SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 3/30/2020
March 31, 2020, 6:23 PM

SERMON SEEDS

S13 – THE WEEK OF MARCH 30, 202O

FEATURING PALM SUNDAY, PSALM 23, AND 2 MORE ENCOURAGING OUTLINES!

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JACK:

Dear Friends:

In light of our current world conditions, and many of us not able to have church, I am carefully selecting my Sermon Seeds outlines. Those of you who preach and teach will hopefully find something you can build upon. Those of you who read these for your personal edification and encouragement, will hopefully find just what you are looking for! Be sure to open your Bible and read the passages I suggest. Please feel free to forward these outlines to anyone you feel they will help. Remember the it is the Lord Jesus who works in us, and any benefit you receive is only because of Him! If you would like these “seeds” to be delivered to your mailbox weekly, just send me an email (pastorjackpeters@gmail.com) from the address you want to receive them and put the word subscribe in the subject line.

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Your Brother in Christ,

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PSALM 23 – BECAUSE THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

This message was recorded in an almost empty church sanctuary and placed on our church website. Because of Corona Virus we did not have church. The link for this sermon is at the end of these notes.

I AM SAVED - Vs. 1

  • The LORD is my shepherd;

I AM SUPPLIED - Vss. 1-3

  • I shall not want.

 

  • He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
  • he leadeth me beside the still waters.
  • He restoreth my soul:
  • he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

I AM SAFE - Vss. 4-5a

  • Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
  • for thou art with me;
  • thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
  • Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

I AM SATISFIED - Vs. 5b-6

  • thou anointest my head with oil;
  • my cup runneth over.
  • Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
  • and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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MATTHEW 21:1-9 – I LOVE A PARADE

We return to our study of the life of our Lord Jesus Christ for a joyous parade.  He arrived in Bethany for His last visit to Jerusalem.  On an evening before what we call “Palm Sunday” Jesus was at a dinner where Mary of Bethany anointed Him with expensive perfume.  When Judas and other disciples showed displeasure, Jesus defended her and explained that she had done it for his burial.

The parade the next day involved a king and His followers, and is probably the most important parade in all of history.

The King of course is the Lord Jesus Himself. The parade occurred coming into the city of Jerusalem the very week that He was crucified. The day of the parade is called “Palm Sunday” because of the use of palms in the procession.

On Palm Sunday Jesus by his actions is saying to Jerusalem and the Jewish people, “I am your king, chose if you will have me!”  Jesus knew that although there was a great reception for Him on Palm Sunday, that He would be rejected and crucified.

THE PLAN – Vss. 1-3

Vs. 1 – Bethphage and Bethany were cities not far from each other or from Jerusalem.

Here we see our Lord putting into action a plan for the parade into Jerusalem.

This was the time to go “public”.

Israel would have the opportunity to accept or reject Jesus Christ. Of course although there were great crowds, except for the disciples, the reception was not one of true acceptance.  The leadership especially wanted nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

Vss. 2-3 – The plan was indeed quite simple for the two men who were sent.

They were to find an ass or a donkey and her colt. They were to loose them, and bring them to the Lord. If anyone was to question what was being done, they were to answer, “The Lord hath need of them.”  That would dispel the problem.

The most arresting thought that I face when I contemplate these verses is the phrase, “The Lord hath need of them.”

The Lord of the universe, the very son of God found a lowly jackass and her colt to be useful in his plan.

If the Lord can find a use for a jackass and her colt, how much more can the Lord find use for you and I?

Although we are not worthy, the Lord who died for us, the Lord who gives us eternal life when we believe on Him finds us to be useful in His plan.

Matthew 28:19-20 - We are to go to the world, preach the Gospel and teach.

John 13:34-35 - We are to demonstrate love.

Titus 3:8 - We are to do good works.

1 Peter 2:9-10 - God has chosen us to be the priests today that offer sacrifices of praise and intercessory prayer for others.    

Be ready to be used, because like these disciples, the Lord has need of you. YOU ARE PART OF HIS PLAN!

THE PROPHECY – Vss. 4-5

The Lord had the utmost respect for the Word of God.  After all, He was and is God.

The reason there was a parade was because God’s Word said that there would be.

Verses 4-5 tell us that this event is fulfillment of the words of the Old Testament prophet, Zechariah.

Zechariah 9:9 - Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

He is just, or righteous.  He is sinless.

He has salvation. Jesus will come a second time with deliverance or salvation for Israel.

When He came the first time He also had salvation.

He died on the cross to save us from our sins.

He rode on a donkey or an ass. The horse was an animal which symbolized war. The donkey was an animal that symbolized peace. In early times in Israel, the donkey was a symbolic of kingship.

Jesus fulfilled this prophecy, thus saying to Israel, and to us:

“Here is your king. Receive Him!”

 “Here is your salvation. Accept it!”

He has fulfilled the prophecies.

He has purchased your salvation.

Receive Him as your Savior!

Acknowledge Him as the King of your life. Romans 10:9-10  

We as Christians are quick to see Jesus as Savior, but not as quick to see Him as Lord or king.

If Jesus is Savior, He is also Lord!

He was presented as king and king he must be in our lives.

Zechariah said that the King would arrive.

The King did arrive in Jerusalem that day!

Let Him be king in your life.

THE PARTICIPATION – Vss. 6-11   

Jesus would be welcomed into Jerusalem.

Each day you can welcome Jesus as a vital part of your life.

The ingredients of participation now are the same as they were back then.

Vs. 6 – The first step was OBEDIENCE.

The two disciples did as they were told.

They did not argue.

They did not gripe.

They did not complain.

You and I serve a loving king.

When we are called upon to obey, it is not because the king is a tyrant.

It is because the king knows best.

