For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
This is the first of a series of messages titled “Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ.” Lord willing, we will be on this theme until September 23. First, on a porch in Asheville, North Carolina, I was reading during the last half of July the Old Testament book of Second Chronicles.
My job is to put the kind of ballast in the belly of your boat so that when these kinds of waves crash against your life, you will not capsize, but make it to the harbor of heaven full of faith and joy.
The fourth impulse behind this series comes from our text this morning, namely, the glory of Jesus Christ.
Knowing everything they would become, God created them for the glory of Christ. Of all the thousands of things he could mention, he mentioned this. All of this profoundest of doctrine was brought up to help Timothy be less timid!
Great biblical truths about Christ and creation and evil are the fuel in the fire of the God-centered human soul.
In the last two weeks, I spent a lot of my time writing an eight-year plan to share with the Lead Team next Wednesday.
When I go back and listen to my candidating sermon of January 27, 1980, nothing has changed on this point.
I exist and we exist as a church to magnify Jesus Christ. How is Christ magnified in the fall of Satan from his position of perfection?
The text was Philippians : This is the fourth impulse: How is Christ magnified in world like ours? In the sin of Adam and the fall of the entire human race?
Why does God tell us repeatedly in the Bible that, in some unfathomable way, he governs the sinful acts of men without himself ever sinning or doing anything evil or unholy?
That’s the first impulse that gave rise to this series. The second impulse behind this series is that whatever month of the year you choose, heart-rending calamities fill the news from coast to coast and around the world.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.