SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 5/3/21
May 5, 2021, 1:26 PM

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BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T18 – FOR WEEK OF 5/3/21

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1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-34 - UNITY AT THE TABLE

KEY PASSAGES IN 1 CORINTHIANS #1

Here are some quotes about Christian Unity:

“Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.” Vesta Kelly.

“There are two ways of being united -- one is by being frozen together, and the other is by being melted together. What Christians need is to be united in brotherly love, and then they may expect to have power.” Moody’s Anecdotes

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.” A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God.

“I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field.” John Wesley.

All these quotes from Sermon Illustrations

Jesus’ intent for His Church is that Christians be unified, not necessarily in denomination, but in love and basic doctrine.

John 17:20-21

They started off well! Acts 2:46-47

It was not long however before there were problems with unity. The church is made up of redeemed sinners. Redeemed sinners are not sinless, so many in churches there is not unity.

Over the next month, I want us to examine some key passages in the Book of 1 Corinthians. A major theme of this book is an appeal for unity in their church. Early in his letter Paul indicates the need for unity in Corinth.                             1 Corinthians 1:10

Every other month we celebrate the Lord’s Table, also called Holy Communion and the Last Supper. Sadly, one of the places that the Corinthians lacked unity is here.

Unity does not mean we agree on everything, but it does mean that we are accepting of each other. Philippians 2:1-4

As we prepare our hearts for the Lord’s Table, let’s look at      1 Corinthians 11:17-34  

INTRODUCTION

  • The intent of Jesus is that His Church be unified. John 17:20-21
  • The church in Jerusalem practiced unity. Acts 2:46-47
  • There was a need for unity in the Church in Corinth.             1 Corinthians 1:10
  • Unity does not mean agreement on all things, but loving consideration of others. Philippians 2:1-4

A REBUKE – 1 Corinthians 11:17-22

Vs. 18 – There were divisions at the Lord’s Table. Animosity existed between the “haves” and the “have nots”.

Instead of the Lord’s Table being a true “love feast”, it a source of division among the brothers and sisters.

Although, this specific problem does not exist in our church today, we do need ask, “What attitudes, actions, or conversations have I participated in that cause division?”

A REVIEW – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Lord’s Table is a memorial commemorating our Lord’s death for our sins. We proclaim our faith in the sacrificed body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A REQUIREMENT – 1 Corinthians 11:27-32

A guest at a meal should never show disrespect for the host or hostess. Christ is the host at the Lord’s Table. We must be careful to show no disrespect.

A REMINDER – 1 Corinthians 11:33-34

Our behavior at the Lord’s Table should always be considerate towards other guests.

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ROMANS 12:9-21 – DEPLOYMENT – Page 1

THE VOCATION OF RIGHTEOUSSNESS – Part 3

  Do you know, Oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?

Do you know, Oh Christian, you’re a sermon in shoes?

Jesus calls upon you, to spread the gospel news,

So walk it, and talk it.

Live it, and give it.

Teach it, and preach it.

Know it, and show it.

A Sermon in Shoes.

(Ruth Harms Calkin)

In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus basically tells us the same thing, we are to live out our Christian faith so others can see it!

We have been looking at God’s righteousness in the Book of Romans.

  • Key verses Romans 1:16-17
  • The Vocabulary of Righteousness – Romans 3:24-25
  • The Victory of Righteousness – Romans 8:1-4
  • The Vocation of Righteousness – Romans 12
  1. Dedication – Vss. 1-2
  2. Discernment – Vss. 3-8
  3. Deployment – Vss. 9-21 – Sermons in Shoes.

Actually, in this passage I see four sermons we should preach in our daily lives.

SERMON ON LOVE – Romans 12:9-10

  • Vs. 9 – Sincere love (without hypocrisy) hates evil and loves good.
  • Vs. 10 – Show brotherly love that honors others above ourselves.

SERMON ON ENTHUSIASM – Romans 12:11-13

SERMON ON INTERACTION – Romans 12:14-16

SERMON ON GRACE – Romans 12:17-21

  • Grace is treating others better than they treat us.

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PSALM 112:5-10 – A GOOD MAN

A GOOD MAN IS GENEROUS - Vss. 5a, 9a

A GOOD MAN IS DISCRETE - Vs. 5b

A GOOD MAN IS REMEMBERED - Vs. 6

A GOOD MAN IS CONFIDENT - Vss. 7-8

A GOOD MAN IS VICTORIOUS - Vss. 9-10

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ISAIAH 12:1-6 – IN THAT DAY

Isaiah 12 is a Psalm.

