This sermon is an overview of the doctrines of sonship and adoption across the bible. It explains the marks of sonship, the privileges of sonship, and the source of sonship.
The book of Acts is an account of men and women who were filled with the Holy Spirit, empowered to testify of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the other most parts of the world. In chapter 13:1-5, the Holy Spirit commands Barnabas and Saul to plant churches. Is He commanding you? How do we discern His voice? What does being filled with the Holy Spirit mean in regards to church planting?
God’s Word is Truth. It is sufficient, trustworthy, and seen most clearly in the incarnate word and His ministry.
Christ prays that we would remain in the world, but He does not leave us alone. We are protected from the evil one. This produces a life of holiness that distinguishes us from the world.
In these 16 verses, we have Paul’s greeting and commendation of over 28 people and households in the church at Rome. Some commentators find little in this list of names and move over it very quickly, but with a bit of study, we discover through this list of names the beautiful fruit of the grace of Christ.
Jesus is continuing His discourse to His disciples. He wants them to be comforted, but in this passage He wants them to know that persecution and death are at the door knocking. Jesus wants them to know that the Holy Spirit is coming to help them remain faithful.
As we continue with the second sermon on what a biblical shepherd is, we see in this text five more traits: The Faithful Shepherd Directs All Praise to Christ, Emphasizes Obedience in Word and Deed, Is Attended by Divine Power, Strives to See the Mission Completed, and Is Burdened to Reach the Unreached. When we consider how important these characteristics are for shepherds, we also begin to understand that all of God’s people are to aspire to embody these same traits.
The comfort for our troubled hearts comes from faith. Jesus establishes that His going is better for those who follow, not only because He goes to prepare a place for them, but also better for them in this life, and better for the ongoing of His kingdom. To those who love God, and keep His commandments, Jesus presents 4 Promises in this passage; The Promise of the Spirit, The Promise of Union with Christ, The Promise of Help, and The Promise of Peace.
In these three verses of Romans 12, we have 8 traits that are the practical expressions of the love and devotion which Paul set before us in verses 9 and 10. These are not just the character traits that belong to super-saints, but the traits that are to be embodied by every true child of God. In Christ, who is the perfect example of all of these, we are fully capable of manifesting all of them.
When God regenerates the heart as a matter of His grace, He imparts to each believer a spiritual gift or gifts that are to be used for the edification of his body and the exaltation of His name. Employing these gift is not optional for believers. This exposition from Romans 12 discusses the nature of the gifts as well as some of the excuses Christians tend to make for not serving according to their giftedness.