SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 4/26/21
April 26, 2021, 6:38 PM

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T17 – FOR WEEK OF 4/26/21

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ROMANS 12:1-2 – THE VOCATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – PART 1

DEDICATION – ROMANS 12:1-2

  • It only takes one buggy or tractor to cause a traffic jam.
  • It only takes one ice cream cone to make me smile.
  • It only takes one hug from Dottie to make me feel good.
  • It only takes one encouraging word to lift someone’s spirits.
  • It only takes one good word of advice to turn our lives around.
  • It only takes one unkind word to ruin a person’s day.
  • It only takes one unkind deed to change the course of a person’s life.
  • It only takes one sin to make us sinners.
  • It only takes one unrighteous act to make us unrighteous.

One of the great themes of the Book of Romans is God’s Righteousness, and how we, as unrighteous sinners, can become righteous in God’s eyes. Romans 1:16-17

When we say God is righteous, we mean God is always right. He has the right thoughts, the right actions, the right motives. As God, He is without sin.

Two weeks ago we looked at the Vocabulary of Righteousness in Romans 3:24-25 (Review).

Last week we saw that although Christians are declared righteous before God, we still fail to live totally righteous lives. We saw that although we will only be sinless when we see Jesus, we can have victory over habitual sin through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Romans 8:1-4 showed us the Victory of Righteous.

As Christians, it is our vocation or job to live righteous lives because we appreciate what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us.

If God expects you to do something, he will show you how to do it. From Romans 12 on to the end of the Book of Romans, Paul gives us practical instructions on how to live righteously. Romans 12 is a great place to start in learning how to fulfill our vocation or do our job of living righteously every day. There is so much material here I have broken this chapter down into three sections and will share 3 messages on this.

Dedication – Romans 12:1-2

Discernment – Romans 12:3-8

Deployment – Romans 12:9-21  

I beseech you ­– Means “urge” or “exhort”.

Therefore, – Romans 1-11, especially Romans 11:33-36.

brethren, – Every born-again Christian is included. John 1:12-13

by the mercies of God, – Many are itemized in Romans 1-11.  Lamentations 3:22-23, John 3:16

that you present your bodies a living sacrifice ­– This a voluntary, one time decision to be lived out day by day.                      Luke 9:23-24, Galatians 2:20  

holy, acceptable to God, – Set apart for, and pleasing God.

which is your reasonable service. – This is the least we can do. Some translations say, “Spiritual Worship”. First act of obedience is believer’s baptism. How can you say you are committed if you haven’t made the first commitment called for by the Lord Jesus? Matthew 28:19-20

2 And do not be conformed to this world1 John 2:15-17

but be transformedMetamorphosis – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18,              2 Corinthians 5:17

by the renewing of your mind, – Colossians 3:16, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:11, 18  

that you may prove – Experience it for yourself!

what is that good – Nahum 1:7

and acceptable – His will is acceptable to us as we yield to Him.

and perfect will of God. – Jeremiah 29:11

I personally think of this commitment as a vow, or a promise. I have found when I promise God something, He expects me to follow through. Deuteronomy 23:21-23

TO LISTEN TO THIS SERMON PREACHED BY PASTOR JACK PETERS CLICK BELOW

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ROMANS 12:3-8 – DISCERNMENT

THE VOCATION OF RIGHTEOUSSNESS – Part 2 

Not every person on a baseball team plays the same position.

Not every person in the church has the same gifts.

To live a righteously as believers, we must first dedicate ourselves. (Romans 12:1-2). Then we must discern how we best fit in Christ’s body the church. We must find our Spiritual gifts and use them to bless others.

If you are preaching or teaching on this passage, 3- I would explain Romans 12:3-5, then itemize the Spiritual gifts as mentioned in Romans 12:6-8.

