SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 5/10/21
May 9, 2021, 5:23 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T19 – FOR WEEK OF 5/10/21

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1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8a – THE UNITY OF LOVE

KEY PASSAGES IN 1 CORINTHIANS #2

WHY?

  1. Today is Mother’s Day
  2. The theme of 1 Corinthians is unity. 1 Corinthians 1:10
  3. Without love for God and for each other there will be no unity. Matthew 22:37-40, John 13:34-35

WHAT?

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth:

HOW?

  1. Repent – Mark 1:15, Revelation 2:4-5
  2. Rely – Ephesians 5:18, Luke 11:13
  3. Respond (in Obedience and Faith) – John 14:21, Ephesians 6:16, Numbers 14:24

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EZRA 4 - FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH Part 1

The people of Israel had returned to their homeland after seventy years of captivity and set out to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.

THE WORKERS REFUSED OUTSIDE HELP – Vss. 1-3

The Jews set about to build a temple to their God without the help of unbelievers.

THE WRONG ISSUE WAS PRESENTED – Vss. 4-16

The enemies of the Jews made an appeal to stop the building of temple although the Jews had authority from King Cyrus to do so. There was a new king on the throne.

THE WORK STOPPED – Vss. 17-24

The enemies of the Jews succeeded in having the work stopped.

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EZRA 5-6 – FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH Part 2

CHEERLEADERS – 5:1, 6:14

Two prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, encouraged the resumption of the building of the temple.

COMPLIANCE – Vss. 2-5

The Jews sought to comply with the will of God and the original edict from Cyrus to build the temple.

CORRESPONDENCE – 5:6-17

Inquiries were made to the current King, Darius. 

COOPERATION – 6:1-12

King Darius had the archives searched and discovered the original edict from King Cyrus.  Darius not only decreed that the work on the temple be allowed to continue, but that the work would be supported by the government.

COMPLETION – 6:13-14

CELEBRATION – 6:15-22

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PSALM 29 - REMINDERS

The Book of Psalms is full of reminders. In this passage we are reminded of the:

PRAISE TO THE LORD - Vss. 1-2

We are to praise God by giving him glory, strength and by worshipping Him "in the beauty of holiness."

POWER OF THE LORD - Vss. 3-10

1. The Thunderstorm Vss. 3-9a

2. The Temple Vs. 9b

3. The Throne Vs. 10

PROMISES FROM THE LORD - Vs. 11

1. He will give strength.

2. He will give peace

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MARK 12:13-34 – ON THE FIRING LINE!

During World War II just about everyone in the United States was involved in the war effort. Food and other materials, necessary for the war effort, were rationed. There were air raids. War bonds were sold to finance the military effort. Many civilians worked at jobs which helped feed, clothe, and equip the fighting men.

In the military itself there were many support personnel. Those who cooked, repaired equipment, drove trucks and flew planes in order to keep our troops supplied.  Many were involved in planning and supervision so that our fighting men would be successful.  My father strung phone wire so that communication could be restored to areas that had been conquered by the allied forces.

All of the support was necessary, but there still had to be soldiers, airmen, marines, and sailors on the firing line. They were directly involved in the battles which won the war.

Today, as Christians, there are times when we are support personnel.

We pray for missionaries and pastors. We contribute to the Lord's work, including missions, and we help out around the church.  But, there are times when we are on the firing line.  We either face opposition, persecution, or direct confrontation with the enemy, Satan.

Sometimes, because we witness, preach, teach, or pray, we find ourselves in the middle of a Spiritual battle.

One of the times that Jesus was on the firing line was just before his death.  The Sanhedran, the counsel of 70 religious leaders in Israel, was opposed to the Lord Jesus, and sought to destroy Him. They sent representatives to try and discredit him.  In this passage we see:

RESPONSIBILITIES - Vss. 13-17

The Pharisees and Herodians, who would usually oppose each other, joined together to trip Jesus up in his words.  After using what they thought was flattery (But was actually the truth.), they asked Him about paying tribute, a poll tax to Caesar.  They figured that however Jesus answered the question, they could accuse Him.  Jesus' answer was very simple, yet profound.  We are to be responsible to government for the things that belong to government, such as taxes. We are to responsible to God for the things that are God's, such as our love, faith, and service. When the two principles clash, we are to honor God above government (Acts 5:29).

RESURRECTION - Vss. 18-27

The Saducees did not believe in the resurrection. "So, they were sad, you see."  :-)

In Israel, if a man died without being a father, his brother was to go in to the widow and father children in the name of his brother.  The Saducees' story gives the example of a woman who ended up having no children in spite of the fact that she married all seven brothers. The question was, whose wife would she be in the resurrection?

