SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF JUNE 8, 2020
June 8, 2020, 4:00 PM

SERMON SEEDS

S23 – THE WEEK JUNE 8, 2020

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PSALM 3 – DAVID AND THE NEW NORMAL

SCRIPTURE READING – 2 SAMUEL 15:10-16, 23, 30

We have a relatively new term floating around. It is the “New Normal”. Lexico defines the New Normal as “A previously unfamiliar or atypical situation that has become standard, usual, or expected.”

Because of the Corona Virus, people are talking about a “New Normal” for business, churches, schools, sports, dining, and large gatherings. One of the examples of this new normal is wearing facemasks in stores and other places.

The new normal may be a new term, but it is an old happening. Anytime there is a major event such as a war, a pandemic, a huge natural disaster, or a major financial crisis, a new normal takes place. Things have to be done differently. Sometimes the old normal will return, sometimes, it never does.

As our Scripture Reading showed us, David’s son, Absalom, staged a revolt against His Father David. That caused David to flee for his life along with many loyal followers. It caused David to live in a new normal situation.

How did David handle this catastrophe? Psalm 3 shows that he handled his by relying on God as his personal burden bearer. David models four things for us to do as we turn to God as our own personal burden bearer during our “New Normal” caused by the Corona Virus.

Intro at top explains the situation.

BRING YOUR PROBLEMS TO GOD – Vss. 1-2

  • David is in trouble. This is an emergency prayer. He does not stop to praise as he usually does, but he is crying for help.
  • Due to the actions for his own son, almost everyone was against him, including his trust counselor, Ahithophel. 2 Samuel 16:23
  • David was written off by many as without hope and God-forsaken. Shimei 2 Samuel 16:6-12
  • When we face a new normal, we can come and pour out our fears and frustrations to God.

ACCEPT GOD’S PROTECTION – Vss. 3-4

  • If God is my shield, who is absorbing the blows intended for me.
  • If God is my glory, all my praise and purpose for living are centered in him.
  • If God lifts up my head, He’s honoring me, when others are condemning me. In the end, God wins!
  • Vs. 4 – Confidence in prayer is important. John 14:13-14, 21

EXPERIENCE GOD’S PEACE – Vss. 5-6

TRUST GOD’S POWER – Vss. 7-8

  1. Power to Defeat – Philippians 4:13
  2. Power to Save – Ephesians 2:8-9
  3. Power to Bless – Numbers 6:22-27

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1 SAMUEL 13 & 15 – THE SAUL IN US

I would be glad if the apostles John, Peter and Paul were members of my local church.

I would be pleased if Rahab, Esther or Ruth worshiped with our congregation.

I'd be delighted if Timothy, David or Mark were part of our Sunday gathering.

But I would be genuinely concerned if King Saul were to be in our assembly of believers!

For the prophet Samuel, Saul was trouble with a capital "T"! He caused the prophet much grief.

We must realize that, like Saul, we sinners. We must realize that we have the same capacity to sin as Saul. We must realize that, very possibly, some of Saul's sins are our sins!  We must examine our lives to make sure that there are none of the characteristics of Saul in our lives.  We must watch out for:

IMPATIENCE - 1 Samuel 13:8-9

Saul was having trouble with the Philistines. Samuel had told Saul to wait seven days.  The seventh day was not complete and Paul was impatient.  We must remember that there are times in our lives when God wants us to wait (Psalm 27:14). We must be careful not to be impatient with God's timing, because His timing is perfect!

INVOLVEMENT - 1 Samuel 13:9-13

Saul took matters into his own hands. Samuel was told to wait, and he didn't!

Saul took matters into his own hands because of:

1. Pressure of Circumstances Vs. 11

2. Promise delayed Vs. 11

3. Prospect of a "quick fix" or easy solution Vs. 12

What Saul did was foolish because he did not obey God! Vs. 13

IMPERFECTION - 1 Samuel 13:14

Saul did not have a perfect heart that sought after God.

We must be careful not to have a divided heart which one moment wants to please God, and the next moment wants to please ourselves.  James 1:8, Matthew 6:24, Psalm 16:4

INSURRECTION (REBELLION) - 1 Samuel 15:22

Saul was given specific instruction. 1 Samuel 15:1-3

Saul did not do exactly as he was told. 1 Samuel 15:7-9

Saul tried to cover up his sin with:

1. Smooth Words 1 Samuel 15:13

2. Feigned obedience 1 Samuel 15:13

3. Blaming Others 1 Samuel 15:15

4. Offering Sacrifice 1 Samuel 15:15

Samuel made it very clear to Saul that God is more concerned about obedience to Him than anything else we could possibly do for Him. Disobedience is rebellion against God. 1 Samuel 15:22-23

INSISTENCE (STUBBORNNESS) - 1 Samuel 15:23

Stubbornly insisting on having our own way is just as bad as iniquity and idolatry.

