SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 8/29/22
September 1, 2022, 6:29 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS

U22 – FOR WEEK OF 8/29/22

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EXODUS 14 – FROM TRAUMA TO TRIUMPH

Trauma: a deeply distressing or disturbing experience:

"a personal trauma like the death of a child" – Bing online Dictionary

“Trauma is a person’s emotional response to a distressing experience. Few people can go through life without encountering some kind of trauma. Unlike ordinary hardships, traumatic events tend to be sudden and unpredictable, involve a serious threat to life—like bodily injury or death—and feel beyond a person’s control. Most important, events are traumatic to the degree that they undermine a person's sense of safety in the world and create a sense that catastrophe could strike at any time. Parental loss in childhood, auto accidents, physical violence, sexual assault, military combat experiences, the unexpected loss of a loved one are commonly traumatic events.” Trauma | Psychology Today

We will all face trauma during our lifetimes. We as individuals and as a church have all lost loved ones. I think of the loss of Dot Witmer, Nan Oberholzer, and Gina Brill.

On a national level I think of the Covid Pandemic, 9-11 and various hurricanes and other natural disasters. Also, shootings, riots, and scandals have left many paralyzed.

Besides trauma, there is also worry and fear to deal with. It is all too easy to succumb to these.

We will not avoid trauma or things that could make us worry, fret and fear. But we can be prepared for them.

The Israelites leaving Egypt faced a trauma that God turned to triumph. Let’s learn from their experience in Exodus 14.

BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PATH – They were facing trauma because they were in the will of God, taking the path of obedience. To be in the will of God, you must be saved! 1 Timothy 2:3-6, Ephesians 2:8-9

To be in the will of God you must follow His leading.  John14:21-24 – The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.

BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PURPOSE – Exodus 14:4, 17-18 – God’s purpose for the believer is for us to bring glory to Him, by glorifying his Son. 2 Thess. 1:3-6, 11-12

BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PLAN – Exodus 14:1-9

Romans 12:3, - God’s will is “good, acceptable, perfect”.

Esther 1:13-14

BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PRESENCE – Exodus 14:10-16 – Hebrews 13:5-6 – Footprints

BE ASSURED OF GOD’S PROTECTION – Exodus 14:19-20 – The “Angel of the Lord” – probably Lord Jesus

False accusation never went anywhere against me. Even if I lose my life, God has protected me from the punishment of Hell.

BE ASSURED OF GOD’S POWER – Exodus 14:21-31

Ephesians 1:19-23

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JOSHUA 14:6-15 – SIMPLE SECRET FOR SUCCESS

#13 – MOVING FORWARD – THE BOOK OF JOSHUA

HAPPENINGS IN THE LAND:

  • Joshua 10 – Southern Campaign
  • Joshua 11 – Northern Campaign
  • Joshua 12 – List of Defeated Kings
  • Joshua 13 – The Next Step + Eastside Inheritances
  • Joshua 14 – Westside Inheritances – Caleb First!

THINK ABOUT IT:

  • How has God been faithful to you?
  • How have you been faithful and not so faithful (silent answers)?
  • Why is faithfulness a simple secret for success?
  • Caleb’s story is a role model in faithfulness that brought success.

FAITHFUL PERFORMANCE - Vss. 6-8

  • Caleb took a stand. Numbers 13:25-14:10
  • God expects us to be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
  • What stands must we take that will show us to be faithful?

FAITHFUL PROMISE - Vs. 9

  • God promised land to Caleb. Numbers 14:24, 30
  • Perhaps the other spirit was the Holy Spirit.
  • It is only through Holy Spirit control that we will be faithful. I believe that faithfulness and self-control work together. Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:22-23
  • God rewards faithfulness.  Matthew 25:21, Revelation 2:10

FAITHFUL PETITION - Vss. 10-12

  • He was asking for, or claiming what he had been promised.
  • Some of the greatest promises in the Bible are promises of answered prayer.

Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11:9-13, John 15:7, 16, 1 John 5:14-15

A FAITHFUL PRONOUNCEMENT - Vss. 13-15

  • The land was given to Caleb as promised.
  • As we are faithful, God will keep His promises to us.

