SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 15, 2021
March 16, 2021, 6:00 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

T11 – FOR WEEK OF 3/15/21

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JOHN 10:1-16 – MEET ABUNDANCE!

MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN #19

We like it when there is an abundance of good things.  We are happy when there is an abundance of things to eat, things to do, clothes to wear, etc.  The best abundance, however, comes from the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ.  He provides:

ABUNDANT LEADERSHIP – John 10:1-5

  • He comes. Vss. 1-2
  • He calls. Vs. 3
  • He chaperones. Vss. 4-5

ABUNDANT LIFE – John 10:7-10

  • Salvation - Vss. 7-9
  • Sanctification – Vss. 9-10

  ABUNDANT LOVE – John 10:11-16

  • Undertaking for the sheep Vss. 11-13, 15
  • Understanding of the sheep Vs. 14
  • Uniting the sheep – Vs. 16

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PSALM 139 - GOD IS REAL

Sometimes people picture God as a fictitious character.

Other times, people say they believe in God, but act like He doesn't exist.

The Christian needs to realize that God is real!

When he realizes this, he will tend to act in a godly way.

GOD IS REAL - HE PERCEIVES WHAT IS HAPPENING. - Vss. 1-6

One who can perceive has a special kind of knowledge. A perceptive person just knows things when others miss them. There is nobody more perceptive than God is, because he knows everything.

  1. He knows my heart. Vs. 1
  2. He knows my thoughts. Vs. 2
  3. He knows my actions. Vs. 3
  4. He knows my words. Vs. 4
  5. He knows everything about me. Vss. 5-6

GOD IS REAL - HE IS PRESENT WHEREVER I GO. - Vss. 7-12

GOD IS REAL - HE IS POWERFUL. - Vss. 13-18

  1. Power in creation. Vss. 13-16
  2. Power towards His children. Vss. 17-18

GOD IS REAL - HE HAS A PLAN FOR MY LIFE. - Vss. 19-24

  1. God hates sin and want me to hate sin. Vss. 19-22
  2. God wants us to allow Him to search, know, and correct us. Vss. 23-24

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PROVERBS 10:18-21 – CHOOSING YOUR WORDS

Each day we make many choices. We choose what we want to eat. We choose our friends. We choose our activities. We chose how we are going to behave.  One of the big choices we make constantly is our choice of words.  We choose what kind of words we are going to use.

God places value on our words, and our text tells us that our words reap results (Galatians 6:7)

REPULSIVE WORDS ARE FOOLISH Vs. 18

There are two types of repulsive words mentioned here.

There are lies which hide hatred.

There is slander.

The result of these word choices is that the person who uses these types of words is pronounced a "fool".

RESTRAINED WORDS ARE WISE Vs. 19

A person who continues to pour out words without thought will not lack for sin in his life. However the person who restrains, or holds back words, and chooses the ones he uses carefully, will be a wise man.

RIGHTEOUS WORDS ARE VALUABLE Vss. 20-21

The words of a just man are like silver.

The lips of a righteous man are encouraging to others. They "feed many".

 

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LUKE 5:18-26 – A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

A paralytic needed help getting to Jesus. He got some help from his friends. This story should encourage us to get our sin-sick friends to Jesus for salvation.

OBJECTIVE - Vs. 18 - Get the man to Jesus!

OBSTACLE - Vs. 19 - He was in a house, and the crowd was too large.

ORIGINALITY - Vs. 19 - They took him through the ceiling.

OBSERVATION - Vs. 20 - Jesus saw their faith.

OMNIPOTENCE - Vss. 21-26 - As God, Jesus forgave and healed him.

 

How will you help your friends get to Jesus?

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JOHN 20:19-29 – IN THE ROOM

LIFE OF CHRIST #59

In John 20:19-29 we find Jesus doing things for the Apostles that He still does for us.  These are things that make Him a wonderful Savior, Master, and Lord.

In our resurrection studies in the Life of Christ, we’ve already been “At the Tomb” and “On the Road” with the risen Lord.  Now we are “In the Room”, the Upper Room, discovering that:

JESUS COMFORTS – Vss. 19-20

Vs. 19 – The doors were shut.  This was a private, secret meeting.  By now the Jewish leaders knew that the tomb was empty.  It would seem very possible that the Jews would come looking for the Apostles to start persecuting them.  The Apostles, no doubt feared for their lives.

