Jonah 3 – Running With God

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>Jonah 3: Running With God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. REPENTANCE BEGINS WITH GOD’S WORD
A. ACTION OF FAITH
>>1. OBEYED GOD’S LESSON

Jonah 2:7-9 When my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer rose to You, to Your holy temple. Those who still cling to worthless idols forsake hope of Your mercy, but with shouts of thanksgiving I will sacrifice to You; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
>>2. OBEYED GOD’S CALL
Jonah 3:1-2 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to that great city Nineveh, and proclaim against it the message that I give you.” (Jonah 1:2 vs. Jonah 3:2)

B. ACTION OF JONAH
>>1. OBEYED EXPLICITLY

Jonah 3:3 So Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh, an extremely large city (three days’ walk around).
>>2. OBEYED EXACTLY
Jonah 3:4 Jonah went a day’s journey into the city and proclaimed, “In forty days Nineveh will be overthrown!” (Gen 19:25; Amos 4:11; Lam 4:6)

II. REVIVAL BROADENS AMONG THE PEOPLE
A. ACTION OF INDIVIDUALS
>>1. FACED THEIR GOD

Jonah 3:5a The people of Nineveh believed God. (Mt 19:23)
>>2. FACED THEIR SIN
Jonah 3:5b They announced a fast and wore sackcloth, from the highest in society the lowest of them.

B. ACTION OF LEADERSHIP
>>1. FACED HIS POSITION

Jonah 3:6 When word reached the king of Nineveh, he left his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
>>2. FACED HIS PEOPLE
Jonah 3:7-8a He issued a proclamation and published through the city, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, eat anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth and let them call out urgently to God.

III. REFORMATION BRINGS GOD’S BLESSINGS
A. ACTION OF MAN
>>1. TURNED FROM SIN

Jonah 3:8b Let everyone turn from his evil way and from his own violent behavior.
>>2. TURNED TO GOD
Jonah 3:9 Who knows? God may relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we might not perish.”

B. ACTION OF GOD
>>1. TURNED TOWARD MEN

Jonah 3:10a When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, (Prov 14:34; II Chron 7:14)
>>2. TURNED FROM DESTRUCTION
Jonah 3:10b God relented of the disaster that He had threatened. (Jer 18:6-8)

CONCLUSION:
Repentance believes God
Repentance does something
Repentance changes business as usual
Repentance spreads
Repentance reaches all levels of society
Repentance impacts everything
Repentance cries mightily to God
Repentance turns from your evil way
Repentance hopes in the mercy and love of God


Jonah 2 – Running Back to God

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>Jonah 2: Running Back to God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Act Two. Scene 1. Sinking in the Mediterranean Sea.

I. DREADFUL PROVISION
A. DELIVERANCE

Jonah 1:17a But the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
>>1. PREPARATION
>>2. PURPOSE

B. DETAINED
Jonah 1:17b Jonah was in the belly of that fish three days and three nights
>>1. PRESERVED
>>2. PERIOD (also Mt 12:40)

II. DISTRESSED PLEA
A. DEPTHS

Jonah 2:1-2, then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish, saying, “I cried out to the Lord in my distress, and He answered me; out of the depths of the grave I cried, and You heard my voice.
>>1. PRE-REQUISITE
>>2. PERSONAL (also Ps 31:22; 42:7; 18:6)

B. DISAPPROVED
Jonah 2:3-4 For You hurled me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the water surrounded me; all Your waves and Your breakers swept over me. Then I said, ‘I’ve been banished from Your sight; how shall I again look upon Your holy temple?’
>>1. PAIN
>>2. PRESENCE

III. DESPERATE PRAYER
A. DESCENDING

Jonah 2:5-6 The waters were choking my throat; I was surrounded by the depths. Seaweed wrapped around my head, sinking to the moorings of the mountains. I dropped to the region whose bars closed behind me forever; yet You brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.
>>1. PREDICAMENT
>>2. PROTECTION (also Ps 103:1,4)

B. DEDICATION
Jonah 2:7 When my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer rose to You, to Your holy temple.
>>1. PENANCE
>>2. PRAYER

IV. DECISIVE PRAISE
A. DECLARATION

Jonah 2:8-9 Those who still cling to worthless idols forsake hope of Your mercy, but with shouts of thanksgiving I will sacrifice to You; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
>>1. PROMISE
>>2. PROCLAMATION

Act Two. Scene 2. On the beach.

