SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 17, 2020
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S33 – WEEK OF AUGUST 17, 2020

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JOHN 1:35-51 – FIRST FOLLOWERS

Meeting Jesus #3 (Gospel of John)

There are four mentioned John as first followers or disciples of Jesus. John, the Apostle, and his brother, James were probably among them, characteristic of John, he does not mention his name, and so does not mention his brother either.

Vs. 35-37 – A follower of Christ, must first make a commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior.

1 Peter 1:18-19, Romans 10:9-10

ANDREW – A DISCIPLE WITH A CAUSE – Vss. 40-42

Vs. 42 – Andrew brought his brother to Jesus. Beginning with it seems that his cause was to network for the Lord Jesus. John 6:1-12, John 12:20-22, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

PETER – A DISCIPLE WITH COURAGE – Vs. 42

Acts 2:40-41, Acts 4:20, Acts 5:29, John 15:4

Jesus saw Peter as what he would become, that’s why He could nickname him, “Rock”.

PHILIP – A DISCIPLE WITH A CHAMPION – Vs. 43

Philip’s champion was the Lord Jesus Christ. This required serious commitment. John 12:24-26, Luke 9:62

NATHANIEL – A DISCIPLE WITH CHARACTER – Vss. 44-51

Vs. 44-45 – Notice that Phillip shared His champion with the one who was probably his best friend, Nathaniel or Bartholomew

Vs. 47 – Jesus didn’t see a sinless man, but he saw a man of character.  He saw a man, who was without deceit. He was straightforward, honest.

Vss. 48-49 – Nathaniel was quick to believe.

Vss. 51 – Jesus used Jacob’s ladder as an example. The true “ladder” between is the Lord Jesus Christ. Genesis 28:12-15

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2 CHRONICLES 14 – PATH TO VICTORY

King Asa shows us how to have victory in our lives, just as he had victory over his enemies in this chapter.

RIGHTEOUSNESS - Vs. 1

REMOVAL - Vss. 3-5 - Asa removed all idols and false gods in the land. He fulfilled Exodus 20:1-6.

REMINDER - Vs. 4 - He reminded those under his leadership to seek the Lord.

READINESS - Vss. 6-8 - He prepared himself for battle, just as we should prepare ourselves for spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18).

RELIANCE - Vss. 9-11 - When the enemy came, he relied on God.

RESULTS - Vss. 12-15 - God gave the victory.

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PSALM 102 – ON THE LOOKOUT

A LOOK FOR ASSISTANCE – Vss. 1-2

A LOOK OF ASSESSMENT – Vss. 3-11

A LOOK AROUND – Vss. 12-22

     To Jerusalem – Vss.12-14

     To the Gentiles – Vss. 15-16

     To the destitute – Vs. 17

     To a coming generation – Vss. 18-22

A LOOK ABOVE – Vss. 23-28

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ZEPHANIAH 3:2 – KNOWING IT'S TIME – A MESSAGE ON REVIVAL

"She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God."

Pity the housewife who does not know when it's time to take the cake out of the oven.

Pity the workaholic when he does not know it's time to rest.

Pity the little boy who does not know when it's time to change his socks.

Pity the Christian when he does not know it's time for revival.

The citizens of Jerusalem did not know when it was time for revival. They did not know when it was time to turn back to God. Isaiah 1:16-18, Romans 13:11-14

We know it's time for revival when:

1. When we are disobedient - "She obeyed not the voice;"

2. When we are stubborn - "...she received not correction;"

3. When we are unbelieving - "...she trusted not in the LORD;"

4. When we are reluctant - "...she drew not near to her God."

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MARK 9:24-27 – TROUBLE ABOUNDING

LIFE OF CHRIST #33

Trouble often follows high points in our lives. I’ve learned that when there are high points in my experiences, the very lows are sure to follow!

Last time we saw Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, and John on a mountain where Jesus was transfigured before them and they saw Jesus in his glorified state as God.  They also heard the voice of God saying out of a cloud saying, This is my beloved Son, hear him!

As they come down the mountain to meet the other nine disciples, they walk right into trouble!

DISCIPLES IN TROUBLE – Vss. 14-15

Vs. 14 – Jesus shows up to find the scribes, copiers and interpreters of the Law, the Jewish Scriptures, arguing with the disciples.  There was also a great crowd of onlookers.

