SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 9/20/21
September 23, 2021, 10:22 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T38 – FOR WEEK OF 9/20/21

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

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LUKE 10:25-37 – LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR

One of the advertisements that we have heard for years is “LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, STATE FARM IS THERE.” Even the world recognizes the value of a good neighbor.

 

I want us to consider the story of the “Good Samaritan”.

It is here that we learn how we can be good neighbors to those around us.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Vs. 25 – A certain lawyer appears. He is an expert in the law of Moses. He is a theologian, a doctor of divinity, if you will. He asks a question designed to put our Lord to the test.

 

The question is, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

 

In order for that lawyer to come to the Lord, he had to see his own inability to live such a life without Christ’s help.

 

Vs. 26 – Jesus answers the question with a question. What does the Bible say?” This is always a good question.

 

Vs. 27 – The lawyer gives the summary of the law. This is a combination of two quotes from the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18  

 

Vs. 28 – Jesus congratulates him. “You’ve given a good answer. Just go and do this and live!”   

 

But there’s a catch to Jesus’ answer. 

No one but the Lord Jesus ever lived such a life in their own power. If anyone could, they would be given eternal life based on merit. Galatians 3:11

 

If this lawyer was honest, he would have had to admit that he could not make it on his own, by law keeping. I am confident that he would have then been offered life through faith in Christ.

 

Vs. 29 – Instead, the lawyer looked for another way out.

He might have thought that he had kept the first part of the law about loving God, but in order to make sure that he hadn’t blown it, he had to know the identity of his neighbor.   

 

Now comes the story of the Good Samaritan, and the qualities of being a good neighbor.

 

HE SAW

 

Vs. 30 – Undoubtedly, you know the story.

 

A certain man, by implication, a Jew was on his way to Jericho from Jerusalem.

 

Robbers stripped him.

They beat him up.

They left him to die.

 

The distance of the man’s journey was about 17 miles. The trip was downhill through mountainous territory. It was full of caves and hollows, which made it dangerous. Many a criminal and highway man worked that area. This man met more than his match.

 

Vs. 31 – Along came a religious leader, a priest, whose job it was to model and practice his religion. He saw him and passed on.

 

Vs. 32 – The priest was followed by a priest’s helper, a Levite, who should have also been inclined to help, but he saw it and passed by.

 

These men saw, but they didn’t really see.

They saw but they didn’t recognize this man as their neighbor.

 

These men had an attitude like the one we see so much today.  It is the attitude that says, “I don’t want to get involved”.

 

Vs. 33 – The Samaritan came along and he also saw.

               Remember the Jews hated the Samaritans.

               Nevertheless, the situation spoke to his heart.

               

HE FELT

 

Not only did the Samaritan have a sharper vision, he had a sharper burden.

He felt compassion for the injured man.

Some people will help out as a matter of duty, and that is better than no help at all.

But help that is not bathed in compassion is often cold, even cruel, and makes the one helped feel badly.

 

The help based on compassion does not judge, nor does it lecture, nor does it act superior. This type of help is based on an “I care” attitude.

 

Jesus had compassion on those who have needs and we should also.

It is compassion that will lead to action!

 

We as Christians need to learn what it means to feel compassion for those we see around us.

 

HE CAME

 

“and went to him” – Vs. 34

 

Of the three characters in our story, only the Samaritan came closer to survey the situation. The others went further away.

He got closer to see that the man was still alive and that he needed help.

 

There are families in our community that most Christians wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

There are many self righteous Christians who won’t get their hands dirty, or even close enough to see what can be done to help.

 

Sometimes we don’t want to get too close because we are afraid of what might happen to us! We are not willing to become vulnerable because we might get hurt. And yes, some of the people I’ve helped have hurt me in return.

 

But look to the life of our Lord Jesus and see how he was hurt.  He was hurt so he could help us.

Isaiah 53:6

 

And consider what the Apostle Paul said about being hurt. 2 Corinthians 12:15

 

There are times when we will come close and people will retreat. We may have to back off. There will times when we come close and find that there is nothing we can do except offer a word of comfort or prayer.

   

There will be still other times when we get close and find that there are things that we can do to help, even when we didn’t think there was.

The Samaritan did not find out what he could do until he got close.  Neither will you.

   

HE HELPED

 

Vs. 34 – The Samaritan bandaged the wounds.

He poured oil in, this would have soothed.

He poured in wine, this would have cleansed.

He put him on his own beast of burden, walking himself.

He brought him to a nearby inn, and continued to nurse him.

