SERMON SEEDS
July 10, 2018, 6:29 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 7/9/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q25 – THE WEEK OF JULY 7, 2018

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JOHN 12:1-8 – SHE UNDERSTOOD

 

Dave Branon - In the summer of 2005, I led a group of high school students on a missions trip to Jamaica. Our goal was to build a playground at a school for deaf children in that beautiful island country.

Many of our students had previously visited the school and played with the kids. But one of our teenagers had a special connection to the Jamaican children. Chelsea too grew up in a world of quiet. Deaf since birth, she didn't hear a sound until she was 11, when she received a cochlear implant. Now able to hear about 30 percent of the sounds around her, Chelsea understood the deaf in ways our other students could not. She had true empathy. http://www.rbc.org/devotionals/our-daily-bread/2006/10/16/devotion.aspx

Marcie (not her real name) had broken up with her boyfriend, and now he was harassing her. He followed her, stared at her, and intimidated her in subtle ways. She avoided him as much as she could.

One place she could not escape his gaze was at football games, because she was a cheerleader. During one game, he stood at field level right in front of the cheerleading squad and stared at her as she did her routines. Her mom and stepdad, sitting in the stands, saw him there and realized that she was getting more and more afraid.

At a break, she ran into the stands, her eyes filled with panic. “Do you see him over there?” she blurted out. “Yes, I do,” her stepdad said. “I’m watching, and I will not take my eyes off you.” Relieved that he saw what was going on and understood how she was feeling, Marcie calmed down and went back to her station. (SOURCE UNKNOWN BY ME)                                              

Three accounts of the same event: Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:1-9, John 12:1-8

Mary of Bethany was a unique individual. It is possible that nobody understood Jesus better than her.

 

MARY UNDERSTOOD THE VALUE OF THE LORD JESUS

Vss. 3, 4-6, 8

 

Vs. 3 – Nard was a perfume made from the root and spike of a plant found in India. Because the perfume was imported from India, it was all the more expensive. Little less than a Coke can. Alabaster – “This stone was usually crystalline stalagmitic rock or carbonate of lime…         The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

 

Vss. 5-6 – Judas complained. The value of the Spikenard was about 300 days’ wages, about $17,000 in our economy.

 

Vs. 8 – Jesus reminded the disciples. “The poor you’ll always have, but you won’t always have me.

 

Mary’s gift had extreme value. Mary understood that Jesus was worth every penny.

Mary understood Jesus’ deity and as we’ll see in a moment, the great sacrifice He was about to make.

How valuable is the Lord Jesus to you?

 

MARY UNDERSTOOD THE PLAN OF THE LORD JESUS

Vs. 7

Mark 10:32-34 - The disciples were told but didn’t understand.

Luke 10:39 – Mary understood because she sat and listened.

 

MARY UNDERSTOOD WORSHIP OF THE LORD JESUS

Vs. 3 – Mark 14:8 – whole body was probably anointed.

John 4:23-24 describes true worship.

 

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PLEASURES FOREVERMORE - REVELATION 21:1-22:5

 

IF THESE NOTES LOOK FAMILIAR, IT IS BECAUSE THE BULK OF THESE PREACHING NOTES CAME FROM MY REVELATION SERIES, LESSON #19

LINK TO AUDIO AT END OF NOTES.

 

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

 

PLACE – 21:1-2

 

  • The old Heavens and Earth will be destroyed. Revelation 20:11, 2 Peter 3:10
  • Vs. 1 – A new Heaven and a new earth will be created and appear after the old ones are destroyed.
  • One of the new features of the new creation will be the absence of the sea. It appears that life in this new Heaven and earth will not be based on water.
  • Vs. 2 – New Jerusalem, created by God, will descend to be the premier city in the New Heavens and earth. This is the city that Abraham looked for. Hebrews 11:10
  • This new city appears as a “bride adorned for her husband”.  It appears that in the Eternal State both redeemed Israel and the church will be the bride. All believers will have access to this city. Revelation 21:24-27

 

PROCLAMATION – 21:3-8

 

