Sermon Seeds for Week of 9/21/20
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S38 – WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

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John 3:1-12 – MEET THE GREAT DIAGNOSTICIAN

MEETING JESUS #6 – GOSPEL OF JOHN

Dr. David Zuckerman practiced medicine in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He was our family doctor/pediatrician. Although, he never had a nurse, and didn’t have all the modern diagnostics, he was a great diagnostician.

One night my brother, Art, was in excruciating pain. Dad took him to Dr. Zuckerman. Doctor Zukerman examined him, and poked him the side. Yes, he went through the roof. Yes appendicitis. Unfortunately, he brought Dad in to give a diagnosis, and not thinking, he did it again! The good doctor apologized profusely! 😊

We know Jesus as the Great Physician. Not only did He heal, but also took care of Spiritual Issues. Today Jesus is the great diagnostician. He always knows what’s wrong.

An important discussion took place between a man named Nicodemus and Dr. Jesus under the quite protection of the night. This discussion had great implications for Nicodemus and for us as well. What was true then is true now, He knows what is wrong, and then how to fix it.

Jesus is the Great Diagnostician:

JESUS KNOWS WHAT HURTS – John 3:1-2

Matthew 16:22-29

JESUS KNOWS WHAT HELPS – John 3:3-7

Ephesians 2:1-3, 2 Corinthians 5:17

Acts 9:17-22, Ezekiel 36:24-27, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

JESUS KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS – John 3:8

JESUS KNOWS WHAT HINDERS – John 3:9-12

1 Corinthians 2:14

TO LISTEN TO THIS MESSAGE AS IT WAS PREACHED VISIT

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EXODUS 12:3-7, 13 – THE LAMB

The People of Israel were preparing to leave Egypt.  There would be one last plague before Pharaoh would agree to release the Israelites.  The death angel would pass through.  The Children of Israel were told to offer the Passover Lamb as a sacrifice and to spread the blood on the doorposts. The death angel saw the blood and passed over. Exodus 12:13

The Passover Lamb is a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the "Lamb of God" and "our Passover". John 1:29 1 Corinthians 5:7

Consider:

A CHOSEN LAMB - Vs. 3

A lamb needed to be chosen by each family.

Jesus was chosen by God to be the Passover Lamb for the world. Philippians 2:5-8

A CLEAN LAMB - Vs. 5

The lamb needed to be perfect.

Jesus was perfect. He was sinless. 1 Peter 1:18-19

A CONSECRATED LAMB - Vs. 6

The Lamb was kept. He was set apart for the task of being the Passover Lamb.

Jesus was set apart to go to the cross to die for sin. Mark 14:36

A CRUSHED LAMB - Vs. 6

The Lamb was killed.

Isaiah 53:5

A COVERING LAMB - Vs. 7, 13

The blood was applied to the doorposts.

When the blood of Christ is applied to our lives we have forgiveness and our sins are covered. Romans 5:9

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PSALM 67 – WISHES

 

A WISH FOR THE FAVOR OF GOD – Vs. 1

A WISH FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD – Vs. 2

A WISH FOR THE PRAISE OF GOD – Vss. 3-5

A WISH FOR THE BEST OF GOD – Vss. 6-7

 

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ISAIAH 52:13-53:12 - THE SUFFERING SERVANT

Here is a tremendous word of prophecy concerning "the suffering servant", the Lord Jesus Christ.

THE RENOWN OF HIS SUFFERINGS - 52:13-53:3

1. He shall be exalted. 52:13

2. Many will be astonished at His marred appearance. 52:14

3. He will startle many nations and kings will consider Him. 52:15

4. He became the world's greatest sufferer. 53:1-3

THE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS SUFFERINGS - 53:4-6

1. He bore our grief, sorrows, transgressions, and iniquities. 53:4-6

2. He died for our sins. 53:5

3. He took our place. 53:6

THE RESIGNATION TO HIS SUFFERINGS - 53:7-9

1. His submission 53:7

2. His silence 53:7

3. His sinlessness 53:9

THE REWARDS FOR HIS SUFFERINGS - 53:10-12

1. Resurrection 53:10

2. Righteousness (Justification) of many 53:11

3. Reign 53:12

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LUKE 14:1-24 – MESSAGE TO THE RELIGIOUS

LIFE OF CHRIST #38

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

James 1:26-27 - If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. [27] Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

We return to the Life of Christ. Our Lord visited Mary and Martha, and some time after that was invited to the home of a religious person, a Pharisee.

