SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF JUNE 22, 2020
June 22, 2020, 6:36 PM

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S25 – JUNE 22, 2020

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1 PETER 5;1-4 – A STEADY GUIDE

HOLY LIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD #17

Today is Father’s Day. I think of my Dad. Dad was a good man, and along with my Mom, guided me from birth up through my college years. I can say that although Mom and Dad were not perfect, but they were steady guides for me and my two brothers and sister. Under supervision they allowed us to grow up, make decisions and move on to lives as responsible adults.

As Christians, we never lose our need for guidance, first through God the Holy and then by other Christians. We are to be encouragers of each other! Hebrews 10:25

As we look towards the day of the Lord’s returning, we need guidance, especially when we face persecution.

We are winding down our study of 1 Peter and we have been taught about “Holy Living in a Hostile World”. Last week we were encouraged to “Be Prepared” in 1 Peter 4:12-19

God has provided gifted men to establish, teach, and guide his church. Ephesians 4:11-12. Peter now addresses these men, who he calls “elders”. He is beseeching them to be “Steady Guides!” always, but especially during trying times.

To understand this passage, we will answer some very basic questions in this order: Who? What? How? Why?

WHO? – Vs. 1

Because times were tough the pastors then and they are now, Peter addresses those who to be steady guides, the Elders.

Traditionally, the term “Elder” had to do with age. We use the term that way today. We teach children to respect their elders. Someone who is up in years is called “elderly”.

In the early church the term “elder” was used for the principle leaders in the church. Elders could be young in age but they were expected to be Spiritually mature.

Other terms used were “bishops” (overseers) and “pastors” (shepherds). Notice the word is plural. Usually there was a multiplicity of elders. They would lead. There might be a head elder, but he did not lead or guide alone.

In our church right now, we officially have one elder. That’s the pastor. We have one retired elder in our midst, and his advice and encouragement to me are invaluable! It would be great to have those designated elders from among the congregation that would lead with the Pastor. That being said, we do have Godly men present who serve officially as Deacons. I often rely on them to function with me in the elder’s capacity. The church should never be one leader making all the decisions.

Exhort – To beseech or appeal to. It is not a command, but a strong appeal based on who Peter was. Notice the humility in Peter’s appeal. There is only one super-star in the Church – the Lord Jesus Christ!

“A fellow elder.” – Peter was not appealing as a superior, although he could have as an Apostle. He was a fellow laborer given the same assignment other elders had. John 21:15-17

  • “A witness of the sufferings of Christ” – He saw what Christ went through them and Him.
  • He is also a fellow partaker in the future coming of Christ and the glory that will be found in Him. All Christians are participants in that! Philippians 3:20-21

WHAT? Vs. 2a

The responsibility given to elders or pastors is to shepherd the flock of God to tend, God’s sheep. To tend Jesus’ sheep.

This is tricky because we pastors have to remember that we are, first of all, sheep ourselves. To be called to care of Jesus’ sheep is an awesome responsibility.

We are to take oversight over the flock of God. What does that entail doing?

A good pastor should model his behavior after our Lord Jesus Christ. John 10:11

HOW? – 2b-3

  • Willingly
  • Eagerly
  • Humbly – Mark 10:43-45
  • Transparently – 1 Timothy 4:12-16

WHY? – Vs. 4 – An unfading crown

To be a pastor or elder is a calling. Are you being called?

TO LISTEN TO THIS SERMON AS PREACHED BY PASTOR JACK PETERS:

https://www.fbcnhremembers.com/a_steady_guide

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EXODUS 14 – PAGE 1 – GOD DELIVERS A.M.

D. O. G. (DEPEND ON GOD) DAYS #1

The expression “The Dog Days” refer to a series of hot summer days when the weather is quite miserable. I think of the times in which we live as The D.O.G. (DEPEND ON GOD) DAYS!

There are times when things are just not going well, when it seems that everything is wrong, and that the safety of your world is threatened.  There are times when you despair of living, when you hurt immensely and the only light you see at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an oncoming freight train.

