SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 3/28/22
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BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

U10 – FOR WEEK OF 3/28/22

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MATTHEW 9:23-27 - STORMY WEATHER

  • Stormy weather! A guy breaks her engagement with her intended bride.
  • Stormy weather! A child is extremely sick and hospitalized at Children’s Hospital.
  • Stormy weather! A car accident occurs killing some and injuring others.
  • Stormy weather! Income is at an all-time low. Expenses are at an all-time high.
  • Stormy weather! Family members are not speaking to each other.
  • Stormy weather! A long time friend is very angry with you and antagonistic against you.
  • Stormy weather!  The job is the pits! It’s terrible!
  • Stormy weather! A loved one or close friend passes away from Covid or some other disease or an accident.
  • Stormy weather! You’re extremely sick!

We all face trials and troubles often.  It is what Cole Porter called “Stormy Weather” in a song that he wrote.  But there’s another song that should reflect the attitude of Christians as they face trials. Mosie Lister wrote:

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place.
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Many times Satan whispered, "There is no need to try,
For there's no end of sorrow, there's no hope by and by"
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I'll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies.

When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.
Till the Storm Passes By, Mosie Lister ©1958

There were a couple of times when the disciples faced storms on the Sea of Galilee.  One such storm occurred as Jesus slept in the back of the boat!

As we look at this story about literal stormy weather, we also learn lessons about the figurative storms that cause trials and troubles in our lives.  Let’s see what lessons we can learn this morning about stormy weather.

STORMY WEATHER IS BEST FACED WHEN JESUS IS IN THE BOAT

Vs. 23 – Think of the boat as our lives. John 14:16-17

You have heard people say, and might have said yourself, “I wouldn’t want to face this problem without the Lord!”

How true!  If God is willing to take up residence in our lives through his Holy Spirit it would be dumb not to avail ourselves of His presence.

Someone might be asking, “How can I know that God has taken up residence in my life so that I can be sure that I have his present help during the storms of life?”

SIN IS THE PROBLEM. Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10-12

CHRIST IS THE PROVISION. Romans 5:6-8

GRACE THROUGH FAITH IS THE PRESCRIPTION Ephesians 2:8-9

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS YOUR PARTNER.

1 Corinthians 12:13

 If you have truly trusted Christ as your Savior, you have God’s presence in your life no matter what the storm may be.  Make sure that you have Christ in your boat!

STORMY WEATHER OFTEN RESULTS FROM OBEDIENCE

Vs. 23 – Luke 8:22, Luke 9:23-24 - Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

Of course, being obedient to God as a Christian and following Jesus’ leadership in our lives is the right thing to do.

Following Jesus after trusting Him for forgiveness does not mean that it will be an easy life.  In fact, we will have storms. 2 Timothy 3:12, James 1:2-4                                                                                                               

Pastoring has always provided me with storms. God has gotten me through each one.

STORMY WEATHER IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

Vs. 24 – I don’t have to tell you how dangerous storms are.

The storms of life which we face are also dangerous.

Physical: Persecution, accidents or illness.

Emotional: Fear, grief, and/or depression

Spiritual Danger, with Satan’s attacks challenging us to give up or to sin.

And this verse alludes to another danger.  We might be concerned because in the midst of the storm God appears to be asleep. 

Alexander MacLaren – “He delays His help, that He may try our faith and quicken our prayers. The boat may be covered with the waves, and He sleeps on, but He will wake before it sinks. He sleeps, but He never over-sleeps, and there are no too lates with Him.” Alexander MacLaren, Expositions of Holy Scripture, Volume VI, (Grand Rapids, Michigan, William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co. 1944), p.413

STORMY WEATHER INVOKES FEAR AND PANIC

Vs. 25 – When storms come, we tend to fear. And sometimes when storms come we will go into a panic. 

The situation seems to be absolutely hopeless!

Humans tend to be fearful.  If we didn’t tend to be fearful, God would not have put so many verses in the Bible telling us not to be afraid. I’ll just give you two samples, but there are many more “do not fear” verses in the Bible.

Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 41:10

· We tend to fear and worry about what might happen but hasn’t happened.

· We tend to fear and worry about the future.

· We tend to fear and worry about the opinions of others.

  • We tend to fear and worry about our children, our parents, our spouses.

Then comes the times our problems are so real to us that they tend to overwhelm us.  We hit the panic mode.

