SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 9/5/22
September 6, 2022, 7:13 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS

U23 – FOR WEEK OF 9/5/22

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EXODUS 14:30-15:13

ONE OF THEIR (OUR) FINER MOMENTS

All of us have had our finer moments, when we said, thought, and/or did things that made us shine in the eyes of God.

  • It might have been a time when we submitted to the will of God by doing what He wanted us to do.
  • It might have been when we took a step of faith by giving sacrificially.
  • It might have been when we took a stand for what is right!
  • It might have been when we listened to or counseled a friend in need.
  • It might have been when we shared the Gospel with someone who didn’t or did receive Christ as Savior.
  • It might have been when we suffered physical or emotional pain by faith.

I suggest to you that God is the judge of our finer moments. Sometimes, what we think are our finer moments are not. Isaiah 55:8-9

Some of our finest moments are when we worship God sincerely! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  • Rejoicing is worship.
  • Praying is worship.
  • Thanksgiving is Worship.

Hebrews 13:15-16 – Worship includes good works and sharing.

One of Israel’s finest moments was when they worshipped after crossing the Red Sea.               

Review Exodus 14.

Some of our finest moments are when we worship!

THE REASONS FOR WORSHIP – Exodus 14:30-31

  • Vs. 30 – They were freed from bondage, so are we! Romans 6:4-7, Galatians 2:20
  • Vs. 31 – They saw and feared. They saw and believed. Psalm 34:8-10

THE REJOICING OF WORSHIP – Exodus 15:1-2

  • Rejoice because of HIS triumph.
  • Rejoice because of His strength.
  • Rejoice because He is our song. The only one worth singing about.
  • Rejoice because He is our salvation. That alone is reason to worship Him!
  • Rejoice because He is your God. You will worship a god. Make sure yours is the Lord!
  • Rejoice because He is your Father’s God. Abraham. Galatians 3:7

THE REFLECTIONS IN WORSHIP – Exodus 15:3-10

  • It is always great to reflect on the things God has done in you life, and let it lead you to praise!

THE REALITIES OF WORSHIP – Exodus 15:11-13

  • Who is like you!
  • Vs. 11 – Glorious (Majestic) in holiness.
  • Fearful (Awesome) in praises
  • Doing wonders
  • Vs. 13 – Guidance of mercy, redemption, and strength.
  • He guided them to the holy habitation in the Promised Land.
  • He will guide us to glory. 2 Corinthians 5:6-9

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GENESIS 4:1-8 – A VOICE FROM THE DEAD

We are looking at the life of a member of “Faith’s Hall of Fame” found in Hebrews 11.  We are looking at Abel, who indeed is A Voice from the Dead.

Hebrews 11:4 - By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Of course it is difficult to talk about Abel without talking about Cain.  The Bible gives a very clear contrast between the two men.  Abel’s sacrifice was accepted by God. Cain’s was not.  The difference was that Abel acted in faith, and Cain did not. Abel is dead, but because of his faith, he still speaks.

Adam and Eve had been created and placed in the Garden of Eden.

They had sinned against God.

God had promised a redeemer. Genesis 3:15

God had clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins.  The blood of innocent animals was shed so that they might be covered. Genesis 3:21

Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden because of their sin.

Vs. 1 – Eve had her first child and called him “Cain”, which probably means “acquired”. She said that she had gotten or acquired a man from the Lord.  Perhaps she thought that this man was the one who would bruise the head of the serpent (Satan).  If she thought this way, how wrong she was.

Vs. 2 – Another son was born.  His name was “Abel”, which means “breath” or “vapor”.  A breathe is not permanent. It doesn’t last long. Certainly this was a fitting name for a man whose life was cut off prematurely.

Cain and Abel each had respectable jobs.  Cain was a farmer. Abel was a shepherd. Undoubtedly both occupations were learned from their father, Adam.   

ABEL SPEAKS OF COMPLIANCE

Vs. 3 – “in the process of time” literally means “at the end of days”.  It seems to have been a specific time of year when sacrifices were offered. Perhaps it was a time appointed by God.  Evidently this was not the first time that sacrifices were made at this time of year.

The fact that both Cain and Abel offered sacrifices at the same time is an indication that it was something they had learned from their father.

Cain’s offering was a produce offering.  He was a farmer. He brought some of his labor from the field.

Later on, God would require offerings from the ground as the “first fruits” of harvest.  However, it was not the time or place for such a sacrifice.

Vs. 4 – Abel brought an animal or animals to sacrifice.  The fact that he offered the “fat” would be an indication that he had slain the animal.

Abel’s sacrifice was acceptable to God.  We can not be sure how everyone knew that Abel’s offering was accepted and Cain’s was not.  There were times when God sent fire from Heaven upon a sacrifice. Perhaps this was one of those times.

