Luke 12: "I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!  I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!  Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.  For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three.  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."  He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, 'A shower is coming.' And so it happens.  And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, 'There will be scorching heat,' and it happens.  You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?  "And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?  As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.  I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid very last penny." (ESV)
That God has reconciled you to himself in the death and resurrection of Jesus, is the heart of the gospel. This reconcilation was applied to you when you believed, but even your believing was the result of that prior work of God the Spirit upon your heart, mind, and will we call regeneration--being born again. This is cause for great assurance and rejoicing for in no manner is reconcilation something left to you, but an accomplished fact grounded in the death and resurrection of Christ: "Now is the acceptable time . . . now is the day of salvation."
The mystery hid for ages is now made known in the gospel. And God displays his love and grace through great sacrifices and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit to form the hope of Christ in his elect people in Christ to reveal this salvation in them.
This sermon looks at the remaining three sayings of Jesus from the Cross: "My God, My God…"; "It is finished!"; "Father, into Your hands…" The emphasis is on Christ's Atonement as our Sovereign Redeemer.I. Wrath Absorbed (Mt 27:45-50)
"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
---A. Darkness (v45)
------2. Horror and Torment
---B. Forsakenness (v46)
------1. Darkness Explained
------2. Forsakenness Explained
------3. Application Exhibited: Love, Sin, and Necessity
---C. Completeness (vv47-50) II. Redemption Accomplished (Jn 19:28-30)
"It is finished!"
---A. Lord's Suffering
---B. Lord's Work
---C. Lord's Prophecies, Shadows, Ceremonies
---D. Lord's Atonement
III. Restoration Assured (Lk 23:44-46)
"Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit."
The first 14 verses of Ephesians speaks to us of God's purpose from eternity past to accomplish your salvation through Jesus Christ, and for you to hear, believe, and be sealed by the Holy Spirit. And all of this is an accomplished work by Jesus Christ which was freely and lavishly poured out upon you, even before it was applied to you when you heard and believed.
This is an introduction and overview for a series of lessons grounded in Paul's letter to the Ephesians. It is the goal of this series to encourage the view that the Christian is a thinking person. Revealed truth is rational, it is meant to be understood, and truth enters the soul through the intellect on its way to the heart.
This is a list of affirmations about Christian identity I used while in treatment many years ago. The glorious truth about your identity as a Christian is that you are becoming who you already are, whom God has already made you to be in His Son. So while worldly religion is all about becoming something that you are not so that you might find acceptance with God at judgment; the gospel instead tells us God has already made you "accepted in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:6, NKJV); it is your task now to think on these things, and work out your identity as you await that Day when these things will be fully realized.
In this concluding message in the series "The Church Before the Modern Watching World" we consider how to present the Gospel in a world that is drowning in meaninglessness. This will give you an outline to help you tell people "The Big Story" and relate it to each individual story.
We have worship today for Good Friday at 7:00 p.m. We will have a few responsive readings and hear God's Word from Isaiah 53.Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53
Text: Isaiah 53:11
Sermon: "The Servant at the Cross"
Theme: The Lord Jesus Christ accomplished, at the cross, what was planned
He knew what had to be done
He was able to do what was to be done
He knew for which ones He was working
His work was to bear our burden – and He did!