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“In God’s Time and in God’s Way” (Exodus 2:11–15)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, March 19, 2017

 

Exodus 2:11–15 (NIV)

11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”

14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”

15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.

 1.  The unfolding of God’s plan often seems very slow to us (11).

 20 "At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family.  21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.  22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. (Acts 7:20-22, NIV)

 

2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.  3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long?  4 Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.  (Psalm 6:2-4, NIV)

 

4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,  5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. (Gal. 4:4-5, NIV)

 

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isa. 40:28-31, NIV)

 2.  We must identify with our God and his covenant people, even if that means trading the pleasures of the world for the temporary sorrows of this life (11).

 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.  25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. (Heb. 11:24-26, NIV)

 3.  In our pursuit of God and his kingdom, let us not rashly rush ahead of God’s timing and pursue the right things in the wrong way (12–15).

 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. (Acts 7:25, NIV)

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“Hearing Is Not Enough” (Romans 2:12–16)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, March 19, 2017

 

Romans 2:12–16 (NIV)

12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

 

  1. Everyone will face the just judgment of God, whether they had access to the Word of God or not (12).

 

  1. The level of access that people had to the Law of God will be taken into account on the Day of Judgment (12).

a.  Gentiles (or those who have not had God’s revelation) who sin will be judged by God on the last day, but it will be in accordance with the amount of light/revelation/truth that they had received=the knowledge of God in nature.

b.  Jews (or those who had access to God’s divine revelation) who sin will be judged by God on the last day, and it will be in accordance with the amount of light/revelation/truth that they had received=the Law.

c.  The severity of judgment will be determined in proportion to the light of revelation received.

 

47 "The servant who knows the master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.  48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Lk. 12:47-48, NIV)

 

  1. There is not a path of salvation on the basis of good deeds for Gentiles who have never heard God’s Word.

 

20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.  21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.  23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.  24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you." (Matt. 11:20-24, NIV)

 

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“The Birth of the Deliverer” (Exodus 2:1–10)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, March 12, 2017

 

Exodus 2:1–10 (NIV)

1 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

“Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

 

  1. God provides a deliverer for his people in bondage (2:1–2).

 

  1. God protects and delivers the deliverer from death (2:3–4).

 

  1. God providentially guides the deliverer to an unlikely caregiver (2:5–6).

 

  1. God prepares the deliverer for his future mission in the palace of his people’s captors (7–10).

 

Main Idea: In God’s perfect providential timing, he accomplishes his redemptive purposes by raising up a deliverer for his people.

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“The Impartial Justice of God” (Romans 2:6–11)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, March 12, 2017

 

Romans 2:6–11 (NIV)

God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.

 

  1. The judgment of God is completely just and impartial (vv. 6, 11).

 a.  It is just because God’s judgment is rendered to each according to the same standard—each one’s deeds/works (v. 6).

 b.  It is impartial, because God’s judgment does not consider whether someone is Jew or Gentile or any other race or class of people (v. 11, also 9–10).

 

  1. The just and impartial justice of God leaves every human being with two, and only two, potential destinies (vv. 7–10).

 a.  Those who reject the truth and do evil will receive eternal judgment and wrath (vv. 8–9).

 b.  Those who embrace the truth in repentance and persevere in good works will receive eternal life (vv. 7, 10).

 

Main Idea: There are no exceptions to the fairness of God, so I really must repent.

 

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Titus 1:1–4 (NIV)

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,

To Titus, my true son in our common faith:

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

 

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“Preservation through Persecution” (Exodus 1:8–22)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, March 5, 2017

 

Exodus 1:8–22 (NIV)

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”

11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.

15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”

20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

 

  • God’s people may face times when our kindness is repaid with ingratitude and jealous hostility (8–10).

 

  • God’s people may face times of intense trial and persecution (11, 13–14).

 

  • God’s people can be assured of his continued preservation through persecution (12).

 

  • God’s people must act wisely and courageously to honor God’s law, even when it defies man’s law (15–19).

 

  • God’s people who act faithfully and courageously will receive abundant blessing from the Lord (20–21).

