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August 28, 2018, 7:13 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 8/26/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q27 – THE WEEK OF AUGUST 26, 2018

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LUKE 13:1-9 – LEARNING FROM DISASTER

 

A natural disaster: If you are preaching this sermon, share a well-known natural disaster such as a hurricane, flood, or fire. I used the Carr Fire in Redding, California

An unnatural disaster: If you are preaching this sermon, share a well-known unnatural disaster such as 911, or the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Suterland Springs, Texas.

In Luke 13, the two types of disasters are mentioned, the natural and the unnatural.  It is here that we see that the Jewish people had the idea that those punished during natural and unnatural disasters were all being punished for some reason. That is something some did that was specifically wrong.

Jesus, however has another lesson for people to learn as they look at natural and unnatural disasters.

MAN’S PREMISE – Vss. 1,2,4

Vs. 1 – What we have here is an unnatural disaster.

Pontius Pilate was known for his brutality as the Roman Governor.

Evidently Pilate thought that certain Galileans were guilty of some sort of insurrection.  He ordered them killed.

They were quietly offering sacrifices, perhaps at Passover, and were killed in the process. Men’s blood and animals’ blood were shed at the same time.

Vs. 2 - The common thought was that these men were guilty of some sort of terrible crime, and that’s why they were murdered.

Jesus is saying this is just not so.

Bad things happen to good people.

Bad things happen to nice people.

It is not always because God is judging a specific individual because of sin.

It is because sin, in general, is in the world.

As long as sin reigns, people will die of both natural and unnatural causes.

Consider Job. Job1:1-3

Through no fault of his own, Satan was allowed to afflict him. Job 1:13-19

Job response was classically good.

Then Job lost his health in Job 2. With all this friends showed up to comfort him. They did a good job until they opened their mouths. Job 2:12-13

But, then they opened their mouths. Here’s a sample:

Job 4:7 - Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

It was then and is now, very easy for people to assume when something bad happens that we or the person affected has done something wrong.

This can lead to a smug self-righteousness if nothing bad happens to us.   

Vs. 4 – Jesus gives another example, this time of a natural disaster. There was a tower in Jerusalem that fell. Perhaps one supporting an aqueduct.

Were these 18 victims of a natural disaster guilty of some special sin?

And thinking about it, what about those people who are born with deformities and diseases?  Are they or their parents guilty of something special?

The answer is it is not likely.

Of course, if a parent abuses their body, such as with drugs, they can cause physical problems for their new-borns. But we can’t say that every physical problem is a result of someone specific’s sin.

You might remember the man who was born blind in John 9. Jesus was asked who was guilty, the man or his parents to cause such a thing. John 19:3

Does God bring judgment on people and nations?

Yes, he does. But we can’t assume that every tragedy is a result of someone’s specific sin.

So don’t be quick to be smug when tragedy happens to someone you don’t like, thinking they are being judged for their sins.  It could happen to you.

JESUS’ PRONOUNCEMENT – Vss. 3,5

Vss. 3 & 5 – Jesus makes a pronouncement of warning.

He said that unless those listening to him repented they would likewise perish.

It is possible that Jesus was looking forward to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. However, I believe that he was warning that is possible for all to perish and face judgment.

These words were spoken as part of a message that had much to say about coming judgment in Luke 12. Unless a person repents, final judgment will not be pretty for the unbeliever.

Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 20:15

Revelation 20:15 - And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

When a person sees that he or she is a sinner and has no hope for Heaven, he or she turns from their sin and whatever they have been trusting before to save them. They turn from sin and to the Savior. 2 Corinthians 7:10

 Of course, when a sinner truly repents there is a change. John 3:5-8, 2 Corinthians 5:17   

Now you and I who know Jesus as Savior do not need to worry about getting into Heaven if we’ve been truly converted.  However, we have been called to live Godly, holy lives.                  1 Peter 1:15-16

As God convicts us of sin, we need to be ready to repent.

Not because we need to be saved, but because we need to be holy!

Isaiah 55:6-8 - In the course of our daily walk the Holy Spirit will convict us of sin either through the preaching of the Word, or the reading of the Word, or speaking of the Spirit of God, within our hearts.

