SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF JUNE 1, 2020
June 4, 2020, 7:30 PM

SERMON SEEDS

S22 – THE WEEK JUNE 1, 2020

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GENESIS 11:1-9 - UNGODLY PLANNING, GODLY INTERVENTION

MAN’S REBELLIOUS PURPOSE – Vss. 1-4

GOD’S RIGHTEOUS PERCEPTIONS – Vss. 5-6

GOD’S REMARKABLE POWER – Vss. 7-9

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PSALM 21 – LIVE LIKE A KING

The requests that David made for himself as king should be true for us as believers. Therefore, let’s “live like a king”.

THE KING’S PRAISE – Vs. 1

Hebrews 13:1 - By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

THE KING’S PRIVILEGES – Vss. 2-3

  • Answered Prayer – Vs. 2 – 1 John 5:14-15
  • Blessings of Goodness – Vs. 3 – Ephesians 1:3
  • Crown – 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, Revelation 2:10

THE KING’S PROMISES (FROM GOD) – Vss. 4-6 – Eternal Life and Joy

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.

Psalm 16:11 - Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

THE KING’S POWER – Vss. 7-12

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

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 10:13 - There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

THE KING’S PRIORITY – Vs. 13 – God’s Exaltation through Christ

Ephesians 3:20-21 - Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, [21] Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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JONAH 2 – RUNNING BACK TO GOD

#2 of 4 – PROPHET ON THE RUN – JONAH 

  • It’s very easy to run away from God especially when we know what God wants us to do, and we don’t want to do it! We know how to make excuses. Remember a reason and an excuse are not the same.
  • The prophet Jonah did this. Jonah 1:1-3
  • God did not let Jonah get away without discipline. Jonah 1:4
  • God will not let you get away without discipline either. Proverbs 3:11-12, Proverbs 29:1
  • Although Jonah resisted calling on God and did not repent, the mariners all called upon their gods and urged Jonah to do the same. Jonah 1:5-6
  • When it was determined that the storm was Jonah’s fault, they asked Jonah what to do, but still resisted doing him any harm. Jonah 1:7-14
  • In the end it appears that the mariners came to faith in the Living God.

Jonah 1:15-16

  • God was not done with Jonah. Jonah 1:17

In Jonah 2, we now see that Jonah was ready to run back to God. There are some specific things to which Jonah came back. When we are running from God, we must come back to the same things for us to be right with God.

COME BACK TO PRAYER – JONAH 2:1-3, 7

  • Vs. 1 – Jonah was purposely not communicating with God. When he faced the reality of death, he began to cry out “to the Lord, his God”.
  • Vss. 2 – This prayer is a testimony of praise and thanksgiving from the belly of the fish. This prayer seems to be short quotes from the Psalms.
  • Jonah cried out in his affliction and God answered him! He hadn’t humbled himself to pray before, but now he was praying! May our afflictions drive us to our knees. We miss much when we are not praying! Jeremiah 33:3, Philippians 4:6-7
  • Jonah was close to being in Sheol or the grave1.
  • Vs. 3 – Notice that Jonah acknowledged the source of his discipline was God.
  • Vs 7 – Jonah prayed towards the temple, because that was the place of God’s presence. When we pray as Christians we pray towards the heavenly temple. Hebrews 12:22-24

COME BACK TO FAITH – Jonah 2:4-6, 9

  • Jonah was praying from the belly of the fish and having almost drowned in the sea, and yet, he was praying with confidence. Hebrews 4:14-16,
  • Vs. 9 – Jonah knew the real source of his deliverance. “Salvation is of the Lord.”
  • Do we know the source of ours? 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Psalm 142:5-6

COME BACK TO CONFESSION – Jonah 2:8

  • Although the text does not specifically say so, I believe we can assume that Jonah confessed his sin to God (Psalm 32:5, 1 John 1:9). He acknowledges that those who do wrong have forsaken their own mercy (which is from God.).

COME BACK TO PRAISE – Jonah 2:9

"But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving;" Psalm 136:1-3

COME BACK TO COMMITMENT – Jonah 2:9

  • "I will pay that I have vowed."
  • We don't know what the vow was, but we do know that Jonah was now committed to obeying God and going to Nineveh to preach. Deuteronomy 23:21-23, Psalm 116:

COME BACK TO FREEDOM – Jonah 2:10

  • The end result - God set Jonah free from his prison.
  • When we are right with God, we are free to serve Him. John 8:31-36
  • Note that Jonah was not entirely free yet, but free enough to be obedient.

