SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 9/13/21
September 23, 2021, 10:20 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T37 – FOR WEEK OF 9/13/21

First Baptist Church of New Holland PA - SERMON SEEDS (fbcnhremembers.com)

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1 SAMUEL 1-3 – SERVANT (PROPHET) IN TRAINING

The prophet Samuel was a servant of God. If we want to raise servants of God who are dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ, we need men and women who are trained like Samuel.

1. Samuel was given to God before and after he was born. 1:11, 28

2. He was trained at his mother's knee. 1:24

3. He was raised in the house of God. 2:18

4. He was called by the Lord. 3:1-10

5. He responded properly to the Lord. 3:10

6. He developed a Godly testimony. 3:19-21

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PSALM 121 – MY HELP

THE SOURCE OF MY HELP – Vss. 1-2

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. [2] My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

THE SLEEPLESSNESS OF MY HELP – Vss. 3-4

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. [4] Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

THE STRENGTH OF MY HELP – Vss. 5-6

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. [6] The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

THE STEADFASTNESS OF MY HELP – Vss. 7-8  

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. [8] The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

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LUKE 8:11-15 - WHERE WILL IT FALL TODAY?

 

One of the best-known parables is the "Sower and the Soils" as told by our Lord Jesus in Luke 8:5-8.

Jesus explains the meaning of this parable in Luke 8:11-15. When the Sower went out to sow, he sowed the Word of God according to verse 11.

The Word of God is sown when a person hears the Word of God preached.

The Word of God is sown when a person listens to the Word of God read.

The Word of God is sown when a person reads the Word of God for himself.

When the Word of God is sown it falls into one of four types of soil. The soil would be symbolic for the heart. The Four Types of Heart Where the Word falls:

THE STUBBORN HEART - Vs. 12

There is no time for, or true interest in the Word of God.

THE SHALLOW HEART - Vs. 13

There is an instant, joyous response to the preaching of or reading of God's Word. However, it is surface level response. The minute something arises in the way of temptation, the results of the seed being planted fall away.

THE STRANGLED HEART - Vs. 14

The seed starts to grow but is strangled by "cares, riches, and pleasures of this life".

THE SUBMISSIVE HEART - Vs. 15

The submissive heart is more than a hearer of the Word. He is a doer also. He keeps it and bears fruit. See James 1:22-25.

Where does the word fall in your life? What kind of heart does it hit?

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ROMANS 12:1-2 – A LIFE THAT WORSHIPS

ABOUT PERSONAL WORSHIP #2 of 2

We have been talking about worship.

Worship is more than singing for a few minutes on Sunday Morning. 

Worship is more than a church service or two.

Worship is more than an occasional outburst of spontaneous praise to God.

Worship is to be a way of life.

Everything I do should be an act of worship to my God.

Colossians 3:17 - And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

All too often people practice Christianity for what they can get out of it.  Many a person has taken out what they think is a “fire insurance policy against hell”. 

People often come to church for what they can receive.

People measure a church by how good the choir, special music, worship team, or preacher are. 

People make being blessed the main goal of worship.

And one of the great excuses for leaving a church has been, “I don’t get anything out of it.”

I submit to you that being a blessing to God should be your first goal in church.  Being a blessing to others should be your second goal.   

I want to share A Life That Worships with you this morning.  This is a continuation of our thoughts from last week.  Last week we looked at the verses found just before Romans 12:1-2.

(See Sermon Seeds T36, Romans 11:33-36 – PRELUDE TO WORSHIP)

Our conclusion last week was that only God is worthy of worship.   

Paul continues his thoughts in chapter 11 with the word “therefore” beginning chapter 12.

“Therefore”, that is, because God’s Characteristics, because of God’s competence, because of God’s completeness.

Paul was commanding the Romans in the tenderest of ways.  And notice what he calls them – “BRETHREN!”

Paul is talking to born again Christians, those who have put their faith in Christ as their Savior. 

Don’t think you being a living sacrifice will get you into Heaven.  It is faith in the sacrifice that was already made for your sins by the Lord Jesus Christ that will get you into Heaven.

Paul is saying that our lives should be lives that worship because of God’s mercies, many of which were enumerated in Romans 1-11

  • Because of God’s mercy in sending his son to die for us
  • Because of God’s mercy in forgiving us
  • Because of God’s mercy justifying us or declaring us righteous
  • Because of God’s mercy of enabling us to live the Christian life
  • Because of God’s mercy in making us “accepted in the beloved
  • Because of all of these mercies, and more, we are entreated, we are encouraged, we are beseeched to participate in a life that worships.

