Gospel in a Nutshell (part 3)

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>Gospel in a Nutshell

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

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. John 3:16 AV

I. SHOULD NOT PERISH
A. MEN WILL PERISH

>>1. THE FUTURE OF MAN (Heb 9:27; Acts 17:31)
>>2. THE FACT OF RETRIBUTION

B. MEN CHOOSE TO PERISH
>>1. THE FATE OF THE UNREGENERATE (Jn 3:36; 5:28-29; 8:21-24; Lk 16:19-31; Mk 9:43-48)
>>2. THE FRUIT OF CHOICE

II. BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE
A. OPTION OF ETERNAL LIFE

>>1. WHAT ETERNAL LIFE IS NOT
>>2. WHAT ETERNAL LIFE IS (Jn 14:6; I Jn 5:11-12)

B. POSSESSION OF THAT ETERNAL LIFE
>>1. LOOKING AROUND (I Jn 4:10-11)
>>2. LOOKING AHEAD (Rev 20-22; Rom 8:11)


Gospel in a Nutshell (part 2)

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>Gospel in a Nutshell

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

I. HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON
A. RELATIONSHIP, NOT ORIGIN

>>1. SECOND PERSON OF THE GODHEAD
(Is 9:6-7; I Tim 3:15)
>>2. ONLY “BEGOTTEN” SON
(Gal 2:13; Job 38:7; I Jn 3:1-2)

B. REALITY FOR REDEMPTION
>>1. PERFECT GIFT
(Gen 3:15)
>>2. BORN TO DIE
(Jn 1:12,14,18; 3:14,18,36)

II. THAT WHOSOEVER
A. INDIVIDUALS

>>1. “WHOSOEVER” MEANS ALL
(Rom 3:19,23; Gal 3:22; I Tim 4:10)
>>2. “WHOSOEVER” MEANS ANY
(Acts 10:43)

B. INDISPUTABLE
>>1. “WHOSOEVER” MEANS SOME
(Heb 7:15)
>>2. “WHOSOEVER” MEANS YOU

III. BELIEVETH IN HIM
A. MY RESPONSIBILITY

>>1. “BELIEVE” DENIES SALVATION BY NATURE
(Lk 18:9-14; Rom 3:10; Jn 3:3)
>>2. “BELIEVE” REFUTES SALVATION BY DEEDS
(Rom 4:5; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
>>3. “BELIEVE” CONTRADICTS SALVATION BY EMOTION
>>4. “BELIEVE” DECLARES SALVATION BY FAITH ALONE

B. GOD’S RESPONSIBILITY
>>1. “IN HIM” DISPLAYS REDEMPTION IN CHRIST
>>2. “IN HIM” DEMONSTRATES RECONCILIATION IN CHRIST
(Ps 37:3,7)


Gospel in a Nutshell (part 1)

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>Gospel in a Nutshell

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

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (AV1611)

I. FOR GOD SO LOVED . . .
A. GOD HIMSELF IS AT THE BEGINNING

>>1. AT CREATION
(Ps 14:1-3; 53:1; 19:1-2; Rom 1:20; Gen 1:1)
>>2. AT REDEMPTION
(John 1:1, 29; Jonah 2:9)

B. GOD’S LOVE IS AT THE BEGINNING
>>1. UNDERSTAND REAL LOVE
(Is 49:15; I Cor 13:4-8; Deut 7:6-8)
>>2. UNDERSTAND THE “SO”
(Jn 15:13; Rom 5:8)

II. THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE. . .
A. GOD’S FOCUS ON THE WORLD

>>1. NOT THE PLANET
(Rom 1:20)
>>2. NOT JUST ONE PEOPLE (JEWS)
(Jas 4:4)

B. GOD’S RESPONSE TO THE WORLD
>>1. GOD GAVE A SACRIFICE
(Rom 5:6-8)
>>2. GOD GAVE A SUBSTITUTE
(II Cor 5:21)


Content of Biblical Preaching

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>Content of Biblical Preaching

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

Due to the road closures of a massive winter storm, this devotional sermon was shared on-line

I Cor 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved, it is the power of God!”

Seven facts Biblical preaching cannot omit.

