They sit there next to you and their feet don’t even hit the floor. You’re thinking, “What, if anything of this guy’s sermon is sinking into my kid’s head?” And with that little thought you’ve already decided not to engage your child about the sermon. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)
“We are not the reason the gospel works; the gospel is the reason the gospel works.”
Verse 1 God word is like a breeze in the tropics, and Jesus got the keys to the cockpit. He’s the King, the Priest and the Prophet, so please watch as we proceed with the topic.
And that’s Biblical Theology; that phrase alone will give some people allergies. They say “It’s not practical enough. Just give me Jesus; that will be enough.”
That seems plausible and logical. Nobody wants to be all cold and theological. But being a theologian’s not optional, cause when you talk about Christ, you’re saying something doctrinal.
Either it accurately portrays His majesty, or it’s a travesty… or worse, blasphemy? You could do a global search; this mark is crucial to the health of a local church!
Hook The Christian life is a difficult odyssey. The faithful are a statistical anomaly. The enemy wants to trick us hypnotically; that’s why we need that Biblical Theology.
Lord God, deliver us from apostasy! The human heart is given to idolatry! The situation is critical, we gotta see the importance of Biblical Theology.
Verse 2 What do I mean by Biblical Theology? The whole theme of the Scripture and God’s the key. It’s following the Bible’s storyline, and the ultimate goal is seeing God’s glory shine!
What He starts He finishes with dedication; a work of art from Genesis to Revelation. From God’s creation, to Man’s fall, to redemption, to consummation.
His designs in structure, each time will fluster. What mind could instruct the Divine Conductor? His worthiness sits enthroned in the heavens sturdy and fixed: Romans 11:36.
Biblical Theology encompasses who God is, what He promises and accomplishes. So clever we behold His endeavors unfold the greatest - story - ever - told!
Verse 3 The LORD has not decided to keep us guessin’. He gave us the Word, providing us correction and the Spirit for guidance and direction; Biblical Theology is like protection
from ourselves and our improper reflections so we can follow the Bible, not just our affections. Otherwise, we would chop it into sections and not make the connection like the Doctrine of Election.
And Satan is waiting to slice us into mince meat if our faith is a mile wide and an inch deep. Theology is like a root of a tree which determines how rich the fruit’s gonna be.
And by Gods grace, He’ll breath on us with His breath, lead us in His steps, show us His eagerness to bless. And we’ll experience true peace within our depth because we’ll know the meaning of Jesus in His death!
“We find it easy to agree mentally with the truth that we serve a powerful God who loves us and has a great plan for our life, but that belief is worthless until it settles in our hearts and changes the way we live.”—Mary Southerland
God the Holy Spirit lives within our beings constantly. This ought to give us (a) a sense of security in our relationship to God, (b) a motivation to practice that presence of God, and (c) a sensitivity to sins against God.
Beneath my great Redeemer’s cross I kneel in streams of mercy. His blood removes my guilty stains. His grace has made me worthy to stand before His holiness and bow my grateful soul! Beneath my great Redeemer’s cross, I worship Christ alone!
Great Redeemer; Jesus! Great Redeemer; Jesus!
I long to see my Savior’s face, to gaze upon His beauty to lose myself in His embrace; at last behold His glory! The Lamb of God, who died for me, has made my sin His own and bore my shame upon the cross; I worship Him alone.
O Lamb of God, You died for me and made my sin Your own and bore my shame upon the cross; I worship You alone!
- go places, do extreme once-in-a-lifetime things, search for adventure - eat good food, “drink” drink - spend time with friends and have a good time, make memories - look fresh with the latest gear - keep up with the trend, what’s “in”; - understand and appreciate the culture - “search for someone that will love me,” or simply get laid - not “take others’ crap” - not be “religious” and all “holy man”-ish - “help” others because it’s the “right thing to do” - invest time and appreciation in music and art - start building my future career and home - be who you are, not what you want to be.. and then some by exploring that - do what makes me feel good—-
is EXACTLY how Satan wants to consume our time and energy (and much more) instead of presenting ourselves as a living sacrifices and conforming to the image of the Master, of whom I am (and pray that you are as well) but a slave of righteousness… and all that because of Christ.
God requires holiness and in Christ provides us the means to attain it.
As we have learned, God is holy, and absolute holiness is the standard for anyone who wishes to be in His presence. “God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment” (2 Peter 2:4). In the same way, men who reject God are sent “into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41).
How then can anyone become holy? There’s only one way: through faith in Jesus Christ. It is through Christ’s sacrifice for us that God can credit holiness to our account (2 Cor. 5:21). First Corinthians 6:11 says, “But you were washed, but you were sanctified [made holy], but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.” We are now called saints, and the Greek word for this in Scripture actually means “holy ones.”
So, by God’s grace we are positionally holy. By contrast, however, we are too often unholy in practice. But the Bible says, “Be holy yourselves also in all your behavior” (1 Peter 1:15) and “Let every one who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness” (2 Tim. 2:19). We need to be separate from the way the world lives. We need to let others know there is a difference in how Christians live.
When we live holy lives, we will have peace. “There is no peace … for the wicked” (Isa. 57:21), but God “disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness” (Heb. 12:10). And that discipline “yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (v. 11). If you lack peace, you may well have let sin come between you and God. If so, follow David’s example in Psalm 51:9-10 and pray for a clean heart. You should also spend time with those who lead holy lives (Prov. 13:20; compare 1 Cor. 15:33).
Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God again that He has made you positionally holy in Christ. Confess any sins you are aware of, and pray that you would live righteously today.
For Further Study: Answer the following questions, based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-21: What did Christ do for us on the cross? What happened to us when we were saved? GHow should we live as a result?
During the 1980s I lived in the beautiful farm country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Life there was pleasant in all respects but one: I never got used to the smell of manure. Pigs were by far the worst. But interestingly, though I found their odor disgusting, the pigs didn’t seem to mind in the least.
As J.C. Ryle has put it, “The very animals whose smell is most offensive to us have no idea they are offensive and are not offensive to one another.” Fallen man, it seems, can have no adequate idea what a vile thing sin is in the sight of a holy and perfect God.
- Robin Boisvert (and C. J. Mahaney), “This Great Salvation”
This is the song of my life, literally; my testimony and my declaration in this life.
What grace is mine, that He who dwells in endless light called through the night to find my distant soul! And from His scars poured mercy that would plead for me that I might live and in His name be known.
So I will go wherever He is calling me. I lose my life to find my life in Him. I give my all to gain the hope that never dies; I bow my heart, take up my cross and follow Him.
What grace is mine to know His breath alive in me! Beneath His wings my wakened soul may soar. All fear can flee, for death’s dark night is overcome; My Savior lives and reigns forevermore!