SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 4/18/22
April 22, 2022, 6:14 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

U13 – FOR WEEK OF 4/18/22

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John 20:15 – DON’T WEEP!

There are two major Christian Holidays that shine above all others. These holidays, of course, are supposed to be joyous occasions celebrating Jesus’ birth and His resurrection from the dead.

The problem with having joy at Christmas and Easter is that we live in a real world.  There are times when we feel much like Mary Magdalene in John 20.  Her Lord and Master had been terribly mistreated and murdered.  Now, she has come to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, and the body is missing.  She did not realize that Jesus had risen, so out of sorrow and frustration, she stood outside the tomb weeping according to verse 11.

I am not deceived. Not everyone who comes to an Easter Service is ecstatic with joy.  In fact, some of you probably feel like weeping.  Some of you may not feel like weeping, but your joy is hampered by events that have happened to you and your friends. Life is filled with sorrow.

There is the sorrow caused by hurt feelings.

There is the sorrow caused from being mistreated.

There is the sorrow caused by seeing others hurt and mistreated.

There is the sorrow caused by family difficulties.

There is the sorrow caused by strained relationships and lack of money and/or jobs.

There is the sorrow caused by sickness and death.

These sorrows create a barrier that makes it difficult for us to be joyful at Easter.

 

As Mary stood there weeping, she was asked by angels why she was weeping. John 20:11-13

Mary’s answer to their inquiry was the reason at the moment that she was weeping.  However, it was probably the culmination of sorrows over the previous days that also added to the weeping.

May I ask you a question, one to be answered silently?

Why are you weeping this morning?  You may not be literally weeping, but what is making you sad on this joyous holiday?

 

John 20:14-15 – Jesus appears to Mary, although Mary at first does not realize it’s Him.  And Jesus asked her “Woman, why are you weeping?”  Notice that Jesus cares when he asks that question.  However, I believe that he is also telling Mary that there is no longer a need to weep.

My friend, Jesus cares about what is causing you sorrow and He wants you to tell him when you have sorrows.  He cares enough to listen. Hebrews 4:15-16

John 20:16 – It is interesting that Jesus turned her weeping into joy with just one word. He spoke her name.

Jesus basically communicated to Mary that she should not weep because Jesus, her master, was very much alive.

The Lord Jesus turned her sorrow into joy.

And this Easter morning, the Lord Jesus wants your sorrow to be turned to joy.  It does not mean that your problems will go away.  But it does mean that we can rejoice in spite of our circumstances.   

So this morning, I say to you, if you are a born-again Christian, who has trusted Christ as your Savior don’t weep!

 

DON’T WEEP! HE IS RISEN!

The announcements that the angles gave the women who came to the tomb, was that Jesus has risen.

The message Jesus gave the two disciples on the way to Emmaus was that He has risen!

The message to the apostles and to Thomas was that He has risen!

And Jesus appearing to Mary was declaring that He had risen!

And the message that God gives to us on this Easter Morn is that Christ is risen!                                                                          1 Corinthians 15:20 - But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

Death can not keep his prey - Jesus my Savior!

He tore the bars away - Jesus my Lord!   

Up from the grave He arose,

With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;

He arose a Victor from the dark domain,

And He lives forever with His saints to reign:

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Christ Arose, Robert Lowry

Why is the resurrection a source of joy!

  • The resurrection proves that God has accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin.
  • The resurrection promises life after death.

John 11:25-26

  • The resurrection shows us that Jesus is alive so he can indeed intercede in our behalf. Romans 8:34

So for those of us who want to weep on this resurrection day, we have the hope of the resurrection.  The hope that says Christ is alive and intercedes for me.  The hope that says because Christ is risen, I will rise also.                                                                                                                     John 14:19 - Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

DON’T WEEP! WE ARE REDEEMED!

When you were born, you were born into captivity.

You were born into the bondage of sin.

You are a sinner by nature.

You have willfully disobeyed God. Ephesians 2:1-3

For you to be set free from your bondage, someone had to pay for your sins and set you free.  This is what redemption is, the paying of a ransom to someone free. This is what Christ has done for all of those that name Him as Savior.

1 Peter 1:18-19

It was not a ransom of silver and gold that was paid for your sin. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless son of God that was shed.  As John the Baptist said so long ago,    …Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

Romans 5:9

Have you trusted Jesus as your Savior?  It is the blood of Christ that declares you righteous before God.

