SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 4/13/2020
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SERMON SEEDS

S15 – THE WEEK OF APRIL 13, 202O

 

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.

Thanks so much,

Your Brother in Christ,

Jack

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1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11, 51-58 – EASTER MEANS HOPE

BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC THIS MESSAGE WAS RECORDED FOR EASTER

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The Corona Virus and reactions to the Corona Virus have produced:

  • Thousands of sick and dying people
  • Overworked and vulnerable health care workers
  • Hospitals overloaded not open to visitors
  • Social Distancing – a new term to me
  • Closed Schools
  • Cancelled/Postponed Sports Events
  • Cancelled/Postponed Social Events
  • A Devastated Economy
  • Facemasks
  • Cancelled Church Services
  • Depression, Suicides, increased heroin Overdoses
  • Unrest
  • A general feeling of helplessness and hopelessness

So here I am, preaching to two people and a bunch of empty pews. Easter dinner will not be eaten with family. We’re attending church by watching an Easter Service on T.V. There was no Easter Breakfast. Sunday School will be a few of us connecting on Zoom.

Do you think conditions were any better the first Easter?

  • The Son of God was murdered by His own people after being falsely accused, falsely condemned, unmercifully beaten and mocked
  • One of His disciples betrayed Him, the others forsook Him and the lead disciple denied him three times!
  • The disciples were in hiding, disillusioned with their hopes dashed.
  • The forces of evil seemingly won the victory.

Then Easter came, and with Easter came hope as Jesus rose from the dead, having defeated sin and death. The first Easter meant hope for the disciples that motivated them to evangelize the world and suffer persecution themselves. This Easter means hope for us as we understand and believe the message of hope that it carries.

Our Scripture this morning is the first 11 verses and the last 7 verses of 1 Corinthians 15. Let’s see that Easter means hope by spelling the Word hope.

H – HISTORY’S TWO GREATEST MOMENTS – 1 Corinthians 15:1-10

  • History’s two greatest moments were preceded thousands of years before by history’s saddest moment. Genesis 3:1-6
  • History’s saddest moment produced history’s greatest promise. Genesis 3:15
  • As a result, sin and death have caused all sorts of grief and each one of us is guilty.               Romans 3:10-19, 23
  • Greatest Moment #1 – 1 Corinthians 15:3 – Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. Isaiah 53:3-6, Romans 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • Second Greatest #2 – 1 Corinthians 15:4 – Christ rose from the dead showing the payment for our sins was accepted. Revelation 1:18
  • 1 Corinthians 15:5-10 – Provide a list of eyewitnesses to the resurrection.

0 – OPEN INVITATION – 1 CORINTHIANS 15:11

  • All these witnesses preached the same good news and offered an open opportunity for anyone to believe.
  • Today we proclaim the same Gospel which guarantees forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
  • The apostles preached hope. We preach hope, that no matter what happens in this world we have eternal life. John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:13, Romans 5:1, 17

P – PROMISE OF RESURRECTION – 1 CORINTHIANS 15:51-57

  • 1 Corinthians 15:16-20 – We would be hopeless without the Resurrection! 
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 – This is what we look forward to. Sin and death will not win the day!

E – ENCOURAGEMENT TO ENDURE – 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58

  • We are to remain steadfast and unmoveable through the work of the Holy Spirit.                   Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20, John 14:15-18, Galatinans 5:16, 22-23, Ephesians 5:18-21
  • We are to abound in the work of the Lord, no matter what the circumstances.                  Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 5:14-16
  • Our labor is not in vain in the Lord 1 Corinthians 4:5

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LUKE 22:47-62 ETC. – WHAT NOW PETER?

This is a complete Bible Study or Sunday School Lesson.

  • What was the lowest point in the Apostle Peter’s life? Luke 22:54-62
  • Before this event, what character traits best described Peter? Give some examples.                 John 6:66-68 Matthew 14:22-33, Matthew 16:13-20, Luke 22:31-34
  • What was the difference between Peter’s sorrow over sin and Judas’? Luke 22:62             Matthew 27:3-5
  • Peter was totally done! Was there forgiveness for Him? Was there a second chance? Would Peter ever serve the Master again?
  • There are times when we feel defeated like Peter. When that happens, we are asking with Peter, “What Now? Is there any hope?

