED SERVANT, Vs. 18

The servant of God can count on the opposition of the ungodly.

See John 15:18-25.

 

THE RESILIENT SERVANT, Vs. 19

The servant of God who obeys God will be victorious in his service in spite of opposition. See Romans 8:35-39

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MARK 1:15-39 – SNAPSHOTS

LIFE OF CHRIST #15

We want to show you some snapshots of the Lord Jesus that are written in words instead of taken with a camera.  These are short biographical stories that show us much about the Lord Jesus and His ministry.  We will see:

 

We are watching Jesus at the beginning of his ministry in the region called Galilee, named after the lake by the same name.

 

Verses 14-15 describe Jesus’ ministry which took place after John the Baptist was placed in prison.  Jesus is the King and He was present.  Therefore, the Kingdom of God was at hand.  It was available to those who would repent and believe. The Kingdom of God is available today to all those who will repent, have a change of mind, and turn to Jesus Christ in faith.  

 

JESUS, THE RECRUITER – Vss. 16-20

 

Jesus was looking for men to train.

He was looking for those who would be trained by Him and then train others.  This has always been the pattern. Men and women are recruited and trained to follow Jesus, and then they are to recruit and train others. 2 Timothy 2:2

 

The first 4 of the 12 Apostles were simple men.  They were fisherman.  One might wonder what qualities they would have that would make them good disciples. God used these men to help turn the world “upside down” for Christ.

 

You may think that you have not much to offer Jesus as a disciple.  Your abilities may seem limited to you, but the same Lord Jesus who called simple fishermen like the first apostles is calling simple people like you and I to discipleship today.

This was not the first encounter that these men had with the Lord Jesus.  Andrew and probably John had been disciples of John the Baptist.

 

John the Baptist identified Jesus as the “lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world”. They responded by following Jesus and spent time with Him.  It was Andrew who went running to find Brother Peter and tell him the good news that they had found the Messiah.  It was Andrew who brought Peter to Jesus, and it was probably John who brought his brother James.

 

And now, as much as a year later, Jesus calls these men.

The first thing Jesus said to them was “Come after me.”

 

They had already believed on Jesus.

They were to be followers of Jesus.

 

If you have placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are to be a follower as well!

A true believer has been changed by the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Because the Lord Jesus Christ has done so much for us, we should feel compelled to follow Him.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

 

Following Jesus, that is, being his disciple, is not easy. Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:26-27

 

Jesus told these early recruits Come ye after me, and I will make you…

 

  • Who made Peter a great disciple, boldly preaching to thousands of people?  Jesus did.
  • Who made Andrew a great disciple, always wanting to bring people to Jesus, and if tradition is true, taking the Gospel as far as India?  Jesus did.
  • Who made James strong enough to endure as the first Apostle to be martyred for his faith?  Jesus did.
  • Who made John the “Apostle of love” and gave him strength to live to an old age, and to write the Book of Revelation while he was a prisoner?  Jesus did!

 

And Jesus will make you whatever He wants you to be, if you will let him do it.

Zechariah 4:6 says in part, …Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

And Jesus can make you a fisher of men as He did the first apostles.  Fishers of men are needed today because there are so many without Christ. There are so many dying and going to hell. Sense the urgency of these Scripture verses: Jeremiah 8:20, 2 Corinthians 4:3, Revelation 20:15

 

Notice the response of the disciples. They left what they were doing to follow Jesus.

Jesus is the recruiter.  Are you willing to let Him recruit you?

 

JESUS, THE AUTHORITY – Vss. 21-28

 

Vss. 21-22 – Jesus went into the synagogue in Capernaum and taught on the Sabbath day.

 

The rabbis of Jesus’ day were always quoting other rabbis, and the way they taught was down right boring.  They didn’t teach with authority.

 

Jesus was different.

Jesus taught with authority.

 

When we follow the Lord Jesus as His disciples, we can also speak with authority.  We get our authority from the power of His Holy Spirit and the power of His Word.

 

Vs. 23-26 – A demon possessed-man was present in the synagogue.  Jesus cast the demon out.  Notice that the demon knew who Jesus was and was afraid of Him. That’s because Jesus has authority

Also notice that the demon had no choice.  He had to obey the Lord Jesus.

