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A sermon on the tremendous power of God's forgiveness in the midst of a world of sin.
Sermon #29 from the "God with Us" series. Scripture from John 11:45-12:12.
Mercy is truly an expression of God's love. It is the compassionate disposition of God that even when we linger in our sin, he acts on our behalf. It is the ever-present characteristic of God that won't allow his patience for his children to run out. And fortunately it is not just an emotion, but results in merciful action.
Often we hear today the phrase: "I am not a sinner". We (the church nationwide) often believe that God will conform to what we see as acceptable as a society. Make no mistake: we are all wretched, undeserved sinners in the eyes of our Lord. Our only chance of salvation is thru the blood of Jesus Christ.
Jesus taught that his kingdom was like the dawning of the sun. It dawned in his first coming and is already here. It is rising in power until it is fully consummated in his second coming. Luke 17:20-18:17 teach us how to persevere in between the times. We should pray and receive the kingdom with humility. Our simple prayer should be: "God, be merciful to me, a sinner."
All of us like to be treated special....But we cannot show favoritism, so this may be a problem.
Timothy speaks of God's will that all men be saved, yet Ephesians talks of "predestination". Elder Justice explores the relationship and meanings attached to these theological hot buttons, and presents a clear explanation as to how they are not opposites, but clearly a part of the Lord's plan for our growth and eventualy destination.
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