SERMON SEEDS
May 15, 2018, 5:50 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 5/14/18


SERMON SEEDS

Q19 – THE WEEK OF MAY 14, 2018

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WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW

 

EVE – THE FIRST WOMAN

 

Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:14, Genesis 2:18-24

 

RAHAB – THE FORGIVEN WOMAN - GRACE

 

Joshua 2:1, 10-15, 18, Joshua 6:25, Matthew 1:5

 

DEBORAH – THE FORTIFIED WOMAN

 

Judges 4:1-9, Judges 4:14-15

 

RUTH – THE FAITHFUL WOMAN   

 

Ruth 1:16, 1 Corinthians 4:2

 

HANNAH – THE FERVENT WOMAN   

 

1 Samuel 1:12-20, 1 Samuel 1:20

 

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PSALM 13 – LIKE DAVID

                          

Bible characters were real people, therefore we can relate to them.

In this Psalm it is easy for us to see how we can be like David.

 

LIKE DAVID I MAY FEEL FORGOTTEN - Vs. 1

 

LIKE DAVID I MAY FEEL FRUSTRATED - Vs. 2

 

LIKE DAVID I MAY FEEL LIKE A FAILURE - Vss. 3-4

 

LIKE DAVID, I MUST LIVE BY FAITH - Vss. 5-6

 

Faith in God's Mercy

Faith in God's Salvation

Faith in God's Bounty

 

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ECCLESIASTES 9:1-18 – SIMILIARITIES

#10 OF 12 OUTLINES ON ECCLESIASTES

You might introduce this message by discussing how our lives are different from the lives of famous wealthy people like Steve Forbes, Donald Trump or George Steinbrenner.

 

No matter how wealthy a person may be, or how different from us, we still have many similarities.

Ecclesiastes 9 shows us things we have in common with others, no matter what our station in life.

 

COMMON DENOMINATOR - Vs. 1

The last part of this verse tells us that nobody knows what is going to happen next in his or her life. People can go from being in terrible straits to places of importance and comfort. Consider Joseph.

People can also go from places of prominence to places of embarrassment and humility.

We don't know what is coming next, so trust in Christ is of the utmost importance.

 

COMMON DESTINY (DEATH) - Vss. 2-6

Unless the Lord Jesus returns, all of us face the destiny of death.

Of course, there are two possible destinies after death, which are Heaven or hell. John 3:16-18

As you consider these verses, please bear in mind that Solomon is speaking about life "under the sun". He is not looking beyond this life.

 

COMMON DELIGHT - Vss. 7-9

Solomon is encouraging everyone to enjoy this life.  However, the only one who can truly enjoy this life in the right way is the Christian.  He is the one who is in right relationship with God.

 

COMMON DUTY - Vs. 10

The time for work is now! The grave will be too late. Ephesians 2:10, Colossians 3:17,23

 

COMMON DISTRACTION - Vss. 11-12

Every one of us deals with time and chance.  We don't know what is going to happen next.

Fish don't plan to get caught in a net but some do.

Birds don't plan to be snared but some do.

Men don't plan to fall on hard times but some do. 

Of course, what we call chance is not a surprise to God.

 

COMMON DISTINCTION - Vss. 13-18

Although all men have many things in common, it is wisdom that makes the difference.

The person with wisdom is far better off than the person without wisdom.

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LUKE 9:27-36 – HELP FOR THE WEARY

 

Often Christians get weary. They get weary physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

To handle weariness, we need to "look unto Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2-3) We need to meditate on Christ and His Word when we are weary.

 

One great place to look when we are feeling weary is this text concerning the transfiguration of our Lord.  In this passage there are three things we should do when weariness overtakes us.

 

INTRODUCTION - Vs. 27

The Kingdom of God centers around Jesus Christ. He will reign in the Kingdom in the future. Jesus said that some standing with him would not taste death until they had seen the Kingdom of God. A few days later Peter, James and John saw the glorified Christ. It was a preview of what the Kingdom of God will be like.

 

REALIZE CHRIST'S GLORY - Vss. 28, 29, 32

They saw Jesus' glory as God! See Revelation 1:12-16.

We need to realize that not only is Jesus Savior and Lord, but He is God! The one, who made such great and wonderful promises, has the power to keep them!

 

When we are weary, start to feel defeated, or are ready to give up, we need to see the Glorified Christ!

 

REMEMBER HIS GRACE - Vss. 30-31

Two men appear. Moses represents the law. Elijah represents the prophets. Jesus fulfilled all the law and the prophets. They talk about his coming death at Jerusalem. That death was the means of God's grace towards us. Without the cross there would be no salvation by grace. 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

When we feel weary, we can look to the cross, and see that the one who died there willingly gave His life for us out of His grace. He made His own departure voluntarily, and fulfilled all that had to be fulfilled for our salvation.

 

REVERENCE HIS GREATNESS - Vss. 33-36

Peter doesn't know what he's saying in Verse 33. His suggestion of building 3 tabernacles suggests equality.

