SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 5/24/21
May 25, 2021, 10:13 AM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T21 – FOR WEEK OF 5/21/21

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1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-31 – THE UNITY OF THE MESSAGE

KEY PASSAGES IN 1 CORINTHIANS #3

Like so many Christians today, the Church in Corinth was divided. They all seemed to have their favorite Bible teacher and were splintered into different factions.

1 Corinthians 1:10

This was never the intention of the Lord Jesus.

John 17:20-21 - “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

We need to be united in the message we convey to those outside true Christianity. What is the message that people need to hear and heed the most? It is the message of salvation or the message of the cross.

This is the message your friends and family need to hear. It is the message you need to believe to be truly part of the Family of God.

THE POWER OF GOD – 1 Corinthians 1:18, 24-25

The Message of the Cross – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 10:9-13

Vs. 24 – We are helpless to atone for our sins. The power of Christ’s atonement for us on the cross is what makes forgiveness and eternal life possible. 1 Peter 1:18-19

THE PERCEPTION OF GOD – 1 Corinthians 1:19-25

Perception is a synonym for wisdom.

Vs. 22 – The sign of Jonah was the sign Jesus gave the Jews in Matthew 12:38-41

Vs. 24 – Christ is the wisdom of God. God did for us through Christ what we could not do for ourselves.

THE PLAN OF GOD – 1 Corinthians 1:26-28

Not many “wise” or “mighty” people are called to salvation.

One must enter Christ’s Kingdom with humility.

Matthew 18:1-3, Luke 18:9-14

THE PURPOSE OF GOD – 1 Corinthians 1:29-31

The purpose of God is that He will get all the glory for salvation through His Son.

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EXODUS 2:1-10 – MOSES’ STORY

SON - Vss. 1-2

Moses is born and he's a beautiful child. However, Pharaoh had commanded that all Hebrew male children be thrown in the river. (Exodus 1:22)

SAFETY - Vss. 3-4

Moses' mother hid him as long as she could and then placed him in the river in an ark.  Moses' sister watched.

SOVEREIGNTY - Vss. 5-6

God, in his sovereignty touched the heart of Pharaoh's daughter.  She had compassion on him.

SECURITY - Vss. 7-10

Moses was allowed to be nursed, and eventually was raised in Pharaoh's house.

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PSALM 133 - THE BLESSINGS OF UNITY

  • To you, why is unity in a church essential?
  • Written by David, this Psalm may have been written when Israel became united under his leadership. 2 Samuel 5:1-5
  • It was also a Psalm of Ascents, sung on Pilgrimages to Jerusalem.
  • The first word in the Psalm is “Behold!”. David is telling his audience to “look”, take note, or pay attention.
  • Vs. 1 – David is saying that those who dwell together in unity are blessed. Let’s see how:
  1. GOODNESS – Vs. 1
  2. PLEASANTNESS – Vs. 1
  3. ANOINTING – Vs. 2, 1 Samuel 16:13, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 5:22-23
  4. REFRESHMENT (DEW) – Vs. 3, Lamentations 3:22-23
  5. LIFE! – Vs. 3 – Heaven on earth, and Heaven in Heaven!
  • What are some of the things we can do to assure these blessings?

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ISAIAH 11 – WHEN JESUS REIGNS

The reign of the Lord Jesus here on earth will be a glorious one. Isaiah 11 tells us some important things about it.

THE SPIRIT OF HIS REIGN - Vss. 1-2

God's Holy Spirit will rest on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Notice that He is the Spirit:

  1. Of the Lord
  2. Of wisdom
  3. Of understanding
  4. Of counsel
  5. Of might
  6. Of knowledge
  7. Of the fear of the Lord.

THE STANDARD OF HIS REIGN - Vss. 3-5

The standard of his reign is righteousness.

There will be nothing unrighteous about the reign of Jesus. All His decisions will be just.

THE SAFETY OF HIS REIGN - Vss. 6-10

Animals will docile.

Children will be safe.

His rest shall be glorious. Vs. 10

THE STRENGTH OF HIS REIGN - Vss. 11-16

The scattered Jewish remnant will return to Israel.

The enemies of Israel will be defeated.

