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October 1, 2019, 6:27 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 9/30/19


SERMON SEEDS

R17 – THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

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1PETER 1:6-9 – THE DASH

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD (1 PETER) #3

 “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her casket from beginning to the end.

“He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

“For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.

“For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash, What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.”                                                                                                     THE DASH by Linda Ellis © 1996-2019 Southwestern Inspire Kindness, Inc. All Rights Reserved. https://thedashpoem.com/

This is from a poem called “The Dash” written by Linda Ellis.

Last week in 1 Peter 1:3-5 we learned that God is _________ (Awesome!).

Awesome Hope – Vs. 3 – Salvation’s Beginning

Philippians 3:20-21

Awesome Home – Vs. 4 – Salvation’s Destination

Awesome Help – Vs. 5 – Salvations Completion

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

So, what is the “dash” in the middle between being born again and getting out resurrection bodies and having our eternal home?

We know God is helping and keeping us, but how do we live out “the dash”?

I believe that 1 Peter 1:6-9 helps to answer that question.

Vs. 6 – “Wherein ye greatly rejoice…” – Joy is an important part of your dash – Looking at the beginning verses of this little Epistle we have every reason to be joyful! (Review) Philippians 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:16, James 2:2,

“…though, now, for a season…” – our trials are limited in time, either because they go away or because you go away. Even if a trial lasts a lifetime, the length pales in view compared to eternity.

“…if need be” – We will all face trials, but only as God deems them necessary. James 2:2-4

“…ye have been grieved by various trials…” – There are a great variety of trials that people face. Some are of our own making, most are not. Either way, God allows them, and He will love you through them.

Joy and woe are woven fine, A clothing for the soul divine,

Under every grief and pine Runs a joy with silken twin.

It is right it should be so; Man was made for joy and woe – William Blake

Vs. 7 – “that the trial of your faith” – Trials are designed to prove that our faith is genuine. Luke 8:13

The key word is “faith”! – Trials test faith and when faith is real it is found genuine and serves to mature us Spiritually. James 2:2-4

“…being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it is tried with fire…” Gold is most valuable when it has been smelted or purified that takes the heat of fire.

There are times when you will feel, as you live out you dash, that your trials are “fiery”, but again, they are designed to mature you, strengthen you, and help you help others.

 “…may be found unto praise, honor, and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ,” – Peter fast-forwards to the end of the dash. When Jesus appears and brings us home by way of Rapture, every believer will be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The trials that we face here in His strength, along with all the obedience and good works we practiced, will be rewarded and we will be commended. Matthew 25:20-25, 2 Timothy 4:6-8

The glory will probably come from being like Jesus 1 John 3:2

Vs. 8 – “whom having not seen ye love.” – Back inside the dash, love for Jesus should be the hallmark of our lives! When we love Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit we will love everyone else!

“though now you ye see him not, yet believing” – Christianity is a supernatural religion embedded in faith in the facts as spelled out in Scripture. When you accept the Gospel and come to Christ as your Savior you are born again by the Spirit of God.

“ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” – How is that? The joy comes through the Spirit of God! Psalm 16:11

Vs. 9 – “receiving the end of your faith even the salvation of your souls.” – Right now we are seeing the result of our faith through an active, present salvation.

Every day we can experience God’s hand of deliverance, power and strength through every situation. Christ’s salvation is active now! As we allow Him to control we will experience an active salvation. 

The dash can be glorious as we live out a wonderful salvation until He comes for us!

 

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GENESIS 15 & 18 – ABRAHAM, FRIEND OF GOD

 

Friendship is a wonderful thing.  Being a friend of God should be our great desire. Abraham was God's friend.

 

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD BROUGHT COMFORT - 15:1, 18:9-15

 

 

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD MEANT CONFIDENCE (TRUST) - 15:2-6

 

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD REQUIRED COMMITMENT - 18:1-8

Abraham served.

