United Part 19: United Under God
Topic: Romans Scripture: Romans 9–11
This morning we start into a new section which we are calling “United Under God.” Just as there are other major themes throughout the book (i.e. United under Hope chapters 5-8), this is the Apostle Paul’s major theme all throughout chapters 9-11.
Today we will learn what it means for our church to live united under God’s sovereignty in our city. We will be looking to Romans 8-9 and other select passages from the Bible to aid us today and next week when we will discuss the role of evangelism (sharing about the good news of Jesus as it relates to this idea of God’s sovereignty (Evangelism & Sovereignty of God, Packer).
- Sovereignty is God’s kingly rule and reign over all of creation
- The city of Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the US with 87% of that population unchurched
- We believe that God will save a great multitude of people in our city
For I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” - Acts 18:10
One problem is that too many people don’t understand our role or don’t care.
We live in a...
City of His Sovereignty
Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will stretch out my hands to the LORD. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the LORD's. - Exodus 9:29, (Rom. 9:14-18)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. - Romans 13:1, (Jn 19:11)
.... they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them. - Acts 4:24,
On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. - Revelation 19:16
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. - Matthew 6:10
City where He plans to SAVE
“We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, and to this end foreknew them and chose them.” - Belief Statement, (On preeminence, see Col. 1:18)
And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. - Romans 8:30
... it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy - Rom. 9:16
Whenever God is pleased to make way for his providence, he even in external matters so turns and bends the wills of men, that whatever the freedom of their choice may be, it is still subject to the disposal of God - John Calvin
God’s sovereignty & human responsibility stand side by side - J.I. Packer (Jn 6:38-40)
... He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love, he predestined us... - Ephesians 1:4-5a, (Rom. 9:1-12)
You did not choose me, but I chose you - John 15:16, (Ro, 9:9, 10:13, Mt 11:28, Jn 3:16)
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. - Romans 8:39, (31-37)
City in which he SENDS you into
“It is our responsibility, however, our unique mission and plain priority, - that this unpopular and impractical gospel message, gets told and that neighbors and nations may know that Jesus is the Christ, and that by believing, they may have life in his name.” - Kevin DeYoung
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. - John 17:18
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” - Romans 10:15, 14-21
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. - Matthew 24:14
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go - John 15:16
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 22:36- 40