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The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

The God Who Declares the Guilty Just”– Chapter Eleven

Declaring Someone Just

  • The accumulation of good acts cannot “undo” an evil act. In the court of justice, good acts cannot acquit someone of a crime.
  • So too with God, there is no scale that will be used to weigh good deeds against bad. If we have done evil, then we are guilty.
  • The holy God does not pretend that good deeds make up for bad ones.
  • Rather, God has found a way to declare guilty people “just” without contradicting his own integrity or attribute of justice.

Romans 1:18 – 3:20

  • Paul’s entire argument is to show us that we are guilty.
  • This is the story of the Bible from Genesis 3.
  • Both Jews (who have God’s Law) and Gentiles (who don’t) are all sinful and guilty before God.
  • “There is no one who does good, not even one.” (Rom 3:10)
  • “Good” things that sinful people do are due to God’s common grace, and they can’t erase their sinful acts.
  • The heart of evil is wanting to go our own way and disowning the God who made us.
  • If the measure of our goodness is obedience to the 2 great commands:
    • Love God with all of our heart/soul/mind
    • Love our neighbor as ourselves
  • …then we have all miserably failed and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).

Romans 3:21-26

  • Revelation of God’s righteousness in its relationship to the OT.

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. (v. 21)

  • Availability of God’s righteousness to all without racial distinction on condition of faith.

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (vv. 22-23)

  • Source of God’s righteousness in the gracious provision of Christ Jesus as the propitiation for our sins

and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (v. 24) God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood -- to be received by faith. (v. 25)

  • Redemption
  • Propitiation
  • Demonstration of God’s righteousness through the cross of Jesus Christ.

He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished -- (v. 25) he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (v. 26)

Romans 3:27-31

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.  28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.  29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.  31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.   

  • Faith excludes boasting
  • Faith preserves grace
  • Faith is necessary to save Jews and Gentiles alike
  • Christian faith fulfills the OT

Final Word on Faith

  • Faith is not a subjective feeling or a personal, religious choice.
  • Faith is always in an object—what or whom you believe.
  • Faith’s validation depends in part on the truthfulness of faith’s object.
  • Faith is unavoidable, because you will trust someone or something.

In Romans 3, Paul desires us to have a “God-given ability to perceive what God has done by hanging Jesus on the cross, reconciling us to himself, setting aside his own just wrath, demonstrating his love, and declaring us just, even though we are not, because the righteousness of Christ Jesus is now counted as ours and our sin is now counted as his.”


“Like Father, Like Son” (Genesis 26)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, May 1, 2016

Genesis 26 (NIV) 

26 Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,  5 because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar. 

7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.” 

8 When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. 9 So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” 

Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.” 

10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 

11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.” 

12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth. 

16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.” 

17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. 18 Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them. 

19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,  saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.” 

23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.” 

25 Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well. 

26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?” 

28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.” 

30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully. 

32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33 He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.  

34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah. 

1. Patterns that we establish in our own lives may very well be imitated by those who follow us.

a. Patterns of doubt and deception

b. Patterns of faith and devotion

c. We have a responsibility to try to establish positive patterns of faith and obedience for others to follow, because those who come after us will likely follow in our footsteps.

2. The promises that we have received from God can and should be handed down to the next generation.

a. Isaac is the rightful inheritor of God’s promises to Abraham.

i. Land

ii. Descendants

iii. Blessing to the world

b. We too have been granted promises from God – we have a responsibility to pass these on to the next generation.

3. God’s blessing will be with each generation of his people who walk in faith and obedience before him.


“Fellowship with God through Christ's Atonement” (1 John 2:1–2)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, May 1, 2016

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
(1 John 2:1-2, NIV)

1.    Christians take sin seriously and strive diligently in the power of the Spirit to eliminate sin from their lives (1a).

2.    Our salvation, though, does not rest on our ability to live a sinless life but on Christ’s perfect atoning sacrifice (1b–2).

Main Idea: Christians fight against sin in their own lives, but their trust is in Christ’s atonement to bring them home to God.


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Died and Lives Again” – Chapter Ten

Born to Die

  • The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the center of the Bible’s message.
  • Jesus was born and came to earth to die. “He will save his people from their sins.” (Matt 1:21)
  • This is the unique message of the Christian gospel.

The Ironies of the Cross

  • “Hail, king of the Jews!”
    • The Man who is mocked as king is in fact the King.
  • “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!”
    • The Man who is utterly powerless is transcendently powerful.
  •  “He saved others, but he can’t save himself!”
    • The Man who can’t save himself saves others.
  • “He trusts God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him!”
    • The Man who cries out in despair trusts God.