The disciples were busy defending themselves because they had failed.  As we’ll see in a minute, a man brought his demon possessed son to Jesus.  Because Jesus wasn’t there, the disciples, who had been commissioned to cast out demons, tried to and failed.

You and I can relate to these disciples.  We know all about failure.  We’ve failed often enough, even when we were trying to serve the Lord and do His business.

Vs. 15 – At this very crucial time, in the midst of their failure, Jesus shows up.  I believe the people were surprised to see Jesus because they weren’t expecting Him at that moment, and because the discussion had somewhat to do with Him. 

You see, when we disciples fail, it is a reflection on our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.  When we blow it, He very often gets the blame.

The moment Jesus showed up, the attention was no longer placed on the disciples, but on the Master!

In our day and age, because Jesus is always with us through His Holy Spirit, we don’t have to wait for Him to show up.

BOY IN TROUBLE – Vss. 16-18

Vs. 16 – Notice something here.  When Jesus is brought into a problem, He’ll take over if you let Him!

Right away Jesus is on the defense of His disciples.  This won’t let them off the hook as far being accountable for their mistakes, but it does mean that Jesus is there to help, fix, and defend.

Jesus asked the scribes what the problem was and evidently there was a deafening silence.

Vs. 17 – A man in the crowd tells Jesus what the problem is.  There’s a boy in trouble. It is His boy, in fact, it’s his only son.

The man was saying, “I brought Him to you Lord. He has a dumb spirit.”  That means he couldn’t talk.  Evidently he couldn’t hear either, because when Jesus healed the boy he removed a “deaf and dumb” spirit.

Vs. 18 – The boy’s problem becomes more detailed and more troubling.  The boy is having seizures. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes as stiff as a board.

This was evidently a form of epilepsy complicated by demon possession.

And to make the boy’s problem even greater, the disciples could not help him.

GENERATION IN TROUBLE – Vs. 19

Jesus was talking to the disciples, and putting them in the same boat as the generation in which they lived.

The disciples had tried to cast the demon out of this boy and couldn’t.  But they had been commissioned to do this. Mark 3:14-15

They had some success. Mark 6:12-13

Now, they were powerless.

They, like the rest of the generation, were faithless.

They had tried to cast out the demons in their own power, without relying on the power of the Lord Jesus.

There faith was evidently not in God, but in their own abilities, and they failed.

Jesus was distraught with them. He was wondering out loud how long He had to put up with their obvious lack of faith.

The boy was still hurting because the disciples were faithless.

Jesus said about the boy, “Bring him to me.”

As we’ll see in a few moments, we must learn to bring the troubles of people to Jesus by faith.

FATHER IN TROUBLE – Vss. 20-24

Vs. 20 – The demon saw Jesus and seemed to tighten his grasp on the boy. A severe convulsion took place.  It seems that when the devil senses that he is trouble, he often intensifies his attack.

Vss. 21-22 – Jesus asked the Father how long this problem had been occurring.

The Father responded that it had happened since the boy had been a child,

He added that the demon had such a hold on the boy that he even cast him to fire and water trying to destroy the lad.

And notice the father’s impassioned plea, “If you can do anything have compassion on us, and help us.”

The father’s faith was in trouble.

It was wearing thin over the years of no relief.

It had worn thinner because the disciples couldn’t help.

And now his last hope is Jesus.

Vs. 23 – How often do we doubt God’s willingness to help us?

How often do we doubt God’s ability to help us?

How often have we in our minds rendered things impossible?

Next Jesus says, “All things are possible to him that believes.”

Jesus is not saying that whatever I want I can have if I just believe.

The man here was standing before the Son of God, and what the man wanted was the healing of his son.  Jesus is showing that the healing of the son is God’s will and indicating that Jesus had the power to do it.  What he needed was the faith of the Father.

Our faith should always be based on the clear teaching of the Word of God. If God promises something, we can believe He will do it if we ask by faith.

If the Spirit of God clearly impresses us that something is God’s will, we should then believe that God will provide it in answer to prayer. 1 John 5:14-15,

Vs. 24 – Immediately the father of the child cries out, “Lord I do believe”!  It was a like a lunge forward.  “Based on what you just said Lord, I believe that you are going to heal my son.”

But now notice how transparent the man is!

We should all be so honest!

“Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief.”

The man’s faith was imperfect and he admitted it.

