SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 8/22/22
August 26, 2022, 5:29 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS

U21 – FOR WEEK OF 8/22/22

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MARK 8:27-38 – TURNING POINT

Turning points in my life:

  • Salvation
  • Dedication – George Mundell
  • Proposal
  • Call to Pastorate

Turning points for people in Scripture:

  • David anointed king – 1 Samuel 16:13
  • Isaiah’s vision of Jesus – Isaiah 6:1-8
  • Paul’s conversion – Acts 9:3-6, 15

Through various books in the Bible, we have been sharing that It’s All About Jesus! The Book we’ve used the most is the Gospel of Mark. We have the reached a half point in the Book. And we come to a turning point.

In his previous chapters, Mark tells us about Jesus presenting Himself to Israel. While not saying He was God’s anointed one, the Messiah, His teaching and many miracles certainly pointed towards that fact.

Now, at this turning point, Jesus begins to point His disciples to His future suffering on the cross, and what it means to truly follow him. The disciples, like most of Israel, were looking for a political Messiah, one who would free them from Roman domination and restore Israel to greatness. Jesus as Messiah will accomplish this when He returns the second time to establish His kingdom.

This passage should also be turning point for us. We must make sure we understand who Jesus is and what He expects of those who claim Him as Lord and Savior.

Vs. 27 – Jesus took his disciples 25 miles north of where they were to the region of Caesarea-Philippi, a largely Gentile area, where Jesus probably had more privacy to prepare his disciples for His suffering for their sins and ours.

Little did the disciples know that they were at a turning point.  Perhaps you are at a turning point this morning.

JESUS SEEKS A PERSONAL CONFESSION – Mark 8:27

  • Vs. 27 – Jesus asks, “What’s the Word on the Street?” or “What are people sayings about my identity?” or “Who do they think I am?”
  • Vs. 28 – The biggest question, was not what do the crowds think, but what do you think. “Who do you say that I am?” Crucial for us, as well! 1 John 5:11-12
  • Vs. 29 – Matthew 15:16-17 – Peter spoke for all the disciples. Is that your confession along with your faith that Jesus died for your sins and rose again?  1 Corinthians 15:3-4, John 3:16
  • Vs. 30 – It wasn’t time for a public revelation.

JESUS ISSUES PERSONAL CORRECTION – Mark 8:31-33

  • Vs. 31 – Isaiah 53:4-6,
  • Vs. 32 – Peter wanted a Messiah on his own terms.
  • Vs. 33 – Rebuke needed. Peter his priorities mixed up. Often we do too!

JESUS GIVES PERSONAL CONDITIONS - Mark 8:34-38

(For being a true disciple.) 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • Vs. 34 – Warren Wiersbe – “Denying self is not the same as self-denial. We practice self-denial when, for a good purpose, we occasionally give up things or activities. But we deny self when we surrender ourselves to Christ and determine to obey His will.” (The Bible Exposition Commentary)
  • Vs. 35 – Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
  • Vss. 36-37 – Faithful Discipleship is proof of conversion.
  • Vs. 38 – Romans 1:16-17

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JOSHUA 11 – PRINCIPLES FOR SPIRITUAL WARFARE

#12 – MOVING FORWARD – THE BOOK OF JOSHUA

  • What do you know about Spiritual warfare?
  • How does Spiritual warfare parallel literal warfare?
  • After conquering the Canaanites in the southern part of the Promised Land, a northern coalition is formed to oppose the Israelites.
  • Let’s see some lessons relating to Spiritual warfare based on Joshua’s northern campaign.

EXPECT ATTACKS – Joshua 11:1-5

  • Vs. 1 – Hazor was the principal city in the north. It was about 8 miles north of the Sea of Galilee. The remains of the city cover about 200 acres.
  • Vss. 1-4 – The opposition was formidable and larger than what Joshua faced in the south.
  • It was only logical for Joshua to expect an attack.
  • We are going to face attacks Spiritually. 1 Peter 5:8-9, Ephesians 6:10-13, John 15:18-25

DON’T FEAR – Joshua 11:6

  • Once again, Joshua is assured by God that he has nothing to fear in the battle. He is assured of victory.
  • We are also assured that we have nothing to fear. Ephesians 6:10-17, Romans 8:31-39

