Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on October 31/November 1, “Trusting God in a Broken World” (Psalm 9 & 10). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- The Praise of God’s Justice (Psalm 9:1–12)
- The Confident Prayer for More (vv. 9:13–20)
- The Complaint of Faith (vv. 10:1–11)
- The Assurance of Faith (vv. 10:12–20)
Main Point: In good times or bad times, the One Constant – our middle C – is that God is King.
But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the LORD burned against the people of Israel.
“Irresistible grace never implies that God forces us to repent or believe or follow Jesus against our will. That would even be a contradiction in terms because believing and repenting and following are always willing, or they are hypocrisy. Irresistible grace does not drag the unwilling into the kingdom, it makes the unwilling willing. It does not work with constraint from the outside, like hooks and chains; it works with power from the inside, like new thirst and hunger and compelling desire.” (See Acts 16:14.)
Note: This is a guest post by Pastor Sam’s assistant, Bryan DeWire.
Sinful man believes he is always sinned against, but never sinning. In thinking this way, he acts as though he is God, for God truly is sinned against, but never sinning.
If our problem is our fallen nature, the solution cannot lie anywhere within us.
Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it.
I have believed generally that we sin because we get (or imagine we will get) some benefit from the sinning.
But I recently read Michael Atchison say, “Envy is the one sin you gain nothing from.”
Is that true?
I thought that the person envying is gaining something, even if it is something ruinous. What does he get? Answer: He gets to stroke his ego, thinking he deserves something. He gets to applaud himself (as hollow as that is). He gets to stoke his murderous anger toward his neighbor.
- In Genesis only eight people entered the ark and were rescued from the Flood. The rest perished.
- Of the 12 spies who spied out the land of Canaan, only two were confident that God would help them take the land.
- Of the two million Israelite adults who fled Egypt at the exodus, only Joshua and Caleb lived to enter the Promised Land.
Jesus says, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
Do Christians still have a sinful soul? What is the relationship between the Holy Spirit and our spirit? What is the relationship between our spirit and our flesh?
This question was answered by Dave Zuleger, Pastoral Assistant for Jason Meyer.
Do Christians still have a sinful soul?
Yes and no.
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.'"—Hebrews 3:7–11