 

Vs. 27 – The people were amazed at the authority that Jesus displayed.  Even the demons, evil spirits had to obey Him.

 

Has it ever occurred to you that Jesus has authority?

He doesn’t just have authority to tell you where you should go and what you should do.

But He has authority to give you victory over any bad habit that has you in bondage in your life.

John 8:31-32, 36

 

Jesus has the authority to set you free, but He wants you and I to recognize that authority, and to surrender our own authority or rights to Him! Romans 6:10-14

 

Yield yourself to the authority of the Lord Jesus in your life.  Ask Him to take authority over the habitual sin in your life.

 

JESUS, THE HEALER – Vss. 29-34

 

Vss. 29-31 – Jesus went to Simon Peter’s house for dinner.

Peter’s mother in-law had a fever.  She was in no mood for company!  Jesus healed her.

 

Now if you’ve been sick with fever for a few days, how do you feel when the fever leaves you? You feel wore out. It takes a few more days to get your strength back.

 

Peter’s mother in-law was completely healed.  She felt so well that she got up and served the meal! Such is Jesus’ healing power.

 

Vss. 32-34 – The Jewish Sabbath begins on Friday night and ends after the sun goes down on Saturday. People were freer to move around after the sun went down on this Sabbath and they gathered at Peter’s door.  They came to Jesus for healing!

 

Does Jesus heal today?

Yes, He heals the sick according to His perfect will. James 5:15

 

The most important healing Jesus does today is the healing of the soul. Ephesians 2:1-5

 

And those who are saved and have been healed for salvation still need his healing touch.

 

  • We need the healing of his forgiveness. 1 John 1:9
  • We need the healing of His comfort. John 14:27
  • We need the healing of His guidance. James 1:5
  • We need the healing of His strength. Philippians 4:13 

 

Christian, where do you hurt?

Isn’t it about time that you let Him heal you of the sorrows that are in your life?   

 

JESUS, THE SERVANT – Vss. 35-39

 

Vs. 35 – Jesus had a phenomenally busy day.

              But the next morning he was up early to pray.

 

Jesus was up early to pray because He was God’s servant.

As God’s servant, he needed fellowship with His Heavenly Father.

As God’s servant, he needed instruction from God. He got that as He prayed.

 

Vss. 36-37 - When Simon Peter and the others came to find Jesus because all the people were looking for Him, Jesus announced that it was time to move on.

 

Vs. 38 - Jesus knew why He had come. Jesus knew what He needed to do. Jesus had just spent time with God in prayer.

 

There is a lesson here.  Jesus was God’s servant, so He prayed.

The more we are called upon to serve God, the more we need to pray.

 

Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.”

A lot of times we get frustrated when we try to serve God.

It is often because we have failed to pray.

 

There is a prophecy about Jesus’ prayer life found in Isaiah 50:4.

If Jesus, God’s servant needed to hear from God every morning, how much more do you and I need to?

   

JESUS, THE RECRUITER – Vss. 16-20

Have you let Him recruit you?

JESUS, THE AUTHORITY – Vss. 21-28

Are you letting Him have authority in your life?

JESUS, THE HEALER – Vss. 29-34

  Are you letting Him heal you?

JESUS, THE SERVANT – Vss. 35-29

  Are you letting Him be your role model for prayer?

 

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MARK 9:14-27 – THE GREAT PHYSICIAN

 

I suggest you introduce this message by talking about good and bad doctors, their accomplishments and their limitations.  We have a great physician to call upon, The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

READ THE TEXT

 

JESUS IS A SPECIALIST - Vss. 14-19

A specialist is an expert in a particular field of medicine. Jesus is an expert and a specialist in every field of medicine and sphere of life.

 

JESUS IS DIAGNOSTICIAN - Vss. 20-22

He asked questions here to see what the problem was.  Jesus is able to correctly diagnose every difficulty.

 

JESUS IS A CARDIOLOGIST - Vss. 23-24

Jesus even took care of the "heart problem" that the father had.  He needed to believe!  Jesus knows our hearts. He's the only one that can give us a new heart through salvation. Ezekiel 36:26-27

 

JESUS IS AN INTERNIST - Vss. 25-27

He was able to remove the demon that was on the inside of this boy.  Jesus can always take care of our inner problems.

