The Bestowal of Sovereign Mercy (Romans 9:14-18)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 9:14-18, God displays that His sovereign selectivity in bestowing mercy upon some, and not upon others, is to the praise of His glory rather than the questioning of His character.

  1. The Wrong Concluding Question: Then, has God unfairly withheld mercy? (v. 14a)

  2. A Strong Correction: Not possible! (v. 14b)

  3. Explanation 1: The Word to Moses - God’s mercy is not dependent upon the acts of men (vv. 15-16)

  4. Explanation 2: The Word to Pharaoh - God extends mercy as He wills (vv. 17-18)

Our Forever King-Priest: Jesus the Messiah (Psalm 110)

Sermon Notes

  1. What did David teach about the Messiah in Psalm 110?

    • The Messiah will be both David’s Son and David’s Lord (v. 1)

    • The Messiah will be exalted to reign as King in Heaven (vv. 1-2)

    • The exalted Messiah will certainly be appointed the Forever King-Priest (v. 4)

    • The exalted Messiah will return to victoriously enforce his reign as King on Earth (vv. 2-7)

      i. The Power of His Reign (v. 2)

      ii. The Location of His Reign  (v. 2)

      iii. The Extent of His Reign  (v. 2, 6)

      iv. The Subjects of His Reign  (vv.2-3, 5-6)

      v. The Outcome of His Reign (v. 7)

  2. What did the Apostles see and hear that convinced them that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah that David spoke of in Psalm 110?

    • Jesus is both ___at______________________________
      (Matt 1:1, Lk 3, Mt 22:41-46, Rom 1:1-5)

    • Jesus was ____________________________________
      (Matt 20:17-19, Jn 14:6, 16:28, Acts 1:10-11, 7:55-56, Acts 9, Phil 2:9-11, Eph 1:20, 1 Pet 3:21-22)

    • Exalted Jesus was _____________________________
      (Matt. 1:21, 20:17-19, Heb 2:3-4, 5:1, 9:7, 10:1-4, 7:26-28, 8:1-2, 9:12, 14, 24, 28, 10:11-13, Rom 8:34)

    • Exalted Jesus will _____________________________

      i. The Power of His Reign (Rev 5, 6:15-17)

      ii. The Location of His Reign (Rev 20:9)

      iii. The Extent of His Reign (Matt 25:31, Rev 11:15)

      iv. The Subjects of His Reign  (Rev 19:11-21)

      v. The Outcome of His Reign (Rev 19:11-21, 20:7-10)

  3. What should we do in light of this?

Praise FItting for the King (Psalm 145)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: This psalm tells us why the God of the Bible is deserving of extensive praise so that you, and we, might commit to offering that praise unto Him.

  1. Christian, are you committed to consistently and continuously praising God? (vv. 1-3)

  2. Generation, are you committed to consistently and continuously praising the King? (vv. 4-9)

  3. Congregation, along with all of creation, are you committed to consistently and continuously praising the Lord? (vv. 10-21)

All Praise, All Peoples, All for Him!!! (Psalm 117)

Sermon Notes

Pastor Kenny’s translation of Psalm 117:

  1. Praise YHWH, all nations! Laud Him, all tribes!

  2. For great is His covenant-faithfulness toward us, and the truth of YHWH is everlasting. Praise YHWH!

Proposition: Psalm 117 captures a worshiper’s exemplary proclamation in response to his meditation on the God of revelation.

  1. WHAT: Praise/Laud the Lord (vv. 1-2)

  2. WHO: All kinds of people (v. 1)

  3. WHY: For who He is and what He does (v. 2)

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)

The Image of Christ in Us for the Glory of Christ Among Us (Romans 8:28-29)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: Romans 8:28-29 proclaims two staggering realities for all Christians so that you joyfully persist in the time that precedes glory.

  1. Christian, God sovereignly works everything together for your ultimate good (v. 28).

  2. Christian, the ultimate good is becoming like Christ now and being with Christ forevermore (v. 29).

Determining if the Holy Spirit dwells in you (Romans 8:9-11)

Sermon Notes

Proposition:  Romans 8:9-11 demands that you accurately identify the doctrine of the indwelling of God’s Spirit and rest in its reality, if indeed the Spirit of Christ is in you!

  1. Does the Spirit of God dwell in you? (v 9)

    1. If the Spirit is in you, then you have been born again. (John 3:3-8; 1 Pet 1:3, 23-25).

    2. If the Spirit is in you, then you will respectfully regard, joyfully receive, rightly understand, and regularly respond to God’s authoritative written revelation, the Bible (1 Cor 2:9-16; 1 Thess 1:4-6, 2:13; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:19-21).

    3. If the Spirit is in you, then you seek to glorify Christ (John 16:13-14).

    4. If the Spirit is in you, then you have a genuine self-sacrificing love for God, the Church, and those outside of the Church (Rom 5:5; 1 John 3:23-24; Gal 6:10).

    5. If the Spirit is in you, then you have a hatred of sin and a desire for holiness (2 Cor 3:18; 1 Thess 4:3-8).

    6. If the Spirit is in you, then you evidence continual repentance from deeds of the flesh and progressive growth in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:16-25).

    7. If the Spirit is in you, then you are to be continually filled with Him resulting in inward and outward expressions of worship (Eph 5:18-21).

    8. If the Spirit is in you, then you will pray increasingly (Eph 6:18).

    9. If the Spirit is in you, then you have been given a spiritual gift to edify the Church (1 Cor 12:7, 11; 1 Pet 4:10-11).

    10. If the Spirit is in you, then you will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 4:13-14).

2.      If so, you have the Spirit of Life, now!  (v. 10)

3.      If so, you will have the Spirit of Life, forever! (v. 11)