 

  • God’s people may face the most intense suffering and persecution just before the Lord comes to their aid to deliver them (22, cf., 13–14).
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“Hypocrites and Finger-Pointers” (Romans 2:1–5)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, March 5, 2017

 

Romans 2:1–5 (NIV)

2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

 

  1. Wrongly judging others in hypocrisy (1).

 

  1. Wrongly thinking we don’t deserve judgment, while others do (2–3).

 

  1. Wrongly thinking we deserve God’s kindness, while others don’t (4).

 

  1. Wrongly assuming our own righteousness, oblivious to our own hard hearts that will lead us to condemnation (5).

 

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Walking with God through Pain & Suffering
by Tim Keller

Chapter 16: Hoping

Revelation 21:1–4 (NIV)
1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

⦁    There is nothing more practical for sufferers than to have hope.
⦁    At the end of the Bible, we have the ultimate hope promised to the people of God—a material world in which all suffering is gone— “every tear wiped from our eyes.”
⦁    Revelation was written to people who were experiencing great suffering in the form of Roman persecution.

⦁    What did John offer his readers in the midst of suffering and persecution?
⦁    John gave them the ultimate hope—a new heavens and new earth that was coming.
⦁    This future hope motivated the early believers to maintain their faith and even forgive their tormentors.
⦁    The Christian faith grew and spread through persecution, because their hope was anchored to their future salvation.

⦁    Human beings are hope-shaped creatures.
⦁    The way you live now is controlled by what you believe about your future.
⦁    If you believe in a judgment day and a new heavens/new earth, it will radically shape how you live in the present, including how you deal with suffering.
⦁    Hope in our own efforts will fail us, but God’s future program—his eternal kingdom—will not fail us.

⦁    Future hope must be anchored in faith to the literal promises of God, trusting that the future will unfold as God has said it will.
⦁    If the early persecuted Christians could find hope in these future promises, then how much more should we, whose suffering is much less intense than theirs?
⦁    Jesus endured the cross and its suffering so that we might have the hope of eternal life with God.

Epilogue: 10 action steps
1)    We must recognize the varieties of suffering.
        a)    Brought on by wrong behavior: bring guilt and shame
        b)    Betrayals and attacks by others: bring anger and resentment
        c)    Universal forms of loss that occur to all: bring grief and fear
        d)    Large scale natural disasters
        e)    Horrendous evil: bring confusion and/or anger at God
2)    We must recognize differences in temperament between ourselves and other sufferers.
3)    We need to make room for weeping and true lament. Be honest with God and yourself about your sorrow.
4)    We need to be trusting God’s wisdom and his love in the midst of our grief.
5)    We need to be praying, bringing our complaints, struggles, and requests.
6)    We must be disciplined in our thinking, meditating on God’s truth.
7)    We should be willing to do some self-examining.
8)    We must be reordering our loves. Suffering reveals that there are things we love too much, or we love God too little in proportion to them.
9)    We should not neglect community. Suffering is isolating. The church is a community of support and encouragement.
10)    Some forms of suffering—particularly those due to our own failures or the mistreatment of others—require skill at receiving grace and forgiveness from God, and giving grace and forgiveness to others.

Romans 8:18–25 (NIV)

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

 

 

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“Multiplied Blessings” (Exodus 1:1–7)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, February 26, 2017

 

Exodus 1:1–7 (NIV)

1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.

Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.

 

  1. The Lord is there even when you cannot see his presence, and he is working out his purposes.

 

  1. The Lord does not forget his covenant people, even after the passing of many generations.

 

  1. God abundantly blesses his covenant people beyond what they can imagine or expect.

 

  1. God is faithful to his promises and fulfills them infallibly.

 

  1. God is making a new people for himself by his grace, and he will use them to fulfill his original creation mandate to populate the earth and rule over it for his glory.
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“The Depravity of Humanity” (Romans 1:24–32)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, February 26, 2017

 

Romans 1:24–32 (NIV)

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

 

  1. God’s wrath is justly directed against humanity, because we have purposely rejected the knowledge that he has revealed in Creation (18–20).

 

  1. This rejection of the knowledge of God revealed in Creation leads humanity to idolatry, the substitution of the one true God with gods of our own making (21–23).

 

  1. Human depravity and moral perversion is the direct result of our false worship (24-25).

 

  1. The clearest and most prominent demonstration that people have rejected the knowledge of God that is revealed in the natural order is their sexual depravity and homosexuality (26–27).

 

  1. A descent into deeper and deeper sexual and moral perversion is an indication that God is judging that culture by “giving them over” to live out their damnable lifestyles without his gracious restraint (24, 26, 28).

