In Romans 4, we have Paul linking salvation in Christ to God’s promises to Abraham made back in Genesis. In this sermon, by guest speaker and former Morningview pastor, Greg Belser, a stark contrast between the power of the law and the promise of salvation is clearly contrasted to draw the believer’s attention to the beauty of Christ.
The Bible teaches us to live our lives in light of the fact that we’re all going to die. It warns us that death may come sooner than any of us expect. Because we’re going to die, we should enjoy our lives while we live in this world, eating our food with pleasure, enjoying our spouses, and the work that God has given us to do on earth.
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How should we live wisely in this world? And what are the limits of wisdom? Why should we pursue wisdom, if it doesn’t guarantee us a happy life? This sermon explores these questions and more.
Within Scripture, we have many instances of God speaking directly to men to reveal Himself and His will. But here in Exod 34, we have God’s own definition of Himself. In verses 6 and 7 of this text, God Himself proclaims 7 attributes of His divine being in answer to Moses’ request to behold His glory. From this, we learn that encountering God’s glory is not so much about what we ‘see’ as much as it is about how we know Him and reverence Him and love Him.
When Charles Spurgeon preached this text, he called it the single greatest petition that man ever asked of God. In this simple, yet profound request, Moses teaches us that knowing God creates greater appetites that only more of God can satisfy. In this sermon, we examine the nature of Moses’ petition, our problem with this petition, and God’s ultimate fulfillment of this petition.
Suffering is a part of life in our broken world. This passage warns us against two possible wrong responses to suffering: becoming “too righteous” or “too wicked.” If we fear God and please God, then we will avoid those wrong responses and the consequences that come with them.
During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was purportedly asked if God was on his side. “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side,” said Lincoln, “my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” Similarly, we always want God to be with us, but what does it mean for us to be with God? In this text in Exodus 33, we are brought into a conversation between God and Moses wherein we see a picture of what it means to be “with” God and desire him above all else.