 

Helping this man meant total involvement in his life for at least a day, giving completely of himself to the man in need.

 

HE PAID

 

Vs. 35 – In order to help, this man had to spend some money.

  • The wine he was using cost money.
  • The oil he was using cost money.
  • The room at the inn cost money.
  • Leaving money for the man’s care cost money. He left two days wages for a common laborer.

 

A lot of help that is needed today is monetary.

It is not the only kind of help needed, but often it is needed.

 

HE FOLLOWED UP

 

Vs. 35 - The payment for care included the promise, “I’ll be back to pay the difference.”

I might add that this meant the man would be back to see the wounded soul, if the man was still there.

Follow up is important.

Sometimes we help someone for a while, and then after the initial crisis is over, we more or less forget them.

 

Vss. 36-37 - The conclusion of the story is that we should go and do the same.

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JOSHUA 8:1-29 – WELCOME BACK!

When I returned home from Vietnam there was a big sign in front of my house.  It said, "Welcome home, Jack!"  When  folks who had been in Florida for the winter return to church, we say to them, "Welcome back!"  We saw a young man get far away from God and

then return. When he did return, many conveyed the message, "Welcome back!"

Israel had left the Lord, and suffered a great defeat at Ai (Joshua 7).

They did deal with the sin in the camp. They had come back. When they came back, it was if God was saying:

WELCOME BACK TO CONFIDENCE - Vs. 1 - "Fear not, neither be dismayed."

WELCOME BACK TO SERVICE - Vs. 1 - "Arise and go to Ai."

WELCOME BACK TO GUIDANCE - Vss. 1-2

WELCOME BACK TO OBEDIENCE - Vss. 3-19

WELCOME BACK TO VICTORY - Vss. 20-29

When we have sinned, and then return to God, we might feel tentative.

God says, 'WELCOME BACK!" 1 John 1:9

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PLANS FOR TODAY – PSALM 15

  • Why is it important to plan each day, even though you realize plans change?
  • What part does diligence have with fulfilling one’s plans? Proverbs 4:23
  • Planning my day should include plans for me, as a Christian, to live with a Godly lifestyle.

I PLAN TO WATCH MY WALK

  • Location – In God’s Presence Vs. 1, Psalm 119:1-2, John 15:1-7

 

  • Style – Blameless Vs. 2 – Blameless does not mean sinless. How can one sin and be blameless? 1 John 1:9, Matthew 5:21-24

 

  • Sight – Vile Person Despised in His Eyes Vs. 4

 

  • Honor – To God Fearers Vs. 4

 

  • Integrity – Keeps His Word Vs. 4

I PLAN TO WATCH MY WORKS

  • Righteous  Vs. 2

 

  • Kind – He does no evil to his neighbor.  Vs. 3

 

  • Reliable – in use of money Vs. 5

I PLAN TO WATCH MY WORDS

  • His heart speaks the truth. Vs. 2, Matthew 15:17-20

 

  •  He does not slander. Vs. 3

 

  • He does not discredit. Vs. 3

Proverbs 4:23

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MATTHEW 10:5-20 – SPECIAL MISSION

Jesus sent the twelve disciples out to do ministry.

PLACE OF MINISTRY - Vss. 5-6

At this time before Jesus went to the cross, Jesus' ministry was to the "lost sheep of Israel".

The disciples, therefore were not yet sent to the Gentiles or Samaritans. That changed when Jesus rose from the dead. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8

PRACTICE OF MINISTRY - Vss. 7-8

They were to preach that the Kingdom of God was at hand, and were to perform miracles.

Freely they had received, they were to freely give.  This is a good point for us today.  We have received freely received God's grace. We should freely share God's grace.

PROVISION FOR MINISTRY - Vss. 9-11

The people of Israel were to be used of God to provide for the needs of the disciples.

 

PRECAUTIONS FOR MINISTRY - Vss. 12-20

Peace was to be on the homes that received the disciples' ministry. Vss. 12-13a

The disciples were to reject those who rejected their ministry. Vss. 13b-15

The disciples were to be "wise as serpents" and harmless as doves. Vs. 16

The disciples were to be prepared to face persecution. Vss. 17-18

The disciples were not to be afraid what they would say. The Spirit of God would provide the words. Vss. 19-20

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PHILIPPIANS 1:21 – REMEMBER THIS VERSE

We are all forgetful at times. Did you hear about the preacher who performed the whole wedding ceremony, introduced the newly married  couple, sent them down the aisle, and then heard the matron of honor say, "You forgot the kiss."?  This story is true. Some years ago, I forgot to have the groom kiss his bride. Such forgetting is embarrassing, but harmless.

