SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF JUNE 15, 2020
June 16, 2020, 10:10 AM

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SERMON SEEDS

S24 – JUNE 15, 2020

INCLUDES FATHER’S DAY IDEAS

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1 PETER 4:12-19 – BE PREPARED!

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD #16

It has been over 20 years since Y2K.  There was the possibility that when Y2K arrived there would be terrible problems with the computers.  Many difficulties were anticipated, including the loss of power, banking, gas, food deliveries and a number of other things.

In the months, weeks and days before the arrival of Y2K people handled the possible difficulties in various ways.  Some people simply ignored the warnings and did nothing.  Others, like myself made a few last-minute preparations, just in case.  Still others were fully prepared. They had lots of food and water on hand, generators ready to fire up, full gas tanks, and cash money available if needed.  These people were prepared for the worst.

As it turned out, enough preparatory work had been done on the computers, and there were no major problems.  Those who had done the most work to be ready for Y2K were probably not too disappointed.  After all, they were prepared if something did happen, and there's nothing wrong, within reason, with being prepared for the worst.

When I was a Boy Scout, “Be Prepared” was the Scout Motto. There are many things we need to be prepared for today! We should be prepared for retirement, for financial difficulties, bad weather, parties, weddings, and yes even funerals.

As we continue our study of 1 Peter, “Holy Living in a Hostile World” we see that we need to Be Prepared for trials in 1 Peter 4:12-19

1 Peter 4:12 – Peter is warning us not to be surprised when we are tested by fiery trials. James 1:2-4

This passage before us can help us to be ready when those trials do come. He gives found things to do to “Be Prepared”!

WE MUST REJOICE – 1 Peter 4:13-14

Vs. 13 –Philippians 1:29, Acts 5:40-42, James 1:12

Vs. 14 - 1 Kings 8:10-11

WE MUST REFUSE – 1 Peter 4:15-16

Vs. 15 – Proverbs 13:15, Proverbs 26:17

WE MUST REMEMBER – 1 Peter 4:17-18

Vs. 17 - Hebrews 12:5-11, Revelation 20:10-14

WE MUST REST – 1 Peter 4:19

Romans 12:19-21

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GENESIS 2:15-24 – FATHER KNOWS BEST

Does anyone remember who Jim Anderson was on television in the late 50's and early 60's?

He was the wise father, played by Robert Young, on the show "Father Knows Best".

On this show it seems that the father always knew what was right.

He always made the right decisions.

He always knew what was best.

Fathers and mothers are very often wise, very often right, and very often they know what is best.

I discovered over the years that my own dad and mom were very often wise, very often right, and very often knew what was best!  I am appreciative for the upbringing and the  support that my parents gave me.

However, Jim Anderson on television was not perfect.

Dad Peters was not perfect.

Your father wasn't or isn't perfect.

As a father, or in any other way, I'm not perfect.

In reality fathers do not always know what's best.

That's because we all have a faulty human nature.

Every one of us is a sinner! That means we are fallible.

I have good news! There is a father who always knows best.

The father who always knows best is our Heavenly Father.

Because He is God, He is always right, always accurate, always loving, and always knows best. He is far superior to any of us human fathers or mothers. Isaiah 55:8-9

In this passage we are looking at God's dealings with the first man, Adam.  At this point Adam was in the perfect environment.

God, in his great wisdom and because He knows best created Adam with some needs.  God has created you and I with the same needs.

Except for the arrival of Eve, creation had been completed.

Vs. 8 - God created a wonderful garden called Eden.

          He placed man in that garden.

THE NEED FOR LABOR - Vs. 15

The word "put" is worth noting. According to the Expositor's Bible Commentary, in the original language the word is used in conjunction with God's rest or safety. It is also used in reference to the '"dedication' of something in the presence of the Lord."

According to Expositor's Bible Commentary, "Man was 'put' into the garden where he could rest and be 'safe,' and man was 'put' into the garden 'in God's presence' where he could have fellowship with God." Frank E. Gaebelein General Editor, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 2, (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Zondervan Publishing House, 1990) pp. 44-45

This reminds me of some very important truths.

1. God loved Adam.

2. God placed Adam in a place where he would be safe.

3. God placed Adam in His own presence, the presence of

    God.

I can't help but think, that as Christians although we are no longer in the perfect Garden of Eden, God loves us, God keeps us safe, God, through the Holy Spirit, has placed us in His own presence.

God did not create man to just sit around.

God created man to be useful and productive.

God placed man in the garden to cultivate it and take care of it.