Can God Die?

  • The Bible never speaks of God the Father dying. He is the eternal Spirit.
  • It does speak of Jesus, who is the Word (=God) in the flesh, dying.
  • It does speak of the cross in terms of God’s sacrifice. It is God’s action in Christ, the man who is also God.

The Resurrection

  • Overwhelming eyewitness testimony
  • Why doubt the resurrection of Jesus?
  • Only the offended party can forgive.
  • “My Lord and my God!”


"Esau Trades His Birthright" (Genesis 25:27-34)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, April 24, 2016

Genesis 25:27–34 (NIV)

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.


"Fellowship with God through Confession" (1 John 1:8-10)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 24, 2016

1 John 1:8–10 (NIV)
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

1. Christians do not deny the presence of sin in their lives (vv. 8, 10).

2. Christians do not deny the presence of sin in their lives; instead they openly and continually confess their sins to God (v. 9).

Big Idea: Christians do not deny the presence of sin in their lives; instead, they honestly and continually confess their sins and receive the forgiveness that has been offered to us by God through Jesus Christ.

Christians do not cover-up; they confess.


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Loves” – Chapter Nine

Confused about God’s Love

  • If someone believes in God today, the one attribute they are likely to ascribe to God is love.
  • However, the world’s definition of love—a love that is non-discriminating, non-judgmental is not the Bible’s picture of the love of God at all.
  • God is also holy, righteous, true, and just.
  • Any definition of God’s love that is true to the Bible must see that his love operates in full harmony with all of the other attributes of his being, without taking away from any of them.

Speaking of God’s Love

  • The Intra-Trinitarian love of God
  • God’s general care and grace for all of creation
  • God’s moral, inviting, yearning love calling people to turn from sin and destruction.
  • God’s love is sometimes described as selective.
  • Once in relationship with his covenant people—the love of God may be spoken of in a conditional sense:
    • “Keep yourselves in God’s love”
    • Connected with obedience
    • A relational love (including discipline)

John 3:16-21
 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

God’s Love in John 3:16

  • In the Bible it is simply astonishing that God loves us.
  • The measure of God’s love for us is Jesus.
  • The purpose of God’s love for us is that we might have life.
  • The means by which we come to enjoy this love and life is faith.

"The Lord Chooses Jacob" (Genesis 25:19-26)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, April 17, 2016

Genesis 25:19–26 (NIV)

19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram  and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,

and two peoples from within you will be separated;

one people will be stronger than the other,

and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.  26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.  Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

1. God provides for the continuation of his promises by supernatural grace (19-21).

2. God chooses the recipient of the promises by sovereign grace (22-23).

3. God's people must respond in faith to the outworking of God's sovereign plans (24-26).

Main Idea: Those who owe their existence to sovereign creation and divine election must be able to respond in faith and acknowledge the hand of God in the circumstances of life.


"Fellowship with God, Who Is Light" (1 John 1:5-7)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 17, 2016

1 John 1:5–7 (NIV)

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

  1. God is pure, uncorrupted Light (v. 5).
  2. We are deceiving ourselves and others if we claim to be in fellowship with God all the while we are walking in darkness (v. 6).
  3. Walking in the light with God provides assurance that we are in fellowship with Him, with other believers, and that our sins have been forgiven (v. 7).

Main Idea: We have no basis for claiming that we are in fellowship with God or that our sins have been forgiven if we are not walking in the light.


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Grants New Birth” – Chapter Eight

Our Ultimate Need

  • We are in rebellion against God.
  • Instead of wiping out the whole race, God has mercifully chosen to save a remnant by grace.
  • We deserve death, but God provided atonement-provisionally in animal sacrifices, but finally in Christ Jesus our Redeemer.
  • We have rebelled, and God’s wrath is against us-we need to be reconciled to God.
  • We need to be morally transformed, or we will just go on sinning.
  • We need all of the effects of sin to be overcome and reversed.

The New Birth

  • The new birth is not a name change, a human decision, or a religious experience.
  • The new birth is a powerful regeneration, by God himself, in the human life, such that those who are born again are necessarily transformed.

What Did Jesus Say?