  • Vs. 3 – A great voice makes a great proclamation. God will tabernacle or “pitch his tent” with His people. God will not be far off in any way. His presence with His people will be a glorious reality that anybody in this world is yet to experience!
  • Vs. 4 – Sin will be absent.  Because sin will be absent, tears will also be absent.
  • Death, sorrow, crying, and pain will all be things of the past.
  • Vs. 5 – All things will be made new! We can’t begin to fathom what that newness will be like, but we know that it is going to happen. 
  • It appears that John was overwhelmed and stopped recording his vision. He was commanded to write because the words are “true and faithful”.  God’s Word can be trusted. Mark 13:31
  • Vs. 6 – In our new resurrection bodies, physical thirst will not be an issue. Our spiritual thirst will be satisfied continually and fully. John 4:13-14, 7:37-39
  • Vs. 7 – The true believer is the one who overcomes.  He’ll inherit all things! Best of all, the true and living God will be his God, and he will be God’s son.
  • Vs­. 8 – Heaven is not for everyone! This verse gives a list of those who will not enter into the New Jerusalem. These people, who never turned from their sins to true faith will have their part in the Lake of Fire.

 

PREVIEW – 21:9-21

 

  • Vs. 9 – John is invited to view the New Jerusalem. In this case it is the city that is viewed as “the bride”, because it is the place where the bride will dwell.
  • Vs. 10 – The New Jerusalem will descend from God and will be like no other city. Some feel that this city will appear during the Millennial Kingdom suspended in space. There is not solid Scriptural evidence for this.
  • Vs. 11 – This city will be brilliant, having the glory of God. The jasper here is more like a perfect diamond, beautifully reflecting the glory of God.
  • Vss. 12-13 – The city will have 12 gates, each guarded by an angel and each bearing the name of a tribe of Israel. This indicates to me that this city is home for believing Israel.
  • Vs. 14 – There are twelve foundations, one for each apostle, indicating to me that this city is home for the church.
  • Vss. 15-17 The city is in the shape of a cube. It is approximately 1, 380 miles wide, long, and high!
  • Vs. 18 – This city will be made of the most perfectly cut translucent diamond like stones, and the purest gold anyone can imagine.
  • Vss. 19-20 – Precious stones of all types will make up the foundations.
  • Vs. 21 – Each gate will be a huge pearl!

 

PREEMINENCE – 21:22-23

 

  1. Vs. 22 – There will be no need for a temple in Heaven. God the Father and God the Son will be present, visible, and even approachable.
  2. Imagine how pure and glorious worship will be in this temple.
  3. Vs. 23 – There is no need for sun or moon. The Glory of God the Father and God the Son will illuminate the city brilliantly. Imagine the reflection of that glory on all the translucent stones, pearl, and pure gold.
  4. It is the preeminent presence of God that will make this city shine!

 

PEACE – 21:24-27

 

  • Vs. 24 – The word “nations” means gentiles. Evidently those saved gentiles who are not part of the church or Israel will be the inhabitants of the earth.
  • Those who are leaders of the earth will come to the city, giving their honor and glory to God.
  • Vs. 25 – There will be no need to shut the gates.  There will be no threats of enemy attacks, and there is no night there.
  • Vs. 26 – The city will be open to all nations who will bring their honor and glory inside.
  • Vs. 27 – This city will only house the redeemed!  There will be no sin or unregenerate sinners entering in.

 

PARADISE – 22:1-5

 

  • Vs. 1 – There will be a special river proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb. This river will provide spiritual life for the inhabitants of the city.
  • Vs. 2 – The Tree of Life, once in Eden, is now in Jerusalem. It will bear 12 different kinds of fruit and its leaves will be for the health of the nations. The richness of Heaven will be enhanced by this tree.
  • Vs. 3 – In Heaven there will be no curse. God the Father and Son will be present, and we, His servants, will joyfully serve Him!
  • Vs. 4 – The most remarkable thing of all, we shall finally see God! Wow!
  • We will bear His mark on our foreheads. We will proudly display His ownership.
  • Vs. 5 – Light will come from God.
  • We will reign with God for all eternity! Hallelujah!