 

  1. The sexual perversion of homosexuality is a sin and a distortion of the created order, but it is not the only sin that reveals our depravity and rejection of the knowledge of God. Our depravity is demonstrated in a variety of sins and injustices (28–31).

 

  1. God will justly condemn those who commit immoral, sinful acts, along with those who approve and enable those immoral, sinful actions (32).
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Walking with God through Pain & Suffering

by Tim Keller

 

Chapter 15: Thinking, Thanking, and Loving

 

  • Paul was one of the most prominent sufferers in the Bible.
  • Paul endured a multitude of physical, emotional, and spiritual hardships.
  • How did Paul handle all of this suffering?
  • He relied on the peace, comfort, and contentment that comes from God.

 

The Peace that Passes Understanding

  • Philippians 4 provides some of the most helpful advice about how to find peace in the midst of suffering.
  • Paul says that we do not need to be anxious, but that through prayer and thanksgiving we can present our requests to God.
  • We can experience a peace from God that surpasses our understanding. This peace will protect our hearts and our minds—even through intense times of suffering.
  • What is the peace of God?
    • An inner calm and equilibrium—a contentment in all circumstances.
    • Not merely an absence, but a presence.
      • Not just an absence of fear or worry. It is the presence of God and the sense of being protected.
    • Modern self-help books speak of emptying our minds of negative thoughts; the Bible teaches us to fill our minds with godly and true thoughts.
    • It is not just positive thinking or willpower.
    • It is a sense that no matter what happens, everything will work out all right (even if it doesn’t seem that way now).
    • It is a living power that comes into our lives from God and enables us to face the realities of life.
    • How do we find this peace?
    • 3 disciplines revealed in Philippians 4.

 

The Discipline of Thinking

  • Thinking on what is noble, right, and pure:
    • Not just lofty, exalted thoughts.
    • Paul is teaching us to think on biblical truths-especially God’s work of salvation for us in Christ.
  • Christian peace comes by thinking more, not less.
  • Romans 8:18—Paul “reckons” / “thinks” that the sufferings of this world can never compare with the glories of the next.
  • Don’t separate sound biblical, gospel teaching from the peace and comfort that God grants to us.
  • We find comfort and peace in the truths of God and what he has accomplished for us and promised to us.
  • Paul is offering us a different vantage point from which to view our experiences.
  • We can find peace by looking at the larger picture from God’s viewpoint.
  • Jonathan Edwards on Christian happiness:
    • The “bad things” will work together for good (Rom 8:28).
    • The “good things”—adoption into God’s family, justification in his sight, union with him—cannot be taken away (Rom 8:1).
    • The “best things”—life in heaven, new heavens and new earth, resurrection—are yet to come (Rev 22:1ff).

 

The Discipline of Thanking

  • Thanksgiving is put over against anxiety. It is hard to be anxious at the same time that you are being thankful.
  • Paul instructs us to give God thanks as we bring our requests to him, even before he answers!
  • Paul is calling on us to trust God’s sovereign rule of history and of our lives. He is telling us that we will never be content unless we acknowledge that our lives are in his hands and that he is wiser than we are.
  • Romans 8:28 does not teach that every bad event has a “silver lining” or that every terrible thing is actually a good thing if you look at it properly.
  • No, it teaches that all things (even bad things) will ultimately together be overruled by God in such a way that the intended evil will, in the end, only accomplish the opposite of its designs—a greater good and glory than would otherwise have come to pass.
  • God is sovereign, so we should trust him.
  • Paul goes a step further: God is sovereign, so we should thank
  • We are to thank him for whatever he sends us, even if we don’t understand it.

 

The Discipline of Reordering Our Loves

  • Think on things that are lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy.
  • These are things that are not only true but also beautiful and attractive.
  • Paul is urging us to not just order the thoughts of our minds but also to order the affections of our hearts.
  • To maintain equilibrium in troublesome times, we need to not only think the right things; we need to love the right things.
  • The Greek Stoics said that we should love our virtue/character the most because it is something we can control.
  • The problem is that we really can’t rely on our own virtue or character, because we are frail, finite, sinful creatures.
  • What we need for peace is to love that which is immutable—unchangeable.
  • God is immutable and cannot change. He will never fail us. God’s presence and love cannot disappoint or fail or be lost—even through death.
  • So, do we have to give up loving everything except for God?
  • No, we must properly order our loves.
  • Our problem is not that we love our career or family too much, but that we love God too little in proportion to them.
  • To get the calm, tranquility, and peace that comes from God, we must love him supremely, as our first love.

