SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 11/21/22
November 22, 2022, 6:44 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS

U32 – FOR WEEK OF 11/21/22

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Psalm 103:1-14 – A BOUQUET OF BLESSINGS

I did not use these notes to preach the Sermon I preached on Sunday, November 20. But this will give you an idea how you can use the same passage and preach your own message. A link to my message is below.

We are blessed. Vss. 1-2

We are forgiven! Vss. 3, 8-14

We are healed! Vs. 3, Isaiah 53:4-5,

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

We are redeemed Vs. 4, Ephesians 2:7

We are crowned! Vs. 4

We are satisfied! Vs. 5, Matthew 6:31-34

We are defended! Vs. 6, Luke 18:1-8

We are shown! Vs. 7, John 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We are loved! – Vs. 8 – The word mercy means “love”. – Jeremiah 31;3

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2 KINGS 4:1-7 – THE STEADY FLOW

LIFE OF ELISHA, THE STEADY PROPHET - #3 of 9

Introduce this sermon by talking about some successful people you know personally.

I think that most of us would like to be successful.  As Christians, we should desire to be successful in the eyes of God. To be a success in God's eyes, you must be a born again Christian. (John 3:1-16). Also, to be a success, you need to be successful, you must be faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). Thirdly, to be a success, you must be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

An illustration of success in God's eyes is found in our text. We often relegate such stories to children's church or Sunday School, but don't consider the value of the story for us adults.

This story tells of a steady flow of oil that continued to flow until all was full. In order for us to be successful Christians, we must have the steady, continuous flow of God's Holy Spirit in our lives. As Christians, we will go through three stages if we experience the filling or controlling of the Holy Spirit.  In this story I see pictures of the:

THE BANKRUPT CHRISTIAN - Vs. 1

Elisha was apparently the chief prophet in Israel at this time.  There were schools of training for those who would aspire to be prophets. They were the Bible Schools of their day.  Today we might call the students "preacher boys".

One of the widows of one of the sons of the prophets came to Elijah. Her husband was dead. She was bankrupt, and creditors were coming to take her sons as slaves to pay the debt.

There are many Christians like this women in our story. They are bankrupt.

They have tired in their own strength to do something for God. They have tried in their own effort to be successful. They have made their own plans to serve God and have met with nothing but disappointment. They have done battle with habitual sin in their lives and have ended up losing (Romans 7:18-21).

Please note that this woman was honest. She came to Elisha. She did not try to fool him. She simply told the truth.  As Christians, we need to be equally honest. When we sense bankruptcy in our Spiritual lives, we must come and honestly humble ourselves before God (James 4:6-10)

THE RESOURCEFUL CHRISTIAN - Vs. 2

Elisha wants to know, "What do you have on hand?" He wants to know, "What are your resources?" What was available for God to multiply?  You might recall that the Scripture tells how God multiplied a little meal and a little oil belonging to another widow (1 Kings 17:8-16). We also know that God the Son multiplied a little boy's lunch so that it fed a multitude (John 6:1-14).

This lady only had a little oil. It was a valuable commodity, but not enough to get her out of debt.

What do Christians have to help them when they sense that they are bankrupt?

They do not have merit.

They do not have strength within themselves.

They do not have ability.

BUT THEY DO HAVE OIL!

Oil is often symbolic for God's Holy Spirit.

We do have the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9, Zechariah 4:6, Acts 1:8,

Like the woman in the story we need to be resourceful. We must realize that we have all we need for success through the Holy Spirit.

THE VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN - Vss. 3-7

Vs. 3-4 - Elisha's advice was simple. It was for her to use her resources. She was to borrow empty pots, go home, shut the door, and start pouring.

The victorious Christian will do something similar. We do not need more of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit needs more of us. As we provide ourselves as an empty vessel, He will fill us.

An empty vessel is one that has confessed all known sin.

An empty vessel is one that contains nothing of self (Romans 12:1).

An empty vessel is one that has an open lid, ready, willing, and asking to be filled (1 John 5:14-15).

Vss. 5-6 - The woman did as she was told. When there was no longer an empty vessel, the oil stopped flowing. We must continually present to God an empty vessel, so he can fill it.

The results of Spirit filling are seen in Acts 1:8, Ephesians 3:16, 5:18-21 and Galatians 5:22-23.

Remember that the steady flow of the Holy Spirit, which gives power, victory, joy and fruitfulness, will stop flowing when we fail to provide an empty vessel. However, the flow of the Spirit will resume when there is again an empty vessel available to be filled.