God's message in Vss. 34-35 is "This is my beloved Son: Hear Him!"

There is certainly a place for Moses and the Prophets, but Jesus is their fulfillment.

He needs to be heard, obeyed and reverenced!

When we are weary, let's listen to the one who is worth listening to!

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1 PETER 3:8-12 – HEAVEN IN THE HOME

 

Many of you have seen the classic Frank Capra Movie, "It's A Wonderful Life", starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.  It is the story of a fictitious hero, George Bailey, who lived the fictitious town of Bedford Falls.  All did not always go well for Bailey. He wanted to go to college, and didn't. He wanted to travel and didn't. He didn't want to work at the Building and Loan that his father and uncle started and did.  He was constantly struggling to keep the Bailey Building and Loan afloat and this caused him much aggravation.  His biggest problem turned out to be missing money that could have landed him in jail.  The point of the movie was that in spite of all his problems and disappointments, George Bailey was a special person.  He saved the life of his brother when they were boys. He married a wonderful girl and had wonderful kids. He helped countless numbers of people by supplying affordable housing, and he was constantly doing good deeds. As an "angel" by the name Clarence showed him, George Bailey had a wonderful life.

 

Now, It's A Wonderful life was pure fiction, especially the part about the angel named "Clarence."  But it is no fiction that countless thousands of Christians have had wonderful lives in spite of their struggles and hardships.  Think of some of the folks from this church that you know or have known.  They have seen many blessings and have been a blessing to many of you. Because of their relationship to Christ they led and are leading wonderful lives.

 

You might ask the question, "How can I be sure of having a wonderful life?" As we examine 1 Peter 3:8-12 we will learn how to be sure of having a wonderful life despite frustrations, hardships and trials.

 

To begin with, I need to remind you that having wonderful life begins at the cross of Calvary were Jesus paid for you sins.

Your wonderful life begins with a faith commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. You can't have a wonderful life without knowing you have eternal life. That's step #1! (You might want to take the time to elaborate on Ephesians 2:1-9 here. I did.)

 

For those of us who know Christ 1 Peter 3:8-12 shows us how to have this wonderful life. I have summed up what Peter is saying in three words.

 

CONDUCT - Vss. 8-9

Here is a list of ways to conduct ourselves as part of the body of Christ.

I suggest that you elaborate on each one of them.

 

CONFIRMATION - Vss. 10-11

When I preach I constantly quote the Scriptures to confirm that what I'm saying is the truth. It is not important what I have to say. It is important what God has to say! Peter confirms that what He is saying is true by quoting Psalm 34:12-16. We need to note that we are to shun evil actions and words in favor of doing good and seeking peace.

 

CONSOLATION - Vss. 12

Peter is still quoting from Psalm 34.  We can be consoled that the Lord is looking over the righteous and listening to their prayers.  The Lord is also hardened against those who do evil, even though He loves them.

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HEAVENLY WORSHIP – REVELATION 19:1-10

THE BACK OF THE BOOK #16 (REVELATION)

 

  • What do you think worship will be like in Heaven?
  • How will worship in Heaven differ from our worship on earth?

 

In Revelation 17-18 we saw the fall of “Mystery Babylon” the false religion, and Babylon the rebuilt city that will have political and economic control of the world. In this study we see a great scene of heavenly worship that occurs immediately following the events of chapters 17-18. There is a phenomenal amount of praise found in these verses, which center on 3 different, but related themes.

 

PRAISE # 1 – VICTORY! – Vss. 1-5

 

  • Vs. 1 – The united voice of praise in Heaven could refer to all people in Heaven, or to the martyred saints during the Tribulation period, who wanted God to execute the judgment that took place in chapters 17-18.  Revelation 6:9-10                                                                                                                                       
  • The word “Alleluia” means “Praise the Lord”.  This is a phrase that appeared more in the Old Testament, and one we often use or hear. It reminds us that God is the one who should get the glory when things are going well, and even when they are not going well.
  • Salvation is certainly of the Lord. Here it probably refers to the final deliverance of the saints, as opposed to the individual salvation of a soul. 
  • Giving God glory and honor to God is fitting at all times (Revelation 4:11), but especially fitting as God is completing his program for entering the Millennium.
  • After the judgments poured out during the Tribulation, there is no doubt that power should be ascribed to God.
  • I am struck with the phrase, “the Lord our God”. What a comfort it is to know personally the mighty God of the universe in a personal way through His Son.
  • Vs. 2 – There may be some who read chapters 17-18 and wonder if God is being fair in his wholesale destruction of Babylon. Here we are reminded that his judgments are “true and righteous”.                                                                                                                                                Romans 11:33
  • The true and righteous judgments were upon Babylon for her “whoredom” and persecution of Tribulation era saints.
  • Vs. 3 – The city was permanently eradicated, and the fate of those responsible for the sins will suffer in the Lake of Fire for all eternity. Revelation 20:10, 14-15
  • Vs. 4 – The church represented by the 24 elders join the praise with the creatures that are around the throne. 
  • Vs. 5 – The voice out of the throne was probably an angel. He invites all of God’s servants to join in the worship.

