Quarantine Sunday #6 – Faith for This Hour: Gideon (part 1)

Posted: April 26th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #6 – Faith for This Hour: Gideon (part 1)

Faith for This Hour: Gideon

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

**WELCOME:

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 85”

**HYMN: “Faith is the Victory”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**HYMN: “I Will Sing of My Redeemer”

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “I’d Rather Have Jesus”

**MESSAGE: GIDEON, LITTLE FAITH, WEAK FAITH

We all know the “big names” of Hebrews 11, the “Faith Chapter”. But this is first message of lesser-known people who teach us important lessons about having faith in very difficult time.

Heb 11:32-34 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put enemy armies to flight.

I. GIDEON: LITTLE FAITH
A. LOCKED IN THE SIN CYCLE
>>1. TYPICAL PATTERN AFTER JOSHUA DIED
Jdg 2:11-19
>>2. STILL EVIDENT IN OUR LIVES TODAY

B. TIME FOR A JUDGE – WHERE’S GIDEON?
>>1. What God saw of Gideon:
Jdg 6:12 “O mighty man of valor.”
Jdg 6:14 “Go . . . do not I send you?”
Jdg 6:16 “I will be with you.”
Jdg 6:23 “Be at peace. Do not fear. You shall not die.”
>>2. What Gideon saw of Gideon
Jdg 6:11 Faith hiding
Jdg 6:13a Faith questioning
Jdg 6:13b Faith despairing
Jdg 6:15 Faith doubting
Jdg 6:17 Faith conniving
Jdg 6:21 Faith panicking

II. GIDEON: WEAK FAITH
A. GIDEON’S FAITH BEGINNING TO GROW
(kinda)
>>1. SEEING GOD WORK LED TO OBEDIENCE
Jdg 6:24 Step 1 – Recognized God’s hand thru miracle of fire
Jdg 6:25-26 Step 2 – Listen to God’s Word
Jdg 6:27 Step 3 – Obey God’s Word
>>2. FEAR OF MAN STILL STYMIED WEAK FAITH
Jdg 6:33-35 Enemy invasion
Jdg 6:36-38. Another test for God
Jdg 6:39-40 Trusted in coincidence and luck more than God

B. EVEN LITTLE, WEAK FAITH TOOK COURAGE
>>1. IT TAKES FAITH TO HEAR/OBEY GOD’S CALL
>>2. IT TAKES FAITH TO DESTORY ALTARS OF BAAL
>>3. IT TAKES FAITH TO BUILD ALTARS FOR GOD
>>4. IT TAKES FAITH TO ASK GOD FOR A MIRACLE

It may have been little, it may have been weak, but Gideon’s faith was growing and God was about to use him in a big way

** CLOSING HYMN: “In Christ Alone”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“Faith is the Victory”
Encamped along the hills of light, ye Christian soldiers, rise
And press the battle ere the night shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below let all our strength be hurled;
Faith is the victory, we know, that overcomes the world.

[refrain]
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory, that overcomes the world.

On every hand the foe we find drawn up in dread array;
Let tents of ease be left behind, and onward to the fray.
Salvation’s helmet on each head, with truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ’neath our tread, and echo with our shout.

To him that overcomes the foe white raiment shall be given;
Before the angels he shall know his name confessed in heaven.
Then onward from the hills of light, our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night, in Jesus’ conquering name.

“I Will Sing of My Redeemer”
I will sing of my Redeemer and His wondrous love to me.
On the cruel cross he suffered, from the curse to set me free.

[refrain]
Sing, O sing of my Redeemer! With His blood He purchased me;
on the cross He sealed my pardon, paid the debt, and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story, how my lost estate to save,
in His boundless love and mercy, He the ransom freely gave.

I will praise my dear Redeemer, His triumphant power I’ll tell:
how the victory he gives me over sin and death and hell.

I will sing of my Redeemer and his heavenly love for me;
He from death to life has brought me, Son of God, with Him to be.

“In Christ Alone”
In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace when fears are stilled, when strivings cease,
My Comforter, my All in All – Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! – who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died the wrath of God was satisfied,
For every sin on Him was laid – Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again.
And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine – Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me.
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home – Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.