Now instead of asking for help for his son, he’s asking for help for himself!     

Your faith won’t always be perfect. This man’s wasn’t.

And when your faith is not perfect, admit it and ask for help!

LORD OVER TROUBLE – Vss. 25-27

Now we see the power of Jesus at work.

Vs. 25 – Evidently the discussion with the man was of a more private nature.  Now the people were coming together again. Jesus commands the spirit to come out and not to return.  He uses his authority as God.

This is why we are pray and trust. It is God that has authority not me.  And when God takes action there is no doubt that there will be submission on the part of others. They have no choice.

Vs. 26 – The demon left kicking and screaming. He so worked on the boy that he appeared dead.

Vs. 27 – But Jesus lifted him up and he was healed. The demon was gone.

The boy’s trouble was a demon.

The father’s trouble was that his boy had a demon, and both he and son were helpless to do anything about it.

The father submitted his trouble by request and faith to the Lord Jesus.

He placed the trouble under Jesus’ authority.

ANTIDOTE FOR TROUBLE – Vss. 28-29

Vs. 28 – The disciples asked the logical question, “Why did we fail?”

Jesus had given them authority over demons, and yet they couldn’t handle this one.

Vs. 29 – The problem was so great that the only solution was prayer!

Jesus stressed the need for persevering prayer. Matthew 7:7-8

Jesus stressed the importance of believing prayer. Mark 11:22-24

All through the Epistles there is a call to persistent, faithful, believing prayer. Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2, 1 Timothy 2:8, James 5:16-18, 1 Peter 4:7

For personal problems – pray!

For family problems – pray!

For church problems – pray!

For church growth – pray!

For more effective preaching – pray!

And what about fasting?  There is some question as to whether the word belongs in the text or not.  But the Bible Knowledge Commentary explains it well when it says, “But the words, if original, refer to a practical means of focusing one’s attention more fully on God for a specific

purpose, for a limited period of time.” John F. Walvoord, Roy F. Zuck, Editors, The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament Edition, (Wheaton, Illinois, Victor Books, 1983), p145 

If God moves you to fast to concentrate on seeking God’s face in prayer, do it!

   As we close this message, what does this passage of Scripture teach us?

WHEN TROUBLES ABOUND, THE ANSWER IS PERSISTENT, BELIEVING, RELIANT PRAYER!

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HEBREWS 11:5-6 – FAITH-WALKER

I began this message by quoting verses from 3 hymns - "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," "In the Garden", and "O Master Let Me Walk With Thee".

The words from these three hymns remind us of the importance of walking with God.  The original faith walker was a man named Enoch. He walked by faith!

HIS TRIP

"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:"

Enoch jumps off the pages of Genesis 5 and grabs our attention.

If Hebrews 11 is the "Faith Chapter" of the Bible, Genesis 5 is the "Death Chapter".  The key phrase in this list of genealogies is, "And he died".

Enoch is the exception to the rule. Genesis 5:21-24

Enoch did not see death.  God brought Him directly home to Heaven.  This translation from earth to Heaven was a result of Enoch's faith.  That was some trip!

As a result of the faith of each Christian, we too will experience "translation".  We call it the rapture, and it is possible that some of us will experience the rapture before we experience death. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

While we await the coming of the Lord Jesus, faith is to be a key part of our waiting. Titus 2:11-14 – We show that we believe that Jesus is coming back soon is found in our Godly living.

HIS TESTIMONY

"for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."

This is a wonderful testimony to have.  Enoch pleased God.

This is a thought that I don't want you to take lightly.

There are a lot of things that people deem important.  And many things are important things after a fashion.

Family is important.

Friends are important.

Church is important.

The job is important.

Inter-personal relationships are important.

Paying our bills is important.

But there is nothing more important than pleasing God!

If we get to the end of our lives and God is not pleased, what do we have? Nothing!

How did Enoch please God? Enoch pleased God by walking with God! Genesis 5:24

To please God today, we must walk with God.

Our walk with God has certain ingredients in it.

  • COOPERATION

We can not walk with God unless we are in agreement with God. Amos 3:3

  • COMMUNICATION

To walk with someone does imply some sort of fellowship or communication.  If we are going to walk with God, we must be listening to what He has to say.  What's the use of walking with someone if you are not speaking with someone?We talk much about prayer and the concept of talking to God. Indeed the Bible tells us that this important. But just as Elijah heard a still, small voice, we need to be listening for that same voice as we pray and as we listen to the Word of God.

