SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF APRIL 5, 2021
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SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T14 – FOR WEEK OF 4/5/21

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JOHN 12:12-36 – MEET THE VICTOR!

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #23 – Last in Series

People are victorious all the time, but only temporarily! Only the Lord Jesus Christ gives victory over Satan, sin, death, and eternal punishment permanently! The Resurrection is proof of this.

 

HOPE – John 20:1-10 (The orderly way Jesus left an empty tomb should have given hope.)

 

HAPPINESS – John 20:11-20 (Both Mary and the Disciples were overjoyed seeing the risen Lord Jesus!)

 

HELP – John 20:21-23 (Jesus promises help as we live the Christian life.)

  • Peace – Vs. 21
  • Purpose – Vs. 21
  • Presence – Vs. 22
  • Power – Vs. 23 (Authority to declare a person forgiven or not forgiven depending on their faith or lack of faith in Christ for salvation)

 

HEALTH – John 20:24-29 (A defeated Thomas is restored to Spiritual health)

  • The Doubter – Vss. 24-25
  • The Deliverer – Vss. 26-27
  • The Decision – Vs. 28
  • The Declaration – Vs. 29

 

HEED! – John 20:30-31 (The whole purpose of the Gospel of John is stated here. Each person must believe!)

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JOHN 19 – MEET YOUR SAVIOR

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #22

 

PILATE IN TURMOIL – John 19:1-16

  • Pilate knew Jesus was innocent – Matthew 27:18-19, John 18:38
  • Vss. 1-4 – Scourging, humiliated, weakened not a threat.
  • Vss. 5-6 – Wanted to release Him.
  • Vss. 7-10 – Pilate scared, probably terrified.
  • Vs. 11 – Caiaphas – John 11:49-52
  • Vss. 12-16 – Pilate in Turmoil “No king but Caesar!”

JESUS IN TRIUMPH – John 19:17-30

  • Vss. 17-18 – Concise summary
  • Vss. 19-22 – Title flap
  • Vss. 23-24 – Psalm 22:18
  • Vss. 25-27 – Compassion while in agony
  • Vss. 28-30 – Psalm 69:21, “It Is finished.”

JESUS IN TRANSITION

  • Vss. 31-33 – No bones broken – Psalm 34:20
  • Vss. 34-37 – Pierced – Zechariah 12:10
  • Water and blood
  • Vss. 38-42 – Secret disciples came forward.
  • In the grave, but Sunday is coming!

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ACTS 1:1-11 – UP TO GLORY

LIFE OF CHRIST #61 – END OF SERIES

 

Many people have given words of advice. What if you were able to spend time with the Lord Jesus Christ so that you could see Him in His resurrection body? Of course, He would give you the best advice of all.

 

Recently we have been looking at Christ’s post resurrection appearances. And today we find Him giving advice as He climaxes his life with His ascension “Up To Glory”.

 

In the last days physically on earth, the forty days after the resurrection, Jesus did the following things:

 

HE PREPARED HIS MEN FOR MINISTRY – Vss. 1-3

 

Vs. 1 – We do not know who Theophilus was. But he is the same person to whom the Gospel of Luke was written. The Gospel of Luke is the former treatise referred to here.

 

Isn’t it interesting that Luke says it is what Jesus BEGAN to do and teach?

Jesus began to do when he was here on earth.

Jesus began to teach when he was here on earth.

 

Jesus’ doing and teaching continues today through the work of God the Holy Spirit. That is why some people call the Book of Acts, “The Book of the Acts of the Holy Spirit.”

 

Jesus promised in John 14:12 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

 

Ephesians 3:16 - That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

 

Power comes today through the Holy Spirit.

Teaching comes today through the Holy Spirit. John 16:13-14

 

Vs. 2 – Jesus began to do and teach all the way up to his ascension into Heaven. Hs disciples were well instructed.

And notice the end of Acts 1:3 …speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

 

  1. God’s Word was a priority up until the time Jesus physically left the earth. Then he turned over the teaching to the Holy Spirit of God.

 

Why did Jesus teach the disciples? He had a ministry for them to do! As we’ll see later, they were to take the good news of the Gospel to the world. They needed to be trained.

 

Has it ever occurred to you that you and I have the same ministry today as the Apostles did, to go to the world and preach the Gospel? Even if we only go to our family and neighborhood, it is still taking the Gospel to the world.

 

So why do we have so much trouble taking the Gospel to our friends, family, and beyond? In part, it is because we have not allowed God to train us. We must learn the Word of God before we can communicate it!

