SERMON SEEDS
December 19, 2017, 12:46 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 12/18/17


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

SERMON SEEDS

P45 – THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 18, 2017

 

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HELP YOU A NEW YEARS MESSAGE,                                                                                 HOWEVER THERE ARE 2 CHRISTMAS MESSAGES.

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LUKE 1:26-38, MATTHEW 1:18-25 – PRENATAL CLASSES

Prenatal, or Child Birth Education Classes are often held for first time parents.

Have you ever thought about the first Christmas and the earthly parents of the Lord Jesus? Mary would become the mother of the Son of God. Joseph would become the step-father to the Son of God!

They needed some coaching! They needed prenatal or Childbirth Education Classes. God gave them individualized classes, and their responses to what God taught them gives us some important lessons in Godly Christian Living.

MARY – Luke 1:26-38

SHE LISTENED – Vss. 26-33

 

Mary was not sinless, she needed a Savior! Luke 1:47

You are also special you either can have or have a Savior.

Explain the Gospel, John 1:12

The bottom line is that Mary listened to the voice of God!

Noah – Samuel – Lottie Moon

 

SHE LEARNED – Vss. 34-37

 

Mary was ever learning! – Luke 2:19

 

SHE LEANED – Vs. 38

 

First Mary yielded herself to God. “handmaid”, a female slave. She was willing to accept whatever God had planned for her life and lean on Him through it. Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

JOSEPH – Matthew 1:18-25

HE WAS RIGHTEOUS – Vss. 18-19

Galatians 3:10-14, Hebrews 11:6

 

JOSEPH WAS RECEPTIVE – Vss. 20-23

 

Isaiah 7:14 – How receptive are you if God changes your plans?

 

JOSEPH WAS RESPONSIVE – Vss. 24-25

 

How obedient are you, when God tells you to do something? 1 Samuel 15:22b-23a

 

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LUKE 2:11 – THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS

Luke 2:11 - For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS IS:

 

A PERSONAL MESSAGE - For unto you

 

A PERTINENT MESSAGE - is born this day

 

A PROPHETIC MESSAGE - in the city of David – Micah 5:2

 

A PRECIOUS MESSAGE - a Saviour

 

A POWERFUL MESSAGE - which is Christ the Lord.

 

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MARK 1:32-37 – THE WORD FOR A NEW YEAR

 

The old year is over.  The New Year is here. 

I feel that you and I need a word for the New Year

We need a word to live by as Christians that will help us and keep us focused no matter what happens in this current year.

 

The word that God has led me to for this new year is a word that Jesus Himself used.  It is a word, a command that Jesus used. It is the word, “watch”!

 

Mark 13:32-37 - But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. [33] Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. [34] For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. [35] Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:  [36] Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. [37] And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

Jesus makes it very clear.  He is speaking to all, especially all of His followers or disciples.  And He says “watch”!   

 

When Jesus gives these words He is completing what is known as “The Olivet Discourse”.  Jesus was answering the disciples’ questions about future events, and in light of these future events he is telling them to “watch”. 

 

The event that Christians, including you and I, should watch for is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection of all believers from the dead.  1 Corinthians 15:51-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18:

 

In Mark 13:32 Jesus tells us that no man knows the day or the hour when the events described in the Olivet Discourse will be fulfilled.  This means that no man knows the day or the hour when Jesus is returning for us.  It could be anytime.

 

The word Jesus gives us in light of His coming is “WATCH!” 

 

Using this passage and a couple of others, I want to suggest to you that there are at least three ways that we should be watching for the coming of the Lord Jesus.

 

 

WATCH PERSISTENTLY

 

Vs. 34 – Jesus gives an illustration.

A man is taking a long journey.

He gives to various members of the household different responsibilities. He tells them what to do while he is gone.

 

He tells the porter to watch.   

The porter was the door keeper.  While the other members of the household were also to watch for the return of their master by going about their business, it was the job of the porter to be awake and looking for the return of the Master, so He could alert the others.

 

The church today is like the household in the story.

Our Master is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Before He left to go on His long journey to Heaven he gave instructions to the church. Matthew 28:18-20.

 

The Epistles give us even further instruction.  God has intended that each Christian, after coming to Christ, live a life patterned in good works. Ephesians 2:10

   

God also has given each of us abilities or spiritual gifts that are to be used to further His kingdom.   

1 Peter 4:10-11

 

So Jesus has gone away.  He has given us jobs to do.

And as we do the jobs He’s given us to do, we are to do them as if Jesus were coming back soon, even today!

 

Vs. 35 – Jesus says, “You watch, for you don’t know when I’m coming.” 

 

The watch Jesus talks about is to be a persistent one.

We don’t know when He is coming, but we should be about His business, doing what Jesus has told us to do.

 

Vs. 36 – It will be a tragedy if Jesus catches us “napping” when he comes.

This napping or sleeping needn’t be thought of as literal.

 

  • If we are caught up in our own pleasures when Jesus comes we will be napping.
  • If we are worrying about our own well being when Jesus comes we will be napping.
  • If we are delaying serving the Lord Jesus when He comes, thinking we have plenty of time, we will be napping.
  • If we are concentrating on our business, our families, our comforts when Jesus comes, we will be napping.

 

When Jesus comes, I shouldn’t really be surprised.  I should be expecting Him! 

I should be expecting Him, because He told me to watch for His coming!

 

Mark 13:37 - And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

So, what you do today should be based on the fact that you believe that Jesus could come today. And because Jesus could come today, you should be about His business. 

 

Actually, that’s why God delays the coming of Jesus, so that we can accomplish more of His work.

