Tag Archives: sovereignty

Scripture at Sunrise 04.26.2021

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” -James 1:2-4

The more you are tested, if your faith is genuine, the more your trust in the Lord grows. -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon “Sovereignty in Trials” from James 1:1-5)

Scripture at Sunrise 11.6.2017

“What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For He says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” -Romans 9:14-16

God is absolutely sovereign. Mercy is not an obligation. It’s not something you deserve. God’s mercy is not based on what you do, it is based on His compassion.  –excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon

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This Week’s SERMON AUDIO
Sunday Morning 11/5 – Romans 9:14-18
Paul’s Defense of Election
Sunday Evening 11/5 – John 7:53-8:11
Our Compassionate Friend
Wednesday Evening 11/1 – 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
The Gospel in 2 Kings 7

Scripture at Sunrise 1.12.2017

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5

Your theology may not rest in God’s sovereignty, but your eternal life does. Jesus said that without Him we can do–wait for it–NOTHING! -Hershael York via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 9.28.2016

“You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” -John 3:28-30

Our times and purposes on this earth are temporary. Times change. God’s plans for each are different and we do not dictate the terms of our service.

John the Baptist understood the sovereignty of God, he knew who he was and what his place was, and he had a right view of his service. His response to this transition in his ministry is an example for us.

“Whatever it is that glorifies my Master, that’s what I want.”

-excerpts from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon

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Sunday Morning Sermon: Dressed in His Righteousness | Romans 3:21-23 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon: Transitions in Ministry | John 3:22-30 | Anthony Vance

 

Scripture at Sunrise 12.7.2015

Sunday Morning| Pastor Steve Wainright | Are You Content? | Philippians 4:10-13
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:11-13

You will never be content in this life unless you acknowledge the providence of God and His sovereignty. Contentment comes from the Lord, not from physical things. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: Are You Content? | Philippians 4:10-13
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: Blind to His Glory | John 1:10-13

Scripture at Sunrise 4.14.2015

“He shall choose our inheritance for us.” -Psalm 47:4

Our enemies would allot us a very dreary portion, but we are not left in their hands. The Lord will cause us to stand in our lot, and our place is appointed by His infinite wisdom. A wiser mind than our own arranges our destiny, the ordaining of all things is with God, and we are glad to have it so; we choose that God should choose for us. If we might have our own way we would wish to let all things go in God’s way.

Being conscious of our own folly, we would not desire to rule our own destinies. We feel safer and more at ease when the Lord steers our vessel than we could possibly be if we could direct it according to our own judgment. Joyfully we leave the painful present and the unknown future with our Father, our Savior, our Comforter.

O my soul, this day lay down thy wishes at Jesus’ feet! If thou hast of late been somewhat wayward and willful, eager to be and to do after thine own mind, now dismiss thy foolish self, and place the reins in the Lord’s hands. Say, “He shall choose.” If others dispute the sovereignty of the Lord and glory in the free will of man, do thou answer them, “He shall choose for me.” It is my freest choice to let Him choose. As a free agent, I elect that He should have absolute sway.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 9.11.09

“God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  -Romans 5:8

On the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many people still question why God would allow such a horrible thing to happen.  John Piper of Desiring God gives several reasons, this being the final one.  

Finally, the reason this terrorized and troubled world exists is to make a place for Jesus Christ the Son of God to suffer and die for our sins. The reason there is terror is so that Christ would be terrorized. The reason there is trouble is so that Christ could be troubled. The reason there is pain is so that Christ could feel pain. This is the world God prepared for the suffering and death of his Son. This is the world where God made the best display of his love in the suffering of his Son.

Romans 5:8, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” All his suffering was the plan of God to reveal redeeming love to us. The sovereignty of God, the evil of the world, and the love of God meet at the cross of Christ. Listen to this amazing statement from Acts 4:27-28 about God’s plan for the suffering of his Son—for you! “Truly in this city [Jerusalem] there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.” All the scheming, all the flogging, all the spitting, all the beating with rods, all the mockery, all the abandonment by his friends, all the thorns in his head, all the nails in his hands and feet, the sword in his side, weight of the sins of the world—all of it according to God’s plan. For you to see God’s love more graphically.

God’s deepest answer to terrorism and calamity is the suffering and death of his Son. He entered into our fallen world of sin and misery and death. He bore in himself the cause of it all—sin. And he bought by his death the cure for it all—forgiveness and everlasting joy in the age to come.

[Read the full post from Desiring God.]