 

A LIFE THAT WORSHIPS IS RESPONSIVE

Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

A key part of worship for the Jewish people in the Old Testament was that of offering sacrifices. In the temple, a sacrifice was offered to God both in the morning and the evening of each day. And besides these sacrifices there were many others offered, especially on holy days.

When a Jew came to God in worship he would often bring a sacrifice. Sacrifices were often offered as atonement for sin.

The Old Testament sacrifices were pictures and temporary coverings for sin until the great sacrifice for sin was made on the cross of Calvary.

Because of Christ’s sacrifice for sin, it is no longer necessary to offer animals. 

Hebrews 10:14 - For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

God has no need for a dead sacrifice.

But when we come to God, we should offer Him a living sacrifice. That living sacrifice is our own body yielded to Him out of appreciation for what He has done.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Your body is the temple of God, the Holy Spirit.

Through Jesus’ death on the cross, your body has been purchased. You are no longer your own. When you give your body as a living sacrifice, you are laying down your life once and for all, and then daily for your God.  

This sacrifice is to be a “holy” sacrifice.

Something that is holy is set apart from sin.

Something that is holy is set apart for God.

When the Jews offered a sacrifice to God it was to be perfect, without any blemishes.

When the Jews offered a sacrifice to God it was to be the best they had, not leftovers.

When the Jews offered a sacrifice it was to be one that was acceptable unto God.

In fact when the Jews offered a sacrifice that was less than the best, God did not like it. Malachi 1:8

The sacrifices we offer to God are to be holy and acceptable unto God.  And considering all that God has done for you, being a living sacrifice is the reasonable thing to do as an act of worship before Him.

When we are living sacrifices we are actually dying.

The dying that we are doing is dying to ourselves.

And that’s exactly what Jesus wants us to do. Luke 9:23-24

And as we die to ourselves, we are allowing Christ through his Spirit to live through us. Galatians 2:20

So, what do I say to God when I, as a Christian, present my body to Him as a living sacrifice?  I have had said something like this.

  • Lord, here is my mind to think as you would have me to think.
  • Here is my heart to beat only for you.
  • Here are my eyes to see what you would have to see.
  • Here are my ears to hear what you would have me to hear.
  • Here is my mouth to speak for you and to speak and sing praises to you.
  • Here are my arms to embrace others in love.
  • Here are my hands to serve you in doing good.
  • Here are my knees to bend to you in prayer and adoration.
  • Here are legs to stand righteously in this world.
  • Here are my feet to go wherever you want me to go.

My friend, you can not truly worship God unless you are truly surrendered to God.

 

A LIFE THAT WORSHIPS IS RENEWED

Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The world’s way of thinking is nothing like God’s way of thinking.

  • The world tells us to look out for #1, ourselves. God tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to love the Lord our God with all hearts, souls and minds.
  • The world tells us to do whatever feels good.  God tells us to do what is right.
  • The world tells us to get even, God says to turn the other cheek.
  • The world tells us to build up wealth. God says to share our wealth with others.
  • The world tells us there are many ways to Heaven. God says that there is only one way to Heaven.

The world’s system is so powerful that it is easy for us as Christians to think the way the world thinks and to act the way the world acts.

Instead of being conformed to this old world, God wants us to be transformed.  He wants us to undergo a metamorphosis. 

Metamorphosis means “to be changed into another form”.

It is what happens when a tadpole becomes a frog and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.

We will stop letting the world squeeze us into its mold as we allow God to transform our thinking. So how do we go about having our minds transformed?

Please turn to 2 Corinthians 3:18

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

A glass is a mirror.

Have you ever studied yourself in the mirror, taking the time to look at wrinkles, pimples, and or gray hairs?  Have you ever examined your looks intently?

God wants us to gaze into a different mirror.

He doesn’t want us to gaze in a mirror to look at ourselves.

God wants us to look into a mirror to gaze at Him and His Son and to be transformed by that gaze.

He wants us to gaze into the Word of God which is like a mirror.

The more I gaze into the Word of God, the more I will see the glory of the Lord Jesus.

The more I see the glory of the Lord Jesus, the more I will become like Him.

This will be a gradual change, from “glory to glory”.

It will be a change that will be caused by the Spirit of God.

The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to change us.   Psalm 119:11, 80

Only the Spirit of God can truly change us as we live a life that worships, one that responds to Him  and becomes a living sacrifice and one that is transformed by the renewing of the mind. 