Quarantine Sunday #5 – God’s Man for this Hour

Posted: April 19th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #5 – God’s Man for this Hour

God’s Man for this Hour

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

**WELCOME:

**SCRIPTURE: First Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

**HYMN: “CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**HYMN: “CHILDREN OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER”

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “ARISE, MY SOUL, ARISE”

**MESSAGE: GOD’S MAN FOR THIS HOUR

I. GOD SOUGHT A MAN FOR THE HOUR
A. WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?

>>1. GOD HAS ALWAYS USED ONE PERSON
>>2. COMMON MEN WITH UNCOMMON CHARACTER
Ezek 22:23-24 And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, say to her, You are a land that is not cleansed or rained upon in the day of indignation”.

B. WHERE DID GOD LOOK?
>>1. PRIESTS 22:23-26 (religious leaders)
Ezek 22:26 Her priests have done violence to My Law and have profaned My holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
>>2. PRINCES 22:27 (Politicians)
Ezek 22:27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain.
>>3. PROPHETS 22:25, 28 (Baptist preachers)
Ezek 22:25 The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.
Ezek 22:28 And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken.

>>4. PEOPLE 22:29 (everyone)
Ezek 22:29 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy and have extorted from the immigrant without justice/em>.

II. WHAT COULD GOD DO?
A. SOLUTION

>>1. NO MAN FOUND
Ezek 22:30 And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.
>>2. JUDGMENT ON MAN
Ezek 22:31 Therefore, I’ve poured out My fury on them. I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath. I have returned their actions on their own heads, declares the Lord God.
>>3. THE LORD PROVIDES

B. PROVISION OF A NEW MAN
>>1. NEW PRIEST – Hebrews 7:23-25
Heb 7:23-25 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever. Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
OT Priests had failed so God provided a NEW PRIEST – JESUS CHRIST
>>2. NEW PRINCE – Acts 5:28-31
Act 5:28-31 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him at His right hand as Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
OT Princes had failed so God provided a NEW PRINCE – JESUS CHRIST
>>3. NEW PROPHET – Luke 24:19
Luke 24:19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.
OT Prophets had failed so God provided a NEW PROPHET – JESUS CHRIST
>>4. NEW PEOPLE – Hebrews 2:9-11
Heb 2:9-11 But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for all people. For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers,
OT People had failed so God provided a NEW PEOPLE – US

** CLOSING HYMN: “OPEN OUR EYES, LORD”

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RESOURCES

CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS
Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him Who died for thee,
and hail Him as thy matchless king through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save;
His glories now we sing who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

CHILDREN OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER
Children of the heav’nly Father, safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in Heaven such a refuge e’er was given.

God, His own doth tend and nourish, in His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things He spares them, in His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever from the Lord, His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth and their sorrows all He knoweth.

Though He giveth or He taketh, God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His, the loving purpose solely to preserve them, pure and holy.

OPEN OUR EYES, LORD
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus
To reach out and touch Him and say that we love Him
Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus


Quarantine Sunday #4 (Easter) – Praise to the Risen Lord

Posted: April 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #4 (Easter) – Praise to the Risen Lord

Praise to the Risen Lord

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

**WELCOME:

**SCRIPTURE: I Cor. 15 and John 3:16 “For God so loved the world (not just the Jews) that He gave His one and only Son for atonement, so that the believing ones will never perish but have everlasting life.”

**HYMN: “HE LIVES”

1 I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.

Chorus:
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

2 In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
Will come at last.

3 Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs
To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
So good and kind.

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**HYMN: “CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY”
1 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

2 Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

3 Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

4 Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “WATCH THE LAMB”

**MESSAGE: THE GOOD NEWS MEETS MY LONGINGS

#1 I WANT TO CHANGE
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor 15:14 “If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then our preaching is worthless.”
(also II Cor 6:4-5 “By great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger”)
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, our message is NOT futile

#2 I WANT TO BELIEVE SOMETHING REAL
>>1. NEGATIVE I Cor 15:14b If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “your faith is worthless.” (also I Cor. 15:17a If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “your faith is futile.”)
(also I Cor 15:3-4 “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures”; Gal 2:20 “The life I live I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me”)
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, our faith is NOT empty

#3 I WANT TRUE RELIGION
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor 15:15 If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, “we are found to be misrepresenting God [literally: we are false witnesses], because we testified of God that He raised Christ.”
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, the apostles are not false witnesses about the work of God.
(also Jn 14:6 Jesus came into the world to say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”)

#4 I WANT FORGIVENESS FOR MY SIN
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor. 15:17b If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “you are still in your sins.”
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, we are not still in our sins.
(also II Cor 5:20 “For our sake God made His Son to be sin (Who knew no sin), so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Rom 4:25 “He was handed over [to death] on account of our transgressions, and he was raised on account of our justification.”)