Evidently Abel, by faith, was being compliant with the type of offering that God wanted.

In some way God had revealed to Cain and Abel that a blood sacrifice was what he required. Romans 1:17  

It was the shedding of the blood of innocent animals that had covered Adam and Eve.

It was the shedding of blood of animals that was required to cover sins in the Old Testament.

Ultimately it was the shedding of blood of the sinless Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ that atoned for our sins. 1 Peter 1:18-19, Hebrews 9:22

By faith Abel was being compliant.

And today the process is no different.

By faith a true Christian has come to God God’s way!

He has become compliant. Ephesians 2:8-9

How important is compliance or obedience for the Christian after he or she is saved?  Listen to some sobering verses: John 14:21, 1 John 2:3-6, 1 Samuel 15:22-23, Romans 6:16

Compliance or obedience is one of the biggest indications that we are people of faith.

How can we say that we believe or trust God when we don’t do what He tells us to do!   

ABEL SPEAKS OF COMMITMENT

Another word we can use is consecration.

Vs. 4 – By giving of the first and fat of the flock Abel was bringing the best.

It is when we are people of faith that we, like Abel will give our best.

We know the typical consecration verse, Romans 12:1

If we are truly committed to God we will want him to have what is best.

  • The best of our time
  • The best of our talent
  • The best of our thoughts
  • The best of our treasures

ABEL SPEAKS OF CONFIDENCE

It is obvious from the actions of Abel that his confidence was in God.

He had undoubtedly been told of the promise of a redeemer.

His actions show that he was trusting in what God had promised.

It is highly possible that Abel was the first human resident of Heaven.  

Meanwhile it behooves us to make sure that our confidence is always in the God we claim to know, love, and serve. Psalm 121, Hebrews 11:6

ABEL SPEAKS OF CONFLICT

Vss. 5-7 – Cain was unhappy. God had not accepted his offering.  God suggested that all he needed to do was repent and do what was right and he would be accepted.  

God also warned Cain that he needed to be careful.

Vs. 8 – Cain was angry with God but he was also angry with Abel.  He was angry with Abel because what he did was accepted by God and what Cain did was not accepted.   

Righteous people have always been picked on or persecuted by the unrighteous.  Abel suffered at the hands of unrighteous Cain.

We are warned that the same is true for us. 2 Timothy 3:12, John 15:19-21

The enemies of God are our enemies.

Let’s accept the fact that there will be conflict in our lives.   

Hebrews 11:4 - By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

ABEL SPEAKS OF COMPLIANCE

ABEL SPEAKS OF COMMITMENT

ABEL SPEAKS OF CONFIDENCE

ABEL SPEAKS OF CONFLICT

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Psalm 67 – SEEKING AND ENJOYING

Seeking and Enjoying God go together! The more I seek God, the more I will enjoy Him.

SEEK THE BLESSINGS OF GOD – Vs. 1

SEEK THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD – Vs. 2

SEEK THE PRAISE OF GOD – Vss. 3, 5

ENJOY THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD – Vs. 4

ENJOY THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD – Vs. 6a

ENJOY THE BLESSINGS OF GOD – 6b-7

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PROVERBS 2:1-9 – BECOMING WISE

How does a man or woman become wise in the eyes of God?

These verses answer that question.

THE PATTERN TO FOLLOW Vss. 1-4

1. Receive and Hide Vs. 1

2. Incline and Apply Vs. 2

3. Cry and Lift Vs. 3

4. Seek and Search Vs. 4

THE POWER TO FATHOM Vss. 5-8

The Lord gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Vss. 5-7

The Lord  preserves His saints. Vs. 8

THE PROMISE TO FORESEE Vs. 9

God promises understanding of righteousness, judgment equity, and every good path.

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LUKE 8:4-17 – GOOD SOIL

The parable of “The Sower and the Soils” in Vss. 4-10 is explained in verses 11-17. Note that the seed being planted in the soil is the word of God.

GOOD SOIL IS DUG SOIL – Vs. 12 – The soil by the wayside was packed down and hard.  It had not been recently plowed.  The Holy Spirit was must dig deep in our hearts in order to make us receptive to the Word of God. See John 16:8-11

GOOD SOIL IS DEEP SOIL – Vs. 13 – Soil on the rock was actually on a ledge.  The Word of God had not gone down deep in the heart.

GOOD SOIL IS DISINFECTED SOIL – Vs 14 – Soil needs to have the weeds of “cares and riches and pleasures” removed.

GOOD SOIL IS DEPENDABLE SOIL – Vs. 15 – Dependable soil comes from “an honest and good heart”, keeping the Word, and bearing fruit.