Of course Adam's labor here was a little easier than the farmer of today.  Adam was working ground that had not been cursed by sin. Although he might have worked hard, there would not be the frustrations of farming that came after the fall of man.

God has intended that, when physically possible, people should work.

Some Scriptures that remind us of the importance of work: Proverbs 18:9, Proverbs 13:4, Ephesians 4:28, Colossians 3:23

A NEED FOR LIBERTY

Adam was no robot.

He was given certain freedoms.

According to Vs. 16, he was able to chose what he wanted to eat. Trees are specifically mentioned, but there would also be that which he grew from the tilling of the soil and planting. There was probably a wide variety of foods from which to choose.

Vs. 19 - Adam was a very intelligent man. He had the freedom and ability to name all the animals.

God has given us a great deal of liberty or freedom.

Each day we get to chose the clothes that we are going to wear.

We make choices of where we are going to go and what we are going to do.

We make decisions concerning career, concerning family, concerning friendships and a host of other things.

A NEED FOR LIMITATIONS

Vs. 17 - We are most secure when we have boundaries.

With freedom comes responsibility.

With responsibility comes limitations.

There are things that God says "no" to.

Because Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they eventually died physically. The moment they ate of the fruit they died spiritually. Separation occurred between them and God.

Ezekiel 18:4 - Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

One big problem that we have with God is that we fail to realize how much he cares!  We don't realize that when he puts limits on our liberty, that He is doing it because "Father knows best!"

A NEED FOR LOVE

Vs. 18 - Father knows best concerning man.

He knows that it is not good for man to be alone.

Single men are to be the exception, not the rule, even in ministry.

God decided to give man a partner, a "help meet"

He has provided someone to share the joys and sorrows of life.

I think of God giving man a best friend who is an extension of him. She is distinctly and wonderfully different, and yet uniquely part of himself.

Read Vss. 19-22

Vs. 23 - Notice the natural attraction.  Men and women are naturally attracted and impressed with each other.

Vs. 24 - Man was to leave his Father and Mother and cleave to his wife. The two were to be "one flesh" with one life. This was and is a life that is to be lived together, complimenting and supporting each other.

God has met our need for love in the marriage relationship.

Father knows best!

A NEED FOR LIFE

And because father knows best, He met another one of our needs, the need for forgiveness and eternal life.

Like Adam and Eve we have failed God.

Like Adam and Eve we are spiritually dead.

God, being just, needs a payment for our sins.

Someone has to pay!

That's why God provided His Son, who died in our place for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus has paid for our sins, but He gives us a choice.

We can believe on Christ, trust Him as our way of forgiveness, or we can pay for our sins some other way, such as trying to be good, or going to church, or trying to keep the 10 commandments, or giving money. The only problem is, all other ways do not bring forgiveness, and a person ends up paying for sin in hell for all eternity! John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 3:36

The Father has met your need for eternal life because He knows best. Have you accepted His way through Christ?

Now, if you have trusted Christ as Savior God is meeting your needs in a special way. He still knows best!

THE NEED FOR LABOR

God did not place you "in Christ" to be idle.

He placed you "in Christ" to serve. Ephesians 2:10, Luke 9:23, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 4:10-11

THE NEED FOR LIBERTY

In Christ we have a newfound freedom over sin and death. Romans 6:14

According to Galatians 5:13, Liberty controlled by love enables us to serve one another. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

In Christ there is also

THE NEED FOR LIMITATIONS

Because God is holy, He expects us to live holy lives as His children. He hates certain things, and because we are His "kids" we should hate the same things. Galatians 5:19-21

In Christ there is

THE NEED FOR LOVE

Our need for love is met in Christ.

The church is the “bride of Christ”.

There is no doubt that He loves and cares for us.

And He loves us on a higher level than all those things that are mentioned concerning the husband/wife relationship mentioned in Genesis 2.

God said it was not good for man to be alone.

The Lord Jesus says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

The partner was to be a best friend. Our Lord is the friend that sticks closer than a brother.

Mates are attracted to each other. Our Lord was attracted to us, dying for us before we were even born again.

We are attracted to Christ, if we have been truly born again.

And finally, there is the "one flesh" relationship. The moment you trusted Christ, you became part of His "body".

Father knows best! He has met our needs!

THE NEED FOR LIFE

Not only has Christ met our need for eternal life, but he has met our need for a fulfilled life now.

He has given us real living! John 10:10, Romans 5:17

Father knows best, therefore he has done things that meet our needs in Christ.   