It is in times like these that you need God to deliver you, when He is your only resource, and when everything is hopeless unless He intervenes.

This is exactly the situation that the Children of Israel found themselves in when they were in front of the Red Sea and Pharaoh and his armies were bearing down on them. They were in a panic. Exodus 14:10-12

Moses had a great answer! – Exodus 14:13-14

We know that we are to trust in or depend on God, but have we ever examined closely why we should do that? Over the next five Sundays I’d like us to look at five reasons that we should depend on or trust in God. We will look at Old Testament Bible characters as our authorities.

MOSES – GOD DELIVERS

JOSHUA – GOD  DRAFTS AND DEPLOYS

DAVID – GOD DEFEATS

ELIJAH – GOD DEMONSTRATES

DANIEL – GOD DEFENDS

Now let’s look at the deliverance that God gave Moses and the Children of Israel

GOD DELIVERS:

JUST THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Although God is merciful to all in many ways, it is advantageous to be just the right people.

Way back in the Book of Genesis God had made a promise to Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3

God had chosen the descendants of Abraham, the nation Israel, as a special people.

I love a promise that applies to Israel and to us who are Christians found in Jeremiah 31:3, The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Eventually under the leadership of Abraham’s great grandson, Joseph, the Children of Israel ended up in Egypt. There was a promise, however, of a return to the land that God had promised them, the land of Canaan, The Promised Land. Genesis 50:24

God has a special interest, a special commitment, and a special love for Israel. Therefore God is committed to delivering her.

If you are a Christian God has a special interest a special commitment, and a special love for you! John 12:26, John 14:21, John 15:16, Matthew 28:20

God delivers just the right people!

Are you one of His people?

  • Have you recognized your total helplessness before God and accepted God’s payment for your sins, the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Have you placed your faith in Christ alone for salvation and allowed Him to give you a home in Heaven and a changed life now?

If you have done these things you are one of God’s people! John 1:12-13, John 10:27-30

If you are not one of God’s people, we urge you to sign up for His deliverance and for His tender loving care from here to eternity!  Trust Jesus as your Savior today!

GOD DELIVERS

JUST THE RIGHT PEOPLE

AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME   

Let me tell you something.  There will always be trouble. Nobody is exempt. Job 5:7

Sin is often the reason for our troubles.

Other peoples’ sins and our own sins can make us miserable. Isaiah 59:2, Romans 6:23a

 For us Christians, just being Christians makes us vulnerable to attack.   

   Satan is the avowed enemy of God.

Satan has a hard time getting to God, so he will attack God through God’s children.

John 15:18-19, 2 Timothy 3:12

Another reason we face trouble is because it teaches us to trust God and to mature in the Christian life. Romans 5:3-5  

Yes there will always be trouble.

But God will always deliver at just the right time.

 In the case of Moses and the children of Israel God, after sending a series of ten plagues to Pharaoh and the Egyptians, had secured a release from slavery in Egypt.

They were headed out.

But Pharaoh had a change in heart. He and his armies decided to pursue Israel.  They were bearing down on Israel, preparing to strike.

It was time for God to deliver. Psalm 50:15

   But we have a problem.

There are times when we feel that it is high time for God to deliver us, and He doesn’t!

Why does that happen?

It is because we almost always think that the time for deliverance is yesterday!  We don’t like pain, heartache, or inconvenience. Isaiah 55:8-9

God knew the time of deliverance for Israel.

He knows what the time of deliverance is for you.   

God is God and his timing is perfect!

 GOD DELIVERS

JUST THE RIGHT PEOPLE

AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME

IN JUST THE RIGHT PLACE

If you were leading an escape out of Egypt you would not have taken the route that God had given Israel. They were led right into a dead end with no human means of escape. And God was leading! Exodus 13:21-22

When the children of Israel left Egypt they headed south and camped in a place called Etham.  There God gave instructions and even a reason for changing directions. Exodus 14:2-4

God told Moses to change directions. They were to back track to a place called Baal-zephon.  By doing this, they were going to entice Pharaoh into thinking that Israel was confused and vulnerable. God’s purpose was to give God one last victory over Pharaoh.    