 

JESUS IS A GENERAL PRACTITIONER - Matthew 11:28

No matter what the problem, Jesus can take care of the need.

 

AND, BEST OF ALL, JESUS MAKES HOUSE CALLS! Hebrews 13:5

Few doctors make calls in a person's home anymore. However Jesus comes to where we live to meet our needs.

 

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1 CORINTHIANS 1:2-3 – THE LOCAL CHURCH

 

1 Corinthians 1:2-3 - Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: [3] Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The church in Corinth was a local church.

 

THE LOCAL CHURCH:

 

  1. Is in a location that is specific - Unto the church of God which is at Corinth…

 

  1. Is made up of people that are sanctified - …to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus…

 

  1. Is made up of people that are saints - … called to be saints…

 

  1. Has Jesus as Sovereign - …with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord…

 

  1. Has God who supplies - Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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MATTHEW 7:1-12 – DEVELOPING SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT

COMMUNICATIONS CLINIC #3 – JESUS TEACHES ON PRAYER

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

 

  • What is discernment?
  • What is Spiritual discernment?
  • Why is Spiritual discernment important?
  • Why do so many Christians lack Spiritual discernment?
  • How has prayer ever given you Spiritual discernment?

 

Matthew 7:7-11 are verses about prayer that are often taught without considering their context.  In a day and age when Spiritual discernment is so desperately needed, we need to consider these verses within their context. If we want to be Spiritual “giants” we need the discernment that is referred to in Matthew 7:1-12, and turn our prayers towards gaining that discernment.

 

SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENTS – Vss. 1-6

 

1. KNOW WHEN NOT TO JUDGE – Vss. 1-5

 

  • The Scripture is clear that there are times to judge. Jesus did it and even commanded it in Verse 6.
  • According to Matthew 18:15-19, what procedure should we use to judge sin?
  • According to 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, what problem did the Corinthians lack concerning discernment?
  • According to Galatians 6:1-2, how should the spiritual brother use discernment in helping a brother who is sinning?
  • Vss. 1-2 - What type of judging is Jesus criticizing here?
  • Why do we often hold others to a higher standard than we do ourselves?
  • Notice the danger that we face when we judge others. What is it?
  • Vs. 3 – A beam is like a ‘2x4’. Why is it so much easier for us to see the speck in our brother’s eye and miss the beam in our own eye?
  • Vs. 4 - What problems do we encounter when we try Spiritual surgery on our brother with the beam in our own eye?
  • Vs. 5 – How can we perform surgery on the beam in our own eye? 
  • What happens when we remove the beam from our own eye first?

 

2. KNOW WHEN TO KEEP SILENT – Vs. 6

  • When people mock spiritual things and are antagonistic to Christianity, we should know when to be silent, not giving that which is holy to dogs or casting our pearls before pigs.
  • Why does Jesus demand such silence?
  • Does this mean there is a time not to witness?

 

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE – Vss. 7-11

 

  • How do these verses fit with verses 1-6?
  • Vs. 7 - In context, what should we be asking, seeking, and knocking for?
  • How will such prayers change us?
  • The meaning is to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking.  Why must we be so persistent?
  • Vs. 8 - We are promised answers to these persistent prayers. Basically we can say we lack Spiritual discernment because we lack persistent prayer.
  • In what ways are prayers for Spiritual discernment as important or more important than other prayers that we pray?  Mark 8:36
  • Vss. 9-11 – How are these verses a real encouragement for us to pray?
  • Luke 11:13 - If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
  • How does Luke 11:13 give us insight into what the “good things” are in verse 11?

 

SPECTACULAR ATTAINMENT – Vs. 12

  • What is the “Golden Rule”?
  • How does the prayer for Spiritual discernment lead to keeping of the Golden Rule?
  • When we keep the Golden Rule we fulfill the “law and the prophets”.                                Leviticus 19:18 - Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.                          Matthew 22:37-40 - Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
  • Besides not being judgmental, what are some other ways we can keep the Golden Rule?
  • How will discerning prayer help us fulfill the Golden Rule in ways besides not being judgmental?
  • Have you gained any new insights into the importance of prayer?

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