Such a transformation by the word of God requires discipline. 

There is the discipline of actually trying to learn when the Word of God is taught or preached.

There is the discipline of memorizing and meditating upon the Word of God.

There is the discipline of personal Bible study. That means we spend time in the Word by ourselves. 2 Timothy 2:15  

A LIFE THAT WORSHIPS IS RESOLVED

Romans 12:2 - …that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

A life that worships requires discipline.

The discipline to respond to the call to being a living sacrifice every day

The discipline to have our mind renewed through our examination of God’s Word

Another word for discipline is resolve.

Because I appreciate what God has done in my life I must be resolved to prove in me, what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

Did you get that?

God’s will is good.

God’s will is acceptable.

God’s will is perfect.

If you believe that, you should be resolved to prove it true in your own life.

Worship should be a way of life for you as a Christian.

A LIFE THAT WORSHIPS IS RESPONSIVE

A LIFE THAT WORSHIPS IS RENEWED

A LIFE THAT WORSHIPS IS RESOLVED

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FROM PASTOR JACK – THIS IS THE TITLE LINE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN WITH LAST WEEK’S MESSAGE IN THE FIRST JOHN SERIES:

1 JOHN 3:4-10 – MARKS OF A CHILD OF GOD

REAL CHRISTIANITY #11 – STUDIES IN 1 JOHN

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1 JOHN 3:11-18 – TRUE LOVE

REAL CHRISTIANITY #12 – STUDIES IN 1 JOHN

When true love is present it is a giving, special kind of love.

It is a love that demonstrates the feelings of the heart with action in the life.

Here are three brief examples of true love:

The new nature a believer in Christ has is the nature of God, the nature of Christ.  Part of that nature of God that we believers receive is that of true love, agape love, the highest form of love.  The passage we studied last ended in verse 10.

1 John 3:10 - In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

One who does not love his brother is not of God. He does not have God’s nature, the new nature. The one who does love his brother is born of God and does have a new nature.

This week we want to look at 1 John 3:11-18, where we find the characteristics of true love.  These characteristics should be present in your life if you profess to know Jesus as your Savior. So let’s look at the characteristics of true love:  

 

TRUE LOVE REMEMBERS THE LORD'S COMMAND

1 John 3:11 - For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

The Apostle John is the human author of this Epistle. He was one of the first to follow Jesus as a disciple. John, an old man now, looks back to the days of his youth and remembers the teaching that Jesus gave “from the beginning”.  He probably remembered what Jesus said the night before he died. John 13:34-35

Jesus gave the standard here.  We are to love each other as Jesus has loved us. 

How much did Jesus love us? This much (stretch out hands)! When he stretched out his arms and let soldiers place the nails in his hands, and allowed them to crucify Him for our sakes, that was love! Philippians 2:5-8

Now Jesus says, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.   

And what did Jesus say would be the result of our love for one another?

John 13:35 - By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

TRUE LOVE REJECTS HATRED - Vss. 12-15

John gives us a type of attitude to reject.  He gives us a negative example.

1 John 3:12 - Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

You’ve probably heard the story of Cain and Abel, the sons of  Adam and Eve.

They both brought sacrifices to God.

Abel brought a lamb as a sacrifice. This is what God had prescribed.  

Cain brought vegetables from the garden.  This was not what God prescribed.

God accepted Abel’s sacrifice and rejected Cain’s.

As a result, Cain get angry.

So God told Cain in Genesis 4:6-7 - Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? [7] If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

All Cain had to do was what was right, and God would have accepted him just as He did Abel.   

What was behind the hatred of Abel, and his subsequent murder? It was jealousy or envy. His brother’s works were righteous, accepted by God, and his were not.

Cain was jealous because God had accepted Abel’s sacrifice and not his own.

The pattern has not changed today.  People who are not righteous still hate those who are righteous because they are jealous.

1 John 3:13 - Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

It is possible for us to fall occasionally into the jealousy trap, even as Christians.

According to verse 12, true love does not act like Cain. True love is not jealous.

1 John 3:14 - We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

We are talking habitual behavior in this verse.

If we have passed from death into life by being born again, by placing our faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness and eternal life, we have a new pattern of behavior. 2 Corinthians 5:17

As part of our new pattern of behavior, we will show true love for the brethren.  The person who does not show a pattern of true love for his brother is abiding in death.

That means the person who constantly hates someone has never been saved, born again!   

We are to reject hatred and embrace love!