THE NEED FOR LABOR

THE NEED FOR LIBERTY

THE NEED FOR LIMITATIONS

THE NEED FOR LOVE

THE NEED FOR LIFE

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GENESIS 22:1-14 - A FAITHFUL FATHER

(A possible Father's Day message)

Before Isaac was born, God said that Abraham would be a good father in Genesis 15:18-19.  In one of the most trying moments of Abraham's life, he showed three qualities that should be imitated by fathers everywhere.

 

HE FOLLOWED GOD Vss. 1-6

HIS FAITH WAS IN GOD Vss. 7-8

HE FEARED GOD Vss. 9-14

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JONAH 4 – RUNNING AGAINST GOD

#4 of 4 – PROPHET ON THE RUN – JONAH 

· What causes people to be angry with God?

· How is it possible to obey God and still sin?

· Why is it important to have a good attitude when we obey God? John 4:34, Colossians 3:17, Psalm 40:7-8

· Jonah was the “Prophet on the Run”

  1. – He ran from God.
  2. – He ran to God.
  3. – He ran for God.

We might have a different view of Jonah if the Book bearing his name ended with Chapter 3. However, God presents his Bible Characters to us “warts and all”. In Chapter 4 it is revealed that Jonah went to Nineveh reluctantly, and when God spared Nineveh Jonah was angry. God did not stop teaching Jonah nor will He stop teaching us when we are willing to listen. God will go to great lengths to get our attention.

JONAH’S ANGER – JONAH 4:1-4

  • Jonah 3:10 – When Nineveh repented or turned away from its sin, God repented or relented. Remember, we are seeing things from man’s perspective. It appears that God changed. When man repents, he is sorry for his sin. When God relents or repents. He has no sin to be sorry for. Instead His promises are conditional. When man keeps up his end of a conditional promise God keeps His. Jeremiah 18:7-10
  • Vs. 1 – Jonah was delivering a message to a people he probably hated because of nationalism and because of the violence and cruelty they had shown to Israel. When God said that He would spare Nineveh, Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.
  • Warren Wiersbe – “The heart of every problem is the problem in the heart, and that's where Jonah's problems were to be found.”
  • Vs. 2 – Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh for the very reasons God sent him to Nineveh. All these great attributes Jonah didn’t want shown to those he detested. There’s a lesson here for us!
  • Vs. 3 – In other words, Jonah is saying, “If you are not going to do things my way I don’t want any part of it.”
  •   Vs. 4 – If God were human, He would have accommodated Jonah, and punished him. Jonah was a work in progress. Let us remember every believer is a work in progress and every unbeliever needs to become a work in progress by getting saved.
  • Instead of giving Jonah his request or yelling at him, God asks a “think about it” question.
  • Why was Jonah wrong to be angry?

GOD’S OBJECT LESSON – JONAH 3:5-8

  • Vs. 5 – Instead of repenting, evidently Jonah was hoping God would change His mind. Instead of actively helping, loving, and encouraging His enemies, he was rooting for judgment. I wonder if this attitude keeps us from witnessing to and/or encouraging people or people groups that we don’t care for.
  • Vs. 6 – Evidently the shade that Jonah had from his shelter was not adequate. God provided a gourd or a plant to provide shade for Jonah. Notice God did not stop reaching out to teach Jonah about Himself. Jonah didn’t deserve mercy any more than Nineveh deserved mercy.
  • Vss. 7-8 – First of all, the plant was destroyed very quickly by a worm. Then God turned on the wind and the heat on Jonah.
  • Vs. 8 – Jonah was ready to die again because of the intense suffering.
  • This object lesson set Jonah up for the application.

GOD’S LESSON APPLICATION – JONAH 4:9-11

  • Vs. 9 – God asked Jonah if he had a right to be angry about the plant.
  • Jonah, caring about a “creature comfort” than pleasing God or helping those in Spiritual need assured God that he did.
  • Vs. 10 – Now God puts Jonah in his place. He cared more about his own wellbeing, than doing God’s will and helping people that desperately needed God’s grace.
  • Vs. 11 – God cares about his creation, not only approximately 600,000 people, but also animals.
  • Consider these verses: Ezekiel 18:32, Romans 5:6-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-6,                 Matthew 28:19-20
  • A good question to ask ourselves: “Is my Christianity social or sacrificial?” Galatians 2:20, Luke 14:25-33

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MARK 5:1-20 - CONFRONTATION

LIFE OF CHRIST #25

This morning, as we continue our series on the Life of Christ, we turn to the Mark 5:1-20 where we find a confrontation between our Lord Jesus and a demon possessed man. Of course, our Lord will win the confrontation, and we will see some of the spiritual lessons involved.