“Black Bart was a professional thief whose very name struck fear as he terrorized the Wells Fargo stage line. From San Francisco to New York, his name became synonymous with the danger of the frontier. Between 1875 and 1883 he robbed 29 different stagecoach crews. Amazingly, Bart did it all without firing a shot. Because a hood hid his face, no victim ever saw his face. He never took a hostage and was never trailed by a sheriff. Instead, Black Bart used fear to paralyze his victims. His sinister presence was enough to overwhelm the toughest stagecoach guard.” Today in the Word, August 8, 1992, http://www.bible.org/illus.asp?topic_id=543

Who or what are the “Black Barts” in your life?

What is intimidating you with fear or panic?   

Yes, many fears are justified.  But there is a proper way to handle fear.

These seasoned fishermen were literally in over their heads and they knew it, coming to Jesus in panic.

STORMY WEATHER REQUIRES PRAYER AND FAITH

Vs. 25 – The disciples awoke the Lord Jesus.

Their anxious prayer was an indication that they had come to the end of themselves, and that they had at least a little faith that Jesus could help. I personally think that they waited too long to ask Jesus for help. 

Philippians 4:6, James 1:5-8

Vs. 26 - Note that Jesus did not rebuke the disciples for waking Him up.  Like I said, I feel that He would have welcomed being woken up sooner.   

Notice our Lord’s calm rebuke in the midst of the storm.

He was not in a panic. He’s totally under control.  He can even take the time to rebuke the disciples before He did anything.  He is master of the situation.

 

Let’s remember when we give our stormy problems to God, that He is not in a panic.  He can solve the problem leisurely if He chooses to.  There is no reason to get in a dither or bent out of shape.

Forest Fire proclaimed “Under Control” Jesus proclaimed the storm “Under Control” before he acts.

STORMY WEATHER REVEALS THE GLORY AND POWER OF GOD

Vs. 26 – Jesus said the word and there was perfect calm.

              It was like there had been no storm.

              There was no rocking of the waves that normally follow a storm.  There was perfect peace.

When Jesus speaks the Word there is perfect peace.

Sometimes the problem totally disappears, but more often than not the place where the greatest miracle has occurred is inside of us.

We are at peace.

God has calmed the ragging in our souls.

Vs. 27 – The disciples were absolutely amazed!  The Lord Jesus had done what they had never seen before.  A human being told the storm to cease and it did.  The winds obeyed Him! The waves obey Him.

They had a new appreciation for the power of Jesus!

They had a new appreciation for the glory of Jesus!

And when Jesus calms our storms, we too, should have a new appreciation for the power and glory of the Lord Jesus.

We should be amazed!

We should be filled with praise and worship.

We should be ready to trust Him when an even bigger storm comes.

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MATTHEW 27:1-31 – PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY

LEAD ME TO CALVARY #3

As we make our way to Calvary, we want to examine some of the key people in Matthew’s account. We are beginning with two characters from the last study whom we did not get to.

CAIAPHAS – Matthew 26:57-75 – PROTAGONIST

  • Accusations – Matthew 26:57-61, Mark 14:55-59
  • Finding reliable false witnesses was impossible. What does this say to you?
  • Confession – Matthew 26:62-64
  • Why was it important that Jesus be required to make this declaration of His identity?
  • Condemnation – Matthew 26:65-68, 27:1-2
  • What evidence was the Sanhedrin ignoring when they accused Jesus of blasphemy?
  • Jesus suffered abuse at the hands of the Sanhedrin and their officers. In what ways can we abuse Jesus?

PETER – Matthew 26:69-75 – DENIAL

  • How can we deny that we know Jesus today? Is there hope for us?

JUDAS – Matthew 27:3-14, Acts 1:15-19, Zechariah 11:12-13 – DEMISE

  • How was Judas’ sorrow for sin different from Peter’s?
  • What practical lessons do we get by examining the behavior of the Priests and Judas?

 JESUS – Matthew 27:11-14, Isaiah 53:7 – SILENCE

  1. What is amazing about Jesus’ behavior?
  2. Why did Jesus take the false accusations without rebuttal?

PILATE – Matthew 27:15-26 – COMPROMISE

  • What warnings or cautions told Pilate that he should not condemn Jesus?
  • Why is it usually unwise to make a decision based on expediency?

THE MOB – Matthew 27:20-25 – REJECTION

  1. Who was responsible for this mob scene and why is that ironic?
  2. What is a “control-freak”? In what ways can we unwittingly become one?

THE SOLDIERS – Matthew 27:27-31 – BULLYING

  • What traits of a classic bully do you see here?
  • How were the actions of these soldiers and the high priests similar?

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2 CHRONICLES 17 - WHAT A TRIBUTE!

Give tribute to someone who is not in the room.

Why are tributes nice to receive but better to give?

From whom should we most want to receive tribute? Why?