Let's make sure that there are no characteristics of Saul inside of us!

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JONAH 3 – RUNNING FOR GOD

#3 of 4 – PROPHET ON THE RUN – JONAH 

 

  • Is there ever a time for negative or “gloom and doom” preaching?
  • Why is “gloom and doom” preaching not popular?
  • Why is “gloom and doom” preaching not always appropriate? Jude 1:22-23
  • These passages are just a few examples of “gloom and doom” preaching:
  1. Isaiah 1:10-18
  2. Jeremiah 2:4-8
  3. Luke 3:3-8, 18
  4. Matthew 23:23-26
  5. John 3:16-20
  • Why was Jonah a good candidate to be a “gloom and doom” preacher?

After spending 3 days and nights in the belly of the great fish or whale, where he repented, God released Jonah (Jonah 2). Now, after running from God and running back to God, Jonah is now ready to run for God.

SECOND CHANCE (CALL) – JONAH 3:1-2

  • God repeated his call to Jonah.
  • Although there are times when disobedience will disqualify us from serving the Lord, God delights in forgiving and using us.
  • Peter and Paul are excellent example of God using repentant sinners.
  • We have all failed to heed God’s call at sometime or another. God is faithful to forgive and use us! 1 John 1:9, Revelation 2:4-5

SPEEDY OBEDIENCE – JONAH 3:3

  • Although Jonah did not like giving Nineveh a chance to repent, he learned his lesson. He was quick to obey.
  • We must remember to cheerfully and willingly obey when God calls us to do something, especially when we are repentant. Psalm 40:7-8
  • Remember, we are all sent with the Gospel message. Matthew 28:18-20

SIMPLE MESSAGE – JONAH 3:4

  • Jonah’s message was 8 words long in English.
  • Our Gospel message is also short. Christ Died for our sins. Christ was buried. Christ rose from the dead. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.
  • More important than the length of the message is the condition of the heart of the one proclaiming the message. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Galatians 6:1-2

SPIRITUAL RESULTS – JONAH 3:5-9

  • Vs. 5 – Notice it does not say they believed Jonah. They believed God.
  • Let us remember when we take a message to unbelievers and believers alike, we are to bring God’s message to them, not ours.
  • Vss. 6-8 – What is most significant is the behavior of the king. He not only repented himself but told others to repent.
  • Vs. 9 – Notice how the king threw himself fully at the mercy of God with a repentant, believing heart.
  • In light of our current situation, we need to seriously consider 2 Chronicles 7:14.

SPECTACULAR MERCY – JONAH 3:10

  • God is still a God of mercy! Nineveh was spared.
  • Let us pour out our hearts in prayer concerning out current situation.
  • Perhaps it is not too late for God to show us mercy.

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MATTHEW 9:23-27 – STORMY WEATHER

LIFE OF CHRIST #24

We all face trials and troubles often.  It is what Cole Porter called “Stormy Weather” in a song that he wrote. 

There were a couple of times when the disciples faced storms on the Sea of Galilee. 

As we look at this story about literal storm, we also learn lessons about the figurative storms that cause trials and troubles in our lives.  Let’s see what lessons we can learn this morning about stormy weather.

STORMY WEATHER IS BEST FACED WHEN JESUS IS IN THE BOAT

Vs. 23 – Think of the boat as our lives.

Although God is present everywhere, there is a special sense in which God is present in our lives.  When He indwells us, He has taken up special residence inside of us. John 14:16-17

God the Holy Spirit dwells inside of the Christian.

He is there to guide us, protect us, keep us, teach us, and comfort us.

And God has promised the Christian that this presence is unending! Hebrews 13:5-6

You have heard people say, and might have said yourself, “I wouldn’t want to face this problem without the Lord!”

How true!  If God is willing to take up residence in our lives through his Holy Spirit it would be dumb not to avail ourselves of His presence.

When you trust Christ as your payment for sins, you are what the Bible calls, born again, by the Spirit of God.  And God the Holy Spirit takes up residence in your life. Romans 8:9   

If you have truly trusted Christ as your Savior, you have God’s presence in your life no matter what the storm may be.  Make sure that you have Christ in the boat that is your life!   