B. DESTINATION
Jonah 2:10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.
>>1. PROVISO
>>2. PUKE


Jonah 1 – Running Away from God

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>Jonah 1: Running Away from God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Act One. Scene 1. Gath-Hepher in Zebulun, village near Nazareth

I. COMMISSIONED BUT DISOBEDIENT

A. BACK-STORY OF JONAH
>>1. AUDIBLE CALL OF GOD
Jonah 1:1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai
(also II Kings 14:23-25)
>>2. ASSIGNED TASK
Jonah 1:2 “Rise up and go to the large city of Nineveh, and preach against it, for their evil has come up before Me.”

Act One. Scene 2. Joppa. After 60 mile run from God.

B. FRONT-STORY OF JONAH
>>1. ATTEMPTED ESCAPE

Jonah 1:3a So Jonah rose up but ran away from the presence of the Lord toward Tarshish.
(also Nahum 3:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20)
>>2. APPARENT SUCCESS
Jonah 1:3b He went down to Joppa and found a ship headed toward there. After paying the fare he went down into the ship, to sail with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
(also Ps 139:7-10)

II. CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE

Act ONE. Scene 3. Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

A. UNFOLDING-STORY OF JONAH
>>1. ACT OF GOD

Jonah 1:4-5a But the Lord hurled a great wind over the sea with such violence that the ship threatened to break up. The mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his own god. They hurled overboard the ship’s cargo to lighten the vessel.
>>2. ASLEEP IN THE STORM
Jonah 1:5b-6 But Jonah had gone down into the hull, laid down and was deeply asleep. The captain went to him and said, “What? Are you sleeping? Rise up and call to your god! Perhaps He will notice us so that we might not perish.”

B. FULL-STORY OF JONAH
>>1. ALBATROSS

Jonah 1:7-8 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
So they asked him, “Tell us who is at fault for bringing this evil on us. What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? What nationality are you?”

>>2. APPREHENDED
Jonah 1:9-10 And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear YHWH, the God of heaven, Who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were terrified and asked him, “Why have you done this?” (They knew this because he’d already told them he was fleeing the presence of the Lord.)

C. ENDING-STORY
>>1. ADMISSION

Jonah 1:11-12 As the sea grew rougher and more turbulent, they asked him, “What should we do to you, that the sea might calm down for us?”
He replied, “Pick me up and hurl me overboard and the sea will quiet down, for I know it is my fault that this great tempest has come on you.”

>>2. ACCOUNTABILITY
Jonah 1:13-14 Instead, the men dug hard, rowing toward land, but they couldn’t, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. Therefore they cried to the Lord, “O Lord, don’t let us die for taking this man’s life. Don’t hold us accountable for shedding innocent blood, for You, Lord, have done as it pleased You.”

Act One. Scene 4. In the Mediterranean Sea.

>>3. APPEAL TO GOD
Jonah 1:15-16 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him overboard, and the sea stopped raging. At this the men greatly feared YHWH, and they offered a sacrifice to YHWH and made vows to Him.
(also Mk 4:35-41)


Hosea 12-14 – At the Crossroads

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>Hosea 12-14: At the Crossroads

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. JUDGMENT DECLARED
A. ALTOGETHER
>>1. REALITY

Hosea 11:12-12:1 Ephraim has surrounded Me with lies, Israel with deceit. Judah disobeys God, unfaithful to the Holy One. Ephraim feeds on the wind and chases the east wind all day long; they multiply lies and violence; they make a treaty with Assyria, and export olive oil to Egypt.

>>2. REPAID
Hosea 12:2-6 The Lord has an indictment against Judah; He will punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds. In the womb he grabbed his brother by the heel, and as a human, he argued with God. He struggled with the angel and prevailed; he wept and begged His favor. He met God at Bethel, and God spoke with us there – YHWH, God of hosts, YHWH is His name – so you must return to your God, maintain love and justice, and wait continually for your God.
(also Gen 32:24-30)

B. ANSWER
>>1. RICHES

Hosea 12:7-11 Like a merchant who uses dishonest scales, he loves to defraud. Ephraim boasts, “I am rich; I’ve become wealthy; no one can prove me guilty or sinful in anything I do.”
I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt; I will again make you live in tents like the time of appointed festivals. I spoke to the prophets; it was I who gave them many visions and how to speak in parables. If there is wickedness in Gilead, the people are unprofitable. If they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal, their altars are no more than piles of stone discarded after plowing a field.