Jesus pointed out that the Saducees' error was a result of not knowing the Scriptures or the power of God (Vs. 24). Many still make the same mistakes today. Jesus gives answer to their questions in Verses 25-27.

REQUIREMENTS - Vss. 28-34

A scribe sincerely asks Jesus about the most important law of all.  Jesus answers with a summary of the law which gives two requirements. We are to love God totally, and our neighbors as ourselves. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Leviticus 19:18)

The Scribe agrees with Jesus, and He states that the scribe was not far from the kingdom of God. Of course, all the scribe needed to do was place his faith in Christ.

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LUKE 15:20-32 – FAMILY SQUABBLE OR DISAGREEMENT

There are often disagreements in families. Some are minor. Some are major. In our Lord's parable about "The Prodigal Son" there is a story about a family disagreement between the "righteous son" and the Father.

RETURN OF A SON - Vss. 20-24

The Prodigal Son had taken his portion of the family inheritance and spent it on wild living.

When out of money and in desperate straits, he decided to return to his father in repentance. (See Vss. 11-19)

The Father, however, gave the son a royal welcome. He was so delighted that the son had returned.

Part of the welcome was a party where the "fatted calf" was killed.

RESENTMENT OF A BROTHER - Vss. 25-30

The brother who hadn't left refused to celebrate.

He was jealous and angry.

REMINDER OF A FATHER - Vss. 31-32

The righteous son always had the joy of the Father's presence.

All that the Father had was his.

It was right to rejoice, because someone, who was as good as dead, returned to life! He was lost, but was now found.

As Christians we should rejoice when people come to Christ!  We should not be resentful that they get attention.  The Father has been with us since we came to Christ. All that He has is at our disposal.  When a person comes to Christ a person who was spiritually dead is now alive and a person who was Spiritually lost is now found! We are to rejoice!

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THE PRIMACY OF PREACHING – ACTS 2:14

MOVING FORWARD – STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS – LESSON 4

  • What is preaching? 
  • What are some the different “types” of preachers you have heard?
  • How important is preaching? Why?
  • In your opinion, what are the qualities contained in good preaching?
  • The Amercian Heritage Dictionary defines primacy as "The state of being first or foremost."

In our text Peter is about to preach a sermon. The occasion is the Birthday of the Church, the day when the Holy Spirit baptized and filled the Body of Christ.

The Church was and is built on the preaching of God's Word. Preaching has always been important to God!  While some churches today try to minimize preaching, we need to see its primacy in God's overall plan.

OLD TESTAMENT PREACHING

NOAH – 2 Peter 2:5 – A Preacher of Righteousness

 

NATHAN – 2 Samuel 2:1-14 – The Story-Teller Who Didn’t Hold Back

EZRA AND HIS HELPERS – Nehemiah – The Roots of Expository Preaching/Teaching

AMOS – Amos 7:10-15 – The Layman Sent by God

JONAH – Jonah 3:1-5 – The Forceful Preacher

NEW TESTAMENT PREACHING

JOHN THE BAPTIST – Mark 1:14 – A Specific Message with a Specific Goal

JESUS

  1. Matthew 4:17 – Preached Repentance
  2. Matthew 7:28-29 – Authoritative
  3. Matthew 11:28-30, John 7:37-39 – Invitational
  4. Matthew 23 – Confrontational 
  5. Mark 2:2 - Scriptural
  6. Luke 4:18-19 – Compassionate

THE DISCIPLES UNDER JESUS' DIRECTION – Mark 3:14-15 – Sent to Preach

PETER – Acts 2:14-41, Acts 3:12-4:4 – Preached first recorded sermons.

THOSE SCATTERED BY PERSECUTION – Acts 11:19-21 – Preaching the Word, preaching the Lord Jesus.

PAUL – Ephesians 3:8, Colossians 1:25-29 – Preached the unsearchable riches of Christ to the Gentiles and the mystery – “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

PREACHING TODAY

Mark 16:15 – Preaching of the Gospel

Romans 1:14-17 – Bold Preaching of Justification

Romans 10:13-17 – Bold preaching of the Gospel by those who are sent

1 Corinthians 1:23-25 – The preaching of the cross

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – Powerful preaching

2 Corinthians 4:5 – Christ-centered preaching

2 Timothy 4:2 – Preaching the Word – Romans 15:3-4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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ON OUR KNEES - LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER –

LESSON #6 – PRAYING WITH DAVID PART 1

A COMPLETE LESSON

INTERACTION – Groups of 2 or 3

  • What have you learned about prayer so far?
  • How have your prayers changed in the last few weeks?
  • Have you ever prayed a prayer written by someone else?  How was it helpful?
  • What are some of the written prayers in the Bible?
  • What precautions must we take when we pray a prayer written by someone else?

