SERMON SEEDS
March 5, 2019, 7:40 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 3/4/19


SERMON SEEDS

R7 – THE WEEK OF MARCH 4, 2019

 

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LUKE 22:1-23 – WINDING DOWN

According to Merriam Webster the first meaning of the phrase “wind down” is to draw gradually toward an end - the party was winding down”  https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wind%20down

In Sports, there is a term “garbage time”. That’s when the game has already been decided and winding down to the end.  When things were winding down on Monday Night Football, “Dandy” Don Merideth would sing a line from a Willie Nelson song, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

As a pastor and a relative I have watched and tried to help as people would slowly wind down in this life and be promoted to the next. We watched my Mom do that, and a month later a member of our church do the same thing.

As we continue the story of Jesus, things were beginning to wind down for our Master’s time on earth. His winding down included many events over a 24-hour period which began in Luke’s Gospel with the celebration of the Lord’s Table. This morning let’s consider three things.

THE WICKED – Luke 22:1-6

  • Jesus could not be touched by His enemies until it was God’s time.
  • Judas was motivated by money. He was available to Satan – John 12:4-5, Mark 14:1-10

 

THE WORKERS – Luke 22:7-13

  • A Memorial to the Passover was celebrated yearly. Exodus 12:1-14
  • Faithful workers were needed to get things ready.               Luke 16:10

 

THE WONDER – Luke 22:14-24

  1. The Wonder of the Memorial – Luke 22:14-20
  • Bread – body broken – Isaiah 52:14, John 19:31-37
  • Cup – blood shed – New Covenant – ratified in blood. – Exodus 24:8, 19:5-6,                       1 Peter 2:9-10
  1. The Wonder of the Reality – Luke 23:32-49
  2. The Wonder of His Mercy – Luke 22:21-24
  • On Judas – John 7:21-30
  • On the Disciples and Us – 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:16

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IT’S CRISES TIME AGAIN!

NEHEMIAH – GOD’S MAN IN TIME OF CRISES

Lesson #1 of 10 – Complete Lesson

  • Please share some of your personal experiences with some of the different types of crises listed below.  Briefly tell about the crisis, how it was handled, and what you learned.
  1. A Mid-life or Other Type of Humorous Crisis
  2. A Family Crisis
  3. A Personal Crisis
  4. A Church Crisis

 

  • What are some of the various ways people react to crisis?
  • What do we learn about other people and about ourselves in times of crisis?
  • Name some Bible Characters who had crises and how they were solved.

WHY CRISES?

  1. BECAUSE OF SIN
  • When Adam and Eve sinned, it stopped being a perfect world. Genesis 3:16-19
  • Starting with Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel, man caused his own crises.

 

  1. BECAUSE OF SATAN
  • Satan lives in rebellion to God. Isaiah 14:10-14
  • Satan influences man to sin.
  • Satan causes trouble for man. Job 1-2, 1 Peter 5:8

 

  1. BECAUSE OF SCHOOL
  • James 1:2-4 - My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 - And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

  1. BECAUSE OF SUCCESS
  • James 1:12 - Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
  • Revelation 2:10 - Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:10 - But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

CRISIS IS:

  1. A TIME FOR DEPENDENCE
  • Psalm 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
  • Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
  • Nehemiah depended upon God in his times of crisis.

 

  1. A TIME FOR GUIDANCE
  • Exodus 33:14 - And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
  • Psalm 32:8 - I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
  • It is obvious that Nehemiah was guided by God in times of crisis.

 

  1. A TIME FOR EXCELLENCE
    1. Of Work
  • 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.
  • Colossians 3:23 - And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
  • Nehemiah and his associates had an excellent work ethic.
  • What is the significance of an excellent work ethic in a time of crisis?

 

    1. Of Character
  • 1 Peter 1:15-16 - But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; [16] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

  1. A TIME FOR (GOD’S) BENEVOLENCE

 

  • Romans 8:35-39 - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. [37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • The wall around Jerusalem was constructed in 52 days without any mention of loss of life.