>>2. RECALL
Hosea 12:12-14 Jacob fled to the land of Aram; there Israel worked to gain a wife by tending sheep. God used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, and by that prophet tended them. But Ephraim has provoked the Lord bitterly; so his Lord will allow his guilt to remain, repaying him for his disgraceful deeds.

II. JUDGMENT DESCRIBED
A. ARROGANCE
>>1. REMOVED

Hosea 13:1-3 When Ephraim spoke, men trembled; he was elevated in Israel, but he became guilty of Baal-worship and died. Now they sin even more, making silver idols for themselves, skillfully-crafted by artisans. It is said of them, “Those who worship the calves even offer human sacrifice.” Therefore they will be like morning mist or like dew that quickly disappears, like chaff that swirls from the threshing floor or like smoke from a window.

>>2. REND
Hosea 13:4-8 But I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt; you acknowledge no God but Me, no Savior besides Me. It was I who tended you in the desert heat, but after they had grazed and became satisfied, with proud hearts they forgot Me.
So I will be like a lion to them; I will lurk beside the road like a leopard. I will attack them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear them open, and I will devour them like a lion, like a wild animal would rip them apart.

(also Habakkuk 1:8)

B. AFTERMATH
>>1. REJECTION

Hosea 13:9-11 You are destroyed, Israel, for you are opposed to Me, against your helper. Where is your king, to save you? Where are your leaders of whom you said, “Give me a king and princes”? I gave you a king in My anger, and I removed him in My anger.

>>2. RETRIBUTION
Hosea 13:12-16 The guilt of Ephraim is stored up; his sin is recorded in detail. Labor pains come to deliver him, but he doesn’t understand, so at time for delivery he doesn’t leave the womb.
Shall I deliver them from the power of hell? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Hell, where is your sting?
I have no compassion even though he may thrive among his brothers, the east wind from the Lord will blow in from the wilderness, and his wells will dry up; his spring shall be parched; it will strip away his wealth everything of value. Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.

(also Rom 6:23)

III. JUDGMENT DELAYED
A. AVERTED
>>1. REPENTANCE

Hosea 14:1-3 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sins have caused your downfall. Return to the Lord with these words, saying “Forgive our sins and receive us graciously; we will offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria can’t save us; we won’t call for cavalry. We’ll no longer call objects made by our hands ‘god’. In you we orphans find mercy.”

>>2. RESPONSE
Hosea 14:4-7 “I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for My anger has turned from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he will bloom like a lily. He will send down root like cedars of Lebanon; his shoots shall spread out. His splendor will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like cedars of Lebanon. Israel will return and live under My shadow; they will flourish like grain; they will blossom like the vine; their fame like the wine of Lebanon.

B. AUTHORITY
>>1. RENEWAL

Hosea 14:8 Ephraim will ask, ‘What more should I have to do with idols?’ It is I Who answers and cares for you. I am like an evergreen tree; your fruitfulness comes from Me.

>>2. RIGHTEOUS
Hosea 14:9 Is anyone wise? Let him understand these things. Does anyone have discernment? Let him grasp them. For the paths of the Lord are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble.”
(also Is 65:24; Rom 12:1)


Christmas Celebration

Posted: December 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Christmas Celebration

>Year of the Lord

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

“CAROLS OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON”

**GOOD NEWS from heaven the angels bring, glad tidings to the earth they sing. To us this day a child is given to crown us with the joy of heaven.” ~ Martin Luther

o #124 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
o Pastoral Prayer at Christmastime

**CHRISTMAS IS when God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in His arms.” ~ Paul Scherer

CAROLS FROM EARLY AGES
o #123 O Come, O Come Emmanuel
o #118 Of the Father’s Love Begotten
o #160 Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming
o Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7 (responsive #634)
o #137 What Child Is This?
o #145 O Come, All Ye Faithful
o Lighting of the 4th Advent Candle (by Children): LOVE

**I WILL HONOR Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. So remember that while December brings the only Christmas day, in the year let there be Christmas in everything you do and say.” ~ Charles Dickens

CAROLS OF THE SAVIOR’S BIRTH
o #132 Angels We Have Heard on High
o #143 Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
o #151 Good Christian Men, Rejoice
o Scripture: Luke 2:8-14 (unison #130)
o #139 I Wonder as I Wander
o #148 O Holy Night
o Lord’s Supper: (Led by Elder Jim Garbutt)