1 Corinthians 4:5

Speaking of tributes, I want you to meet a king who received a tribute that was really quite encouraging.  The King's name is Jehoshaphat. It says of him in 2 Chronicles 17:3 - "AND THE LORD WAS WITH JEHOSAPHAT..."

The Lord was with Jehoshaphat to guide, encourage, help, protect and preserve. 

Now I know that the Lord Jesus is never going to leave or forsake any Christian.  He promises that in Hebrews 13:5.

But when I think of the Lord being with Jehoshaphat, or being with me, I think of Him doing everything He can to be on my side.  And the Lord will do everything He can to be on my side, when I do everything I can to be on His side. As I walk in such a way as to please Him, He is free to do all in His power to be with me.

Psalm 66:18, Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

I think that we all want it said of us, "THE LORD WAS WITH HIM."  The good news is that Jehoshaphat gives us some very definite ideas of helping to assure that the Lord will be with us, that is working in our behalf all the time!

HERE ARE SOME TIPS THAT I GOT FROM JEHOSAPHAT IN 2 CHRONICLES 17:

Jehoshaphat took over for his father Asa.  Asa was another Godly king, but he ran into trouble when he tried to do things independently of God.

It appears to most conservative scholars that Jehoshaphat had a co-regency with his father for about 3 years.  This was probably due to the fact that his father was dealing with a very severe case of diseased feet. 1 Chronicles 16

When Jehoshaphat came to power, he sought the Lord immediately.

WALK AFTER A GODLY EXAMPLE Vs. 3

Read Vss. 1-3 - Jehoshaphat walked in the first ways of his father David.

In what ways do you think the life of David was a good example to Jehoshaphat?

We all need good examples.  It is always refreshing when a child follows the example of a Godly parent.

Follow the example of the Godly people of the Bible, and learn to avoid their faults.

Follow the Godly example of your parents, grandparents, and friends who have modeled Godliness to you.

WALK IN GOD'S COMMANDMENTS Vs. 4

Notice there is a contrast here.

Jehosaphat did not walk in the ways of Israel, the Northern Kingdom, which was rebelling against God, and in the depths of sin!

Psalm 119:1-2, Ezra 7:10, John 14:15

SEEK THE LORD Vss. 4a, 6a

You have something in common with President Bidden.

You have something in common Queen Elizabeth.

You have something in common with Franklin Graham

You have something in common with Hilary Clinton.

 What is it? – Same amount of time.

Ephesians 5:15-17 - See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

How can we go about seeking the Lord? Psalm 27:4&8

ACT IN GOD'S BEHALF Vs. 6b

Moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

Jeshosaphat did what God would want him to do.

He acted in behalf of God by taking places of false worship away!

Every thing we do is in behalf of someone.

All to often the things I do are in behalf of myself. I benefit.

Other times I do things in behalf of others.

And other times I do things in behalf of God.

Remember, when I do things in behalf of God, I will actually be of the greatest benefit to myself and others.

The next time you are tempted to do something, ask yourself,

"Who am I trying to benefit, myself, others, or the Lord?”

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.

1 Corinthians 10:32 - Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Take a moment and think!

What can you do this week in God's behalf.

Witness for Him?

Help a fellow Christian?

Remove a bad habit or idol from your life?

Spend more time in prayer?

SHARE GOD'S WORD Vss. 7-9

You know how the government comes up with a "blue ribbon panel" to address some sort of problem.

I think this is what Jehoshaphat did.

He realized that His people were ignorant of the Word of God, so he sent out a team of teachers. The team included priests, levites, and princes.

Jehoshaphat’s purpose was to better educate the people in the Word of God.

Nehemiah 8:8

Have we ever thought that it is our responsibility to share the Word of God with our Judea?  How can we do this?

ENJOY GOD'S BLESSINGS Vss. 10-19

Read and Comment

Jehoshaphat was paid quite a tribute: The Lord as with Jehoshaphat. We will experience the same tribute as we do what Jehoshaphat did.

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ISAIAH 11:1-10 – DON’T WAIT FOR THE MILLENNIUM!

During the Millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ on the Earth, the Lord Jesus shall rule. It will be:

A RESOURCEFUL RULE – Vss. 1-2

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: [2] And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

Jesus will rule in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

A RIGHTEOUS RULE – Vss. 3-5

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: [4] But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. [5] And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

A RESTFUL RULE – Vss. 6-10

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. [7] And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. [8] And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. [9] They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  [10] And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

I should allow Christ to rule in my life now. I should not wait for the Millennium.