The event took place right after the great storm on the Sea of Galilee.

SATAN'S CONTROL Vss. 1-6

Vs. 1 - Our Lord is entering an area that is on the opposite side of the Lake from where He performed much of His ministry.  It is a largely Gentile area. He probably coming on shore near a little village called Kersa.

Vs. 2 - The tombs mentioned here were either natural or man-made caves in the side of a hill. These caves were burial places. They were also the haunt of demented men.

It says that the man had an "unclean spirit".

We would call him a demon-possessed man.

Vs. 3 - No man can bind this demoniac. He is too strong!

I am reminded that no man is strong enough to resist Satan in his own power.

Vs. 4 - The neighbors evidently tried on a number of occasions to bind this man but it was impossible to keep him bound. I can imagine a bunch of local men holding him down while others clasped chains around him. But he managed to break free from the strongest of chains. According to Mark, this man was untamable.

Vs. 5 - Notice how distraught this man was. He spent his nights and days cutting himself and crying. Satan had quite a hold on this man.

Allow me to remind you of what we were like before we were saved.

We were probably not demon possessed, but we were under Satan's control. He was running our lives, no matter how peaceful, or religious we thought we were. Ephesians 2:1-3

This is why it is so important to reach the unsaved. They are in Satan's dominion and in his bondage.

They need Christ!

Vs. 6 - This man comes down, perhaps to attack, and finds the Lord Jesus. Because the demoniac is in the presence of the God of the universe, even he, a demon, through the man he possessed, bowed down and gave homage.

It makes me think. We are Christians. God is our Father. Jesus is our Savior. How often do we bow the knee to them in reverence and glad adoration? Psalms 95:6

I am also reminded of the great day when Philippians 2:9-11 will be fulfilled.

SATAN'S CONTROL

THE SAVIOR'S VICTORY Vss. 7-17

Vs. 7 - I find two very ironic things in this verse.

First, please note that while demons recognize Jesus as who He truly is, "Son of the most high God," there are liberal Christian Theologians who deny this truth. They deny the deity of Christ, but the demons do not.

Second, I am amused to find the demons who were tormenting this poor man cried out, "Torment me not." Here the tormentors are asking that they not be tormented. They could dish it out, but they couldn't take it.

Vs. 8 - The demons were pleading for mercy because Jesus had commanded them to come out! Notice they can not fight back against the Son of God.  If Satan and his demons can not resist the Lord Jesus, who should we send to the door the next time they come knocking, trying to tempt us? The Lord himself! 1 Peter 5:8-9

Vs. 9 - I believe that Jesus knew the name of the demon. He wanted those watching to hear the testimony of who this was. The demon states that his name is "Legion."

A Roman legion was made up of about 6,000 infantrymen. The one speaking is the leader, or spokesperson for the rest.

Although we do not know how many demons were actually in the man, it was certainly a great number to carry the name "Legion".

Vs. 10 - They continue to request that remain in the area.

Vss. 11-12 - There were a number of swine feeding in the area. They were being watched by herdsmen.

For the Jews, the pigs were unclean animals.

The demons felt that going to the swine was better than going into the abyss.

Vs. 13 - The demons were allowed to enter the swine. They are "spooked" and run off a steep place and into the sea.

Why did Jesus permit the entry of the demons into the pigs?

Perhaps it was to show the former demoniac just what forces had lived within him.

Perhaps it is to show us as believers, the awesomeness and awfulness of Satan's power.

Some have a problem with this destruction of property. And we could speculate as to why Jesus permitted it.

But why not just say, "Jesus is God. And as God He does what is right."

By this we mean, Jesus as God allows this destruction, so it must have been the right thing to do.  Let us accept the fact that Jesus knew what He was doing.

Vs. 14 - The destruction of a large heard of swine got the attention of those in town and country. They came out to investigate!

Vs. 15 - Here's the biggest surprise of all. The former demoniac is now seated - He's calm and under control!

He's also clothed - Before he ran around naked.

He was in his right mind. He was sane. You could talk to him. They probably had not seen the man like this before.

They were afraid. And when a person comes to Christ, and experiences great change, those who are unsaved, may ever be a little afraid of this new situation.

This demoniac is a picture of each new Christian. August Van Ryn used three words to describe the great change that takes place in us when we are truly saved. August Van Ryn, Meditations in Mark, (Neptune, New Jersey, Loizeaux Brothers, 1957), p. 123

SITTING = REST

When a person comes to Christ as Savior he finds that he can "sit", just as the former demoniac could.