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 – Vss. 2-6

Vs. 2 – There was a man in front of Him who had dropsy. 

His body was retaining water. He was obviously swollen, and probably terminally ill.

Because of the open nature of banquets in those days, this man could have come of his own accord.  But remember the “religious” people were watching Jesus.  This man was probably invited there on purpose in order to see if Jesus would violate their understanding of the Sabbath.

Vs. 3 – Jesus asked a loaded question “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”  There is no such restriction in the Old Testament Law.  But the additions that “religious” people made to that law made it unlawful.

Jesus had them in a dilemma.  If they said it was lawful they would have violated their own teachings.  If they said it was unlawful, they would have been viewed as narrow and uncaring.

Vs. 4 – So as not to incriminate themselves, the Pharisees said nothing. Jesus went ahead and healed the man.

Vs. 5 – Jesus then reminded the religious people that if one of their livestock were in jeopardy on the Sabbath Day, they would be helped. 

Of course, if it took work to rescue a farm animal, and that was acceptable, how much more acceptable was healing a sick man on the Sabbath Day!

Jesus’ message is clear.  Don’t shun good works in the name of religion.  Don’t let your religion keep you from doing good, and don’t let your religion cause you to shun those who do good.

Both the Jewish religion and Christianity are religions that stress good works.  If these good works can relieve human suffering we should not let anything stop us. 1 John 3:17, James 2:15-17 

Vs. 6 – Notice that the religious people were again silent.  They had nothing to answer because they were guilty of helping their own on the Sabbath.

DON’T SEEK YOUR OWN HONOR – Vss. 7-11

Vs. 7 – Seating was supposedly according to who was more honorable or important.  The closer one sat to the host, the more honorable the person was.  These “religious” men were seeking the best seats for themselves!

Vss. 8-10 – Jesus told these religious people not to seek the best seat a wedding feast. They should take the lower seat. It was likely that one could be “bumped” from the highest seat, and could be moved up from the lowest seat.

Jesus did not want them doing this with the wrong motives.

He wanted these men to be truly humble.

He wanted them to learn to put others ahead of themselves.

Vs. 11 – Jesus is saying that the proud will be humbled, and the humble will be exalted.

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 - In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus gave three examples of what some religious people did to get honor from men.

They gave.

They prayed.

They fasted.

It was their habit to do these things so they could be seen.  

Jesus was telling them that they could seek and get their reward now from men, but if they humbly went about their business, they would be rewarded later by God.

Jesus is telling the religious people not to seek their own honor.  Sometimes honor does come even when we are not seeking it.  Let the honor come if it comes but don’t seek it.

DON’T SOLICIT FAVORS – Vss. 12-14

Vss. 12-13 – It was the habit of these religious people to invite their family, friends and those of high social and financial status. Most of these people will be able to invite you in return.  Jesus was saying, “Don’t invite people to dinner so you’ll get invited back.”

Jesus was not excluding the invitation of these people.

He just wanted others included who could not pay them back.  The poor and the handicapped were to be invited.

When was the last time you invited anyone over to dinner who couldn’t return the favor or who were not on the same level socially as you?  We generally feed those who don’t need it and never think of those who do need it.

Vs. 14 – Meeting the needs of those in need is a quality of the Christian.  When the Christian is resurrected, then he will be rewarded for the kindnesses shown to the ones that he could not pay back.

The bottom line is that we should not do favors for others so they’ll do them for us.  Instead we are to show favors to those who can’t repay us.  This is what is pleasing to God.