STORMY WEATHER RESULTS FROM OBEDIENCE

Vs. 23 – The Lord Jesus entered the boat.  The disciples followed Him into the boat. It was the Lord Jesus who decided where they were going. Luke 8:22

The disciples ended up in a storm on the Sea of Galilee because they were following Jesus in obedience.

Of course, being obedient to God as a Christian and following Jesus’ leadership in our lives is the right thing to do. Luke 9:23-24

Following Jesus after trusting Him for forgiveness does not mean that it will be an easy life.  In fact, we will have storms. 2 Timothy 3:12, James 1:2-4

The storms that Jesus leads through will make us strong and mature.  And I’d rather follow Jesus in the middle of a storm than to not follow Jesus.  Being in the center of the Lord’s will is always the safest place to be.

But you’ll also face storms if you’re not obedient to God. 

Would you rather face storms being in the center of God’s will, or out of God’s will? Which makes the most sense?

STORMY WEATHER IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

Vs. 24 – I don’t have to tell you how dangerous storms can be.  Just consider hurricanes that have occurred over the last few years!

This storm was a very violent storm, and even seasoned fishermen like Peter, Andrew, James, and John were having trouble with it.

The storms of life which we face are also dangerous.

Sometimes we will be in physical danger because of persecution, accidents or illness.

Other times we are in emotional danger with our “storms” threatening to overwhelm us with fear and/or depression.

Other times we are in Spiritual danger, with Satan’s attacks challenging us to give up or to sin.

And this verse alludes to another danger.  We might be concerned because in the midst of the storm God appears to be asleep.  He does not seem to be responding to our problems during the storm.  He seems to be silent.

Our Lord Jesus was able to sleep because He had a human body that got tired.  He was also able to sleep because, being sinless, He had a clean conscience.  He was also able to sleep, because He quietly allowed Himself to rest in the hands of His loving Heavenly Father.

If you are doing what is right before the Lord, confessing your sins as a Christian, and striving to live for Him, don’t panic when God appears to be asleep. He’ll show Himself to be very much alive at just the right time.

STORMY WEATHER INVOKES FEAR AND PANIC

Vs. 25 – When storms come we tend to fear. And sometimes when storms come we will go into a panic.  The situation seems to be absolutely hopeless!

Humans tend to be fearful.  If we didn’t tend to be fearful, God would not have put so many verses in the Bible telling us not to be afraid. I’ll just give you two samples, but there are many more “do not fear” verses in the Bible. Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 41:10

We tend to fear and worry about what might happen but hasn’t happened.

We tend to fear and worry about the future.

We tend to fear and worry about the opinions of others.

We tend to fear and worry about our children, our parents, our spouses.

Then comes the times our problems are so real to us that they tend to overwhelm us.  We hit the panic mode.

Yes, many fears are justified.  But there is a proper way to handle fear.

These seasoned fishermen were literally in over their heads and they knew it, coming to Jesus in panic.

STORMY WEATHER REQUIRES PRAYER AND FAITH

Vs. 25 – The disciples awoke the Lord Jesus.

Their anxious prayer was an indication that they had come to the end of themselves, and that they had at least a little faith that Jesus could help.

I personally think that they waited too long to ask Jesus for help.  The moment things got a little stormy, I think they should have come to Him.

We are like that.  If things seem to be just a little stormy or troublesome, we’ll just worry over it and try to solve it ourselves, instead of bringing it to God right away.

But when problems get full blown, we come in a panic with a little, but not much faith that God can help. Philippians 4:6, James 1:5-8

Vs. 26 - Note that Jesus did not rebuke the disciples for waking Him up.  Like I said, I feel that He would have welcomed being woken up sooner.   

Notice our Lord’s calm rebuke in the midst of the storm.

He was not in a panic. He’s totally under control.  He can even take the time to rebuke the disciples before He did anything.  He is master of the situation.

Let’s remember when we give our stormy problems to God He is not in a panic.  He can solve the problem leisurely if He chooses to.  There is no reason to get in a dither or bent out of shape.

STORMY WEATHER REVEALS THE GLORY AND POWER OF GOD

Vs. 26 – Jesus said the word and there was perfect calm.

              It was like there had been no storm.

              There was no rocking of the waves that normally follow a storm. 

              There was perfect peace.

When Jesus speaks the Word there is perfect peace.

Sometimes the problem totally disappears, but more often than not the place where the greatest miracle has occurred is inside of us.

We are at peace.

God has calmed the ragging in our souls.

Vs. 27 – The disciples were absolutely amazed!  The Lord Jesus had done what they had never seen before.  A human being told the storm to cease and it did.  The winds obeyed Him! The waves obey Him.

They had a new appreciation for the power of Jesus!