Suddenly, Jesus appeared among them in the room.  He hadn’t knocked. He hadn’t walked through the door. He hadn’t made any noise. He just appeared.

The first words out of Jesus’ mouth were the typical Jewish greeting, “Peace be with you.”

These words for these disciples were more than a typical Jewish greeting. It was Jesus’ plan for their lives that they would live in peace, no matter what was going on.

Jesus comes and the first thing He says is “Peace”.

He gave no rebuke, or tirade.

He did not scream “How could you!”

He did not lay a “guilt trip” on them.

Instead, he says, “Peace.”

My dear friend, Jesus comes to give you peace. Romans 5:1, John 14:27, John 16:33

Vs. 20 – In the Upper Room, it was time for “show and tell”.  The Lord Jesus showed them the wounds. I imagine that he even invited them to touch, to feel, to see, that indeed he had died, but now he had risen from the dead. 

…Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord.

Of course they were glad.  Their master, whom they knew had been dead was now alive!

My friend, you too will be glad when you see the Lord!

First, you need to see Him as your Savior, trusting Him for forgiveness and eternal life. That will make you glad!

Then on a daily basis you will be glad as you see the Lord!

Look for Him as you pray.

Look for Him as you read your Bible.

Look for Him as you worship in church.

Look for Him as you listen to a sermon.

Look for Him as you visit with friends.

Look for Him in nature.

The more you see the Lord Jesus Christ in your daily life the happier you will be.

The Lord Jesus wants it to be that way.  John 14:16-18

JESUS COMMISSIONS – Vss. 21-23   

Vs. 21 – Jesus again wishes peace on his disciples.  This is my own personal opinion, but I believe that Jesus repeated the wish of peace because of the challenges that were ahead for the disciples and us.  Sharing the Gospel and facing the opposition will often be dangerous and/or frustrating, but when we are going for Jesus, we go in His peace.

…As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

 

  • The Father sent the Lord Jesus from the comfort of Heaven.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us from the comfort of our own little world.
  • The Father sent Jesus to a lost and dying world.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us to a lost and dying world.
  • The Father sent Jesus to represent the Father.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us to represent Him.
  • The Father sent Jesus to those who would accept Him.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us to those who will accept Him and us.
  • The Father sent Jesus to those who would reject Him.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us to those who will reject Jesus and us.
  • The Father sent the Lord Jesus with the Gospel.
  • The Lord Jesus sends us with that same great Gospel. John 3:16, Mark 16:15

Vs. 22 – Jesus did something very interesting here. There is much controversy as whether the words of Jesus were fulfilled right then or at Pentecost.  Actually, it really doesn’t matter, but I feel that it was at Pentecost.

I believe that Jesus was symbolically telling the disciples what was going to happen. God, the Holy Spirit would be the power behind the ministry of his followers, both the disciples and us. Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 5:18-21

Vs. 23 – This verse is not telling the believer that he has the authority to decide who is forgiven and who is not forgiven of their sins.

The Christian as he goes and shares the Gospel with others can and should announce that a person is truly forgiven of sin if he or she has turned to Christ and trusted Him as Savior. Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 16:31

We also have the authority to tell the person who refuses to trust Christ as Savior that their sins are not forgiven. John 3:17-18

JESUS CONFIRMS – Vss. 24-28

Vs. 24 – Thomas missed church! Look what He missed! J

We don’t know why Thomas was absent.  Some people handle grief differently than others.  Perhaps Thomas felt too miserable to be around others.

Vs. 25 – You can image the joy with which the disciples share with Thomas, whose name means “twin”, that they had seen the Lord.

You can also imagine the sadness they experienced when Thomas responded with the words, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Thomas was a loyal disciple, and perhaps a pessimist. John 11:16   

But was Thomas any different from the other disciples?  Not really.  Most of them struggled with unbelief as well, before they saw the risen Lord.  

Vs. 26 – I find it interesting that the Lord Jesus did not appear to Thomas immediately. He had to wait 8 days before Jesus would give him his wish.

Perhaps Thomas needed 8 days for heart preparation so his heart would be soft when Jesus did appear to Him.

