SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 9/26/22
September 29, 2022, 7:11 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS

U26 – FOR WEEK OF 9/26/22

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Mark 9:14-27 – TROUBLE ABOUNDING

The photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene hampered him and he asked his home office to hire a plane. Arrangements were made and he was told to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting. When he arrived at the airport, a plane was warming up near the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, “Let’s go! Let’s go!” The pilot swung the plane into the wind and they soon were in the air. “Fly over the north side of the fire,” yelled the photographer, “and make three or four low level passes.” “Why?” asked the pilot. “Because I’m going to take pictures,” cried the photographer. “I’m a photographer and photographers take pictures!”

After a pause the pilot said, “You mean you’re not the instructor?” http://www.bible.org/illus.asp?topic_id=1603

This is just one of many jokes which I have heard or told about trouble.  But if you’ve even been in trouble, and you have, you know that trouble is usually no laughing matter. 

Trouble often follows high points in our lives. I’ve learned that when there are high points in my experiences, the very lows are sure to follow!

Last week we saw Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, and John on a mountain where Jesus was transfigured before them, and they saw Jesus in his glorified state as God and heard the voice of the Father. 

As they come down the mountain to meet the other nine disciples, they walk right into trouble!

DISCIPLES IN TROUBLE – Vss. 14-15 – We’ve failed too.

He showed up just in time! We don’t need to wait for Him to show up! He’s here!     

Psalm 46:1, Psalm 55:22

BOY IN TROUBLE – Vss. 16-18

Vs. 16 –When Jesus is brought into a problem, He’ll take over if you let Him!

GENERATION IN TROUBLE – Vs. 19

Mark 3:14-15, Mark 6:12-13, Matthew 28:18-20,                                                                                           John 15:1-7 – We can’t share what we don’t have!

J.D. Jones – “What a person can give out depends upon what he has within. The power he exerts depends upon the power he possesses.” J.D. Jones, Commentary on Mark, (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kregel Publications, 1992) pp. 305-306)

FATHER IN TROUBLE – Vss. 20-24

Vs. 23 - 1 John 5:14-15, John 14:12-13

LORD OVER TROUBLE – Vss. 25-27

ANTIDOTE FOR TROUBLE – Vss. 29-30, Matthew 17:20-21

Vs. 29 – The problem was so great that the only solution was believing prayer! Matthew 7:7-8, Mark 11:22-24, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2, 1 Timothy 2:8, James 5:16-18, 1 Peter 4:7

Colossians 4:2 (CSB) - Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.

 

WHEN TROUBLES ABOUND, THE ANSWER IS PERSISTENT, BELIEVING, RELIANT PRAYER!   

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JUDGES 5:1-31 – SOME PEOPLE

There are different types of people involved in the service of the Lord.

Some are willing to fight for the Lord, others are not.

Judges 5 is a poem, a song of praise to God for the victory He gave over Sisera and his army, as recorded in Judges 4.

Here we find different types of people. Some were involved in the victory, some were not.

SOME PEOPLE RISE TO THE OCCASION - Vss. 6-7

There was a problem. The enemy was intimidating Israel until Deborah rose up to take a stand.

SOME PEOPLE CHOOSE OTHER GODS AND PAY THE CONSEQUENCES - Vs. 8

Israel, in general was living in apostasy.

When we place other gods, other than the true God in control of our lives, there will be trouble for us too.

SOME PEOPLE GIVE OF THEMSELVES WILLINGLY - Vss. 9-15, 18

SOME PEOPLE REFUSE TO GET INVOLVED - Vss. 15-17, 23

Reuben - All talk, no action - Vss. 15-16

Gilead - No fellowship, no involvement - Vs. 17

Dan and Asher - Business as usual - Vs. 17

Meroz - Didn't help the Lord - Vs. 23

SOME PEOPLE SHOW REMARKABLE COURAGE Vss. 24-31

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SELECTED PSALMS – BE BLESSED

Psalm 1:1-3 - BLESSED MATH (SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 32:1-2 - BLESSED FORGIVENESS

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Psalm 34:8 - BLESSED TRUST

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Psalm 33:12 - BLESSED CITIZENSHIP

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

See 1 Peter 2:9-10.

Psalm 41:1-3 - BLESSED CONSIDERATION

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

Psalm 65:4 - BLESSED CHOICE

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

Psalm 84:4 - BLESSED ABODE

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

See John 15:1-7

Psalm 84:5 - BLESSED STRENGTH

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee…

See Isaiah 26:4

Psalm 89:15 - BLESSED KNOWLEDGE

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.