When we are smitten that we are wrong, we are to confess to God, forsake, and yes, if necessary make things right with someone else. Psalm 32:5   

So Jesus warns that everyone needs to repent.

GOD’S PATIENCE – Vss. 6-9

Vss. 6-9 - Jesus tells a story that could refer to Israel.

Israel certainly had failed God. Israel had been sent many prophets, looking for repentance. Jesus himself came and dug around the roots and added fertilizer, so to speak.And yet Israel refused to repent and was destroyed eventually by the Romans.   

But, I with others, believe that this story also refers to every lost sinner. The person deserves judgment, but God delays judgment, so that the person has more time to repent.

Often you and I would be like the land owner in the story, we think people should be removed or judged, but God delays. He delays and convicts the guilty party.

Perhaps, if given more time, the person will come to his senses and repent.

In fact the Lord has not returned yet, in order to give more people time to repent. 2 Peter 3:8-10

 

If you would like to listen to this Sermon visit:

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Luke 13:10-17 – SET FREE!

 

 

DEBILITATING BONDAGE – Luke 13:10-11

Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3

 

DYNAMIC TRANSFORMATION – Luke 13:12-13

2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:4-9, Romans 8:15-17, Hebrews 2:14-15

 

DOGMATIC RESISTENCE – Luke13:14

 

DEFINITIVE REBUKE – Luke 13:15-16

 

DESERVED REJOICING – Luke 13:17

1 Timothy 1:12-17, Hebrews 13:15

 

DEVOTIONAL REFLECTION – John 3:34-36

Romans 6:1-14, Galatians 5:16

 

If you would like to listen to this Sermon visit:

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LUKE 14:1-24 – A MESSAGE TO THE RELIGIOUS

 

Several times a day religious people bow their knees on a prayer rug and worship Allah, pointing towards Mecca.

Right now, as I speak, there are religious people bowing in front of man-made idols and some are even burning incense.

Today religious people will knock on doors and offer a magazine called “Watch Tower” to the people who answer the door.

Today religious missionaries in pairs of two will promote the Book of Mormon and the Mormon religion throughout the world.

Today religious people will attend church, thinking or hoping that they will eventually get to Heaven because of doing good deeds, taking communion, being baptized, giving to charity, and/or keeping the Ten Commandments.

Gospel preaching churches are also full of people who consider themselves to be religious. Some of them only appear religious because they are in church. Others of them are truly religious, having trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and living the Christian life.

It is not wrong to be religious if you are a born again Christian.

James 1:26-27

Vs. 1 – In fact this Pharisee was a chief Pharisee.  He was high ranking, and important, and very religious.  The Pharisees made it a point to be outwardly religious, and put more stock in their religious adherence to the law and their man made interpretations of the law than they did faith.

This invite was on the Sabbath Day.  Jesus was invited because of religion.  These men were so religious that they wanted to watch him to see if they could find a reason to accuse Him and discredit Him. Jesus did not agree with their brand of religion, and they wanted to condemn Him.

It is in this situation that Jesus gives a message to the “religious”.  It is a message still applicable today for all who are religious.  Jesus basically tells these “religious” men four things:

DON’T SHUN GOOD WORKS – Luke 14:2-6

1 John 3:17, James 2:15-17

 

DON’T SEEK YOUR OWN HONOR – Luke 14: 7-11

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

 

DON’T SOLICIT FAVORS – Luke 14:12-14

 

DON’T SNUB (IGNORE) GOD’S INVITATION – Luke 12:15-24

Ephesians 2:11-13, John 3:16-18

Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15

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If you would like to listen to this Sermon visit:

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LUKE 14:26-35 – TRUE LOVERS LOVE JESUS!

 

In our church we are asking God for: Laborers (for the Harvest), Leaders, Lovers

There is a degree to which we show our love to each other, and this has been noticed.

I wonder how much our love for Jesus shows? Love is never to be stagnant. Love is to grow!

Matthew 22:35-40, Philippians 1:9-11

Jesus is God! We must love Jesus! John 14:23, John 14:15

If we as a church are going to be true lovers, each of us must love Jesus!