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MARK 3:1-6 – DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE

We use an expression when someone is sick in a crowded area. We will ask, "Is there a doctor in the house?" In other words, "Is there a physician available to meet the needs of a sick person?"

When the man with the withered hand went to the synagogue one day, he discovered that, indeed, there was a doctor in the house!  The doctor was the Lord Jesus Christ!

AWARENESS OF JESUS - Vss. 1-2 - Jesus knew the man was there and that he had a need.

It is comforting to know that Jesus is aware of our needs.

AVAILABILITY OF JESUS - Vs. 3 - Not only was Jesus aware of the need, but He was available to help.  Let us find comfort in Jesus' availability to help God's children.

ANGER OF JESUS - Vss. 4-5 - Jesus was being watched to see if He would violate (in their opinion) the law by healing on the Sabbath. Jesus asked if it was legal to do good on the Sabbath.

The silence of those watching indicated the hardness of their hearts. Jesus was grieved and angered.

ACTION OF JESUS - Vs. 5 - Jesus healed on the Sabbath, establishing the correctness of doing good to others any day of the week!

ARROGANCE OF JESUS' ENEMIES - Vss. 2,6 - They watched Jesus to see if He would heal on the Sabbath. They wanted to accuse Him. The Pharisees, instead of marveling at Jesus' miracle, took counsel to destroy Him!

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LUKE 6:45 – IT'S UNAVOIDABLE

As you go through life, you will find that there are some things that are just unavoidable.  And when we look in the Word of God, we find that God tells us that there a certain things that are definitely unavoidable.

The most obvious thing that is unavoidable is death.

The old saying is that there are two things you can't avoid, death and taxes.  I've seen people avoid taxes, but never death.

Hebrews 9:27  - And as it is appointed unto men once to die,

Have you ever considered that you have an appointment with death?  It may be soon, or it may not be for years, but unless the Lord Jesus returns, each one of us sooner or later will pass through the veil of death.

There is another unavoidable thing according to God. That's judgment.  I only quoted part of Hebrews 9:27 a moment ago. Here's the whole verse - And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

No matter who you are, you will be judged after you die.

You personally will appear at what is called the "The Great White Throne Judgment" or "The Judgment Seat of Christ".

Those who have failed to trust the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin will be present at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15).

Just think, if you don't know Christ as Savior, the Great White Throne Judgment is unavoidable. If your friends, your loved ones, your neighbors, your co-workers don't know Christ as Savior, this judgment is unavailable.

Things go better for the ones who know Christ as Savior. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

We shall have eternal bliss with the Lord, but there will also be an unavoidable time of reckoning, of judgment. Romans 14:12, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11a

Of course, there are other unavoidable things in the Bible, and our text is one of them.   

Luke 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Eventually and inevitably whatever is in your heart will be revealed by your lips. For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. It's unavoidable!

So if a good man brings forth  good things out of a good heart, and if an evil man brings forth evil things out of an evil heart, and it's unavoidable. What then, should be our desire and our goal?

Our desire and our goal should be to have a good heart!

How can we accomplish that?

Proverbs 4:23 - Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

A GOOD HEART IS A SAVED HEART

The trouble all of us have is that none of us begin with a good heart! Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10-12, Ezekiel 18:4

So we need a "heart transplant".  We need a new heart, a saved heart, because the old heart is rotten.

Enter the Lord Jesus, God's Son.

You and I deserve eternal punishment. Instead, Jesus took that punishment upon his own shoulders on the cross. 2 Corinthians 5:21

All we need to decide is to transfer our sin to Jesus' account.

That is, we trust that He has taken care of it.

We do that by trusting Christ as our Savior. Ephesians 2:8-9

And when we put our faith in Christ we receive a new heart, a saved heart! 2 Corinthians 5:17

A new creature, or a new creation includes a new heart!  

Don't expect to have a good heart until you have a new or saved heart!

A GOOD HEART IS A SANCTIFIED HEART

1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

The word "sanctify" means to "set apart".

My friend a good heart, after being saved, has solved the Lordship problem.  The Lordship problem is simply "Who is going to run my heart and my life?" 

For the Christian there is only one right answer to that question. The answer is the Lord Jesus Christ!