   Chuck Swindoll – “The trouble was, Baal-zephon formed a perfect geographical cul-de-sac. Just to the north stood some formidable Egyptian fortresses – massive stone structures. No way could they get through there. To the south lay the vast Egyptian dessert called Mizraim. No protection there. To the west lay Ramses and Goshen. That’s where they’d just been: they couldn’t return to Egypt. To the East lay the Red Sea…” Charles R. Swindoll, A Man of Selfless Dedication – Moses, (Nashville, TN Word Publishing, 1999), p. 215    

They were in just right place!

There was no human way of escape!

The Egyptian army could come in and make mincemeat of the Israelites.

Why was this “just the right place”?

Sometimes our troubles get worse before they get better.

We wonder why God doesn’t deliver us.

We wonder why God seems to be “pouring it on” and allowing it to get worse. But why?

We move on!

GOD DELIVERS

JUST THE RIGHT PEOPLE

AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME

IN JUST THE RIGHT PLACE

FOR JUST THE RIGHT REASON

Why did God deliver Israel, but put Her in even more trouble?

Why will God deliver you, even though for a time, your troubles might seem to get worse?

Exodus 14:4 - …and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord…   

It is so that He will get the glory!

It is so that we can not take the credit.

It is so others will see the awesome power of God!

God makes his deliverances awesome so that He will be glorified!   

GOD DELIVERS

JUST THE RIGHT PEOPLE

AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME

IN JUST THE RIGHT PLACE

FOR JUST THE RIGHT REASON

WITH JUST THE RIGHT THOROUGHNESS

  • irst, God moved the cloud to the back of the Israelites, and it formed a wall.  It shielded the Egyptians from seeing the Israelites.  It was a cloud on one side, but the side of Israel it was a pillar of fire.  The Israelites could see to make their escape. Vss. 19-20
  • Vs. 21 – God parted the sea and sent a drying wind so that the sea bed would dry up.
  • Vs. 22 – The children of Israel escaped.
  • In the morning,  Pharaoh’s army pursued, but became stuck in the sea bed. They panicked and tried to escape. It was too late. Vss. 23-25.
  • Vss. 26-27 – Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea came back together.
  • Vss. 28-30 – There was total victory!
  • Vs. 31 – The victory was so complete that Israel feared the Lord.

This reminds me of the total victory that God can and will give you!  God can and will totally deliver you through your troubles, if you will trust Him, if you follow Him, and if you will let Him!

GOD DELIVERS

JUST THE RIGHT PEOPLE

AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME

IN JUST THE RIGHT PLACE

FOR JUST THE RIGHT REASON

WITH JUST THE RIGHT THOROUGHNESS

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PROVERBS 13:1-7 – PRACTICAL WISDOM

A wise man's wisdom is very practical. It allows him to do what he should.

A WISE MAN HEARS RESPONSIBLY - Vs. 1

A WISE MAN SPEAKS RELIABLY - Vss. 2-3

A WISE MAN WORKS RIGOROUSLY - Vs. 4

A WISE MAN LIVES RIGHTEOUSLY - Vss. 5-7

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JEREMIAH 17:6-10, 14 – OBSERVATIONS

OBSERVE THE FOLLY OF MISDIRECTED TRUST - Vss. 5-6

OBSERVE THE FIDELITY OF A TRUSTING MAN - Vss. 7-8

OBSERVE THE FUTILITY OF THE HUMAN HEART - Vs. 9-10

OBSERVE THE FAITH OF A PRAYING MAN - Vs. 14

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MARK 1:21-34 – WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE?

A small business I was acquainted with changed hands from the father to the son. The Son bought the business, but the father did not retire. This created a problem for one of the employees who used to receive conflicting orders from the two men.  The employee rightly asked the question, "Who's in charge here?"

Have you ever served on a committee that had no appointed chairman, or a chairman who didn't give any leadership? There is often confusion because nobody is in charge. But when somebody takes charge and the other committee members cooperated things start to get accomplished. The question, "Who's in charge here?" must be answered.