 

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JOHN 1:1-5, 14 – THE SUPERIOR SON

I have been to some good ball games, and to some superior ball games.

I have had some good steak dinners, and I've had some superior steak dinners.

I have met some good people, and I have met people who were superior in their Godliness.

When it comes to superiority however, there is none more superior than the sinless Son Of God. Our Lord Jesus is:

SUPERIOR IN HIS IDENTITY Vss. 1-2

He is eternal in His existence. Micah 5:2

He is God!

SUPERIOR IN HIS INITIATIVE Vss. 3-5

When someone takes initiative, it means that he or she gets something started.

  1. Jesus initiated creation. Vs. 3, Hebrews 1:1-2, Colossians 1:16
  2. Jesus initiated life. Vs. 4  (1 John 5:11-12)

      In Him was both physical and spiritual life. You can explain the

      Gospel here by using three words - SIN (Romans 3:23), SAVIOR

      (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), SELECTION (John 3:16)

  1. Jesus initiated light. Vss. 4-5

SUPERIOR IN HIS INVOLVEMENT Vs. 14

Jesus left heaven to involve Himself in our lives.

He became flesh and dwelled among us.  You might say "He pitched His tent with us."

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TITUS 1:10-16 – THE CONTRADICTORS

GODLY LIVING IN THE CHURCH #3 - A COMPLETE LESSON

  • If you could silence anyone in America today, who would you silence and why?
  • Why is it a shame that some people we want to be silenced can’t be?
  • Why is it good for America that some that we would like to silence legally can’t be silenced?
  • When should people be silenced in the local church?
  • What right do we have within in the church to silence people?
  • Why are false teachers within the church so dangerous?

 

False teachers have always been a threat to the church.  They are “contradictors” who oppose sound doctrine.  Paul demanded some strict responses to those who spread lies and threaten the flock of believers found in the church. For our own edification and spiritual well being we need to answer some questions about these contradictors.

REVIEW

  • Who was Titus and what was he doing on the Isle of Crete?
  • What are some of the qualities of an elder that especially stick out to you?
  • Why are the qualities mentioned in verse 9 important in dealing with contradictors?
  • Let’s answer some important questions about contradictors.

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? – Vs. 10

  • Paul begins by saying there are “many”!  How many false doctrines and cults within Christianity can we name?
  • Why are there so many different false teachings out there?
  • “Unruly” – They were rebellious, rebelling against the doctrine and moral teachings that God gave in his word! God hates rebellion.

1 Samuel 15:22-23 - …Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…

  • “Vain talkers” – Fictitious stories were evidently told by these people. Their talk was empty and worthless.
  • “Deceivers” – They were playing with the minds of the Cretans. Their purpose was to trick and to fool. The worst ones were of the “circumcision”. What did Paul mean by that term? 

WHY MUST THEY BE STOPPED? – Vs. 7

  • Vs. 11 – Paul was very emphatic.  The mouths of these people must be closed.  Why was he so adamant?
  • What did Paul mean when he said whole houses were subverted?  Do you know of any group(s) that take this approach today?
  • According to verse 11, what is the real motive of many false teachers?  Can you think of any examples of this happening?
  • Vs. 12 – A certain philosopher by the name of Epiminides, who lived about 600 B.C., made these statements about the Cretans. These comments would have also been true of the Jews who lived on the Isle of Crete all their lives.
  • They were liars. “To play the Cretan” meant to lie.  Lying is common today. Why?  Are Christians any better than anyone else?

Ephesians 4:25 - Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

  • They were “evil beasts” because they lived to please their sensual appetites. They lived like a bunch of animals!  They were savage and cruel.
  • When it says they were “slow bellies”, it means that they were “lazy gluttons”.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE? – Vss. 13-14

  • Paul agreed with the opinion of their ancient prophet. And notice the solution is a sharp rebuke.  When is a sharp rebuke necessary?  What should be the motive behind a sharp rebuke?
  • When give in love a sharp rebuke can be very effective. What should be our response if a sharp rebuke is not heeded?

2 John 1:7-11 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. [8] Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. [9] Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.

He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. [10] If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: [11] For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

  • Vs. 14 - The Jews were known for their fanciful myths about their ancestors, and their man-made laws. The Jews added many rules and regulations to God’s law.
  • According to verse 14, what is the tragic result of these teachings?  Why should this concern us?

WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF THEIR PROBLEM? – Vss. 15-16

  • Vs. 15 – All things are pure to the pure, but when a person is not pure, nothing is pure.

Luke 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

  • What makes a person pure?
  • What makes a person impure?

Matthew 15:18-19 - But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. [19] For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

  • Vs. 16 - False teachers claim to know God, but by their very acts they deny Him.
  • What does verse 16 say about the type of people false teachers are?  What should we be ready to do?

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