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MATTHEW 12:22-32 – IMPACT

LIFE OF CHRIST #23

The words of others have impacted us all.  Sometimes the impact was positive and other times the impact was negative.  Sometimes the words of others have blessed us and other times they have hurt us deeply. Our words have also had impact.  The words we say often have a positive or a negative impact on others.

After a long layover, we return to our systematic study of the life of Christ. We are trying to study His life in a chronological way.  The last time we studied the Life of Christ, Jesus had been invited to the home of a Pharisee where a repentant woman washed his feet with her tears, dried them with her hair and anointed Him with expensive perfume.  Jesus’ host, a Pharisee, was the exact opposite and showed none of the common courtesies that a host of that day was supposed to show.

A short time after this event there was a miraculous healing.

In Matthew 12:22, we are told of a demon possessed man who was brought to Jesus.  As a result of demon possession he was blind and couldn’t speak.  Jesus healed the man so that he could see and speak.

As a result of this event all sorts of words were used.  Let’s look at the impact of these words.

THE IMPACT OF INQUIRING WORDS – Vs. 23

Vs. 23 – The people are amazed! They are in awe.

 They start to ask questions. They asked, “This couldn’t be the Son of David, could it?”

The term “Son of David” was a term used in reference to Israel’s coming Messiah.  The people were beginning to think of Jesus in terms of His being their Messiah.

They were on the right track!  In fact that was one of the purposes of the miracles was to show that He was their Messiah.

It was good that they were making inquiries.  It was good that they were trying to figure out His identity.

It is good that you and I make inquiries into things.

Sometimes the Lord is trying to teach us something through our circumstances. Proverbs 3:11-12

When we suspect that the Lord might be disciplining us, we need to inquire, “Lord, what are you trying to tell me.”   

Another type of inquiry we should make is concerning the Scriptures.  It is good for us to ask questions.  It is good for us to inquire about the meaning of passages we are reading.

It is good for us to ask questions that help us apply the Word of God to our own lives. 2 Timothy 2:15

When Paul and Silas were on the second missionary journey in the Book of Acts, they were forced to leave Thessalonica because of persecution.  From there they went to a town called Berea. Acts 17:11-12  

Perhaps you are one who has heard the message of salvation, that you need to trust Jesus as your Savior, but you are yet to make up your mind to do so.  I encourage you to inquire, to talk to me, to search the Scriptures.  This could help you make that very important decision to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

Christian, real growth will come as you start to study the Word of God for yourself.  Like the Bereans, you should respond to the preaching the Word of God by searching it out for yourself, and making sure that what you are being taught is accurate.  Also in studying for yourself, you will find additional blessings in the Word of God.

The more you inquire into Spiritual things the more you will learn.  The more you learn and apply your findings to your own life, the more Christ-like you will become!

THE IMPACT OF INCRIMINATING WORDS – Vs. 24

Vs. 24 – There were those who were in opposition to Jesus.  They were constantly trying to find reasons to discredit Him and to incriminate him as a wrong doer.

The Pharisees, the religious fundamentalists of their day, were often at the forefront of offering criticism.

A notable miracle had been accomplished. An exorcism had taken place.  Often those performing exorcisms would use all sorts of interesting means.

Jesus was different. He directly exorcised demons.  He had more power than any would-be sorcerer ever did.

The Pharisees could not deny the miracle, so they cried to incriminate Jesus by saying that He was casting out demons in the name of the prince of demons, Beelzebub.  They accused Jesus of performing his exorcisms in the name of the Devil!  They were saying that Jesus’ ministry was not of God, but of Satan!

Those were demeaning, incriminating words!

Do we ever use them?

Do we ever criticize a ministry or another church, without really knowing what’s going on there?

Do we ever criticize another brother or sister in Christ, with information we think is true, but we’re not sure?

