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Predestination! Commenting on Paul's statement that God "destined us for adoption" (Ephesians 1:5), Mark Roberts says the intent is not to expound a certain theology of predestination; rather, the passage is a eulogy encouraging us to worship. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts Predestination Bertram Atwood’s sermon on predestination uses Romans 8:14-19, 22, 23, 26-30 reflects on God working within creation through the Holy Spirit and not as an outside manipulator. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) | Author: Bertram Atwood The Doctrine of Predestination in Retrospect In this audio sermon Warren Lee discusses predestination as a retrospective way of seeing God's work in our lives, a perspective that engenders a spirit of gratitude, humility, and hope. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) | Author: Warren Lee What is Best This sermon starter for Romans 8:26-39 reflects on prayer and predestination, suggesting a sermon that affirms that in the trials of life we can know that we are held secure by Christ. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Thad H. Carter Chosen in Christ Kyle Fever sees Paul's concept of predestination in Ephesians 1:3-14 not as exclusivist but as "God’s preordained welcoming of the once outsider Gentiles" in Christ. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Kyle Fever Ephesians 1:3-14 sermon starter In this season of Christmas Stan Mast shows that Ephesians calls us to be mindful of all of the blessings we have received in Christ, particularly noted is election and predestination. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Stanley Mast How To Disagree About Theology Without Kicking Each Other Out of the Church In this article, Bonnie Kristian writes how human beings instinctually want inclusion in some groups and exclusion from others and argues that Christians must allow these instincts to be transformed into love and acceptance for others. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Bonnie Kristian "When God Made Me" This article contains both the lyrics and music video to Neil Young's "When God Made Me"—a song that asks questions about peace, oppression, racism, life, predestination, God's will, and creation. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Global Worship | Author: Neil Young The Blasphemy of Predestination John Wesley maintains that the doctrine of predestination represents Jesus as a hypocrite and a deceiver, and thus is blasphemous - illustrating Acts 15:11, 1 Timothy 1:4, Romans 3:24, and similar passages. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: John Wesley Grasping Election and Free Will This illustration is about reconciling predestination and free will by likening them to two ropes going through two holes in the ceiling and over a pulley above. In order to support oneself, one clings to both. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: John Morren Full Text Hymns on Predestination The Vision of dry BonesPD
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God, our Guide James Schaap reflects on a killdeer feather and a sermon on a God who will guide us to the end of the journey no matter how dark the night, how rough the way. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: The Twelve | Author: James Schaap Sermon Starters Sermon starters on Genesis 29:15-28, Psalm 105:1-11, Romans 8:26-39, and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. Two major themes emerge: Spirit-assisted intercession and God's invincible love. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Discipleship Ministries Learning from History? History reveals ongoing tension between faith and science and the slow adaptation of one to the other. This article argues that such history speaks to "God’s relationship to the world and our own desire for certainty." Resource type: Article | Source: Biologos | Author: Tim Reddish The Electing Word David Lose wrestles with John 10:22-30 and the tension between God's action and human faith and agency, finally reminding us that God's election through his word is not just a past event, but a present reality. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: In the Meantime | Author: David Lose Same God? In this article, Dave Barnhart implicates the “same God” debate for widening the gap between ‘us’ against ‘them’. But doesn’t Jesus show us that the most unlikely people, too, know God’s ways? Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Dave Barnhart The Meek Messiah and the Kingdom of God Four homilies by Brian Harrison on Matthew 11:25-30, 13:1-23, 13:24-43, and 13:44-52 cover themes of meekness, the "seed" of God's Word, and the Kingdom of God. Harrison provides a purpose for each homily, as well. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Brian W. Harrison Why Me? William Nessel provides some creative reflection on Jeremiah 18:6, arguing that the hardships experienced by even the greatest of saints prepared them for their unique, beautiful, God-given vocations. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: William J Nessel
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