NOW THERE IS FORGIVENESS

  • Failure because of sin requires forgiveness. God in his love makes it available. Jesus reached out to Peter. Mark 16:6-7
  • In Luke 24:34 we find that before he appeared to the rest of the disciples, the Lord appeared to Peter. Of course, I am speculating a bit, but I feel the appearance of was so Peter could confess his sin and receive the needed forgiveness.
  • Sin separates our fellowship with God (Psalm 66:18), but confession restores it. Isaiah 1:18 Psalm 32:5, 1 John 1:9

NOW THERE IS A FUTURE - John 21

  • Vss. 1-3 - Why did Simon decide to go fishing? Could it be that although he was forgiven, he went back to secular work? Could it be that although he was forgiven, he no longer felt qualified to serve?
  • The first time Peter was commissioned, Peter had fished all-night and caught nothing. He then had a great catch at the Lord's command. He was then told to fear not, for he would catch men (Luke 5:1-11).
  • Vss. 4-7 - The second commissioning of Peter was also preceded by a night of fishing in which nothing was caught. There was also another supernatural catch of fish.
  • Vss. 9-13 - There is an invitation to "Come and dine." It was after this meal that Jesus talks to Peter. Probably Peter had not yet forgiven himself for the events that had transpired.  Note that as Jesus had been publicly denier by Peter around a fire, now Peter publicly affirms his affection for Jesus before the disciples and before a fire.
  • Vss. 15-17 -Peter had denied Jesus three times. Peter now reaffirms his love for Jesus 3 times.
  • After each question Jesus says to Peter "Feed my lambs", or "Feed my sheep."                Peter had a future for the Lord. What does that say to us?

NOW THERE IS FILLING

  • Peter was repentant and forgiven. Peter had a future. But Peter needed help. Jesus had promised the help that Peter needed. It was the help of the Holy Spirit. John 14:16-17,              Acts 1:8
  • The help came at Pentecost. Acts 2:1-4, 1 Corinthians 12:13
  • For us being filled with the Holy Spirit is the key ingredient for service. Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:22

NOW THERE IS FRUITFULNESS

  • In Acts 2-3 Peter preaches two sermons and there are thousands of converts.
  • Peter ended up being a key leader in the early church.
  • This man who once denied his Lord wrote 1&2 Peter.
  • Our lives can also be fruitful for our Lord. John 15:1-11

NOW THERE IS FAITHFULNESS - John 21:18-19

  • One day Peter would show his faithfulness to Christ. He would also be crucified. As we read the story of Peter's ministry after Pentecost we find a man who was faithful to his Lord.
  • What more can we ask for ourselves? 1 Corinthians 4:2, Isaiah 46:4, Psalm 71:17-18

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PSALM 104 – SEEING GOD

GOD’S GLORY – Vss. 1-4

GOD’S GREATNESS – Vss.5-9

GOD’S GIFTS – Vss. 10-18

GOD’S GENIUS – Vss. 19-23

GOD’S GRANDEUR – Vss. 24-32

MAN’S GRATITUDE – Vss. 33-35

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DANIEL 1 – STANDING FIRM

When times were tough, Daniel stood firm. Let’s follow his example.

THE KING’S PLAN FOR INDOCTRINATION – Vss. 1-6

DANIEL’S PURPOSE OF HEART – Vs. 7

DANIEL’S PROPOSAL OF A TEST – Vss. 8-14

GOD’S PROVISION OF HEALTH AND INTELLIGENCE – Vss. 15-17

THE KING’S PLEASURE WITH THE RESULTS – Vss. 18-21

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JOHN 5:1-16 – GRACE

Life of Christ #17

One of the greatest words in the world today is the word “grace”.

And although you and I have heard much about grace, “God’s unmerited favor”, we should not tire of hearing about it!

We have been studying chronologically the Life of Christ together. 

This week we find the Lord Jesus attending a feast in Jerusalem.  We don’t know which feast it was.  It doesn’t matter.  It is here that Jesus healed a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years.  The healing of this man was an act of grace.  In this act of grace, we learn about the grace of God that the Lord Jesus shows to us.

