As you know last week I finished up The Parable of The Lost Son. I used many resources, books and commentaries to help me learn and teach it to the folks at my church… so before I get to What I Learned In Church Yesterday, I wanted to give you two books I recommend for reading. A Tale of Two Sons By John MacArthur. He writes “Of all Jesus’ parables, the prodigal son is the most richly detailed, powerfully dramatic, and intensely personal. The parable is not a warm and fuzzy feel-good message, but a powerful wake-up call with a very earnest warning.” You will not be disappointed with this book. You can listen to his sermons series for free Here. The second one is The Prodigal God by Tim Keller. John Piper writes “The Prodigal God is vintage Keller–biblically faithful with a fresh angularity. That is, Keller seizes a great truth and comes at it from an angle and with language that help us see it in new ways.” You can listen to seven short sermons by Tim Keller on Luke 15:11-32 Here
I ended the class and my post last week with this verse Acts 2:23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death…. Then had some discussion with some people about foreknowledge – just what does it mean ? So plan on seeing that sometime this week. The answer just might come as a surprise to you. Now just what did I learn in church yesterday?
Well, I found myself back into the same Philippians class I had left to teach The Prodigal Son. They really didn’t go very far in Philippians… I remember leaving some where around the middle of chapter two… and yesterday we were in Philippians 3:7-11 Just the way I like it… slow, deep and accurate. 2 Timothy 2:15 He must have learned that from someone… Tim, our elder is doing a great job. He already hit on Philippians 3:7-8, 9 last week, so he took us through Philippians 3:10-11 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. And started a bit on Philippians 3:12-16
The great truth that came out of this study for me is … Those of us who believe and suffer with and for Christ will attain the resurrection from the dead… Just as Jesus did. Amen! Romans 8:10-11 and Romans 6:4-11 Those of us who believe will live in the presence of Christ for eternity… And if the resurrection of Christ never took place we are just bumbling idiots here. But Jesus has defeated both sin and death… the resurrection is the greatest act of power… He defeated death and sin… So this same God has the power to bring us, who were dead in our trespasses and sin and make us alive in Christ Ephesians 2:1-4 Just like He resurrected Lazarus from the dead (Lazarus come forth) He chooses us… those of us who believe for eternity, before the foundation of the world Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love. We have gone from death to life and have been crucified with Christ Galatians 2:20 So many people hear the gospel call… but few are Chosen Matthew 22:14 Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ Mark 1:15 and live forever with Him in eternity. For Salvation is from the Lord Jonah 2:9
If you’re reading this and you are a lost soul… Call out to God to save you, repent your sins to a Holy God and place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and by grace the bible says you are saved… Not by your doing but His Ephesians 2:8-9 Repent and Believe! How do you know that you’re saved… you’ll know. First of all if you believe what the word of God says and if it’s a godly repentance you’re saved… Then the Holy Spirits testimony Romans 8:14… You will go from death to life and there will be a change in your life… People will see a difference in your life… You will hate your sin and desire the things of God. Then you can be confident that He who saved you will keep you until glory Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
That’s what I learned in church yesterday.