SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF APRIL 12, 2021
April 14, 2021, 8:41 AM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T15 – FOR WEEK OF 4/12/21

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ROMANS 3:24-25 – THE VOCABULARY OF RIGHTEOUSSNESS

Vocabulary - the body of words used in a particular language.

  • words used on a particular occasion or in a particular sphere.

"the vocabulary of law"

  • the body of words known to an individual person.

"he had a wide vocabulary" (Oxford Languages - As found on Google)

Sometimes we have a problem with words because they are not in our vocabulary.  Doctors, lawyers, plumbers, electricians, architects, and even ministers use a different set of words that we don’t always understand.

God uses vocabulary, or words, to express Himself. That is why we have the Bible. In different books of the Bible God talks about different subjects and uses specific vocabulary words.

One of the great themes of the Book of Romans is God’s Righteousness, and how we, as unrighteous sinners, can become righteous in God’s eyes. Romans 1:16-17

When we say God is righteous, we mean God is always right. He has the right thoughts, the right actions, the right motives. As God, He is without sin. He is just!

Romans 3:24-25 contains some great vocabulary words which help us understand God’s righteousness, and how we can be right with him. I would like us to define those words, so you can understand the key message of the Book of Romans, and thus understand how you can be a participant in God’s righteousness.

The first major portion of Romans, going from chapter 1, verse 18 through chapter 3 and verse 20, discusses man's guilt before God. Every person is guilty before God. No one is righteous before God.  Nobody has ever earned entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Romans 3:19-23

Now we come to Romans 3:24-25 - Read

We will talk about 5 vocabulary words in this passage:

JUSTIFICATION

GRACE

REDEMPTION

PROPITIATION

FAITH

We want to especially center in on three of these five words.

As we look back on the original meanings of these words, we realize that in our minds we need to travel to three places to better understand their meanings. In a sense this morning, we need to go "on tour".

FOR THE WORD JUSTIFICATION WE MUST VISIT THE COURTROOM.

FOR THE WORD REDEMPTION WE MUST VISIT THE SLAVE MARKET.

FOR THE WORD PROPITIATION, WE MUST VISIT THE TEMPLE.

 

I got the original thought for this message from Richard DeHann, who briefly touched on the idea of the three places to visit in his book, The World on Trial. Richard W. DeHann, The World on Trial, Studies in the Book of Romans (Grand Rapids Michigan, Zondervan Publishers, 1970) pp. 35-37

JUSTIFICATION - THE COURTROOM

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

We enter the courtroom to view someone on trial.

At the end of the trial the judge will do one of two things.

He will either condemn the person, declare him guilty as charged, or he will justify the person, declare him righteous, or not guilty. Another word we might use is acquittal.

The word justify means to declare righteous.

Now think with me for a moment. Paul has just written a long treatise on how every person is positively and absolutely guilty before God! Now he is talking about declaring some of those guilty people as righteous.  If they are righteous, they will be allowed to enter God's Heaven!

How can God condemn the world and then acquit some?

There is a basis for God's justification or declaring some righteous. Romans 5:6-9

God declares us righteous based on the blood sacrifice for sin made by His Son!

Now, not everyone is declared righteous by the shed blood of Christ, although anyone and everyone can be!  Justification, being declared righteous is on the basis of the blood of Christ, but also requires our faith in Christ. Romans 5:1

Faith – Forsaking All I Trust Him!

God can declare us righteous because of what His Son has done. Justification, being declared righteous, is a wonderful thing! We have been acquitted!

Notice in our text that it says that we are justified freely.

What does that mean?  When something is free it is without cost to you. It may cost someone else something, but to you it is free. If you are a true Christian, you have been declared righteous without cost to you. It cost God the death of his Son and the suffering of the His Son for our sakes, but you it cost nothing.

 

And notice in our text another great word. We are justified freely by his grace!  What is grace? Grace is God giving me what I don't deserve!  Grace is God pouring out His love upon me, not because I deserve it, but because God has chosen to do so.  Our salvation is by grace!

 

 FOR THE WORD JUSTIFICATION WE MUST VISIT THE COURTROOM.