GIFTED WITH WORDS:

  • Prophecy – Is speaking for God.  Today it is the preaching of God’s Word.  Old and New Testament prophets proclaimed boldly their message from God.  The preacher today is to do the same. 2 Timothy 4:2

Preaching = Proclamation

  • Teaching – A teacher helps one learn. A teacher makes things clear. A teacher helps people grasp truth.

Teaching = Explanation

  • Exhortation – An exhorter is an encourager.  He is one who, like the Holy Spirit who empowers him, “comes alongside to help”.  He challenges people to “Just do it!”.

Exhortation = Motivation

GIFTED WITH WORKS:

  • Ministry (Service) – There is a wide variety of gifts that fall under the gift of “service”.

Ministry = Serving

  • Giving – Everyone is to give (2 Corinthians 9:7), but there are some who are gifted in this area.  They are to give with “simplicity”, or generously.

Giving = Sharing

  • Ruling – When a person has the gift of ruling, he is able to provide leadership.  Not all leaders in the church are members of the church board.  Ministries within the Church need those who will lead.

Ruling = Steering 

  • Mercy – Mercy is compassion in action. It gives relief to human suffering.

Mercy = Showing (Compassion)

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2 CHRONICLES 15-16 – DON’T ASSUME

Some time ago I heard the story of a fire, of which, a newspaper photographer needed to get close pictures.  His newspaper agreed to line up a plane for him at a local airport.  When he arrived at the airport, sure enough, a plane was there.  He jumped in and yelled "take off"!  The pilot did.

Once in the air, the photographer yelled to the pilot to make two or three low passes over the fire.  The pilot asked "Why?".  He answered, "Because I'm a photographer! Photographers take pictures. I'm going to take pictures of the fire!"

The pilot replied with alarm, "You mean you're not the flight instructor?!"  Both men had made  wrong assumptions.  The photographer assumed that he was in the right plane.  The pilot assumed the man was his flight instructor.

It is never good to make assumptions.  The Bible warms against wrong assumptions in 1 Corinthians 10:12 and Hebrews 3:12.

King Asa, in our text, had been a Godly king (See 2 Chronicles 14). However, he made the mistake of assuming he could do things that displeased God.

REVIVAL - 2 Chronicles 15

There was a turning back to God during Asa's ministry.  We see three ingredients of Revival.

1. God Speaks Vss. 1-7

2. God's People Respond Vss. 8-14

3. God Blesses Vss. 15, 19

REVERSAL - 2 Chronicles 16:1-6

Instead of relying on God as he did in 2 Chronicles 14:9-12, Asa tried to rely on his allies. He assumed that his allies could help him and that he didn't need God.

REBUKE - 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

God's prophet tells Asa that he has does wrong.

REFUSAL - 2 Chronicles 16:10

Asa assumed he could do as he pleased, and in his own strength.

He persecuted God's man, and refused to listen.

RESULTS - 2 Chronicles 16:12

Evidently, Asa still assumed he could do things in his own power. He stubbornly refused to call on God.

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PSALM 2 – GOD IN CONTROL

As we look around us and see all the perversion, we might get discouraged. We must remember that God is in control, and He is victorious over all sin. In Psalm 2 we see four "voices". The first is rebellious man, and the other 3 are each member of the Trinity. In this passage we find:

 

THE REBELLION OF MAN Vss. 1-3

 

THE RESPONSE BY THE FATHER Vss. 4-6

 

THE RULE OF THE SON Vss. 7-9

Jesus will destroy the enemy and establish His millennial kingdom.

 

THE REMINDER FROM THE SPIRIT Vss. 10-12

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MATTHEW 10:2 – LEADERS AND LOVERS

The first four apostles that Matthew says Jesus chose, turned out to include two leaders and two lovers.

PETER LED THE CHURCH - See Acts 1 & 2 and other Acts passages for details.  He was not the first pope, but he was the first significant leader.