GRACE NEEDED – Vss. 1-5

Vss. 1-2 – There was a gate near the temple in Jerusalem called the “Sheep Gate”.  It is probably where the sheep, which were headed for sacrifice, were brought into the city.

Also near that Gate was a pool, called “Bethesda”.  They have found that pool and have concluded that it was actually two pools next to each other, with two porches covering each pool and another porch covering the space between the two pools.

Vs. 3 – This pool was not a pretty place.  It was here that all sorts of physically hurting people gathered.

These people were all there for the same reason.  They needed help.  They wanted to be healed.  They needed grace.

Vs. 4 – These people were there because it was believed that an angel came down occasionally and troubled the water and that the first person to get in the water would be healed.

Most of the people gathered there wouldn’t have had a chance to be the first to struggle into that pool.

Vs. 5 – One man had been paralyzed for 38 years. He had tremendous need, and by his own admission in verse 7, he had no hope of ever making it into the pool first.

Every person who ever lived, with the exception of the Lord Jesus Himself, is like these cripples, these invalids.

We are or were all spiritual invalids.

We are or were all spiritually blind, spiritually lame and spiritually paralyzed.

The Bible makes this very clear. Jeremiah 17:9, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10-18,

Grace was needed if the poolside people were to be healed.

Grace is needed for us to be cleansed of our sins and forgiven!  If you haven’t experienced the grace, the unmerited favor, of God, you are in bad shape. Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23

If you haven’t already, you need to experience God’s grace.

Christian, even though you have experienced God’s grace, you need to experience more of it. There are still things in your life that don’t belong there.  You need God’s grace to deliver you from these things!   

GRACE OFFERED – Vss. 6-7

Vs. 6 – Jesus comes along and asks a question that may appear to some to be a dumb question. “Do you want to be healed?”

Jesus says to non-Christians today – “Do you want to be healed?”

And, unfortunately, most do not.

  • Some enjoy their life style too much to have Jesus change it.
  • Some enjoy thinking that they are good enough as they are to get to Heaven.
  • Some don’t think anyone can heal them of their sins.
  • Some think they are earning their own way into heaven by being good, moral, and kind.

Jesus can say to people, “Do you want to be healed?” because He has already paid the price of forgiveness.

As the sinless son of God He has already secured forgiveness for those who will accept it. Romans 5:6-9, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

This is grace my friend, Jesus Christ through his unmerited favor is offering forgiveness and eternal life.

And Christian, Jesus says to you and I, “Do you want to be healed of the sinful habits that beset you?”  And many of us do not.

  • Although it’s wrong some of us really like the way we are living.
  • Although it’s wrong we don’t want Jesus to heal us.
  • Although it’s wrong we lack the faith that God can take away the bitterness, the habits, the attitudes that don’t belong in our lives.

And yet, God in his grace offers us healing, Christian. 1 Corinthians 10:13, Romans 8:2-4  

Christian, you were saved by grace.  You can have victory over sinful habits in your life by that same grace.  Jesus asks, “Do you want to be healed?”   

Vs. 7 – The man admitted that his case was hopeless!

             That was good!

The man had come to the end of himself and realized he couldn’t be healed without help. He didn’t deserve to be healed, what Jesus said to him later was an indication that his disease was a result of his sin.

My friend in order to get into Heaven, you need to admit that you can’t do it yourself. You need to admit that you need grace.

GRACE APPLIED – Vss. 8-9

Vss. 8-9 - How did this man receive the grace of healing?

Jesus told him to get up and walk.

The man had no ability in Himself to walk.

Jesus told him to do it, and the man believed the Lord Jesus.

The man, by faith, tried to get up and could!

The man, by faith, tried to pick up his bed and he could!

The man, by faith, tried to walk, and he could!

THAT WAS GRACE!

He believed the Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus did the rest!

The grace of God was applied to His life.

Now how do we get our sins forgiven so we can go to Heaven?

Grace must be applied to our lives!