 If when you die you stand before the gate of Heaven, and God asks you why He should let you in, you can say with joy that it is because Jesus redeemed you with His precious blood. As Augustus Toplady said in his hymn, Rock of Ages,

“In my hand no price I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling.”  

DON’T WEEP! WE ARE REGENERATED!

To be regenerated is to be born again. John 3:3

If you have truly trusted the Lord Jesus as Savior, you have been literally born into the family of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.  This is regeneration. John 3:5-8  

Why should you not weep because you have been regenerated?  You should not weep because you have new life in Christ now! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Although you have problems, you have new life to see you through!

Although you still the devil is now your enemy you have new life to see you through.

Although there are times of depression and tears, you have the new life, the regenerated life to see you through!

You now have the ability to handle your difficulties through Christ! Romans 5:17

DON’T WEEP! HE IS RESIDING!

If you have been regenerated the Spirit of God and of Christ dwells in you.  He is living inside.  It is the Spirit of Christ who is present to comfort and help you. John 14:16-18  

How should the residence of Christ through the Holy Spirit encourage you?

  • It is the Holy Spirit that brings comfort to you when you hurt.
  • It is the Holy Spirit that tells you that you are a child of God. Romans 8:16
  • It is the Holy Spirit that empowers us to witness. Acts 1:8
  • It is the Holy Spirit that produces fruit. Galatians 5:22-23
  • It is the Holy Spirit that helps us to pray. Romans 8:26-27

So, if Jesus is residing inside of us, what should our response be to Him?

Our response should be to abide in Him, to remain close to have fellowship with Him. John 15:4-5,7

It’s hard to weep for very long when you are staying close to the Lord Jesus because He is residing inside of you.   

DON’T WEEP! HE WILL RETURN!

John 14:1-3 - Jesus is coming back for us.

He might come and receive you personally by way of death.

Or you may be here when he comes for those who believe in Him. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

  • Christian, your life is temporary in this world.
  • Christian, at any moment you could be taken by death.
  • Christian, at any moment you could be taken home with all other Christians.
  • Christian, we have a blessed hope, and should act that way. Titus 2:11-13

DON’T WEEP! HE REIGNS!

Revelation 1:18

My friend, Jesus is God.

My friend, OUR GOD REIGNS!   Revelation 22:13, Matthew 28:18-20

My friend, Jesus is very much alive and He reigns.

No matter what goes wrong, He reigns.

Not matter what difficulty you face, He reigns.

There is nothing that you face today that is out of the control of God.

YOUR GOD REIGNS – believe it!

YOUR GOD REIGNS – rest in Him!

YOUR GOD REIGNS – rejoice!

YOUR GOD REIGNS – relax!

   

DON’T WEEP! HE IS RISEN!

DON’T WEEP! WE ARE REDEEMED!

DON’T WEEP! WE ARE REGENERATED!

DON’T WEEP! HE IS RESIDING!

DON’T WEEP! HE WILL RETURN!

DON’T WEEP! HE REIGNS!

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PICTURES OF CHRIST

2 Timothy 3:14-17 – You might think this an odd text to start with on Good Friday.

  • All Scripture given by inspiration of God.
  • All Scripture profitable for teaching
  • All Scripture profitable for reproof
  • All Scripture profitable for correction
  • All Scripture profitable for instruction in righteousness.

So tonight, we are exploring the Old Testament to discover some pictures of our Lord Jesus and Good Friday. Although we are not concentrating on the traditional Good Friday  texts, we will see Jesus as the suffering and victorious Savior.

CHRIST PICTURED AS THE SON Genesis 22:1-13

  • Vss. 1-2 – God required a sacrifice of Abraham’s only son. God required of Himself his only Son as a sacrifice for sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:16
  • Vs. 6 – Isaac carried the wood for his own sacrifice. Jesus carried his own cross.
  • Vs. 9 – Isaac was compliant, and old enough and strong enough to resist. Jesus was compliant, totally yielded to the Father’s plan of redemption.   Matthew 26:38-39
  • Vss. 11-14 – God provided a sacrifice and spared Isaac. Jesus was the lamb of God. God did not spare His own Son. He followed through. John 1:29