I. WITHOUT SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO REMISSION FOR SIN
Heb 9:22 “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins”

II. WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD
Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him”

III. WITHOUT HOLINESS NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD
Heb 12:14 “Strive for holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”

IV. WITHOUT WORKS FAITH IS DEAD
James 2:26 “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead”

V. WITHOUT LOVE I AM NOTHING
I Cor 13:1-2 “If I am without love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have faith to remove mountains, yet without love, I am nothing.”

VI. WITHOUT DISCIPLINE YOU ARE NOT GOD’S CHILDREN
Heb 12:8 “If you are without correction, which all must receive, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”

VII. WITHOUT JESUS YOU CAN DO NOTHING
Jn 15:5 “Jesus said, I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing”


James 3 “Tongue Test” (part 1)

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>James 3

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

James has a number of “tests” on the genuineness of a person’s faith. We’ve already seen tests of obedience to God’s Word, good works, love, and now the tongue
James 3:1-12 shows that any faith, if it does not transform the tongue, is not a saving faith. This includes not only the verbal words we speak, but what we “say” in writing, tweets, texts.

INTRODUCTION

UNDERSTANDING THE DUAL PREMISE OF THIS TEST
1. CAUSE

You must be genuinely regenerated (born again) II Cor 5:17-18
>New Heart
>New Behavior
>New Transformation
2. PROCESS
You must persevere in faith (I Cor 6:9-11)
>Trending to grow in grace
>Sanctification and more Christlike
>Reject “shortcuts” or “quick-fix” spirituality (emotionalism, shallow doctrine)

SEEING THE DANGERS OF THE TONGUE
1. CONDEMNS
(3:1-2)
2. CONTROLS (3:3-5)
3. CORRUPTS (3:5-6)
4. COMBATS (3:7-8)
5. CONFOUNDS (3:8-11)

First Issue:
I. THE TONGUE CONDEMNS
Emphasis on the teacher, warning about such a teaching-elder in the church who will face scrutiny of every word to be sure it is GOD’S word, not his own.
Most influential position in the local church

I Tim 4:15 Care to take Divine thought/message and convey it to others
I Tim 4:16 Care to have a godly personal life to verify truth of message


Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of Revival

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>Seeing Revival from God’s Perspective

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

I. THE PROPHET’S PLEA
A. RESPONDING
>>1. CITING

Hab 3:1 A Psalm of Habakkuk the prophet, set to poetry
>>2. CHARGING
Hab 3:19b To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

B. REFLECTING
>>1. CONVINCING

Hab 3:2a O Lord, I have heard reports about You; I stand in awe at Your work, O Lord. (also Ps 44:1-3)
>>2. CRYING
Hab 3:2b In our time revive it; in our time make them known.
>>3. CALLING
Hab 3:2c In wrath remember mercy.

II. THE PROPHET’S PSALMS
A. RECALLING GOD’S DELIVERANCE (PSALM 1 OF HABAKKUK)
>>1. COMING

Hab 3:3-4 God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens, and His praise filled the earth. His brightness was like sunlight; rays flashed from His hand where His power was held. (also Is 11:16; Ex 40:34-38; Deut 5:24; 33:2; I Jn 1:5; Rev 21:23)
>>2. COMPELLING
Hab 3:5-7 Pestilence preceded Him, and plague followed His steps. He stood and shook the earth; He looked and terrified the nations. Then the eternal mountains were dispersed; the eternal hills collapsed. His paths were everlasting. I saw the tents of Cush troubled; curtains hanging in the land of Midian quivered. (also Ex 5; Num 14:12; Deut 28-32; Is 40:12)

B. REMEMBERING GOD’S VICTORIES (PSALM 2 OF HABAKKUK)
>>1. CONQUERING

Hab 3:8-11 Were you angry with the rivers, O Lord? Did you set your face against the rivers, or Your outrage against the sea, when You rode on your horses, on Your chariot of deliverance?
You unsheathed Your bow, calling for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers. The mountains saw You and crumbled ; the raging waters swept past; the depths roared; it lifted its waves on high. The sun and moon stayed in their place at the light of Your flying arrows, at the glint of Your flashing spear.
(also Ex 19; Josh 3:15; 10:12-14)
>>2. CELEBRATING
Hab 3:12-15 You marched in fury across the earth; in anger You threshed the nations.
You marched out for deliverance of Your people, for salvation of Your anointed.
You subdued the head of the house of the wicked, stripping him bare from head to foot. You used his own spear on the king’s head, whose warriors came like a whirlwind to attack me, boasting as if secretly devouring the poor.
You marched through the sea with Your horses, heaping up waves of the water.
(also Judges 8:7)

