SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 9/23/19
September 24, 2019, 12:46 PM

SERMON SEEDS

R16 – THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

WITH APOLOGIES FOR SEVERAL MONTHS OF ABSENCE!

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NEHEMIAH 9-10 – HAVE I SIGNED ON THE DOTTED LINE?

NEHEMIAH – GOD’S MAN IN TIME OF CRISES

Lesson #9 of 10 – Complete Lesson

  • What “contracts” have you literally signed or committed yourself to verbally down through the years?  What are the two or three most important ones?
  • Do you ever have to review the commitments you’ve made? Why is that valuable?
  • “There must be commitment to something different or bigger or grander than ourselves if we are to make progress in our lives.” James Montgomery Boice, Nehemiah, Learning to Lead, (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Fleming H. Revell, 1990) p. 158
  • How will rock-fast commitments help us in times of crisis?
  • The most important commitment of all is to salvation.

 

In chapter 8 there was an assembly held in which the Word of God was read. In chapter 9 another assembly is described in which “… the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. [2] And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.” The end result of this assembly was a covenant or commitment described in chapter 10 signed by the leaders of the Nation.  These chapters help us check our own commitments and make us ask the question “Have I signed on the dotted line?” 

THEY REMEMBERED GOD’S BLESSINGS

  • Why is it important to remember God’s blessings?
  • How has God blessed you?
  • How has God blessed Mount Union?
  • The blessings are itemized in chapter 9:
    1. Creation – Vs. 6
    2. Choice of Abraham – Vss. 7-8
    3. Deliverance from Egypt – Vss. 9-11
    4. Mercies in the wilderness – Vss. 11-15, 19-21
    5. Military victories and possession of the Land – Vss. 22-25
    6. Deliverances in the Land – Vss. 27-28
    7. Mercy in spite of the sins – Vss. 30-31
  • How should the people have felt as they reviewed this list in prayer?
  • What kind of impact might prayers like this have on our own spirituality?

THEY REPENTED OF THEIR SINS

  • What is involved in repentance?
  • What value is there to confessing “the sins of our fathers” or of the church?
  • In this prayer found in chapter 9, there are specific references made to the sins of the Children of Israel.
    1. Sins in the wilderness – Vss. 16-18
    2. Sins in the Land – Vss. 26, 28-30
    3. Sins of their ancestors – Vss. 32-35
  • What is significant about verse 33?  Why is this attitude not always true among Christians?
  • Read verses 36-38.  Why were they making the covenant?

THEY REESTABLISHED THEIR COMMITMENT – CHAPTER 10

 

  1. TO SUBMISSION TO GOD – Vs. 29
  • This commitment was impossible to keep perfectly.  Why bother?
  • How does this commitment show submission to God?
  • What do Matthew 11:28-30, Luke 9:23, and Romans 12:1 teach us about submission?

 

  1. TO SEPARATION – Vs. 30
  • We think of 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.  Are there any other ways to be separated other than through marriage?
  • What does 1 John 2:15-17 tell us about separation?

 

  1. TO A SABBATH MINDSET – Vs. 31
  • The Sabbath and sabbatical year would be adhered to.
  • “That is one reason why Christian believers do not keep the Old Testament Sabbath, for our rest is not in a day but in a person.” John Phillips, Exploring Hebrews, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1977) p.77
  • Look at Hebrews 4:9-11. What is a Sabbath mindset for the believer?

 

  1. TO SACRIFICE – Vss. 32-33
  • To which sacrifices should a believer be committed?  Romans 12:1, Ephesians 5:15-17, Philippians 4:18, Hebrews 13:15

 

6. TO SHARING – 34-39

  • Other than supplying our own personal needs, what is money good for?  Ephesians 4:28, Galatians 6:9-10
  • Why do Christians sometimes become stingy?

PRAY ABOUT IT!

  • Have I failed to permanently “sign off” in one of the areas mentioned above? 
  • How committed am I to God?

 

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NEHEMIAH 12-13 – AM I IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL?

