Sovereignty, Free Will, and Salvation - The Difference Sovereignty Makes

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This presentation discusses the impact that a proper understanding of God's sovereignty has on our lives.

Transcript of Sovereignty, Free Will, and Salvation - The Difference Sovereignty Makes

  • 1.Sovereignty Free Will & Salvation

2. Why GodsSovereigntyMatters 3. Why I Believe these ThingsEveryone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has beenborn of God (1 John 5:1)Birth is logically prior to life both in the physical and 4. No man is better for knowing that God in the beginning created theheaven and the earth. The devil knows that, and so did Ahab and Judas Iscariot. No man is betterfor knowing that God so loved theworld of men that He gave Hisonly begotten Son to die for theirredemption. In hell there aremillions who know that.Theological truth is useless until itis obeyed. The purpose behind alldoctrine is to secure moral action. - A. W. 5. What does Gods sovereignty mean tome? 6. Gods Sovereignty1. Provides assurance He is in complete control and supplies trust in His care for us2. Provides confidence in every circumstance3. Causes us to rely solely and ultimately on Him and not ourselves; it keeps us humble 7. Provides Assurance He is in controlI know that You can do all things, And that no purpose ofYours can be thwarted. (Job 42:2) 8. Provides Assurance He is in controlFor this reason I also suffer these things, but I am notashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I amconvinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. (2 Timothy 1:12)For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began agood work in you will perfect it until the day of ChristJesus. (Philippians 1:6) 9. Trust in Gods Care Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul;but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them willfall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.(Matthew 10:2831) 10. Trust in Gods CareCommit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. (Psalm 37:5) Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:31)Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And thepeace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:67) 11. It is of little comfort to me toknow that God loves me if heis not in control of the events of my life. . . . This is one of the crucial differences. Itenables us to trust God. Itenables us to obey Jesus command, Dont be afraid,because we know that our lives are not subject to chance or luck, to the whims of nature, or the malevolent actions of other people. - Jerry Bridges 12. Trust Down to the Last detailHe will also lift up a standard to the distant nation, Andwill whistle for it from the ends of the earth; And behold, it will come with speed swiftly. No one in it is weary or stumbles, None slumbers or sleeps; Nor is the belt at itswaist undone, Nor its sandal strap broken. (Isaiah 5:2627) 13. There is no attributeof God more comforting to Hischildren than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. . . . It isGod upon His throne whom we trust. - Charles 14. Everything Depends on God For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and onearth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers orauthoritiesall things have been created through Him and for Him.He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:1617) Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to suchand such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit. Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while andthen vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, If the Lord wills, wewill live and also do this or that. But as it is, you boast in yourarrogance; all such boasting is evil. (James 4:1316) 15. Confidence in Every CircumstanceTherefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy andfind grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) 16. Gods Sovereignty over Nature Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, And His lightning to the ends of theearth. . . . For to the snow He says, Fall on the earth, And to the downpour and the rain, Be strong. From the breath of God ice is made, And the expanse of the waters is frozen. Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses thecloud of His lightning. It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth. Whether forcorrection, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.(Job 37:1013) 17. Gods Sovereignty Over CalamityThe One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these. (Isaiah 45:7)Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High That both good and ill go forth? (Lamentations 3:3738) If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it? (Amos 3:6) 18. Control over Individual Circumstances Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and the Lord had given the people favor inthe sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. (Exodus 12:3536)Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth ofJeremiah, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying: (Ezra 1:1)The kings heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.(Proverbs 21:1) Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials(Daniel 1:9)The Lord said to him, Who has made mans mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind?Is it not I, the Lord? (Exodus 4:11)Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up threetimes a year to appear before the Lord your God. (Exodus 34:2324) God, in His sovereign power, is able to restrain others from desiring to harm us 19. The Story of JosephThe story of Joseph personifies how God is sovereign over our individualcircumstances. It exemplifies what Paul says in Romans: And we know that Godcauses all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) . Joseph said it this way: As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. (Genesis 50:20) 20. The Story of Joseph the Tough PartWhen they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death. They said to one another, Here comes this dreamer! Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, A wild beast devoured him. Then let us see what will become of his dreams! (Genesis 37:1820) Judah said to his brothers, What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up hisblood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh. And his brothers listened to him. Then some Midianite traderspassed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt. (Genesis 37:2628)She [Potiphars wife] caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me! And he [Joseph] left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. . . . Now when his master heard the wordsof his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, This is what your slave did to me, his anger burned. So Josephs master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the kings prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. (Genesis 39:1920)Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Now it happened at theend of two full years. . . (Genesis 40:23-41:1) 21. We Need to Remember God is still with usThe Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And hewas in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw thatthe Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and becamehis personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and allthat he owned he put in his charge. (Genesis 39:24) But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, andgave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Josephs charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so thatwhatever was done there, he was responsible for it. The chief jailer didnot supervise anything under Josephs charge because the Lord waswith him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper. (Genesis 39:2123) 22. The Story of Joseph the Good Part Then Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit? SoP