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Sermons about Free Will
In this sermon, the pastor compares and contrast the implications of predestination and free will, examines the Biblical evidence, and gives his understanding of how this all works together.
If you are seeking God's will for your life from a humanistic standpoint and ask the question, "What's in it for me?" you will probably not want to follow Jesus. However, if you are compelled or constrained by Christ's love, as Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:14, then the "What's in it for me question?" becomes the pathway of the cross; the path of self-denial and death. Pastor Steve looks at the lives of Mary, Jesus' mother, as well as John the Baptist, and talks about the outcomes of obedience to God's will. Are you sure you want to follow Jesus...it's going to cost you!
Reflecting on God's hand at work in the lives of biblical characters can give us some perspective on our own. Too often we worry ourselves to the point of sickness over choices we face. We imagine that choosing wrong can wreck everything--including God's will for our lives. While our choices certainly are important and have real consequences, we need not worry about thwarting God's overall plan for our lives. It won't happen. Gen 15:1-5; 12-21; Gen 25; Gen 27; Gen 29; Gen 30; Gen 34; Gen 35; Gen 36; Prov 16:9; 2Pet 2:4-9
Ephesians 1:3-6 As is typical at the opening of a New Testament letter, Paul begins with a statement of praise and thankfulness to God; this passage is unique as of one of the longest single sentences in the Bible, starting in verse 3 and not ending until verse 14. Directly following verse 3, Paul begins a series of related clauses. We're going to organize them by their object rather than in sequence, focusing on the nature of the various gifts God has given us.
How Can There Be Evil And an All-Loving & All-Powerful God? If God is all-powerful & all -loving as the Bible claims to be, then how could there be evil? It seems as though God is either not as powerful as we think or he is not as loving as we think or perhaps He doesn't exist as atheists claim. Pastor Lucas offers three things to consider as you wrestle with what is consider the greatest argument against the existence of God.