 

Crises are with us until we get to Heaven.  Although there are many sorrows related to crises, there can also be many joys and victories.  The more crises we face the stronger in the Lord we are to become.  The Book of Nehemiah is an excellent textbook for helping us through the crises that we will face.

 

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PSALM 145 – THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

 

There was once a show on United States television called "The Magnificent Seven". I never saw the program, but I like the title. I feel that the real magnificent seven appears in this Psalm. Psalm 145 is a Psalm of praise which gives us at least seven magnificent reasons to praise and worship God.

1. GOD'S POSITION - KING, Vss. 1-2

2. GOD'S POWER, Vss. 3-6

3. GOD'S PERSONALITY Vss. 7-9, 17

4. GOD'S PREEMINENCE Vss. 10-13

5. GOD'S PROVISION Vss. 14-16

6. GOD'S PRESENCE Vss. 18-19

7. GOD'S PRESERVATION Vss. 20-21

 

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PROVERBS 3:5-7 – SIMPLE NAVIGATION

 

You and I are on a journey. It’s called life.  Life is full of joys and sorrow. Life is full of ups and downs.  Life is full of challenges.

Because life can get really complicated, we need help navigating through our years here on earth. 

God has promised to give guidance to believers so we will be able to navigate through life. Psalms 32:8, Psalms 73:23-24, Psalms 119:105, John 16:13

In spite of these promises we often find ourselves, not sure what we are to do next.  It would be nice if there was SIMPLE NAVIGATION that would help us each and every day to know that we are on the right track.

There’s Good News.  God has given us that simple Navigational System.

Proverbs 3:5-7 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

The first thing that we need to do is lean.

LEAN

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 

When you trust you are relying on something or someone. It is faith.  You are leaning on that individual or item.

When you trust in the Lord you are putting your faith in Him. You are leaning on Him.

Because we are sinners, and don’t deserve Heaven, we need help getting there.  That’s why Jesus died for our sins. He paid for our sins, because we were not able to pay for them. Romans 5:8

So what must you do to make Christ’s payment for sin applicable for you?  You simply need to trust Him alone for forgiveness and eternal life.  It is a matter of faith. It is a matter of trust. It is a matter of leaning upon Him. John 3:16

Trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior was only the first step of what should be a long series of events in which you trust in the Lord.

When you trust in the Lord you are leaning on Him for guidance.

When you trust in the Lord you are leaning on Him for help.

When you trust in the Lord you are leaning of Him for strength.

And by the way you can’t trust the Lord without trusting in His Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Notice that we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart.

There are times when we say that we are leaning on the Lord, that we are trusting in Him.  Actually we are trusting in ourselves. We are leaning on our own understanding. We are trying to figure things out with our own wisdom and knowledge. The problem is that often we are trying to help God solve our problems when God doesn’t need our help! The trouble is, when we try to help God solve our problems, we are insulting the God of the universe. Isaiah 42:8

God does not want or your need your help in solving your problems.

God wants and needs two things from you.

He wants your implicit whole-hearted trust.

He wants your obedience. He wants you to obey what He tells you to do. Luke 9:23

And another thing, if we are living in fear we are leaning on our own understanding. We are not trusting God. 1 John 4:18

LEARN

Proverbs 3:6 - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Would you like the Lord to guide you in everything you say and do?

Be careful before you can yes.  It might be like sticking your head in a blast furnace!

Don’t say that you want the Lord’s guidance unless you are ready for change. Isaiah 55:8-9

If you really want to keep living the way you are living now.  If you are contented with life the way it is now, don’t seek God’s will!

But

  • If you have a yearning to please God
  • If you want God’s best
  • If you want true happiness
  • If you want to impact your world for Christ
  • If you want to see others come to Christ

 

YOU NEED GOD’S GUIDANCE IN YOUR LIFE

Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

See that God’s will is GOOD, ACCEPTABLE, PERFECT!

WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR?