"Who's in charge here?" is also a question that must be answered within your life. Someone or something is going to be in charge of the decisions that you make and the actions that you take.  It can be yourself, a habit, a person, a hobby, an organization, or any number of things.

So, "Who's in charge here?"  Who runs your life? Allow me to remind you of the one should be in charge of your life. The one you should allow to run your life is none other than the Son of God. Why should he run your life? He has the authority to lead and guide you better than anything or anybody.

According to Webster's Dictionary, authority is "The power or right to give commands, enforce obedience, take action or make final decisions."  In our text we find that Jesus has that type of authority.

JESUS HAS AUTHORITY OVER DOCTRINE (TEACHING) - Vss. 21-22

Jesus taught with authority because He is God. Mark 13:31

JESUS HAS AUTHORITY OVER THE DEVIL AND DEMONS - Vss. 23-27

1 Peter 5:8-10

JESUS HAS AUTHORITY OVER DISEASE - Vss. 28-31

If Jesus has this kind of authority, shouldn't you submit to Him?

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LUKE 8:40-56 – AVAILABLE!

LIFE OF CHRIST #26

In this passage we meet two needy people to whom Jesus made himself available. One was the ruler of the local synagogue and the other was a woman who had been sick for twelve years. Through studying their lives, we learn four important things about the availability of our Lord Jesus Christ.

JESUS IS AVAILABLE TO THE HEAVYHEARTED

Vs. 40 – Jesus returns by boat to Capernaum.

After Jesus had healed the man possessed with demons, he was asked to leave the other side of the Sea of Galilee.  You might recall that he had allowed the demons to go into the pigs, and the pigs, 2,000 of them, stampeded and went over a cliff, into the sea, and drowned. 

Instead of seeking Jesus to heal others, the people of that area asked him to go and he did.

When He returned to Capernaum, there is a totally different response to Jesus.  There is a huge crowd waiting for him to land.  They probably wanted to see and/or experience more miracles.

Vs. 41 – There was a noted member of this crowd.  His name was Jairus.  He was the ruler of the local synagogue. I imagine that he already knew Jesus.  As a ruler of the synagogue he would have been responsible for choosing those involved in the services, including those who would read and speak.

Vs. 42 – Jairus didn’t come to Jesus because he wanted a speaker. Jairus came because he was heavyhearted.

He had one daughter and she was so sick she was about to die.

Mark 5:23 - And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.

Jairus did the right thing.  He came for Jesus. He sought Jesus’ help when he was heavyhearted.

What’s the first thing you do when you’re heavyhearted?

Do you seek God’s help?  Do you seek out Jesus to go with you to face the problem? Psalm 55:22

When Jairus entreated Jesus to come, He did!

When we are heavyhearted and we ask Jesus for help, He doesn’t have far to go. He is already inside of us, through the Holy Spirit.  In fact He promised that He would not leave us in John 14:18, I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Whenever we are heavyhearted, let’s not try to bear the burden alone. Let’s ask for the help of the Lord Jesus!   

There is another point of interest in this verse.  It is the beginning of an extra burden for Jairus.  The crowd was stupendous in size, and they were going along to. The crowd was pushing in and around them.  This made for slow walking, especially because the streets were narrow.   

Jairus’ daughter was dying. He would have been in a hurry.

Jesus was coming, but it would have seemed to Jairus, that He was moving slowly.

There are times when you will wish that Jesus would move faster, that there weren’t so many hindrances to the problem.

But remember this – Jesus is always on time. 

JESUS IS AVAILABLE TO THE HELPLESS

Vs. 43 – Here was a woman who had been hemorrhaging

               for 12 years.  She had a severe bleeding problem.

Mark 5:26 - And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

This woman would have been considered according to the Old Testament Law ceremonially unclean.  She was not even to be touched by others.   

If she had been married, her husband would have likely divorced her.

She was not allowed in the temple or synagogue.

She was probably a social and religious outcast.

And she was broke! She had spent all her money on doctors.

She was helpless and she knew it.

It is good to know when we are truly helpless like this woman.  When we come to the end of ourselves and all our self efforts, then we are ready to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for His help. That is exactly what this woman did.

