SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF JULY 20,2020
July 21, 2020, 3:30 PM

WELCOME TO

SERMON SEEDS

S29 – JULY 20, 2020

_______________________________________________

MEET THE WORD – JOHN 1:1-14

MEET JESUS #1 (The Gospel of John)

On July 14, 1977 I met our daughter Donna for the first time. In many ways, I have met and still continue to meet my daughter many times. I have met:

  • Donna the baby
  • Donna the toddler
  • Donna the preschooler
  • Donna the elementary school student
  • Donna the talker
  • Donna the evangelist
  • Donna the teenager
  • Donna the college student
  • Donna the adult
  • Donna the teacher
  • Donna the wife
  • Donna the mother
  • Donna the church member
  • Most recently, Donna the wise mother, giving advice to her children.

Yes, I met Donna long time ago, but I continue to meet her in different roles and in different stages of her life.

We are beginning a series in the Gospel of John. Here the human author, John the Apostle invites us to meet and trust Jesus. That is John’s purpose as stated towards the end of his Gospel. John 20:31

There is so much to know about Jesus that John has meet Jesus in different ways throughout the Gospel.

We’ll meet him as the Bread of Life, the Master, the Christ, the Lamb of God, the Light of the World, and many other aspects of His deity as we go through this Gospel. These are all designed so people who don’t know Christ can come to know Him, and those of us who do know Christ can know Him and enjoy Him better. Meeting Jesus includes an initial encounter and a life-long adventure!

As we begin our adventure together John the Apostle invites us to Meet the Word.

The Word Identified – John 1:1-5

  • Vs. 1 – Logos – Words are used to communicate.
  • In the Old Testament – God’s Word has the same authority as God Himself. Genesis 1:3 etc., Psalm 33:6, Isaiah 55:10-11
  • God speaks to us through the Word, His Son. Hebrews 1:1-4

The Word Introduced – John 1:6-8

  • Vss. 7-8 – Malachi 3:1
  • John the Baptist always pointed people to Jesus and took no credit himself. John 3:26-30

The Word Involved – John 1:9-13

  • Vs. 9 – Jesus, the true light, is shining on all. Some will receive the light; others will choose to remain in Spiritual darkness. John 16:8-11
  • Vss. 10-11 – The World He created didn’t know him. His people, the Jews, rejected Him. Yet, He was involved in the world to redeem mankind. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
  • Vss. 12-13 – Those who receive Him are born of God.

The Word Incarnate – John 1:14

  • God became a man.
  • He “pitched his tent among us”.
  • His glory was visible through His miracles, His teaching, His holiness, His death, resurrection, and ascension. John also witnessed His Transfiguration.
  • Full of grace and truth.

 

TO LISTEN TO THIS MESSAGE VISIT:

https://www.fbcnhremembers.com/meet_the_word

____________________________________

GOD DEMONSTRATES – 1 KINGS 18

D.O.G. (DEPEND ON GOD) DAYS #4 OF 5

We usually don’t think of God as demonstrating things, but He does.

This week we are looking at one of the great prophets of the Old Testament, Elijah, to discover that God Demonstrates.  God demonstrates His power. If you have ever felt the need for more of God’s power in your life, this message is for you! He wants to demonstrate His power through you!

By the time Elijah the Prophet came on the scene, the nation Israel had split into two countries, the Northern nation was Israel and the southern nation was Judah.

The northern nation, Israel, was trying to worship other gods, especially one called Baal, and God at the same time. 

The King and Queen then, Ahab and Jezebel are remembered for their wickedness and idolatry.

1 Kings 16:30-33

God decided to demonstrate His power to Ahab and Jezebel, and the rebellious nation of Israel. He decided to demonstrate it through the prophet Elijah. God had warned Israel many times about turning away from the God of Israel to worship other Gods.  He warned that there would be consequences.

Deuteronomy 11:16-17

So one day, God sent Elijah the Prophet to King Ahab to make an announcement.  It was a demonstration of the Power of God working through Elijah. 1 Kings 17:1

Obviously Elijah was aware of the promise of draught if Israel worshipped other Gods. Based on these promises Elijah prayed. James 5:17

Please note that Elijah was a human being just like us!

There was nothing special about him except for His faith and his prayers.  These are two things we can use as well so that God will demonstrate His power.