As we continue the Story of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, we see great crowds following Jesus. Luke 14:26

Luke 14:26 – He addresses those who want to come to Him.

The first step in coming to Him is trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord. Romans 10:9-10

The minute you trust Jesus as your Savior, there is a change because you are born again by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit baptizes you into Christ, and the God, the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside of you. 1 Corinthians 12:13

When the Spirit comes inside, there is a change.  

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Part of that change is that you love Jesus! Jesus is talking to those who come to him and love Him.

If you love Jesus,

  1. THERE’S A PRICE TO PAY - Vss. 26-27

Love for Jesus means what Jesus wants Jesus gets! Nobody is more important than Jesus. Romans 12:1, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

If you love Jesus,

  1. THERE’S A PLAN TO CONSIDER - Vss. 28-30

There’re plans for all Christians. Scriptures

There’re plans for you! – What God has called you to do!

Know what God has asked you to do. Consider the cost. Pay the price. Do it!

If you love Jesus,

  1. THERE’S A PEACE TO NEGOTIATE - Vss. 31-33

Vss. 31-32 – Think of God as the superior king.

When we realize that we can never win against God, that He is our righteous judge, it is time to negotiate peace.  Of course, we come to God on God’s terms. This means that we secure peace by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Surrender to God through Christ is more than just negotiating peace.  It means that we become His subjects.  We become His servants.  Peace has been secured and we are active citizens of His Kingdom.

Vs. 33 – The point of both parables is total surrender.

Nothing Is Mine

Everything Is Yours

I Am Yours

Do What You Will With What Is Yours

If you love Jesus,

  1. THERE’S A PROBLEM TO AVOID - Vss. 34-35
  • Salt is good as a preservative against decay. Salt is good for flavor. Salt is good for making one thirsty.
  • As Christians we should act as a preservative against evil. We are the ones who are to stand for righteousness.
  • As Christians we should “spice things up” with our Godly, joyful living.
  • As Christians we should make non-Christians thirsty for the Gospel.

 

It is impossible for us to love Jesus without help.

 

Luke 11:9-13, 1 John 5:14-15, Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:22-23

 

If you would like to listen to this Sermon visit:

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1 KINGS 18:41-46 – THE CRYING SERVANT

GOOD (FAITHFUL) SERVANT FOR BAD TIMES #5

  • What is the greatest prayer you ever saw answered? How long did God take to answer that prayer?
  • If you can comfortably, tell us your biggest prayer request that you are praying for right now.

The drought had lasted 3 ½ years. Elijah, the prophet who had predicted the drought, had been in hiding. A great contest was held between the Prophet of God and the false prophets. Elijah had won. (See rest of chapter for details.) The onlookers had proclaimed, "The Lord He is the God; The Lord he is the God." (Vs. 39) Now it was time for Elijah to cry out to God for rain.  It was a prayer of faith. This is exactly the type of prayer which we should pray by faith.

THE PRIORITY OF FAITH – Vs. 41

  • Why did Elijah send King Ahab away to eat and drink and not join him in prayer?                     James 5:16, Psalm 66:18

THE PROCLAMATION OF FAITH - Vs. 41

  • Based on what God had told Elijah, Elijah believed that there would be rain.  All he needed was to believe it and pray for it. 
  • God's Word contains many promises which will be ours as we believe them and claim them by faith. 1 John 5:14-15

THE PRAYER OF FAITH - Vs. 42

  • It is time to neglect less important things for the sake of prayer when the souls of men are in eternal jeopardy and when the Spiritual well-being of fellow believers is an issue.                       1 Thessalonians 2:1-7, Ephesians 6:18

THE PERSISTENCE OF FAITH - Vss. 43-44

  • Elijah prayed by faith and looked for the answer.  We should also be on the lookout for God's answers to our confident prayers of faith. Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11:9-13

THE POWER OF FAITH - Vss. 45-46

The prayer of faith was answered miraculously. James 5:16-17, John 14:12-14

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PSALM 96 – THE MISSIONARY PSALM

 

CALL TO MISSIONS - Vss. 1-3

The glory and wonders of Christ need to be proclaimed to the "heathen".  Matthew 28:19-20

Don't think of heathen people as people who live in a third world setting.

