SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 3/14/22
March 17, 2022, 7:44 PM

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U8 – FOR WEEK OF 3/14/22

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DANGER! - MARK 2:23 – 3:6

Three men returning from a bowling tournament. A mother and daughter heading to a baby shower. Two Shriners who had gone to a black-tie dinner and were heading home to Toronto. A married couple driving to Texas. A truck driver heading from Green Bay, Wis., to Goshen in Orange County.

One fateful moment brought them all together 25 years ago at 10:50 a.m. on a Sunday morning, April 5, 1987. As they drove along the New York State Thruway near Fort Hunter, the bridge collapsed. All 10 died.

The bridge came down during a spring flood caused by snow melt and torrential rains.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/25-years-ago-the-bridge-was-gone-3460076.php#ixzz26S5Jl1cN

 

Not one of those people who died tragically had any idea they were in danger, and neither did hundreds of people who crossed the bridge in the hours before the tragedy.

 

If those 10 people who died knew of the danger the bridge posed, they would not have been on the bridge. 

There are all sorts of legitimate dangers in life.  When we know what they are, and if we are smart we will avoid them.

When it comes to living the Christian Life there are all sorts of dangers.  When we know what they are we should avoid them.

Proverbs 22:3 (ESV) - The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

In the Scripture, which was just read, Jesus is dealing with the Pharisees who were the religious fundamentalists of their day. They were zealous for preserving the keeping of the law of Moses. To do this they added more laws to make sure Moses’ law was kept. In this passage the issue was the Sabbath day of rest. These two incidents expose some dangers for us if we follow the example of the Pharisees.

THE DANGER OF A CRITICAL MIND 2:23-28

Vs. 23 – As we said, it was the Sabbath. Exodus 20:8-11

Of course, this was under the Jewish Law. In the New Testament every one of the Ten Commandments is repeated in some way, shape, or form, except the keeping of the Sabbath. The reason is clear. Since Jesus arose from the dead, the day of worship and rest for the Christian is on Sunday.

They were walking through a grain field and the disciples were picking grain as they went by, rubbing it in their hands blowing away the chaff and eating it. This was perfectly legal. Deuteronomy 23:25

Vs. 24 – The Pharisees take issue with Jesus because He’s their leader. His disciples were violating the Sabbath according to them. According to them they were working.

Vss. 25-26 – Jesus used David as an example. He did worse and was sinless.

Vs. 27 – Jesus calls himself, “The Son of Man”, a term which according to Daniel 7:13-14.

As Lord of the Sabbath, He has authority.

The danger that we are warned of here is having a critical mind. Romans 14:4

THE DANGER OF AN ACCUSING EYE 3:1-2

The Pharisees were watching Jesus to accuse Him. They weren’t looking for good in Jesus. They were looking for things

Why do we sometimes watch others with an accusing eye?

Let me give you some suggestions.

  • Sometimes we have not forgiven someone for hurting us, so we watch them critically.
  • Sometimes we are secretly jealous of another person’s popularity or abilities.
  • Sometimes we do not like what a person has done to others or to ourselves, so we watch them so we can back at them.
  • Sometimes we do not like what another person stands for so we watch to see if we can bring them down a peg or two.
  • Sometimes we just don’t like a person, so we look to find fault.

THE DANGER OF A HARDENED HEART 3:3-5

I’m sure Jesus knew why the Pharisees were watching him. And when you serve Jesus, you will also be watched.

Vs. 3 – Jesus didn’t stop or go private in a healing. He just did the right thing and confronted those who were there to find fault. He began by having the man stand up and come forward.

Vs. 4 – Then Jesus asked a heart piercing question. Jesus wasn’t asking a legal question here. It was a moral issue. On a day of rest dedicated to God, was it to do good or to do evil? What is it lawful to preserve life or to kill? There was only one right answer, but it violated their law. So they said nothing!

Vs. 5 – He was angry and grieved with their hardness of heart. I wonder how many times Jesus is grieved and angered with our hardened hearts.

  • When we continue to find fault
  • When we fail to forgive
  • When we have an accusing eye
  • When we allow bitterness to control us
  • When we don’t want good to be done for others because we are holding a grudge

Jesus healed the man!

THE DANGER OF A DESTRUCTIVE TONGUE 3:6

Vs. 6 – Immediately the Pharisees joined forces with the pro-Rome faction in Israel, the Herodians. They were plotting how they may destroy them.

We say “How Horrible!” – But how often have we used our tongues to make others look bad or even plot against them? James 3:2-6,8

THE DANGER OF A CRITICAL MIND – Mark 2:23-28

THE DANGER OF AN ACCUSING EYE – Mark 3:1-2

THE DANGER OF A HARDENED HEART – Mark 3:3-5

THE DANGER OF A DESTRUCTIVE TONGUE – Mark 3:6

Were you at all distracted with how Dottie and I were dressed this morning?

