SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF APRIL 19, 2021
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T16 – FOR WEEK OF 4/19/21

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ROMANS 8:1-4 – THE VICTORY OF RIGHTEOUSSNESS

Have you ever noticed that people in Christian Leadership sometimes seem as flawed as you are? We have seen noted Christian leaders fail morally and Spiritually! Even pastors and missionaries whom you respect will disappoint you from time to time and prove to you that they are not sinless. And, sorry to say, if I haven’t already proved that I am not sinless, I probably will sometime.

You too will struggle with sin in your life. David did, Moses did, Peter did, and Paul did. They were all believers and they all struggled. But they were all victorious in the end!

Why do we, as Christians, still struggle with sin? It is really quite simple. Although we have been redeemed and declared righteous, our bodies have not been. There is still the old self living in me along with my new self. My new self wants to do what is right because I am a new creation in Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:17

My old self wants me to practice the old things I preferred to do in the past such as lying, losing my temper, using bad language, not forgiving, holding a grudge, being lazy, thinking of, and sometimes actually doing immoral things. Paul sums this up in Romans 7:18-21.

However there is good news for those who are justified by faith in Jesus Christ. Although we won’t be sinless until God gives us resurrection bodies, we can and should have victory over sin in this life.

I believe the great theme 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.

Last week we looked at the Vocabulary of Righteousness. Romans 3:24-25 contains some great vocabulary words which help us understand God’s righteousness, and how we can be right with him.

We talked about 5 vocabulary words in this passage: JUSTIFICATION

GRACE

REDEMPTION

PROPITIATION

FAITH

Good news! The Book of Romans not only tells you how to be declared righteous, and thus have forgiveness and eternal life. It does not just tell us the Vocabulary of Righteousness, but also the Victory of Righteousness. That is, it tells me how my new self in Christ can defeat my old self which is in my flesh, or body. This is the theme of Romans chapters 6-8.

I believe that these three chapters are summed up in               Romans 8:1-4

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…

  • I like promises especially when they are kept.                       Dottie promised to marry me and kept her promise.
  • Amazon promises to send me packages all the time after I pay for them. When they have not been able to keep their promise, they have refunded my money.
  • Here God is reminding us, that if we have been truly born-again or declared righteous, we need not fear condemnation. Romans 8:31-34
  • That’s a great promise! However, it does not mean I can live anyway I want. I am in Christ Jesus! I should act like it. 1 John 2:1-5
  • If one is truly saved. he or she need not fear condemnation but should also remember that we will answer to our Lord Jesus for our behavior.                                2 Corinthians 5:10

THE PRINCIPLE – Vs. 2   

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

  • The law in this verse refers to a principle. “What goes up must come down.”
  • The principle of sin and death started in the Garden of Eden and has continued ever since. Genesis 2:17, 3:17-20, Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23
  • The Christian has life in Christ Jesus. The moment a person is declared righteous by faith, the Holy Spirit does His work. Romans 8:9-14
  • Although I can sin, I am no longer obligated.

THE POWER – Vs. 3

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

  • Now we are talking about Old Testament law.
  • When you have law obedience is required. In our weak, sinful bodies we do not have the ability to obey.
  • Jesus did what none of us can do. He led a sinless life in a human body. That is why he could justify us through his shed blood.
  • When he condemned sin in the flesh, He conquered it.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57

THE PURPOSE – Vs. 4

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

· We have the victory in Jesus!

  • Now we have the power to say “No” to sin.
  • Now we may be filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit.
  • And because we love our Lord Jesus, we should seek the Holy Spirit’s filling and be obedient to His leading. Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:14
  • Remember to be filled with the Holy Spirit also requires that we be filled with God’s Word. Colossians 3:16

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NUMBERS 32:1-33 – A SPIRIT OF COOPERATION

Much is accomplished when people work together! (Give examples. Nehemiah building the walls is an example I think of.)

The children of Israel were on the verge of crossing over into the Promised Land.

Some of the tribes wanted to settle on the other side of the Jordan River because of the good pastureland. This could have weakened the strength of the attacking force that went over the Jordan. By working together in a spirit of cooperation the matter was resolved.

A REQUEST FOR A COUNTRY (INHERITANCE) - Vss. 1-5

The request was to settle in a land that was very suitable for cattle.

A REACTION OF CONCERN - Vss. 6-15

Moses was afraid that the other tribes would be discouraged. He envisioned them sitting in their new land while the other tribes had to fight for their territory. He used the example of the previous generation, which refused to enter the Promised Land through unbelief.

