SERMON SEEDS
March 28, 2019, 7:32 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 3/25/19


SERMON SEEDS

R10 – THE WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2019

 

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LUKE 22:39-62 – THE DARK HOURS

Every country has experienced “Dark Hours”

There have been many Dark Hours in American History, far too many to enumerate. There are three that I remember quite well, that have occurred in my lifetime.

  1. The Assassination of John F. Kennedy – November 22,
  2. Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster – January 28, 1986 – 7 died including teacher Christa McAuliffe
  3. September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) – September 11, 2001

 

We have all had dark hours in own lives.

  1. Death of Parents
  2. Rejection in school and other places.
  3. Inter-personal problems
  4. Tragedies concerning friends and loved ones.

 

For Jesus, on the night of His death, faced several dark hours so they might give us forgiveness and eternal life. He had to face the darkness in order to give us light!

 

DARK HOUR OF STRUGGLE – Luke 22:39-46

2 Corinthians 1:21, Galatians 3:13

 

DARK HOUR OF BETRAYAL – Luke 22:47-48

Matthew 27:1-5

 

DARK HOUR OF ARREST – Luke 22:49-54

Acts 2:22-24

 

DARK HOUR OF DENIAL – Luke 22:55-62

Mark 14:71, Luke 24:34, Matthew 5:3-4, 2 Corinthians 7:10,

 

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NEHEMIAH 3 – AM I A TEAM PLAYER?

NEHEMIAH – GOD’S MAN IN TIME OF CRISES

Lesson #4 of 10 – Complete Lesson

 

Nehemiah 3, at first look, is a boring list of the names of people who were involved in the building of the walls of Jerusalem. It is here, though, that we find some things that the builders had in common.  Some things need to be true of everyone if we are going to work as a team.

CONCERN

 

  • Although it is not stated specifically, there was concern on the part of the individuals involved.  What do you think the citizens of Jerusalem were concerned about that motivated to help build the walls?
  • Several groups came in from other cities to help such as Tekoa, Gibeon, and Mizpah. What concerns might have motivated them to help, even though they didn’t live in Jerusalem?
  • What mutual concerns will help us solve a family or a church crisis?
  • What mutual concerns will all Christians have that are truly committed to Christ?

CONSCIENTIOUSNESS

    • The fact that everyone seemed to get busy is an indication of their conscientiousness. What are some other indications that a person is conscientious?
    • Remember that there were probably thousands of people working on this project.  Only the leaders are mentioned.  One of the key reasons this project worked was because “the people had a mind to work”.  (Nehemiah 4:6)
    • I am reminded that the construction of Christ’s church is to be a group effort involving leaders and individuals (Ephesians 4:11-16).  Let us not short-change others by failing to try and involve them.

COMPLIANCE

    • Why is it necessary to have standards in a church?
    • Why do people not like standards?
    • In the building of the walls, there had to be standards.  What would the wall have looked like if there weren’t standards and everyone did their own thing?
    • Remember, each one of us will answer to the ultimate building inspector!                                      1 Corinthians 3:11-15
    • Because we answer to the Lord, our goal in building should be to be compliant to Him.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

COOPERATION

  • One thing that impresses me and others is the different types of people involved in the work.  What are some of the different occupations found listed here in chapter 3?
  • One group that should be signaled out for their cooperation is the Tekoites. Their leaders didn’t help but they managed to repair two sections of wall. 3:5, 27
  • Another indication of good cooperation is that the ladies were also involved in what was probably considered man’s work (Vs. 12).  What were some of the “behind the scenes” things that the ladies were probably doing?

COORDINATION

 

  • There were 40-41 separate building projects going on over a distance somewhere between a mile and a mile and a half.  Why was coordination necessary?
  • What repeated words in chapter 3 show that the works were coordinating with each other?
  • What part does communication have in coordination?
  • Why is coordination important in mission projects?
  • Why is coordination important in the local church?

COMMENDATION

  • This chapter is actually Nehemiah’s commendation of his leaders.  He couldn’t commend the thousands that worked, but he could single out the leaders.
  • Why do people need to be commended for jobs well done?
  • What happens when people are not commended or thanked?
  • Remember one of the key jobs of assembling together is to “exhort one another” (Hebrews 10:24-25).  I believe that part of encouraging others is commending them.
  • Don’t miss Baruch in verse 20.  He stood above all the rest, and Nehemiah said so!

CONSECRATION

  • Eliashib the high priest and his brethren the priests are mentioned in verse 1.  It is significant that they sanctified their work.  Their work was consecrated to God.
  • Let us make sure that all we do in the area of building, crisis management, or any other area, be consecrated to the Lord.