There is a kind of forgetting that is not harmless. Forgetting to be kind, or to remember a kindness shown is not harmless. To forget Godly principles that you once lived by is not harmless.  And to forget to live by key Bible verses is not harmless.

I want us to consider a verse that many Christians have forgotten or have never learned.

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

You must remember this verse!

Concerning this verse, please note:

THERE ARE DECISIONS TO BE MADE

Eternal life is through faith in Christ. One must decide to believe on Him. Paul left behind trying to earn his way to Heaven in favor of faith in Christ. Philippians 3:4-9, John 3:36

After deciding to trust Christ, a Christian must also decide to live for Christ. Christ is to become the center of all the Christian is, and all he hopes to be. Romans 12:1

THERE IS DEATH TO EXPERIENCE

Just as Jesus died to give life to millions, it is as we die to self and let Christ live through us that we will truly learn "to live is Christ."

John 12:24-25, Luke 9:23-24, Galatians 2:20a.

THERE IS DEVOTION TO PRACTICE

"and the life which I now life in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God , who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20b

My life is to be devoted to Christ, "who loved me and gave himself for me."

THERE IS DISCIPLINE INVOLVED

I can type because of years of practice, and some training.

In order to say, "For to me to live is Christ," also takes the discipline of practice.

I must practice prayer.

I must practice Bible reading and study.

I must practice Bible memorization and meditation.

I must practice walking in the Spirit.

As I practice, I must depend on the Lord's help. John 15:5, Philippians 4:13

THERE IS DESTINY AHEAD

"...and to die is gain."

See Philippians 1:23. Paul looked forward to departing and being with Christ.  We have that same hope of being with Him when this life is over.

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1 JOHN 3:19-24 – CONFIDENCE

REAL CHRISTIANITY #13 – STUDIES IN 1 JOHN

We have a tendency toward insecurities and uncertainties. And most of us need more confidence than we have.  We don't need more confidence in ourselves. We need more confidence in God.

Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 7:18-19,

Because we are human

Because we are sinners

Because we have such great capacity to fail, we need a greater confidence than in ourselves.

We need a confidence not based on what we feel.

We need a confidence base on what God says.

This passage tells us how to have the right kind of confidence, the confidence that God is behind. It is confidence that God produces and sponsors.

CONFIDENCE OF HEART - Vss. 19-20

1 John 3:19 - And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

 To be of the truth is to be of Jesus Christ. John 14:6

In Vs. 19 John tells us how to tell if we are of the truth, that is, how to tell if we've been born again.   

He says "hereby we know we are of the truth". He is referring to the preceding verses.

The one is of the truth practices agape love.

Vs. 16 - It is a love that lays down its life for the brethren.

Vs. 17 - It is a love which sees a need and does something about it.

Vs. 18 - It is a love that is in deed and truth and not all mouth.

So John is saying that we have assured hearts when we actually demonstrate our salvation through the actions of Christian love. 

Our actions of love build confidence of heart.

They assure our hearts that we are of Christ.

The fact that we practice Christian love gives assurance of salvation.

1 John 3:20 - For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

Another term for a condemning heart might be an accusing conscience.

Many times our conscience will accuse us rightly of sinfulness.

Then we are to confess our sins, and, as 1 John 1:9 says, we are forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness.

Sometimes, however, we have an over-active conscience. We do something wrong, confess it, and still live in guilt.

God is greater than our heart.

God knows when we have truly confessed and forsaken sin.

We need to leave what we have confessed behind.

There are other times, when we have been loving by way of action and striving to help others.  And yet it seems that we cannot get enough done to satisfy ourselves. Again, God is greater than our hearts, and knows when we have done our best.

CONFIDENCE WITH GOD - Vs. 21

1 John 3:21 - Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

 

A confident heart produces confidence with God.

When our heart is right, there is confidence toward God.

When our sin has been dealt with

When we know that we have been forgiven.

When we know that we have been loving by action and trying to do our best, so that God is speaking peace.

When we have confidence toward God we have freedom in His presence.  By freedom I do not mean that we are free to show disrespect in His presence.

Disrespect is shown when we rush into God's presence when it isn't necessary to rush.

Disrespect does not address God properly. I have a personal problem when the only way we know how to address our Lord is by His first name. He is our Lord. He is our Master. He is our Savior and we should address Him that way.

Freedom in the presence of God is not disrespect.