A RESPONSE OF COMMITMENT - Vss. 16-19

These people proposed building cities and sheepfolds and then joining the other tribes in conquering the Promised Land. They said they would not return until the others had been successful in securing their inheritance.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT - Vss. 20-33

Moses made the agreement with warnings.

These tribes were faithful in fulfilling their obligation (Joshua 22:1-9)

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PSALM 85:6 – REVIVE US AGAIN

Psalm 85:6 - Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

“The word ‘revive’ simply means ‘to live again, to be renewed in life.’” Warren Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary/Wisdom and Poetry, (Colorado Springs, Colorado, Victor, Cook Communications Ministries, 2004) p. 244

“To bring back to life or consciousness; resuscitate.” American Heritage Dictionary

WHO CAN BE REVIVED?

  • THE DISAPPOINTED CAN BE REVIVED
  • THE DEPRESSED CAN BE REVIVED
  • THE DISOBEDIENT CAN BE REVIVED

Proverbs 6:16-19 - These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: [17] A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, [18] An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, [19] A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

  • THE DEFEATED CAN BE REVIVED

Romans 7:19 - For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

  • THE DISTRACTED CAN BE REVIVED

Jeremiah 2:13 - For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

  • THE DEAD CAN BE REVIVED

Ephesians 2:1 - And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

HOW CAN WE BE REVIVED?

Rev. 2:4-5 - Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. [5] Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

  • RETURN

Rev. 2:4 – You left, you need to come back!

  • REQUEST

Wilt thou not revive us again:

  • REMEMBER

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen

  • REPENT

James 4:4 - Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

James 4:8-10 - Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. [9] Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. [10] Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

  • REPEAT

and do the first works;

  • REJOICE

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

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MARK 10:32-45 - TWO AGENDAS

One version of Webster's Dictionary defines the word "agenda" as, "(a) program of things to be done."  An agenda can be written in one's mind or written down on paper.  It is a plan for action, often used in meetings.

We all have our agendas. Often our agendas conflict with the agendas of others. On a Saturday, a husband's agenda might include fishing in the morning, napping in the afternoon, and bowling at night.  His wife's agenda for him on the same day might be washing windows in the morning, shopping in the afternoon, and attending a dinner party at night.

It is normal for each of us to have conflicts with others concerning agendas, because most of the time our agendas are different.  Often our agendas conflict with the agenda our Lord has set for us.  When that conflict occurs, we know the Lord is right.

In our text we see two agendas. There is the Lord's agenda, and there is the agenda of the disciples.

THE LORD'S PROGRAM Vss. 32-34

A. Suffering Vss. 32-34

B. Service Vs. 45

THE DISCIPLES PLANS

A. Glory Vss. 35-37

Although the Lord was telling them all along that He was going to die in Jerusalem, the disciples were still expecting Him to set up His kingdom right them.  James and John wanted the prominent positions in the kingdom. They were looking for the glory.

B. Greatness Vs. 41, Mark 9:33-34

The other disciples were upset with James and John. Each considered himself to be the greatest. 

THE LORD'S PRONOUNCEMENT

Here our Lord tells the disciples what brings about greatness in the Kingdom. He tells them to:

A. Suffer - Vss. 38-39

Jesus asks James and John if they can drink the same cup and experience the same baptism of suffering that he would experience.

They answered "Yes", and indeed they did.

B. Serve - Vss. 41-45

The greatest in the Lord's Kingdom are the ones who are the best servants. The truly great servant in his Master's eyes are the one's who serve unselfishly.

What is your agenda? Is it greatness and glory or suffering and service?

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GETTING STARTED – ACTS 1:1-11

MOVING FORWARD – STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS – LESSON 1

  • The Gospel has been called “The Unfinished Book”. Why do you think that is?
  • I think a fitting way to describe the Book of Acts is “Moving forward”. Can you think of ways the church moved forward in the Book of Acts?
  • The Christian life is designed for us to move forward. Philippians 3:10, 2 Peter 3:18, Ephesians 4:11-16, Matthew 28:18-20
  • Acts tells the story of the evangelization of the known world, the beginning of the fulfilling of the Great Commission. It was written by Luke, “the Beloved Physician”. Colossians 4:14
  • In tonight’s study, we are going to see the church starting to move forward after the death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus.
  • If we really want to move forward as individuals and as a church, we must get started as the early church did. Let’s learn some lessons from them.

BE INFORMED – ACTS 1:1-2   

  • Vs. 1 – Luke refers to the Gospel he had already written, the Gospel bearing his name.
  • Why was it important to know the story of Jesus? Why must we continue to learn it?                  Luke 1:1-4
  • Vss. 1-2 – Notice that Jesus did not stop doing and teaching until He ascended. If we are to move forward as Christians, we must never stop learning.