 

Relocating Your Glory

  • Our glory must not be in our own endeavors or abilities or in what other people may think of us.
  • Our glory—our source of joy, meaning, purpose, worth, identity—should be God.
  • Too often we elevate good things to supremely important things, and our suffering is intensified proportionately to the degree that our glory is located in the things that are affected by our suffering.

 

The Horrible, Beautiful Process

  • Suffering is like a furnace—it is painful but creates purity and beauty and strength.
  • How does it do this? Suffering puts its fingers on good things that have become too important to us.
  • We respond to suffering not by throwing those things out, but by turning to God and loving him more.
  • You can’t really understand your heart when things are going well.
  • Suffering reveals the false gods.

 

The Secret of Peace

  • How can we bring ourselves to love God more?
  • It is not by trying to work on our emotions. That won’t work.
  • We focus on God, but not in the abstract. We focus our attention specifically on God’s revelation to us in his Son, Jesus Christ.
  • By looking to the person and work of Christ we will come to love the immutable and find tranquility.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 – Jesus became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
  • Christ endured ‘peacelessness’ so that we might receive eternal peace.
  • Instead of thinking you are being punished—look to the cross.
  • Instead of thinking that God doesn’t care—look to the cross.
  • The incomprehensible peace of God comes to our hearts through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:7).

 

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“Intended for Good” (Genesis 50:15–26)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, February 19, 2017

 

Genesis 50:15–26 (NIV)

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.

18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years 23 and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees. 

24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”

26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

 

  1. Fear of Retribution (15–18).

 

  1. Assurance of Peace (19–21).
  • Peace flows from the heart of a person who understands his role in God’s sovereign plan.
    1. Joseph acknowledged his place of humility.
    2. He acknowledged his brothers’ sin and wrongdoing: you meant to harm me.
    3. He acknowledged the sovereignty of God: God intended it for good.

 

  1. Hope for the Future (22–26).
    1. Enjoying the blessings of God during his life.
    2. Looking to the future blessings of God.

 

Main Idea: Those who trust the Sovereign, Faithful God can live in confidence (not fear), can offer peace and reconciliation to others (not vengeance), and can look with hope and faith for the future.

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“Exchanging Truth for a Lie” (Romans 1:20–23)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, February 19, 2017

 

Romans 1:20-23, NIV

20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-- his eternal power and divine nature-- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

 

  1. God has revealed himself with sufficient knowledge of himself to render all people accountable for their rejection of him (20).

             a. There is such a thing as natural revelation.

             b. What God reveals to people in nature is limited.

             c. The results of natural revelation are negative: enough to convict and leave them without excuse.

 

  1. People suppressed and rejected the knowledge of God revealed in Creation and refused to give God the glory and thanks due him (21).

 

  1. In our refusal to honor God, all people exchanged the truth about God for lies of our own making. We exchanged true worship of the Creator for the worship of that which is created (22–23).

 

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“The Death of Jacob” (Genesis 49:29–50:14)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, February 12, 2017

 

Genesis 49:29–50:14 (NIV)

29 Then he gave them these instructions: “I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 31 There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah. 32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.”

33 When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.

50 Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him. Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court, “If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him, ‘My father made me swear an oath and said, “I am about to die; bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.’”

Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”

So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him—the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt—besides all the members of Joseph’s household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. Chariots and horsemen also went up with him. It was a very large company.

10 When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father. 11 When the Canaanites who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning.” That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.

12 So Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them: 13 They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 14 After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father.

 

  1. People of faith can end their lives with confidence for the future because of the sure promises of God.

 

  1. People of faith conduct themselves with integrity, which causes others to respect them, including those who do not fear God.

 

  1. People of faith honor the commitments and the promises they have made, even at great personal cost and sacrifice.

 

Main Idea: People of faith can live lives of integrity, garnering the respect of others, and they can keep their commitments at great personal cost and sacrifice, because their hopes are anchored to the future fulfillment of the promises of God.