BE OBEDIENT – Joshua 11:7-15

  • Vs. 7 – Joshua again uses the element of surprise, although no miracles are reported.
  • Vs. 8 – No one was spared. We should do the same in Spiritual warfare. Colossians 3:5-9
  • Vss. 11-13 – Hazor, Jericho, and Ai are the only cities Joshua burned. The other cities were reoccupied by Israel. Deuteronomy 6:10-11
  • Vs. 15 – As Joshua was totally obedient, we should be also. John 14:15, 1 Peter 1:13-16

HANG IN THERE (ENDURE) – Joshua 11:16-20

  • Vss. 16-18 – The war extended probably for about seven years.
  • Vss. 19-20 – Notice that the Lord hardened hearts so the enemy, a definite threat to Israel, could be totally destroyed. Spiritual warfare for us will last a lifetime. Philippians 3:12-14

EXPECT VICTORY – Joshua 11:21-23

  • Vss. 21-22 – The “giants” feared by the spies were mostly destroyed. Numbers 13:33
  • Vs. 23 – Although there were pockets of resistance, Israel took control of the whole land.
  • Although we will face pockets of resistance, let us strive to allow the Lord to have total control of us. Galatians 5:16

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ISAIAH 1:16-20 – REVIVAL’S CALL!

CALL TO REMOVAL (OF DIRT)

Isaiah 1:16 - Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

CALL TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

Isaiah 1:17 - Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

CALL TO REASON – Vss. 18-20

Isaiah 1:18-20 - Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. [19] If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: [20] But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

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MATTHEW 13:1-23 – A FARMER’S PARABLE

THE PARABLE INTRODUCED – Vss. 1-9

THE PARABLE’S INTENT – Vss. 10-17

THE PARABLE INTERPRETED – Vss. 18-23

  1. THE DECEIVED – Vs. 19
  2. THE SHALLOW – Vss. 20-21
  3. THE CHOKED – Vs. 22
  4. THE PRODUCTIVE – Vs. 23

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ROMANS 3:10-24 – NOBODY!

NOBODY IS RIGHTEOUS – Vs. 10

NOBODY UNDERSTANDS – Vs. 11

NOBODY SEEKS GOD – Vs. 11

NOBODY DOES GOOD – Vs. 12

NOBODY SPEAKS FOR GOD – Vss. 13-14

NOBODY WALKS WITH GOD – Vs. 15

NOBODY HAS PEACE – Vss. 16-17

NOBODY FEARS GOD – Vs. 18

EVERYBODY NEEDS A SAVIOR – Vss. 19-24

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TITUS 1:1-4 - A FORMIDABLE TEAM

GODLY LIVING IN THE CHURCH #1 - A COMPLETE LESSON

  • In what ways is this a Godly church?
  • In what ways could this church be more Godly?
  • Why should Godliness be important to our church?
  • How will teamwork help a church become more Godly?

THE BOOK OF TITUS

  • After Paul had been released after his first Roman imprisonment he evidently spent time doing evangelistic work on the Isle of Crete.
  • Crete is about 160 miles long and up to 35 miles wide sitting in the Mediterranean Sea southeast of Greece.
  • When Paul left Crete churches had been established on the Isles.  These churches would have been rather young and immature, needing further training. 
  • Titus, an able assistant to Paul, was left to train and supervise these young churches.
  • Not only was Paul’s epistle a personal letter of encouragement and instruction to young “Pastor Titus”, but it was a letter that was to be read publicly.  This letter helped give Titus the authority to do what he had to do to establish Godly principles within the church.
  • The Book of Titus helps us learn how Godly living is to be practiced in the church.

In Titus 1:1-4 we are introduced to a formidable team of a veteran servant of God and a faithful protégé, both committed to the establishment of Godly churches.