Psalm 94:12-13 - BLESSED CHASTENING

Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law; That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

Psalm 106:3 - BLESSED DISCERNMENT

Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

Psalm 112:1 - BLESSED FEAR

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Psalm 119:1-2 - BLESSED PATTERN

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

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HAGGAI 1 – TURN AROUND

Israel was back in the land.  The building of the temple had been delayed.  Haggai the prophet speaks for God in order to turn around Israel’s attitude and get them busy building.

GOD’S REBUKE – Vss. 2-5

GOD’S RETRIBUTION – Vss. 6, 9-11

GOD’S REQUIREMENT – Vss. 7-8

ISRAEL’S RESPONSE – Vss. 12, 14-15

GOD’S REASSURANCE – Vs. 13

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MATTHEW 5:3-12 – IT’S WORTH IT!

Have you ever considered the benefits of living by the beatitudes?  It is certainly worth it!

POVERTY OF SPIRIT YIELDS A KINGDOM – Vs. 3

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

INTENSITY OF SORROW YIELDS COMFORT – Vs. 4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

DISPLAY OF HUMILITY YIELDS CONTROL – Vs. 5

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

DESIRE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS YIELDS SATISFACTION – Vs. 6

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

GIVING OF MERCY YIELDS MERCY – Vs. 7 – (Give a break. Catch a break.) - Vs. 7

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

PURITY OF HEART YIELDS FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD – Vs. 8

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

NEGOTIATION OF PEACE YIELDS A GREAT REPUTATION – Vs. 9

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

SUFFERING FOR CHRIST YIELDS HEAVENLY REWARDS – Vss. 10-12

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Why don’t we want to live by these beatitudes? Is it because we want the wrong rewards?

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JOHN 5:44 etc. – THE AUDIENCE

When I was a senior at Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, I did my student teaching in a sixth grade classroom in Camden, New Jersey.  One of the fun things I did was car pool to Camden with 3 other people.

One morning Bob Holt was driving his Mustang and I was sitting on the passenger's side in the back seat.  Bob stopped to mail a letter at a post office.  At the suggestion of someone else in the car, I climbed across the seat and got in the driver's seat, and as Bob was returning I started to pull away, as a joke.  What did Bob do? He jumped on the hood of car as a passenger.  Well, I stopped, got back to my regular seat, and the game was over.  Except for one problem, we discovered that one of our professors for student teaching was in the car behind us.  We had an audience and didn't realize it.

When Dottie and I were missionaries with Child Evangelism Fellowship we lived near her parents.  Her Dad was a retired groundskeeper for my alma-mater, Glassboro State. He had worked on the football field and was given passes for all the home games.  One Saturday we went to a game. During the course of the game, I made a good natured but unkind comment about the other team. This little boy (whom I didn't know) in front of me looked at me with big eyes in disbelief.  I said something to him like, "It's okay son, I'm just kidding."  And his father said something like "We know who you are. You're Jack Peters from Child Evangelism Fellowship!"  Talk about embarrassed!  I had another audience that knew who I was and what I was standing for.

I'm sure that all of us have been in situations when we didn't know we had an audience and said or did things we were sorry for later.  We've also probably have been in situations when we didn't understand who our audience really was.  In those situations, it's very easy to put our feet in our mouths.

We need to remember, that whatever we do, God is our audience.  We need to consider Him above all others.

THE PRESENCE OF THE AUDIENCE - Psalm 139:7-10

God is always with us.

THE PERCEPTION OF THE AUDIENCE - Proverbs 5:21, Proverbs 15:3

God understands or perceives everything we say do. This is one audience who is never fooled!

THE POWER OF THE AUDIENCE - Luke 12:1-5

God is to be feared because He has the power to cast into hell. He is also to be feared because He is the judge.

THE PARTICIPATION OF THE AUDIENCE - 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:16,  John 14:16-17, Matthew 7:7-8

God, the audience, has chose to participate in our lives. First, He sent His Son to save us, now He involves himself through the work of the Holy Spirit and by answering prayer.

THE PLEASING OF THE RIGHT AUDIENCE - John 5:44, John 3:36, Proverbs 3:5-6, Colossians 3:17

We fail to have faith because we are trying to please others instead of trying to please God. - John 5:44   

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TITUS 3:1-7 – BACK TO BASICS

GODLY LIVING IN THE CHURCH #6

(A COMPLETE LESSON)

  • What are some of the basic rules of etiquette (manners) that you taught your children?
  • What are some basic things you learn when you learn to read?
  • What are some of the basics of arithmetic (math)?
  • Why is it always important to learn the basics of anything we are involved in?