DON’T SNUB GOD’S INVITATION – Vss. 15-24

Vs. 15 – Some sanctimonious person said, “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.”  There were probably “Amens” from many.  The implication was that these religious people were all planning to be in God’s Kingdom.

Jesus cared too much for these men to let this statement go without comment.

Vs. 16 – A man made a great supper.  Many had been invited.  The custom was to have two invitations.  The first invitation would give the day.  And a person was to R. S. V. P. 

On the day of the dinner servants would go to the guests again and tell them that dinner was ready.  Those who were bidden to come on the day of the banquet had already accepted a first invitation.

Vss. 17-20 - So, on the day of the dinner, the servant went to get the guests and every one of them had an excuse for not coming. These were all lame excuses.

A man bought a piece of ground.  He had to go see it. But the man would not buy a piece of property without seeing it. It was just an excuse for missing the banquet.

Another man had purchased 10 oxen.  He now wanted to “prove” or check them out.  Again, the purchase of that much livestock was a major purchase.  The man would have tested them before buying them.

The third man had just gotten married. And although Jewish men were excluded from having to go to war after just being married, they were not banned from going to banquets.  He was using his wife as an excuse.

What is the meaning of this?

The Jewish people said they wanted to enter the Kingdom of God.  By virtue of their Jewish religion they had accepted an invitation to enter God’s Kingdom.

But now the King was among them and they were rejecting him.  He was there and they didn’t want Him!  They would, in a short time, crucify their king.

They were snubbing the invitation.

Vs. 21 – The servant returns home and reports to his master.  Those who had been invited and accepted an invitation had made excuses and would not attend the dinner.  He was rightfully angry.

He told his servant to go out into the city and bring in those who were the social rejects, the poor and the handicapped.

Vss. 22-23 – This was done and there was still room. So the servant was sent to the highways and country lanes and he was to compel them to come!

The Jews had refused God’s invitation.  So the socially and physically unacceptable were to be invited to the feast.  Those in the highways and hedges represent the Gentiles.

The Jews rejected Jesus, and the Gentiles have been invited! Ephesians 2:11-13

Vs. 24 – The ones who were bidden to the supper and turned it down would not partake of the supper.

  The point for today is obvious.

There are religious people today who are too wrapped up in other things and use them as excuses for not accepting Jesus’ invitation of salvation.

It is Jesus Christ who died for our sins.

It is Jesus Christ who is risen from the dead.

It is Jesus Christ who will change your life and give you a new life now and heaven later.

Many have snubbed the invitation.

Have you?

John 3:16-18 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

If you have not snubbed God’s invitation, that’s great.

I’m so glad that you have accepted it and are going to Heaven.

Accepting the invitation puts you in another category, however.   

You are now a servant who has the invitation in your hand so to speak.  You have the message of the Gospel to share with others.  Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15

If you, as a Christian, do not share your faith, you are in a real sense snubbing God’s invitation.  You are helping to keep people out of Heaven instead of helping them in.

You know the way to Heaven. Shame on you if you don’t share it with others who need it.   

Jesus message to the religious applies to us.

DON’T SHUN GOOD WORKS – Vss. 2-6

DON’T SEEK YOUR OWN HONOR – Vss. 7-11

DON’T SOLICIT FAVORS – Vss. 12-14

DON’T SNUB GOD’S INVITATION – Vss. 15-24

         

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BUT GOD!

GOD, MY PROTECTOR

Genesis 20:3 - But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou [art but] a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she [is] a man's wife.

Genesis 31:7 - And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.

Isaiah 23:14 - And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.

GOD, MY GUIDE

Genesis 48:21 - And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.

Genesis 45:8 - So now [it was] not you [that] sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 50:20 - But as for you, ye thought evil against me; [but] God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as [it is] this day, to save much people alive.

Acts 7:9 - And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

1Chronicles 28:3 - But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou [hast been] a man of war, and hast shed blood.