They had a new appreciation for the glory of Jesus!

And when Jesus calms our storms, we too, should have a new appreciation for the power and glory of the Lord Jesus.

We should be amazed!

We should be filled with praise and worship.

We should be ready to trust Him when an even bigger storm comes.

STORMY WEATHER IS BEST FACED WHEN JESUS IS IN THE BOAT

STORMY WEATHER RESULTS FROM OBEDIENCE

STORMY WEATHER IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

STORMY WEATHER INVOKES FEAR AND PANIC

STORMY WEATHER REQUIRES PRAYER AND FAITH

STORMY WEATHER REVEALS THE GLORY AND POWER OF GOD

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JOHN 3:1-13 – NIGHT TALK

Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. The conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus shows us that:

NICODEMUS WAS SEARCHING - Vss. 1-2

Although we can't be sure exactly why Nicodemus came at night, it is obvious that Nicodemus is searching for something. Give Nicodemus credit for recognizing that he had a need and for coming to the right person.

JESUS WAS DEFINITE - Vs. 3

Nicodemus needed to be born again to see the kingdom of God.

NICODEMUS WAS STUMPED - Vs. 4

He did not grasp that Jesus was talking of a Spiritual birth.

JESUS WAS DESCRIPTIVE - Vss. 5-8

He gave more information about the new birth.

NICODEMUS WAS SURPRISED - Vs. 9

JESUS WAS DEMANDING - Vss. 10-13

Nicodemus as a master teacher in Israel (perhaps the master teacher) should have grasped what Jesus was talking about.

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PHILIPPIANS 2:12-16 – THE WORKOUT

Many people in America “workout”.  They have a routine that might include walking, running, aerobics, swimming or going to the gymnasium.  Christians are also called to do some working out in our text.

After calling for humble, loving unity in Philippians 2:1-4, Paul reminds us of the example of Christ’s humility in verses 5-8, and his future exaltation in Verses 9-11. Next Paul calls for diligence in the way we live our lives.

THE PRINCIPLE OF WORKING OUT – Vs. 12

  • Paul commends the Philippians for their past and current obedience.
  • He desires that they obey what he is saying now with the same diligence.
  • It says to “work out”, not “work for” your salvation. Ephesians 2:8-10
  • A workout strengthens something that is already there and sees it through to completion. 2 Peter 3:18
  • “And we are to do it with 'fear and trembling,' because so much is involved for ourselves and for others, for evermore, if the work is left incomplete.”
    F.B. Meyer, The Epistle to the Philippians: A Devotional Commentary.

THE POWER FOR WORKING OUT – Vs. 13

  • One of the greatest gifts we receive when we are saved is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. 1 Corinthians 12:13, John 14:15-18, Zechariah 4:6, Acts 1:8,
  • It is the Spirit’s work within that enables us to complete our workout.

THE PURITY OF WORKING OUT – Vs. 14-15

  • We should work out without complaining or grumbling. Exodus 17:3-7
  • “Disputing” – “inward reasoning of the mind” – questioning – dialogue – in this case it is arguing with God – “In this context the word points to the reasoning that goes on in the human heart in rebellion to God’s will.” (James Montgomery Boice)
  • Vs. 15 - Blameless – “without defect or blemish” – Dottie’s once overs, God’s once over’s – Psalm 139:23-24
  • Harmless means innocent.   
  • We should allow God’s Spirit to work inside us show we show ourselves to be “children of God” who are without fault or beyond reproach.
  • We are to do this as shining lights before “a crooked and perverse generation”.

Matthew 5:14-16

THE PRODUCTIVITY OF WORKING OUT – Vs. 16

  • As Christians we hold forth the “word of life” to those who need salvation.
  • When we work out successfully we allow our mentors, pastors and teachers to rejoice in the “Day of Christ”, when rewards are handed out for faithful service. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, Philippians 4:1

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COLOSSIANS 1:14-19 - THE STAR OF THE SHOW

This morning, there is a show going on throughout America.  The show, is actually many shows meeting as the church.  Who is the star of the show?

Is it the song leader, worship team leader, choir director?

Is it a special soloist, a choir, or a visiting musical group?

Is it the trustees, deacons and/or elders?

Is it the pastor of the church?

Is it a guest speaker?

All too often in local churches there are those who wouldn't necessarily admit it, but they consider themselves to be the stars of the show.  And there are people in the congregation who attend church because of a musical personality or because of the talents of the preacher.

In reality, however, there is to be only one star of the show.  And that star of the show is the one whom we have gathered to worship and to serve, that is our Lord Jesus Christ.