THE PERSON

Titus 1:1 - Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ,

  • Why is the way a Christian views himself important?
  • What are some of the unhealthy views a Christian can have of himself?
  • Why is being a “servant” (bond slave) of God a healthy view of oneself for a Christian to have?
  • How did Paul’s being a willing slave to God impact his life?
  • How will viewing ourselves as God’s slave complicate our lives?
  • How will viewing ourselves as God’s slave simplify our lives?
  • Why should we want to be God’s slaves?
  • Suppose each Christian in our church sincerely views himself as and acts as a slave to God and our Lord Jesus Christ.  How will that effect Godly living within the church?
  • Paul was also an “apostle”.  An apostle is “one sent” by God. The apostles had seen the risen Lord, and were witnesses of the resurrection.
  • Paul probably wanted to establish his authority as an apostle in order to help Timothy when he dealt with sticky church issues.  If Paul was an apostle and Timothy was working under Paul’s direction, Timothy had the authority to do what he needed to do to bring about Godliness in the church.
  • What does a pastor have authority to do in the local church?
  • How and when should he exercise this authority?

THE PURPOSE

Titus 1:1 - …according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

  • As a bond slave to God and an apostle, Paul had two purposes mentioned here.
  • First, he was to be an evangelist. He was to be concerned with bringing the Gospel to “God’s elect”.
  • Who are “God’s elect?” John 3:16, Ephesians 1:3-6
  • Does anyone get to Heaven without personally trusting Jesus Christ as Savior? John 3:36, 1 John 5:12
  • What is the responsibility of the church in evangelism? Mark 16:15
  • What impact should the “doctrine of election” have on our witnessing?
  • Paul’s second purpose was to stress the truth according to Godliness.  Paul was to train those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior to live according to God’s truth which produces Godly living.
  • Who was Paul’s authority in teaching Godly living? What is ours?
  • Why is not striving to live a Godly life inconsistent with claiming to be a Christian?
  • Why should we want to live Godly lives?
  • Why should we want to help other Christians live Godly lives?

THE PERSPECTIVE

Titus 1:2 - In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

  • According to this verse, what is neat about eternal life?
  • What do you think the word “hope” means here?
  • How did this hope motivate Paul to evangelize and teach Godly living?
  • How and why should this same hope motivate us?

THE PROCLAMATION

Titus 1:3 - But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

  • What is preaching?
  • Why is preaching important? 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, 
  • 2 Timothy 4:2
  • What makes a person a good preacher?
  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
  • Why should “preachers” be nervous? James 3:1,
  • 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
  • Why is preaching important in the local church today?
  • How can you help the preacher “watch for your soul?” Hebrews 13:17

THE PARTNER

Titus 1:4 - To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

  • Paul was a “spiritual father” to Titus. He probably led Titus to the Lord.
  • Titus is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, but we know from Galatians 2:1-3 that he was a Gentile who was not circumcised.
  • Titus, like Timothy, worked under Paul and often went on various assignments as an extension of Paul’s ministry.
  • Why should Godly men and women have protégés?
  • Why did Titus especially need “grace, mercy, and peace?”
  • How is God the source of “grace, mercy, and peace?”

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FRIENDS!

 

Let’s talk about friends.  When you have true friends, you are rich. When you have true friends, you are not a failure.

Let’s talk this morning about some of the positive aspects of friendship.  As we do, we want to remind you of the best friend of all, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

We also want to show you what qualities you need to have in order to be a good friend.  And you can use these same qualities to decide if a person really is your friend.  If he or she shows these qualities he or she is a true friend.  If he or she does not show these qualities, the chances are that the person is not a true friend.

FRIENDS ARE SELECTED

It has been said that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family.

It makes sense to choose your closest friends well.

  • They will have the greatest influence on you.
  • They will either build you or pull you down.
  • They will either encourage or discourage you.
  • They will either help you or hurt you.

I have seen many a person go down hill because they have hung with the wrong kinds of friends.

I have seen many a person experience God’s best because they have chosen the right kind of friends.

It makes sense to choose the very best friend available who is willing to be my true friend.

That person is the very Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

It boggles my mind to think that the God who made the universe wants to be my friend.

It boggles my mind to think that the God who holds all things together wants to live inside of me and be my friend.

It boggles my mind to think that Jesus would call me, “friend”.

How do I select Jesus as my friend?

John 15:14 - Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

The most important commands Jesus gave concerned eternal life.  If we do not follow His commands concerning eternal life, we can’t possibly be Jesus’ friend. John 10:9, 14:6, 3:16-18

  • Jesus says that He is the only way to Heaven.
  • Jesus says that when a person places their faith in Him they have everlasting life.
  • Jesus says that if a person does not place their faith in Him they are condemned because of their lack of belief.   