 

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“The Wrath of God” (Romans 1:18–20)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, February 12, 2017

 

Romans 1:18–23 (NIV)

     18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

     21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

 

  1. The revelation of the righteousness of God in the gospel is necessary for humanity to be saved, because the wrath of God is also being revealed against humanity (v. 18).

 

  1. Sinners are worthy of God’s wrath because of their ungodliness and wickedness (v. 18).

 

  1. Sinners are without excuse when it comes to the judgment of God because God’s truth has been plainly revealed to them, and they chose to purposely ignore and suppress it (vv. 18–20).
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Walking with God through Pain & Suffering

by Tim Keller

 

Chapter 14: Praying

 

The Uniqueness of Job

  • The book of Job faces the question of evil and suffering with emotion and realism as well as intellectual and theological skill.
  • Its main theme is innocent suffering—why do so many good people have a disproportionate number of afflictions, while many dishonest, selfish, and greedy people have comfortable lives?
  • Job treats this issue with balance and nuance. It does not give simple, pat answers.
  • Job critiques all of the common answers to the problem of evil and finds them wanting.
  • Religious answer: you must have done something wrong or bad
  • Secular answer: there is no good reason, and a good God wouldn’t allow this—so there is no God.
  • One of the main messages of the book of Job is that both the religious and the secular answers are wrong.

 

My Servant Job

  • Job is described as a man who was blameless and upright. He was beyond reproach.
  • Satan accuses Job before God and says that Job fears and follows God for the benefits that God gives him.
  • If Job is just serving God for the benefits, then God has failed to make people into truly loving servants.
  • Satan wants to frustrate God and his purpose to turn people into joy-filled, great and good worshipers of him.

 

Becoming “Free Lovers” of God

  • God allowed Satan to test Job, because God knew that Job already loved him for himself. But Job’s love needed refinement. The suffering was allowed to bring Job to a level of greatness.
  • The opening of Job reminds us that there is a difference between external religiosity and internal heart love and devotion to God.
  • How do we develop a true, internal love for God that is not just a response to his good gifts or benefits?
  • Our love for God might begin with a heavy dependence and reliance on his benefits, but as the relationship deepens we will grow to love God for himself alone and grow to depend less on his benefits to love him.
  • The only way to grow to this point in a relationship is for it to be tested through difficulty and suffering.
  • Suffering provides us with an opportunity to notice our mercenary nature of our love for God and move beyond it to a deeper, truer love.
  • Job was not fully the servant he should be, and could be, and God was going to enable him to attain that kind of greatness the only way it can be attained—through adversity and pain.
  • Job would become more fully someone who serves God for nothing and loves God for himself alone.

 

God and Evil

  • The book of Job teaches a very asymmetrical relationship of God to evil.
  • In other words, the world is not dualistic, with two equal and opposing forces of good and evil vying for supremacy.
  • The Bible shows us that God is sovereign and is completely in charge.
  • He has total control over Satan, and Satan can only go as far as God allows.
  • At the same time, God is not viewed as being the one directly bringing the affliction on Job.
  • All things are within his sovereignty, but God does not will the evil in the same way that he wills the good.

 

The Speeches of Job and His Friends

  • The speeches of Job’s “friends” wound him deeply, because they are accusatory, and they give pat answers to difficult and mysterious afflictions.
  • They assume in a moralistic way that Job’s sufferings are directly related to his sinful actions.
  • The solution is to repent and confess his sins to God, and God will restore him.
  • The counsel of Job’s friends has elements of truth, but they are too disjointed and too simplistic to be helpful.
  • Job’s friends approach the world through a mechanical/formulaic lens.
  • They have no room for mystery, and they in essence put God on a leash and can’t imagine him acting in a way that is outside their moralistic formula.
  • Job’s sufferings are not punishment for his sin, nor are they a corrective to bring him back from a foolish path.
  • Job’s sufferings are intended to give him an “enlarged life with God.”
  • Job rejects the counsel of his friends. He knows that their domesticated view of God is wrong.
  • He also knows that God is just and he cannot curse God or reject him.
  • Job takes the harder path of mystery, and this leads him to the real lesson that God intended for him.
  • If Job had accepted the rationale of his friends, he would have missed the real purpose and benefit of what he was going through.