When Jesus is the star, God the Father gets the glory. Ephesians 3:21

In order to help us focus better when we come to worship, and to help us understand why the Lord Jesus Christ is the star of the show, I turn your direction to Colossians 1:14-19.

HE IS REDEEMER - Vs. 14

Vs. 14 - You and I were under a death sentence because of our sins. Romans 6:23,

The Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son, died in our place for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21

When Jesus died for our sins, his blood was shed for our sins.1 Peter 1:18-19

The word translated "redemption" refers to someone being set free because of the paying of a price.  Because of the payment blood of Christ, the person who trusts Christ as Savior is set free from bondage to sin and set free from the punishment for sin.  

With redemption comes forgiveness for sins. The charges of sin against us have been dismissed!

There is only one requirement for being redeemed and forgiven.

You must trust Jesus as your Savior, your way to Heaven.

You must believe that it is He who died for your sins, and that He is your only hope of Heaven. John 3:16

HE IS REFLECTOR - Vs. 15a

So many times we have said, or heard it said, "He's just like his father!"  In the case of Jesus, this statement is absolutely true! 

Vs. 15a - He is the image of the invisible God.  Do you want to know what God is like?  He is the exact duplicate!  How can Jesus be an exact duplicate?  He is God in the flesh!

John 1:1-2, John 1:14, John 14:9

What a great privilege it is for us Christians to study and learn from the Lord Jesus who is the reflector of who God is.

HE HAS RANK - Vs. 15b

According to verse 15, not only is the Lord Jesus The image of the invisible God, but the firstborn of every creature.   

In many societies, current and historical, there is rank and privilege that goes with being the first born.

Jesus of course is eternal. He has always existed. John 1:2

Charles Erdman - "'Firstborn' here means two things: priority in time and supremacy in place or position. Christ existed before the Creation, but He held the rank commonly assigned to the 'firstborn,' the rank of eminence and dominion.  Christ is thus declared to be the universal sovereign." Charles Erdman, The Epistles of Paul to the Colossians and to Philemon, © 1966 by W.L. Jenkins, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Page 52   

The Lord Jesus Christ outranks us all!

In this church and in our lives, we are to treat the Lord Jesus as preeminent. He's the star of the show.

HE IS RESPONSIBLE - Vss. 16-17

Vs. 16 - The Lord Jesus is responsible for two things mentioned in verses 16-17.  The first thing He is responsible for is creation.

The things that we can see in Heaven, He created.

The things that we can not see in Heaven, He created.

The things that you can see on earth, He created.

The things that you can not see on earth, He created.

Please don't miss the last line of the text.

All things were created by him, and for him. Revelation 4:11

You were created by and for the Lord Jesus Christ.

He didn't create you to please yourself, or to please anyone else, but to please Him!   

However, when we do please the Lord, we and everyone else will be best served.

According to Romans 12:2 says that the will of God is "good and acceptable and perfect".

Proverbs 16:7 - When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

So, the best question you can ask yourself, especially when you are considering doing something different or questionable, is "Is the Lord Jesus pleased with what I am doing?"   

Not only is "The Star of the Show", the Lord Jesus responsible for creation.  He is also responsible for holding everything together.

Colossians 1:17 - And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

The Lord Jesus is the glue that holds the universe together!

And let me tell you something even more comforting than that.

The Lord Jesus wants to be the glue that holds your life together.  Just as molecules could fly apart if the Lord Jesus didn't hold them together, you life will fall apart if the Lord Jesus doesn't hold it together. 

The Lord Jesus is responsible for creating the universe and for holding everything together.

HE IS RULER - Vss. 18-19

Vs. 18 - In the New Testament the church is sometimes viewed as a body, the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13, 27

Think of the head as the control center of the body.  There are several body parts that you can do without and still survive, but not the head.  That's where the computer is, your brain, that runs everything else!   

As the head of the body, the church, Christ is the ruler!

He is in control.  He has every right to tell you and I, and this church what to do! He is the star of the show.

He is the firstborn from the dead.  Again, we are thinking of rank.  He is first in position and authority when it comes to resurrection.  Nobody else's resurrection has been or will be as grand as His. Ephesians 1:19-23, 

Colossians 1:18 - And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

When you get to Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ will have preeminence in your life. He will be the star of the show.

What Jesus wants from us right now is for us to allow him to be in our hearts and in our church, what He already is in the universe, the preeminent ruler.   

He won't be truly the star of the show called the church, until He is the star of the show that is your life.

Colossians 1:19 - For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

All that is God is found in Christ.

He is the ruler.

He is the star of the show!

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