Do we ever evaluate another person’s motives, ministry or behavior in such a way that incriminates them? Romans 14:4, James 4:11-12

THE IMPACT OF INSTRUCTIVE WORDS – Vss. 25-29

Jesus was falsely accused. The attack against Him was brutal. But the first thing Jesus did was to instruct.  He showed how ludicrous it was for the Pharisees to say that He was casting out Satan’s demons in the name of Satan.

Vs. 25 – Jesus begins by saying a divided house can not stand. That’s great advice for all situations. Something that’s divided can not stand.

Vs. 26 – If Satan is casting out Satan, his kingdom will not stand. If Satan were casting out his own demons, he would have been working against himself! Satan is too smart for that!

Vs. 27 – The Pharisee’s evidently had disciples, children if you will, who cast out demons and somewhat successfully. If Jesus was casting out demons in the name of the devil, did that mean that their disciples were doing the same thing?      

Vs. 28 – If Jesus was not casting out demons in Satan’s power, then it would mean that he was doing it in God’s power.  That would mean the Kingdom of God had arrived.

And if the Kingdom of God had arrived, the one who had arrived was God’s King, the Messiah!  He was the “Son of David”. The crowds had the right idea.  

Vs. 29 – You can’t rob a strong man’s house unless you restrict the strong man. Satan’s demons can not be evicted unless Satan is restricted in his power.

Jesus bound the strong man, Satan, and had the victory.

The Pharisees’ accusations were ridiculous, and Jesus gave instruction to prove it.

The instructive Words of the Lord Jesus showed how foolish the incriminating words of the Pharisees were.

We as Christians should remember that our instructions are to come from God and His Word.

The Lord Jesus is God, we should learn from His Words as recorded in Scripture.

The whole Bible is the inspired by God. We are to learn from God’s Word.

Let us also remember that the words we use are to be instructive words.  We are not to go around tearing down but building up. Ephesians 4:29

When you wonder if you should share a certain tidbit of information with another, remember that God says, “If it isn’t edifying, don’t share it!”   

THE IMPACT OF INDICTING WORDS – Vss. 30-37

If anyone can indict, or charge with wrong doing, or accurately accuse, it is our Lord.  He uses indicting words here.

Vs. 30 – Jesus is blunt. “If you not on my side. If your faith is not in Me, then you are opposed to me. You are against me.”

There is no such thing as being neutral about the Lord Jesus!

Someone may say, “I’m not opposed to Jesus, I just haven’t trusted Him as Savior the way you do.”

My friend, if you haven’t trusted Jesus, you are opposed to Jesus whether you think so or not.

And if you are not gathering with Him by serving Him in ministry, you are scattering. You are hurting His ministry. By doing nothing for the cause of Christ you are hurting His ministry. 

Vss. 31-32 – These are heavy words.  These are disturbing words of indictment.  These are words, which I, for one misunderstood at one time.

Remember, first of all, that our God is a forgiving God. Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:9, Psalm 32:5

God is very gracious in the scope of His forgiveness.  God forgives even sins against the Lord Jesus, the Son of Man.     

The sin that did not receive forgiveness was the sin against the Holy Ghost.  That sin was attributing the works of the Spirit of God done through Jesus Christ, to the devil.

It was calling the works of the Spirit of God done in Jesus the work of the Devil.

I believe that this sin was unpardonable because someone that hard-hearted would never repent and turn to the Lord Jesus in faith.

Is there any unpardonable sin today? 

The only unpardonable sin is refusing to place your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.  If you fail to do that, there is no Heaven for you! John 3:36

There is a day in the life of each person who does not know Jesus Christ as Savior, when there is no more opportunity to receive Christ.  God will take his or her life, and he or she will go into eternity without Christ.  We don’t know when that day is, so it behooves you if you do not know Christ as Savior to trust Him this morning. He died for your sins. He was buried. He rose again. All you need to do is make a full faith commitment to Him.

Words have impact!

THE IMPACT OF INQUIRING WORDS – Vs. 23

THE IMPACT OF INCRIMINATING WORDS – Vs. 24

THE IMPACT OF INSTRUCTIVE WORDS – Vss. 25-29

THE IMPACT OF INDICTING WORDS – Vss. 30-37

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MARK 4:1-20 – WHICH HEART IS YOURS?

This is the parable of the sower and the soils.

Think of each soil as a type of heart in which the Word of God is sown (Vs,.14). Which heart best describes your response to God's Word?