CHRIST PICTURED AS THE SUBSTITUTE Exodus 12:1-13

  • We are viewing the final plague in Egypt that freed the people of Israel.
  • Every home in Egypt, Egyptian and Israeli would be judged for sin. The first born of men and beast were to die.
  • But among the Jewish people, God provided a substitute for the first-born, it was the blood of a lamb.
  • Everyone of us who ever lived is guilty of sin. We were slated to die for our sins. But God has provided a substitute, the blood of his own Son.
  • Vs. 3 – A lamb was selected on the 10th day of the month. It was to be a lamb without blemish.
  • Jesus is the lamb without blemish. God said of Him, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Matthew 17:5
  • Vs. 7 – The lamb was to be slain and the blood applied to each house. Christ was the lamb shed for us. 1 Peter 1:18-19
  • Vs. 13 – Every household was to be visited by the death angel. When the Angel of Death saw the blood he passed over.
  • We must apply the blood of Christ to our lives through faith in Him.

CHRIST PICTURED AS THE SERVANT Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53:1-12

  • The Servant – Isaiah 52:13-14
  • The Sorrow – Isaiah 53:1-3
  • The Sacrifice – Isaiah 53:4-6
  • The Submission – Isaiah 53:7-9
  • The Satisfaction – Isaiah 53:10-12

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THE WORKS OF GOD

Psalm 111

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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WHAT NOW PETER? - LUKE 22:54-62 etc.

  • The Denial of Jesus was the lowest point in 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 16:13-23, Luke 22:31-34
  • Peter was totally done! Was there forgiveness for Him? Was there a second chance? Would Peter ever serve the Master again? Because of the grace of God, the answer is “Yes!”
  • There are times when we feel defeated like Peter. When that happens, we are asking with Peter, “What Now? Is there any hope?” The answer is again, “Yes!”

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 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 through 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 5:22-26

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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MARK 6:30-52 – LESSONS

We are never too old to learn lessons.  I knew a  lady over 70 years old, named Ella, who just delighted when she learned how to do something new, like taking meals to someone else in need, feeding college students, or having over-night guests.

In our Spiritual walk with the Lord, it's always good to learn new lessons, or to relearn ones that we might have forgotten.  Here are some lessons for us to apply to our lives this week from Mark 6:30-52:

REPORT - I SHOULD MAKE MYSELF ACCOUNTABLE DAILY TO GOD. Vs. 30

The disciples returned from a missions trip.  They reported to Jesus what they had done and what they had taught. They were accountable!

It would be a good policy to examine our lives each evening before the Lord, reporting to Him, thanking Him, and confessing our failures.

REST - I SHOULD TAKE TIME FOR PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL REST. Vs. 31

My body needs rest. My Spirit needs rest and revitalization in the Word, prayer, and fellowship.

REALITY - I SHOULD HAVE COMPASSION ON OTHERS.

Vss.32-34

Jesus saw that these people were like "sheep without a shepherd", so He had compassion on them and taught them.  How much compassion do we have for the physical and Spiritual needs of others?

RESPONSIBILITY - I SHOULD SHARE WHAT I HAVE SPIRITUALLY. GOD WILL MULTIPLY IT. Vss. 35-44

Just as the little boy with 5 loaves and 2 fishes shared his lunch and saw it feed 5,000, as we share what we have Spiritually, God will multiply that to bless others.

RELIANCE - I SHOULD LOOK FOR JESUS IN THE STORM. Vss. 45-52

Just as the disciples saw Jesus coming to help them in the midst of trouble, let's realize that Jesus will come to help us in the midst of our troubles. Hebrews 13:5

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JAMES 1:2-8 – GOT PROBLEMS?

COMPLIANCE WITH GOD'S PLAN - Vs. 2

When troubles abound comply with God's plan. Count them as joy!

COMFORT FROM GOD'S PURPOSE - Vss. 3-4

God's purpose for allowing you to go through trials is so that you will become perfect or mature.

COMMITMENT TO GOD'S PROCEDURE - Vs. 5

When you don't know what to do during trials, ask God. He'll show you.

CONFIDENCE IN GOD'S PROVISION - Vss. 6-8

We are to ask in faith, confident that God will answer.

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1 PETER 1:23-2:3 – ON A DIET

We certainly live in a diet-conscious era.

People diet to lose weight.

People diet to control sugar.

People diet to control cholesterol.

People diet to feel good and to stay healthy.

And by the way, everyone has a diet. It is either a good diet or a bad diet, but we all have a diet!

I jokingly say, "I'm on a sea food diet; I see food and I eat it!"

Not only do we have a food diet, but we also have a Spiritual diet.

What we feed our minds will affect how we think, how we act, and what we say.