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Psalm 20:1-4 – BEST WISHES

MAY GOD’S EAR HEAR YOU

Psalm 20:1 - The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble;

MAY GOD’S NAME DEFEND YOU

Psalm 20:1 - …the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

MAY GOD’S PRESENCE HELP YOU

Psalm 20:2 - Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

MAY GOD’S MIND REMEMBER YOU

Psalm 20:3 - Remember all thy offerings,

MAY GOD’S HEART ACCEPT YOU

Psalm 20:3 - …and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

MAY GOD’S WORK BLESS YOU

Psalm 20:4 - Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

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LUKE 4:14-45 - WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

  • Begin the Sermon by talking about towns in which you lived.  If the setting is informal, you might want to ask the congregations to share interesting places where they lived.
  • Sometimes we are born into a family that lives in a certain place.
  • Sometimes we move to a certain place because a job requires it or we are going to school there.
  • Sometimes we move to somewhere because we moving back with family.
  • Other times we move somewhere out of choice. People often retire to a place like Florida.

Two of the places that Jesus lived were two towns mentioned in our text.  One place was his hometown of Nazareth. We can assume that he lived there over 25 years.  The other place was the town of Capernaum.  Matthew 4:13

Now these two towns were different in a very important way.

NAZARETH WAS RESISTANT TO JESUS

CAPERNAUM WAS RESPONSIVE TO JESUS

And I want to suggest to you that, figuratively speaking, you live in one of these two towns.  And I want to warn you that it is very possible to be a Christian, and at this point in your life be resistant to the Lord Jesus.

In Luke 3 there is the ministry of John the Baptist as the forerunner to Jesus and there is also the Baptism of the Lord Jesus. Luke tells us in Luke 3:21-22 - "Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased."

In Luke 4 we are told about the temptation of Jesus.

Luke 4:1-2 - "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered."

Of course Jesus successfully resisted the temptation by Satan and then began his ministry.

Luke 4:13-15 - Now we come to our text.  Jesus will visit two towns where he lived or had lived.  One was resistant to Jesus and the other was responsive to Jesus.  My question is where do you live Spiritually? Do you live in Nazareth, resistant to Jesus or in Capernaum, responsive to Jesus?

DO YOU LIVE IN NAZARETH? - Vss. 15-31

THEY WERE FAMILIAR - Vss. 15-22

Jesus gave a wonderful introduction of himself as Messiah through the presentation in the synagogue. Although the people admitted that they noted his gracious words, they could not get past the fact that he was someone that they knew. They thought that they knew Jesus well, but they didn't.

Today many have a similar problem.

They have heard about Jesus all their lives.

They have gone to church all their lives.

And yet they really don't know Him. Mention Jesus, and they'll say, "Oh, I know who He is."

But they don't act like they know Him and teaching about Him is just shut off. "Oh, I've heard that before!"

Christian we are in great danger when we get so familiar with Jesus that we take Him for granted or ignore Him. Don't let Jesus become so familiar to you that you ignore Him or take Him for granted.

In Nazareth they were familiar.

THEY WERE FAITHLESS - Vss. 23-24

Jesus knew what these people were thinking.

They were using a saying of that day, "Physician heal thyself."

They wanted to see Him perform some miracles as He had done in Capernaum. 

Jesus used another saying of the day on them. "No prophet is without honor except in his own country."

They had had the very Son of God living among them for years, and they gave Him no honor. Other places, including Capernaum, did!

Why did Jesus not work miracles in Nazareth?

Matthew 13:58 - "And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief."

Have you ever wondered why God doesn't do more around here?

Have you ever wondered why God doesn't do more in your life?

Could it be that we are just as unbelieving in some ways as the people of Nazareth.

THEY WERE FRUSTRATED Vss. 25-30

Vss. 25-27 - In these verses Jesus mentions two Gentiles who received miracles.  There were plenty of Jewish widows and leprous men, but God chose to heal these two.

Perhaps there are two things to consider here.  One would be the general state of unbelief of Israel in the days of Elijah and Elisha.

The people of Nazareth were showing the same unbelief. Therefore, there were no miracles.

The other thing to consider is that God is not obligated to act just because some one thinks that He should!