 

The Lord Appears and Job Lives

  • The book ends with several surprises.
  • The first is that God shows up, and yet he does not destroy Job. Job lives.
  • God does come in a “storm” with strong, challenging language. But this is actually a form of God’s grace to him.
  • God “answers” him, which suggests a personal conversation between Job and God.
  • God did not come to judge or denounce, but to invite Job into a deeper relationship.

 

The Lord Does Not Answer—and Yet He Does

  • One of the surprises of the book of Job is that God does not answer Job’s demand for explanation.
  • Job expected an explanation from God, and his friends expected God to condemn Job.
  • Neither get what they were expecting.
  • God does answer, but not in the way that any of them were expecting.
  • God offers Job no explanation for the things that have happened to him.
  • If he had, Job would have missed the purpose of the suffering, which was to bring Job into a deeper relationship with God where he would learn to trust and love God without the benefits and without all the answers.
  • To withhold the full story from Job, even after the test was over, keeps him walking by faith, not by sight.
  • He never sees how it all fits together. He sees God instead, which is far greater.

 

The Lord Is God and You Are Not

  • God’s reply to Job reminds us of his absolute power, wisdom, and sovereignty. He is God, and we are not.
  • God’s knowledge and power are infinitely beyond ours.
  • A seven-year-old cannot question the mathematical calculations of a world-class physicist. Yet we think that we can question how God runs the world!
  • The way of wisdom is to acknowledge that God alone is God and knows best.
    • In our complaints over our circumstances, there is the implication that we could propose to God better ways of running the universe than those God currently uses.

 

Job Is in the Right and You are Wrong

  • Surprisingly, in the end, God rebukes Job’s friends, not Job.
  • They assumed Job was in the wrong, because of all his suffering that he supposedly “deserved.” But God rebukes them and tells them to ask Job to pray for them.
  • God’s vindication of Job as an innocent sufferer speaks of God’s grace and forgiveness.
  • It also reminds us that God is always near his people, and we should continually seek him in the midst of our suffering.

 

“My Servant Job”—Again

  • God graciously allows Job the last word!
  • Job humbles himself before God and worships him.
  • He retracts his earlier statements, and acknowledges that God is sovereign and wise.
  • He speaks of now having “seen” God. The suffering has brought him into a deeper experience of the presence of God.

 

The Other Innocent Sufferer

  • Job, the righteous, blameless man, is a type of one greater to come.
  • Jesus was the ultimate righteous sufferer.
  • The one who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
  • Through suffering, Job became a companion of God.
  • When we suffer without relief, when we feel absolutely alone, we can know that, because Christ bore our pain, he will be with us.
  • In suffering, we are walking the same path Jesus walked. So, we are not alone. In fact, we are on a path that leads us closer to him.

 

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“Prophetic Blessings: Jacob’s Sons” (Genesis 49:1–28)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, February 5, 2017

 

Genesis 49:1–28 (NIV)

49 Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.

    2 “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob;

       listen to your father Israel.

    3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,

       my might, the first sign of my strength,

       excelling in honor, excelling in power.

    4 Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel,

       for you went up onto your father’s bed,

       onto my couch and defiled it.

    5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers—

      their swords are weapons of violence.

    6 Let me not enter their council,

      let me not join their assembly,

     for they have killed men in their anger

     and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.

    7 Cursed be their anger, so fierce,

     and their fury, so cruel!

     I will scatter them in Jacob

     and disperse them in Israel.

    8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you;

      your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;

      your father’s sons will bow down to you.

    9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah;

      you return from the prey, my son.

      Like a lion he crouches and lies down,

      like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?

   10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,

       nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,

       until he to whom it belongs shall come

       and the obedience of the nations shall be his.

   11 He will tether his donkey to a vine,

      his colt to the choicest branch;

      he will wash his garments in wine,

      his robes in the blood of grapes.

   12 His eyes will be darker than wine,

       his teeth whiter than milk. 

   13 “Zebulun will live by the seashore

      and become a haven for ships;

      his border will extend toward Sidon.

   14 “Issachar is a rawboned donkey

       lying down among the sheep pens. 

   15 When he sees how good is his resting place

       and how pleasant is his land,

       he will bend his shoulder to the burden

       and submit to forced labor.

   16 “Dan will provide justice for his people

       as one of the tribes of Israel.

   17 Dan will be a snake by the roadside,

       a viper along the path,

      that bites the horse’s heels

      so that its rider tumbles backward.

