SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 5/31/21
May 31, 2021, 6:12 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T22 – FOR WEEK OF 5/31/21

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1 CORINTHIANS 15:42-58 – THE UNITY OF RESURRECTION

KEY PASSAGES IN 1 CORINTHIANS #4

When will there be unity among all Christians?

  • When will there be no denominations?
  • When will there be no disagreements on doctrine?
  • When will there be no sin?
  • When will there be total forgiveness among believers?
  • When will Christ receive all the glory in His church?

The answer? When those who are true believers in Christ, who have accepted 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and Romans 10:9-13 by faith, are raised from the dead.

As Christians, our lives have been transformed, our spirits have been transformed, but our bodies have not! Romans 8:23-25

We have been showing you key passages in 1 Corinthians. The theme of 1 Corinthians is unity. 1 Corinthians 1:10   

We have seen:

  • Unity at the (Communion) Table in chapter 11
  • Unity of Love in chapter 13
  • Unity of the Message in chapter 1:18-31

Now, let’s look on the ultimate unity for us and ever believer, The Unity of the Resurrection

THE RESURRECTION IS DISTINCTIVE – Vss. 42-50

Vs. 43 – Colossians 3:4, 1 John 3:2

Vs. 44 – Luke 24:36-43

Vs. 45 – Romans 5:19, 21

Vs. 49 – Philippians 3:20-21

THE RESURRECTION IS DIFFERENT – Vs. 15:51

THE RESURRECTION IS DYNAMIC – Vss. 52-53

THE RESURRECTION IS DELIGHTFUL – Vss. 54-57

THE RESURRECTION IS DEMANDING 58

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1 SAMUEL 30 – FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH

There will always be tragedies in our lives.

Job 5:7 - Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

There will always be a right way and a wrong way to handle tragedy.  The right way of handling tragedy keeps one in touch with God.  The wrong way of handling tragedy is without God.  Handling tragedy without God leads to bitterness, failure, and perhaps, more tragedy.

We want to consider an event in the life of David and find David experiencing one of the bitterest tragedies of his life.  We can learn much from David, as he shows us how to move from tragedy to triumph.

BACKGROUND

1 Samuel 27:1-4 - David had been pursued by King Saul for a long time and had grown weary of it.  He went over to the enemy's side.

David would make raids, kill everyone, and lie about where he had gone.  This gave Achish the impression that David was attacking his own people and causing a separation between he and Israel. 1 Samuel 27:12

David requested of Achish a place to live, and Achish gave him the down of Ziklag.   

The time came for a showdown between Israel and the Philistines.  When the Philistines gathered together, David was with Achish.  The other Philistine Lords balked and David and his men were sent home.

I see God's hand in this.  David did not have to fight his own people, so David would not be blamed for the death of Saul.

Also, David got home just in time to end up rescuing those who were taken into captivity.

PROBLEM - DAVID FORLORN - Vss. 1-6a

Vss. 1-2 - The Amalekites had invaded Ziklag. With all the men off to war, Ziklag was defenseless.  Everything of value was taken, including the women and children, who could be sold as slaves. The city was burned.

Vs. 3 - Imagine the shock when David and his men came over a hill, anticipating family coming out to meet them. Instead they saw smoldering ash and found nobody left.

We never know when tragedy will come home to us.  Some recent examples include the terrible fires out west, recent hurricanes, terrorist attacks in Iraq, and the bombings in London.

We are not exempt from tragedy.

Vss. 4-5 - David and his men, mature and brave soldiers, just cried until they cried no more!  David knew how his men felt. His wives were taken captive.

It is appropriate to cry and also appropriate to remember that God can get us past the tears of any tragedy. Psalm 30:5

Vs. 6 - If the current tragedy weren't bad enough, David became the scapegoat for his men's anger.

And the Scripture tells us why they were ready to stone David.

They were all grieved. When we grieve greatly we don't think clearly.  When we don't think clearly we will say things that we are sorry for.