It is a response to the description of the Millennial Kingdom described in Isaiah 11.

For Israel, "That day" refers to the millennial reign of Christ.

For us, "That day" can also refer to the day of salvation. If we are saved, these truths apply to us right now.

THE INWARD CONDITION - Vss. 1-3

1. Peace with God - Vs. 1 - God was angry because of sin. He was angry with Israel's sin and our sin (Isaiah 59:1-2). The anger with Israel will no longer exist during the Millennium. God's anger with us ended when we placed our faith in Christ. Romans 5:1

2. Peace of God - Vs. 2 - "God is my salvation."  This is true on a permanent basis the moment a person trusts Christ as Savior. It is also true on a daily basis.  We can trust the God who provided such great salvation to continue to keep, protect, strengthen, gladden, and defend us.

3. Power of God - Vs. 3 - There is strength in joy. In Christ we have continual joy! Nehemiah 8:10

Israel will have continual joy in the Millennium.

THE OUTWARD EXPRESSION - Vss. 4-6

1. SHARING - Vs. 4 - Others are invited to join in the praise of the Lord and to share what he has done for us with others. It is our job to share the Good News!

2. SINGING - Vs. 5 - We are to be a people of praise. Israel will continually praise God during the Millennium. We can sing right now! Ephesians 5:19

3. SHOUTING - Vs. 6 - We should be excited because of God's greatness.  We are not suggesting that our enthusiasm should be out of control, but most of us could be more excited about the Lord than we are.

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MATTHEW 12:1-8, 38-42 – GREATER!

  • When we say, “Jesus is greater or greatest,” what does that mean? Revelation 5:12-13
  • Why must we, as Christians, recognize the greatness of Jesus.

In Matthew 12 Jesus makes three statements about His greatness that upset the Pharisees. He was definitely claiming His deity and authority over the world. Let us consider how these statements impact us today.

JESUS IS GREATER THAN ANY CHURCH (THE TEMPLE). – Matthew 12:1-8

  • The Pharisees had a problem with plucking grain and eating it on the Sabbath. Vss. 1-2
  • Jesus’ first example of its legality – David and the showbread. Vss. 3-4
  • Jesus’ second example of its legality – The activity of the priests on the Sabbath. Vs. 5.
  • Jesus is greater than the Temple because He is God. Vs. 6, John 1:1
  • As God, Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. Vss. 7-8
  • There is no denomination or church that is greater than He.
  • This means we must be careful of being too narrow-minded in our denominationalism. 

JESUS IS GREATER THAN ANY PREACHER OR PROPHET (JONAH). – Matthew 8:38-41

  • The evil generation was looking for a sign. The sign they would receive is the sign of Jonah. Vss. 38-39
  • Jonah was a great prophet who led a great revival. Jonah 3:1-10
  • Jonah was as good as dead in the belly of the great fish (whale) for three days and three nights.
  • Jesus is greater than Jonah because of his literal death, burial, and resurrection.

Vss. 40-41, Revelation 1:18

  • There is no preacher or prophet greater than the Lord Jesus. No true prophet will lead one contrary to the teachings and deity of Christ.

JESUS IS GREATER ANY THEOLOGIAN OR WISE MAN (SOLOMON). – Matthew 8:42

  • God had granted Solomon great wisdom. The Queen of Sheba came to check it out for herself. 2 Chronicles 1:7-12, 9:1-12
  • Jesus’ wisdom is greater than that of Solomon because he is God. Colossians 1:15-19
  • No theologian or wise man is above Jesus. Therefore, let’s be careful that we don’t place the teachings of our teachers above the teachings of Jesus.

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REVELATION 2:1-5 – FIRST LOVE!

In a physical sense every married person is to have a first love!  That first love is to be the husband or wife that God has provided. Ephesians 5:25, Titus 2:4

There are problems when a marriage partner develops another "love" that takes the place of the original partner. Sometimes that "love" is another person, sometimes that "love" is wealth, fame, alcohol, drugs, or something else.  In "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge had a girlfriend who loved him very much. However she broke off the engagement because he had a greater love for money than he did for her.