**IF WE COULD CONDENSE all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth! ~ John MacArthur

o Break/Fellowship

**ONCE IN OUR WORLD a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” ~ C.S. Lewis

CAROLS OF JOYOUS NEWS
o #125 Joy to the World
o #133 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
o #135 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
o Scripture: John 1:1-14 (responsive #635)
o #131 Angels from the Realms of Glory
o #128 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

**AND THEN, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that we can scarcely withstand it, the Christmas message comes to tell us that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is really good and light because it comes from God. Our eyes are at fault, that is all. God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment.
No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE (Elder Bob Griffin)
“Anno Domini: the Year of the Lord”

**ALL THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ. ~ David Jeremiah

CAROLS FOR THE CHILD IN US ALL
o #141 O Little Town of Bethlehem
o #157 Away in a Manger (traditional)
o #152 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
o Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 (responsive #636)
o #147 Silent Night! Holy Night!
o #158 Luther’s Carol: Away in a Manger

**INTO THIS WORLD, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for Him at all, Christ comes uninvited.” ~Thomas Merton

CAROL AS WE END OUR CHRISTMAS WORSHIP
o #163 As with Gladness Men of Old
o Benediction and All-Church Christmas Dinner

**DESPITE OUR EFFORTS to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked “No Entrance” and left through a door marked “No Exit.” ~Peter Larson


Hosea 10 & 11 – Two Different Hearts

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>Hosea 10: Two Different Hearts

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. HEART OF SINFUL MAN
A. SELFISH HEART OF MAN
>>1. CONSEQUENCES PRODUCED

Hosea 10:1-2 Israel was a luxuriant plant that yielded fruit. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land produced, he improved his sacred stones. Their heart is divided; now they must bear their guilt. The Lord will demolish their altars and destroy their sacred stones.
also Gal 5:13
>>2. CONSEQUENCES PERSIST
Hosea 10:3-6 For now they will say: “We have no king, for we did not fear the Lord; but if a king – what could he do for us?” They make promises; with empty oaths they make covenants; so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.
The residents of Samaria tremble for the calf-idol of Beth-aven. Its people mourn for it, and so do its idolatrous priests (those who rejoiced over it and its glory) for it has been removed. That ‘thing’ will be
carried to Assyria as tribute to the Great King. Ephraim shall be disgraced, and Israel shall be ashamed.
also II Kgs 22:5; Zeph 1:4
>>3. CONSEQUENCES PREDICTED
Hosea 10:7-8 Samaria’s king shall perish like foam on the surface of water. The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed. Thorn and thistle shall grow over their altars, and they shall say to the mountains, “Cover us,” and to the hills, “Fall on us.”

B. STUBBORN HEART OF MAN
>>1. CONTINUED PERVERSITY

Hosea 10:9-10 Since the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, Israel; there you continue. Shall not the war against the unjust overtake them in Gibeah? When I please, I will discipline them, and nations shall be gathered against them when they are chained for their multiplied sins.
>>2. CONTINUED PLEADING
Hosea 10:11-13a Ephraim was a trained calf that loved to thresh, and I spared her fair neck; now I will put Ephraim to the yoke; Judah must plow; Jacob must harrow for himself. Sow righteousness for yourselves; reap fruit of unfailing love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and shower you with righteousness. You have planted iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies.
>>3. CONTINUED PUNISHMENT
Hosea 10:13b-15 Because you have trusted in your own strength and in the multitude of your warriors, the noise of war shall arise against your people, and all your fortresses shall be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle; mothers were smashed to pieces along with their children. Thus it will happen to you, Bethel, because of your great evil. At dawn, the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.

II. HEART OF SOVEREIGN LORD
A. LONGING HEART OF GOD
>>1. CALLING PROVEN

Hosea 11:1-4 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more they were called, the more they went away from Me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them up by their arms, but they did not realize that I was the One Who healed them. I led them with cords of kindness, with the ties of love, and I became to them like one who kisses their cheeks as I bent down feeding them.

also Deut 7:7-8
>>2. CALLING PROVOKED
Hosea 11:5-7 They shall not return to the slavery in the land of Egypt, but Assyria shall be their king since they refused to return to Me. The sword shall rage against their cities, consume the bars off their gates, and devour them because of their own thinking. My people are determined on turning away from Me, and though they call to God Most High, He will not raise them up.

