Sermon No: 125500-Remembrance



SERMON TOPIC: Remembrance

Speaker: Ken Paynter

Language: ENGLISH

Date: 12 December 2021

Topic Groups: REMEMBRANCE, CHRISTIAN LIVING

Sermon synopsis: 'Lest we forget' is a phrase commonly used in war remembrance services and commemorative occasions in English speaking countries. Used on ANZAC Day memorials and in Remembrance Day ceremonies as a caution against forgetting those who died in war.

The word remember is found 240 times in the Old and New Testament.

1 Corinthians 11:1-2 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

Remembrance.

"Lest we forget" is a phrase commonly used in war remembrance services and commemorative occasions in English speaking countries.

"Lest we forget" is a phrase commonly used in war remembrance services and commemorative occasions in English speaking countries.

Used on ANZAC Day memorials and in Remembrance Day ceremonies as a caution against forgetting those who died in war.

Remembrance Day.

The poppy is the enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War. It is strongly linked with Armistice Day (11 November), but the poppy's origin as a popular symbol of remembrance lies in the landscapes of the First World War. Poppies were a common sight, especially on the Western Front.

They flourished in the soil churned up by the fighting and shelling. The flower provided Canadian doctor John McCrae with inspiration for his poem 'In Flanders Fields', which he wrote whilst serving in Ypres in 1915.

Remembrance Day.

It was first published in Punch, having been rejected by The Spectator. In 1918, in response to McCrae's poem, American humanitarian Moina Michael wrote 'And now the Torch and Poppy Red, we wear in honor of our dead…’.

She campaigned to make the poppy a symbol of remembrance of those who had died in the war. Artificial poppies were first sold in Britain in 1921 to raise money for the Earl Haig Fund in support of ex-servicemen and the families of those who had died in the conflict. They were supplied by Anna Guérin, who had been manufacturing the flowers in France to raise money for war orphans.

Selling poppies proved so popular that in 1922 the British Legion founded a factory - staffed by disabled ex-servicemen - to produce its own. It continues to do so today. Other charities sell poppies in different colours, each with their own meaning but all to commemorate the losses of war.

Selling poppies proved so popular that in 1922 the British Legion founded a factory - staffed by disabled ex-servicemen - to produce its own. It continues to do so today. Other charities sell poppies in different colours, each with their own meaning but all to commemorate the losses of war.

White poppies, for example, symbolize peace without violence and purple poppies are worn to honour animals killed in conflict. The poppy continues to be sold worldwide to raise money and to remember those who lost their lives in the First World War and in subsequent conflicts.

At Auschwitz, Holocaust Survivors Plead ‘Never Forget’

2020: 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

200 survivors attended compared to the 1500 that attended 15 years ago. The concern is that the younger generation would forget the horrors of the Holocaust.

Remembering.

The word remember is found 240 times in the Old and New Testament.

1 Corinthians 11:1-2. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

Remembering.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

Reminders.

We are forgetful and so we need to make a concerted effort to remind ourselves of things that we ought not to forget.

Exodus 20:8-10. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.

The Sabbath day was a sign between God and His chosen people, pointing back to the creation week it was a reminder that God is Creator and the source of life, and is still observed by the Jews today.

Reminders.

We have Holidays “HOLY DAYS” to remind us of important things in the Christian calendar. We have Christmas and Easter and we used to have Ascension day.

We need reminders.

Remember your Salvation.

Remember how God delivered the Israelites from slavery. Exodus 13:3 ESV.

Then Moses said to the people, Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.

We too have been delivered from slavery.

Remember the Lord’s death.

Luke 22:19.

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.

Lest I forget.

King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be; Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow, Lead me to Calvary.

Refrain: Lest I forget Gethsemane, Lest I forget Thine agony; Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary.

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid, Tenderly mourned and wept; Angels in robes of light arrayed Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.

Let me like Mary, through the gloom, Come with a gift to Thee; Show to me now the empty tomb, Lead me to Calvary.

Lest I forget.

Refrain: Lest I forget Gethsemane, Lest I forget Thine agony; Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary.