It is also possible to leave a first love in a Spiritual sense. This is what the church in Ephesus did to our Lord Jesus Christ.  We must be careful because we can leave our love for the Lord Jesus just as easily.

INTRODUCTION

Our Lord is giving this message to the "Angel" of the church in Ephesus. I personally feel that He is referring to the pastor. The "stars" refer to the angels or pastors for the churches mentioned in Revelation 2-3 (Revelation 1:20). It is encouraging to me that He holds each pastor in His hand.

Also, he walks among the candlesticks which refers to the churches (Revelation 1:20).

COMMENDATION - Vss. 2,3,6

Vs. 2 - Our Lord knows the work of each church. This church was a hard working, diligent church. They hated the activities of evil workers and false apostles.

Vs. 3 - Life wasn't easy for the Ephesian Christians, but the people labored faithfully during times of opposition and they did not faint!

Vs. 6 - There was a group of false teachers called the Nicolaitans whose deeds the Lord hated. The Ephesians hated these deeds as well.

CONDEMNATION - Vs. 4

They had left their first love!  They were still busy, but no longer loved the Lord the way they once did.

Do you know what a person is called who cheats on his wife?  He is called an adulterer. Our Lord hates spiritual adultery! James 4:4

How about us? Do we love anything or anyone more than we love Christ? Luke 14:26-27

COUNSEL - Vs. 5

They were to remember from where they had fallen.

They were to repent.

They were to go back to doing their first works.

They were to beware lest their candlestick (testimony) be removed.

CHALLENGE - Vs. 7

We are to hear what our Lord is saying.

If we heed, there is reward!

 

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JESUS KEEPS HIS PROMISE – ACTS 2:1-13

MOVING FORWARD – STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS – LESSON 3

  • Name a product you have purchased that has not lived up to the promises made about it.
  • Name a promise made to you (No names please!) that was not kept.
  • Name a promise made to you that was kept.
  • God keeps His promises. Please name one that He has kept to you.

As the church was launching and moving forward, Jesus (God) kept His promise of the arrival of the Holy Spirit. This is considered the birthday of the Church!

THE PROMISE – Mark 1:7-8, Luke 24:49, John 14:16-18, Acts 1:8

  • Mark 1:7-8 – How is the baptism that Jesus gives superior to the baptism of John?                      
  • Luke 24:49 – The ultimate source of this promise is the Father Himself. John 15:26-27
  • John 14:16-18 – What encourages you about this promise?
  • Acts 1:8 – Remember, God will not ask or tell you to do something without providing the power to do it!

THE PROPRIETY – Leviticus 23:1-22

  • God’s plan and timing are pictured in the feasts of Leviticus 23.
  • Vss. 4-7 – Passover pictures the sacrifice of Christ for our sins. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
  • Vss. 9-14 – Firstfruits pictures Christ’s resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:20
  • Vss. 15-22 – Pentecost or the “Feast of Weeks” was 50 days after the Resurrection. It was a harvest festival and another kind of firstfruits.
  • It was fitting that the Holy Spirit would arrive to the church on this day. 2 Corinthians 5:5, Ephesians 1:13-14.
  • Also consider that there was also the firstfruits of souls. Acts 2:41

THE PLACE – Acts 2:1

  • The disciples were being obedient. They were in one place and they were in agreement.
  • The place was either a room, or perhaps even at the Temple, close enough that the sound of the wind would have attracted a crowd.

THE POWER – Acts 2:2-3

  • Vs. 2 – The word for spirit was the same word as breath or wind.
  • When people are born of the Spirit, they are born again by the mighty power of God.

John 3:5-8, Ezekiel 37:7-10

  • Vs. 3 – Fire burns, fire gives light, fire purifies, fire warms, fire is powerful. The Holy Spirit does all these things.
  • Notice that the tongues of fire or the Holy Spirit was on each believer.

THE PRESENCE – Acts 2:4

  • Not only were the disciples baptized with the Spirit, but they were filled as well.
  • There is only one Baptism of the Spirit, but there are many fillings.
  • We are not commanded to be baptized with the Spirit, but we are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18, 2 Timothy 2:20-22, 1 John 1:9, Luke 11:13
  • How can we tell when we are filled with the Spirit? Ephesians 5:19-21, Acts 1:8,                     Galatians 5:16, 22-23
  • What is the connection between faith and being Spirit-filled?

