Monday, July 27, 2009

Greetings from an Authentic Apostle

Sunday Sermon
July 26th 2009
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton

Sermonic Scripture: ESV Galatians 1:1-5 Paul, an apostle- not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead- 2 and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Sermonic Theme: Saved & Set Free (How to respond when you’ve been lied on.)

Sermonic Tension: The Mosaic Law verses the doctrine of Grace.

Sermonic Sentence: Glorify God alone for the wonderful things He has done.

Sermonic Help: Galatians 1.4 “Who gave himself for our sins.” Christ died for our sins, not for our virtues. It is not your efficiencies, but your deficiencies which entitle you to the Lord Jesus. It is not your wealth, but your lack. It is not what you have, but what you have not. It is not what you can boast of, but what you mourn over that qualifies you to receive the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Spurgeon at His Best)

Grace, Irresistible: Grace which cannot be rejected, since God always achieves His aims: “The work of the Holy Spirit in bringing men to faith never fails to achieve its object.” The doctrine of irresistible grace teaches that a person cannot resist God’s choice to save him, a choice to save him a choice determined before the foundations of the world. Also known as, “Effectual Calling,” irresistible grace is one of the five points of Calvinism.

Grace (common, efficacious, prevenient) One of the central concepts of the Scriptures, grace speaks of God’s loving actions toward creation and toward humankind in particular. Grace is the generous overflow of the love of God the Father toward the Son, Jesus Christ. This love is most clearly demonstrated to humans through God’s selfless giving of Jesus to enable people to enter into a loving relationship with God as the Holy Spirit enables them. Common grace speaks of God’s extension of favor to all people through providential care, regardless of whether or not they acknowledge and love God. Efficacious grace refers to the special application of grace to a person who comes by faith to Christ for salvation. It is the special act of God that brings about the true salvation of a person. Prevenient grace, though often thought to be synonymous with common grace, refers more specifically to the Wesleyan idea that God has enabled all people everywhere to respond favorably to the gospel if they so choose.

Sermonic Cross Reference: NLT Acts 9:1-9 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath. He was eager to destroy the Lord's followers, so he went to the high priest. 2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them-- both men and women-- back to Jerusalem in chains. 3 As he was nearing Damascus on this mission, a brilliant light from heaven suddenly beamed down upon him! 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?" 5 "Who are you, sir?" Saul asked. And the voice replied, "I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you are to do." 7 The men with Saul stood speechless with surprise, for they heard the sound of someone's voice, but they saw no one! 8 As Saul picked himself up off the ground, he found that he was blind. 9 So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days. And all that time he went without food and water.

Sermonic Title: “Greetings from an Authentic Apostle

Sermonic Structure:

I. Paul The Apostle has God given Authority (V.1)

II. Paul The Apostle has a Gentile Audience (V.2)

III. Paul The Apostle has a God centered life, Amen (V. 3-5)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Living under the Sun

Sunday Sermon
July 12th 2009
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton

Sermonic Scripture: ESV Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. 12 For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.

Sermonic Sentence: You’ve been given a season and opportunity so live to the glory of God.

Sermonic Tension: Live life to the fullest for tragedy may strike at any moment. (Take no day for granted.)

Sermonic Theme: The providence of God (God will provide.)

Sermonic Help: Proverbs: Sayings and Themes The books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes are commonly classed as the Wisdom literature of the OT, and together they form a significant and distinctive literary and theological strand within it. In Jer 18:18 (Ezek 7:26; Mic 3:11), the “counsel” of the wise is set alongside the “law” (torah) of the priest and the “word” of the prophet as sources of divine authority and guidance for the life of the community. It is significant that this threefold division is reflected in the canonical division of the Hebrew into the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings—the latter of which includes the Wisdom literature.

Proverbs is generally recognized as the earliest and most representative deposit of Israelite wisdom. The question of the original setting of the material it contains has occasioned some debate. It has many points of contact in form and content with Egyptian Wisdom literature, notably with the Instruction of Amenemope, whose thirty chapters may have been adapted to produce the “thirty sayings” in Prov 22:17-24:22. Egyptian wisdom instruction was centered in the royal court and was designed for the training of the royal princes and state officials. It has, therefore, been suggested that Israelite wisdom originated among royal scribes at the Israelite court in dependence on Egyptian instruction and thus reflected an “upper class” ethos. Others have argued that wisdom had native Israelite roots in the early Israelite clans. While the book evinces close connections with the royal court (1:1; 25:1) and contains sayings dealing with the king and his officials, the majority is concerned with the community at large. Therefore, it seems most likely that wisdom flourished in a variety of settings and had a number of different exponents: e.g., the father, the elder, the royal scribe and counselor of the monarchic period, and the lay scribe of the postexilic period (Sir 51:23, 26, 28; cf. Eccl 12:9). That more than one such influence has been at work in the production of Proverbs helps to explain the richness and diversity of the material it contains and the many facets of the wisdom it inculcates.

Providence Although providence is not a biblical term, both the OT and NT set forth an understanding of God’s gracious outworking of the divine purpose in Christ within the created order in human history. The world and humanity are not ruled by chance or by fate but by God, who directs history and creation toward an ultimate goal. Providence therefore refers to God’s superintending activity over human actions and human history, bringing creation to its divinely determined goal. Providence from the Latin providere, “to provide.” The word “providence” does not occur in the Bible. It refers, however, to the three biblical concepts: (1) In theology, providence is the general foresight, love, and care of God for people. Romans 8.28 Providence can also refer to the idea that (2) God has divinely ordained or preordained certain events, or that (3) the universe is under God’s control so that ultimately good will be produced.


Sermonic Structure:

I. The frustrations of life lived under the sun. (V.11)

II. The finality of life lived under the sun. (V.12)

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Act of Redemption

Sunday Sermon
July 5th 2009
Rhema Community Church

Sermonic Skeleton

Sermonic Scripture: Ruth 4

Sermonic Theme: The Providence of God. (God will provide)

Sermonic Subject: Redemption (Boaz the kinsman redeemer)

Sermonic Tension: Ruth’s concern is who’s responsible for perpetuating her dead husband’s name? (According to the social mores of the ancient near east, Ruth could have publically humiliated the first redeemer who will remain nameless.)

Sermonic Sentence: Redemption is a journey made by foot. (Don’t worry God will make away.)

Sermonic Title: "The Act of Redemption"

Sermonic Structure:

I. The act of redemption is revealed through this legal contract (V. 1-12)

II. The act of redemption is revealed through this loving consummation (V. 13)

III. The act of redemption is revealed through this little child (V. 14-22)