We were thrilled to have Brother Jim Gables with us in the meeting. Now 81 years of age he tells us this may be his last public sermon. Yet he preached like he was 20 years younger. We were truly blessed by his wonderful message. We pray he gets to preach more!
"And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them." (Jeremiah 32:38–39)
Those whom God unconditionally chooses he undoubtedly brings into glory. Rejoice that you have been raised from the death of sin (T: Total Depravity). Praise God that He Has chosen you to be His children (U: Unconditional Election). Give thanks that Christ's blood was shed to wash your sins away (L: Limited Atonement). Be blessed to know that God has not allowed you to resist Him (I: Irresistible Grace). Glorify God because He will surely glorify you (P: Perseverance of the Saints)! God Will Glorify You.
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
1/ Why men cannot come to Christ
2/ Why men MUST come to Christ
3/ The promise to those that come
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In this sermon we look at the greater covenant described in Hebrews 8:6-13. Quoting from the prophet Jeremiah, in verse 8 and 9, God says, "I will make a new covenant … it will not be like the [old] covenant." He does not say, "I will renew the covenant which they broke." Clearly this new covenant will be quite different than the old; it will not just be a patching up of what previously failed, but it is a completely new and utterly different covenant. The differences that stand out in Jeremiah's prophecy are at least threefold: 1) the new covenant is unconditionally secured by God Himself; whereas the old covenant was conditioned on the obedience of the people; 2) the new covenant is spiritual whereas the old was tied to physical promises; and 3) the new covenant finally and fully does away with sin by providing forgiveness, whereas the old covenant could only provide a temporary atonement. In summary, the old covenant, in the words of the apostle Paul (2 Cor 3:7), is a ministry of death, whereas in the new covenant we have hope, liberty and glory (see all of 2 Corinthians 3 for this contrast).
As you read the passage in Hebrews, give emphasis to the pronouns "I" and "they" which are emphatic and set over against each other in Greek. This will help you to see the infinite contrast between a religion of human effort that ends in death and a covenant of grace that carries eternal life.
The call of Jehovah, the Lord, to Samuel is clearly laid out. Samuel is called a "child" but that is a way of calling him the offspring of Hannah. He was likely a very bright and capable teen. He grew up learning the way of the Tabernacle and the priest. Still, "Samuel did not yet know the Lord". The chapter reveals two calls to Samuel: to salvation and to service.
There are many paradox in the Bible: we believe in one God, but manifested in three persons; The Sovereignty of God, who controls all things--man's responsibility to God; I am crucified with Christ--nevertheless I live; Die to self to live for Christ. We are to deny ourselves daily so that our lives will be saved in Christ.
Sacrifice is to give up ones' life on behalf of. We are slaves to this world then Jesus buys us back. Let Christ manage your life to a path of righteousness and holiness.
Churches have grown weak because doctrine is no longer important. But any doctrine that exalts man should be avoided - John shows from the events in 2 Samuel 9 how God's grace is Sovereign and we offer nothing but our sinful self to God, unable, unwilling, hiding but drawn irresistibly by Grace to come to the King's table.