So how do we go about learn His will?

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

That means in everything I am going to recognize His Lordship!  It begins with Romans 12:1.

That’s the over all commitment. Lord here are my hands, my feet, my heart, my mind, my legs, my arms, my stomach, my mouth, it’s all yours!

When everything is his, then you can start seriously consider acknowledging Him in everything you do.

Basically, you should consult with the Lord before you do anything.  Seek His guidance before you do anything.

  • Check with God about the use of your time.
  • Check with God about the food you eat.
  • Check with God about what you say and how you say it – the use of your tongue.
  • Check with God about the use of the television.
  • Check with God about the places you go.
  • Check with God about your romantic attachments and romantic thoughts!
  • Check with God about who your friends are.
  • Check with God about church attendance. Judging by prayer meeting attendance and evening church attendance, I doubt that many of you do much checking. And remember, the reason there are no children, young people and young adults here on Sunday night, is because you’re not here!

If you seriously want God’s will for your life, then you need to seriously acknowledge Him every step of the way!

LEAVE

Proverbs 3:7 - Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

There are two things we need to leave behind if we are going to have God’s simple navigation at work in our eyes.

First, we need to leave behind our own wisdom. 

I have the world’s wisdom, that which proceeds from a wicked heart.

Let us leave behind the world’s wisdom in favor of God’s wisdom.

James 3:17-18 - But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Second, I am to depart from evil.

If it’s wrong, I’m to leave it behind.

If it’s questionable, I’m to leave it behind.

If it’s sensual, I’m to leave it behind.

If God hates it, I’m to leave it behind. Proverbs 6:16-19

If it’s evil in God’s eyes, I am to leave it behind.

But how will I be able to leave it behind.

That’s where the middle phrase in this verse comes into play. I am to fear God!

What is the fear of God?

It is being afraid enough to turn to Christ as Savior. Luke 12:5.

It is being afraid enough to be concerned about answering to God for the things we have done. Hebrews 4:13, 2 Corinthians 5:10

It is being afraid enough to reverence God as my Heavenly Father, who loves me more than any earthly father ever could.  If He is all powerful, holy, and loving, He is deserving of my respect.                      1 John 3:1

Proverbs 3:5-7 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

SIMPLE NAVIGATION:

LEAN - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

LEARN - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

LEAVE - Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart

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MATTHEW 6:24-25 – PRIORITIES

 

If a husband left on a hunting trip just as wife started labor pains, we'd say the man had his priorities mixed up. If an employee lies to get ahead in the company, and does not tell the truth, we'd say that person has his priorities mixed up. When Christians put their own well being ahead of serving God, Jesus says they have their priorities mixed up.

 

CAUTION Vss. 24-25

1. No Man Can Serve Two Masters Vs. 24

2. Life Is More Important Than Food And Clothes Vs. 25

 

CONSIDERATIONS Vss. 26-30

1. Consider The Fowls Of The Air Vs. 26

2. Consider Your Height (Worry can't change it.) Vs. 27

3. Consider The Lilies Vss. 28-30

 

CONCLUSIONS Vss. 31-34

1. Don't Worry About Tomorrow Vss. 31,32,34

2. Seek God's Kingdom Today Vs. 33

 

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PHILIPPIANS 4:1-8 – THE CHRISTIAN I WANT TO BE

The Christian I wish to become has these qualities:

 

REMAINS FIRM – Vs. 1

RESOLVES PROBLEMS – Vss. 2-3

REJOICES ALWAYS – Vs. 4

RESPONDS GENTLY – Vs. 5

REQUESTS DILIGENTLY – Vs. 6

RESTS CONFIDENTLY – Vs. 7

REFLECTS ACCURATELY – Vs. 8

Please remember to stress that none of these qualities earns forgiveness or eternal life in Heaven. These are qualities of a person who has trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as Personal Savior. John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9

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2 PETER 1:8-11 – WHY BOTHER?

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER CLINIC #1

 

I think that we can all agree that good character is an important part of being a Christian.