   18 “I look for your deliverance, Lord.

   19 “Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders,

       but he will attack them at their heels.

   20 “Asher’s food will be rich;

       he will provide delicacies fit for a king.

   21 “Naphtali is a doe set free

       that bears beautiful fawns. 

   22 “Joseph is a fruitful vine,

       a fruitful vine near a spring,

       whose branches climb over a wall.

   23 With bitterness archers attacked him;

       they shot at him with hostility.

   24 But his bow remained steady,

       his strong arms stayed limber,

       because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,

       because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,

   25 because of your father’s God, who helps you,

       because of the Almighty, who blesses you

       with blessings of the skies above,

       blessings of the deep springs below,

       blessings of the breast and womb.

   26 Your father’s blessings are greater

       than the blessings of the ancient mountains,

       than the bounty of the age-old hills.

       Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,

       on the brow of the prince among his brothers.

   27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;

       in the morning he devours the prey,

       in the evening he divides the plunder.”

   28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he            blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him.

 

  1. Reuben – the rebellious, immoral son

 

  1. Simeon and Levi – the angry, vengeful, violent sons

 

  1. Judah – the leader among his brothers and the tribe of Israel’s King

 

  1. The Other Sons: God determines the destinies of his covenant people:

 

  1. Zebulun – trading with sea merchants for valuable goods

 

  1. Issachar – working hard in a good and fertile land

 

  1. Dan – seeking justice, but sometimes violence

 

  1. Gad – attacked, yet victorious

 

  1. Asher – prospering through farming and trade

 

  1. Naphtali – flourishing in the fertile region of Galilee

 

  1. Joseph – the one who overcame his enemies by the strength of his God, now blessed and the recipient of the firstborn blessing (1 Chronicles 5:1–2).

 

  1. Benjamin – the skillful, aggressive soldier

 

Lessons/Applications:

 

  1. Be sure your sin will find you out (Reuben, Simeon, Levi). Our sins often have consequences. Sometimes those earthly consequences still follow us, even if we have been forgiven by God’s mercy and pardon.

 

  1. God’s grace can transform anyone’s shame into honor (Judah).

 

  1. Not all avenues of service are notable and spectacular (lesser known tribes).

 

  1. God rewards the faithful for their loyal service. Those who show themselves faithful he blesses more abundantly.

 

  1. God blesses whom he wants to bless. He is the sovereign Lord. We deserve nothing from God. Any gifts that he gives are grace.

 

  1. God is the Lord of redemptive history, who used all these tribes, but especially the tribe of Judah, to bring our redeemer, Jesus Christ into the world.
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“The Righteousness of God” (Romans 1:17)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, February 5, 2017

 

Romans 1:16-17, NIV

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed-- a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

 

The gospel is (v. 16):

  • A story that is worthy of unashamed proclamation
  • A story that unleashes the power of God on humanity.
  • A story that saves everyone who believes.
  • A story that is good news for the whole world.

 

Verse 17 further describes the power of the gospel:

 

  1. The gospel reveals the righteousness of God.

 

  1. The righteousness of God is his powerful saving activity among humanity that graciously gives a righteous status to those who cannot earn their own righteousness.

 

  1. This graciously imparted righteous status from God is received by sinners by faith alone.

 

Main Idea: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God, which is his powerful saving activity among humanity that graciously grants the status of righteousness on the basis of faith and faith alone to everyone who believes.

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Walking with God through Pain & Suffering

by Timothy Keller

Chapter 13: Trusting

  • Expressing our sorrow in lament is not in conflict with an abiding trust in the goodness and sovereignty of God.
  • Language of lament and language of trust are found throughout the Bible in the face of life’s suffering.
  • Both sets of texts are in the Bible, and they are both important.
  • We should not interpret one group in such a way that it contradicts or weakens the claims and assertions of the other.

Joseph’s Story

  • The story of Joseph begins with a long string of terrible events that happened to him.
  • Joseph probably asked God to deliver him on many occasions—but there was just silence.
  • Joseph prayed for years and years for help from God—and never received a single answer.
  • It was not until all of the events unfolded that Joseph could look back and understand God’s purposes.