#5 I WANT HOPE FOR ETERNITY
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor 15:18 If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.”
(also I Thes 4:13; 18 “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as do the others who have no hope. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, the dead in Christ have not perished

#6 I WANT ASSURANCE
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor 15:19 If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “we are of all men most to be pitied.”
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, we are not to be pitied
(also II Cor 4:17 “This slight momentary affliction is working for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison”

STILL THE GOOD NEWS TODAY
THEREFORE, I LOVE GOD FOR WHO HE IS
I Cor 15:58 “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
THEREFORE, I LOVE GOD FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE

CONCLUDING HYMN “THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU”

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord lift his countenance upon you,
and give you peace,
and give you peace.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious,
and be gracious;
The Lord be gracious, gracious unto you.

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen,
Amen, Amen, Amen.


Quarantine Sunday #3 – Who Are They That Love God?

Posted: April 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #3 – Who Are They That Love God?

Speaker: Bro Jim Garbutt, Elder

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

Welcome:
Prayer:
Song: “Complete in Thee” by Ben Everson
Sermon: WHO ARE THEY THAT LOVE GOD: 4 CHARACTERISTICS

Characteristic #1 – They are those who Yield to the transforming Love of God.
James 1:12
v.12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Characteristic #2 – They are those who Know the truth about Him
James 1:13-15
v.13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
v.14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
v.15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Characteristic #3 – They are those who Know the truth about themselves
James 1:13-15 (see above)

Characteristic #4 – They are those who Stay with the Word of God
James 1:16-18
v.16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
v.17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
v.18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

Song: “Don’t you Fear” Ben Everson


Quarantine Sunday #2 – Purpose of Suffering

Posted: March 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #2 – Purpose of Suffering

The Fivefold Purpose of Our Suffering

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

Service for March 29th, 2020
Hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King”
Welcome/Prayer
Hymn “His Mercy Is More”
Special Music “Slow Down” sung by Sissel Kyrkjebø (lyrics below)
Sermon Outline

I. PURPOSE: WE MUST REPENT
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO TURN TO GOD

1. STOP TREASURING THE THINGS OF EARTH
2. PUT NOTHING ABOVE GOD
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. Lk 13:4-5 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
2. Mt 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
3. Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn

II. PURPOSE: WE MUST RELY
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO TRUST GOD ALONE

1. NOT THE LIFE-SUSTAINING PROPS OF THE WORLD
2. NOT THE WORKS OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. II Cor 1:8-9 For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God Who raises the dead.
2. Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
3. Isaiah 66:13 As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.

III. PURPOSE: WE MUST REFLECT
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO BECOME HOLY

1. WE SUFFER TO BE LIKE CHRIST IN CHARACTER
2. WE SHARE HIS HOLINESS WITH ALL AROUND US
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. Heb 12:6, 10-11 The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives…. He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
2. Rom 8:37-38 In all things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. Jn 16:20,33 You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

IV. PURPOSE: WE MUST RESPOND
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO STORE ETERNAL TREASURE

1. BENEFITS FOR ETERNITY
2. BENEFITS TO OTHERS NOW
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. II Cor 4:17 This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
2. Mt 5:11-12 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
3. II Cor 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

V. PURPOSE: WE MUST REST
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO A GOD WHO CONTROLS ALL

1. OUR SUFFERING IS NOT GOD’S CONDEMNATION
2. RATHER, IT IS HIS PLAN FOR PURIFICATION
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. Phil 3:10 That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and may share His sufferings.
2. Mk 10:45 The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.
3. Ps 27:13-14; 119:76 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Lord may Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to Your promise.

Suffering is Painful
Suffering is Perplexing
Suffering is a Process
Suffering is Purifying
and
Suffering is Purposeful

Closing Hymn “Rock of Ages”
Prayer

[You may not know the modern song “Slow Down”, so words included.
It seems exactly what God is doing in our world right now.]