These People now took their unbelief to the outer limits.

They got angry, frustrated with Jesus. Why?

Because He told them the truth and they didn't want to hear it.

We can get that way sometimes.

We can angry or frustrated with people who tell us the truth about God or about our behavior, or lack of faith, and we don't want to hear it.

We can get angry or frustrated with God because He is confronting us with His truth and we don't want to hear it!

DO YOU LIVE IN NAZARETH?

 

OR DO YOU LIVE IN CAPERNAUM? - Vss. 31-41

DOCTRINE WAS RESPECTED - Vss. 31-32

Jesus did the same thing in Capernaum that he did in Nazareth.

He taught them. He taught them with authority, something rabbis of that day didn't do. They just quoted other rabbis! Jesus also taught them with power! There was conviction and strength in His words. 

Why was that? Yes, He was the Son of God, but also remember that the Spirit of God had descended on Him at His baptism and that according to vs.14, "he returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee. "

Now, what was the difference between Nazareth and Capernaum?

Luke tells us about one Sabbath Day and Sabbath Days in Capernaum. There was one Sabbath in Nazareth, several in Capernaum.  What was the difference?  On one Sabbath Day in Nazareth the people rejected Him and His word.  Capernaum was evidently receptive to His teaching. That's why He stayed longer!

How receptive are you to the Word of God?

Do you listen with interest?

Do you listen with enthusiasm?

Do you pay attention?

Do you care?

Sometimes people get nothing out of God's Word because they are not receptive to God's Word.

SATAN WAS RELEASED - Vss. 33-37

The people were receptive and the devil was released.

In this situation the devil, through one of his demons, had a man bound.

Of course, the devil is no match for the Son of God!

Oh that we would realize this! The Lord Jesus came to give us victory over sin and to release the power of Satan from our lives! Romans 6:10-14

SICKNESS WAS REMOVED - Vss. 38-41

Jesus healed Peter's Mother-in-law.

There was a great victory! Notice out of gratitude she got up and served.

Does Jesus heal disease today? He does, according to His perfect will.

But more importantly He heals the diseases of the heart.

Only the one who is receptive to Jesus will experience His healing touch of the heart.

Capernaum was a responsive town for a while.

Unfortunately Capernaum eventually showed its unbelief. Matthew 11:23

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

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GALATIANS 3:15-29 – GOD MADE IT GREAT!

TRULY FREE – STUDIES IN GALATIANS #6

  • When God makes something, He makes it great! What are some things He makes or has made great?
  • In your opinion, what makes salvation by faith alone, or justification by faith, great?
  • What makes earning salvation through works not so great?
  • In this passage Paul tells us how God makes salvation great.

REVIEW – GALATIANS 3:1-14 – BY FAITH ALONE

  • Consider the Work of the Spirit – Vss. 2-5
  • Consider the Testimony of the Scriptures – Vss. 6-12
  • Consider the Work of the Savior – Vss. 13-14

GOD’S SURE PROMISE – GALATIANS 3:15-18

  • The Judaizers would have argued that the law, being newer, replaced the covenant (agreement) between God and Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3
  • Vs. 15 – Paul is arguing that a covenant can only be broken by those who made it. This covenant was validated by God. Genesis 15
  • Vs. 16 – The Covenant was made to Abraham and his Seed, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Vs. 17 – The promise was given to Abraham 645 years before the law, but repeated to Isaac, and then Jacob. The last time it was reaffirmed was 430 years before the law. Genesis 28:13-15
  •  Vs. 18 – How is a law not based on promise? Why is a promise better?

THE LAW’S SENSIBLE PURPOSE – Galatians 3:19-24

  • Vs. 19 – The law was given to show mankind, especially the Jews, how sinful everyone is.
  • Vs. 19 – The law came to Israel, through two mediators, first angels, and then Moses. Acts 7:53, Hebrews 2:2
  • Vs. 20 – The promise to Abraham came directly from God with no mediator needed.
  • Vss. 21-22 – It is impossible for the law to save anyone. The law reveals that we are all sinners, so that those who believe may receive the promise through faith in Christ. Romans 3:10-24
  •  Vss. 23-24 – The law was our tutor or pedagogue (‘a child conductor’) to bring us to Christ.