Let us be obedient as these disciples. John 13:13

John 13:13 - Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

Vss. 7-8 – The next step in participation was GIVING.    

The disciples used their clothes for Him to sit on. They provided the saddle.

Then others put their clothes along the way.

Still others placed palms, as if to say, “Welcome!”

But it was all giving.

To make our King feel welcome we should be willing to give:

Give of our time

Give of our services

Give of our resources

Give of our money 2 Corinthians 9:7

2 Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

The disciples not only participated with obedience and giving, but also with their PRAISE for their king.

Vss. 9-11 – The disciples began it, and the multitudes picked up the chant. But it was definitely praise.

In a king’s court

In a king’s country

The king is welcomed with pomp and with praise.

Here is the praise of the multitude shouting, “Save now! (Hosanna) which He did!

“Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord! (which He did)

“Hosanna in the highest!”

Although our Lord arranged for the ride, our Lord did not arrange for the outpouring of praise. God made sure that happened!

 

In fact in Luke 19:39-40 it says, And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. [40] And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

The King was worthy of the praise that He received!

He is especially worthy if you consider His Heavenly glory. Isaiah 6:1-5

Let me ask you a question.

If Jesus is your king, how much praise do you give Him? Hebrews 13:15, Psalm 107:1-2, Psalm 98:1

So there was a parade into Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday.

There were many people present.

THE PLAN

THE PROPHECY – The king has come!

THE PARTICIPANTS

  • They obeyed
  • They gave
  • They praised

Is Jesus your King?

Are you acting like He is your king?

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MARK 11:1-9 – THE PALM SUNDAY FAITHFUL!

COMMISSIONED DISCIPLES – Vss. 1-3 – Have you been commissioned?

COMPLIANT DISCIPLES – Vss. 4-6 – Are you compliant?

COMMITTED DISCIPLES – Vss. 7-9 – Are you committed?

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LUKE 19:28-44 – HERE COMES THE LORD

THE LORD'S DIRECTIONS - Vss. 30-31

THE LORD'S DESIRE - Vss. 32-34

He had a need.

THE LORD'S DESIGNATION - Vss. 35-38

He's the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

THE LORD'S DECLARATION - Vss. 39-40

The rocks would cry out if His disciples didn't.

THE LORD'S DISTRESS - Vss. 41-44

He grieved Jerusalem’s unbelief and future judgment.

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John 12:23-33 – LOOKING TO CALVARY

 

Time was short. Jesus knew why He was in Jerusalem. He was there to die for

our sins. Here is an explanation of what would happen at Calvary.

 

THE CROSS Vss. 23-24

Jesus would be glorified through His death.

 

THE COST Vss. 25-26

True disciples would follow Jesus' example and lose their lives for His

sake.

 

THE CONVERSATION Vss. 27-28

Jesus asks the Father to glorify His name.

The Father answers, assuring that He had and would again.

 

THE CONCLUSION Vss. 29-33

The conclusion of the matter was that if Jesus was "lifted up" on the cross,

He would draw all men to Himself.

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2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-4 – SEVEN SOURCES OF COMFORT

A small child dies suddenly in the middle of the night. There is no warning, no advanced notice.

A FAMILY NEEDS COMFORT!

A man loses his sight and now has to adjust to blindness and greater dependence on others.

A MAN NEEDS COMFORT!

A woman who once could do anything and everything is restricted to a wheel chair and can do nothing.  A WOMAN NEEDS COMFORT!

A little boy or girl is suddenly faced with the reality that mommy and daddy are getting divorced. A CHILD NEEDS COMFORT!

A dad who has a wife and 4 children is faced with being laid off. There are six mouths to feed and almost no income. A FATHER NEEDS COMFORT!

A faithful wife discovers that her husband has been unfaithful and is now suing her with divorce. A WIFE NEEDS COMFORT!

A NEW PANDEMIC IMPACTS THE WAY WE LIVE – WE ALL NEED COMFORT!

On and on I could go, describing situations that bring sorrow into the lives of people every day.  These situations burden, trouble, and disturb people, and rightly so. When there are sorrows, needs, and difficulties, it is only natural to ask, "Where do we turn for comfort?"

 

For the born again Christian there are at least seven sources of comfort. Perhaps you need them yourself right now, but if not, you can learn where to direct others when they need comfort.

 

1. THE FATHER - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

He's "the God of all comfort". See 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7 and Isaiah 26:3-4

2. THE SON - 1 John 2:1-2, Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:27

3. THE HOLY SPIRIT - John 16:7-15

4. THE WORD OF GOD - Romans 15:4, John 16:33

5. THE PREACHING OF GOD'S WORD - 2 Timothy 4:2

"Exhortation" is encouragement. When a preacher exhorts, he often speaks words of comfort.

6. THE BRETHREN - John 13:34-35, Romans 12:15, Galatians 6:2

7. THE FUTURE - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Titus 2:13

 

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SELECTED SCRIPTURES – HOPE!

HOPE IN THE LORD

Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation
Psalm 146:5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,

HOPE IN HIS MERCY

Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,

HOPE THAT’S CONTINUOUS

Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.

HOPE IN HIS WORD

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

HOPE OF THE RIGHTEOUS

Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

HOPE FOR OUR CHILDREN

Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.

HOPE OF SALVATION

1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

HOPE IN THE GLORY OF GOD

Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

HOPE THAT ABOUNDS

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

HOPE THAT ABIDES

1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

HOPE OF HIS CALLING

Ephesians 1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

HOPE THAT IS BLESSED

Titus 2:13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

HOPE THAT IS LIVING

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

HOPE TO THE END

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

HOPE THAT IS WITHIN

1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

HOPE OF CHRIST-LIKENESS

1 John 3:1-3 - Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. [3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  

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