Remember Luke 1:37, For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Vs. 44 – In her helplessness this woman did something significant. She touched the hem of Jesus’ garment by faith, expecting to be healed.   

Mark 5:28 - For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

She was probably like many of her day who believed that just touching the garment of a holy person or being in their shadow could bring about a healing.

This woman’s faith was very imperfect.

This woman’s faith was not very knowledgeable.

This woman’s faith was full of flaws.

This woman’s faith was honored by God!

Jesus often rebuked the disciples for having little faith.

This woman had great faith.   

Most important, I feel this woman had her faith in the right person.

Too often people put their faith in people, in circumstances, in themselves, in the government instead of putting their faith in God. 

This woman was immediately healed!

Vs. 45 – Also immediately, Jesus stopped and asked “Who

               touched me?” Jesus knew that someone had reached out to Him in faith.

He always knows when someone reaches out to Him in faith, He’s God.

Jesus stopped and inquired in order to assure the woman that she had done nothing wrong and that God had honored her faith.

Notice she didn’t speak up right away. She was probably afraid of Jesus not liking what she had done, and taking back the healing.

Vs. 45 – Peter speaks up, and this time with a good point, humanely speaking.  “There’s so many thronging around you Lord, people are going to touch you. Why are you asking ‘Who touched me.’”

Vs. 46 – Jesus insists that someone had touched Him. Jesus

               insisted that the person come forward!

Vs. 47 – The woman came and “fessed up”!

Was this difficult for her too do? Of course it was!

Not only had she gone in a secretive way to be healed, but her physical condition embarrassed her.

God had done a great thing for her. He should get the credit.

 

Vs. 48 – Notice that God honored the woman’s faith.

              Jesus encouraged her to be of good comfort.

Her faith in Him had caused her to be healed.

She was to go in peace.

JESUS IS AVAILABLE TO THE HEARTBROKEN 

Vs. 49 – “Too late Jairus! It’s all over! She’s gone! Don’t

                 trouble the Master any more!”

Oh, the heartache!

Oh, the agony!

Oh, the disappointment!

Vs. 50 – But Jesus is there to say, “Don’t be afraid, Jairus.”

“Just believe, Jairus!”

“I will heal her, Jairus!”

Now, what about our heartbreaks?

Does every problem get fixed?

Does every sick person get better?

Quite frankly, the answer is “no”.

However the message is the same for us as it is for Jairus.

“Don’t be afraid!”

“Just believe!”

“I will heal!”

If you trust Him, the Lord Jesus will heal your broken heart.

If you trust Him, Jesus will give you peace.

The miracle He will perform will be in your heart!

JESUS IS AVAILABLE TO THE HOPELESS

 

Vs. 51 – Jesus entered the house privately.

Vs. 52 – There was such a thing as professional mourners.

               They came in immediately to lament the death of a person.  And burial would happen almost immediately.

This was a hopeless situation.

And yet Jesus says, “Don’t weep. She’s only asleep.”

Vs. 53 – They laughed Jesus to scorn, they mocked him. They knew that she really was dead.

And friends, people will mock you when you have hope in a hopeless situation.

Vs. 54-55 – He put the scorners out. They missed witnessing a miracle, because of their unbelief.

I wonder how many miracles we’ve missed because of our unbelief?

Vs. 56 – The child’s parents were astonished. You would have been too.  This was a different situation than the woman with the hemorrhage.  She needed to make her situation known, because she was sneaking around.  Jairus had already publicly shown his faith.

JESUS IS AVAILABLE TO THE HEAVYHEARTED 

JESUS IS AVAILABLE TO THE HELPLESS 

JESUS IS AVAILABLE TO THE HEARTBROKEN 

JESUS IS AVAILABLE TO THE HOPELESS

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ROMANS 8:1-4 – WHAT A WIN (VICTORY)!

THE PROMISE – Vs. 1

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

THE PRINCIPLE – Vs. 2   

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

THE POWER – Vs. 3

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

THE PURPOSE – Vs. 4

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

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