May I be willing, Lord, to bear Daily my cross for Thee; Even Thy cup of grief to share, Thou hast borne all for me.

Fill me, O Lord, with Thy desire  For all that know not Thee; Then touch my lips with holy fire,  To speak of Calvary.

Remember God’s Word.

As humans, we are prone to forget things especially the things God wants us to remember.

For this reason, God has given us His Word to assist us in remembering these things.

Psalm 119:16 ESV. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Remember God’s Word.

Numbers 15:38-40.

Speak to the sons of Israel and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue.

It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord.

Remember God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 11:18-20.

 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 

Teach them to your children,  talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 

Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Remember God’s Word.

Proverbs 7:1-3.

My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you.

Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 

Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

What effort are you making to remember God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 6:6-12.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 

Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 

Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Remember God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 6:6-12.

When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant, then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Remember the words of the Prophets.

2 Peter 3:1-10.

This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts…

Remember the Apostles teachings.

Jude 1:17-19.

But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit reminds us.

Once we have done our part in hiding God’s Word in our heart, the Holy Spirit will bring these things to remembrance.

John 14:26 ESV.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

But it is up to us not to resist and quench the Holy Spirit.

Remember your leaders.

Hebrews 13:7.

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

People often look for poor example to use as an excuse for their own bad behaviour, but the Lord always leaves, mentors and role models who are examples that we can follow.

Philippians 4:9.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

The danger of forgetting.

Psalm 78.

34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek him;     they eagerly turned to him again. 35 They remembered that God was their Rock,     that God Most High was their Redeemer. 36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,     lying to him with their tongues; 37 their hearts were not loyal to him,     they were not faithful to his covenant…..

40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness     and grieved him in the wasteland! 41 Again and again they put God to the test;     they vexed the Holy One of Israel. 42 They did not remember his power     the day he redeemed them from the oppressor, 43 the day he displayed his signs in Egypt.

The danger of forgetting.

Revelation 2:4-5.

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the works you did at first.

If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

The danger of forgetting.

Revelation 3:1-3.

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up!

Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 

Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Remember Lot’s wife.

Luke 17:26-32.

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 

On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife!

Worldly possessions must not be a priority. 

Remember Lot’s wife.

A Christian must remember Lot’s wife. She has become a memorial of what happens to people who keep on looking back. We need to endure the race set before us and looking back will slow us down and worst of all, it could prevent us from finishing our race.

As Christians, we live in the world, but we must not be part of the world. God has called us to come out of the world and be set apart for His purposes (II Corinthians 6:17-18).

Remember Lot’s wife.

Loving the world is dangerous for a Christian.

I John 2:15-16.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.

Remember to make your calling and election sure.

2 Peter 1:10-15.

  Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election.

For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Remember to make your calling and election sure.

2 Peter 1:10-15.

So, I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 

And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

Remember the Source of our blessings.

Deuteronomy 8:18.

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Every good and perfect gift is from above

Remember the source of our blessings.

Psalm 103:1-4.

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits  who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,  who redeems your life  from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,  who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Acts 20:33-35.

I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Galatians 2:10.

They only asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I also was eager to do.

Remember to share the Gospel message.

James 5:20.

Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

Remember to avoid useless arguments.

2 Timothy 2:14.

Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 

Remember our fellow believers who are suffering.

Hebrews 13:3.

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Remember the Servant is not greater than the Master.

John 15:20-21.

Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his master. 

If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. 

If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

Remember God’s deliverance in the past.

Deuteronomy 7:17-18.

If you should say in your heart, These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’ you shall not be afraid of them; you shall well remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.

1 Chronicles 16:12.

Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth.

Remember God when you are young.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, I have no pleasure in them.

Deuteronomy 32:7. Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.

Remember God’s Grace.

Jonah 2:7.

While I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord and my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple.

Remember the Father’s house.

There are some that are backslidden and lukewarm and perhaps they have even sunk to the depths that the Prodigal Son had sunk to.

Remember the Father’s house.

Luke 15:17-20.

When he came to his senses, he said, How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him:

Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. So, he got up and went to his father.

Remembrance.

Though we may forget, God will never forget us.

Isaiah 49:15-16.

Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.




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