After it was obvious there was a draught, that Ahab started looking for Elijah! 1 Kings 18:10

But God knew that Ahab would be looking for Elijah, so He hid him!  First Elijah was instructed to hide by the book Cherith where he drank from the stream and Ravens brought him food.  When the stream dried up he was kept in Zarephath by a widow.  Her cruise of oil and barrel of meal did not run out until it rained.   

Finally, after 3 ½ years it was time for God to demonstrate His power to Israel. 1 Kings 18:1

So Elijah did as he was told and appeared before Ahab. 1 Kings 18:17-29

Elijah called Ahab to gather the nation of Israel and the false prophets to Mount Carmel. This was a mountain near the Mediterranean Sea.  God was going to demonstrate His power. 

There are three things that I want us to examine in this passage this morning.

  

MOTIVES

In order for God to demonstrate His power through Elijah, Elijah had to have the right motives. 

In order for God to demonstrate His power through us, we have to have the right motives.

Vs. 36 – Elijah’s motives are displayed in this prayer.

  1. He wanted Israel to know who the true God was in Israel.  Because there were false prophets, particularly the prophets of Baal who were being worshipped, Elijah wanted Israel to know the only true God!
  2. He also wanted to be known as the servant of God. If Elijah was going to be listened to, it needed to be clear that he was God’s servant.
  3. He also wanted it to be known that what he had done and was doing was through directions or word. He wanted it known that the proclamation of the draught, the hiding, the contest between him and the prophets of Baal, were all according to God’s will.

If we want to see God’s power working through us, we need to have the same motives.

   

  1. Whatever we ask for should be because we want people to know the only true God.  Whatever we ask God to do should be because we want Him glorified and not ourselves.  

2. Whatever we ask for should be because we want it known that we are God’s servants.

3. Whatever we ask for should be because we want it known that our actions are according to the will of God.   

If you want God to demonstrate His power, make sure that your motives are right!

MOTIVES

METHODS

What methods did Elijah use so God would answer His prayers?

1. HE CONFRONTED.

Vss. 20-21 – The word halt means ‘to limp’ or ‘to totter’.

The children of Israel were trying to serve God and Baal at the same time! They were wavering between two gods!

How many of us are just like that?  We want all the pleasures that the world has to offer and to serve God at the same time. It doesn’t work! Matthew 6:24

There are times when for God to demonstrate his power we are going to have speak up!

We will have to say to others, “Don’t flip-flop between two opinions. If you are going to serve Christ, serve Him! If you are going to serve yourself, another person, money or any other God, serve Him!  Decide! You can’t do both!”

2. HE CHALLENGED 

Vss. 22-24 – Elijah proposed a contest.  The prophets of Baal, who was the sun God and the God of fire, were to prepare a sacrifice but not to light it.  Elijah would do the same. The God that sent fire from Heaven was God!

Sometimes we might have to challenge people to put God to the test as well. “Let’s compare what my God is doing with what your God is doing.  The one, who is actually making a difference in our lives, let Him be the God!”

If you are truly dedicated to the Lord and the other person is honest, you will never lose that challenge.

HE CONCEDED

Elijah gave every advantage to his foes.

Vs. 25 – He let them go first and chose the sacrifice.

He let them have the better part of the day. He didn’t start his sacrifice until 3:00 in the afternoon. We already said the contest involved their God of fire!

Vss. 32-35 – When Elijah offered his sacrifice he had it doused it with water three times!

How do we make concessions?  It will seem that God is giving every advantage to our foes!

Sometimes the situations we are asking God to solve get worse before they get better. 

When this happens it means that God gets even more glory when He answers. And we should not get discouraged.

HE CRIED

In this chapter there are two cases where Elijah cried to God. The first case is in this contest. Vss. 36-37

The second case was after the contest when he went further up the mountain and cast himself on the ground, scrunched himself up on the ground, and prayed for rain.

God wants us to cry to him in prayer!  This is when he will demonstrate His power! Jeremiah 33:3,

1 John 5:14-15, Mark 11:22-24

God will demonstrate his power if we pray!   

HE CONTINUED

As we’ll see in a minute, God answered the prayer for fire from Heaven immediately with fire from Heaven.

Vss. 42-44 – When Elijah prayed for rain, he had to keep at until it happened!

Some prayers God will answer quickly. Other prayers God will expect you to keep praying until He answers.

We must be stubborn in prayer!

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.

In the original language it means that we are to keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking.  We are to be persistent in our prayers. Continue until God gives you an answer!