Exodus 13:18 - But God led the people about, [through] the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.

Act 10:28 - And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

GOD, MY FUTURE

Psalms 49:15 - But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

Act 13:30 - But God raised him from the dead:

GOD, MY STRENGTH AND PORTION

Psalms 73:26 - My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

GOD, MY JUDGE

Psalms 75:7 - But God [is] the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Luke 12:20 - But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

Luke 16:15 - And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

GOD, MY FORGIVER

Mark 2:7 - Why doth this [man] thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

Luke 5:21 - And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Romans 5:8 - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephesians 2:4 - But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

GOD, MY ENABLER

1Corinthians 1:27 - But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

1Corinthians 3:6-7 - I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

 

GOD, MY DELIVERER

1Corinthians 10:13 - There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

GOD, MY GLORY

Galatians 6:14 - But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

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JAMES 1:17-27 – A LIFE THAT’S SPECIAL

LET’S GET PRACTICAL (JAMES) #5

  • What, to you, makes life special?
  • In living a special life, what responsibilities are yours?
  • In living a special life, what responsibilities are God’s?
  • In James 1:17-27 we find some basic principles for living a life that’s special.

GIFTS FROM GOD - Vs. 17

  • Review James 1:13-16 – I believe that James is building verse 17 on the previous verses.
  • What “good and perfect” gifts have you received from God?
  • God is the “Father of lights”. 1 John 1:5, 1 Timothy 6:15b-16
  • Even trials are good and perfect gifts from God.
  • Notice how consistent God is! Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8

GRACE FROM GOD - Vs. 18

  • Every true believer has been birthed by God. John 3:3-8
  • “The word of truth” is certainly God’s complete revelation, the Bible. In this context, it is the Gospel that is more in view.  Romans 10:13-17, 1 Peter 1:23
  • The “firstfruits” in the Old Testament were the “first and best” of the harvest, and were to be offered to God. Leviticus 23:10-11
  • In the strictest sense, these early believers were the firstfruits of a great harvest of souls.
  • In a broader sense, the word “creatures” usually refers to creation or created beings. It is true that we are the “firstfruits” of a coming new creation. Romans 8:18-23

GROWTH FOR GOD - Vss. 19-22

  1. Listen carefully – Vs. 19
  • This is good, general advice.  Many disputes would be resolved quickly if people were quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Proverbs 18:13, Ecclesiastes 7:9
  • The context is “the word of truth”, or the Scriptures.
  • Describe ways we should be “quick to hear” the Word of God.
  • In being taught the Scriptures, why is it best to respond slowly?
  1. Control anger - Vss. 19-20
  • Why do people become angry when they read or are taught the Scriptures?
  • The word “anger” here is not referring to outbursts, but the inner, seething type of anger.
  • If the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God, when is the only time it is right to be angry? Ephesians 4:26-27
  • A new question I want to start asking when I start to get angry – “Is God angry?”
  1. Lay sin aside - Vs. 21a
  • Why must I deal with sin in order to get the most out of reading Scripture and being taught from Scripture?  1 Peter 2:1-3
  1. Receive God's Word humbly - Vs. 21b
  • I must be ready to humbly submit to what God has to say to me.
  • I must realize that not only did I have to submit to God’s Word when I was first saved, but as part of the process of sanctification, I must continually submit.
  • The salvation process is not complete until I see Jesus face to face. 1 John 3:2-3
  1. Be a doer, not just a hearer - Vs. 22-25
  • Vs. 22 – How are we deceived when we are hearers of the Word and not doers?
  • Vss. 23-24 – When we, as Christians, are just hearers, what are we forgetting?                        2 Peter 1:9
  • Vs. 25 – How is the Word of God the “Law of Liberty”? John 8:31-36
  1. Practice good religion – Vss. 26-27
  • How is an unbridled tongue a sign of worthless religion?
  • Why are good works a proof of pure religion?
  • Why is it important to be unstained by the world? 1 John 2:15-17

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