THE PERPLEXITY – Acts 2:5-13

  • Vss. 5-6 – Those filled with the Holy Spirit began speaking in the “heart languages” of those who were present for the feast. Those hearing them did not know what to think.
  • Vss. 7-12 – Everyone heard them in their native tongue, and those who spoke were Galileans. They were perplexed and looking for meaning.
  • The tongues were a result of the filling of the Spirit and not the Baptism of the Spirit.
  • Speaking in tongues was a sign to unbelievers, especially Israel. 1 Corinthians 14:20-22
  • It seems that tongues were displayed when a new group believed. Acts 8:14-17,                             Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-7
  • Vs. 13 – Although some marveled and were open to preaching/teaching, some began to mock, a sign of unbelief.

 

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ON OUR KNEES - LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER –

LESSON #5 – ELIJAH

A COMPLETE LESSON

INTERACTION

  • Did you have any blessings this week while praying the prayer of Jabez?
  • Have you ever stopped praying about something before you got an answer?  Why?
  • What kind of person comes to mind when you think of the Prophet Elijah?
  • Why do you think Elijah was such an effective man of prayer?

There are few people like Elijah who are remembered for their effective praying.  His prayers were powerful. If we are going to be effective men of prayer, we must catch some of the spirit of Elijah and learn to pray in a similar manner.

James 5:16-18Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. [17] Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. [18] And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

  • In James 5:16, what two qualities are mentioned that were true of Elijah? Why are these qualities significant?
  • In what ways was Elijah just like us?  Why should that encourage us?
  • How can we be too ambitious in our prayers?
  • How can we not be ambitious enough?

Let’s learn some lessons about powerful prayer from Elijah in 1 Kings 18:17-46.  Remember that King Ahab and Queen Jezebel were ruling in Israel at the time.  Elijah had already announced and prayed for a drought. It hadn’t rained for 3½ years.

  • Elijah appeared before Ahab and told him to gather Israel together. Vss. 17-19
  • When the people were gathered on Mt. Carmel, Elijah confronted the people with their idol worship and proposed a contest to find out who the real God is.         1 Kings 18:20-24
  • The prophets of Baal failed miserably in their attempt to call fire down from Heaven. 1 Kings 18:25-29

REPAIR PENITENTLY Vs. 30

 

· First, Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord.

· Either through destruction by the enemy or neglect, the altar was in disrepair.

· Today, we offer the sacrifice of prayer and praise to God. (Hebrews 13:15, Ephesians 6:18). The altar upon which we offer this sacrifice is our lives.

  • If we are in Spiritual disrepair, we cannot effectively offer our prayers to God. (Psalm 66:18). We must repair our altars through confession of sin, and making things right with others. (1 John 1:9, Matthew 5:23-24)

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 5:23-24 - Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; [24] Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

REQUEST RESPONSIBLY Vss. 36-37

  • What does Elijah teach us about motives for our prayers?
  • Why is it important that we act and speak in accordance to God’s will?
  • How do we know when we asking according to the will of God?                                                                               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.
  • What are some of the things that we should pray for that will help people’s hearts turn back to God?

RELAX CONFIDENTLY Vss. 31-35, 38-39

· Elijah made the task more difficult by digging a trench and having the fire doused with water 3 times. However, Elijah was still confident that God would answer his prayers.

· There are times when we are praying that things get worse before they get better. Why?

  • In Vss. 38-39 God answers with fire from Heaven.

RESPOND EXPECTANTLY Vss. 41-46

  • Vs. 41 – What visible signs were there that God was ready to send rain?
  • How could Elijah be so confident?
  • How does anxiety or doubt hinder our prayers?
  • Vs. 42 – Why do you think Ahab was so compliant?
  • Vs. 43 – Should we be looking for God’s answers to our prayers as if we expect them? Why?
  • Do you see any practical lessons for us in verses 44-46?

REPEAT FERVENTLY Vss. 42-43

  • When did Elijah stop praying for rain?
  • When is it not good to repeat ourselves in prayer?
  • When is it good to repeat ourselves in prayer?

Luke 11:5-10 - And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; [6] For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? [7] And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. [8] I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. [9] And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. [10] For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Luke 18:1-8 - And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; [2] Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: [3] And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. [4] And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; [5] Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. [6] And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. [7] And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? [8] I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

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