THE BELIEVER’S SECURE POSITION – Galatians 3:25-29

  • Vs. 25 – We no longer need a tutor if we have faith in Christ.
  • Vs. 26 – When faith in Christ comes, one becomes an adult son, with all the rights and privileges, no longer in need of a tutor (the law).
  • Vs. 27 – Baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality. 1 Corinthians 12:13, Acts 10:44-48 We have had a change of garments, so to speak. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Vs. 28 – “The Pharisee would pray each morning, ‘I thank Thee, God, that I am a Jew, not a Gentile; a man, not a woman; and a freeman, and not a slave.’ Yet all these distinctions are removed ‘in Christ.’” Warren Wiersbe, Bible Exposition Commentary

We have different roles in God’s plan, but every Christian is equally a son of God.

  • Vs. 29 – In Christ, we are extra-special!

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TITUS 1:5-9 – GODLY LEADERSHIP

GODLY LIVING IN THE CHURCH #2 - A COMPLETE LESSON

  • What qualities do you admire most in a church leader?
  • Should we expect more of our leaders than we do of others or ourselves? Why or why not?
  • What does Hebrews 13:7 tell you about church leaders? Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
  • For what reasons should we strive to meet as many qualities for church leadership, even though we may never expect to be in a position of authority?

Titus was a young protégé of the Apostle Paul who was left on the Island of Crete in order to help new churches grow.  In this passage Paul is reminding Titus to appoint leaders in each church. He spells out the qualities that are of expected of “Elders”. These are qualities leaders are to display as examples to others.  We should strive to make these things part of a Godly walk.

INTRODUCTION

Titus 1:5 - For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

  • Titus was to finish up the administrative set up of the churches. Why is it necessary to have some form of government in the local church?
  • There are two terms used for the same office – “Elder” and “Bishop”.  The word “Elder” would refer to the maturity or character of the person in leadership.
  • The word “Bishop” refers to the man’s job of being an overseer.
  • Generally there was more than one elder in each church.
  • The following verses give us an idea of what an elder or bishop was to do.

1 Timothy 5:17 - Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Acts 20:28 - Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1 Peter 5:1-4 - The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: [2] Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; [3] Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. [4] And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Hebrews 13:17 - Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

THE ELDER MUST BE A FAMILY MAN – Vs. 6

1. "The husband of one wife."

2. "Having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly."

THE ELDER MUST BE A FIRM MAN – Vs. 7

1. "Blameless, as the steward of God." (In Vss. 6&7)

2. "Not self-willed"

3. "Not soon angry"

4. "Not given to wine"

5. "No striker"

6. "Not given to filthy lucre"

THE ELDER MUST BE A FRUITFUL MAN – Vs. 8

1. "A lover of hospitality"

2. "A lover of good men"

3. "Sober"

4. "Just"

5. "Holy"

6. "Temperate"

THE ELDER MUST BE A FAITHFUL MAN – Vs. 9

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

  • How does one “hold fast” the Word of God?
  • Why is the Word of God called faithful?
  • Why is it a necessity to teach sound doctrine?

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WHY?

More often than not, I believe people should be given reasons for the rules they are given to obey.  There are times however when a parent’s answer can only be, “Because I said so, that’s why!”

There are things that all of us have been told in church in a sermon or in a Sunday School Class that have us prompted to ask, “But, why?”

You have been told that you should lean on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and that the life you live after being saved should be by faith; but why?

You have been told that you should love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind; but why?

You have been told that you should learn about the Bible and its teachings; but why?

You have been told that you should listen to your parents, your Sunday School Teacher, and the Pastor; but why?

You have been told that you should live your life totally sold out for the Lord Jesus Christ; but why?

This morning I’m going to try to answer these questions that you might have asked at one time or another.

WHY LEAN?

You have been told that you should lean on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior; but why?

Probably the answer most of us would give to that question is, “You want to lean on Jesus as your Savior, because you don’t want to go to hell.”

Indeed, this true. John 3:36

But are there any other reasons to trust Christ, besides being afraid of going to hell?   

Try this reason: Jesus has done for you what you couldn’t do for yourself.

There is at least one thing you can’t do for yourself.