CHRIST SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RULE ME WITH A RESOURCEFUL RULE

 (By His Spirit)

Isaiah 11:2 - And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

Ephesians 5:18 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

CHRIST SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RULE ME WITH A RIGHTEOUS RULE

Romans 10:4 - For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Romans 5:17 - For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

CHRIST SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RULE ME WITH A RESTFUL RULE

Isaiah 26:3-4 - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. [4] Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

Matthew 11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Philippians 4:6-7 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. [7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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ACTS 17:10-14 – THOSE NOBLE BEREANS

Acts 17:11 - "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

Today there are many different aids to Bible study. There are all sorts of study Bibles available as well as books and courses that will help one study the Bible. In spite of all the help at our fingertips, many Christians are ignorant of the content and teachings of God's Word!

I want to introduce you to a special group of people who will always be remembered because they were serious about studying God's Word. They are known as the Bereans. According to Acts 17:11, the Bereans were "more noble" than another group of people known as the Thessalonian Jews. The difference was their attitude towards the Scriptures. The Bereans were true students of the Word of God. They loved God's Word.

In this message we want to think about Acts 17:11 and how to love God's Word. But first, we need to get an overview of the travels of Paul and Silas before they arrived in Berea. (Give an overview of Acts 16 and the ministry in Philippi, then talk about Acts 17:1-10 and the ministry in Thessalonica. Stress the rejection of the Word of God by some in these places.)

Vs. 10, 12 - Paul and Silas arrived in Berea and again went right to the synagogue. Again they preached to the Jews. It is here that these Jews are found to be more noble than those of Thessalonica. The result was that many of the Jews believed, as well as many Gentiles.

Vss. 13-14 - Trouble followed, and again Paul needed to leave town.

In verse 11 we learn many good things about approaching God's Word from those "noble Bereans".

They loved God's Word, and we want to use the word "love" as acrostic to help examine the

Bereans' love for the Word of God.

L - LISTENING AND LEARNING

"... they received the word with all readiness of mind..."

Of course, we must realize that the reason the Bereans could listen and learn was because Paul and Silas were doing their jobs. They were teaching the Word of God. Make sure that the men you listen to practice 2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 4:2 and 1 Timothy 4:12-16.

There appears to be a lack of listening going on today. The people in the pews are sitting there, but very often they are not paying attention to what they are being taught. Many people are present in body, but absent in spirit. They are not with it. I would venture to say that the majority of people can not tell you what the preacher said after he said it.

To be a better listener in church, I suggest:

1. Ask God to help you pay attention.

2. Make sure there is nothing wrong between you and the preacher. Get any problems settled, or you won't listen well.

3. If necessary, in your mind repeat the words that the preacher is saying. This will help you concentrate.

4. Take notes.

5. Try to apply what is being said to your own life. Ask, "How does this relate to me."

The Bereans not only listened, but they learned. As you listen attentively you will learn. And if you really love God's Word, you will also read and study God's Word for yourself. This will also help you learn.

O - OPENNESS AND OBEDIENCE

One of the great problems which we have when we witness to unsaved people is that we are dealing with narrow-minded people. One of the problems that preachers have is that often they are dealing with narrow-minded Christians! The Bereans were open to the teachings of the Word of God. The majority of Thessalonians were not.

As Christians we need to be open to the being taught the word of God by the preacher. We must be ready to allow our wrong ideas to be replaced by what the Bible actually says. When your pastor presents a new idea from God's Word be open to seeing if this new idea is correct. If it is correct, replace your old wrong ideas with new Biblical ones.

In verse 12 we are told that many believed. That means that they obeyed the Word of God and were saved. As Christians we must also obey the Word of God and follow the Biblical teaching of those preaching God's Word. We also need to obey God's Word as we study it for ourselves. 1 Samuel 15:22-23

V - VERIFICATION

"...and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

Sometimes preachers preach pure heresy and nobody realizes it.

Do not take what your pastor says blindly, but check your Bible and make sure that what he is teaching is true! If you make sure that the preacher you already trust is teaching you the truth, it will be easier for you to spot a heretic. You will already be used to "searching the Scriptures daily".

If you find a problem with what your pastor is preaching, go to him personally. Maybe you have not understood what he was saying, or maybe the pastor simply made a mistake. AND PREACHER, WHEN YOU'RE WRONG, ADMIT IT!

E - EXAMINE - ENDURE - EXPERIENCE

Examine thoroughly the Word of God.

Endure in studying the Word of God. It is to be a daily process.

Experience much from the Word of God. The Bereans experienced salvation.

As Christians sincerely study God's Word they will experience:

Much joy

Much change

Much growth

Much knowledge

Much peace

Much encouragement

And much more!

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