NEHEMIAH – GOD’S MAN IN TIME OF CRISES

Lesson #10 of 10 – Complete Lesson

  • Tell me a story of a departed saint who was faithful.
  • Crises reoccur and sometimes we fight the same battles again, as Nehemiah did.
  • The important thing, through it all, is that I remain faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 - Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
  • The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I in it for the Long Haul?”

 

In Nehemiah 12 we are told of the dedication of the walls of Jerusalem.  In chapter 13 we learn of the deteriorating conditions that Nehemiah found and corrected after he had been away.  In both of these chapters we find qualities that are true of a faithful Christian.

PRAISE – 12:27-43

  • Vs. 27 – Why was the dedication of the wall such a time of great praise, singing and thanksgiving?
  • What are some of the times in the life of a church when we, as a congregation, should be filled with praise, singing and thanksgiving?
  • How will our personal habits of worship effect the entire congregation?
  • Vss. 31-42 – Nehemiah formed two great companies on the wall that acted as choirs. 
  • Vs 43 – This turned out to be such a wonderful time of praise.  Why do you think our worship of God is often listless?
  • Let us consider our hearts and our reasons and responsibilities for praising God.

 

Psalm 100:1-5 - Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. [2] Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. [3] Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. [4] Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. [5] For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 

Hebrews 13:15 - By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

PURITY – 12:30, 13:4-9,

  • Vs. 30 – Before the celebration, there was a purification that took place on the part of those involved.
  • How will personal purity effect our personal worship and a worship service?
  • How will personal examination and confession before a worship service help the mood of a service?
  • Vs. 6 – Nehemiah was out of town for a while. He had gone back to serve the king for a period of time, before returning again to Jerusalem.  How will the absence of strong spiritual leadership effect a church?
  • Vss. 4-5 – While Nehemiah was gone, Tobiah, one of Israel’s enemies was allowed to move in.
  • Notice that there was a price to pay for the presence of an enemy within the walls!
  • What are some of the enemies that will move into our lives and/or the local church and affect our own purity and the purity of the church?
  • Vss. 6-9 – What does Nehemiah’s solution of the problem teach us?

 

1 Corinthians 5:11 - But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

 

Proverbs 28:13 - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

PROVISION – Vss. 10-13

  • While Nehemiah was gone, giving had greatly decreased and many of the worship services had ceased.  Part of the problem was evidently due to dishonest leadership.
  • Nehemiah reinstated the worship, the worship leaders, and the tithes.  He also appointed responsible people to handle the money.
  • Why is giving important to a local church?
  • Why is integrity in the use of funds important to a local church?
  • Each one of us is responsible to give.

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 - But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. [7] Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

PAUSE – Vss. 15-22

  • While Nehemiah was gone many people failed to pause for the Sabbath.  They were working, buying, and selling as if it was any day of the week.  Nehemiah put a quick stop to it.
  • How has Sunday changed since you were a kid?
  • If Sunday is “the Lord’s Day”, how do you think it should be spent?

PARTNERSHIP – Vss. 23-29

  • There had been much intermarriage among the Jews.  Why was Nehemiah so upset?
  • What are the disadvantages of not being married to a Christian or to a Christian who is not very committed?

PRIZE – Vss. 14, 30-31

  • Nehemiah wanted God to remember him and the work that he had done.  What would you tell Nehemiah about God’s reward system?

 

1 Corinthians 4:5 - Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

 

2 Corinthians 5:10 - For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

 

2 Timothy 4:7-8 - I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: [8] Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

 

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PSALM 2 – VOICES!

Psalms for Living #5

David is the author. Acts 2:34, Acts 4:24

This is Messianic Psalm about the Lord Jesus Christ.