 

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD RESULTED IN COMMUNICATION 18:16-33

God shared with his friend, Abraham. Vss. 16-22

Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah. Vss. 22-33

 

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PSALM 103:8-14 – THE FATHER’S MERCY

Psalms for Living #6

 

Lamentations 3:22-23

 

THE DECLARATION OF GOD’S MERCY – Vs. 8

 

Exodus 34:6, 18:6,

 

 

THE DESCRIPTION OF GOD’S MERCY – Vss. 9-10

 

Vs. 9 - Proverbs 3:11-12, Psalm 32:5, Ephesians 4:26-27, Ephesians 4:32

 

 

THE DIMENSIONS OF GOD’S MERCY – Vss. 11-12

 

 

 

THE DELIGHT OF GOD’S MERCY – Vs. 13

 

 

 

THE DESIGN OF GOD’S MERCY – Vs. 14

   

Our Father knows what you can handle

HE WILL NOT OVERLOAD YOU WITH TRIALS

HE WILL NOT OVERLOAD YOU WITH TEMPTATION

HE WILL NOT OVERLOAD YOU WITH TASKS

 

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MARK 7:1-23 – DEALING WITH PHARISEES

 

The Pharisees were the religious fundamentalists of their day.  They added much tradition to the law of God, and placed on the same level of importance.

 

THE TRADITION OF THE PHARISEES - Vss. 1-5

 

The Pharisees were concerned, not because the Word of God was being violated, but because the traditions were being violated.

The traditions were oral laws delivered by well-known rabbis.  They were compiled in a book called the Mishna. The Mishna was said to be "a fence around the law", supposedly keeping Jews from violating God's Word. Instead the Mishna ended up giving the Jews excuses for violating God's Word.

 

THE TROUBLE WITH PHARISEES - Vss. 6-13

The Problem Identified - Vss. 6-8

 

Hypocrisy of lip service - Vs. 6

Replacing of God's Word with Man's Tradition - Vss. 7-8

An Example Given - Vss. 9-13

 

God's Teaching - Vs. 10

Man's Tradition - Vss. 11-12

         According to the rabbis, a man could neglect the care of his parents by

         claiming that he was setting the resources aside as a gift to God.

         See Matthew 23:23 for another example

The Sad Result - Vs. 13

 

THE TRUTH ABOUT PURITY - Vss. 14-23

 

WARNING FOR THE PEOPLE - Vss. 14-16

 

Call To Hear - Vss. 14, 16

Clarification - Vs. 15

 

EXPLANATION FOR THE DISCIPLES - Vss. 17-23

 

Question and Rebuke - Vss. 17-18

The Route of Food - Vss. 18-19

The Condition of the Heart - Vss. 20-23

    Jesus pointed out that defilement is in the heart and comes out in our behavior.

 

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LUKE 18:18-27 – THE RICH YOUNG RULER

 

HE ASKED – Vs. 18

He came to ask what he must do to inherit eternal life.

 

JESUS ANSWERED – Vss. 19-20

Jesus replied that the only who is good is God.  The inference, I believe, is that because Jesus is good, He is God.

Jesus further told him to “keep the commandments” and named them.

 

HE ADHERED – Vs. 21

According to this man he had obeyed these commandments, and evidently knew that he still lacked that he still lacked something.

 

JESUS ANSWERED – Vs. 22

Jesus’ challenge was for the man to sell what he had and to follow Jesus.

Jesus does not require this of all who would follow Him.  But in this case, it was evident that the man’s wealth was in the way of His trusting Christ for salvation.

 

HE ACHED – Vs. 23

He went away filled with sorrow, because he was rich.

 

JESUS ANSWERED – Vss. 24-27

Jesus showed how difficult it was for a rich man to be saved.  It was actually impossible without God’s intervention.

