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Why has America been the most prosperous nation over the last 200 years? Why is America prosperous in technology, agriculture, energy, education and freedoms? Why hasn’t America ever been attacked on the homeland/heartland on a large scale? If you were to ask the Government those questions I believe you would hear the answers of our nuclear capabilities, our large military force, and our network of intelligence and satellite systems? But I tell you it is not for those reasons. America has been prosperous because we have always had a divine hedge of protection over our nation. But what happens when that hedge of protection is lifted? In this new preaching series, “God Save America”, I want us to go to the Word of God and see if we can find some answers, some patterns and parallels to what happens to America when God’s divine hedge of protection is lifted because we as a nation have been forsaking God.
Israel's problem: They were “going through the motions” in their worship. God primarily demonstrates His love through material and physical blessings. God considers His spiritual blessings more valuable. “Love” and “hate” are used as terms of comparison. If God had not chosen Israel, God would have destroyed Israel. Focus on the blessings you have been given instead of complaining about those you don’t have.
Israel's problem: They were “going through the motions” in their worship. The emphasis of Malachi is on the faithful covenant keeping God throughout the ages. The people's feeling: How can you question us about keeping the covenant? External obedience always starts with a renewed heart commitment to Him.
Satan knows the end of the book as well as we do. He is desperate to do as much damage to God’s Kingdom as he can in the short amount of time he has left. We must not allow ourselves to become discouraged, but rather live each moment of our lives in the confidence that God will give us the victory over Satan and that His goodness will always triumph over the evils of this world.
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
STANDING FAST THRU FAITH: in our Faithful Covenant-Keeping God (Message #21 * Romans 11vs11-24) 04-14-2013
Our Faithful Covenant-Keeping God 1. God’s unfolding-Plan in Salvation History: (vs11-12) --> God’s rejection of unbelieving Israel --> leads to the salvation of the Gentiles --> which leads to the salvation of Israel --> which leads to greater blessings! 2. Paul’s Evangelistic Heart for His fellow Jews: and the coming-glorious resurrection of the dead (vs13-16) God’s Character & Our Faith 1. Do not be Arrogant but Fear God: standing fast through faith in Jesus (vs17-21) 2. Take God’s Character to Heart: for lifelong perseverance by faith (vs22-24)
A REMNANT CHOSEN BY GRACE 1. God’s Faithfulness through Christ to His Chosen People Israel (4 observations adapted from John Stott) ● Personal Experience (v1) ● Theological Explanation (vs2,6) ● Biblical Example (vs2-4) ● Contemporary Evidence (vs5-6) 2. God’s Grace in His Unfolding-Plan ● God’s Election by Grace (vs6-7) ● God’s Hardening of Israel (vs7-10) ● God’s Salvation for the World (vs11f) APPLICATION 1. Know God’s Faithfulness in the Gospel: and His unfailing Love for Israel 2. Be Humbled and Empowered: by God’s Grace as believers in Jesus
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)
THE MERCY OF GOD: in Salvation History, in the Gospel, and for His Great Glory (Message #17 * Romans 9:14-29) 03-10-2013
Defending God’s Justice: by Proclaiming God’s Mercy ● God’s mercy depends on God: it has nothing to do with you or me (vs14-16) ● God has mercy on whomever He wills: and He hardens whomever He wills – for the glory of His Name (vs17-18) --> Understand God’s Gospel & Our Sin: in light of God’s mercy, His power, and His glory Silencing God’s Accusers: by Proclaiming God’s Greatness ● the Arrogant-Objection of Man: how can God blame us, for we cannot resist His will? (v19) ● the Authoritative-Reign of God our Maker: He has the right to do as He pleases (vs20-21) ● the Power and Patience of God our Savior: showing the riches of His glory to His vessels of mercy (vs22-23) ● the Salvific-Call of God our Father: making outcasts sinners His beloved people and sons of the living God (vs24-29) --> Stand in Awe of God’s Mercy: as Christ’s loving witnesses waiting for (and assured of) our eternal glory