Ephesians 3:21- Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

One of the ways we glorify God is when each person who calls this church home is continuing to develop and display Christian Character.

This character is described in 2 Peter 1:5-7.  When I give all diligence to something, I am “making every effort” to do it. The word means to be “zealous and eager”.

As Christians we should be diligent, making every effort, zealous and eager to develop our Christian character.

But there’s a problem. Most Christians today have so many other things that take up their time, and have so many other interests, that they quite frankly wonder if developing Christian Character is a high priority.

You may secretly, or not so secretly, wonder if you want to work diligently at developing the Christian character that Peter describes in these verses. After all, there are so many other things to do that are far more interesting and pleasurable, why bother to be zealous to develop Christian Character? 

“Why bother?”

We are beginning a series that I call the “Christian Character Clinic”. We want to study various qualities of Christian Character as listed here in 2 Peter 1:5-7 and apply them to our lives. We want to diligently work together on our Christian character.

Before we can start to discuss the qualities of Christian character mentioned here, we need to answer the question that I just asked, and you may be wondering about.

WHY BOTHER? Why should you and I exert the effort to develop Christian Character? Although there are additional reasons for developing Christian character found elsewhere in  the Scriptures,  God, through Peter answers this question in 2 Peter 1:8-11.

Let’s put this in the first person. There are five reasons why I should bother to eagerly, zealously, develop my Christian character:

  1. I WANT TO BE PRODUCTIVE – Vs. 8

Vs. 8- Peter gives us a condition here. He says “If”.

If these qualities are in your life, that is, they are character traits.  Not only do they need to be in you but they need to abound, that is, increasing.

What things?

  • Faith that has saved you
  • Faith that trusts
  • Faith that prays believing prayers
  • Virtue – Moral Excellence – Not only outwardly moral but inwardly moral where only you and God can see
  • Knowledge – You are getting to know God and His Word better
  • Self-control – You are under God’s control so that you know when not to do what when you feel like doing, and you know when to do what you don’t feel like doing.
  • Endurance – You are patient with people who naturally make you impatient.  You are patient through hard circumstances that are beyond your control.
  • Godliness – You are becoming more like Jesus every day!
  • Brotherly Kindness or Brotherly love. You know how to treat others properly and you do so!
  • Love – This of course, would be agape love, the highest form of love for God and Man. This is self-sacrificing, always giving love.

So Peter says, “IF these things are in you and increasing, you will not be “barren or unfruitful”.

The word barren means “ineffective” or idle. A Christian who is not developing his or her Christian character is ineffective or idle.

But there’s another word that can be used here. The word is “useless”.

Think of how tragic it would be if your Lord and Savior were to say to you, “You’re useless!”

But if you continue to develop your Christian character, you will never be useless, nor will you be unfruitful.

You will always be fruitful when you develop Christian Character because you will be producing the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23

So if you do the things mentioned in verses 5-7 you will be productive in the knowledge of your Lord and Savior.

 

  1. I WANT TO BE INSIGHTFUL – Vs. 9a

The person who fails to develop these Christian character traits is “blind and cannot see afar off”. He is short-sighted.

He is extremely near-sighted.

The person who is near-sighted is seeing and living for what is near!

He wants gratification now!

He wants pleasure now!

He wants riches now!

He wants his own way now!

He only sees what is in front of his face!

But the person who is developing the Christian character traits is insightful. He sees the big picture!  He sees the prize at the end of the race. He follows the example of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

A “cast away” is an “also ran”.  He has been disqualified! Paul kept his body under control so he could develop the Christian character traits. He kept his body under control so that he would not be disqualified from receiving his rewards from the Lord Jesus.

We’ll share more about this in a few minutes.

So let me ask you. Are you near sighted or do you have insight?

  1. I WANT TO BE GRATEFUL – Vs. 9b

The Christian who is not developing these Christian character traits is not only near-sighted, but forgetful!