For the Christian, the primary ingredient in his Spiritual diet should be the Word of God. Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1-2, 119:15-16, John 15:7, 2 Timothy 4:2

Our diet should include:

The reading of the Word of God

Memorization and Meditation upon the Word of God

Listening to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God

According to our text, we discover that our diet of the Word of God should be:

 

A RELIABLE DIET - 1:23-25

There are all sorts of diets that people try.

There has been the grapefruit diet.

There are low fat diets, and low cholesterol diets.

There are low salt diets.

And recently I heard that there is an aspirin diet, but don't try it. They say it has no value.

Our diet should be a healthy diet.  It should be good enough to take care of our physical needs.  It needs to be reliable.  We should try no diet unless we know it can be trusted.

When we feed ourselves spiritually with the Word of God, we have a reliable diet.

A person who is "born again" or "saved" he or she becomes a child of God. Vs. 23, 1 John 1:12-13

When a person realizes he or she is a sinner, that Christ had died for his or her sins and rose again and then trusts Christ as Savior, he or she is born again.  It is the work of the Spirit of God who uses the Word of God.

That's why this verse tells us that we are born again by God's Word.  But see what the Word of God is. It is "incorruptible seed".

God's word is not corrupt or faulty in any way!

God's word is dependable. According to this verse, God's word lives and abides forever.

1 Peter 1:24-25 is quoting from Isaiah 40. Man is like grass. Eventually he will fade away. The Word of God, however endures forever! It is permanent, and therefore reliable.

(For some more ways that the Word of God is reliable check out 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Psalm 19:7-11. I suggest you share these with your listeners.)

A RESTRICTED DIET - 2:1

Several years ago I ended up in the hospital.  The food wasn't very good there because I was on a restricted diet. There were certain things they weren't going to let me eat!  The reason for a restricted diet was for my own physical health. In order for you and I to grow Spiritually, and to be all that God wants us to be, He wants us to be on a restricted diet.  There are things that just don't belong in the life of the Christian.

Peter says that there are certain things that we are to "lay aside" or put out of our lives.

We are lay aside all malice. Malice is any kind of wickedness or evil that is lurking inside of us. It needs to be confessed and forsaken.  Evil and malicious thoughts often lead to evil and malicious actions. If we have committed any evil and malicious actions, these too need to be confessed, made right, and forsaken.

We are to lay aside all guile. Guile is deceit. We are not to deceive others. We are not to lie. We are not to promote falsehood in any way. It is to be put away from us.

 

We are to lay aside hypocrisy. This term comes from the Greek stage or theatre.  A hypocrite was an actor. He pretended to be someone he was not.

Sometimes we pretend to understand when we don't understand.

We pretend to love another person when we don't.

We pretend to be more spiritual than another is when we are not.

We pretend to be concerned when we could care less.

We pretend to love the Lord when we don't love the Lord!

Often our words do not match what we actually think or feel!

God says to restrict this from our diets!

We also have to beware of jealousy or envy.

All too often we are jealous because someone else has what we want.

We are jealous if someone else is asked to do something and we are not.

We are jealous if someone else gets the raise or promotion and we don't.

We are jealous when other people are spoken well of and we are not mentioned.

Jealousy will lead us to do and say things that we will be sorry about later!

We are to lay aside all evil speaking.  It's so easy to say things that aren't true. It's so easy to say things that are critical. It's so easy to say things because we have been hurt.

It's so easy to say things that aren't necessary. It's so easy to say things that will make us look good and someone else look bad.

A RECEIVED DIET - 2:2

In physical sense there are people who have been given a diet to follow but haven't. That includes myself. We have been told to eat certain things and stay away from other certain things, but we haven't done it.  A diet will do you no good unless you receive or accept it!

We are told here in this verse how to receive God's Word. We are to receive it as "new born babes". A newborn babe is enthusiastic about Mamma's milk. A newborn babe likes to eat! We are to be equally enthused and receptive of God's Word! Why should we crave the sincere or pure milk of the Word of God? Because pure milk causes us to grow!

A REASONABLE DIET - 2:3

Is God being unreasonable when He expects us to desire His Word?

Of course not! When you were born again the Spirit of God used the Word of God.

You tasted that the Lord is gracious! You received forgiveness of sin and new life.

If by God's grace you tasted of the Lord's grace from the word of God once, shouldn't you continue to taste of His grace through His Word? Of course!

We should be able to say with Jeremiah in Jeremiah 15:16, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts."

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