In the midst of my confusion
In the time of desperate need
When I am thinking not too clearly
A gentle voice does intercede

(Chorus)
Slow down, slow down, be still
Be still and wait, on the Spirit of the Lord
Slow down and hear His voice
And know that He is God

In the time of tribulation
When I’m feeling so unsure
When things are pressing in about me
Comes a gentle voice so still, so pure

(Chorus)

[Also may need the words to a more modern worship hymn “His Mercy Is More”]

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

(Chorus)
Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

(Verse 2)
What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

(Verse 3)
What riches of kindness he lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more


Quarantine Sunday #1 – Prepare to Meet Your God

Posted: March 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #1 – Prepare to Meet Your God

The Message of Amos to the “terminal generation” of his country

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

I. OPPORTUNITIES FOR PREPARATION TO MEET GOD
A. FIRST NATURAL CALAMITY – “HUNGER” 4:6

Amos 4:6 “I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in all your places, yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD.
Result: Ye have not returned

B. SECOND NATURAL CALAMITY – “DROUGHT” 4:7-8
Amos 4:7-8 “I also withheld the rain from you when there were yet three months to the harvest; I would send rain on one city, and send no rain on another city; one field would have rain, and the field on which it did not rain would wither; so two or three cities would wander to another city to drink water, and would not be satisfied; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD.
Result: Ye have not returned

C. THIRD NATURAL CALAMITY – “PLAGUE” 4:9
Amos 4:9 “I struck you with blight and mildew; your many gardens and your vineyards, your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD.
Result: Ye have not returned

D. FOURTH NATURAL CALAMITY – “DISEASE & WAR” 4:10
Amos 4:10 “I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt; I killed your young men with the sword, and carried away your horses, and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD.
Result: Ye have not returned

E. FIFTH NATURAL CALAMITY – “FIERY DESTRUCTION” 4:11
Amos 4:11 “I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning; yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD.
Result: Ye have not returned

Therefore- Amos 4:12 “Prepare to Meet Your God”

II. THREE REASONS FOR IMMEDIATE PREPARATION
A. “FACING GOD IS INEVITABLE”

Hebrews 9:27 Just as it is appointed for man to die once, then after that comes judgment

B. “LIFE IS UNCERTAIN”
James 4:13-16 Listen to this, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

C. “DEATH IS TOO LATE”
Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man knows not his times as the fishes taken in a net, and as the birds caught in a snare

II Cor 6:2 “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”
Josh 24:15 “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

III. ONLY REQUIREMENT FOR PREPARATION
A. REPENTANCE OF SIN: NEED FOR SALVATION

Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”
Rom 6:23 “The wages of sin is death”
Mark 1:4 (first message of NT) “John proclaimed repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
Mark 1:15 (first message of Jesus) “The kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

B. BELIEF IN CHRIST: STANDARD OF SALVATION
Acts 17:3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Messiah.”

C. ACCEPTANCE OF CHRIST: ACTION OF SALVATION
Acts 17:4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.


Acts 21:1-16 Firm Convictions

Posted: March 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 21:1-16 Firm Convictions

Exposition of Acts: Firm Convictions

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

I. CONVICTION TO STAY THE COURSE
A. NOT DETERED

>>1. HARD PARTING
Acts 21:1 When we tore ourselves away [from Ephesian elders], we sailed a direct course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.
>>2. HIGH PRIORITY
Acts 21:2-3 And having found a ship crossing to Phoenicia, we boarded and set sail. After we had come in sight of Cyprus and passed it on the left, we continued to Syria, landing at Tyre for the scheduled cargo off-load.

B. NOT DIVERTED
>>1. HOSPITABLE FRIENDS
Acts 21:4 And having looked up the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
(also Acts 20:22-23; 9:15-16)
>>2. HEAVENLY COMFORT
Acts 21:5-6 When our days there concluded, we departed and continued our journey. They all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we boarded the ship, and they returned home.

C. NOT DISTRACTED
>>1. HAILING BRETHREN
Acts 21:7 When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for a day.
>>2. HIGHLY ESTEEMED
Acts 21:8-9 The next day we left and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. (He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.)
(also Acts 6:5; Acts 8:5ff; Acts 8:26ff; Acts 8:40 Eph 4:11; II Tim 4:5)

II. CONVICTION TO PAY THE PRICE
A. NOT DISCOURAGED

>>1. HINDERING MESSENGER
Acts 21:10-11a While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Meeting us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands
(also Eph. 4:11)
>>2. HOLY SPIRIT PROPHECY
Acts 21:11b and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'”
(also Mt 16:21-24)

B. NOT DISILLUSIONED
>>1. HEARTFELT URGING
Acts 21:12 When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.
(also Acts 19:21; Acts 20:22)
>>2. HEAVY HEARTED
Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