He has forgotten that his sins have been cleansed or purged by the blood of Christ. He has forgotten the high price that was paid that he might have forgiveness and eternal life.

He has forgotten the truths of Romans 5:6-9.

The Christian who continues to live in sinful habits is forgetful. The person who is forgetful does not remember all that Christ has done for him and lacks gratitude. He is an ingrate.

 If you remember all that Christ suffered for you, you will want to live a Godly life for Him because you are grateful.

1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us.

John 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

  1. I WANT TO BE ASSURED – Vs. 10

Vs. 10 – We are told again to give diligence to perfecting the character traits mentioned in verses 5-7.

If we do these things, we are told, we make our calling and election sure.

Does Peter mean by these words that I have to earn my salvation? Do I have to develop these traits in order to be saved?

No! That’s not what it means. The Scripture is very clear that salvation is by grace, God’s unmerited favor.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Okay, salvation is by grace, God’s unmerited favor.  But then is Peter saying in this verse that I must do these things in order to stay saved?  If I don’t do these things will I lose my salvation?

Again the answer is “No!”

If a person truly knows Jesus as Savior, he or she cannot lose their salvation. John 10:27-31

If you are truly born again, you have been called through the Holy Spirit and chosen in Christ. Such calling and choosing is secure! God doesn’t change his mind. Ephesians 1:4

Yes, you had to make a decision to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior.  God’s election does not negate your responsibility. You need to choose Christ! John 3:16

Both God’s choosing us and us choosing Christ appear in the Scriptures.  Our human minds cannot understand how they work together. We just believe that God knows what he is doing.

So if making my calling and election sure does not mean that I have to earn my salvation.

And if it doesn’t mean that I have to develop character in order to not lose my salvation. What does it mean?

The idea here is that as I develop Christian Character, I become more and more assured within myself of my own calling and election. That is I become more convinced that I am a child of God. I am more confident.

I feel more secure and more like part of God’s family.

Also as I develop these character traits I am told that I will never stumble.

 

  1. I WANT TO BE TRIUMPHANT – Vs. 11

Vs. 11 – If you are a Christian, you will one day enter Christ’s Kingdom. 

Do you want to enter triumphantly, or do you want to feel like you are sneaking in the back door?

That may seem like a silly question.  But let’s face it, if our Christian lives on earth have not been what they should have been, then our rewards in Heaven will not be what they could be.

Turn please to 1 Corinthians 3:11-1

Vs. 11 – There is only one foundation to be laid for eternal life, and that’s the Lord Jesus Christ.

Vs. 12 – In a sense, each of us is building on the foundation of Christ a life that is either made up of wood, hay and stubble, or gold, silver or precious stones.

The gold, silver, and precious stones we build with would include the faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity.

The wood, hay and stubble would include the qualities that are the opposite of these qualities. Some of these opposites include unbelief, moral impurity, lack of knowledge, lack of self control and patience, ungodliness, mistreatment of others, and hatred.

Vs. 13 – At the Judgment Seat of Christ all our works as Christians will be revealed. Our works will be tried by fire, and that which is not gold silver and precious stones will be burned.

Vs. 14 – The one whose works remain will be rewarded.

Vs. 15 – The one whose works are all burned will suffer loss and will be saved as through fire.

You cannot lose your salvation, but you can lose your reward, and try to explain to the Lord Jesus why you did not live the kind of life He wanted you to live.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have an entrance ministered unto me abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I WANT TO BE TRIUMPHANT

So, why should I bother to develop Christian Character as outlined in 1 Peter 1:5-7.

I WANT TO BE PRODUCTIVE

I WANT TO BE INSIGHTFUL

I WANT TO BE GRATEFUL                                                                

I WANT TO BE ASSURED                                                    

I WANT TO BE TRIUMPHANT

 

Over the next several weeks we will be having a Christian Character Clinic.

We will discuss each characteristic of a Godly Christian as mentioned in 2 Peter 1:5-7. We will show you how to develop them.

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