 

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1 KINGS 18:1-16 – OBADIAH, LAYMAN OF DISTINCTION

GOOD (FAITHFUL) SERVANT FOR BAD TIMES #4

  • I'm not sure I like the term "layman", because it implies such a big distinction between those called "clergy".  When we divide Christianity into classes, such as "clergy" and "laity", we are implying that the clergy are full time Christians, and the laymen are not. This just isn't so!
  • Let us define a layman as a full-time Christian who is not being supported by God's people financially.
  • In our text we meet a layman who worked in the court of a wicked king.
  • He managed to maintain his testimony and serve the Lord in the hardest of circumstances.
  • Some say that Obadiah was a compromiser working for an ungodly king and keeping a low profile. What do you think? 
  • Who else kept a low profile and served the Lord?

 

OBADIAH FEARED THE LORD GREATLY - Vss. 1-3

 

OBADIAH PROTECTED GOD'S SERVANTS - Vs. 4

 

OBADIAH RESPECTED GOD'S PROPHET - Vss. 5-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13,                  Hebrews 13:7

 

OBADIAH PROVED HE WAS HUMAN - Vss. 9-14

 

OBADIAH BELIEVED FROM HIS YOUTH - Vs. 12

 

OBADIAH OBEYED GOD'S MAN - Vss. 15-16, Hebrews 13:17

Note: The pastor is a leader, a servant, and an example, NOT A DICTATOR!  1 Peter 5:1-4,             1 Timothy 4:12-16

 

 

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PSALM 67 – WISHES

 

A WISH FOR THE FAVOR OF GOD – Vs. 1

 

A WISH FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD – Vs. 2

 

A WISH FOR THE PRAISE OF GOD – Vss. 3-5

 

A WISH FOR THE BEST OF GOD – Vss. 6-7

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ISAIAH 3:1-12 – THE JUDGMENT OF GOD

 

REMOVAL OF THE MATURE – Vss. 1-3

 

REPLACEMENT WITH CHILDREN – Vss. 4, 12

 

RESULTS OF GOD’S JUDGMENT – Vss. 5-7

 

REASONS FOR GOD’S JUDGMENT – Vss. 8-9

 

RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD’S JUDGMENT – Vss. 10-11

 

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MARK 2 – ACTION ON ISSUES

MARK FOR MEN – A COMPLETE SET OF STUDY NOTES

LESSON #3

THINK ABOUT IT!

  • If you found out that a friend of yours had deep financial problems, what would you do?  Why?
  • If you found out that a good Christian friend was being influenced by a cult, what would you do? Why?
  • If a friend came to you with a serious problem, what would you do? Why?
  • Are there specific issues that you feel Christians should take action on? Why?

REVIEW

In Mark 1 we saw Jesus as the servant in action.

We saw:

 

I. THE PREPARATION FOR SERVICE - Vss. 1-13

II. THE INITIATION OF SERVICE - Vss. 14-28

III. THE CHARACTER OF SERVICE - Vss. 29-45

 

In Mark 2 we see Jesus taking action on some key issues.  Jesus was never neutral.  He always stood for what is right!

I. THE SIN ISSUE

A. THE PARALYTIC ARRIVES - Vss. 1-4

  • A team of four men were taking action on an issue.  What was their issue?
  • What did their actions say about their attitude towards the paralytic?
  • How far should we go in trying to get a person to Jesus? 
  • What are some actions we might take to get someone to Jesus?
  • Why do you think it was that the crowd would not let these men get the paralytic to Jesus in a conventional way?  Do we ever keep people from coming to Jesus? How?

B. JESUS FORGIVES - Vs. 5

  • What did Jesus see that others often overlook?  Why was it so important to Jesus?
  • What does Jesus pronouncement tell you about the paralytic?
  • Why is forgiveness such a key issue?

C. THE SCRIBES QUESTION - Vss. 6-7

  • Who were the scribes and why were they there?
  • Why were they skeptical about Jesus' announcement?

D. JESUS CONFRONTS - Vss. 8-10

  1. Is it easier to truly forgive sins or to heal people?
  2. What purpose did Jesus have for healing this man?

E. JESUS HEALS - Vss. 11-12

II. THE SINNER ISSUE - Vss. 13-17

A. MATTHEW CALLED - Vss. 13-14

  • Tax collectors were greatly hated because they worked for the foreign Roman government, and because they were often dishonest.  Tax collectors made their profit by charging more than they had to pay to the Roman government.
  • Jesus called Matthew. What is so amazing about Matthew's response? Luke 5:28

B. MATTHEW ENTERTAINS - Vs. 15

  • Why do you think Matthew threw this party?  What was the guest list like?