MIRACLES

Vss. 38 – Fire came from Heaven

Vs. 39 – The people acknowledged the Lord as God. That was the greatest miracle of the four here.

Vs. 45 –It rained!

Vs. 46 – Elijah outran Ahab a distance of about 17 miles.

Does God work miracles today?

This week, He reminded me that he does.

MOTIVES

METHODS

MIRACLES

___________________________________________________

PSALM 143:1-7 – REASONS FOR PRAYER

The best reason for praying is because God says to. (Matthew 7:7-11, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:17).  However David gives us several more reasons why we should be men and women of prayer.

1. GOD IS FAITHFUL - Vs. 1

2. GOD IS RIGHTEOUS - Vs. 1

3. GOD IS HOLY - Vs. 2

Compared to God, no man is justified, or righteous in His sight.

God's holiness is perfect.

4. THE ENEMY IS GREAT - Vs. 3

5. I AM OVERWHELMED - Vs. 4

6. I REMEMBER GOD'S POWER (from past victories) - Vs. 5

Remembering what God has done for us in the past will give us assurance that He can and will work in our behalf now, and in the future.

7. I AM THIRSTY - Vs. 6

_________________________________

PSALM 143:7-12 – PRAYER OF A MAN IN TROUBLE

The outline above and this outline cover why we should pray in Vss. 1-6, and how we should pray in Vss. 7-12. 

David is a man in trouble. In the last 6 verses of this psalm he shows us how to pray when we are in trouble.  Note that the words of the outline come right out of the text.

HEAR ME - Vs. 7

CAUSE ME - Vs. 8

To hear God's voice of lovingkindness in the  morning will strengthen us for the whole day.

To know God's will for the day ("the way wherein I should walk".) is essential.

DELIVER ME - Vs. 9

TEACH ME - Vs. 10

QUICKEN ME - Vss. 11-12

To quicken here, would be to "revive".

_____________________________________________________

MATTHEW 14:22-33 – SINKING PETER

LIFE OF CHRIST #29

One of the greatest English speaking preachers who ever lived was Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He was known as the "Prince of Preachers", and from a young age pastored in London England at a church that became known as Metropolitan Tabernacle. His sermons are still read today, as well as his classic commentary on Psalms, "The Treasury of David".

The ministry of Spurgeon was almost stoped before it began when Spurgeon was 22 years old. In order to accommodate the crowds that wanted to hear him, Spurgeon had rented a secular music hall called "Surrey Gardens".  The place was packed out with a crowd of about 10,000 people.

Some pranksters yelled "Fire! Fire!" and panic resulted. In the confusion, 7 people were killed and thirty taken to the hospital.

Spurgeon was devastated by this tragedy. The press of that day tortured him in the newspapers. It looked like his ministry was ruined. He was taken to the home of a trusted friend to recuperate.

According to the Book, THE HIDDEN PRICE OF GREATNESS by Ray Beeson and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, (C. 1991 by the authors, printed by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois, pages 51-52) "Plunged into a pit of anguish, he sought comfort from God. None came. Tears and doubts filled his waking thoughts and nightmares filled his sleep. He opened his Bible in search of strength; it only deepened his grief. His prayers seemed to bounce off a sky of brass."

"In the second week after the incident, while Spurgeon walked in a small garden, a verse from the Bible came forcefully into His mind. 'Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and gave Him a nmae which is above every name' (Philippians 2:9). The words bathed his soul and restored his faith.

"The name of Jesus became a strong tower of safety. Song burst from him, and the chains about his mind broke in pieces. He was free..."

Just two weeks after this tragedy, Spurgeon was once again preaching in his pulpit. His first text back was the same one that set him free.

This is not an unusual story. Every Christian faces times of trial. Faith gets weak. We begin to sink.

Such was the case of Peter in our text. At one of the greatest spiritual moments of his life, a faith walk, he began to sink.

This passage is a great text for teaching us to walk by faith.  Four times the Scriptures tell us "The just shall live by faith," and that includes not just faith for salvation, but faith for daily living.

Peter has much to teach us about faith, especially faith during trials.

BACKGROUND: Vss. 22-24

Jesus ordered his disciples into a boat and sent them to the opposite shore.

Jesus sent the crowd that had witnessed the "Feeding of the Five Thousand" home and went to a mountain to pray.

A terrible storm came up. Out on the sea, the disciples battled for their lives.