We both violated our comfort zones this morning by dressing to illustrate the message.

Although your pastor and his wife dressed in a way on a Sunday Morning that you are not used to seeing, we did nothing wrong. It might not be what you want to see but in this case and every similar case watch out for danger.

And by the way. Lord willing, we’ll be back in our comfort zones next week!

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Note from Jack: This is the first of four Bible Lessons that

I will teach in Sunday School the next four weeks.

I will go over the Scriptures and ask the questions that I have listed below.

MATTHEW 26:1-35 – POINTING TO THE CROSS

LEAD ME TO CALVARY #1

  • Why is it a good idea to prepare ourselves Spiritually for Good Friday and Easter?
  • What have you done in the past to prepare for these days? Was it helpful?
  • Why is understanding the Cross essential for Christians?

For the next four Sundays we will prepare our hearts for Good Friday and Easter by examining Matthew 26-27 and some related passages of Scriptures. Today we are looking at events that point to the Cross.

POIGNANT PROPHECY – Matthew 26:1-2, Isaiah 53

  • What verse in Isaiah 53 thrills or challenges you?

SCANDALOUS SCHEME – Matthew 26:3-5, 14-16, Luke 22:1-6, John 11:45-54

  • Is it possible for a true Christian to betray Jesus as Judas did?
  • How is Judas’ behavior a warning to us as believers?

BETHANY BLESSING – Matthew 26:6-13, John 12:1-8

  • How will an appreciative heart affect our behavior towards Jesus?
  • Why do you think that Judas went out and betrayed Jesus right after this event?

PASSOVER PREPARATION – Matthew 26:17-19, Luke 22:7-13

  • What do the reliability of Jesus’ instructions teach us?
  • Is it ever safe to disobey God’s Word?

WOEFUL WARNING – Matthew 26:20-25, John 13:21-30

  • What indications are there that Jesus loved Judas?
  • How does Jesus feel when we ignore or disobey Him?

MEMORIAL MEAL – Matthew 26:26-30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

  • What about this account makes you want to be more sensitive to the Lord’s Table?

STARTLING STATEMENTS – Matthew 26:31-35, Luke 22:31-34

  • When do we tend to think of ourselves as more committed to Christ than we actually are?
  •  How do Jesus’ words in Luke 22:31-34 encourage you?

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EXODUS 2 – GOD’S HAND ON A LIFE

 

Those who know the Lord can certainly see God’s "hand" of influence on their lives. We can see how God guided us to salvation, the right marriage partner, the right job, the right church, and the right friends. We've seen God's "hand" on us through good times and bad times. Moses also had the "hand" of God upon him.  We can see this in the earliest accounts of Moses' life found in our text.

A REFUGE - Vss. 1-3

Pharaoh had commanded that all newborn male children be killed (Exodus 1:22).

Moses' mother hid him, and then placed him in an ark and placed him in the reeds by the river. This was Moses' refuge from harm.

A RESCUE - Vss. 4-10

God touched the heart of Pharaoh's daughter. Moses grew up under her care. He was raised in the Egyptian court.

A REVOLT - Vss. 11-14

This was a dark time for Moses. In protecting a Hebrew slave he killed an Egyptian. He was forced to run.

A RETREAT - Vss. 15-22

Moses retreated to the wilderness, where he became a shepherd and where he met and married his wife.

A REMEMBRANCE - Vss. 23-25

God remembered his covenant with Israel and heard their cry from bondage.  Actually God never forgot!  God also remembered Moses and was preparing to use Moses in a mighty way to deliver God's people. Although Moses had been set aside, he was soon going to be at the head of God's plans.

Sometimes God will set us aside for a while. This time should be a time of growth and learning for us.  We never know when God will say to us, "It's time to do my work."

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PSALM 122 – THE PLACE TO BE

· I believe that Psalm 122 was written by David for the benefit of those who would come to Jerusalem during one of the feasts. Deuteronomy 16:16

  • As Jerusalem was “The Place To Be” for worshipping Jews, I believe that the church is “The Place To Be” for believers. Hebrews 10:24-25
  1. A PLACE OF JOY – Vs. 1

· The Psalmist received an invitation to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.  In the same manner, we should not be shy about inviting folks to join us in church.

· Why should it be a joy to come to church?

· What robs us of joy when we come to church? Ephesians 4:30-32, Philippians 4:2

  • What part does the Holy Spirit have in making church joyful? Ephesians 5:17-19
  1. A PLACE THAT’S SPECIAL – Vs. 2

· Perhaps the Psalmist was spending a moment to “take it all in”.

· Perhaps the Psalmist was meditating on the greatness of the city and God’s faithfulness to her.