BE CONVINCED – Acts 1:3

  • Let’s name some of the appearances we know Jesus made after the Resurrection and explain why they helped convince the Apostles of the reality of it.
  • It is important that we are convinced of the reality of the Resurrection. Why?                         Romans 10:9-10
  • Jesus continued to teach during these 40 days, and the Apostles learned. Luke 24:45
  • As a result of the Apostles being convinced, they endured persecution and hardship. It is the way we will do the same.

BE PATIENT – ACTS 1:4-7

  • Vss. 4-5 – They had to wait for the Promise of the Father, which was the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • We do not have to wait for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13,                                    Romans 8:7-9
  • What are some things we do have to wait for as we mature as Christians?
  • Vss. 6-7 – They also had to wait for the establishment of the Kingdom. That is not going to happen right away. They had to wait. So, do we. 1 Peter 1:13-16, Jude 1:20-21

BE POWERFUL – ACTS 1:8

  • They would receive the power to witness with the arrival of the Holy Spirit and subsequent fillings.
  • We receive power as we are filled with the Holy Spirit, beginning with the power to witness mentioned in this verse. Ephesians 1:19-22, Ephesians 3:14-21, Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:22-26, Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20

BE AVAILABLE – ACTS 1:8

  • The early church had to be ready to go and witness starting at Jerusalem and moving out into the whole world.
  • We must be ready to do the same, starting in our Jerusalem.

BE OBEDIENT – ACTS 1:9-11

  • Vs. 9 – Jesus left. Luke 24:50-53
  • Vs. 10 – I believe the angels were telling the Apostles, “Stop standing there mesmerized. Jesus will return. You have a job to do.” They had to be obedient by waiting and then moving forward as witnesses. They did. Hebrews 2:1-4
  • The application is obvious. Acts is an Unfinished Book. We are part of the story. We must move forward in obedience.

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PHILIPPIANS 2:1-4 – IN CHRIST

UNIQUE IN CHRIST – Vs. 1

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

UNITED IN CHRIST – Vs. 2

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

UNPRETENTIOUS IN CHRIST – Vs. 3

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

UNSELFISH IN CHRIST – Vs. 4

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

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PRAISE STATEMENTS

If you are a born again Christian, you should be able to make these statements of praise to God:

YOU ARE MY HEAVEN!

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

2 Corinthians 5:8-9 - We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. [9] Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

YOU ARE MY HELP!

Psalm 121:1-2 - I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. [2] My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

YOU ARE MY HOPE!

Romans 5:2-5 - By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [3] And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; [4] And patience, experience; and experience, hope: [5] And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

1 John 3:1-3 - Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. [3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

YOU ARE MY HEALING!

Isaiah 52:5 - Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.

Psalm 103:3-5 - Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; [4] Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; [5] Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

(NOTE – I BELIEVE THAT THE HEALING HERE IS THE HEALING OF SIN DISEASES.  GOD DOES HEAL IN ANSWER TO PRAYER, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALING IS THE HEALING OF MY SOUL AND THE WASHING AWAY OF MY SINS!)   

YOU ARE MY HAPPINESS!

Psalm 146:5 - Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:

Proverbs 16:20 - He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

Nehemiah 8:10 - Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

YOU ARE MY HOLINESS!

Leviticus 20:26 - And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

1 Peter 1:15-16 - But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; [16] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

1 Corinthians 1:30 - But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

(BECAUSE JESUS IS OUR SANCTIFICATION, HE IS OUR HOLINESS)   

YOU ARE MY HERO!

Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Philippians 2:10-11 - That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Revelation 5:12 - Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

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FRIEND OF GOD

ON OUR KNEES – LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER LESSON #3 – ABRAHAM

 (A Complete Lesson)

  • What qualities do you look for in a friend?
  • How has someone shown you true friendship in the last year?
  • How has God shown Himself to be a real friend in the last year?
  • What do you think God expects from you as His friend?

Isaiah 41:8 - But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

For Abraham to be called “The Friend of God” was a real compliment.  It is unbelievable that God would want our friendship, but he does.  Using the life of Abraham, and other Scriptures, let’s consider what friendship with God means.   

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS PERSONAL

Genesis 15:1-6 Genesis 18:1-15

Proverbs 27:9 - Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

Revelation 3:20 - Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS OPEN

Genesis 18:17 - And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

John 15:15 - Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS DEPENDABLE

Genesis 18:18-19 - Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? [19] For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 18:24 - A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:10 - Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

John 15:13-14 - Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. [14] Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS INTERACTIVE

Genesis 18:22-33

John 15:4-5 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Proverbs 27:17 - Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

John 15:16 - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY

Genesis 22:1-19

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