Someone has well said, "If Jesus isn't Lord of all, He isn't Lord at all."

How many of us stop short of allowing Jesus to be boss in our hearts?  How can hearts be entirely good unless Jesus is in control?

So how do we get a sanctified heart? Romans 12:1                                  

A GOOD HEART IS A SPIRIT-CONTROLLED HEART

If Jesus is truly Lord of your life, you will allow Him to control you through his Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:18 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

When the Spirit is in control of your heart, the mouth will reflect it. For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

What is in your heart when the Spirit is in control?

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

A good heart is a spirit-controlled heart.

When the heart is spirit-controlled, the words coming out of the mouth will be:

Loving words

Joyful words

Peaceful words

Longsuffering words

Gentle words

Good words

Faithful words

Meek words

Self-controlled words

How do I make sure that I am spirit-controlled?

First, I must neither grieve the Holy Spirit by my sin, nor quench the Spirit by my unbelief. This means I must examine my life for sin and forsake it.

Second, being filled with the Holy Spirit is God's will.  We are told in 1 John 5:14-15 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Because being filled with the Holy Spirit is God's will, I must ask God to fill me with His Spirit.

A GOOD HEART IS A SINGING HEART

Another result of being spirit filled is a singing heart.

Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Worship does not begin with the mouth. It begins in the heart!

For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

True worship with the lips is a result of true worship in our hearts.  I personally feel that we actually give little praise with our lips to the Lord, because our hearts are not praising Him from within.  

A GOOD HEART IS A SPEAKING HEART

Very often, the words that come out of our mouths are worried, anxious words.

We need a confident heart if we are going to have confident words.

A confident heart comes from prayer, the words we speak to God. 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7

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A MODEL CHURCH – ACTS 2:37-47

MOVING FORWARD – STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS – LESSON 6

  • Tell us about a model student, a model teacher, a model family, or a model boss that you know or knew personally.
  • When something or someone is filling a role or doing a job the way it should be done, we call them a "model." 
  • Without peeking at the notes, how would you describe a model church?
  • Will any church be a perfect church? Why?

Last time, we studied the Apostle Peter’s first sermon. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, there was tremendous conviction on the part of many listeners. This led to the dramatic growth of the church in one day. In many ways this first church models for us what church today should look like.

ONE FAITH – Vss. 37-41

  • Let us briefly review the latter part of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:22-36.
  • Vs. 37 – The words cut to the heart mean "sharp pain associated with anxiety and remorse."
  • When a person is “born again”, there is conviction that something is wrong that needs to be made right.
  • In this case, those who heard Peter's message would have been convicted, that they, as a nation, had rejected and crucified their Messiah! 
  • Vs. 38 – Peter gives a simple answer, "REPENT". As H.A. Ironside pointed out, to repent means to change your mind about Christ. It means to have a change of heart. John 3:36,            1 Thessalonians 1:9
  • Vs. 38 – When a person believes on Christ the first step is a public confession of faith through baptism. Baptism does not save anyone, faith does. The word “for” can also mean “because of”.
  • The result of faith is forgiveness or remission of sin. 1 Corinthians 6:11, Psalm 32:1
  • The indwelling Holy Spirit is also promised to those who trust Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13
  • Vs. 41 – After Peter spoke further (Vss. 39-40), 3,000 people were saved.

 

ONE FAMILY

  • In what sense do new Christians get a new “family”? John 1:12
  • There is certain behavior that is to be practiced in the model church family.  I see four qualities which we should practice in this part of the Family of God.

THEY CONTINUED – Vs. 42

  • Vs. 42 – Progress in the Christian Life should be evident. They continued steadfastly in:
  • Doctrine or teaching – They received instruction from the Apostles. Ephesians 4:11-15,              1 Timothy 4:13
  • Fellowship or communion – a having in common, sharing – It is empowered by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14) and expressed through the “one another” Scriptures.             (John 15:12, Romans 13:8, 14, 19, Galatians 5:13, 6:2, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 3:13, 10:24-25 and more!)
  • Breaking of bread – The Lord’s Table was celebrated regularly. – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
  • Prayer – Praying together for various needs. Acts 4:31, Acts 12:5, 1 Timothy 2:8