C. NOT DISCONTENTED
>>1. HALTED PLEAS
Acts 21:14 And since he would not be dissuaded, we stopped and said, “Let God’s will be done.”
>>2. HELPFUL DISCIPLES
Acts 21:15-16 After these days we packed and went up to Jerusalem. And some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us, bringing us to the home of Mnason from Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we should lodge.
(also Rom 9:2-3)


Acts 20:25-38 Final Challenge

Posted: March 8th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Acts 20:25-38 Final Challenge

Exposition of Acts: Final Challenge

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

I. EXHORTATION
A. BY HIS UNSPOKEN WORDS

>>1. LAST VISIT
Acts 20:25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again.
(also Acts 19:10-12)
>>2. LASTING REMINDER
Acts 20:26-27 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
(also Ezek 3, 33:7-9; II Tim 4:6-8)

B. BY HIS SPOKEN WORDS
>>1. CAREFUL ATTENTION TO SELF
Acts 20:28a Therefore, pay careful attention to yourselves
>>2. CARE FOR THE CHURCH
Acts 20:28b and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to ‘shepherd’ for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood.
(also II Pet 3:1-3)
>>3. COMING ATTACK
Acts 20:29-30 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
(also II Tim 4:3-4)
>>4. BE ALERT
Acts 20:31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I didn’t stop night or day to admonish everyone with tears.

II. ENCOURAGEMENT
A. BY HIS EXAMPLE

>>1. LOOK TO ETERNAL INHERITANCE
Acts 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
>>2. HARD WORK
Acts 20:33-34 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothing (you yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.)
>>3. HELP THE WEAK
Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
(also Jn 21:25)

B. BY HIS LOVE
>>1. PRAYER
Acts 20:36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
>>2. SUPPORT
Acts 20:37 And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him,
>>3. COMPANIONSHIP
Acts 20:38 being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.


Special Speaker – Elder James Garbutt

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Special Speaker: Elder James Garbutt

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A Sermon by Bro Jim Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Ps 104:23 “Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening” We go in and out in everyday life, bed and work. God is His wisdom ordains this. BUT how do we see ourselves in that daily grind?

James 1:1-12 (conclusion)

1:1 = See self as a bond-slave of God

1:2-8 = See self encountering trials with an attitude of joy
Fighting pride
Enduring trials
Choosing obedience

1:9-11 = See self whether rich or poor as God’s child

1:12 = See self as blessed


Acts 20:17-24 Finish the Course

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Exposition of Acts: Finish the Course

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

I. LOOK BACKWARD AT WHAT IS PAST
A. INSIGHT

>>1. CALLING
Acts 20:17-18 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia,
(also Eph 4:11; I Pet 5:1,12; Heb 14:23; Phil 1:1; Rom 2:20; I Cor 12:28; I Tim 2:7; II Tim 1:11; II Pet 2:5; I Thes 2:1,5,10)
>>2. SERVING
Acts 20:19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews.
(also Rom 9:2-3; II Cor 2:4; Phil 3:18; Ps 126:6; Mt 20:28)

B. INDOCTRINATION
>>1. DECLARING
Acts 20:20a How I didn’t shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable
(also Prov 29:25; II Tim 3:16; I Tim 4:16)
>>2. TEACHING
Acts 20:20b and teaching you in public and from house to house,
>>3. TESTIFYING
Acts 20:21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(also Joel 2:12-13; Ps 51:4, 17; II Tim 2:25; Mt 5:6; Jn 6:35; 4:10)

II. LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT IS AHEAD
A. INTENTION

>>1. GOING
Acts 20:22a And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit,
>>2. KNOWING
Acts 20:22b not knowing what will happen to me there,
(also Ps 16:8)

B. INCARCERATION
>>1. CONFIRMING
Acts 20:23a except that the Holy Spirit confirms to me
(also Rom 15:30-32)
>>2. AWAITING
Acts 20:23b in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
(also II Cir 6:4-5)

III. LOOK AROUND AT WHAT IS HERE NOW
A. INTROSPECTION

>>1. EXAMINING
Acts 20:24a But none of these [things] speak to me (move me)
>>2. EVALUATING
Acts 20:24b I don’t account my life of any value nor as precious to myself,

B. INSTINCT
>>1. COMPLETING
Acts 20:24c if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus,
>>2. DEMONSTRATING
Acts 20:24d to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God.