In Titus 3:1-7 we find Paul presenting some “basics” that are important for us to understand as  Christians. The three point outline is mine, but the idea of three sections of seven points each comes from John MacArthur. John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Titus, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1996), pp.136-155

HOW WE BEHAVE AS CHRISTIANS

  • How do you know that unsaved people are watching you?
  • Why should your behavior be beyond reproach before unsaved people even when their’s is not?
  • Here are seven “basics” of behavior for us to practice before a watching world of unbelievers:
  1. Subject to Principalities and Powers – Why should we be submissive and supportive towards government, including proper payment of taxes? Romans 13:1-7
  2. Obey Magistrates – What laws are Christians most likely to break?  Why is that a poor testimony?
  3. Ready to Every Good Work – What good works can we do towards government and for the betterment of our community? How involved should a Christian be in politics?
  4. Speak Evil of No Man – Psalm 101:5 – We tend to malign those we don’t like. Why is it so easy to be critical and even slanderous against politicians and public officials?  Some of you are upset when President Bush is criticized unmercifully, but how did you treat President Clinton?  Why might it be helpful that a Christian not be primarily known for his political position?
  5. No Brawlers – What are contentious people like?  Why does being contentious hurt the cause of Christ?
  6. Gentle – Philippians 4:5 - The “Golden Rule” shows us how to be gentle. Matthew 7:12
  7. Showing Meekness to all – Why is it important that we always be considerate of others?

WHAT WE WERE AS UNBELIEVERS

  • How will remembering what we were like before we were saved help us to treat unsaved people properly?
  • Even if we were saved at an early age and don’t remember being particularly “bad”, we can think of how we would be today if we weren’t saved!  Think of what Christ has saved you from!
  1. Foolish – In what areas of living were Christians foolish before they were saved?
  2. Disobedient – Why should we be able to understand the disobedience of unsaved people even though we shouldn’t agree with it or practice it?  1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 2:1-3
  3. Deceived – How did Satan have you fooled before you were saved?
  4. Serving Lusts and Pleasures – Why are unsaved people enslaved to these things?
  5. Malice – If you think about it, if it wasn’t for the Lord Jesus Christ in our life we would practice malice (evil) whatever chance we get, even though we might cover it up.
  6. Envy – How does jealousy show itself on the evening news?
  7. Hateful and Hating – What causes someone to act in a hateful way and to actually hate another human being?
  • Not only should we remember what we are like in the past, but we must also remember that we are not perfect now! Matthew 7:3-5

WHAT WE HAVE IN CHRIST

  1. Kindness – How has Christ been kind to you?
  2. Love of God our Savior Toward Man – Notice the deity of Christ alluded to in this phrase. What Scripture verses about the Father’s and Christ’s love come to your mind?
  3. Mercy – How has God shown pity on us?
  4. Washing of Regeneration – How were you “washed” by the “new birth”? John 3:1-8
  1. Renewing of the Holy Ghost – In what ways does the Holy Spirit give us new life? Galatians 5:22-26
  2. Jesus Christ our Savior – Remember Romans 5:6-8
  3. Grace – Why did it take grace for you to be justified?  As an heir, what do you expect to inherit?

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AMAZING GRACE

What excites you? 

Do certain sports teams like the Yankees, Steelers, Red Wings or Celtics excite you?

Do your children or grandchildren excite you?

Do hobbies excite you?

Do strong friendships excite you?

Does eating excite you?

Do “do it yourself” projects excite you?

Does the internet excite you?

There was once a man named John Newton who got excited by the grace of God. He was a former slave trader who lived a life of debauchery who came to faith in Christ and tasted the grace of God for himself.  He became a minister of the Gospel and the author of the famous hymn Amazing Grace.

Let’s consider the great truths that are found in this hymn.

THE CONTRASTS OF GRACE

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

Isaiah 64:6, Ephesians 2:1-3, Ephesians 2:4-5, Ephesians 2:8-9

THE CONVICTION OF GRACE

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

John 16:8-11, Ezekiel 18:4, John 3:16

THE COMFORT OF GRACE

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Romans 8:28, Romans 8:35-39, Psalm 28:7

THE CONSISTENCY OF GRACE

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

Psalm 32:8, Psalm 17:15

THE CULMINATION OF GRACE

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 21:3-4

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