When the Lord confirms things to us, he doesn’t always do it immediately.

Sometimes He will delay in giving us directions, or speaking the specific word of comfort, or giving the “sign” that we need.

I believe He does it that way so that we have time to think, pray, and trust Him, even if we don’t have an immediate answer.

When Jesus did appear, He began by again assuring the disciples, including Thomas, of His bequest of peace. 

I’m so glad that the Lord Jesus through His Word, His Spirit, and Christian friends is constantly reassuring us of His peace, even in times of stress.

Vs. 27 – Jesus invites Thomas to do exactly what He said he wanted to do in order to believe.  “Come, Thomas help yourself! Examine my wounds! Stop being faithless! Start believing!”

The Lord is very creative, and will do what He needs to do to confirm to you that He is here and has not forsaken you!

Vs. 28 – Give Thomas credit.  When the risen Christ became real to Him, the Lord Jesus had his total allegiance.

Whether he actually placed His hands in the side and hands of the Lord Jesus, nobody knows for sure.

But what we do know is that Thomas was totally convinced of the resurrection and totally committed to Christ’s deity and Lordship.

When the Lord Jesus confirms that He is alive and well, and a vital part of your life, your response should be the same, “My Lord and my God!”  He is worthy of total allegiance on our part.

JESUS CHALLENGES – Vs. 29

Vs. 29 – This challenge is not for Thomas, it’s for us!

Thomas believed because he saw.

We have the blessing of believing without seeing Jesus Christ literally raised from the Dead.

There is a special joy given to each of us when take that step of belief, based on what the Word of God says.

Romans 10:17 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

1 Peter 1:8 - Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Have you experienced the joy that comes with believing without seeing?  This morning is your morning of opportunity to trust Christ as your Savior, if you have never done so before.   

JESUS COMFORTS – Vss. 19-20

JESUS COMMISSIONS – Vss. 21-23

JESUS CONFIRMS – Vss. 24-28

JESUS CHALLENGES – Vs. 29

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ROMANS 5:6-9 Etc. – FIVE UNSHAKEABLE TRUTHS

If you use this as a prayer meeting or Bible Study you can ask the following questions.

  • What causes Christians to get depressed?
  • Does worry ever have anything to do with depression?
  • How can we handle non-clinical depression in a Biblical way?

One way that helps our mental outlook is to think on things that are true. Philippians 4:8

Here are 5 unshakeable truths that do not change no matter what happens in my life.

WE HAVE AN UNSHAKEABLE REDEMPTION 

Romans 5:6-9, 1 Peter 18-19

WE HAVE AN UNSHAKEABLE REGENERATION 

John 3:1-8, 1 Peter 1:23

WE HAVE AN UNSHAKEABLE RESURRECTION 

1 Corinthians 15:1-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18

WE HAVE AN UNSHAKEABLE RESERVE 

Romans 8:35-39, Hebrews 13:5

(Christ abides in us, and we abide in Christ.)

WE HAVE AN UNSHAKEABLE RESIDENCE - Revelation 21:1-5, Revelation 22:1-5

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TITUS 1:1-4 - A FORMIDABLE TEAM

GODLY LIVING IN THE CHURCH #1 - A COMPLETE LESSON

  • In what ways is this a Godly church?
  • In what ways could this church be more Godly?
  • Why should Godliness be important to our church?
  • How will teamwork help a church become more Godly?

THE BOOK OF TITUS

  • After Paul had been released after his first Roman imprisonment he evidently spent time doing evangelistic work on the Isle of Crete.
  • Crete is about 160 miles long and up to 35 miles wide sitting in the Mediterranean Sea southeast of Greece.
  • When Paul left Crete churches had been established on the Isles.  These churches would have been rather young and immature, needing further training. 
  • Titus, an able assistant to Paul, was left to train and supervise these young churches.
  • Not only was Paul’s epistle a personal letter of encouragement and instruction to young “Pastor Titus”, but it was a letter that was to be read publicly.  This letter helped give Titus the authority to do what he had to do to establish Godly principles within the church.
  • The Book of Titus helps us learn how Godly living is to be practiced in the church.

In Titus 1:1-4 we are introduced to a formidable team of a veteran servant of God and a faithful protégé, both committed to the establishment of Godly churches.