  • CONDUCT

Walking with God requires certain kinds of behavior, if we are going to walk the way God wants us to walk.

We are to walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

We are to walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16

We are to walk in love. Ephesians 5:2

  • CONFIDENCE

Confidence is a very important part of our walk with God. In fact, I mention it now but the concept is developed in the next verse. 2 Corinthians 5:7

HIS TRUST

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

If we do not have faith, it is impossible to please God.

If we are going to come to God, we must believe that He exists.

If I asked each of you if you believed that God exists, you will all say "yes".

However, the real question is "Do you act like God exists?"

I confess that all too often, I haven't.

Very often our behavior betrays how much we really believe in the existence of God.  If we really believed in God's existence, we wouldn't be so quick to do some of the things we do.

We must also believe that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Do we truly believer that God rewards those who seek Him?

How does God reward those who seek Him?

Peace

Answered prayer

Holy Spirit Power

Godliness

Now, if we truly believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, what will be do? Isaiah 55:6, Psalm 27:4-8, John 15:1-7

If we truly are men and women of faith, we must be men and women who believe He exists and that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him. If we believe that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him, we will seek Him. This is what Trust is about!

 

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JAMES 1:1 – THE KEY

LET’S GET PRACTICAL! (STUDIES IN JAMES) # 1

James 1:1

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

  • What is the key to finding a good restaurant?
  • What is the key to being a good teacher?
  • What is the key to being a good salesperson?
  • James is a Bible book about practical Christian living. The key to living the Christian life is found in verse 1. It has to do with understanding who we, as Christians, are.

WHO WAS JAMES?

  • There are several people who have the name James, including a couple of the Apostles.
  • It is most likely that the human author of James was “the Lord’s brother”. Galatians 1:19
  • Although James did not believe in the Lord Jesus during his lifetime, he evidently came to faith upon seeing his risen half-brother. John 7:3-5, Mark 3:20-21, 1 Corinthians 15:7,                 Acts 1:14
  • James was the leader of the church in Jerusalem. Acts 12:17, Acts 15:13-21,

Galatians 2:9-10

WHEN WAS JAMES WRITTEN?

  • If James, the brother of our Lord, is indeed the author of this book, the book had to be written before his martyrdom in 62 A.D.
  • Many scholars believe that, because there is no mention of the Jerusalem council (50 A.D.), the writing took place sometime between 46-49 A.D.
  • It is very possible that James is the oldest book in the New Testament.

WHAT IS THE THEME OF JAMES?

  • James is basically a book about practical Christian living. He explores many aspects of living the Christian life. Some of James sayings are reminiscent of the Lord’s sayings in the Sermon on the Mount.
  • The most important thing to understand about the Book of James is that it is written so that we apply the principles found here to our daily lives.

TO WHOM WAS JAMES WRITTEN?

  • It is likely that James was written to Jews outside of Palestine. The Jews had been dispersed throughout the world when they were taken out of their land by their conquerors, most prominently Assyria and Babylon.

SLAVERY IS THE KEY TO LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

  • James deemed himself a slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. How will viewing ourselves in the same way help us live out the Christian life in a victorious way?
  • “The title ‘servant’ (doulos) clearly indicates that his esteem is not tied to his personal agenda but only to his master.” B. Dale Ellenburg and Christopher W. Morgan, James, Wisdom for the Community, (Geanies House, Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain, Focus Publication Ltd., 2008), p.37
  • The slave’s POSITION - He is owned by his Master. 1 Peter 1:18-19
  • The slave’s PREMISE - His life is not his own. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  • The slave’s PRIORITY - He is to please his Master. Colossians 3:23-24
  • The slave’s PATTERN – He is to be like his Master.  Philippians 2:5-9
  • The slave’s PRIVILEGE - He is identified with his Master. Galatians 2:20
  • The slave’s POWER - He is enabled by his Master. Philippians 4:13, Matthew 28:19-20
  • The slave’s PROVISION - His needs are met by his Master. Philippians 4:19
  • The slave’s PEACE - He is approved by his Master. Romans 14:4
  • The slave’s PROTECTION - He is guarded by his Master. Hebrews 13:5-6
  • The slave’s PROMISE - He will be rewarded by his Master. Revelation 21:7

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