You can not atone or pay for your sins.

The Bible tells us:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

…the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4

People have tried to be good to pay for their sins.

People have gone to church to pay for their sins.

People have been baptized to pay for their sins.

People have given money to pay for sins.   

And none of it works.

Jesus has done for you, what you can’t do for yourself. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Here is another reason for leaning on Jesus as your Savior: Why pay for what is already paid for?

If Jesus already died for my sins, why should I try to pay for them too? Ephesians 2:8-9

One more reason why I should lean on Christ as my Savior: God has loved me so much that his very Son came from Heaven, suffered, and died for me.  Shouldn’t I accept that great love? John 3:16  

These are a few reasons for leaning on Jesus as your Savior.

Most of you all profess to know Christ as your Savior.

Why should you lean on Him now by faith? That is, why should you live in dependence upon God’s help, and not wing it on your own?   

First of all, if you haven’t discovered it already, you will find that it is impossible to live a Godly life without dependence upon God. Romans 7:19

But God gives us a better way. He tells us to live the Christian life by faith, leaning on His Son for victory. Galatians 2:20, Philippians 4:13

You did nothing good to save yourself.  Don’t expect to be able to do good on your own to live a Christian life.

   

WHY LOVE?   

You have been told that you should love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind; but why?

There are very few of us who would ever claim not to love God.  It is not the love of God that is actually in question. It is the degree of that love.

That we should love God is understandable.  But why should we love Him above all others, to the point of always choosing Him and His way no matter what?

The answer is really quite simple and is summed up in

1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us.

 

Let’s think about that love.

He loved you enough to create you and to make you unique.  There is no other individual quite like you. Psalm 139:14

He also loved you enough to accept you. Ephesians 1:5-6

 And here’s another wonderful reason for loving Him. Jeremiah 31:3

He has loved you forever and always will love you.

He has loved you enough to draw you to Himself for salvation.

He has loved you enough to promise that you can never be separated from that love. Romans 8:35-39  

Of course, God loved us enough to send His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to die for us.

1 John 4:10

God loves us.

Isn’t that enough reason to love Him totally in return?   

   

WHY LEARN?

You have been told that you should learn about the Bible and its teachings; but why?

You and I have a Heavenly Father. He’s the one that loves us with an everlasting love.

Although you do not or did not have perfect earthly parents, you do have a perfect Heavenly Parent.

And just as your parents have taught you, He wants to teach you.

He wants to teach you Spiritual things.

He wants to teach you moral things.

He wants to teach you about Himself.

He wants to teach you about yourself.

He wants to teach you how to live.

Your earthly parents have and will fail you.

He will never fail you.

Learn from Him.

He has given His Word.

He has given us preachers and teachers of that Word. Ephesians 4:11-12

Did you ever learn something so you could please someone else? Why not learn so you can please God? 2 Timothy 2:15

We should also learn because we want to know God better. Philippians 3:10

WHY LISTEN?

You have been told that you should listen to your parents, your Sunday School Teacher, and the Pastor; but why?

Your parents have been given you an awesome job.

They have been commissioned by God to raise you.

They have been commissioned by God to train you.

They have been commissioned by God to teach you. Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4

God knew that your parents would be less than perfect.

And God knows that some of you have received undeserved grief from your parents.

But God has chosen your parents for you for whatever reason.

When they are not teaching you to disobey God, you are to listen to them and obey them.

Proverbs 6:20 - My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Colossians 3:20 - Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

What about listening to your Sunday School Teachers and Pastor when they teach? It’s so easy to tune us out and consider us irrelevant.

God has given us the important job of teaching you. This is a job that we will answer to God for.

You can help us by realizing that we have a job to do. 

You help us do our jobs when you pay attention and try to obey what God’s Word is teaching.  

WHY LIVE?

You have been told that you should live your life totally sold out for the Lord Jesus Christ; but why?

Of course we should live a life totally sold out to Jesus Christ because we are leaning on Him, loving Him, learning from Him and listening to Him.

There is one more reason that I’d like to add to this list.

You should live a live totally sold out to Jesus Christ because He says to live such a life.

Luke 9:23-24, Matthew 10:39, Luke 14:26-27

 

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