There is no longer the restless of guilt.

There is no longer the fear of eternal punishment.

There is no longer a striving to try and earn salvation by doing good works or keeping the law.

Romans 5:1, Matthew 11:28-30

CLOTHED = RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

The man in our story was now clothed, after he had been naked.

Remember that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags."

When we come to be saved God declares us as righteous, as we saw in Romans 5:1.

God has given us a "garment of righteousness."

And when someone has been declared righteous, I find they start to have a different attitude towards righteousness.

Born-again Christians are not perfect, but they have a desire to do right, because they have been declared right.

They are sad when they sin, because they know that as born-again Christians, they should be doing what is right.

The man or woman, boy or girl who is truly born again is going to show off their new clothes. Righteousness!

RIGHT MIND = REASON

The man who is in his right mind has the ability to reason correctly.

When we were born again, the Holy Spirit of God came inside of us, and gave us the ability to reason as God would have us to reason.

This means, with the Holy Spirit's help we can see things as God would have us to see things. It means we have the capacity to understand the Word of God.

It means my attitude towards life, towards sin, towards serving God should all change, because I have a new mind.

This new mind must be cultivated. Romans 12:1-2

The new mind is cultivated by meditation on the Word of God. If you have been saved, your manner should be different. There should be Rest, Righteousness and Reason.

Vs. 16 - The witnesses, probably the disciples included, told the story.

Vs. 17 - Here's another irony.

There had been a great miracle performed.

Instead of wanting to know more, instead of seeking His teaching, instead of asking Jesus to take care of other demons and diseases, they ask Jesus to leave!

We need to beware!

Every time an unsaved person turns down Christ, he is asking Jesus to leave.

Every time we, as Christians, want nothing to do with our Savior, we are, in a sense, asking Him to leave. I'm glad that He hasn't.

THE SAINT'S RESPONSIBILITY

Vs. 18 - The man was truly changed.

Instead of attacking Jesus He now wants to go with Jesus.

That should be our attitude as well.

The only difference is, we can spend time with Jesus.

And, we are able to follow Him.

Vs. 19 - There's another irony here.

The demons asked Jesus to enter the swine, and He said yes.

The villagers asked Jesus to leave, and He did.

The new Christian wants to go with Jesus, and Jesus said "no".

Why is it that the Christian got the only "no" answer.

The demons and villagers were not Christians. They had no part of His lordship. The Christian is a believer, and is to submit the Lordship of the Lord Jesus.

Why did Jesus say "no" to this man?

Because God had another plan for His life.

Some are called to 9-5 jobs as witnesses.

Some are called to full time Christian work.

Some are called to the home.

The most important thing is that we go where we are sent.

That's our responsibility.

This man's responsibility was to go home to family and friends and tell what God had done.

Indeed this is something each one of us should do as Christians.

We are witnesses of the grace of God. 1 Peter 3:15, Psalm 107:2

Vs. 20 - This man did exactly what he was told and caused many to marvel.

SATAN'S CONTROL

THE SAVIOR'S VICTORY

THE SAINT'S RESPONSIBILITY

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LUKE 15:11-32 – PICTURE OF THE FATHER

This parable shows us some facts about our Heavenly Father which are worth remembering.

THE FATHER ALLOWS CHOICE, ALTHOUGH OFTEN DISAPPOINTED. Vss. 11-19

THE FATHER AWAITS CHANGE THAT BRINGS SOMEONE BACK TO HIM. Vss. 20-21

THE FATHER APPROVES CONFORMITY TO HIS WILL Vss. 21-32

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2 TIMOTHY 1:1-8 – A SPIRITUAL PARENT (FATHER)

Many Christians end up being Spiritual parents to younger Christians. We may

have led them to the Lord, and/or discipled them. How can we be good

Spiritual parents to our own children and our children in the faith? We can

follow Paul's example, as he was a Spiritual parent to Timothy.

A FATHER'S MIND - Vss. 1-2 - Wishing grace, mercy, and peace

A FATHER'S MINISTRY - Vss. 3-4 - Praying for the child and desiring to spend

time with the child.

A FATHER'S MEMORY - Vs. 5-6 - A good parent reminds his child of positive

things which have happened in the past and that he should continue to

progress.

A FATHER'S MESSAGE - Vss. 7-8 - A father looks to strengthen and encourage a

child. Paul's message to Timothy encouraged him to stand firm for the Lord.

We should encourage our Spiritual children in the same way.

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