The Hidden God

  • Was God not there in all those years of difficulty and hardship in Joseph’s life?
  • No, he was there, and he was working.
  • He was hidden behind the scenes, but he was also in complete control.
  • The number of “coincidences” that had to come together for the events to unfold as they did is astounding, and a number of those events were difficult and painful.
  • But what would have happened if Joseph had never gone to Egypt?
  • If Joseph had not gone to Egypt:

    • Many people would have died from starvation.
    • His own family would have been wiped out.
    • Spiritually, his family would have been a disaster.
    • Joseph corrupted by pride and his father’s favoritism
    • The brothers corrupted by anger
    • Jacob corrupted by his addictive, idolatrous love of his youngest sons
  • The Joseph story shows us that even when people make choices of their own accord, even evil choices, that God is still sovereign and in complete control.
  • God was working out his purposes throughout all of the events—even in the smallest details of the daily lives and schedules and choices of everyone.
  • God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” “for the good of those who love him” (Eph. 1:11; Rom. 8:28).
  • How did all the events of the Joseph story unfold?
  • They came about through suffering:
    • The terrible years of crushing slavery for Joseph
    • The terrible years of debilitating guilt for the brothers
    • The terrible years of grief and depression for Jacob
  • All of this was God’s plan to save lives.
  • After the pain, comes a “harvest of righteousness and peace” (Heb. 12:11).

Trusting the Hidden God

  • It is perhaps most striking of all to realize that if God had given Joseph the things he was likely asking for in prayer, it would have been terrible for him.
  • God was hearing and responding to Joseph’s prayers for deliverance, rescue, and salvation, but not in the ways or forms or times Joseph asked for it.
  • During all the time in which God seemed hidden, Joseph still trusted.
  • We do not always get to see how everything fit together in God’s plan like Joseph did, but we must trust God regardless.
  • At Dothan, Joseph prayed for deliverance and the answer was 20 years in the making. Also at Dothan, Elisha prayed for deliverance (2 Kings 6), and the answer came immediately.
  • God was just as present and active in the slow answer to Joseph as he was in the swift answer to Elisha.
  • Very often God does not give us exactly what we ask for. Instead he gives us what we would have asked for if we had known everything he knows.
  • We must never assume that we know enough to mistrust God’s ways or be bitter against what he has allowed.
  • We must also never think we have really ruined our lives, or have ruined God’s purposes for us.
  • You cannot destroy God’s good purposes for us, and you can’t break God’s love.

Everything Hangs Together

  • Everything that happens is part of God’s plan, even the little things and the bad things.
  • Nothing happens by accident.
  • Very seldom do we glimpse even a millionth of the ways that God is working all things together for good for those who love God, but you can be assured he will not abandon you.
  • Everything is needful that he sends; nothing can be needful that he withholds” – John Newton

The Ultimate Joseph

  • Joseph was a forerunner of Jesus.
  • Like Joseph, the Lord Jesus
    • Sold for silver coins
    • Denied and betrayed by his brethren
    • Unjustly put into chains and sentenced to death
    • Prayed for deliverance from God
    • Accepted the suffering as God’s will
    • Forgives his tormentors
    • Knew God intended good from evil
    • Promoted to power and intercedes for us
  • Looking at the cross, not knowing the whole story, we would have said: “I don’t see how God could bring any good out of this.”
  • But what we would have been looking at is the greatest, most brilliant thing God could ever do for the human race.
  • On the cross, both justice and love are being satisfied—evil, sin, and death are being defeated.
  • Don’t turn from God when we can’t fit events into our limited understanding.
  • We must trust God, even in the darkest times, because God is sovereign and good.
  • Even though we cannot know all the particular reasons for our crosses, we can look at the cross and know God is working things out for our good.
  • God accomplishes his salvation through weakness, not strength. Jesus triumphs over death by dying, winning by losing.
  • The grace of God grows more through our difficulties than our triumphs.
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“No Ordinary Story” (Romans 1:16)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday AM, January 29, 2017

 

Romans 1:16, NIV

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 

 

  1. A story that is worthy of unashamed proclamation.

 

  1. A story that unleashes the power of God upon humanity.

 

  1. A story that brings salvation to every person who believes.

 

  1. A story that is good news for the entire world.

 

Main Idea: The gospel is the story of God’s power that saves sinners throughout the whole world through the atoning and resurrecting work of Jesus, his Son. And we need not be ashamed of believing it, of living it, or of boldly telling it to the world.

 

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