MOTIVATED FAITH - Vss. 25-28

During the night Jesus came to His disciples, walking on the water. Note his encouraging words in verse 27.

In verse 28, Peter asks if he can join Jesus on the water. Notice there is no rebuke, but rather encouragement for Peter to take this step of faith.  Notice also that Peter's faith was motivated by the Word of Christ. Our faith needs to be motivated by the Word of God.

MOVING FAITH - Vs. 29

Peter got out of the boat and actually walked on the water. He did it! Jesus was the one who gave him the strength to do this. He trusted the Lord Jesus for the strength.

Moving faith is better than stationary faith.

Moving faith says, "I will actively trust God and do whatever He wants me to do."

Stationary faith says, "Oh yes, God can do anything He wants, but I'll play it safe, and not take any chances." I don't believe that stationary faith is really faith at all!

MISDIRECTED FAITH - Vs. 30

As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he was fine. But the moment he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on the problem, he began to sink. Whenever we take our eyes off of Jesus and put them on the problem we have, we will sink too.

MENDED FAITH - Vss. 30-33

Jesus mended the faith of Peter in four steps.

REQUEST - Vs. 30 - Peter needed to focus again on Jesus and ask for help.

RESCUE - Vss. 31, 32 - Jesus got him out of danger.

REBUKE - Vs. 31 - Peter was reprimanded for his doubt.

REVERENCE - Vs. 33 - The end result was that Jesus was worshiped. That should be the end result of our mended faith as well.

______________________________________________

LUKE 4:1-13 – JESUS WAS CHALLENGED

When Jesus was tempted by Satan to sin, he was challenged in three ways:

HIS IDENTITY WAS CHALLENGED….

Luke 4:3 - And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.  

BUT HE CLUNG TO GOD’S WORD.

Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

HIS L0YALTY WAS CHALLENGED….

Luke 4:5-7 - And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. [6] And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. [7] If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

BUT HE CLUNG TO GOD’S WORSHIP.

Luke 4:8 - And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

HIS INTEGRITY WAS CHALLENGED….

Luke 4:9-11 - And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: [10] For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: [11] And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

BUT HE CLUNG TO GOD’S WAY.

Luke 4:12 - And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

__________________________________________

1 CORINTHIANS 16:2 – A PATTERN FOR GIVING

Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

GIVING IS PLANNED - The first day of the week. Of course, they were to set it aside until the offering would be received.  Most churches receive the offering weekly.  My wife, Dottie and I have discovered that our giving is best done when we plan it. The Lord's money is taken out of our pay first! Remember though, if your bills are paid, you can invest a little more than planned, if God so leads you and you can do it cheerfully!

GIVING IS PERSONAL - Every one of you. No one excused from giving, especially not the Preacher!  Matthew 6:19-21, 1 Timothy 4:12

GIVING IS PROPORTIONAL - As God has prospered.

You might want to point out that some only get paid once every month or every two weeks.  They are to give when they receive it, and not to be concerned about the weeks when they do not give. We are to give as God has prospered us.  I personally believe that the Christian should begin his giving by tithing to the local church.

For more guidelines for giving, see 2 Corinthians 8-9, especially 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.

 

__________________________________

GALATIANS 2:20 – THE BELIEVER’S CRUCIFIXION

IT'S PERSONAL - "I am crucified... " 

See Romans 6:1-10

When Christ died on the cross, each believer died with Him.

IT'S A  PARTNERSHIP -  "...with Christ:..."

He actually took my place on that cross.

IT'S PRECIOUS - "...nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:..."

To think that very Son of God has taken up residence in my life through His Spirit. WOW!

IT'S PRACTICAL - "...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."

__________________________________

ABOUT SERMON SEEDS:

Sermon Seeds is a weekly mailing and website of Bible sermon and teaching outlines designed to help the pastor, preacher, Bible teacher, and Bible student. Some of these are complete lessons or sermons. You may use these freely and share them freely!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY EMAIL, SEND A BLANK EMAIL TO pastorjackpeters@gmail.com WITH THE SUBJECT “SUBSCRIBE”

OR FROM THE WEBSITE LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND THE MESSAGE “SUBSCRIBE”. 

 

PREVIOUS ISSUES OF SERMON SEEDS ARE FOUND AT:

https://www.fbcnhremembers.com/sermon_seeds

Post a Comment


Contents © 2020 First Baptist Church of New Holland PA • Church Website Builder by mychurchwebsite.netPrivacy Policy