SERMON SEEDS
April 9, 2019, 5:35 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 4/8/11


SERMON SEEDS

R12 – THE WEEK OF APRIL 8, 2019

 

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LUKE 23:13-25 – UNRULY CROWD

New York Times July 18, 2018

In India, false rumors about child kidnappers have gone viral on WhatsApp, prompting fearful mobs to kill two dozen innocent people since April. One of the first to be killed was a 65-year-old woman named Rukmani. She and four family members were driving to a temple in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in May. A mob on this road mistook them for “child lifters” and assaulted them.

We went to the village where Rukmani was attacked to see how WhatsApp and local authorities have struggled to contain the false messages, which have circulated throughout India for months.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has a quarter billion users in India alone. Some of the false messages on the app describe gangs of kidnappers on the prowl. Others include videos showing people driving up and snatching children.This clip went viral. It was produced as part of a public service announcement in Pakistan, but it was edited to look like a real kidnapping. The authorities don’t know who altered the video.

False information has flooded social media in recent years, inciting violence from Brazil to Sri Lanka. The messages in India have preyed on a universal fear: harm coming to a child. And the millions of poorly educated Indians coming online for the first time mean many are quick to believe what is on their phones.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/07/18/technology/whatsapp-india-killings.html

Over the years, rebellious crowds have hurt a lot of innocent people. The most damaging unruly crowd in all of history is before us this morning. They demanded the unjust death of God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we continue the Story of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, we find our Lord Jesus Christ before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. He had already received illegal trials at the hand of the Jews. He then appeared before Pontius Pilate and Herod the King. Now we see an unruly crowd interfering with justice.

 

AN INNOCENT MAN – Luke 23:13-17

Vss. 13-15 – Jesus had committed no crime and was found by Pilate and Herod to be innocent.

2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:5b

Passover lamb had to be without blemish – 1 Peter 1:18-19

Vs. 16 – Matthew 27:15-19

 

AN IRRATIONAL CROWD – Luke 23:20-23

Pilate kept pressing for Jesus release. He did everything he could, humanly speaking,

John 18:33-19:15

 

AN ITIMADATED RULER – Luke 23:24-25

Pilate gave in to the pressure from the crowd. Jesus was condemned to die. Matthew 27:24-26

 

AN INSPIRED INJUSTICE – Isaiah 53:1-6

All of this was part of God’s inspired plan for our salvation.

Acts 2:22-23, 36, Acts 3:13-15

 

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NEHEMIAH 5 – IS MY TEAM IN TACT?

NEHEMIAH – GOD’S MAN IN TIME OF CRISES

Lesson #6 of 10 – Complete Lesson

  • Consider John 13:34-35.  How obedient is the 21st Century Church to Christ’s Command?
  • How has obedience to that command affected our church?
  • How can a lack of love and a failure to deal with internal strife hurt the cause of Christ?
  • Remember, when Satan can not hurt the cause of Christ with attacks from outside the “body”, he will work from within.

 

Nehemiah 5 tells us about an internal crisis as the walls are being constructed.  This problem threatened to undermine the whole project.  Nehemiah worked quickly to solve the problem. Here are the steps he took to insure that his team would be in tact.

HE WAS ATTENTIVE – Vss. 1-5

  • I get the impression that Nehemiah was a good listener.  How will the quality of being a good listener help us in times of crisis?
  • Gene Getz sums up the problem this way:
  1. “First, some were running out of food. ‘We, our sons and our daughters, are many,’ they complained; ‘therefore let us get grain that we may eat and live.’ (vs. 2)
  2. “Second, many who had enough to eat were putting food on their tables by mortgaging their fields, their vineyards, and their homes. (vs. 3)
  3. “Third, others – in order to keep their property – were borrowing money from their Jewish brothers to pay taxes to King Artaxerxes (see vs. 4). The problem was compounded when those who borrowed money were charged exorbitant interest rates by their own Jewish brothers.
  4. “Fourth – and the worst of all – when their crops failed, their creditors took away their property and sold their children into slavery (see vs. 5). These people were left in a hopeless state. There was no way out. ‘We are helpless,’ they cried out to Nehemiah, ‘because our fields and vineyards belong to others.’ (vs. 5)”

Gene Getz, Men of Character, Nehemiah – Becoming a Disciplined Leader, (Nashville, Tennessee, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1995) p. 113

  • Why do you think Nehemiah specifically mentioned the women in verse 1?  Should they have spoken out, or let their husbands handle it? Why?
  • In what ways would this internal strife have affected the building of the walls?

HE WAS ANGRY – Vs. 6

  • Was Nehemiah’s anger justified? Leviticus 25:25-27, 29-42, Deuteronomy 23:19
  • How can we tell when our anger is justified?
  • What have you seen happen in churches when the anger people expressed was not justified? How was it dealt with?
  • How should we deal with people who express unjustified anger?

HE WAS REFLECTIVE – Vs. 7

  • Nehemiah should be commended. Why? James 1:19-20
  • Ephesians 4:26-27 - Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: [27] Neither give place to the devil.
  • How can we sin when we are justifiably angry?
  • What could have happened if Nehemiah had not confronted the problem?
  • It is possible that Nehemiah was following the procedure laid out in Matthew 18.  It appears that he privately rebuked the nobles.  When he got no response, he held a public meeting.

HE WAS CONFRONTATIONAL – Vss. 8-11

  • Nehemiah publicly confronted the nobles with their sin.  How do we know when it is time to confront someone privately and then, if necessary, publicly? Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-19
  • Why do most churches loathe church discipline?
  • What was Nehemiah’s argument in verse 8?
  • Vs. 9 – How is the cause of Christ hurt when “sin in the camp” is not dealt with?

