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Sermon: October 19, 2008

Here is a sermon from last October that I am finally getting around to making available.

You can click here to go to the Internet Archive page for this sermon, or listen to the sermon using the player below.

Sermon for October 19, 2008

TIME TO WAKE FROM SLEEP

ROMANS 13:11-12

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

1. Introduction
a. Happy Anniversary TBC!

2. Verse 11 “Besides this”
a. Better translated – “and this”
i. “And this” – loving one another – verses 8-10

3. Verse 11 “You know the Time”
a. You know the times in which we are living
b. What time is it?

4. Verse 11 Wake Up
a. What is spiritual sleep?
i. I Thess. 5:6
ii. The example of Gideon – Judges 7:1-7

5. Verse 12 “For salvation is nearer”
a. A word to the saved
b. A word to those who need to be saved

Romans 13:11-14 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. [12] The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. [13] Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. [14] But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

1. Introduction

Remember that this whole section of Romans is about worship.

The church is about worship. The primary purpose of the church is NOT – winning the lost or making disciples or helping the poor or … All these things are aspects of worship. The purpose of evangelism is to bring people to be worshippers of God. They were created to be worshippers and they do not worship Him. They don`t worship Him because they are strangers to Him. Jesus Christ came into the world to make worshippers. Some of you here in this room right now think that you are worshipping God but you are not, and the reason you are not is because you don`t know God and He does not know you, at least not in the way He knows His children. Your singing and praying and giving and listening does not reach God because your sins separate you from God. And until your sins are forgiven and you are brought to God through faith in Jesus Christ. The purpose of making disciples is to make worshippers of God. Continue reading

Bless the Lord – Always

Psalm 34:1-3
1I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

“I will bless the Lord at all times” – How much can be said about this little phrase?
At all times:
No matter how badly things are going. The list of bad things would be endless. Let’s not get into specifics.
No matter how well I do and people are praising me
No matter how badly I do and things are genuinely my fault
No matter how well I do and people do not recognize it and criticise me for jobs well done.
When God disciplines me for sin
Because there is no one and nothing else that can be properly praised ALL the time.
When I am ignorant and do not know what to do
When I know what to do but cannot get it done

“I will bless the Lord” – I will acknowledge that He knows what He is doing, that this is part of all things for my good.
– I will not let anything interfere with my worship of God. The evil one’s purpose in this is to make me forsake my God. God’s purpose in this is to make me hold tighter to Him. I will bless the Lord at all times and demonstrate the manifold wisdom of God to the evil one. What a cosmic loser he is!
– “I will bless the Lord” does not necessarily mean that I will bless all the things that are happening to me, or bless the circumstances that led to them. I can seek to avoid further hardship, seek to escape from persecutors, pray for the problems to end … and still bless the Lord in them all.
Sit and meditate on this concept of praising God at all times. It is a mind warping study.