THEY UNITED – Vs. 44

  • Here was a group that got along with each other. They hung out together.
  • This was probably a group that didn't let little matters bother them. And when big matters came up, they resolved them! Philippians 2:1-3

THEY SHARED – Vss. 44-45

  • This was not communism or socialism. Why?
  • This was the people of God sharing with each other voluntarily, in order to meet needs.
  • We should be willing to share with those in need.
  • We should be willing to help meet the needs of other Christians. 1 John 3:16-18, Galatians 6:9

THEY REJOICED – Vss. 46-47a

  • How did the before mentioned qualities contribute to their joy?
  • How did worship help?
  • The resurrection of Jesus from the dead was a contributing factor, as well as forgiveness of sin and everlasting life.

ONE FORCE – Vss. 43, 47

  • Vs. 43 – The word “fear” is translated in other Bible Versions as “awe”. There was a sense of reverence that was prevalent.
  • Miracles abounded in this church through the Apostles. In what sense should miracles abound in our church? John 14:13-14
  • Vs. 47 – Notice the positive testimony that the church had in the community! Later the church would be persecuted, but early on there is a positive attitude towards the church!
  • When the world sees a church that loves God and loves and cares for its people, there is going to be a positive reaction. People will want what we have! 1 John 13:34-35
  • And notice who did the adding to the church. The conditions were pleasing to God, and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved!

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THE EARLY CHURCH IN PRAYER

ON OUR KNEES - LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER – LESSON #8

(A COMPLETE LESSON)

INTERACTION

  • Have you ever seen God answer corporate prayers?
  • What are some positive things to be said for corporate prayer?
  • Why are corporate prayers sometimes ineffective?
  • Why do our minds wander when someone else is praying?
  • What are some of the things we should be praying for corporately?

 

Our study of men of prayer takes us to the Book of Acts.  We want to see prayers that were made corporately, that is, as a group, which often included the ladies as well. These examples give us good examples of what we should ask for when we pray as a group.

PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE

 

Acts 1:24-25 - And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, [25] That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

  • The Apostles were choosing a replacement for Judas. They asked God for guidance as they cast lots.  This was the last record of casting lots in the Scripture. 
  • When are some of the times when corporate prayer should be made for guidance in a local church?
  • What are some decisions that churches have made without truly seeking the Lord’s guidance?
  • Why is it a travesty when churches make decisions without seeking guidance from the Lord?

PRAYER OF POWER

Acts 4:31 - And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

  • Peter and John had been threatened not to preach the Gospel. Acts 4: 18-21
  • Prayer was made, not for deliverance, but for boldness and power. Acts 4:23-30
  • Preaching and teaching God’s Word are arguably the most important activities that take place in this church.

1 Corinthians 1:18 - For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:21 - For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

  • Exactly what should be prayed for before any service?
  • What part should the Holy Spirit have in preaching and teaching?

PRAYER OF LEADERS   

Acts 6:4 - But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

· Why should leaders especially pray?

· How can leaders, such as a pastor or elders, be freed up to pray?

  • How would allowing leaders more time to pray change a church?

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Acts 6:6 - Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

Acts 14:23 - And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Acts 13:3 - And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

  • Deacons, elders, and missionaries were prayed over when their ministry began.
  • What value are prayers of dedication to the one receiving them?
  • What value are prayers of dedication to God?

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Acts 12:5 - Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

  • Why should persecuted Christians be of concern to us?

Hebrews 13:3 - Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

  • How can we better remember to pray for persecuted Christians?   

PRAYER OF DELIVERANCE

Acts 16:25 - And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

  • Why were Paul and Silas in jail and what was their physical condition?
  • Why do you think praising God was a key to their deliverance?
  • How will prayerful and joyful reaction to adversity affect others?
  • Consider what great things God might do if we handled adversity the way Paul and Silas did!

PRAYER OF COMMITMENT

Acts 20:36 - And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.

  • Paul was leaving the Ephesian leaders, not to see them again.
  • He had given them instruction and warning.
  • Then he prayed with them.  I believe that he was committing their well-being and ministry to God.
  • What are some times when we need to stop what we’re doing and have prayer with someone?

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