REDEMPTION - SLAVE MARKET.

 

Romans 3:24 - Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Slavery in America was a terrible thing. Although we sadly have way too much prejudice based on ethnicity, we do not have slave markets in our country today.

 In the day that this Epistle to the Romans was written there were many slaves, and they did have slave markets.

The Word redemption carries the idea of buying a slave at the slave market and setting him free! 1 Peter 1:18-19

When the purchase is made, the person is set free and made a citizen of Heaven.

FOR THE WORD JUSTIFICATION WE MUST VISIT THE COURTROOM.

FOR THE WORD REDEMPTION WE MUST VISIT THE SLAVE MARKET.

PROPITIATION - THE TEMPLE

Romans 3:25 - Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

James Montgomery Boice says that the word "propitiation" comes from the world of ancient religion. "It signifies what the worshiper does when he or she presents a sacrifice to a deity. It is an 'atoning sacrifice,' an act by which the wrath of the offended deity is appeased or turned aside." James Montgomery Boice, Romans – Volume 1 – Justification by Faith – Romans 1-4 (Grand Rapids MI, Baker Book House, 1991)

At the Jewish temple was the Ark of the Covenant, a gold covered box that sat in the "holy of holies" in the temple.  This was the most sacred part of the temple, and the high priest only came into this place once a year. Inside the box were the tablets that had the Ten Commandments written on them.

On top of the Ark was a cover called the Mercy Seat.  It had two statues of cherubim, or angels sitting on either end of the Mercy Seat.  According to Boice, "In a symbolic way, God was imagined to dwell above the Ark, over or between the outstretched wings of the cherubim."

As God looked down on the Ark, what did He see?

He saw the His Ten Commandments, which were in the Ark, which had been broken by His people Israel.  Breaking the laws of God required the judgment of God.

Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest came in to the Holy of Holies and sprinkled blood on the mercy seat.  So then when God then looked down from Heaven before His eyes got to the broken ten commandments they came upon the blood of an innocent victim, a sacrifice for sin. God was appeased.

This animal sacrifice pointed to the day when Jesus Christ would go to the cross. His blood was sprinkled for our sins, and God is propitiated, appeased, or satisfied. His blood is the satisfaction, the appeasement for our sins!

There is one more word we need to notice a word here that we mentioned earlier. The word is "faith".  Notice please that God's anger for our sins is appeased by faith or trust in Jesus’ blood.

The sacrifice has been made, but just as the priest applied the blood of the sacrificial animal to the mercy seat by faith, we must also apply the blood of Christ to our sins by faith.

When we trust Christ by faith in his shed blood, God is appeased, satisfied, propitiated!

My friend, your pardon has been secured through the shed blood of Christ.  But, you must accept it.  If you ignore it or refuse it, it is not yours.  Will you accept the pardon by putting your faith in Christ? Without the pardon you will pay for your own sins for all eternity.

FOR THE WORD JUSTIFICATION WE MUST VISIT THE COURTROOM.

FOR THE WORD REDEMPTION WE MUST VISIT THE SLAVE MARKET.

FOR THE WORD PROPITIATION, WE MUST VISIT THE TEMPLE.

 

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2 SAMUEL 6:12 etc. – GLADNESS!

GLADNESS OF SERVICE

2 Samuel 6:12 - And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.

Psalm 100:2 - Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Deuteronomy 28:47-48 - Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; [48] Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

GLADNESS IN HIS SANCTUARY   

1 Chronicles 16:27 - Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

Psalm 122:1 - I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

GLADNESS IN SONG   

2 Chronicles 29:30 - Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the Lord with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.

Psalm 9:2 - I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

Psalm 67:4 - O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

GLADNESS IN SPIRIT

Psalm 4:7 - Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

Psalm 30:11 - Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

 

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PSALM 40:10 – WHEN SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN

I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

Psalm 40:10

There are many times when the old saying is true. Silence is, indeed, golden.  There are many times when it is best to remain silent rather than say something that will cause discord or strife or something that you will later be sorry that you said it.

But there are other times when silence is not golden.

There are times when we are wrong if we remain silent.

If we know someone is innocent and remain silent we are wrong.