 

HE PROVED HIS RESURRECTION – Vs. 3

 

Acts 1:3 - To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

 

We have been showing you the “many infallible proofs” that were shown the disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead.

 

· It was empty “At the tomb” and Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and other women.

· “On the Road” Jesus appeared to two disciples on the Road to Emmaus.

· “In the Room” Jesus appeared to the disciples and had them examine his wounds. He even ate some food.

· “By the Sea” Jesus appeared to seven disciples including Peter.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 gives a summary of resurrection appearances.

 

The disciples, including Thomas saw a risen Savior and believed. Jesus is alive and we take the testimonies of the Apostles by faith! John 20:29

 

· Because Jesus is alive, He is available to help me.

· Because Jesus is alive, He is a sympathetic friend.

· Because Jesus is alive, I have the hope of eternal life. God has accepted His payment for sin.

· Because Jesus is alive with a resurrection body we have the hope of resurrection.

· Because Jesus is alive we can take to the world the blessed Gospel of forgiveness and eternal life:

 

HE PROMISED THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Vss. 4-5

 

Vs. 4-5 – The church was in transition. Things were done a little differently in the Book of Acts until the promise of the Holy Spirit was given.

 

The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity. He is just as much God as God the Father and God the Son. It is His job now to indwell each and every believer. This would begin at the Day of Pentecost.

 

The Holy Spirit had been promised. Mark 1:8, John 14:16-18

 

  1. 5 – The superior baptism that John referred to would take place about 10 days after his ascension, on the Day of Pentecost.

 

So what about us now? Do we need to tarry in order to be baptized with the Holy Spirit?

 

The answer is no! 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:8-9

 

Today, if you are truly saved, if you have truly believed the Gospel, you have the Spirit of God dwelling in you. But, we are told to allow the Spirit of God to control us. That is when we will truly have power.

It is called being “filled with the Spirit.”

There is only one baptism. There are many fillings. Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:22-24

The secret to being filled with the Spirit is summed up in two words: Death and Dependence.

 

Death – I am crucified with Christ

Dependence – Christ liveth in me (He does that through the power of the Holy Spirit.)

See Galatians 2:20

 

It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the power to live the victorious Christian Life.

It is the Holy Spirit who gives us victory over sinful habits.

It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to pray.

It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to witness.

 

HE PRONOUNCED THE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL – Vss. 6-8

 

Vs. 6 – This was not a bad question.

 

The disciples then understood that Jesus had to die for sin and rise again before He established His Kingdom. It was logical that it could have been immediately.

 

Vs. 7 – It was not for the disciples or us to know when Jesus is coming. It is our job to be ready when He comes. Luke 12:40

 

In the meanwhile, we have a job today.

 

Vs. 8 – Jesus sent the disciples in the power of the Holy Spirit to reach the world.

 

They were to be witnesses. A witness attests that what he has seen is true. By faith we have seen Jesus alive and well in our lives. By faith we know that the only way to eternal life is through faith in Christ. We are to be witnesses.

 

Our witness is to begin where we are – Jerusalem

Our witness is to expand a little beyond our immediate area – All Judea

Our witness is to progress to where we might not even be liked – Samaria

Our witness is to reach the whole world.

 

HE PROCEEDED TO HEAVEN – Vs. 9

 

Vs. 9 – How do we know that Jesus went to Heaven? Acts 7:55:56, Hebrews 1:3

 

What is Jesus doing in Heaven?

· He is waiting. Psalm 110:1

· He is listening. Hebrews 4:15-16

· He is interceding. 1 John 2:1-2

 

ANGELS PREDICTED HIS RETURN – Vss. 10-11

 

Vss. 10-11 – It was not time to stare into Heaven. It was time to be ready for the ministry. And yet, they were to be ready for His coming at any time.

 

Jesus will return. Zechariah 14:3-4, Isaiah 9:6-7

 

Jesus will return. In the meanwhile, it is our job to take the Gospel to the World.

What are you doing to accomplish this?

 

HE PREPARED HIS MEN FOR MINISTRY

HE PROVED HIS RESURRECTION

HE PROMISED THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

HE PRONOUNCED THE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL

HE PROCEEDED TO HEAVEN

ANGELS PREDICTED HIS RETURN

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Deuteronomy 12:1-9 – WAYS OF WORSHIP,

 

 

You are in a worship service this morning!  You are here to give your adoration, your praise, your thanks to God!