B. FAITHFUL HEART OF GOD
>>1. COMPASSIONATE PRONOUNCEMENT

Hosea 11:8-9 How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within Me; my sympathy grows warm and tender.
I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.

also Deut 29:23
>>2. COMPASSIONATE PROMISE
Hosea 11:10-11 They shall follow the Lord; He will roar like a lion. When He roars, His children shall come trembling from the west; trembling like sparrows from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria, and I will return them to their homes, declares the Lord.
also Hos 5:14-15


Hosea 8 & 9 – Reap the Whirlwind

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>Hosea 8: Reap the Whirlwind

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. SINFUL MAN FORGETS GOD (8:1 – 9:6)
A. RESULTS OF FORGETTING GOD

>>1. AUTHORITY – SIN #1: Reject God’s authority
Hosea 8:1-3 Put the trumpet to your lips! One like a vulture [or eagle] hovers over the house of the Lord, because they have broken My covenant and rebelled against My law. To Me Israel cries, “Our God, we acknowledge You.” But Israel has spurned what is good; an enemy will pursue him. (also Mt 7:22-23)
>>2. AUTONOMY – SIN #2: Make self autonomous
Hosea 8:4a They made kings, but not by My consent. They chose princes, but I did not approve.
>>3. ADORATION – SIN #3: Continue spiraling into idolatry
Hosea 8:4b-6 With their silver and gold they made idols to their own destruction. I have rejected your calf-idol, O Samaria. My anger burns against them. How long can they seem incapable of purity? For a craftsman made it; it is from Israel, not from God. The calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.
>>4. ALLIANCES – SIN #4: Looks to any promise of help
Hosea 8:7-10 For they sow the wind, and they will reap the whirlwind. The grain stalks have no heads and will not produce flour. Even If it did, foreigners would devour it. Israel is swallowed up; she is already considered among the nations as a useless vessel. They have gone up to Assyria like a she-donkey wandering alone. Ephraim has hired lovers. Though they hire allies among the nations, I will soon gather them up. The king and princes shall soon writhe under oppression.
>>5. ALTARS – SIN #5: Form a new man-centered religion
Hosea 8:11-13a Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning, these have become for him altars for sinning. If I write My laws ten thousand times for him, it would be regarded as foreign. As for My sacrificial offerings, they sacrifice meat and eat it, but the Lord does not accept them. (also I Cor 2:14)

B. RESPONSE OF GOD
>>1. DESTRUCTION
Hosea 8:13b-14 Now He will remember their wickedness and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt. For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built [pagan] temples, and Judah has fortified many cities. But I will send a fire on the cities, and it shall devour her strongholds. (also Is 37:33-36)
>>2. DEFEAT
Hosea 9:1-3 Do not rejoice, O Israel! Do not be jubilant like other nations; for you have been unfaithful to your God. You have loved a prostitute’s earnings on all threshing floors. Threshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail them. They shall not remain in the Lord’s land, but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and eat unclean food in Assyria.
>>3. DEFILEMENT
Hosea 9:4-5 They shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the Lord, and their sacrifices shall not please Him. It shall be like mourners’ bread to them, defiling all who eat it. For their bread shall be for personal hunger only; it shall not come to the house of the Lord. What will you do on the day of the appointed festival, on the feast day of the Lord?

II. RIGHTEOUS GOD WILL NOT FORGET (9:6-17)
A. REAPING THE WRATH OF GOD

>>1. PROOF
Hosea 9:6 For behold, they are running away from destruction, but Egypt will be their prison; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their precious silver; thorns shall be in their tents.
>>2. PUNISHMENT
Hosea 9:7-9 The days of punishment have come; the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it. The prophet is a fool; the man of the spirit is mad, because of your great iniquity and great hatred. The prophet is the watchman of Ephraim with my God; yet a fowler’s snare is on all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God. They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah. God will remember their wickedness; He will punish their sins. (also Judges 19)
>>3. PAST
Hosea 9:10 Like grapes in the desert, I found Israel. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. But they arrived at Baal-peor and consecrated themselves to a shameful idol and became as detestable as the thing they loved. (also Num 25)