If we know someone is being misrepresented and remain silent we are wrong.

If we know that someone needs to hear what God has to say on a subject and remain silent we are wrong. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 7

When is it wrong for a Christian to remain silent?

When is it necessary for a Christian to speak?

I believe we find the answer tucked away in Psalm 40:10

I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

King David is giving a personal testimony here.

He is telling us that there were times that he didn’t remain silent in his life.  He had to speak out.

Most of us are reluctant to talk about God. God is not a popular topic of conversation even among Christians.  And men are seem more reticent to talk about God than women are.

David knew how to speak for and about God when he was supposed to.  Let us see if this verse can help us be prepared to speak up when we should.

I would like to suggest to you that speaking for God when we should is the last step of a threefold process.  The threefold process is:

THINK!

Before we can talk, we must have something to talk about.

We need to think about God before we can talk about God.

There are five things mentioned in this verse that David talked about God.  Therefore, he had to think about them first.  So, I challenge you to think about these five things.

 

THINK ABOUT GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS

I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart;

Has it ever occurred to you that God is righteous?

That He can’t stand what is wrong?

That He is opposed to anything the least bit questionable? Psalm 145:17, Psalm 119:42

We need to think about our righteous God’s opinions of things that we encounter in every day life.  Often He gives you his opinion in His Word.   

What does our righteous God think of abortion? Exodus 20:13

Remember that life begins at conception, not at birth.

What does God think of sexual immorality? Hebrews 13:4, Leviticus 18:22

What does God think of stealing, bearing false witness and covetousness? Exodus 20:15-17

Not all of God’s righteous opinions are stated in the negative. Philippians 4:8

These qualities are reflections of God’s righteousness

THINK ABOUT GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

I have declared thy faithfulness Lamentations 3:22-23

For thousands of years the sun has come up every morning and set every night. God is faithful.

God has given you abilities so you can earn a living and/or take care of a family. God is faithful.

God has provided you with food and clothing. God is faithful.

God is available to answer you prayers. God is faithful.

God has provided you with friends and loved ones. God is faithful.

And this is only the beginning of a list that can and should go on and on. You should think on how God has been faithful to you specifically.   

THINK ABOUT GOD’S SALVATION

When we think about what great sinners each of us is, we can get depressed. Isaiah 64:6

But when we start to think about what Jesus did for us to save us, we can get encouraged.

Isaiah 53:3-6

And when we think that Christ death for us means that salvation, deliverance and forgiveness from sin, is a free gift of grace that is already paid for, we should be ecstatic! Ephesians 2:8-9   

 

THINK ABOUT GOD’S LOVINGKINDNESS

I have not concealed thy lovingkindness…

God loves you.

If you are saved, God loves you as His own child.

If you think you know how to love your children, think how much more powerful God’s love is for you!

God loves you enough to indwell you through His Spirit.

God loves you enough to encourage and help you.

God loves you enough to never leave or forsake you.

God loves you enough to meet your needs.

God loves you enough to never separate his love from you. Romans 8:35-39

THINK ABOUT GOD’S TRUTH.

 

I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

Jesus prays for us in John 17:17 - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

God’s Word is truth, therefore, we need to be thinking about His truth.  We can not share God’s truth until we know God’s truth.  We can not know God’s truth until we get into His Word. 2 Timothy 2:15

THANK

We will not be able to speak effectively for God until we are thankful to God. 

Sharing God’s blessings are the reflection of a thankful heart.

God’s wants us to be thankful.

Mankind has had a problem with a lack of gratitude. Romans 1:21

God’s Word tells us to be thankful. Psalm 107:1, Ephesians 5:20, Philippians 4:6-7

I challenge you this week to give specific thanks to God in five areas.  I think you can guess what they are.   

THANK GOD FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS – Naming specific ways He has shown Himself to be righteous.

THANK GOD FOR HIS FAITHFULNESS

Reflect on how He has been faithful to you this very week.

The specific needs He has met and the specific blessings He has given.

THANK GOD FOR HIS SALVATION

If you are truly saved you should be thankful for salvation every day.  Think! Where would you be if the Lord hadn’t saved you?