 

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PSALM 111 – THE WORKS OF GOD

 

INTRODUCTION - Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. -  Vs. 1 

  1. Call to Praise - Praise ye the LORD.
  2. Commitment to Praise - I will praise the LORD with my whole heart,
  3. Corporate Praise - in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

 

HIS WORKS ARE MAMMOTH - The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

- Vs. 2

 

HIS WORKS ARE MAJESTIC - His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. - Vs. 3

 

HIS WORKS ARE MEMORABLE - He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. - Vs. 4

 

HIS WORKS ARE MERCIFUL - He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. – Vss. 5, 9

 

HIS WORKS ARE MIGHTY - He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. - Vs. 6

 

HIS WORKS ARE MEANINGFUL - The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

Vs. 7

 

HIS WORKS ARE MAINTAINED - They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. – Vs. 8

 

CONCLUSION - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. – Vs. 10

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JONAH 2 – RUNNING BACK TO GOD

#2 of 4 – PROPHET ON THE RUN – JONAH  

 

In chapter 1 of this book, Jonah tried to run from God.

After being swallowed by a great fish, Jonah runs back to God.

He repents.

This passage shows us how we should repent, that is, return to God after we have run away from His directions and will for our lives.

Repentance is:

 

RUNNING BACK TO PRAYER Vss. 1-3, 7

Jonah's prayer life had been in trouble (Psalm 66:18) because he ran from God. Now, Jonah cries out in prayer, returning to his God. 

 

RUNNING BACK TO FAITH Vss. 4-6, 9

Jonah reaffirmed his faith in God, and was confident that God would deliver Him. In Vs. 9 he says, "Salvation is of the Lord."

 

RUNNING BACK TO CONFESSION Vs. 8

Although the text does not specifically say so, I believe we can assume that Jonah confessed his sin to God (Psalm 32:5, 1 John 1:9). He acknowledges that those who do wrong have forsaken their own mercy (which is from God.).

 

RUNNING BACK TO PRAISE Vs. 9

"But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving;"

 

RUNNING BACK TO COMMITMENT Vs. 9

"I will pay that I have vowed."

We don't know what the vow was, but we do know that Jonah was now committed to obeying God, and going to Ninevah to preach.

 

The end result - God set Jonah free from his prison. Vs. 10

 

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John 9:1-11 – MY LIFE

 

This story about Jesus healing the blind man also teaches me some lessons about my life.

 

GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE - Vss. 1-3, 5

God's purpose for this blind man was that God would be revealed in him.

God also wants to reveal His Son through me. John 10:10

 

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR MY LIFE - Vss. 4, 6-7

Jesus said that He was to work the works of God. Hebrews 10:7

That is God's plan for my life as well. I am simply to do God's will. Romans 12:1-2

God's plan for the blind man was to give him his sight. That was unique.

God's plan for me is also unique, just for me.

 

GOD WANTS A PROCLAMATION FROM MY LIFE - Vss. 8-11

Just as this man proclaimed what Christ had done, I am also to proclaim what Christ has done for me. Psalm 107:2

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2 Timothy 2:22-26 – GOD’S SERVANT

 

GOD'S SERVANT IS TO FLEE YOUTHFUL LUSTS - Vs. 22a

 

GOD'S SERVANT IS TO FOLLOW A SPECIFIC PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR - Vs. 22

 

GOD'S SERVANT IS TO FORSAKE FOOLISH ARGUMENTS - Vss. 23-24a

 

GOD'S SERVANT IS TO FOCUS ON HUMBLY REACHING THOSE WHO OPPOSE THEMSELVES - Vss. 24b-26

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2 PETER 1:5-7 – INTIMATELY HIS - KNOWLEDGE

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER CLINIC #4

2 Peter 1:5 - And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

 

  • Why should we know our husband, wife, or other best friend well?
  • How should we go about accomplishing this?

 

Knowledge should come  forth out of virtue (moral excellence).  This knowledge of God should be an intimate knowledge.

KNOW HIS GRACE

 

1 John 5:13 -  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 

2 Corinthians 8:9 - For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

KNOW HIM

Philippians 3:8-10 - Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, [9] And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: [10] That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

 

Ephesians 1:17 - That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

 

Ephesians 4:13 - Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

 

2 Corinthians 10:5 - Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 

2 Peter 1:2  - Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

 

2 Peter 3:18 - But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

KNOW HIS WORD

Psalm 119:125 - I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

 

Proverbs 1:2 - To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

 

John 8:31-32 - Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

KNOW HIS WILL

Romans 15:14 - And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

 

Colossians 1:9 - For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

 

Psalm 143:8 - Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

KNOW HIS HELP

Psalm 9:10 - And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

   

Psalm 20:6 - Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

 

Psalm 46:10 - Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

KNOW HIS HOPE

Psalm 39:4 - Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

 

2 Timothy 1:12 - For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

 

2 Corinthians 5:1 - For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

KNOW HIS POWER

Psalm 83:18 - That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

 

Psalm 100:3 - Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

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