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THE PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTMAS #1

THE PROMISE WAS PRECEEDED BY A WONDERFUL CREATION

  1. It Was very good – Genesis 1:26-31
  2. Man Is special – Genesis 2:7-9
  3. Woman Is special – Genesis 2:18-22
  4. Marriage Is special – Genesis 2:23-25

THE PROMISE WAS NEEDED BECAUSE OF THE FALL

  1. Man was warned – Genesis 2:15-17
  2. Satan had an agenda – Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:11-19
  3. The Serpent (Satan) deceived Eve – Genesis 3:1-6
  4. Adam and Eve disobeyed and died – Genesis 3:6-13
  5. Satan seems to have a victory. Genesis 3:16-24

THE PROMISE WAS MADE TO SATAN – Genesis 3:14-15

  1. The serpent was punished – Genesis 3:14
  2. Satan and his seed are the enemies of the woman and Her Seed, who is Christ and those who are saved. – Genesis 3:15, John 8:44, Hebrews 2:13   

THE PROMISE IS FULFILLED IN CHRIST – Genesis 3:15

  1. Satan bruised Jesus’ Heel. – The Crucifixion
  2. Jesus bruised Satan’s Head. – The Crucifixion and Resurrection. – 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 15:20
  3. Satan is a defeated foe! – 1 John 3:8, Revelation 20:10
  4. The Message of Christmas is a message of hope! – Luke 2:10-11, Ephesians 2:8-9

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A PROPHECY OF CHRISTMAS – ISAIAH 9:6

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTMAS #2

HIS PERSONALITY - "Wonderful"

  • WONDERFUL BEFORE BIRTH - Colossians 1:15-17, John 1:1-4
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS BIRTH
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS LIFE
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS DEATH - Isaiah 53:6
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS RESURRECTION - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • WONDERFUL IN SALVATION - John 11:25-26
  • WONDERFUL IN HIS MINISTRY TO US WHO BELIEVE

      Hebrews 4:14-16

HIS PROFESSION (JOB) - "Counselor"

Psalm 16:7, Psalm73:24, Proverbs 3:5-6

HIS POWER - “Mighty God” - Luke 1:30-32, Luke 1:35, Ephesians 1:19

HIS PERMANENCE - "Everlasting Father"

"The Father of eternity."

HIS PREEMINENCE - "Prince of peace"

  • HE IS PRINCE OVER OUR PEACE WITH GOD.

Romans 5:1

  • THE LORD JESUS IS PRINCE OVER THE PEACE OF GOD.

Isaiah 26:3-4

  • THE LORD JESUS IS PRINCE OF PEACE ON EARTH.

Isaiah 11:1-10

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THE PRONOUNCEMENTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTMAS #3

Here are some pronouncements allegedly made down through the years:

1825 - What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives traveling twice as fast as stagecoaches? The Quarterly Review

1865 - Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value. Boston Post

1872 - Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.
Pierre Pachet, professor of physiology at Toulouse

1873 - The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon.
Sir John Eric Ericksen, Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria

1899 - The ordinary "horseless carriage" is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle. Literary Digest

1902 - Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible. Simon Newcomb, Canadian-born American astronomer

1943 - I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. Thomas J. Watson, Chairman of IBM

1958 - We will bury you. Nikita Kruschev   ( These pronouncements were copied from: https://www.av8n.com/physics/ex-cathedra.htm)

Although these pronouncements, and some we’ve made ourselves were inaccurate, there were pronouncements made about the birth Christ were “right on”! Some of the most significate pronouncements were made to Mary and Joseph.

THE SON IS COMING – Luke 1:26-32a, 34-35

Vs. 28 - Luke 1:46-50

Vs. 35 – “The word ‘overshadow’ gives us the proper understanding because it is used in the Greek Old Testament to describe God's presence in the sanctuary and in the New Testament for his overshadowing presence at the Transfiguration where the cloud of glory overshadowed our Lord and his apostles.” R. Kent Hughes - Preaching the Word – Luke, Volume I: That You May Know the Truth.

THE SOVEREIGN IS COMING – Luke 1:32b-33

Revelation 20:4-5, Revelation 21:1-7, Revelation 22:1-5

Luke 1:36-38 – Please note Mary’s response.

THE SAVIOR IS COMING – Matthew 1:20-22

Vs. 21 – 1 Peter 2:21-25

THE SCRIPTURES WILL BE FULFILLED – Matthew 1:22-23

Vs. 22 - Psalm 138:2, Psalm 119:89

Vs. 23 – Isaiah 7:14

Luke 1:24-25 – Please note Joseph’s response

 

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THE PEOPLE OF CHRISTMAS – LUKE 2:1-20

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTMAS #4

A SOVEREIGN - Vss. 1-3 - Micah 5:2

SAINTS - Vss. 4-5

  • Mary, the Submissive and Reflective One - Luke 1:38, Luke 2:19
  • Joseph, the Obedient One - Matthew 2:24-25