 

My own understanding of the word worship means that worship is a heart response to God. I respond to all that God has done and all that He is. My way or response in worship is through reading, singing, praying, learning, and giving.

 

I want you and I to consider some principles for worship which are outlined in Deuteronomy. The instruction given here to the children of Israel gives us some very definite hints as to what our worship should be like today. In this passage we see 4 Ways of Worship.

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR WORSHIP Vss. 1-4

 

Vs. 1 - These conditions were for Israel after she arrived in the Promised Land. This was how they should conduct the way they should worship.

 

While we have no need to do things the way they did as far as sacrifices and a specific geographical location for worship, there are principles which remain the same.

 

Vs. 2-3 - God is here making specific assignments in the way the worship should be carried out.                             God is a jealous God, and insists that it is He that is to be worshipped, HE AND HE ALONE! Exodus 20:1-5

 

WHAT GOD IS SAYING HERE IS:

 

  • THERE IS TO BE NO COMPROMISE

 

Matthew 6:24 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

Jesus said no man can serve two masters.

Therefore, there is not to be worship of idols and worship of the living God. there is to be no double standard.

 

When we compromise, we lose, because both things we worship want us full time!

  • THERE IS TO BE NO ASSOCIATION

 

God had no intentions of there being a temple to idols and a synagogue, or church in the same town in Israel. There was to be no way that they should even be seen near an idol.

 

Everything contrary to true religion was to be destroyed.

Why was this so? God knew that Israel's hearts, as well as ours, have a bent towards worshipping idols.  And remember, an idol is not necessarily a statute of some kind. It is anything that we make more important than God in our lives.

God knew that if he allowed association, if He was tolerant with false religions, it wouldn't be long before the Israelites would be worshipping the wrong God.

 

  • THERE WAS TO BE NO SYMPATHY

 

Some people are sympathetic to false religions today.

And, while we are in this free land, we must allow everyone the right to chose their faith. However, we need not show sympathy to a false religion.

 

As I mentioned earlier, today we do not have wooden idols.

There are, however, many idols in our land today.

There is one idol which is prevalent among Christians, and non-Christians alike. It is an idol that each born-again Christian must be aware of, and deal with.

 

Worship of this idol has us in a state of compromise.

Worship of this idol has us in a state of sympathy.

Worship of this idol has us in a state of association.

 

This idol is the oldest idol in the book.  Turn please to Genesis 3:5-6.

 

Eve wanted to be as a God. Eve wanted to worship herself.

This is exactly what we are doing in our nation today, worshipping ourselves. It is called humanism, and it is being taught in our public schools, and is often practiced by you and I.

Humanism is self worship.

 

We should not compromise with ourselves.

We should not have sympathy for ourselves.

We should not associate ourselves with things that rob God of time, money or devotion. Luke 9:23

 

AREAS OF WORSHIP Vs. 5

 

GOD had appointed first the tabernacle, and then the temple as a point or place of worship for the Jewish people.

 

Today, God has appointed two places in specific where worship should take place. First there is the heart of the person who is saved. One who knows they are going to heaven because they have trusted Christ as Savior. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 5:19-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Hebrews 13:15

 

The second place where worship can take place and should is in the local assembly, the church. Not the building, but wherever the saints are gathered for worship.

 

It was said of the early Christians in Acts 2:46-47,

And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

 

Every time we meet, it should be to worship the Lord.

Think of  the choruses and hymns as an expression of worship.

Think of learning the Word as an expression of worship.

Think of reading the Word as an expression of worship.

Think of prayer as an expression of worship.

Think of giving as an expression of worship.

 

ACTION IN WORSHIP Vs. 6

 

Many of us have learned to sit, soak, and sour in the pew, but real worship is going to mean participation that will cost you something.

 

There are three key words in Verse 6.

SACRIFICES

TITHES

OFFERINGS

They were not to come empty hand to worship.

 

  • SACRIFICES 

The supreme sacrifice has been made.

Jesus Christ has paid for my sins.

There is no need to sacrifice in order to have sins forgiven and be saved. That sacrifice was made, I just need to believe it! 1 Peter 1:18-19, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

No, the sacrifice for salvation has been made.

 

We as believers have different sacrifices to offer, including our bodies, our time, our gifts, and our good works because we love the Lord for what He has done for us.

 

Remember this: Anything worth doing for the Lord will take sacrifice.

 

  • TITHES 

I am convinced that under grace today we should give the ten percent that God required of the Israelites. Why? We have salvation in Him. Isn't our salvation worth paying a tithe? Isn't it worth giving something special?

