God’s discipline should drive us to Biblical confession. How should someone confess to God? They should acknowledge life is short. They should come to God alone. They should be open and honest about their sin. They should ask for forgiveness. They should ask for God’s grace.
We must take sin seriously because it can cause a ripple effect of responses we suffer through.
Psalm 37 When the wicked succeed, shun faithlessness and befriend faithfulness, for God rewards the righteous. Three godly responses when the wicked succeed: I. Shun faithlessness II. Befriend faithfulness III. Believe in Divine Justice
Christians can have confidence that God is a just Ruler, although there is still evil in this world.
Psalm 35 Within a Biblical framework it is right that we should pray for the defeat of God’s enemies. David’s four imprecatory requests: (1) Deliverance (2) Retribution (3) Vindication (4) Glory
The Big Idea: Fully trusting in God’s love, power and promises fuels impassioned praise (1) The platform for God’s praise (4-5) (2) The power and permanence of God’s Word and work (6-12) (3) The promise of God’s deliverance (13-19) (4) The proper responses to God’s character (20,21, 1-3)
We must zealously engage in confession as an outworking of faith and a source of blessing
When we are in the valley of sorrow, we must seek the Rock of Refuge. Five habits which will help us seek the Rock of Refuge: Cry for help (1–2) Remember God’s character (3–8) Get real (9–13) Be persistent in prayer (14–20) Praise His name (21–24)
John 12:20-37 Fulfilling our “chief end to glorify God” comes through much tribulation I. Request of the Greeks: No Gain Without Pain Triggered 12:20-22 A. Reaction of Jesus Illustrated 12:23-26 B. Reaction of Jesus Expressed 12:27-28 II. Reassurance of His Father: No Gain Without Pain Supported 12:29-30 III. Results of the Effort: No Gain Without…
Triumphant Humility Since King Jesus triumphs in humility, his disciples must follow his example. John 12:12-26 Two scenes that show the paradoxical nature of Christ’s kingdom 1) The Spontaneous reception of the King (12-19) 2) The true glory of the King (20-26)