  • “No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
  • “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”
  • “I will sprinkle clean water on you and you will be clean” (Ezek 36:25)
  • “I will put my Spirit in you” (v. 27)
  • The new birth is bound up with the dawning of a new covenant that would be characterized by moral transformation and by the power and life of God to transform and renew.
  • “Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
  • “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
  • We may not be able to explain exactly how the new birth comes about, but we can see its effects.
  • Where there is genuine new birth, you always see the results.
  • Where the new birth has genuinely come from God, you will see transformation-a changed life.
  • Not perfection, but the beginning of life from God that shapes our existence in a new direction.
  • Christianity is not about ritualism, religious practice, or self-directed morality.
  • The new birth signals more than a profession of faith; it signals transforming power.
  • The new birth transforms, because it is God’s work not ours.

Jesus’ Authority to Speak

  • “We speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen...No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.”
  • Jesus can speak of the new birth, because it originates in heaven—where he is from.

How Jesus Brings New Birth

  • We provide the sin, death and destruction; God provides forgiveness and life.
  • We receive life not by ritual or effort, but by looking to God’s salvation in faith.
  • On his cross Jesus provided the means by which we have new birth.
  • In John 3, eternal life is the product of new birth.
  • If you have new birth, you have life, and this life is eternal.
  • New birth causes us to see—looking to the crucified and risen Christ for eternal life.
  • By his death we have life.

"Abraham's Final Days" (Genesis 25:1-18)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, April 10, 2016

Genesis 25:1–18 (NIV)

25 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.  There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

12 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.

13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. 17 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 18 His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them.


"Fellowship with God Incarnate" (1 John 1:1-4)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 10, 2016

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched-- this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  4 We write this to make our joy complete.  (1 John 1:1-4, NIV)


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Becomes a Human Being”: Chapter Seven

A God Who Is Coming

  • The prophets speak of a time when God would come to his people.
  • The mystery is that sometimes this coming of God is also linked with the coming of a man, a Davidic king
  • The little child is also the Mighty God, Everlasting Father (Is 9:6).

New Testament

  • Matthew and Luke: a child born of a virgin who is the “Son of God” come to “save his people from their sins.”
  • Jesus is God’s solution to the sin problem begun in Genesis 3.

John 1:1-18

  • John’s gospel does not begin with the story of Jesus’ birth but by thinking about what the coming of Jesus means.
  • Jesus is the eternal Word, the eternal God who became human and came to us.

John 1:1

  • OT understanding of “Word”
    • God’s self-expression
    • God’s revelation
    • The agent of God in creation
    • The agent of God that comes to save and transform God’s people.
  • “was with God” – God’s peer
  • “was God” – God himself

The Three-in-One God

  • John’s Gospel helps us to understand the complexity of the eternal Triune God.
  • Jesus is to be differentiated from God and yet at the same time is God.
  • God (Father, Son, and Spirit) sharing eternal love before time.

John 1:2-13

  • The Word creates us:
    • The agent of God in creation
  • The Word gives us light and life:
    • The same light that brought life to creation brings eternal life to this world of corruption and death.
  • The Word confronts and divides.
    • Belief in Jesus by being born of God

John 1:14-18

  • The Word became a human being.
  • Allusions to Exodus 32-34
    • Tabernacle/Temple
    • Glory
    • Grace & Truth (Love & Faithfulness)
    • Grace & Law
    • Seeing God

"Preparing for the Future" (Genesis 24:1-67)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, April 3, 2016

  1. Preparing for the Future in Faith (1-9)
  2. Trusting in God's Guidance and Providence (10-27)
  3. Obediently Fulfilling Covenant Obligations (28-60)
  4. Blessed by the Faithful Covenant Lord (61-67)

Main Idea: God will faithfully and providentially accomplish his covenant purposes, and he often is pleased to use the faithful and obedient actions of his followers to accomplish those purposes.


"A Letter for the Assurance of Faith" (1 John)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, April 3, 2016

1.    How can I know that I am a Christian and that I am assured of eternal life with God?

a.    The promises of God
b.    The internal ministry/witness of the Holy Spirit
c.     The fruit of the Spirit

2.      The letter of 1 John is written primarily to give us a basis for our Christian assurance.

1 John 5:13   I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

3 Tests of Assurance in 1 John

a.    The test of belief
b.    The test of love
c.    The test of obedience

Main Idea: My prayer is that this letter will draw us all into a real, living, and assured faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. This faith can be assured when we witness the presence of belief, love, and obedience in our lives by the grace of God.


"Christ Is Risen and Exalted"
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Easter Sunday AM, March 27, 2016

Philippians 2:5–11 (NIV)

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death—

even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.