 

PRAISE #2 – REIGN – Vs. 6

 

  • Although praise can be given silently or quietly, such great events and such great glory require great enthusiasm and volume!
  • We are reminded that God is omnipotent or all powerful.  How do you answer the person who asks, “If God is so powerful why is he allowing such misery?”
  • Although God has always reigned, He will now stop permitting Satan and his evil hosts to exercise power any longer. His defeat at that point will be imminent. God will reign.

 

PRAISE #3 – MARRIAGE – Vss. 7-9

 

  • “The marriage symbolism is beautifully fulfilled in the relationship of Christ to His church. The wedding contract is consummated at the time the church is redeemed. Every true Christian is joined to Christ in a legal marriage. When Christ comes for His church at the rapture, the second phase of the wedding is fulfilled, namely, the Bridegroom goes to receive His bride. The third phase then follows, that is, the wedding feast. Here it is significant to note that the bride is already the wife of the Lamb, that is, the bridegroom has already come for His bride prior to His second coming described in 19:11-16. That which is here announced is not the wedding union but the wedding feast. This has been variously interpreted as relating to the wonderful fellowship in heaven following the rapture or to the millennium itself. Of primary importance at this point, however, is the order of events. The third phase of the wedding is about to take place, namely, the feast, which presumes the earlier rapture of the bride. The translation would be much improved in verse 7 if it would read ‘for the marriage feast of the Lamb is come.’” John Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, (Chicago, Moody Bible Institute, 1966), p.271
  • The first part of a Jewish marriage was the signing of the marriage covenant. Each member of the Bride of Christ (the church) enters that agreement at salvation. 2 Corinthians 11:2
  • Vs. 7 - The Bride was expected to be ready for her husband when he arrived to take her to his father’s house. This would take place at an unannounced time, after the bridegroom had finished getting living quarters ready (John 14:2-3). The Church is to be ready when Jesus comes at the rapture Titus 2:11:14, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • Of course, the readiness of the Church is dependent in every way upon Christ. He is the one who has washed our sins away. His Spirit indwells us. He has sanctified us. Ephesians 5:25-27 
  • Vs. 8 - The wedding garments of each member of the Bride of Christ will be white and clean.  Each one of us will be clothed in Christ’s righteousness. 1 John 3:2
  • Vs. 9 – The marriage supper took place at the end of the wedding.  Christ will be with his church for 7 years in heaven and then there will be a marriage feast.  Some say this marriage feast will take place in Heaven during the Tribulation.  Others say that it will take place during the millennium. I have traditionally thought that the former view was true. Now, I am beginning to think that perhaps the latter view is true because:
  • Christ will bring His bride (the church) with Him to earth to reign with Him. 2 Timothy 2:11-12, 1 Corinthians 6:2-3
  • The invited guests appear to be the Old Testament Saints, resurrected at the beginning of the millennium. Daniel 12:1-2, Matthew 8:11-12, Luke 13:28
  • Jesus said that He would not partake of the fruit of vine until He did so in the Kingdom of God. Matthew 26:29, Luke 22:16
  • Either view of when the marriage supper will take place is possible, the important thing is that the marriage supper of the Lamb will take place.

 

ADDENDUM – JOHN’S MISTAKE – Vs. 10

 

  • In a moment when John was overwhelmed, he tried to worship the angel.
  • The angel informed John that he (the angel) was a fellow servant of Jesus Christ.
  • John was reminded to worship God.
  • John was further reminded that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”.  The Old and New Testaments both center around Christ.

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GRACE LIVING

A TOPICAL SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS OR BIBLE STUDY

 

Grace, or God’s unmerited favor is necessary for more than Salvation.  We are saved by grace. Our whole lives must be lived by grace.  Here are the headings and Scriptures I used for a Sunday School class on this subject. 

 

SAVING GRACE

Romans 3:24 - Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

VISIBLE GRACE

Acts 11:23 - Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

 

COMMITTED GRACE

Acts 15:40 - And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

 

CONSTRUCTIVE GRACE

Acts 20:32 - And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

 

VICTORIOUS GRACE

Romans 5:17 - For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

 

Romans 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 

2 Timothy 2:1 - Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

 

SERVING GRACE

1 Corinthians 15:10 - But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

Ephesians 4:7 - But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

 

Romans 12:6-8 - Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; [7] Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; [8] Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

 

 

SUFFICIENT GRACE

2 Corinthians 12:9 - And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

James 4:5-6 - Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? [6] But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

   

VOCAL GRACE

Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 

Colossians 4:6 - Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 

AVAILABLE GRACE

Hebrews 4:14-16 - Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. [15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. [16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

INCREASING GRACE

John 1:16-17 - And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

 

2 Peter 1:2 - Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

 

2 Peter 3:18 - But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

 

PERFECTED GRACE

1 Peter 5:10 - But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.


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