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1. The Mystery Revealed in the Gospel ● Be Humble before God: and understand His unfolding-Plan (v25) ● Know that the Deliverer will Come: and all Israel will be saved (vs26-27) 2. God’s Mercy Received in the Gospel ● the Enemies of God in the Gospel: are the Beloved of God in Election (vs28-29) ● God Delivers all Peoples over to the Prison of Disobedience: that He might have mercy on all (vs30-32) 3. God Glorified through the Gospel ● in the depth of His Riches: we cannot earn payment from God [Salvation is God’s gift] (vs33,35) ● in the depth of His Wisdom: we cannot offer counsel to God [Salvation is executed God’s way] (vs33,34) ● in the depth of His Knowledge: we cannot know the mind of God [Salvation is according to God’s plan] (vs33,34) ● in the Supremacy of His Being: God is the origin, sustainer, and goal of all things [Salvation is for His eternal glory] (v36) 4. Walk in the Footsteps of Paul ● Our devotions should be theological: and our theology should be devotional (adapted from John Stott) ● Embrace the life-transforming Gospel: with an eye on the universal, unfolding-plan of God for His glory
SALVATION AND FAITH ● God’s Righteousness in Christ: God has done the work of salvation for us, we cannot do it ourselves (vs1-10) ● The Righteousness based on Faith: To be saved, we must confess Jesus as Lord & believe God raised Him from the dead (vs4-10) ● God’s Salvation offered to All: Everyone who believes in Christ and calls on His name will be saved (vs4, 9-13) FAITH AND THE GOSPEL ● Faith comes through hearing the Gospel: which must be preached and obeyed! (vs14-17) ● God’s Gospel is being preached: because of His faithfulness, mercy and grace (vs18-21)
In Acts 11, Peter's experience with Cornelius and the other Gentile believers from the previous chapter make waves amongst the Jewish Believers. Hans challenges the Oaks to not stand in the way of God breaking down barriers to salvation.
Hans challenges the Oaks Location to look for barriers we put up between ourselves and others for the gospel to break down - from Acts 10.
Christmas represents a story of great reversal. Paul captures this reversal on multiple levels in Ephesians 2. Before Christ, we were far away from God, separate from Him on account of our sin. Gentiles were especially far away from Him. Then, the Cross happened. But before the Cross happened, Christmas happened. God became flesh and made His dwelling among us. Christmas explains why the Cross mattered. For, Jesus was not just an exceptional human being. He is God, and as such, He is perfectly righteous. That is why the shedding of His blood on the Cross was sufficient to bring the unrighteous to God. And that is precisely what He did. Now, we have been brought near to God in Christ, by grace through faith. All Christians are now seated with Christ in the heavenly realms and Gentiles in Christ are actually fellow-citizens of God's people, members of God's household, and part of a holy building indwelt by God Himself.