David is “the shepherd boy who became king”.  He is remembered as the young man who slew Goliath and as the writer of the 23rd Psalm. David was a man of deep devotion to God. Out of this devotion came many prayers which we can learn from, and even pray ourselves.

PSALM 63– DAVID’S PRAYER OF FELLOWSHIP

DESIRE FOR GOD - Vss. 1-2

  • Vs. 1 - What am I saying when I pray, “O God, thou are my God?”  Why are these words a significant way to start prayer?
  • What is the benefit of seeking God early?
  • Why should I be thirsty for God? 
  • What should I do when I’m not thirsty for God?
  • Vs. 2 – In what ways should I want to see God’s power and glory?

DEVOTION TO GOD - Vss. 3-4

  • Vs. 3 – In what ways is God’s lovingkindness better than life?
  • What do verses 3 and 4 teach us about worship?

DEPENDENCE ON GOD - Vss. 5-7

  • Vs. 5-6 – How will having a satisfied soul make me satisfied and joyful?
  • Vs. 7 – What do you think it means to rejoice in the shadow of His wings?

DIRECTION FROM GOD - Vs. 8

· Did you ever follow someone closely? How?

  • How should we follow hard after God?

Psalm 3 - PRAYER OF A GODLY MAN IN TROUBLE

HIS COMPLAINT - Vss. 1-2

  • When might we feel the way that David did?
  • Why was David doing the right thing?

HIS CRY - Vss. 4, 7

  • Vs. 4 - What can we be assured of when we are right with God?
  • Vs. 7 – How does this cry to God show David’s confidence in God?

HIS CONFIDENCE - Vss. 3,5,6,8

  • Vs. 3 - In the last year, how has God protected you and kept your “head above water?”
  • Vs. 5 – Restful sleep and awakening refreshed is an indication that truly my confidence is God.
  • Vs. 6 – David is saying that he won’t be afraid of even the largest army because his confidence is in God.
  • Vs. 8 – How is this verse comforting to you?

Psalm 4 – AN EVENING PRAYER

GOD WAS CONSULTED - Vs. 1

  • God had helped David in the past. On this basis, he asks for help again.

ENEMIES WERE CONFRONTED - Vss. 2-5

  • Why is it constructive to talk to people who can’t hear you?
  • Consider the advice that David is giving his enemies as also a prayer.  When we realize what those people who are opposed to us need, we can pray for it to happen.  We are actually helping them.

DAVID WAS COMFORTED - Vss. 6-8

  • Vs. 6 - There will always be pessimists around.  Let’s remember that the Lord is the source of our help.  We can ignore what the pessimists have to say!
  • Vs. 7 – In an agrarian society, joy is often dependent on the productivity of the crops.  David is saying that the joy that the Lord gives is better than a bumper crop.
  • Vs. 8 – We are again reminded that God’s protection will allow us to have a good and safe night’s sleep.

Psalm 5 – A MORNING PRAYER

DAVID WANTS TO BE HEARD Vss. 1-3

  • What David did want from God?
  • How did David view God?
  • What could God count on from David?  Why was that important to God?

DAVID WANTS TO BE HOLY Vss. 4-7

  • How is God’s holiness described in verses 4-6?
  • Vs. 7 – How did David intend to meet God’s standard of holiness?

DAVID WANTS TO BE HELPED Vss. 8-10

  • What is the benefit of allowing the Lord to fight our battles for us?

DAVID WANTS TO BE HAPPY Vss. 11-12

  • According to these verses, what do we need to do to be happy or joyful?

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GETTING ONE’S SHARE

· What are some things you’d like to have your share of?

  • Why are people concerned about “getting their share”?
  • The Lord wants His share, and wants you to have his.

The word “portion” refers to an allotment or a share.  The word appears several times in Scripture and shows how various people get their share.

A PORTION FOR THE LORD

Deuteronomy 32:9 (ESV) - But the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.

Psalm 23:1, Psalm 100:3, John 10:27-28, Galatians 3:26

A DOUBLE PORTION FOR SERVICE

2 Kings 2:9 (ESV) - When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 5:18-21, Ephesians 6:18

 PORTION FOR MINISTERS

2 Chronicles 31:4 (ESV) - And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord. Luke 10:7, 1 Timothy 5:17-18, 1 Corinthians 9:13-14

A PORTION FROM MINISTERS

Luke 12:42-44 (ESV) - And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 2 Timothy 4:2, 1 Peter 5:2

A PORTION FOR THE WICKED

Psalm 11:6 (ESV) - Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. Psalm 1:6, Psalm 9:17

A PORTION FOR ME

Psalm 16:5,11 (ESV) - The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Also see Psalm 119:57, 142:5

A PORTION FOR JESUS – Isaiah 53:10-12

A PORTION OF HOPE

Lamentations 3:24 (ESV) - “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

 

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