ANDREW LED THE CHRISTLESS - Andrew was always bringing someone to Jesus.  See John 1:40-42, 6:8-9, 12:20-22

JAMES PRACTICED LOVE TO THE MAX - Acts 12:1-2 - He loved Christ by giving his life as a martyr.

JOHN PREACHED LOVE TO THE MAX - 1 John 3:11-18, 4:7-11

The phrase "to the max" means to the maximum point. James and John did as much as they could to practice and preach love.

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LUKE 18:1-8 – FAITH LESSONS

THE PARABLE – Vss. 1-5

  • The Judge was UNFAIR – Vs. 2
  • The Woman was UNRELENTING – Vss. 3-5
  • The Judge was UNDONE – Vss. 3-5

 

THE POINT – Vss. 6-8

  • God Is NOT UNJUST – Vs. 7
  • God is NOT UNREACHABLE – Vs. 7
  • Man is NOT UNDERSTANDING – Vs. 8 – If we truly grasped these principles there would be no fear of faith being present when Jesus comes.

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IN THE WAITING ROOM – ACTS 1:12-26

MOVING FORWARD – STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS – LESSON 2

  • How do you feel about waiting, in general, and waiting rooms in particular?
  • Do you have any funny or horror stories about waiting rooms?
  • What is the value of waiting on the Lord? Psalm 27:14, Psalm 130:5-6, Isaiah 40:31
  • What are you waiting for the Lord to do in our church?
  • In Luke 24:45-49 and Acts 1:4:8 the Lord Jesus instructs the Apostles to wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit that would come upon them.
  • How the Apostles waited is described in Acts 1:12-26.
  • While we do not need to wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13), we do need wait for the Lord to show His power in this church.
  • Let us follow the example of the early church in this passage and wait for the Lord the way they did.

WAIT JOYFULLY – Luke 24:49-53  

  • Vs. 50 – Notice the first response of the Apostles was worship. What motivated them to worship? What should motivate us to worship? Revelation 5:11-14
  • The joy was caused because they had seen and interacted with the risen Lord! We should be filled with joy because of the presence of the risen Lord in our lives!
  • Vs. 51 – Notice that the joy continued as they waited. The Lord has already done enough for us to make us joyful servants.

WAIT UNITEDLY – Acts 1:13-14

  • Vs. 13 – Notice who was present as they waited. The Apostles are named first.
  • Vs. 14 – The women were also present, and Mary in particular. This is the last time we will hear about her.
  • Jesus’ half-brothers were present. They evidently came to faith after Jesus’ resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:7

  • They were in “one accord”. Why is unity in a church family important? Ephesians 4:30-32, Philippians 2:1-8

WAIT PRAYERFULLY – ACTS 1:14

  • The early church was given a great assignment, and prayer would be a key part of it.
  • Remember, one of the great values of prayer is communion with our risen Lord!
  • As we wait for the Lord to work in us, we are encouraged to pray. Ephesians 6:18,

1 Timothy 2:1-6

WAIT PERSISTENTLY – ACTS 1:14

  • The persistent waiting involved persistent prayer.
  • As we wait, we must also pray persistently. Luke 18:1-8, Luke 11:5-13

WAIT EXPECTANTLY – ACTS 1:8

  • They were promised power through the Holy Spirit. That would have given a sense of expectancy.
  • We have been promised that God will answer our prayers. We should pray expecting answers to our prayers. John 14:13-14, Mark 11:22-25

WAIT SCRIPTURALLY – ACTS 1:15-22

  • Vs. 15 – Although Christians were a great minority at this point, there were more, especially in Galilee. 1 Corinthians 15:6
  • Vss. 16-17 – Attention had to be paid to the Scriptures concerning Judas. He had been one of the twelve and had been part of them. Psalm 55:12-15
  • Vss. 18-19 – Luke adds more detail to the account found in Matthew 27:3-10.
  • There is no contradiction here. Evidently, when Judas hung himself, he did it on a tree over a ledge. His returning of the money he received ended up in him “buying” a field for the burial of strangers.
  • Vs. 20 refers to Psalm 69:25 and Psalm 109:8.
  • Vss. 21-22 – Scripturally, Judas needed to be replaced with someone who had been with Jesus during His ministry and had witnessed His teaching and miracles. He also needed to be a witness of the resurrection and ascension. These were requirements for Apostleship.
  • Why is it important for us to be in the Scriptures while we wait for God to work?