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GALATIANS 5:13-18 – ENCOURAGING WORDS

 

LIBERTY'S CALL - Vs. 13 - "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty;"

 

LIBERTY'S CAUTION - Vs. 13 - "...only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh,"

 

LIBERTY'S CONDUCT - Vss. 13-16

1. Serve each other in love. - "...but by love serve one another."

2. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." - Vs. 14

3. Don't "bite and devour". - Vs. 15

4. "Walk in the Spirit." - Vs. 16

 

LIBERTY'S CONFLICT - Vss. 17-18

1. The conflict is between the Spirit and the flesh. - Vs. 17

2. We are to be led by the Spirit. - Vs. 18

 

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THE QUEST – KNOWING GOD #1 OF 7

 

(Note: This is a series basically on the attributes of God. Very Complete Notes, so be creative in adapting them. If you don’t change some of it, be sure to give me credit for writing your sermon. Otherwise, I don’t need credit. :-)

 

 In the Bible, there is mention of various quests.  Spies were sent into the Promised Land to search it out.  King Saul went on a quest to find and kill David. 

 

Moses was on somewhat of a quest when he said to God in Exodus 33:18 …I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

 

Even our Lord Jesus Christ was on a quest.   

John 4:34 - Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

 

Mark 10:45 - For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 

One of the great quests in the Bible is expressed by the Psalmist in Psalms 42:1-2 - As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. [2] My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

 

We should all be on a quest after God, to spend time with Him, and to know Him intimately.  In fact Knowing God should be the quest of every Christian.

Now you might be thinking, “But Pastor, I have trusted Jesus as Savior, don’t I know God?”  If you are truly saved, yes you do know God.  But you should want to know God better.

 

Jeremiah 9:23-24 - Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: [24] But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

 

Using this text and Philippians 3:10 I would like to suggest to you three things concerning the quest you should be on.

 

 

THERE ARE MANY POSSIBLE QUESTS.

 

Jeremiah 9:23 - Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might ,let not the rich man glory in his riches:

 

When you “glory” in something, it is what is important to you.

When you “glory” in something, you are on a quest to obtain it.

When you “glory” in something, it is what you boast about.

I am reminded by this passage that there are many things to be on a quest for.  The Lord, through Jeremiah gives us three prominent things that people may search for and then boast in that they have obtained them.

 

Some people will seek after wisdom and boast that they have it.

Well, what’s wrong with that? Doesn’t God want us to be wise?

Yes he does, but the wisdom that is being sought and bragged about here is apart from God.  It is human wisdom.

 

Worldly wisdom is not wise at all. Proverbs 14:12, 1 Corinthians 1:25

 

 

Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might,

   

Many people seek after power or might.

People who glory in their power must be in control.

They will do what they can to be in control of situations and in control of people.

The very goal of their lives is to have control!

 

Many a family feud has been over who will be in control.

Many a skirmish at work is over who will have control.

Many a fight in Congress is over who will have control.

Many a church fight is over who will have control.

 

God says not to seek control, not to glory in control.

Don’t be on a quest for personal power or might.

Now why, would God say that?

All power and might comes from God.

 

Remember when Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate? John 19:9-11

 

Pontius Pilate only had power because God gave it to Him.   

We only have power or might because God has given it to us. Psalm 75:6-7, Revelation 1:8,

 

Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:   

  

Many people are on a quest for riches.   

Many like to boast in their riches.

So what’s wrong with being rich?  Nothing, as long as you don’t trust in your riches to get you to heaven, or boast about your riches, or worship your riches, or rely on your riches

Those who glory in being rich have a tough time getting into Heaven because they are trusting in their riches. Mark 10:25, James 1:9-11  

 

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:   

   

These are three of the prominent things that people seek after, that are on a quest for, that they glory in.  There are many more.

Some seek a person and worship that individual.

Some seek an idol and worship it.

Some seek various vices and glory in them.

Some seek hobbies or sports and glory in them.

Some seek various pleasures and glory in them.

 

THERE ARE MANY POSSIBLE QUESTS.

THERE IS ONE PREEMINENT QUEST.

 

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: [24] But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

 

We should have one quest above every other quest.

We should have one goal above every other goal.

We should have one thing sought for above all other things.

Our preeminent quest should be to know God.

 

Why should our quest be to know God?

First of all we should strive to know God, because He is God!

Second, we should strive to know God because we can know God. John 14:6, John 1:12

 

Third, we should strive to know God because He is our judge. Romans 14:12

 

We are going to give account to Him. We should strive to know Him now, so we can please Him now.  This way, when we appear before Him there is a far greater chance that He will be pleased.

