This sermon was delivered on November 26, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Mr. Alexander Dwyer delivered this sermon entitled "By Faith, Abraham" on Genesis 12:1-9. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
Because our King has rescued us, our response is singing for joy.
Our rescue. (v.1-3)
Our victory song. (v.4-6)
Our back-up chorus. (v.7-9)
How ought one to respond to being rescued?
What was the source of our rescue? Hebrews 10:14
How do people respond to a good King? 1 Kings 1:39-40
How can inanimate objects respond to a King? Is.55:12
This passage clearly teaches that the follower of Jesus must believe in the supernatural and in the divinity of Jesus. To fail to believe these things is either to severely misunderstand the teachings of the Scripture or to be among those who do not trust in Jesus.
We often face troubles in life, and sometimes we're tempted to run and hide. But why hide when you can "seek" - that is, seek refuge in the Lord? In this sermon, Pastor Jesse unpacks Psalm 11, showing how David responded to extremely difficult circumstances. In David's response, you'll see that even when righteousness and justice don't seem to exist, you can have confidence knowing that God is on the throne.
Psalm 26 " Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.
2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.
6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD."
Jesus taught us the top priority – which is to love God, love others – and then Jesus died and rose again to cleanse us for breaking it, and to equip us to keep it more and more.
One more question – this one regarding the most important command. (v.28)
The most important answer about the most important command. (v.29-31)
The surprising response, the inviting verdict, and the silencing of questions. (v.32-34)
How can we know which things are top priority?
How did God summarize His law? Deut. 5:1-21 and 6:4-5
How much are we supposed to love God? 1 John 4:10
What is top priority to you? Rom. 12:1-2, Phl. 2:3-5