1. THE PERSON

Titus 1:1 - Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ,

  • Why is the way a Christian views himself important?
  • What are some of the unhealthy views a Christian can have of himself?
  • Why is being a “servant” (bond slave) of God a healthy view of oneself for a Christian to have?
  • How did Paul’s being a willing slave to God impact his life?
  • How will viewing ourselves as God’s slave complicate our lives?
  • How will viewing ourselves as God’s slave simplify our lives?
  • Why should we want to be God’s slaves?
  • Suppose each Christian in our church sincerely views himself as and acts as a slave to God and our Lord Jesus Christ.  How will that effect Godly living within the church?
  • Paul was also an “apostle”.  An apostle is “one sent” by God. The apostles had seen the risen Lord, and were witnesses of the resurrection.
  • Paul probably wanted to establish his authority as an apostle in order to help Timothy when he dealt with sticky church issues.  If Paul was an apostle and Timothy was working under Paul’s direction, Timothy had the authority to do what he needed to do to bring about Godliness in the church.
  • What does a pastor have authority to do in the local church?
  • How and when should he exercise this authority?

2. THE PURPOSE

Titus 1:1 - …according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

  • As a bond slave to God and an apostle, Paul had two purposes mentioned here.
  • First, he was to be an evangelist. He was to be concerned with bringing the Gospel to “God’s elect”.
  • Who are “God’s elect?” John 3:16, Ephesians 1:3-6
  • Does anyone get to Heaven without personally trusting Jesus Christ as Savior? John 3:36, 1 John 5:12
  • What is the responsibility of the church in evangelism? Mark 16:15
  • What impact should the “doctrine of election” have on our witnessing?
  • Paul’s second purpose was to stress the truth according to Godliness.  Paul was to train those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior to live according to God’s truth which produces Godly living.
  • Who was Paul’s authority in teaching Godly living? What is ours?
  • Why is not striving to live a Godly life inconsistent with claiming to be a Christian?
  • Why should we want to live Godly lives?
  • Why should we want to help other Christians live Godly lives?

3. THE PERSPECTIVE

Titus 1:2 - In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

  • According to this verse, what is neat about eternal life?
  • What do you think the word “hope” means here?
  • How did this hope motivate Paul to evangelize and teach Godly living?
  • How and why should this same hope motivate us?

4. THE PROCLAMATION

Titus 1:3 - But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

  • What is preaching?
  • Why is preaching important? 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, 
  • 2 Timothy 4:2
  • What makes a person a good preacher?
  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
  • Why should “preachers” be nervous? James 3:1,
  • 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
  • Why is preaching important in the local church today?
  • How can you help the preacher “watch for your soul?” Hebrews 13:17

5. THE PARTNER

Titus 1:4 - To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

  • Paul was a “spiritual father” to Titus. He probably led Titus to the Lord.
  • Titus is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, but we know from Galatians 2:1-3 that he was a Gentile who was not circumcised.
  • Titus, like Timothy, worked under Paul and often went on various assignments as an extension of Paul’s ministry.
  • Why should Godly men and women have protégés?
  • Why did Titus especially need “grace, mercy, and peace?”
  • How is God the source of “grace, mercy, and peace?”

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CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN LIVING

We want to be consistent in our Christian living for the Lord, and so often we fall short.  There are two key concepts, often linked together in the New Testament, which when practiced, will enable us to live consistently. The two key concepts are DEATH AND DEPENDENCE.

Luke 9:23

DEATH - And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,

DEPENDENCE - and follow me.

John 12:24-26

DEATH - Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. [25] He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

DEPENDENCE - [26] If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Romans 6:10-14

DEATH - For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. [11] Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. [12] Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

DEPENDENCE - [13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. [14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 8:3-4

DEATH - 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:

DEPENDENCE - [4] That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Galatians 2:19-20

DEATH - For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. [20] I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:

DEPENDENCE - and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Galatians 5:16, 22-24

DEPENDENCE - [16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

DEATH - [24] And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Philippians 3:8-14

DEATH - Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

DEPENDENCE - [9] And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: [10] That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; [11] If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. [12] Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. [13] Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:1-4

DEPENDENCE - If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. [2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

DEATH - [3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. [4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.  

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