 

  • OFFERINGS

Offerings are giving over and above our tithes.

Very often this church has been good at this, especially in giving for missions and special projects.

May it ever continue! This kind of giving, which is also sacrificial, expresses our real love for the Lord and His work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

 

ATTITUDE IN WORSHIP Vs. 7

 

The attitude that is to be expressed before the Lord in worship is to be one of joy or praise.

 

When you and I come to worship, we are to come to the Lord thanking him and praising him for the blessings that he has given us.

 

Nehemiah tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength.

 

Psalm 103:1-2 says, Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his

benefits.

 

Beloved let's remember to come to church with a joyful attitude of worship.

Not preoccupied with ourselves.

Not angry.

Not worried.

Not day dreaming.

Not planning ahead.

 

Let’s heed the warning of 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.

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR WORSHIP 

  • NO COMPROMISE
  • NO SYMPATHY
  • NO ASSOCIATION

 

AREAS OF WORSHIP 

  • IN THE HEART
  • IN THE CHURCH

 

ACTION IN WORSHIP

  • SACRIFICES
  • TITHES
  • OFFERINGS

 

ATTITUDE IN WORSHIP 

  • PRAISE

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PSALM 32 – HOW BLESSED ARE THE BLESSED!

 

Are you born again?

Do you know Jesus as your Savior?

Then God has blessed you! Ephesians 1:3

In Psalm 32 there are five blessings for the born again Christian if he or she will accept them.

 

THE BLESSINGS OF FORGIVENESS – Vss. 1-2

 

THE BLESSINGS OF FORTHRIGHTNESS – Vss. 3-5

When we are honest with God, confessing our specific sins, God forgives us.

 

THE BLESSINGS OF (GOD’S) FAITHFULNESS – Vss. 7-8

God is faithful to protect us.

God is faithful to guide us.

 

THE BLESSING OF SHUNNING FOOLISHNESS – Vss. 9-10

“Mercy shall compass him about”.

 

THE BLESSING OF (GOD’S) FAVOR – Vs. 11

The upright in heart are to be filled with joy and gladness.

 

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1 PETER 4:7-11 – EVERY DAY!

 

BE READY EVERY DAY – Vs. 7 – Be serious! Watch! Pray!

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

 

BE RESPONSIVE EVERY DAY – Vss. 8-9 – Love others!  Be Hospitable!

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. [9] Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

 

BE RESPONSIBLE EVERY DAY – Vss. 10-11 – Use you gifts to serve others!

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. [11] If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

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WHAT WE KNOW

ON OUR KNEES - LEARNING FROM MEN OF PRAYER – LESSON #1 – INTRODUCTION

 

INTERACTION

  • What was your biggest Spiritual challenge in the last few weeks?
  • Share something that you are praying about that is important to you.
  • Share something that you have prayed for this church.
  • Share your biggest hang up with personal prayer.
  • Share your biggest hang up with public prayer.

 

WHY THIS STUDY?

Ezekiel 22:30 - And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

  • What does making up a hedge or standing in the gap mean to you?
  • What “land” will be destroyed for the Christian unless there is prayer?

 

Luke 18:1 - And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

  • What are some of the things in our country, our homes and our churches that make us faint or lose heart?
  • How does prayer help in these situations?

 

James 5:16 - …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

  • What is a righteous man?
  • Why are the energetic prayers of righteous men so effective?

Some of the greatest men in the Bible were men of prayer. 

We are in need of men of prayer today.  By studying the lives of these men along with comparable Scriptures, we will hopefully be able to improve our own prayer lives.

 

This week we want to remind ourselves of what we already “know” about prayer. I place the word know in quotes because we often know things in our head but not our hearts.  We often “know” lots about prayer in theory, but very little about it in practice.   

   

WE KNOW THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

 

1 Timothy 2:8 - I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

 

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

 

Colossians 4:2 - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

 

1 Peter 4:7 - But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

 

WE KNOW THE POWER OF PRAYER

Jeremiah 33:3 - Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

 

Matthew 7:7-8 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: [8] For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

Mark 11:22-24 - And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. [23] For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. [24] Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

 

1 John 5:14-15 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

 

WE KNOW THE PROBLEMS WITH PRAYER

James 1:5-6 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. [6] But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

 

James 4:1-3 - From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? [2] Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. [3] Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 

WE KNOW THE PATTERN OF PRAYER

Matthew 6:9-13 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. [10] Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. [11] Give us this day our daily bread. [12] And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. [13] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.     

 

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