B. REJECTION BY GOD
>>1. PICTURE
Hosea 9:11-13 Ephraim’s glory shall fly away like a bird – no birth, no pregnancy, no conception! Even if they bring up children, I will bring grief until none remain. Woe to them when I turn away from them! Ephraim, as I have seen, was like a young palm planted in a meadow; but Ephraim will lead his own children to slaughter.
>>2. PRAYER
Hosea 9:14 Give them, O Lord – what will You give? Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that are dry.
>>3. PROCLAMATION
Hosea 9:15 Because of their evil at Gilgal, I began to hate them. Because of their wicked actions, I will drive them out of My house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious. (also II Kings 2-4)
>>4. PROHIBITION
Hosea 9:16-17 Ephraim is stricken; their root is withered; they yield no fruit. Even if they give birth, I will kill their beloved children.
My God will reject them because they have not obeyed Him; they will be wanderers among the nations.
(also Deut 30:15-17; Heb 8:12; 10:16-17)


Jim Garbutt, Elder – James 2, the 4th Test of Faith

Posted: November 29th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Jim Garbutt, Elder – James 2, the 4th Test of Faith

>James 2:1-13 Fourth Test of Genuine Faith

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A Sermon by Br. James Garbutt, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

[Review of first 3 tests
Test #1 = Lack Wisdom (James 1:1-11)
Test #2 = Temptation/Trials (James 1:12-21)
Test #3 = Obedience (James 1:22-27) ]

PARTIALITY/FAVORTISM – 4th TEST OF GENUINE FAITH

1. PARTIALITY OF MAN – Man sees and judges superficially
James 2:1-4
>>Economic (James 2:1-4)
>>Social Status
>>Ethnic (Rom 2:9-11)
>>Religion
>>Racial
>>Appearance (I Sam 16:7)

2. IMPARTIALITY OF GOD – Divine attribute of perfection
>>No Injustice (II Chron 19:7)
>>No Bribes (Deut 10:17)
>>No Respect of Persons (Acts 10:34-35)

3. LIVING WITHOUT PARTIALITY
James 2:5-13
>>Have a Heart for the Poor (James 2:5)
>>Recognize Partiality will Backfire (James 2:6-7)
>>Know Partiality is Transgression of the Law (James 2:8)
>>Judge by Content of Character, not outward Appearance (James 2:9-11)
>>Admit we all Deserve Justice but God gives Mercy (James 2:12-13)


Thanksgiving Praises & Prayers – Eph 1:3-14

Posted: November 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Thanksgiving Praises & Prayers – Eph 1:3-14

>Service of Thanksgiving and Praise

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

INTRODUCTION:
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm,
Time = HAS BLESSED
Recipients = US
Number = WITH ALL
Kind = SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS
Place = IN HEAVENLY REALM
Reason = IN CHIRST

Hymn #559 “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
Hymn #60 “Morning Has Broken”

#1. BLESSING – BEING GOD’S ELECT
Eph 1:4a even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. (also Jn 15:15)

Hymn #557 “In Thanksgiving Let Us Praise Him”
Hymn #563 “Count Your Blessings”
Sharing Testimonies of His Blessings

#2. BLESSING – BEING PREDESTINATED
Eph 1:5-6, 11 In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved (also I Pet 2:2)

Hymn #556 “Now Thank We All Our God”
Hymn #43 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Lifting Up our Corporate Prayers

#3. BLESSING – BEING REDEEMED
Eph 1:7a In Him we have redemption through His blood, (also Heb 9:22)

Hymn #16 “We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer”
Hymn #521 “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It”
Partaking in the Lord’s Supper – Jim Garbutt

#4. BLESSING – BEING FORGIVEN
Eph 1:7b the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, (also Ps 103:12)

Hymn #188 “At the Cross”
Hymn #199 “Arise, My Soul, Arise”

#5. BLESSING – BEING GIVEN WISDOM
Eph 1:8-10 which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. (also I Cor 1:20-21)

Hymn #560 “For the Beauty of the Earth”
Hymn #564 “We Are So Blessed”

#6. BLESSING – BEING AN HEIR
Eph 1:11-12 In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory.

Hymn #561 “We Gather Together”
Hymn #5 “Be Exalted, O God”

Sermon “BLESSINGS OF BEING IN CHRIST” – Dr Bob

BLESSING #7 – BEING ETERNALLY SAVED
Eph 1:13-14 In Him you also, when you heard the Word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.