C. LEADERS CRITICIZE - Vs. 16

  • Why did the Pharisees have a problem? Were they justified?
  • Should Christians socialize with non-Christians? Why?
  • Are Christians ever exclusive in their friendships?

D. JESUS EXPLAINS - Vs. 17

  • Should Christians go out of their way to make friends and socialize with non-Christians?  What should be our motive if we chose to do so?
  • In maintaining friendships with unsaved people, what do we have to beware of?

III. THE FASTING ISSUE - Vss. 18-22

  1. THE QUESTION - Vs. 18
  • The Pharisees believed in fasting twice a week, although this was not required in the Mosaic Law.  They were trying to find fault with Jesus.

B. THE ANSWER - Vss. 19-22

  1. There was no reason to fast when Jesus was present.  Even the Pharisees excused fasting for the wedding party during a wedding. Vs. 19
  2. Fasting came later, when Jesus was absent. Vs. 20
  3. Illustrations - Garments and Wineskins - Vss. 21-22

IV. THE SABBATH ISSUE - Vss. 23-28

 

A. THE DISCIPLES' ACTIVITY - Vs. 23

 

B. THE PHARISEES' CHALLENGE - Vs. 24

 

C. JESUS' RESPONSE - Vss. 25-28

  1. David's example - Vss. 25-26
  2. The purpose of the Sabbath - Vs. 27
  3. The Lord of the Sabbath - Vs. 28

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1 Peter 1:18-23 – STRESSED!

 

We live in a day and age when many people feel the effects of stress.

 

Some are stressed because of financial needs.  The income never catches up with the out go. Often Mom is forced to go out and work.  Then she's under the stress of trying to be a good mother and wife, keep house, provide meals, and be a good employee.

 

Some are stressed by the schedules their children keep. Between after school sports, band, music lessons, youth activities, and a host of other extra-curricular activities, it's hard to keep up with their schedules.  Dottie and I remember when David and Mark were on two different basketball teams and Donna was a cheerleader. What fun it was trying to coordinate 3 different practices and game schedules.

 

Some are stressed because of the health of parents.  Mom or Dad might be in a nursing home or in a hospital needing your attention.  They might be living at home, and needing your care.

There's also stress caused when you or someone you love is fighting serious illness.

 

Then there's the job, and the church and home improvement projects! Each of these demands time and involvement and there are times when we have 2 or 3 or more of these stress-causing things all happening at once! It's no wonder so many of us feel stressed!

 

We cannot escape stressful situations. Job 5:7, James 1:2-4, John 16:33

 

Has it ever occurred to you that Jesus came to relieve stress?

Has it ever occurred to you that the Bible was written to help relieve your stress?

Has it ever occurred to you that God wants to handle your stress? Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 11:28-30

Isaiah 26:3 - "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

 

Stress relief comes when we get our thoughts off the stress-causing difficulties in life and on to our wonderful God!  When our mind is centered on the Lord our hearts will be at peace. Our minds will be centered on the Lord when they are centered on God's Word.

 

Our text is 1 Peter 1:18-23.  In the previous verses, Peter made an appeal for Christians to live holy lives. 1 Peter 1:15-16

In the rest of this chapter Peter gives us some reasons for living holy lives. But Peter is also showing us 4 wonderful things which, if we focus on them, will help relieve the pressures of stress. We must get our minds off our problems and challenges and on to what God has done and wants us to do.

 

The four wonderful things that God wants us to see are:

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL REDEMPTION - Vss. 18--19

Peter begins by talking about his readers' redemption.  The word redemption has to do with the payment of a ransom to set free a slave.  With the exception of our Lord Jesus, every man was born in bondage to sin. Ephesians 2:1-3

 

Peter here reminds the Christian that he or she was not redeemed by anything corruptible, like money!  As permanent as gold and silver seem to be, they will eventually perish.

In Peter's day, money could pay for the freedom of a slave. Just as money today can buy the freedom of a captive. But money could not and can not buy the freedom from the bondage of sin and death.

 

The word "conversation" in this verse means "manner of life".