THE SON - Vs. 7 - John 1:14, Romans 3:20-28

SUPERNATURAL MESSENGERS - Vss. 8-14

  • A PEACEFUL MESSAGE - "Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy..."
  • A PERSONAL MESSAGE - "...for unto you..."
  • A PRACTICAL MESSAGE - "...is born...a savior, which is Christ the Lord."
  • A PRAISE WORTHY MESSAGE - Vss. 13-14

SHEPHERDS - Vss. 15-20

  • Hearing, they believed. - Vs. 15
  • Believing, they came. - Vs. 16
  • Coming, they saw. - Vs. 16 
  • Seeing, they shared. - Vss.17-19
  • Sharing, they praised – Vs. 20

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THE PURSUIT OF CHRIST(MAS)

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTMAS #5

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION:

UNDERSTANDING CHRISTMAS:

  1. The Promise of Christmas
  2. A Prophecy About Christmas
  3. The Pronouncement of Christmas
  4. The People of Christmas
  5. The Pursuit of Christ(mas): There were people anticipating the arrival of the Christ, the Messiah and were waiting for him. As Christians we are waiting for the second coming of Christ. There are lessons to learn here.

SIMEON WAS LOOKING – Luke 2:25-32, Titus 2:11-15

ANNA WAS SERVING – Luke 2:36-38

THE WISE MEN WERE COMING – Matthew 2:1-12

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John 1:1-5, 14-17 – SUPERNATURAL INVASION

A Complete Lesson

· What are some of the greatest military invasions of all time?

· What are some of the characteristics and results of a successful invasion?

· In what sense is Christmas an invasion?

· How was this invasion different from military invasions?

Some people would not think of John 1:1-5 and 14-17 as a Christmas passage.  In reality, it is, because it speaks of the incarnation or God the Son becoming man. Christ’s arrival can be thought of as a friendly, supernatural invasion. This passage describes our Lord Jesus Christ in the following ways:

HIS ETERNAL IDENTITY  - Vss. 1-2

· Vs. 1 - Before the heavens and earth were created the Lord Jesus Christ existed. Genesis 1:1

· The verb “was” indicates continuing action in the past.  There never was a time that Jesus did not exist. He is not a created being.

· Jesus is called “the Word”.  This had significance to both Jewish and Gentile readers.

· “To the Jew a word was something concrete, something much closer to what we would call an event or a deed. A word spoken was a deed done.” James Montgomery Boice, The Gospel of John, Volume I, The Coming of the Light,(Grand Rapids MI, Baker Books,1999), p.34

· “To the Greek philosophers, the logos was the impersonal, abstract principle of reason and order in the universe. It was in some sense a creative force, and also the source of wisdom.” John MacArthur, John 1-11, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago, Moody Press, 2006), p.16

· Based on the two quotes above, how do you view Jesus as “the Word”?

· It says that the Word was “with God”.  I was once with John Denver (along with thousands of others).  Just about every day I’m with my wife. There’s quite a difference.  To be with someone is to be “face to face”.  Jesus was intimate with God.

· “…and the Word was God”. – What are some of the attributes of God that Jesus displayed?  Did He ever claim to be God? John 8:56-58

  • Vs. 2 – Why is this verse significant?

HIS EARTHLY IMPORTANCE - Vss. 3-5

· Vs. 3 - Creation involved the Trinity.  That Jesus is creator is attested to in other Scriptures.  Colossians 2:16, Hebrews 1:1-2

· Vs. 4 – It is phenomenal to think that in Himself Jesus possesses life. We have life, but we are dependent creatures. Jesus has life because He is God.

· As Creator Jesus gives physical life.

· As Savior Jesus gives Spiritual life. John 14:6, John 10:10,

· God is light. As God, Jesus is light. 1 John 1:5, John 8:12, Revelation 21:23

· Vs. 5 – The light of the Lord Jesus cannot be comprehended, overcome, or “put out” by darkness.

· In what ways are the threats of Spiritual darkness serious? Ephesians 6:12

  • John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

HIS EXTRAORDINARY INVOLVEMENT - Vss. 14-17

  • Vs. 14 – When Jesus “became flesh” He was no less God. He voluntarily limited the use of his attributes. Philippians 2:5-8
  • What was the greatest significance of the Old Testament Tabernacle? Exodus 40:34-35
  • When Jesus “dwelt among us”, it means that “He pitched his tent” with us.  In an intimate way God resided with man.
  • In what ways did John and others behold the glory of the Lord Jesus?
  • How was Jesus’ glory full of “grace and truth”?
  • Vs. 16 – We as Christians have received the fullness of His grace, so that God heaps on us “grace upon grace”.  Ephesians 1:3-7, 2:7
  • Vs. 17 – Law and grace are both necessary. Why?
  • Why are grace and truth wrapped up in our Lord Jesus Christ?

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