Hymn #202 “Amazing Grace”
Hymn #20 “All People that on Earth Do Dwell”


Hosea 6 & 7 – Missing Ingredient in Religion

Posted: November 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Hosea 6 & 7 – Missing Ingredient in Religion

>Hosea 6&7: Real Repentance

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. GUILT PINPOINTED (of no life-style proof of repentance)
A. FALSE PRESUMPTION
>>1. DISMISSED

Hosea 6:1-2 Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; He has injured us, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will restore us so we may live in His presence. (Lk 18:5)
>>2. DEPERSONALIZED
Hosea 6:3 Let us acknowledge Him, to press to know the Lord. For as certain as the dawn He will appear, just like winter rain or spring showers that water the ground. (Heb 11:6)

B. FALSE PROJECTION
>>1. DISAPPEARANCE

Hosea 6:4-5 What should I do with you, Ephraim? What shall I do with you, Judah? Your faithfulness is like a morning mist, like the dew that quickly disappears. Therefore I cut you with words of My prophets; I killed you with My words. My judgment goes forth like sunlight. (Jas 2:18; Ps 119:130; 119:105
>>2. DESIRE
Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, acknowledging God rather than burnt offerings. (Mt 9:13; 12:7; Rom 12:1)

C. FALSE PENITENCE
>>1. DESTRUCTION

Hosea 6:7 But like Adam, they broke the covenant, and there dealt unfaithfully with Me. (Ps 51:16-17; Is 1:11,16-18)
>>2. DEFILEMENT
Hosea 6:8-10 Gilead is a city of evildoers, with footprints in blood. As robbers lie in ambush, so bands of priests murder on the road to Shechem and carry out their wicked schemes. Oh, I have seen frightening things in Israel: Ephraim given over to prostitution and Israel defiled. (Amos 5:21-22)

D. FALSE PERSPECTIVE
>>1. DISHONESTY

Hosea 6:11-7:1 And also for Judah, a day of harvest is appointed, when I restore the fortunes of my people; when I would heal Israel, the sin of Ephraim is exposed, as are the crimes of Samaria. They deceive; thieves break into houses, and bandits rob in the streets.
>>2. DISCERNMENT
Hosea 7:2-3 But they don’t realize that I remember all their evil. They are drowning in their sins; nothing is hidden from Me. Their evil actions delight the king, and the princes are [delighted] by their treachery. (Jer 31:34)

II. GRAPHIC PICTURES (of those who CLAIM to repent but CONTINUE in sin)
A. IMAGE = OVEN
>>1. DRIVEN

Hosea 7:4 They are all adulterers; they are like a heated oven whose baker stops stirring the fire while kneading of the dough until it rises. (I Cor 7:9)
>>2. DIRECTION
Hosea 7:5-7 On the festival day of our king, the princes are inflamed with wine, joining hands with mockers. With hearts like an oven they approach their intrigue; all night their anger smolders and in the morning it blazes like a fire. All of them are hot as an oven, consuming their leaders. All their kings fall, yet none of them calls upon Me.

B. IMAGE = HALF-BAKED PANCAKE
>>1. DISREGARD

Hosea 7:8-9 Ephraim mixes with Gentiles; Ephraim is a pancake not turned. Foreigners sap his strength, and he doesn’t realize it. His hair is sprinkled gray, and he doesn’t notice it. (Jer 17:9; Lk 16:13)
>>2. DISDAIN
Hosea 7:10 Israel’s arrogance testifies against him; despite this, they do not return to the Lord their God, nor search for Him. (Jdg 16:20)

C. IMAGE = DOVE
>>1. DESTRUCTION

Hosea 7:11-13 Ephraim is like a dove, tricked and without sense, calling to Egypt, then to Assyria. As they go, I will throw My net over them; I will bring them down like birds of the air. When the flock gathers, I will catch them. Woe on them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction on them, for they have rebelled against Me! I would redeem them, but they lie about Me.
>>2. DECEPTION
Hosea 7:14 They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds. They cut themselves in appeals for grain and for wine they gash themselves, but still turn away from Me.

D. IMAGE = FAULTY WEAPON
>>1. DEFECTIVE

Hosea 7:15-16a Although I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they plot against Me. They turn, but not to the ‘Most High’. They are like a defective bow.
>>2. DERISION
Hosea 7:16b Their leaders will fall in battle because of their impertinent words; they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt. (Ps 34:18; Is 57:15)