To have faith in Christ is to admit that you are a sinner who can’t save himself. Isaiah 64:6

To have faith in Christ is to believe that he paid for all of your sins when He died on the cross.

Romans 5:6-8

To have faith in Christ is to trust Christ alone for forgiveness and eternal life. Ephesians 2:8-9

To have faith in Christ is to have your life changed by Him.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Are you Jesus’ friend because you have trusted Him as your Savior?   

If you have chosen Him as friend, He has chosen you as friend, and has great plans for you. John 15:16

If you are wise you will select your friends carefully.

You will not select friends who will bring you down, but those that will build you up and that you can build up.   

If you wise, you will also select the best friend of all, the Lord Jesus Christ.   

FRIENDS SACRIFICE

My friends have made sacrifices for me.

I have made sacrifices for my friends.

A friendship that costs nothing is no friendship at all. John 15:13

This is exactly what the Lord Jesus did for us. He laid down His life for His friends, you and I who have trusted Him as our Savior. Isaiah 53:3-5  

To be Jesus friend will also mean sacrifice. Luke 14:26-27

To be Jesus’ friend will require sacrifice.

  • The sacrifice of time
  • The sacrifice of talent (used for Him).
  • The sacrifice of thought (that pleases Him)
  • The sacrifice of treasure
  • The sacrifice of tasks done for Him

It will cost everything to be Jesus’ friend.

It cost the Lord Jesus everything to be your friend.

If you will not sacrifice for a friend, you are not much of a friend.

If your friend will not sacrifice for you, he is not much of a friend.

We are not suggesting that we can always do what our friends ask.  If a friend asks me to do what is illegal, immoral, or in any way contrary to the will of God, I should not make that sacrifice.

If a friend asks me to lie or to cheat for him or her I should not make that sacrifice.

If a friend asks me to do something that will hurt him or her, I should not make that sacrifice. 

FRIENDS STICK

True friends stick with you.  You stick with them.

When things are going well, your friend is there to enjoy it with you.

When things are going poorly, your friend is there to suffer with you.

Proverbs 18:24 - A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

The ultimate friend who sticks closer than a brother is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5-6

The Lord Jesus never leaves.

The Lord Jesus never forsakes.

The Lord Jesus will stick with you to the end.   

That encourages me to be faithful to Him.

I am to stick with Him as a loyal friend.

I am to do what He wants me to do.

I am to serve Him all of my days. John 14:21

You can tell a person is a good friend when he sticks with you.

You can tell that you are a good friend when you stick with them.

Who is the good friend that you need to get in contact with this week?  Maybe one of your friends has unintentionally “fell through the cracks.” Go! Find your friend! Let him know that you are sticking with him or her.   

FRIENDS SHARE

True friends do more than talking about hunting, sports, the weather, girl things, guy things, movies or food.

True friends communicate what is on their hearts.

True friends talk about things of substance and importance.

True friends share the joys and the sorrows, the ups and the downs of life.

Jesus is the friend of those who have trusted Him as their Savior.

Jesus, because He is a friend, shares. John 15:15, John 16:13-14

Through His Holy Spirit Jesus is still sharing with you.

He wants it to be a reciprocal sharing.

Jesus is your friend. He shares with you.

Are you are Jesus’ friend?  Share with Him!  

There isn’t anything that you can’t share with Him! John 15:7, 1 Peter 5:7

Remember, a good friend shares.  Let your friends share their burdens and joys with you, even when it hurts.

And don’t you let things get so bottled up inside that you can’t share with a friend.

Sometimes God places that friend in the right place at the right time so you can share your burden!   

FRIENDS SPEAK UP

A friend will speak up for a friend.

He will defend him. He will plead in his behalf.

He will say “a good word” for his friend.

If Jesus is your friend He speaks in your behalf in Heaven. 1 John 2:1-2, Hebrews 7:24-25

Jesus speaks up for you.

If you are Jesus’ friend, you need to speak up for Him! Psalm 107:2, 1 Peter 3:15

If Jesus is your friend, speak up! Others need His friendship too!

If you have a friend, don’t be afraid to speak up in his or her behalf.   

FRIENDS ARE SELECTED

FRIENDS SACRIFICE

FRIENDS STICK

FRIENDS SHARE

FRIENDS SPEAK UP

How good a friend are you?

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