1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust.”3 Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence.4 He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust; His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.5 Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day,6 nor of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor of the destruction that layeth waste at noonday. (Psalm 91:1-6; America’s Marines Singing “Days Of Elijah”) (A thought: Don’t mess with a Marine!)
Why are we assemble as believers in Christ?
Bill of Rights: What are they?
Amendment I To Constitution.
Freedom of religion, speech, and the press; rights of assembly and petition.
(Consider how “religion” is used, properly and improperly)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
James 1:27 New King James Version (Consider how “religion” is used, properly and improperly)
27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Student Dictionary : “Religion”
1 a : the service and worship of God or the supernatural b : belief in or devotion to religious faith or observance c : the state of a person in the religious life
2 : a set or system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and ways of doing things
3 : a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held with faith and strong feeling
The Sovereignty Of God
Ephesians 4:11-12 – Pastors’ Responsibilities – Can’t Equip Half An Hour Per Week
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 New King James Version – Parents’ Responsibilities
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Books Of Bible – 66; Chapters – 1189; Verses – 31,173; Words – 774,746.
Be prepared for questions from any of the above.
Why Pray? If God is not totally sovereign, why pray?
Consider The Race
John 20:1-4 New King James Version
20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.
Consider A Larger Race: Consider The Reward – Consider God’s Purposes.
111 Runners: 100 + 11
The First 100 Finishers: Moshe, Aaron, etc
The Next 11 Finishers
11: John and James, Philip, and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas [also called Thaddeus or Jude] the son of James, and Andrew and Peter (who finished last)
Joshua Reviews Israel’s History (Joshua 24:1-5)
1 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel and for their heads and their judges and their officers; and they presented themselves before God. 2 Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the River, namely, Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods. 3 Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River, and led him through all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac. 4 To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau, and to Esau I gave Mount Seir to possess it; but Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt. 5 Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt by what I did in its midst; and afterward I brought you out.
Joshua 24:1-5 – God’s Perfection In Planning And Execution. Consider Abraham’s life before God chose him. Consider God’s sovereignty in choosing and leading the family of Abraham. What does the Bible say that those whom are shown in these verses did to gain God’s favor?
The Lineage To Jesus
Matthew 1:1-2 New American Standard Bible
The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
1 The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Matthew 1:17 (14+14+14 Generations/42 Generations) – Perfection In Planning And Execution
Matthew 1:17 New American Standard Bible
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.
Psalm 103:19 – God Is Sovereign/Perfect Planning And Execution/No Mistakes
Psalm 103:19 New American Standard Bible
19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 – Sovereignty over the totality of mankind.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 New American Standard Bible
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 4:27-28 New American Standard Bible (Consider God’s predestination for His purposes)
27 For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.
New American Standard Bible
“to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.”
King James Bible
“For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.”
Jeremiah 1:5: When was Jeremiah chosen by God?
Jeremiah 1:5 New American Standard Bible
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 18:1-6 – Consider the sovereignty of God, “The Potter.” In Total Control (Only those thrown away deserve it). Consider the lack of control that the clay has, as opposed to the total sovereignty of The Potter.
Jeremiah 18:1-6 New American Standard Bible
The Potter and the Clay (Thou art the potter, we are the clay)
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.
Ezekiel 36:24-29 (Will God save all Jews? Consider Lazarus and the Richman, Luke 16:22-23)
Luke 16:22-23 New American Standard Bible
22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.
Ezekiel 36:24-29 New American Standard Bible
24 For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. 28 You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. 29 Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you.
Galatians 1:15 (Consider the choosing of Paul by God. When did it happen?)
Galatians 1:15 New American Standard Bible
15 But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased
Romans 9, New American Standard Bible – Consider the purpose of the potter.
Romans 9:4-5 New American Standard Bible
4 who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, 5 whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Romans 9:6-7 New American Standard Bible
6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7 nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.”
Romans 9:8-13 New American Standard Bible
8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. 9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
Romans 9:14-18 New American Standard Bible (we will discuss “hardening” and “mercy” later)
14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
Romans 9:19-24 New American Standard Bible (Can we defy God’s sovereign will?)
19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.
Romans 8:28 New American Standard Bible (Consider God’s purposes in our lives)
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Jeremiah 32:27 New American Standard Bible (Consider the following question)
27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”
Can we not say that God is always successful in His purposes and sovereignty?
Consider the two following scriptures, and their roadblocks to understanding of scripture to unbelievers. We will consider them later.
1 Corinthians 1:18 New American Standard Bible
18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:14 New American Standard Bible
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
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