1 John 3:15 - Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Cain was guilty of murder.  But this verse says that a person who hates his brother is guilty of murder! 

How could John say this?   

He could say this because of what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 5:21-22

Anger without a cause meant judgment.

Calling someone an “empty headed fool” meant someone could go before the “supreme court” of the day, the Sanhedrin.

Calling someone a “cursed fool” puts a person in jeopardy of God’s judgment.

Hatred is murder that takes place in the heart.

Hating your neighbor and murdering him are equivalent sins in their motivation.

The difference is, the murderer has taken further action.

True love rejects hatred and opts to forgive. Ephesians 4:26-27

This means, Christian, there should be no room for hatred, for grudges, for permanent hard feelings. If you are truly saved, you will be forced to deal with these difficulties properly.

Ephesians 4:31-32

We are to forgive as Christ has forgiven us.  That kind of forgiveness is to be total.

TRUE LOVE REQUIRES SACRIFICE - Vs. 16

1 John 3:16 - Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Are there ever days when you wonder if God loves you?

When these days come, take a good, long look at 1 John 3:16.

 How do we know that God loves us?

Because Jesus Christ gave the supreme sacrifice for us!

He gave the greatest gift of all! One that went to the cross and died for us!

How do you know that a Christian loves you, or that you love another Christian?

We know true love when we are willing to lay down our lives for others, or others are willing to lay down their lives for us.

Most of us will make some sacrifices for others.  We might even give some of our blood.  But I wonder, would we lay down our lives for other Christians.

It’s easy to say that we would sacrifice our lives for others, but unless the last characteristic of love is true for you, chances are you won’t. 

TRUE LOVE REACHES OUT TO OTHERS

1 John 3:17 - But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

It seems to be that John is saying, “Don’t say that you’ll lay down your life, if you won’t lay down your wallet!”

True love shares what it has with others.

John says that the one who has something to share, and doesn’t share it does not have the love of God dwelling in him. James 2:15-16, Ephesians 4:28

True love does not hoard, or invest only in personal pleasures. It shares with those who need it.

1 John 3:18 - My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Words are cheap. It costs very little to say, “I love you.”

It costs a whole lot more to live “I love you.”

It’s not wrong to tell someone that you love them.

It’s wrong to tell someone you love them and stop there!

The one who truly loves you sees your love in your actions.

You have reached out to them.

TRUE LOVE REMEMBERS THE LORD'S COMMAND

TRUE LOVE REJECTS HATRED

TRUE LOVE REQUIRES SACRIFICE

TRUE LOVE REACHES OUT TO OTHERS

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REVELATION 1:5-8 - LORD JESUS CHRIST

 

HIS IDENTITY Vs. 5a

  Faithful Witness

  First Begotten of the Dead.

  Prince Of the Kings Of The Earth

HIS INVOLVEMENT Vss. 5b-6

  He Loved Us.

  He Washed Us.

  He Made Us. (kings and priests)

HIS IMPACT Vss. 7-8

  He's Coming! Vs. 7

  He's Eternal! Vs. 8a

  He's Almighty! Vs. 8b

 

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CONFIDENCE (A TOPICAL STUDY)

  • What are some of the things that you are most confident in doing?
  • What are some of the things that you are least confident in doing?
  • In what ways do we as Christians often lack confidence?
  • How is a lack of confidence in Christians good and bad?

The words “confidence” and “confident” in the Bible lead us to a special level of trust as we apply their truths to our lives.

FOCUSED CONFIDENCE

Psalm 27:3-4 - Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. [4] One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

Proverbs 3:25-26 - Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. [26] For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Proverbs 14:26 - In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

PREFERRED CONFIDENCE    

Psalm 118:8-9 - It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. [9] It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

Philippians 3:3 - For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

PEACEFUL CONFIDENCE

Isaiah 30:15 - For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

PROCLAIMING CONFIDENCE

Acts 28:30-31 - And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, [31] Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

BROTHERLY CONFIDENCE

2 Thessalonians 3:4 - And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

Philemon 1:21 - Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.

Philippians 1:6 - Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

STEADFAST CONFIDENCE

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

Hebrews 10:35 - Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

PRAYING CONFIDENCE

Ephesians 3:11-12 - According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: [12] In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

1 John 3:21-22 - Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. [22] And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

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.

HEAVENLY CONFIDENCE

2 Corinthians 5:6-9 - Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: [7] (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) [8] We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. [9] Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

COMING CONFIDENCE

1 John 2:28-29 - And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. [29] If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

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