The confident Christian comes to God reverently.

The confident Christian comes to God in love.

The confident Christian comes to God respecting the entire Trinity.

There is reverence in God's presence but not a shaking in the boots type of fear.

There is no doubt that God will listen.

There is no hesitancy to be honest with God, even when we are hurting.

This word confidence actually carries the idea of “freedom of speech”.

It's a freedom of knowing that whatever you say, God will sort it out, correct us, ignore what's worth ignoring, and love us anyway.

CONFIDENCE IN PRAYER - Vss. 22-23

1 John 3:22 - And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

We sometimes think that what we can safely ask God for is limited.  And yet the spectrum of prayers that God answers is very broad. Matthew 7:7-8, John 14:13-14, Philippians 4:6

Why does God give us such a broad spectrum for prayer? 

Why does God tell us to pray about so much?  "Everything" is so much!

It is because God, Himself, has a broad spectrum of concerns.

He is more concerned about missions than you are.

He is more concerned that you live a godly life than you are.

He is more concerned that Christians have fellowship than you are.

He is more concerned about lost souls than you are.

He is more concerned that you learn the Word of God than you are.

He is more concerned that your interpersonal relationships are right than you are.

He is more concerned that people are sick and hurting than you are.

Here is this caring, loving, compassionate, and yet just and righteous God who says that we can have confidence in prayer.

There are conditions to our praying.

When our heart is right with God we will not ask for those things which are ridiculous, or against God's prescribed will. James 4:3

And the one who asks in prayer, as it states here, should be walking with the Lord in obedience. We are to be keeping His commandments and doing things to please Him.

God does not answer prayer based on our works.

God, however, does not hear with a view of answering prayer when there is unconfessed sin in our lives. Psalm 66:18

Obedience is a condition for answered prayer.

Vs. 23 sums up when keeping His commandments means.

And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

First part of the summary is to believe on Christ.

  1. For salvation
  2. Praying in His name -  Believing that He approves in what we are praying for, and believing that it is because of His righteousness that God will answer prayer. John 14:13-14

The second part of the summary is to "love one another as he gave commandment." John 15:12

Don't expect God to answer prayer unless you pray in faith in the name of Christ and unless you are willing to act in love yourself.

CONFIDENCE BY THE SPIRIT - Vs. 24

1 John 3:24 - And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

John gives us a principle here that has to do with obedience.  

When we obey the Lord Jesus is in communion with us. 1 John 1:6

When we obey, we are in communion with the Lord Jesus. 1 John 2:6, John 15:4-5

And how do we know that Christ abides in us?

It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:14-17, John 14:16-18

My friend, God wants us to have confidence.

He will give us this confidence as we do as He says.

CONFIDENCE OF HEART - Vss. 19-20

CONFIDENCE WITH GOD - Vs. 21

CONFIDENCE IN PRAYER - Vss. 22-23

CONFIDENCE BY THE SPIRIT - Vs. 24

 

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ALWAYS (A TOPICAL STUDY)

(NOTE: This is a Prayer Meeting, Bible Study or Sunday School outline highlighting the word “always or alway” found in the Scriptures.  This is not a sermon outline.)

ALWAYS COMPASSIONATE

Psalm 103:9 - He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

ALWAYS PRESENT

Matthew 28:20 - Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

ALWAYS PLEASING

John 8:29 - And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

ALWAYS TRIUMPHANT

2 Corinthians 2:14 - Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

ALWAYS CONFIDENT

2 Corinthians 5:6 - Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

ALWAYS SUFFICIENT

2 Corinthians 9:7-8 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. [8] And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

ALWAYS PEACE

2 Thessalonians 3:16 - Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

ALWAYS OBEDIENT

Deuteronomy 5:29 - O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Philippians 2:12 - Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

ALWAYS MINDFUL

1 Chronicles 16:15 - Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

ALWAYS ATTRACTED

Proverbs 5:18-19 - Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. [19] Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

ALWAYS PRAYERFUL

Colossians 4:12 - Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

ALWAYS CLEAR

Acts 24:16 - And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

ALWAYS ABOUNDING

1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

ALWAYS DYING

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 - Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. [11] For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

ALWAYS THANKFUL   

Ephesians 5:20 - Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

ALWAYS JOYFUL

Philippians 4:4 - Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

ALWAYS GRACEFUL

Colossians 4:6 - Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

ALWAYS READY

1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

ALWAYS REMINDING   

2 Peter 1:12 - Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

ALWAYS REMEMBERING

2 Peter 1:15 - Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

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