 

Finally, we should strive to know God because of his personality and program for the earth.

   

But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

 

God delights in exercising loving kindness. I should want to know the God who pours out loving kindness.

God delights in exercising judgment. I should want to know the God who is just.

God delights in exercising righteousness. I should want to know the God who is righteous.

 

That one preeminent quest is to know and understand God.

And you might say, “Pastor, that’s impossible!  Even Paul says that in Romans 11:33, O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

 

It is true that we will not know God fully until we see Jesus face to face.  However, we can and should strive to know Him better every day. 1 Corinthians 13:12

 

THERE ARE MANY POSSIBLE QUESTS.

THERE IS ONE PREEMINENT QUEST.

THERE IS TO BE ONE PURPOSE IN OUR QUEST.

 

Please turn to Philippians 3.   

Paul gives a personal testimony here.

He is warning against self righteousness here.

He is warning about trying to get to Heaven based on our birth into religion and our own religious acts.

 

Philippians 3:4-6 - Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: [5] Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; [6] Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

 

If anyone could have earned his way into Heaven, it was Paul.  But Paul couldn’t do it.  Paul knew that although he might have appeared righteous on the outside, he would not have been righteous within.  He realized, like we should, that he needed help.

 

Philippians 3:7 - But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

It came down to a choice for Paul.

It comes down to a choice for us.

Paul had to chose to either rely on all that was near and dear to Him religiously in order to get to Heaven, or He had to scrap it all and take Christ alone.

 

We need to make that same decision.  Will I rely on my own brand of religion, no matter how good it is, or will I rely on Christ alone?

 

Philippians 3:8 - Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

 

Paul went even further and said that he counted all his efforts to be like dung, manure if you will in order that he might have Christ.

 

Philippians 3:9 - And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

 

Paul knew that his righteousness was like filthy rags.

Isaiah 64:6 - But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

Paul knew that Christ was righteous, without sin.   

Paul knew that Christ’s righteousness was true righteousness.

Paul knew that Christ died for us so that we might be righteous before God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Paul knew that the way to God was through faith in Christ.

Paul placed His faith in Christ.   

Have you?

You can’t know God until you come to Him through faith in Christ.

 

Philippians 3:10 - That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

 

Paul’s one purpose was to know Christ.  For in knowing Christ, He was knowing God.

Didn’t Paul already know Jesus? Yes.

If we are saved, don’t we know Jesus? Yes.

 

So what is Paul saying?  He is saying, “I want to know Christ intimately!  I want to spend time with Him. I want to be close to Him. I want to understand Him and what He is doing. I want to take what the Bible says about Him and experience Him for myself in my own life.”

 

And that should be our ultimate purpose, to take what the Bible says about Him and experience Him for myself in my own life.   

 

We should want to know Him intimately.

We should want to know His power working in our lives intimately.

We should want to know the fellowship of his sufferings. That is, we should be willing to suffer for his sake.

We should want our knowledge of Him to make us conformable to His death. That is, Christ was obedient even to the point of death. We should be that obedient also.  

 

Paul knew that knowing Christ was a life long process.

 

Philippians 3:12-14 - Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. [13] Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Remember, Jesus is God.

To know Christ is to know God.

As Christians we should have one quest, to know God’s Son and to know God better today than we did yesterday.    

 

Of course, we get to know God better by studying and meditating on God’s Word.

And we get to know God better by talking to Him.

We get to know God better by abiding in Him.

We get to know God better by learning about Him in church and Sunday School.

 

I want us to strive to know God better by seeing exactly what He is like according to His own Word, the Scriptures. We want to see what have been called the attributes of God. We want to learn these truths and see how they apply to our daily lives.

 

Make it the goal of your life as a Christian. Make it the purpose of your life, to know him more intimately for yourself.

 

THERE ARE MANY POSSIBLE QUESTS.

THERE IS ONE PREEMINENT QUEST.

THERE IS TO BE ONE PURPOSE IN OUR QUEST.   

 

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