"The Son of Man Lays Down His Life"
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM March 20, 2016

1. Jesus died on the cross of Calvary to be the sacrifice of atonement to remove our guilt.

2. Jesus died on the cross of Calvary to ransom us from our enslavement to sin.

3. Jesus died on the cross of Calvary to propitiate the wrath of God toward us as sinners.

4. Jesus died on the cross of Calvary to reconcile us to God because we were at enmity with him.


The God Who Is There
Written by D. A. Carson

“The God Who Is Unfathomably Wise” – Chapter Six

Two Types of Writings

  • Psalms
  • Wisdom Literature
  • Some overlap between the two:
    • Some psalms are wisdom literature
    • Some wisdom literature is poetic
  • These books don’t advance the story, but are a reflection of the life of God’s people “during the story.”


  • The God Who Makes His People Sing
  • Various Kinds of Psalms
    • Psalm 1
    • Psalm 8
    • Psalm 14
    • Psalm 19
    • Psalm 40
    • Psalm 51

Wisdom Literature

  • The God Who Is Unfathomably Wise
  • Proverbs
  • Job
  • Ecclesiastes


“Abraham and Sarah’s Land” (Genesis 23)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM March 13, 2016

Genesis 23 (NIV)

23 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.

Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites.  He said, “I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”

The Hittites replied to Abraham, “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.”

Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. He said to them, “If you are willing to let me bury my dead, then listen to me and intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell it to me for the full price as a burial site among you.”

10 Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city. 11 “No, my lord,” he said. “Listen to me; I give  you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.”

12 Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land 13 and he said to Ephron in their hearing, “Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there.”

14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “Listen to me, my lord; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, but what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants.

17 So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.

1.    The Faithfulness of God

a.    In fulfilling his promise to give Abraham and his descendants the land of Canaan.
b.    In fulfilling his promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son.
c.    In fulfilling his promise to make Abraham great and give him a “name” among the peoples of the land.
d.    In fulfilling his promise to bless others through Abraham.

2.    The Faith of Abraham

a.    In recognizing his pilgrim status in the land (3–6), but trusting God to bless him with the land in the future.
b.    In choosing to purchase a burial plot in Canaan and not back in Haran, demonstrating his commitment to the Lord’s call and his faith in God’s promise to give him this land.
c.    In choosing the location of Sarah’s burial place – at one of the original sacred sites where Abraham worshiped God when he first came into the land of Canaan and where the Lord appeared to him (Gen 13:18; 14:13; 18:1).
d.    In his humble negotiations with the Hittites, the people of the land, trusting God to bless him with what he needed.
e.    In his faithful and dependable interactions with the Hittites.
f.    In his looking to the future inheritance of the land by his descendants as the Lord promised.
i.    Hebron/Mamre became the central dwelling place of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (18:1; 23:2; 35:27; 37:14)
ii.    Abraham is buried there with Sarah (25:9)
iii.    Isaac/Rebecca and Jacob/Leah are buried there (49:28–33; 50:13)

g.    In trusting that God would keep his promises even after Sarah (and Abraham) were gone.

i.    The death of Sarah reminds us that God’s covenant people still go through the common disappointments and struggles in this world.
ii.    God’s promises do not always come to full blossom in our lifetimes. They certainly didn’t in Abraham’s. The writer of Hebrews tells us that he was looking for a better city.

Main Idea: Abraham’s purchase of a burial plot for Sarah in Canaan teaches us the faithfulness of God in keeping his promises and provides us a model of faith in God, trusting God to keep his Word even when the fullness of those promises have not yet matured.


"The Son of Man Came to Be Our Servant"
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM March 13, 2016

Scripture Texts: Philippians 2:5-7; Luke 4:14-21; Mark 10:45

1. Jesus served us by living in poverty and humility not wealth and royalty.

2. Jesus served us by enduring all of the hardships and disappointments of this life.

3. Jesus served us by enduring the most powerful temptations to sin and passing the test.

4. Jesus served us by teaching us the truth of God with clarity and authority.

5. Jesus served us by showing compassion to the needy through his miracles, signs, and wonders.

6. Jesus served us by living a perfect, law-keeping life of righteousness as our representative.

7. Jesus served us by providing a model of faith, obedience, humility, and meekness even in the face of cruel persecution.

8. Jesus served us preeminently by giving his life to the death of the cross for us in atonement for our sins.

Main Idea: Jesus, the Son of Man, humbled himself and became our servant.

- Praise to God for Christ's service on our behalf.
- May we follow the pattern of humble service Christ has left for us.


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