       1 Corinthians 5:1-2

  • Vss. 11-12 – This story has a happy ending.  Think of how many happy endings we deprive ourselves of when we do not confront.

HE WAS INSISTENT – Vss. 12-13

    • Why did Nehemiah call in the priests and have them make an oath?
    • When is it good for Christians to make a public commitment of something they are promising to do?  What does this accomplish?
    • What was Nehemiah saying in verse 13?  Why were his actions and words effective?
    • Why is it hard to hold people accountable when they make a commitment?  How should we go about doing it?

HE WAS THE EXAMPLE – Vss. 10, 14-19

  • Vs. 10 – Nehemiah and his associates were rescuing the Jews who were in financial difficulty.
  • Vss. 14-18 - Notice that Nehemiah did not require the payments and food paid to previous governors.  Notice his reason in verse 15.  If we truly fear the Lord, how will we treat other Christians, even those we don’t like?
  • Vs. 19 – How did God answer Nehemiah’s request?  What can we be assured of when we as Christians do what is right?

ADDENDUM

Remember that we are only effective as a team if we are keeping short accounts with each other.  If anything is festering within the ranks, it needs to be dealt with.  Love resolves problems.  It does not overlook them.

 

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JONAH 4 – RUNNING AGAINST GOD

#4 of 4 – PROPHET ON THE RUN – JONAH  

 

Jonah was the prophet on the run.

In chapter 1 he ran away from God.

In chapter 2 he ran back to God.

In chapter 3 he ran for God.

In chapter 4 he ran against God.

 

JONAH'S FIGHT

God was not fighting Jonah, but Jonah was fighting God.  God did not destroy Ninevah, and that's what Jonah wanted.  Because Ninevah repented, God did not destroy the city at that time.

 

1. His Displeasure Vs. 1

2. His Complaint Vs. 2

3. His Request Vs. 3

Jonah makes a rash request to die, because he is not getting his way.

4. His Watch Vs. 5

Jonah is watching to see if God will change his mind and destroy Ninevah.  God had already said that He wouldn't

 

GOD'S RESPONSE

 

1. His Question. Vs. 4

God asks Jonah if he is doing the right thing by getting angry.

The right answer, of course, is "no".

2. His Object Lesson Vss. 5-9

God provides Jonah a fast growing gourd that protects him from the heat. God sends a worm to destroy the gourd, and Jonah is angry and ready again to die.

3. His Explanation  Vss. 10-11

God explains that Jonah cared about the gourd that was there for a day and gone for a day. Jonah had done no labor to receive the blessing of the gourd.

God then says "Why shouldn't I have compassion on Ninevah, which has many people and much cattle?"

 

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MATTHEW 21:1-12 – PALM SUNDAY LESSONS

 

JESUS HAS A PLAN – Vss. 1-3

 

JESUS HAS A PURPOSE – Vss. 4-5

 

JESUS HAS PARTNERS – Vss. 6-8

 

JESUS ACCEPTS PRAISE – Vss. 9-11

 

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MATTHEW 21:12-16 – TEMPLE TRIUMPHS

 

JESUS CLEANS HOUSE – Vss. 12-13

 

JESUS CHANGES LIVES – Vs. 14

 

JESUS CHALLENGES UNBELIEF – Vss. 15-16

 

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MARK 11:12-14, 20-26 – PRAYER TIME

 

JUDGMENT PROCLAIMED – Vss. 12-14

 

MIRACLE PERCEIVED – Vss. 20-21

 

FAITH AND PRAYER PROMOTED – Vss. 22-24

 

ANSWERS PROMISED – Vs. 24

 

FORGIVENESS PRIORITIZED – Vss. 25-26

 

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JOHN 12:12-19 – A SPECIAL DAY

 

THE WORSHIP OF JESUS Vss. 12-13

 

THE WORD ABOUT JESUS - Vss. 14-16

 

THE WITNESS FOR JESUS - Vss. 17-19

 

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2 PETER 1:5-7 – HANG IN THERE - PATIENCE

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER CLINIC #6

2 Peter 1:5-6 - And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; [6] And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

 

  • What types of people challenge your patience?
  • How do you challenge the patience of others?
  • What situations challenge your patience?
  • Why does God put a lot of stock in patience with people and patience with trying situations?

 

Peter continues to show us areas of Christian Character that should flow one out of the other. Flowing out of temperance is patience. We are to exercise patience with trying people and trying circumstances

THE CHALLENGE TO BE PATIENT

Luke 21:19 - In your patience possess ye your souls.

 

1 Timothy 6:11 - But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

 

Titus 2:2 - That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

 

Hebrews 6:11-12 - And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: [12] That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 

James 5:7 - Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

A CONDITION FOR PATIENCE

Luke 8:15 - But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

THE CAUSE FOR PATIENCE

Romans 5:3-5 - And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; [4] And patience, experience; and experience, hope: [5] And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

James 1:3-4 - 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.

 

James 5:10-11 - Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. [11] Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

THE COMFORT IN PATIENCE

Romans 8:23-25 - And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. [24] For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? [25] But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

 

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.

 

2 Corinthians 6:4-5 - But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, [5] In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

THE ENERGY OF PATIENCE

Romans 15:5 - Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

 

Colossians 1:11 - Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

THE EXAMPLES OF PATIENCE

Hebrews 12:1-2 - Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, [2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:3 - Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

 

2 Timothy 3:10 - But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

 

Revelation 2:2-4 - I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: [3] And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. [4] Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

 

 

 

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