November 11, 2013
I continued my series through Judges on Sunday morning with “Samson the Savior is born (Judges 9: 13:1-25).
Main Idea of the Text: God provided Israel with Samson to save Israel from its Philistine oppressors.
Main Idea of the Sermon: God sent Jesus to be our Savior from the oppression of sin.
What kind of Savior is Jesus who comes to save us from the oppression of sin?
I. God sends us a gracious Savior (1).
John 1:14: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Ephesians 2:4-5: But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).
II. God sends us a holy Savior (2-7).
Mark 1:24: saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”
Acts 4:27: For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together.
III. God sends us a patient Savior (8-23).
Acts 17:30: Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.
2 Thessalonians 3:5: Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
IV. God sends us a powerful Savior (24-25).
Luke 2:40: And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
Matthew 9:6: But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
Luke 4:14: Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
On Sunday evening we looked at Luke 5:27-39 in a sermon I entitled, “You Can’t Call Him!”
Main Idea of the Biblical Text: Jesus called Matthew to be a disciple despite his background as a tax collector.
Main Idea of the Sermon: Jesus calls all kinds of people to be His disciples despite their backgrounds.
What kind of backgrounds does Jesus call people out of to be His disciple?
I. Jesus calls people to Himself despite their stature (27-29).
Matthew 11:19: The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
Mark 2:15: Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him
II. Jesus calls people to Himself despite their sin (30-32).
Luke 8:2: and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons.
1 Timothy 1:15: This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
III. Jesus calls people to Himself despite their system (33-39).
John 3:29: He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.
Matthew 26:27-29: Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”