If you aren’t saved, you need to trust Christ this morning!

THANK GOD FOR HIS LOVINGKINDNESS

As you think of ways God has shown His love for you be sure you thank Him.

THANK GOD FOR HIS TRUTH.

And as God has been gracious to show you his truth and help you understand it, make sure you thank Him.

 

THINK

THANK

TALK

 

The more I think on these truths, the more thankful I will be.

The more thankful I am, the more likely I am to share them with others.

When it comes to these truths, silence is not golden!

I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

I MUST TALK ABOUT GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS

I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart;

Should God’s righteousness be in my heart?

Yes it should!  We need to think about it and thank God for it.

But David’s point is that it did not stop in his heart.

David knew what was right in God’s eyes and said so!

We know that abortion is wrong in God’s eyes, and when we know that someone is considering one, we need to lovingly tell them it is wrong in God’s eyes and warn them.  We need to also help them through the pregnancy anyway we can.

We know that sexual immorality in any form is wrong, therefore we need to lovingly explain that and hold to Biblical principles in our churches.

We know that lying, cheating and stealing are wrong in God’s eyes, and we must speak up when we are asked to lie, steal or cheat or see others do it.

These are just a few examples. 

We must realize whenever we speak up for what is right in God’s eyes, there is a good chance that we will be ridiculed. Psalm 34:19, 2 Timothy 3:1-2

I MUST TALK ABOUT GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

I have declared thy faithfulness

I have shared with you how God took care of us on our trip to Brazil.  I declared His faithfulness.

Whenever God does something special for us that shows how faithful He is, we should not keep it to ourselves.  We should share it.

When we share with unbelievers, we are giving them reason to believe.

When I share with believers, such as in our evening church testimony time, I am encouraging them. Hebrews 10:24-25

I MUST TALK ABOUT GOD’S SALVATION

I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation:

God did not save you so you would be silent. God saved you so you would talk.

In fact, if you don’t make profession of faith, if you don’t profess Jesus Christ as Savior, I’d be concerned if I were you. Romans 10:9-10

If salvation is the greatest gift you have ever received, you should want to share it.

You talk about hunting, fishing, children, spouses, sports, and a host of other things because you appreciate them.

How much do you appreciate the Lord Jesus?

I MUST TALK ABOUT GOD’S LOVINGKINDNESS

Those who are not saved need to know that God loves them. John 3:16

Those of us who are saved need to reassured of God’s love.

Often, a personal reminder of God’s love is needed by Christians.

Don’t hesitate to remind fellow Christians of God’s love and care for them.  Many of them are hurting.

I MUST TALK ABOUT GOD’S TRUTH

I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

There needs to be more fellowship among Christians.

I don’t mean more coffee and donuts.

I mean more times when we sit down and discuss God’s truth.

I mean more times when we share with each other.

Remember, there are times when silence is not golden.

 

WE NEED TO THINK

WE NEED TO THANK

WE NEED TO TALK

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JEREMIAH 42:1-43:7 – SEEKING GOD’S WILL?

The Kingdom of Judah had been conquered by Nebuchadnezzar.

Jerusalem had been destroyed with many people either killed or taken captive.

A governor had been appointed, and murdered.

Fearing King Nebuchadnezzar’s retaliation, some came to the prophet, Jeremiah, supposedly seeking the will of God.  But were they?

PROMISING INQUIRY – 42:1-3, 5-6

The leaders came to Jeremiah asking him to inquire to God, seeking God’s will. They promised to obey whatever God said.

PERSISTENT INTERCESSION – 42:4, 7

Jeremiah promised to pray faithfully, hear from God, and report faithfully. After 10 days, Jeremiah had an answer from God.

PARTICULAR INSTRUCTION – 42:8-19

God promised blessing if the people stayed in the land.

God promised problems if they fled to Egypt.

PROFOUND INDICTMENT – 42:20-22

God knew the hearts of those who inquired.  Their minds were already made up to go to Egypt no matter what God said.

PERVERTED INSURRECTION – 43:1-7

As God had said, the people rebelled against Jeremiah, accused him of lying, and went to Egypt.  They even carried Jeremiah off with them.