THE VOICE OF MAN – “I will rebel!” – Psalm 2:1-3

Vs. 2 – Revelation 16:12-16

Vs. 3 – Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10

THE VOICE OF THE FATHER – “I will rebuke.” Psalm 2:4-6

Vs. 5 –Matthew 25:41

Vs. 6 – Hebrews 1:1-4, 13, Psalm 110:1

THE VOICE OF THE SON – “I will rule.” Psalm 2:7-9

Vs. 7 –Hebrews 1:5-6, Acts 13:33-34

Vss. 8-9 – Revelation 19:15-16, 19-21

THE VOICE OF THE SPIRIT – “Will you repent?” – Psalm 2:10-12

John 16:7-10

Vs. 11 – Revelation 20:11. Revelation 3:19

Vs. 12 – Romans 5:6-9, Romans 5:1, Romans 12:1-2

I love how it ends, “Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.”

 

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MATTHEW 18:21-35 – A GREAT CHALLENGE

 

It is a challenge to witness.

It is a challenge to live a Godly life.

It is a challenge to walk in the Spirit.

It is a challenge to pray.

Perhaps even a great challenge is to forgive.  As a pastor I have personally seen all too much unforgiveness on the part of Christians. In fact I would say that lack of forgiveness is the most frequent problem I've dealt with over the years. Our Lord often handles the topic of forgiveness.

 

THE STANDARD OF FORGIVENESS - Vss. 21-22

Peter thought that he was being generous forgiving someone seven times.

Our Lord seems to be suggesting an unending attitude of forgiveness when he says that we should forgive "Seventy times seven".

 

THE STORY ABOUT FORGIVENESS - Vss. 23-33

 

A Great Debt - Vss. 23-25

A Great Deferment - Vss. 26-27

A Great Disappointment - 28-31

The man who had been forgiven of so much would not forgive someone who owed him far less. Ephesians 4:32

A Great Decree - Vss. 32-33

 

THE SERIOUSNESS OF FORGIVENESS - Vss. 34-35

God has made forgiving others a very high priority indeed!

 

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JOHN 4:46-54 – A NOBLE MAN

 

This is the story of a nobleman who proved himself to be “A Noble Man” when he sought Jesus for help.

 

THE NOBLEMAN WAS CRYING - Vss. 46-47

 

THE NOBLEMAN WAS CHALLENGED - Vss. 48-49

 

THE NOBLEMAN WAS CONFIDENT - Vs. 50

 

THE NOBLEMAN WAS CONVERTED - Vss. 51-54

 

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1 PETER 1:1-2 – ENCOURAGING WORDS

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD #1 – THE EPISTLE OF 1 PETER

Starting with the Lord Jesus there has always been hostility against Christians, and Jesus promised that it would happen! John 15:18-25, John 16:33

If you read the Book of Acts and the rest of the New Testament, you will find that persecution against true Christians has existed from the beginning. 2 Timothy 3:12

We hear constantly about persecutions in other countries against our brothers and sisters in Christ. And sadly, in our country persecution and bias are being expressed in the media, politics and governmental regulations.

It seems bias and persecution, are on the rise. The moment one disagrees publicly with someone on Biblical terms they are guilty of bigotry or hatred. We need to brace ourselves and respond Biblically as bias, hatred, and persecution increases. 

So how are we to respond to this as Christians? I believe the answer to this is found in the Epistle of 1 Peter. I believe that Peter teaches us “Holy Living in a Hostile World”.

Suffering - 1 Peter 1:6-7, 1 Peter 4:12-19

Holy Living – 1 Peter 1:15-16, 1 Peter 3:15-17

Did you notice the title of the message? You are probably not encouraged with what I have already said. But from the very beginning of the Epistle Peter encourages us as believers. There are five things in the first two verses that should encourage us!

Vs. 1 – We learn the identity of writer and the readers.

The writer – Peter

The readers – pilgrims, sojourners, or aliens – those taking up residence in a foreign land, they are dispersed or scattered. The areas mentioned include a large part of the Roman Empire. This letter is really for all Christians. Hebrews 13:14

Vs. 2 – Here are Five encouraging facts:

  1. WE ARE CHOSEN BY GOD THE FATHER - elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,

This is written as an encouragement as an encouragement.