Think of heathen people as anyone in need of Christ.

 

REASONS FOR MISSIONS - Vss. 4-6

  1. The Lord is great and should be greatly praised. Vs. 4
  2. He needs to be feared above all Gods.  He is feared when Jesus is claimed as Savior. Vs. 4
  3. The Lord is the only true God, who also made the Heavens. Vs. 5
  4. The Lord is preeminent. Vs. 6

 

MESSAGE OF MISSIONS - Vss. 7-10

To give the Lord the glory due his name means to accept His way of salvation. Acts 4:12

To worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness also requires us to trust Christ as Savior. 1 Peter 2:9-10

The heathen must realize that it is God who reigns. Revelation 1:8

He shall judge righteously. John 3:18, Revelation 20:11-15, 2 Corinthians 5:10

 

END OF MISSIONS - Vss. 11-13

The Lord will return to judge in righteousness. 

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Mark 4:1-20 - INSTRUCTIVE ACTIONS - Part 1 

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES

LESSON #5

THINK ABOUT IT!

  • Why is it that so few people who call themselves Christians attend church regularly?
  • What "excuses" do "Christians" use for a lack of commitment to Christ?
  • Why should Jesus' warning in Matthew 7:21 concern us?

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

  • How can we make a reasonably accurate guess about a person's salvation? 

 

Luke 6:43-44  - For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. [44] For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

 

In Acts 4 we see Jesus as the Master Teacher, adept in the use of parables.  In verses 1-20 the focus is on one of his most famous parables, "The Sower and the Soils."  In this parable we find Jesus showing us the differences in people who profess to know Christ as Savior.

I. THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER - Vss. 1-9

  • What events of chapter 3 would have caused Jesus to switch to a use of parables? Vs. 2
  • What is a parable?
  • Would the people have understood the basic story found in this parable? Why?
  • The "way side" would have been the paths found along the sides of the fields.  Just as little will grow on a worn path in the woods, seed would not sink in and grow by the wayside. The seed sown on the wayside was an easy lunch for the birds. Vs. 4
  • The seed in verses 5-6 was sown on a rocky ledge.  There was 2"-3" of soil on top of this ledge.  Seed would spring up quickly, but would also dry up quickly because of a lack of roots.
  • Do you think that the farmer knew that he was sowing among thorns in verse 7?  Why?
  • How do you know for sure when you have good soil? Vs. 8
  • What did Jesus mean by his challenge in Verse 9?

II. PARABLES JUSTIFIED - Vs. 10-12

  • What do Christians have that allows them to understand the Word of God when unsaved people can not?  John 16:13-14
  • Why are unsaved people excluded from understanding the deep things of God?
  • Vs. 12 - Religious leaders had rejected the truth.  Now, instead of plain teaching, they would have been confronted with parables.  The ones who believed, however, would be able to understand the parables.

III. PARABLE OF THE SOWER EXPLAINED - Vss. 13-20

A.  THE WORD SCATTERED - Vs. 14

  • Why is God's Word important?  2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 15:4,  2
  • 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • How is God's Word scattered today?  Do you think we have diminished the importance of preaching in our church services? Why? 2 Timothy 4:2, Romans 10:13-17
  • According to Isaiah 55:10-11, what will God's Word accomplish?

 

B.  THE WORD SNATCHED - Vs. 15

  • How can you tell when the Word has been snatched from somebody's heart?
  • What can you do when the Word has been snatched from somebody's heart?

 

C.  THE WORD SCORCHED - Vss. 16-17

  • In your own words, describe a "Christian" like the one mentioned in these verses.
  • Is such a person truly saved?
  • Why is persecution or affliction an acid test of salvation?

 

D.  THE WORD STRANGLED  - Vss. 18-19

  • What are the "cares of this world"?
  • What is the "deceitfulness of riches"?
  • What is the "lusts of other things"?
  • Do truly born again Christians ever get strangled by these things?

E. THE WORD SUCCEEDING - Vs. 20

  • What are some of the different kinds of fruit that will be produced by the Christian?
  • How does this parable challenge you?

 

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