Were they really seeking God’s will? No!

 

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MARK 1:14-28 – BEGINNINGS!

Most of us recognize the value of a good start!  To begin in the right way and  with the right effort and attitude increases the potential of success. In this passage we see Jesus beginning his ministry in a great way, that continued throughout his life here on earth.

HIS MESSAGE Vss. 14-15

  1. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand
  2. Repent
  3. Believe the Gospel

HIS MEN Vss. 16-20

  1. His Recruitment

  2. Their Response

HIS MIGHT Vss. 21-28

  1. In the Word Vss. 21-22

  2. Over Satan Vss. 23-28

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LUKE 20:19-26 – TRAPPING JESUS?

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day did not believe in Him. Furthermore in Luke 20:1-18, Jesus had spoken against them.  Therefore, they tried to trap Jesus in His words so they could have Him arrested.

A PLOT – Vss. 19-20 – Spies were sent to try and get Jesus to say something for which he could be arrested.

A PRETENSION – Vss. 21-22 – These men pretended to be serious seekers of the truth.  They asked Jesus a question that could have gotten Jesus in trouble no matter what He said.  “Should taxes be paid to Caesar?”

A PERCEPTION – Vs. 23 – Jesus was not fooled. He knew what they were trying to do.

A PRONOUNCEMENT – Vss.24-25 – God was to get was God’s. Caesar was to get what was Caesar’s.

A POWER – Vs. 26 – They could not trap Jesus in His Words. His wisdom marveled the people. They were forced into silence.

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WALKING WITH GOD

ON OUR KNEES – LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER LESSON #2 – ENOCH AND NOAH (A Complete Lesson)

  • What new prayer request did you add this week?
  • What did you experience or learn from trying to pray the Lord’s Prayer?
  • To you personally, what does it mean to walk with God?
  • How will walking with God affect your prayer life?

It is a good thing to have role models. A good role model will encourage us to do things that are right and Spiritual. Two men who are good role models for us as men are Enoch and Noah.  It is said of them that they “walked with God”. Although we need to look at other Scriptures to see exactly what that entails, they provide us with the motivation to do the same.

WHO WERE THESE GUYS?

Genesis 5:24 - And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Hebrews 11:5 - By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Genesis 6:8-9 - But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

 

  • How do you envision Enoch’s walk with God? What do you think it was like?
  • How were the results of Enoch’s walk with God different from Noah’s?  What does that teach us about our own individual walk?

THE DECISION TO WALK WITH GOD

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

  • When do you think Noah found “grace” in the eyes of the Lord?  Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Besides deciding to trust Christ as Savior, and therefore securing grace, what other active decisions need to be made in order to walk with God and why? Luke 9:23-24, Romans 12:1, Galatians 2:20

THE DIRECTION FOR WALKING WITH GOD

  • Why must people who walk together walk in the same direction?
  • Who should decide the direction we are walking in? Amos 3:3, Matthew 11:29-30.
  • What does it mean to be yoked with the Lord Jesus?
  • How will this affect the direction of our walk?

THE DEVOTION OF WALKING WITH GOD

  • What is the difference between decision and devotion?
  • What are some synonyms for the word devotion?
  • What motivates you to walk with God? Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 1 John 4:19

THE DETERMINATION TO WALK WITH GOD

  • What have you ever done that has taken determination?
  • As we try to walk with God, what will happen that will require us to be determined to “stick with it”? 2 Corinthians 11:14, 1 Peter 5:8
  • What should we do when our efforts to walk with God fail?  Why will this require determination?

THE DISCOURSE (DIALOGUE) IN WALKING WITH GOD

  • Why must there be discourse between God and us?
  • Why should I desire discourse?
  • What is that discourse like? John 15:4-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • How should our relationship with our Heavenly Father affect our walk with God?                   Romans 8:15-16
  • How should our relationship with Jesus affect our walk with God? Hebrews 4:15-16

 THE DEPENDENCE FOR WALKING WITH GOD

  • …for without me ye can do nothing. Although we need to be devoted and determined to walk with God, we will not do so unless we depend on Him to enable us. John 14:4-5

 

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