2 Peter 3:8-9

 

WATCH PERCEPTIVELY

 

Turn please to Titus 2:11-13.

When someone is perceptive they know what’s going on.

They sense things.  They understand things.

As we watch for the coming of the Lord Jesus in 2005, we are to watch perceptively.

 

Titus 2:11 - For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

The grace of God has appeared unto all men, to all types of people.

The grace of God is God’s unmerited favor.

You don’t deserve forgiveness for your sins or a place in Heaven.

You don’t deserve to be a child of God.

But if you have turned to Jesus Christ, believing that He died for your sins, and trusting Him for forgiveness and eternal life, the grace of God has touched you.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

If you have put your faith in Christ then the grace of God is at work in your life.

 

Among other things, the grace of God teaches us to be perceptive.

 

Titus 2:12 - Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

 

God’s grace not only saves us, but it teaches us.

First of all, it teaches us to deny ungodliness.

What is ungodliness?

Ungodliness is anything that God wouldn’t do Himself.

It is anything that is not fitting or true of God.

Ungodliness is also anything that we do without God.

If what I am doing is not dependent upon God or approved by God, it is ungodly!

 

How do I go about denying ungodliness?

I deny ungodliness by staying close to Jesus!

 

John 15:4-5 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

I am not only to deny ungodliness, but I am to deny worldly lusts or desires.  These are basically anything that I do to excess. 

 

How do I deny worldly lusts?

I deny worldly lusts by allowing God’s Holy Spirit to control me.

 

Galatians 5:16 - This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

The grace of God not only teaches us to deny ungodliness and world lusts.  It also teaches us to live soberly.

 

To be sober is to be serious.

If we live soberly we will live seriously.  That doesn’t mean that we can’t have a sense of humor.

It means that we will take our commitment to God seriously.

 

The serious Christian lives seriously practicing the things of God on a continual basis.

Sunday Morning attendance is only one part of the bigger commitment to Christ that includes a daily walk with Him!  

 

Not only are we to live soberly, but righteously and Godly.

Our activities should be right in the eyes of God.

Our activities should be the things that God would do if he were in our situation!

 

So why does the grace of God teach us the way it does?

Titus 2:12-13 - Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; [13] Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

If we truly live lives that deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and that are serious, righteous and godly, we will also be perceptive enough to be looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

The “blessed hope” and “the glorious appearing” are one and the same!

The one who is looking for the wonderful coming of the Lord Jesus will be perceptive to live as if He is coming back at any moment.

 

If you expect company, you clean up the house.

If you expect Jesus, you clean up your life and keep it clean on a daily basis.  You look forward to His coming, so you live as if he is coming.

 

WATCH PRAYERFULLY

Let’s go back to Mark 13 for a moment.

 

Mark 13:32-33 - But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. [33] Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

 

Watching and praying go together!

 Jesus commanded it here.  It is also commanded in the Epistles.  

Colossians 4:2 - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

 

1 Peter 4:7 - But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

 

Why do watching and praying go together?

  • Praying helps us have victory over temptation.
  • Praying keeps us Spiritually sharp.
  • Praying accomplishes God’s purposes before Jesus returns.  John 14:13-14  says, And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
  • God doesn’t want anyone to perish, so we are instructed to pray.  1 Timothy 2:1-4 says, I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; [2] For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. [3] For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

The Word for the New Year is “watch”!

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2 CHONICLES 7:14 – COMPATIBLE WITH GOD - NEW YEARS

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

There was much concern expressed about the world's computers being compatible with the year 2000.  In the New Year our biggest concern should be that we as Christians are compatible with God.

 

GOD'S PEOPLE

God's people for today are the ones who know Christ as Savior

 

FOLLOWING GOD'S PLAN

Humility

Prayer

Seek God's Face

Turn from Wicked Ways

 

RECEIVE GOD'S PROMISES

Of Hearing

Of Forgiveness

Of Healing

 

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PROVERBS 22:6 ETC. – IN TRAINING

 

As another year approaches, we must be aware that a church that is going to amount to anything for Christ must be a church that is well trained in the things of God.

 

TRAIN THE CHILDREN - Proverbs 22:6 - "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

The best time to train people is when they are young. We should take diligent heed to win children to Christ and to train them early in the things of God.

 

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

The church as a whole needs to be trained in the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16

 

TRAIN THE COMMITTED - 2 Timothy 2:2 - "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."

Pastors tend to spend most of their time with problem people who show little interest in Spiritual maturity. Paul instructed Timothy to invest his time and teaching talents in "faithful men". We should follow this instruction as well.

 

 

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PHILIPPIANS 3:17-21 – FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

Philippians 3:17-21

FOR THE NEW YEAR! – NEW YEAR

 

As we face another year, these words of Paul are a good reminder for us to follow.

 

OUR CHALLENGE FOR THE NEW YEAR - Vs. 17 - Follow the example of Paul in Godly living and those who are also following his example. Paul and others were not perfect, but still excellent role models.

 

OUR CAUTION FOR THE NEW YEAR - Vss. 18-19 - Avoid following the example of those who are ungodly.

 

OUR CITIZENSHIP FOR ETERNITY - Vss. 20-21 - Our citizenship (conversation) is in Heaven right now.  We are away from home temporarily.  We should be looking for the coming of our Savior, who will transform our bodies to be like His.

 

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HEBREWS 13:5-6 – 4C’S FOR THE NEW YEAR!

 

As a New Year approaches this passage gives us some positive encouragement.

 

CONDUCT - "Let your conversation (manner of life) be without covetousness;"

 

CONTENTMENT - "... and be content with such things as ye have:"

 

COMPANION - "... for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

 

CONFIDENCE - "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my

helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

 

 

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