You can understand why David was greatly distressed.

His city was destroyed.

His men's families had all been taken captive.

His wives were among the captives.

And now his men want to stone him! I'd be greatly distressed to.

PERSON - DAVID FINDING (HELP FROM GOD) - Vs. 6b-8

1 Samuel 30:6 - but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

avid did not always do what was right.  Some of the things that he did in life were questionable at best.  But when push came to shove, David knew where to turn.  David encouraged himself in the Lord his God!  This is what we should do as well. Isaiah 40:31, 41:10, Psalm 55:22, 118:6, Hebrews 13:8, Psalm 3:1-6

David got help in the person of God - who He is!

We get help in the person of Christ - who He is!

Vss. 7-8 - David asked for the ephod that was part of the priest's clothing. It was used to help determine God's will.

In other words, David inquired of God. He got His wisdom from God.

David asked if they should pursue the Amalakites. The answer was yes, and all would be recovered.

I am reminded of two things. First of all, when all seems lost, all is not necessarily lost.

Secondly when all seems lost, and I don't know where to turn, I need to inquire of him. James 1:5-8

PURSUIT - DAVID FOLLOWING  - Vss. 9-15

When we pray for guidance and God gives it, we need to follow God's will.  Not only was David following after the enemy, but David was also following God's directions.

As a pastor I've done some counseling in my time.

I've discovered something. Godly counsel doesn't work if it isn't followed.  With God's help many problems could have been solved if people had just obeyed God.

Vss. 9-15 - Why was this slave sick?  God needed him to help David. When he was too sick to travel the owner ditched him. Food and drink revived him!

God will put all sorts of people in your life just at the right time to meet your needs.

And God will put you in the right place at the right time to help provide for the needs of others.

PROVIDENCE - DAVID FULFILLED - Vss. 16-20

Vss. 16-20 - Think for a moment. David was outnumbered. David and his men were exhausted, yet God in his providence provided the victory!

I love the phrase at the end of verse 19, "David recovered all.”

Not all victories are as obvious as this one. Sometimes we see victory take place even though circumstances stay the same or get worse. 

What is the secret of Victory in the Life?  It is dependence upon the work of God through His Spirit in our lives!

Ephesians 3:16 - That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

I am becoming more and more convinced that unless God does it, I can't do it!   

PRIZES - DAVID'S FAIRNESS - Vss. 21-25

Vss. 21-25 - Some were too weak to go with David.

                     Some wanted to disqualify the weak from

                     getting any of the spoils.

David proclaimed that the ones who stayed with the stuff, would get their reward.

That encourages me.

God gives rewards not just to missionaries and pastors, but to all those who "stay with the stuff".

1 Corinthians 4:2 - Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

We can pray.

We can give.

We can encourage.

We can witness.

We can do projects to help within our ability.

We can teach.

We can stay by the stuff!

We will be rewarded.

PROBLEM - DAVID FORLORN - Vss. 1-6a

PERSON - DAVID FINDING (HELP FROM GOD) - Vs. 6b-8

PURSUIT - DAVID FOLLOWING  - Vss. 9-15

PROVIDENCE - DAVID FULFILLED - Vss. 16-20

PRIZES - DAVID'S FAIRNESS - Vss. 21-25

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PSALM 119:59-63 – RECIPE FOR JOY

REFLECT - Vs. 59a - I thought on my ways,

Self-examination is key to being right with God.  We must be honest about the condition of our hearts.

REPENT - Vss. 59b-60 - … and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

When we turn away from sin, we will confess it and receive forgiveness. 1 John 1:9

We will strive to be obedient to God's word.

REMEMBER -Vs. 61 - The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

In spite of the hardships that we face as we walk with God (Psalm 34:19, 1I Timothy 3:12).

REJOICE - Vs. 62 - At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

See Philippians 4:4 and Psalm 100.

RECRUIT - Vs. 63 - I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

Make friends of those who are of like faith.