  • We should establish a sense of awe when we come to church.   Deuteronomy 10: 14, 17, Isaiah 40:10-14, 25-26, Romans 11:33-36, Hebrews 4:1-4, 1 Corinthians 8:6, John 3:16
  1. A PLACE OF UNITY – Vs. 3

· Building projects abounded under David and Solomon.

· As walls were expanded and buildings built, there was a sense of order. It all seemed to “fit”.

· Church is to be a place of unity, where all fit, if they are true believers. Psalm 133, Romans 15:1-7, 1 John 2:19

  • When must believers be excluded from fellowship for the sake of holiness and unity? 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
  1. A PLACE OF FELLOWSHIP – Vs. 4

· All the tribes were together in the place where the Lord chose for a central place of worship. Deuteronomy 16:11

  • The church is the place for fellowship today.  Acts 2:42, Hebrews 11:24-25
  1. A PLACE OF WORSHIP – Vs. 4
  2. A PLACE OF ORGANIZATION – Vs. 5

· Jerusalem was the place of an organized government.

· Why is church government important?

  • The church’s structure has three basic parts: congregation, elders, and deacons. Philippians 1:1, 1 Timothy 3:1-13
  1. A PLACE OF PEACE – Vss. 6-8

· These verses express a desire for peace within Jerusalem and peace for those who love the city.

· God is the God of peace. Romans 5:1, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:23

  • God wants his children to live in peace with each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
  1. A PLACE OF SECURITY – Vss.  6-7

· King David’s desire was that his people would be a secure people, and that Jerusalem would be secure.

· Because of persecutions and trials, the church is to be a place of security for God’s people. John 15:18-19, James 1:2-4

  • True love produces a sense of security. John 15:9-15, 1 John 4:18-19
  1. A PLACE OF GOOD – Vs. 9

· Each believer is a temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 3:18, 6:19

· Wherever the church meets, it meets in “the house of the Lord our God”.

  • The church should seek the good of its members. Philippians 2:1-4

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MATTHEW 4:19 – SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SOUL WINNER?

Do you want to be a soul winner? That is do you want to bring people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus as Savior?

The way we start winning souls may surprise you.

Read Matthew 4:18-22.

Jesus was walking along the sea of Galilee.

Peter and Andrew were casting a net to fish.

James and John were mending their fishing nets.

Jesus called them all to be his disciples.

And in calling them to discipleship, Jesus was also calling them to be those who share the good news of the Gospel with others, to be soul winners.

The key verse that tells us much about soul winning is

Matthew 4:19 - And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

In this verse we see:

THERE’S A PRIORITY

THERE’S A PROCESS

THERE’S A PROMISE

THERE’S A PRIORITY

Many people who would like to win friends and loved ones to Christ make a grave mistake.

So to speak, they put the cart before the horse.

They think about witnessing or try to witness before they follow the command of Jesus is this verse!

The command is “Follow Me”!

Jesus wants followers before he wants witnesses.

A follower is a disciple. A disciple is a learner.

Although new Christians can certainly witness for the Lord and should, it is the Christian who is a committed disciple of Christ’s that will be the most effective witness.

I believe that truly following Jesus involves several things.

SALVATION

The person who is going to be a soul winner, must be saved himself. I believe that Peter, Andrew, James and John all had encounters with Jesus in John 1:35-42.

  1. believe that the other disciple of John the Baptist that followed Jesus was John the Brother of James who wrote the Gospel of John. I believe that he too, found his brother and brought him to Jesus.

To be someone’s follower, you must believe in that person.

It is the Lord Jesus who died for your sins and mine. He took the punishment for our sins upon Himself. 2 Corinthians 5:21

The Lord Jesus did not stay dead, but arose from the dead.

It is faith in the Lord Jesus as our only hope for forgiveness and for heaven that gives us eternal life.

John 3:16, John 3:36

To be a “fisher of men” you must be caught by the Lord Jesus yourself.

  1. be a true follower of Jesus, you must place your faith in Him for your own salvation.

SACRIFICE

Following Jesus involves sacrifice.

It means loving Him enough to give your whole life to Him.

Why should you and I love the Lord Jesus?

We should love Him because He is God. John 1:1-2

We should love Him because He is our creator. John 1:3

Most of all, we should love Him because He made the ultimate sacrifice for us, giving His life as a ransom for ours. 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 John 4:19

How deep is our love for Christ to go?

Our love of Christ is to be one of total sacrifice so that no one else is loved more. Luke 14:26-27

Your love for the Lord Jesus is to be so strong that love for anyone else pales in comparison.

Luke 9:23-24

You may wonder why sacrifice is such an important part of following Jesus.

Jesus giving His all was essential for us to be saved. You and I giving our all is essential as we serve the one who saved us.

And you will only be a truly dedicated soul winner, when your life is a sacrifice so that you are willing to go and do whatever He says. Romans 12:1-2

SCHOOLING

We already said that a disciple is a learner.