III. THE PROPHET’S PRAYER
A. REACTING
>>1. CONFOUNDING

Hab 3:16a When I heard, my body shook; my lips quivered at the sound; my bones felt weak; my legs trembled beneath me. (also Deut 28:58; Heb 10:31)
>>2. CONFIRMING
Hab 3:16b Yet I will rest, quietly awaiting the day of tribulation to come upon the nation invading us. (also Job 3:24-26)

B. REJOICING
>>1. CONTINUING

Hab 3:17 Though the fig tree does not bud, nor grapes on the vines, though the produce of the olive harvest fail. and the fields produce no crops, though there are no sheep in the fold and no cattle in the stalls,
>>2. CELEBRATING
Hab 3:18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.
>>3. CLIMBING
Hab 3:19 The Lord God is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me climb to the heights! (also II Cor 12:9-10)


Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of Sin

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>Habakkuk: Seeing SIN from God’s Perspective

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

I. GOD CALLS SIN “SIN”
A. LOOKING WITHIN
>>1. WE ARE UNFAITHFUL/INSINCERE

Hab 2:4 Look – man’s soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him but the just shall live by his faith. (also Job 25:4)
>>2. WE ARE UNSETTLED/UNSATISFIED
Hab 2:5 Indeed, wine betrays that proud man who is restless and unsettled. His greed is as wide as a grave; like death he is unsatisfied. He gathers for himself all lands and collects all people as his own

B. LOOKING AT THE RESULTS
>>1. MOCKED

Hab 2:6a Will not all these take up taunts against him, with scoffing and parables saying:
>>2. TAUNTED

II. GOD CONDEMNS SIN
A. JUDGMENT ON EXTORTION/ROBBERY
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:6b-7a WOE to him who stacks up what is stolen and becomes rich on extortion — how long? Will not your own creditors arise? Will they awake and make you tremble? (also, Is 5:8-22; Jer 22:13; 23:1; Amos 5:18; 6:1; Deut 24:10-13; 2 Kgs 4:1-7; Neh 5:1-13)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:7b-8 Then you will be their target. Because you have plundered many lands, all the people who are left will plunder you, for shedding men’s blood and destruction of lands, cities, and human lives. (also Ex 20:15)

B. JUDGMENT ON EXPLOITATION/COVETOUS
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:9-10a WOE to him who builds his house on unjust gain, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm! You have plotted to destroy others . . . (also Ex 20:17)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:10b-11 bringing shame on your family, forfeiting your own soul. For the stone in the wall will cry out, and the beams in the woodwork echo. (also Luke 12:16-21; 19:40)

C. JUDGMENT ON VIOLENCE/MURDER
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:12-13 WOE to him who builds a town with bloodshed and establishes a city on injustice! Hasn’t the Lord Almighty declared that all people work for is simply fuel for the fire, and nations exhaust themselves for nothing? (also Micah 3:9-10; Ex 20:13; Dan 4:27; Jer 51:58)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (also Is 11:9; Num 14:21; Ps 72:19; Heb 8:11)

D. JUDGMENT ON DEBAUCHERY/DRUNKENNESS
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:15 WOE to him who makes his neighbors drink— you vomit it out and make them drunk, in order to stare at their nakedness! (also Eph 5:18; Rev 18:6)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:16-17 You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Drink, and be exposed! The cup from the Lord’s right hand will come around to you, and disgrace will replace your glory! The violence done in Lebanon will devastate you, as will the destruction of their animals that terrified them. For you have shed men’s blood and destroyed lands, cities, and their people. (also Jer 49:12; II Kg 25:7-21)

E. JUDGMENT ON IDOLATRY/PAGAN WORSHIP
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:18-19 What value is in an idol carved by a craftsman, or a metal image that teaches lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! WOE to him who says to wood, Awake! Or to a lifeless stone, Arise! Can this teach? Look, it may be overlaid with gold and silver, but there’s not any breath in it (also I Kg 18:27; Jer 2:27)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:20 But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.” (also Ps 11:4; 73:17; 46:10; Jas 4:7; Acts 17:29; Jn 1:3; Col 1:16; Rev 4:11)


Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of Salvation

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>Habakkuk 2:1-4 God’s Perspective of Salvation

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

I. SIN EXPOSED
A. JUDGMENT ON NATIONAL EVIL IS COMING

>>1. WATCH FOR GOD’S MESSAGE
Hab 2:1 I will take my stand at my watch and station myself on the tower and look out to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer after I’m corrected.
>>2. WORK SHARING GOD’S MESSAGE
Hab 2:2 And the Lord replied: “Write the prophecy; engrave it in stone, so that anyone reading will run with the message.
>>3. WAIT FOR ITS FULFILLMENT
Hab 2:3 As yet the prophecy waits for its appointed time; it speaks of the end – it will not be proven false. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will certainly come; it will not delay.

B. JUDGMENT ON PERSONAL EVIL IS COMING
Hab 2:4a Look – man’s soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him.
>>1. WITNESS MAN’S NATURE (Rom 3:23; 6:23; Prov 21:2)
>>2. WEIGH MAN’S CONDITION (Heb 9:27; II Pet 2:9; Rev 20:12-13; Job 25:4)

II. SALVATION EXPRESSED
A. THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH

Hab 2:4b but the just shall live by his faith.
>>1. OPERATIVE WORD = “HIS”
>>2. PERSONAL

B. THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Rom 1:17 but the just shall live by faith.
>>1. OPERATIVE WORD = “JUST” (Rom 1:16-18; 4:3-22)
>>2. PERSONAL

C. MY JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Heb 10:38 but My just shall live by faith.
>>1. OPERATIVE WORD IS “LIVE” (Heb 11:6)
>>2. PERSONAL

D. THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Gal 3:11 but the just shall live by faith.
>>1. OPERATIVE WORD = “FAITH” (Gal 3:10-14)
>>2. PERSONAL (Micah 6:8)

III. SUBSTANCE EXHIBITED
A. ILLUSTRATION OF THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH

>>1. LUTHER’S SEARCH
>>2. LUTHER’S CONVERSION

B. LEGACY TODAY
>>1. LUTHER’S REFORMATION
>>2. REFORMED HERITAGE TODAY


Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of the World

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>Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of the World

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

I. QUESTIONS ABOUT PRAYER
A. UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD OF 600 BC

Hab 1:1 The message of doom that burdened the prophet Habakkuk.
>>1. ABOUT THE PROPHET
>>2. ABOUT THE PEOPLE

B. PLEADING FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION
>>1. WHY DOESN’T GOD ANSWER MY PRAYER?
Hab 1:2-3 Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and You will not hear? Or cry to You of wrong, and You will not deliver? Why do You allow me see iniquity when You look indifferently at wrong? Destruction and wrong surround me; strife and contention abound.
>>2. WHY DOESN’T GOD DO SOMETHING TO CONTROL EVIL?
Hab 1:4 So the Law seems paralyzed, and justice never happens. Wickedness hems in the righteous, so any judgment given is corrupted.

II. RESPONSE FROM GOD
A. RECOGNIZING THE ANSWER IS COMING

>>1. GOD IS WORKING EVEN IF WE DON’T UNDERSTAND
Hab 1:5 “Look at the nations and watch; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing something in your day that you won’t believe even if you were told.
(also Jer 5:9, 12)
>>2. GOD IS ANSWERING PRAYER
Hab 1:6 For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that angry and swift nation, who march across the breadth of the earth, to occupy other people’s lands.

B. KNOWING GOD WILL BRING JUSTICE ON LAWBREAKERS
>>1. GOD’S RESPONSE TO PRAYER IS NOT WHAT WE EXPECT
Hab 1:7-9 They are dreaded and feared; they are a law to themselves, promoting their own standards. Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves hunting at night; their horsemen push proudly ahead. Their horsemen come from remote places; they cover the landscape like an eagle eager to consume. Their intent is wholly for plunder; they always look for more, like a windstorm off the desert.
>>2. GOD CAN CHOOSE ANY METHOD TO JUDGE SIN
Hab 1:9a-11 They sweep up exiles like sand. They ridicule kings, laugh at political leaders, and mock every fortress, as they make ramps and batter it down.
Finally, the wind changes and they move another direction in their desires; their own might is their god!”

III. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE
A. ACCEPTING GOD’S PLAN

>>1. GOD IS JUDGING THROUGH BABYLON
Hab 1:12 Lord, aren’t You eternal, O my God, my Holy One? We won’t perish.
Lord, You have ordained them to execute judgment, and You, O Rock, have established them for punishment.

>>2. HOW CAN GOD TOLERATE AN EVEN MORE WICKED NATION?
Hab 1:13 Your pure eyes cannot look on evil nor endure wrongdoing. Why, then, do You tolerate the hidden agenda?
Why do You remain silent when the wicked swallows up those more righteous than he?

B. MAINTAINING INTEGRITY AND FAITH
>>1. WILL THIS JUDGMENT CONTINUE FOREVER?
Hab 1:14-17 You make humanity as if fish in the sea, like sea creatures that have no leader. They pull all of them up with hooks, catching them in nets; they gather them in a dragnet; and so celebrates and is happy. Then they sacrifice to the net and burn incense to the dragnet; for by their net they live in luxury with abundant food.
Will they just keep on emptying the net and heartlessly destroying nations forever?

>>2. HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE?
Hab 2:1 I will take my stand at my watch and station myself on the tower and look out to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer after I’m corrected.
(also I Cor 4:2; Job 42:5-6; Is 55:8-9)

QUESTION #1 – Where is GOD when I pray?
QUESTION #2 – Why doesn’t GOD deliver me from trouble?
QUESTION #3 – If I (as a human) can see evil, why doesn’t GOD seem to see it?
QUESTION #4 – Can’t eternal GOD do anything He wants?
QUESTION #5 – If GOD hates evil, why does He tolerate evil people?
QUESTION #6 – How can GOD bring an even more evil solution to an already evil situation?
QUESTION #7 – How long, GOD, is this going to last?
The QUESTION we should end with is “What am I going to do? What sort of life will I live? How deep is the reality of my faith? Can I cling to God, even when I don’t understand or even know the answers?


Jonah 4 – Running Ahead of God

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>Jonah 4: Running Ahead of God

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

I. DISCOURAGED CHRISTIANS
A. A FRUSTRATED BELIEVER

Jonah 4:1 But this greatly displeased Jonah, and he became angry.
1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: PRIORITIES
Gal 6:2-9 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
(also Lk 10)

B. A WORRIED BELIEVER
Jonah 4:2 He prayed, “O Lord, isn’t this what I said when I was still in Israel? That is why I quickly fled to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abounding in mercy, and relenting sending disaster.
1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: REST
Rom 8:28-39 We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

C. A DEPRESSED BELIEVER
Jonah 4:3-4 Now, O Lord, just take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be so displeased?”

1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: HOPE
II Cor 4:7-11 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

II. DESPAIRING CHRISTIANS
A. A BITTER BELIEVER

Jonah 4:5-6 Jonah had left the city and sat to the east in of the city, making a shelter for himself there. He sat in its shade, till he should see what would become of the city.
Now the Lord God prepared a leafy plant to grow over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, relieving his discomfort. This made Jonah extremely happy regarding the plant.

1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: SATISFACTION
Phil 4:8-11 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
(also Heb 12:15)

B. A PROUD BELIEVER
Jonah 4:7-9 But the next morning, God prepared a worm that chewed the plant so that it withered away. And when the sun rose, God prepared a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint.
Jonah asked that he might just die, stating, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
But God reminded Jonah, “Is it right for you to be upset about the plant?”
He answered, “Yes, it is. I’m so irritated, I wish I were dead.”

1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: HUMILITY
I Pet 5:5-7 Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (also Jas 4:6-10)

C. AN INSENSITIVE BELIEVER
Jonah 4:10-11 And the Lord said, “You are concerned about the plant, though you didn’t work to make it grow. It sprang up in a night and died in a night. Should I not be concerned about the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”
1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: OTHERS
Phil 2:1-5a If there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus

Poem by Charles Meigs (written 1901)

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for – Others.

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I do for You
Must needs be done for – Others.

And when my work on earth is done
And my new work in heaven’s begun
May I forget the crown I’ve won
While thinking still of – Others.

Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be:
Help me to live for others
That I may live like Thee.