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JEREMIAH 1:4-9 – WHEN GOD CALLS

(I think this is a good outline for a commissioning service for missionaries, licensing of lay ministers, or ordination of pastors.)

WHEN GOD CALLS:

YOU ARE SPECIAL – Vs. 5 – Known before birth

YOU ARE SANCTIFIED – Vs. 5

YOU ARE SENT – Vs. 7

YOU ARE STRENGTHENED – Vs. 8

YOU ARE SUPPLIED – Vs. 9

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MATTHEW 16:21-35 – HOW FORGIVING SHOULD I BE?

In Matthew 18:21, Peter asks Jesus a question about forgiveness. He thought forgiving someone seven times was generous.

IMMENSE RESPONSIBILITY – Vs, -22 – Jesus probably shocked Peter with His answer. “Seventy times seven” implies unlimited forgiveness!

IMPOSSIBLE DEBT – Vss. 23-25 – Jesus tells a parable about a servant who had a debt that was impossible for Him to pay.

IMMEASURABLE FORGIVENESS – Vss. 26-27 – The servant begs for mercy, and the king in the story forgives the servant’s whole debt.

IMPROPER BEHAVIOR – Vss. 28-30 – The servant then faces a similar situation and refuses to forgive a fellow servant’s debt and has him thrown in prison.

IMMEDIATE JUDGMENT – Vss. 31-34 – Other servants reported the unkind servant’s bad behavior to the King, who promptly had him thrown in prison.

IMPORTANT MORAL – Vs. 35 – Our heavenly Father will judge those who do not forgive the sins of others from the heart.

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ATTENTION GRABBER! – ACTS 3:1-4:4

MOVING FORWARD – STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS – LESSON 7

  • What do people do to get someone else's attention?  Give some examples.
  • What has God done to get your attention, or the attention of a loved one?
  • What are some of the things God did in the Bible to get people's attention?
  • In the early church, God wanted the attention of the Jews, and later the Gentiles. He would work miracles through the Apostles to get the attention of the unsaved. Hebrews 2:3-4

We are looking at the first miracle that was worked after Pentecost.  It was an attention grabber, which resulted in another sermon from Peter, and a great number of souls saved.

THE MAN – 3:1-3

  • Vs. 1 – This was about 3:00 P.M. – The Christians were still practicing Jewish customs. Peter and John seemed to work together often.
  • Vs. 2 – A man lame from birth was laid by one of the gates to the Temple, called “Beautiful”. It was overlaid with Corinthian Bronze and shone in the sun.
  • Vs. 3 – The man did the only thing he could do, which was to beg. 

THE MIRACLE – 3:4-11

  • Attention – Vss. 4-5
  • Authority – Vs. 6, Colossians 3:17
  • Action – Vss. 7-8
  • Audience – Vs. 9
  • Amazement – Vss. 10-11

THE MESSAGE - 3:12-26

  • Disclaimer – Vs. 12 – It’s not us! John 15:5
  • Designation – Vs. 13 – It’s Jesus, God’s Servant – Isaiah 52:13-53:12
  • Denial – Vss. 13-14
  • Death – Vs. 15
  • Declaration – Vss. 15-16 – God raised Jesus from the dead and the lame man was healed by (Peter and John’s) faith in His name.
  • Realization – Vs. 17
  • Repentance – Vss. 19-20
  • References – Vss. 18, 21-25 – Moses and the Prophets – Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19
  • Remarkable! – Vs. 26 – God gave them first opportunity to turn from iniquity and to trust Christ.

THE MANNERS (OF RESPONSE) 4:1-4

  • The religious leaders got angry and threw them in jail. Vss. 1-3
  • Many others believed on the Lord and were saved. Vs. 4

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COLOSSIANS 4:2-6 – DAILY DEVOTION (or DOINGS or DISCIPLINES)

 

OUR DAILY WATCH (IN PRAYER) – Colossians 4:2-4

Vs. 2, NASB - Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.