A disciple of Jesus must be taught by and about Jesus.

The early disciples spent lots of time with Jesus.

They ate with Jesus.

They worked with Jesus.

The disciples listened as Jesus taught them and also the multitudes that followed Him.

They saw His miracles.

They saw what he was like in the private times, when the world in general was not watching.

How will you learn from Jesus today?

First you need to learn to love and read his Word.

Second you need to learn to communicate with Him.

Jesus calls it abiding. John 15:7

Third you need to be discipled by Godly followers of the Lord Jesus. Ephesians 4:11-12

2 Timothy 2:2

 

SUBMISSION

Jesus said it so simply.

John 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21 - He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

  1. is the submissive follower of Jesus who will witness to whoever and wherever the Lord sends.

SALVATION

SACRIFICE

SCHOOLING

SUBMISSION

STAYING POWER

A true follower of Jesus is faithful.

He has staying power or sticktuitiveness.

He continues to follow no matter how tough things get or how inconvenient they get.

He continues to follow even when others don’t want to listen to what they have to say. Luke 9:57-62

Jesus says “Follow Me”.

That is to be the Priority of my life.

SALVATION

SACRIFICE

SCHOOLING

SUBMISSION

STAYING POWER

THERE’S A PRIORITY

THERE’S A PROCESS

Jesus says, “Follow me and I will make you.”

Who made Paul and Peter great soul winners?

Who made Dwight Moody a great soul winner?

Who made Billy Graham the greatest evangelist of our generation?

God did.

Jesus is saying “If you follow me, being saved, living a sacrificial life of love, letting me school you, submitting to me in obedience and sticking with it, I will make you. You will be all that I want you to be.

Being effective for Jesus is a process of Jesus making us.

As we mature the more he will be able to use us.

And we have the confidence that he will work through us in the Power of the Holy Ghost. Acts 1:8, Isaiah 55:10-11

If we have are following Jesus, He will not only give us the words to say, but the Holy Spirit’s power behind. That doesn’t mean that every person we witness to will be saved, but the words we say will have impact.

  1. remember, God uses many people to get his message across. You may be one of many to witness to a person who will eventually be saved.

1 Corinthians 3:6 - I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

 

THERE’S A PRIORITY

THERE’S A PROCESS

THERE’S A PROMISE

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Jesus has promised to make us “Fishers of Men”.

We will be able to bring men and women to Jesus Christ as Savior.

What a privilege that is.

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THE WAY TO HEAVEN (THE ROMANS ROAD)

  • There is a way to Heaven. – It is called the Gospel. – Romans 1:16-17
  • There is a hindrance to getting to Heaven. – It is called sin. –  Romans 3:10-18, 23, Romans 6:23a
  • There is a price that was paid for your sin. – It was paid by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Romans 5:6-8
  • There’s a free gift to receive. – It is offered by God. – Romans 6:23
  • There’s a decision to make to go to Heaven. – Romans 10:9-10, 13                                       A Sample Expression of Faith – “Dear Lord Jesus, I am a sinner who has no hope. I turn to you for help, believing you died for me. I accept you as my Lord and Savior, my only hope for Heaven.”
  • There are changes to enjoy when we are going to Heaven. – Romans 5:1, Romans 8:37-39, Romans 14:17-18

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JAMES 3:1-12 – TONGUE-TIED                                

It was my first wedding. The bride was 60-something. The groom was 70-something.

They decided on a full church wedding.  To say I was nervous is probably an understatement.

As I was giving a little devotional to the new couple I tried to quote part of Ephesians 4:26, "Don't let the sun go down upon your wrath."  Instead, I said, "Don't end the day without having a fight!" Talk about being tongue-tied, using my tongue in a wrong way, I succeeded!

James gives us a very serious warning in our text.  All people end up getting tongue-tied at one time or another.  We are all guilty of misusing the tongue.

THE IMPORTANT TONGUE - Vss. 2-4

The tongue, although small, is important.  There should not be an excess of teachers (masters), because they will receive greater judgment (condemnation).  Those who teach others are judged by a higher standard than those who are not teachers.

James gives two examples of small things being important.  He refers to the bit placed in a horse's mouth and the rudder (helm) which steers a boat.  Both small things accomplish great results. 

THE INFLAMED TONGUE - Vss. 5-6

"The tongue is a fire!"

THE INCONSISTENT TONGUE - Vss. 9-12

THE IMPOSSIBLE TONGUE - Vss. 7-8

(I make this point last, because the solution to the problem is found here.)

No man can tame the tongue! Only God can!

First, we need to trust Christ as Savior.

Next, we need to turn the control of the tongue over to Him.

Romans 13:14 - "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."

Galatians 2:20 - "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: 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."

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