It is family truth – Things only the family knows – family secrets, if you will. The gate illustration

Both truths live together in Scripture. God chose but man must believe. Don’t try to understand, just accept and enjoy them!

Foreknowledge is not passive but active – God having plans to bless us. And bless us, He has! Ephesians 1:3-7

 

  1. WE ARE SANCTIFIED BY GOD THE SPIRIT - in sanctification of the Spirit,

To be sanctified is to be made holy or set apart in position. The Spirit did this when we were born again. Ephesians 2:1, 4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:13

 

  1. WE ARE REDEEMED THROUGH GOD THE SON - for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:

1 Peter 1:18-19

Obedience begins by accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior John 14:6, Romans 10:13

You can only have entrance to Heaven if you obey and believe that the shed blood of Jesus is your way to Heaven! Obedience to Christ in all things should be our goal after salvation.                 John 14:15

 

  1. WE CAN HAVE MULTIPLIED GRACE - Grace unto you

It is through God’s continued grace that we have all the Spiritual blessings that come from being a Christian. This includes the presence and power of the Holy Spirit and answered prayer.

 

  1. WE CAN HAVE MULTIPLIED PEACE - and peace, be multiplied.                                                                                                      

Isaiah 26:3-4, Philippians 4:6-7

 

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1 PETER 1:1-2 – AWESOME!

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD #2 – THE EPISTLE OF 1 PETER

Some things people might describe as awesome!

  • A beautiful sunset
  • The birth of a grandchild
  • A musical performance
  • A child’s report card
  • A great meal at home or in a favorite restaurant
  • A promotion or other special achievement!

 

breathtaking, amazing, stunning, astounding, astonishing, awe-inspiring, stupendous, staggering, extraordinary, incredible, unbelievable, magnificent, wonderful, spectacular, remarkable, phenomenal, prodigious, miraculous, sublime, formidable, imposing, impressive https://www.lexico.com/en/synonym/awesome

The one who can always be described as “Awesome!” is our God and the deeds he performs.

Deuteronomy 10:17, 21, Psalm 66:3, 5

Last week, we began to study 1 Peter and are looking at “Holy Living in a Hostile World”

As we look at 1 Peter 1:3-5 this week, we want to see some awesome things that God has done and is doing for those who have trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior!

Vs. 3 – “Blessed”

It is the Greek word from which we get our English word “Eulogize”. Usually a eulogy gives praise to someone who has passed away.

Vs. 3 – “Lord Jesus Christ” – Master, Savior, Messiah, (Anointed One, King)

AWESOME HOPE - Vs. 3

“Abundant or great mercy”

Why do we need mercy? Because we deserve punishment! Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:23, 6:23

The basis of God’s mercy is the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus for our sins. 1 Peter 1:18-19

“Begotten us again” – Caused us to be “born-again”. John 3:3-8

We have a living hope of resurrection because of Christ's resurrection. If we are “born again”, when we die our spirits go to Heaven. However, even better than that, we will eventually receive a new resurrection body, in the likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20-21

AWESOME HOME - Vs. 4

Inheritance – We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ – Romans 8:15-17

Our inheritance in Heaven is "incorruptible”, “undefiled”, and unfading, and “reserved in heaven for you."

Incorruptible – “imperishable” (ESV) – Your inheritance in Heaven cannot be destroyed. It is permanent! It cannot decay!

Undefiled – Unstained, Unpolluted – Sin pollutes and stains! No sin in Heaven!

Unfading – Not like my flowers, which will fade and eventually shrivel up and die!

Reserved in Heaven for you – Philippians 4:3, Revelation 3:5

Chuck Swindoll – Guaranteed Reservations sometimes lost here, but won’t be in Heaven.

John MacArthur – “Heaven is the securest place in all the universe.”

AWESOME HELP - Vs. 5

We are "kept by the power of God" – Guarded by God!

Through faith – True faith is faith that remains and shows signs of growth – “for Salvation” – final salvation – 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, Colossians 3:4

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