Money can not begin to pay for the sins of a vain or empty manner of life. And we received this vain or empty manner of life by tradition from our fathers.  The sinful, empty way of life goes back to Adam! Romans 5:12

 

Christian, your redemption, your freedom from the penalty of sin and your place in Heaven was secured by the precious blood of Christ! (Vs. 19)  Why was the blood of Christ precious? Jesus Christ is God! It is God's blood that saved you! Are you stressed? Think of how much God loves you! He gave His own blood that you might have forgiveness of sins and everlasting life!

 

This blood was like that of a lamb.  From Adam on, animals, often lambs were offered as sacrifices for sin.  God required the Jews to offer blood sacrifices of animals. These were a picture of THE LAMB, the Lord Jesus Christ, who would come to pay for sin. (John 1:29) The particular lamb in view here is probably the Passover Lamb. You might remember that a lamb for each family was offered by the nation of Israel, and the blood was placed on the doorposts. When the Angel of Death came by, he passed over those that had the blood on them. That lamb had to be a lamb without blemish and spot, a perfect sacrifice. Jesus was perfect. Jesus was blameless. Jesus was pure.

 

The Lord Jesus did not deserve to die! He died voluntarily in our place as our lamb! John 10:17-18, 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Christian, are you stressed?

Think of this - Jesus died in your place as the perfect sacrifice for you sins.

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL REVELATION - Vss. 20-21

Vs. 20 - There are times when unforeseen emergencies arise, and we need to react.  For instance, there have been times when we have had unexpected company. Sometimes Dottie has had food on hand that she could serve. Other times, we have ended up taking folks out to eat. We were taken by surprise.

 

Man's failure in the garden did not take God by surprise.

The need of a redeemer did not take God by surprise.

Jesus was foreordained as the "Lamb of God". God had planned ahead!

Although redemption was planned so far in advance, it wasn't revealed until the time of Peter. It has now been revealed in these last times.

 

Vs. 21 - To whom has this redemption been revealed? To those who believe in God, by Him!

Notice that true belief in God is by Christ! Redemption has been revealed to those who believe in God, through faith in His Son! John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 3:36

 

And notice we believe in God who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead and gave Him glory. He sits at the right hand of the throne of God.

And notice that if you are a Christian, your faith and hope is in God!

Your faith and hope is in God for eternal life!

If your faith and hope is in God for the most important issue, eternal life, shouldn't your faith in hope be in God for every issue? If you can trust God with your soul, you can trust God with every thing else! This is another wonderful reminder when we are stressed! Proverbs 3:5-6

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL REGENERATION - Vs. 23

When stressed, it helps to remember who we are!

 

On a cold snowy day in January in 1998 the phone rang. It was my father-in-law. He said that the hospital called saying that Dottie's Mom had passed away. I called the hospital and verified that she had died. There was no misunderstanding. Then I called my Mom.  As I started to tell her, I started to cry.  Why? Because after all those years of being an adult I still knew who I was. I was her son. I could cry in front of her. She was and is still my Mommy.

 

This verse talks about being "born again". When a person trusts Christ as Savior, he or she is born into the family of God. We literally become children of God! John 3 tells us that this new birth is the work of the Spirit of God. This verse tells us that this new birth is also the work of the Word of God. God's Spirit uses God's Word to bring about the second birth. John 1:12-13

 

Another word for being born again is regeneration.

What does regeneration have to do with stress?

When you are stressed, you are still a child of God.

God is still taking care of you.

He is still in control. We can relax!

We can come crying to Him as our "Daddy". (In Romans 8:15 the word "Abba" means "Daddy".)

Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 121

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL RESPONSIBILITY - Vs. 22

The word "love" used here the first time is the Greek word "phileo". This word means to like or have a fondness for someone else.

 

We have been born into a Spiritual family, the family of God, which is naturally fond of each other. When we obeyed the truth of the Gospel we purified our souls. The end result was a natural fondness for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

We are to take that fondness, that liking a step further.

We are to go on to loving one another with a pure heart fervently. The Greek word for love (The second time the word is used in this verse.) here is agape.  It means the highest form of love. Our love should be unselfish and giving to other Christians. Agape love is the kind of love God shows to us.

 

What does that have to do with stress?

Most times when we get stressed, we are worried about ourselves.

However, when we use our times of stress to reach out and love others, we will find that the stress will be relieved.

 

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