WAIT OBEDIENTLY – ACTS 1:23-26

  • Vs. 23 – Two were chosen who met the qualifications.
  • Vss. 24-25 – The other Apostles had been chosen of the Lord, and the replacement needed to be the Lord’s choice. The prayer was that the Lord would make His choice clear.
  • Vs. 26 – Casting lots was an accepted Old Testament method of discerning God’s will. Proverbs 16:33
  • Matthias was chosen. He will have a special role in the future Kingdom of our Lord Jesus. Matthew 19:28
  • If we want God’s best for us and our church, we must be those who know and obey the Scriptures. John 14:15, 21

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WANTING GOD’S BEST

LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER – LESSON #4 – JABEZ

A COMPLETE LESSON

INTERACTION

  • Many men want things that are the “best”!  What are some of those things?  For example – “The Best Truck”.
  • What are some problems associated with wanting what is best?
  • What are some of the things that we should seek the best in, such as, the best marriage relationship possible?
  • What are some of the best things that God has to offer?  Why do we not always want them?
  • How should we go about getting God’s best?

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 - And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. [10] And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

In 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, a long genealogy is interrupted by the author in order to point out a man named Jabez. He stops his droning of names for a moment to point out one man, Jabez, who was different from everyone else!  It seems that he's saying, "Don't miss this guy, he's special."

  • What do you think it means that Jabez was more honorable than his brethren?
  • We should try to be honorable in all areas of life. What are some of those specific areas?
  • Jabez’ name means “pain”, “sorrow” or “sorrowful”.  His mother bore him in sorrow or “pain”.  Perhaps it was the pain of child-birth or perhaps the mother was a widow when he was born.
  • In spite of life being hard for Jabez he turned out well. It is because he asked God for the things he wanted.
  • Do you think this was a selfish prayer? What is the reason for your opinion?

JABEZ WANTED GOD’S BLESSING

Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed…

  • Jabez wanted great blessings from God.  Why should we want the same?
  • Who should decide what blessings we get and why?
  • In what ways has God already blessed the believer?

Ephesians 1:3-7 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: [4] According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: [5] Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, [6] To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. [7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

  • What are some of the blessings that God is willing to bestow upon the believer according to the following scriptures?

Numbers 6:24-26 - The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: [25] The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: [26] The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Philippians 1:2 - Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:13 - Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

JABEZ WANTED GOD’S INFLUENCE 

…and enlarge my coast…

  • Jabez was asking God to enlarge his borders or his realm of influence.
  • What are the areas of influence in our lives?
  • In what ways would it be good to expand our influence?
  • In what ways should we want God to expand the influence of our church?
  • What must we be ready to do when we pray this prayer for ourselves and our church?

JABEZ WANTED GOD’S POWER 

…and that thine hand might be with me…

  • What is Jabez admitting here that we men sometimes have trouble admitting?
  • Why is the order of this request in Jabez prayer significant?
  • Comment on the importance of these verses for those of us who would like to see our realm of influence increase:

Zechariah 4:6 - Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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.

JABEZ WANTED GOD’S PROTECTION 

and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!

  • Why do you think Jabez made this request?
  • How will doing wrong grieve you?
  • How will keeping short accounts with God give you God’s best?
  • How does the wrong that others do grieve us?
  • How can God protect us from what others do to grieve  us?

A PRAYER FOR THIS WEEK:

1. Bless me indeed.

2. Enlarge my area of influence.

3. Put your hand upon me.

4. Keep me from evil that it might not grieve me.

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