A DECEIVED HEART Vs. 15

(Deceived by Satan)

A DISTURBED HEART Vss. 16-17

  (Offended by persecution and affliction.)

A DISTRACTED HEART Vss. 18-19

  (Distracted by "...the cares of this world, the deceitfulness and the lust of

   other things.")

A DISCERNING HEART Vss. 20

  (They  "hear the word... receive it... bring forth...")

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1 CORINTHIANS 5 – THE CHURCH PURIFIED

Please turn to 1 John 3:1-3. In these verses you will note the great love

that God has bestowed on us, that we as Christians should be called God's

children (Vs. 1). Also we look forward to the day that we will be like Him,

because we will see Jesus as He is (Vs. 2). Because of this hope that we

have, we are to purify ourselves even as He is pure (Vs. 3).

If our Lord expects each individual Christian to strive towards purity, then

He also expects His church to strive towards purity.

The people in the church in Corinth considered themselves to be spiritual

giants, when in reality they were not. This church was a proud church, so

proud that it was overlooking the purity of the body of Christ. In this

passage Paul maintains that the Corinthian church must be purified if this

church was going to please God.

THE CONFRONTATION - Vss. 1-2

Paul begins this chapter by confronting the Corinthians with their problem.

This was not a rumor by a commonly reported fact.

The problem was that a church member was having an affair with his

stepmother.

This sin was so bad, that not even the Gentiles did it!

Instead of mourning over the sin, the Corinthians were proud of their

tolerance!

THE COMMAND - Vss. 3-5

Vs. 3 - Because the sin was obvious, Paul could make a judgment as to what

needed to be done.

Vs. 4 - Paul was commanding that action be taken at a church meeting,

gathered in the name of the Lord Jesus and meeting in His power.

Vs. 5 - To deliver this man to Satan would be to excommunicate the man. He

would be placed in Satan's realm out in the world, so that hopefully he

would repent and get right with the Lord.

THE CLEANSING - Vss. 6-8

Vs. 6 - Leaven is yeast. Yeast is put into bread to make the bread rise.

Vs. 7 - In scripture leaven is usually a symbol for sin. Paul calls for a

purging of the old leaven. He is calling for the removal of sin. During the

Passover celebration a lamb was killed, the blood was sprinkled, and the

sacrifice was eaten. It was eaten with unleavened bread. Christ is our

Passover sacrificed for us.

Vs. 8 - Because Christ is our Passover that we have partaken of for

salvation we are to live unleavened lives. We are to live lives that do not

practice sin. We are to cleanse ourselves of the leaven of malice and

wickedness and practice an unleavened life of sincerity and truth.

THE CLARIFICATION - Vss. 9-13

Vss. 9-10 - Paul is saying that you will not avoid contact with sinful

people. That is impossible. Paul is not saying not to talk to sinners. It is

in talking to sinners that we can witness for the Savior.

It is not wrong to eat a meal or to go somewhere an unbeliever.

Vs. 11 - Paul is telling us that there are certain people who call

themselves born again Christians who have gone to extremes in sin. These

people who profess to be believers but are not acting like it are people we

should not have fellowship with.

Vss. 12-13 - God wants us to maintain purity within the church. He will

judge those who are outside the church.

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SEVEN SOURCES OF COMFORT - A TOPICAL MESSAGE

For the born again Christian there are at least seven sources of comfort. Perhaps you need them yourself right now, but if not, you can learn where to direct others when they need comfort.

1. THE FATHER 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 - Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; [4] Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Psalm 68:5 - A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Isaiah 26:3-4 - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. [4] Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

Philippians 4:6-7 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. [7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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

2. THE SON

1 John 2:1-2 - My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: [2] And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matthew 11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

3. THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 14:16-18 - And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. [18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 16:7-15 - Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. [8] And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: [9] Of sin, because they believe not on me; [10] Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; [11] Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. [12] I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. [13] Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. [14] He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. [15] All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

4. THE WORD OF GOD

Romans 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

5. THE PREACHING OF GOD'S WORD

2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

6. THE BRETHREN

Hebrews 10:24-25 - And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Romans 12:15 - Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Galatians 6:2 - Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

7. THE FUTURE

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. [14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. [15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. [16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. [18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

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