Delighting in the Decree of God (Psalm 2)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Psalm 2, we see the foolishness of rebellion against God in light of his sovereign decree for his Anointed Son to judge and rule the nations so that we can enter into the wisdom and blessing of serving the Lord and His Son before it’s too late.

  1. The Vain Defiance of the Nations (vv. 1-3)

  2. The Victorious Decree of the LORD (vv. 4-9)

  3. The Vital Duty of the Blessed (vv. 10-12)

Behold King Jesus (Matthew 21:1-11)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Matthew 21:1-11, we behold Jesus as the Messianic King from three perspectives so that we will believe in the King, rejoice in the King, and live a life on mission in devotion to the King.

  1. Behold the Messianic King promised prophetically (21:4)

  2. Behold the Messianic King presented historically (21:1-11)

  3. Behold the Messianic King presiding eternally (21:9, 22:44, 19:28, 26:31)

You, Sin, and the Law (Romans 7:7-12)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 7:7-12, we see two crucial clarifications in regard to YOUR relationship to the LAW and SIN so that you will affirm the goodness of the law while understanding that it cannot save or sanctify you.

  1. The law REVEALS the sinfulness of your sin (v. 7)

  2. Sin uses the law to RUIN your life (vv. 8-11)

    • Sin uses the law to produce evil in you (v. 8)

    • Sin uses the law to deceive you (v. 11)

    • Sin uses the law to bring the DEATH SENTENCE upon you. (vv. 8-11)

Freed from the Law (Romans 7:1-6)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 7:1-6, we see that the Christian freed from the reign of the law will certainly live a God-glorifying life.

  1. How were you set free from the law? (vv. 1-4a)

  2. Why did you need to be set free from the law? (v. 4b)

  3. For what purpose were you set free from the law? (v. 4b)

  4. What is the result of having been set free from the law? (v. 6b)

The Secret of Sanctification (Romans 6:1-4)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 6:1-4, we see the fact that guarantees radically new and righteous living for those under the reign of God’s super-abounding grace.

  1. A Common Objection (v. 1)

  2. A Definitive Response (vv. 2-4)

    1. A Definitive Death: You died to sin (v. 2)

      • You died to sin with Christ (vv. 3-4)

        • Christ died

        • You are united with Christ

        • Therefore you died with Christ and were buried with Christ

    2. A Definitive Purpose: to walk in newness of life (v. 4)

The First Witness of Christ(mas) - (John 1:6-8)

Sermon Notes

In John 1:6-8, we see that GOD sent John the Baptist TO TESTIFY to the world that Jesus is THE LIGHT so that we might believe through John and be like John.

  1. Believe through John

    • Who is John?

    • What did God send John to do?

    • Why did God send John to do what he did?

  2. Be like John

    • A spirit of humble devotion to Christ

    • A spirit of fearless proclamation of Christ

    • A spirit of selfless giving for Christ

Joyfully Justified (Romans 5:2)

Sermon Notes

What should we do with the glorious blessings of justification?

  1. Enjoy assurance in our present salvation (v. 5:2a)

    • No Christ. No Access.

    • Have Christ. Have Access.

    • Have Access. Have Assurance.

    • Have Assurance - ENJOY IT!

  2. Rejoice confidently in our future glorification. (v. 5:2b)

    • No Christ. No Hope.

    • No Hope. No Rejoicing.

    • Have Christ. Have Hope.

    • Have Hope - REJOICE IN IT!

Let God Be Just (Romans 3:5-8)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 3:5-8, we see a third misconception that can arise when a healthy dose of the doctrine of sin is applied to Jews who do not believe in the Messiah.

Review of the first two objections:

1. Then there is no value in being a Jew (3:1-2)
2. Then God must not be faithful (3:3-4)

Final objection:

3. Then God must not be just (3:5-8)

a. Is God really just? (v. 6)
b. Am I really a sinner? (v. 7)
c. Then we might as well do evil (v. 8)

 

The Day of the Lord (Malachi 4:1-3)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Malachi 4:1-3, we see how God, on the day he is preparing, will drastically distinguish between the righteous and the wicked so that we will be motivated today to fear, trust, and serve the LORD always for his glory and our joy.

  1. God is preparing the day of the Lord (v. 4:1a)
  2. The day of the Lord will bring TERRIFYING VENGEANCE against the wicked (v. 4:1)
  3. The day of the Lord will bring TOTAL VINDICATION for the righteous (v. 4:2-3)

Repenting of Robbery (Malachi 3:8-12)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Malachi 3:6-12 we see four apathetic attitudes of those who rob God so that we might always repent of them and give generously to make God's name great among the nations!

  1. Repent?  Been there done that. (vv. 6-7)
  2. Robbing God? I'm doing what everyone else is doing. (v. 8)
  3. Give what? I can't afford to give that to God. (vv. 9-11)
  4. What's the point?  It's not worth it.  (v.12)

Motivations to Fulfill Your Calling (Malachi 2:1-3)

Sermon Notes

Proposition:  In Malachi 2:1-3, we see two gracious acts of God that should powerfully motivate you to fulfill your calling to make his name great among the nations!

  1. God has set you apart for God-glorifying service (v 1-2a)
    1. God set apart Israel
    2. God set apart the Priests
    3. God sets apart believers in Jesus Christ
  2. God will discipline you for God-dishonoring service (v 2b-3)
    1. God disciplined Israel
    2. God disciplined the Priests
    3. God disciplines believer in Jesus Christ

Seeing Him (Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus - Christmas 2017)

Sermon Notes (Hebrews 2:5-9):

  1. God has always intended man, not angels, to rule over creation (Hebrews 2:6-8a)
  2. It is painfully obvious that God's intention for man to rule is not being fulfilled (Hebrews 2:8b)
  3. But God's intention for man to rule has begun to be fulfilled and WE CAN SEE IT in the perfect God-Man Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:9)