The price for salvation had already been paid by the Lord Jesus on the cross! - 2 Corinthians 5:21

All we have to do is to apply His grace to our account.

Jesus offers you the gift forgiveness and eternal life. It does you no good, until you accept that gift and apply it to yourself. John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9

Simply trust Christ for forgiveness and eternal life and He will give it to you and give you a new life right now. 1 Corinthians 6:11

And Christian, victory over sinful habits also requires faith.

We must have faith that we’ve been crucified with Christ, and therefore no longer obligated to practice sin. Galatians 2:20,

   We must have faith that Christ will give us victory over sin. Romans 6:14

God in his grace will give you eternal life.

God in His grace will give you victory.   

But we must apply that grace of our lives by faith.

GRACE CAUTIOUS – Vs. 14

Vs. 14 – Later when Jesus met the healed man, Jesus told him to be cautious. Evidently the man had sin in his life, and he was told to go and sin no more, lest something worse would happen to Him.  

If grace has done a work in your life you should be cautious.

We should not want to act the way we used to act before we came to know Christ as Savior.

We should want to please the Lord Jesus because we love Him.

Folks, we should behave better towards the Lord Jesus Christ because He gave His all for us. He showed us grace!

We should serve Him by grace!

Let’s be cautious to serve the Lord Jesus the way He deserves to be served.

GRACE QUESTIONED – Vss. 10-13, 15-16   

Vss. 10-13 – In Israel the man-made rules were very strict.  And according to the man-made rules, the man was breaking the Sabbath.

The man told them that the one who healed him, told him to take up his bed and walk, although he didn’t know who that man was.

Instead of being joyful over the miracle that had been performed, these people were more concerned that the Sabbath, according to their way of thinking had been broken!

Vss. 15-16 – Eventually Jesus found the man in the Temple. When the man knew who it was that had healed him, he told the authorities.

And note that the authorities sought to kill Him!

It didn’t make any sense at all.

Even today there will be those who don’t understand grace.

They will call you a religious fanatic.

They will criticize you for your faith in Christ.

They won’t like it when you start living the way you ought to live. John 15:19, 1 Corinthians 2:14

GRACE NEEDED – Vss. 1-5

GRACE OFFERED – Vss. 6-7

GRACE APPLIED – Vss. 8-9

GRACE CAUTIOUS – Vs. 14

GRACE QUESTIONED – Vss. 10-13, 15-16   

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JOHN 15:4-5 – ABIDING IN CHRIST

(A topical message)

John 15:4-5 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

How do we abide in Christ?  These verses just may help you!

REJOICE 

Hebrews 13:15 - By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

REQUEST

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.

James 1:5 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

RELY 

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. [6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

READ

2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Romans 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

REMEMBER 

Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:16 - I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

REFLECT 

Psalm 119:97-100 - O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. [98] Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. [99] I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. [100] I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

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1 TIMOTHY 4:12-16 – PRAYING FOR PASTOR

INTRODUCTION: WHY PRAY FOR THE PASTOR?

Because of His Call

To Preach and Teach - Ephesians 4:11-12

To Study and Pray - Acts 6:4, 2 Timothy 2:15

To Shepherd - 1 Peter 5:1-4, Hebrews 13:17

To be an Example - 1 Peter 5:3, Hebrews 13:7

Because of His Conflicts

"The World, The Flesh and The Devil"

Satan likes to attack those in Leadership

David - 2 Samuel 12:14

Peter - Luke 22:31

Because of His Congregation

He has obligations to teach both the saved and the unsaved. Matthew 28:19-20

PRAY FOR THE PASTOR'S WALK - Vs. 12

Word

Conversation (conduct)

Charity (love)

Spirit

Faith

Purity

PRAY FOR THE PASTOR'S WORDS - Vs. 13

(His public ministry)

Reading

Exhortation

Doctrine

PRAY FOR THE PASTOR'S WORK - Vss. 14-15

Using His Spiritual Gift - Vs. 14

Thinking It Through (Meditating, giving himself wholly to them) - Vs. 15

Showing the Results - Vs. 15

PRAY FOR THE PASTOR'S WATCH - Vs. 16

Watching Himself

Watching His Teaching

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