Vs. 2 – ESV - Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

“Prayer is not a spiritual luxury; it is essential for growth. Prayer—as vital to one’s spiritual health as breathing is to one’s physical health—should be continual (1 Thessalonians 5:17), not casual.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary

Hebrews 13:15 - Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

OUR DAILY WALK (IN WISDOM) – Colossians 4:5

“’Redeeming the time’ means buying up the opportunity (Eph. 5:16). This is a commercial term and pictures the Christian as a faithful steward who knows an opportunity when he sees one. Just as a merchant seizes a bargain when he finds one, so a Christian seizes the opportunity to win a soul to Christ.” Warren W. Wiersbe

OUR DAILY WORDS (OF GRACE) – Colossians 4:6

“Salt was used in sacrifice—let the sacrificial salt be applied to all our words; that is, let all we say be offered up to God, ‘a sacrifice of praise to God continually.’ Salt preserves. Put into your speech what will keep it from rotting, or, as the parallel passage in Ephesians has it, ‘let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.’ Frivolous talk, dreary gossip, ill-natured talk, idle talk, to say nothing of foul and wicked words, will be silenced when your speech is seasoned with salt.” Alexander MacLaren

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HELPING OUR CHURCH GROW – Part 1

ON OUR KNEES - LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER – LESSON #9

(A COMPLETE LESSON)

INTERACTION

  • What are some qualities that make men great?
  • Who are some of these men?
  • What are some specific qualities in men that help churches grow?
  • What specific qualities did Paul have that helped churches grow?
  • Why might prayer be the most significant ingredient in church growth?

If you read the Book of Acts and the Epistles of Paul, you will find Paul to be a great man of prayer.  Paul prayed specifically for the churches he knew. The way Paul prayed is an example of the way we should pray for growth in our church.  

PRAY FOR PERCEPTION - Ephesians 1:15-23

We need to pray that other Christians will have a "spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him" (Vs. 17)

· How would you describe a “spirit of wisdom and revelation”?

· Why should every Christian want to know God better?

  • How will knowing God better help a church grow?

Paul also wanted the church to grasp:

1. "...the hope of His calling..." - Vs. 18

· According to Ephesians 1:4-7 what has He called us to and how does that give us hope?

· According to John 14:2-3 what else are we hoping for?

· What is the difference between faith and hope?

  • How will hope help a church grow?

2. "...the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints..." - Vs. 18

· Just think! We are His inheritance!  How should being His inheritance affect our behavior?

1 John 3:2-3 - Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. [3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Jude 1:24 - Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

3. "...the exceeding greatness of his power..." - Vss. 19-23 

· We need to grasp just how much power is available for us in Christ.  We will not appropriate the power unless we understand its availability.

  • What is His power in us based on?  Is it enough?

PRAY FOR POWER - Ephesians 3:14-21

  • After praying that Christians perceive the availability of Christ's power, we need to pray that appropriation of that power would be a reality in their lives.

1. Power of the Spirit - Vs. 16

· How can you tell when the power of the Spirit is in your life? Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 1:8

  • How will the power of the Spirit help the church grow?

2. Power of Christ's control - Vs. 17a

  • When Christ dwells in our hearts by faith he is “at home” there.  He has been made the master of the house and has been given the key to every “room” so that He might clean it and rule there.

3. Power to love - Vss. 17b-19a

· What do you think it means to be “rooted and grounded in love?”

· To understand the dimensions of love is to understand its vastness.

· When we know the love of Christ, we understand that His love is beyond human knowledge.

  • How will this knowledge of Christ’s love affect our behavior in church? How will it affect our attitude towards those who don’t know Christ?

4. Power of God's fullness - Vs. 19b

· What does it mean to be filled with the fullness of God?

· Why is this a great request to make for your Christian friends and loved ones?

· Vss. 20-21 – What are the chances of these prayers being answered?

· Why would God answer these prayers?

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