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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 Christ in the House of Mary and Martha This 17th century painting by Jan Vermeer depicts Christ in the house of Mary and Martha from Luke 10:38-42. Resource type: Image Source: essentialvermeer.com Author: Jan Vermeer Divine Relationship In this article, David Lose explains why the attempt to define the Trinity in a sermon is "a really, really bad idea." Instead, preachers should focus on the experience of relationship with God. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: David J. Lose 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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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost If your church is planning a service for the sixth Sunday after Pentecost, this resource is full of ideas for preaching and planning, all based on lectionary readings. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Unbridled Joy Jeannie Babb reflects on themes of reckless joy, blessing, and the danger of resentment in this Bible study guide for 7 Pentecost, Year B (2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12-19; Psalms 85:8-13; Mark 6:14-29; Ephesians 1:3-14). Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Sermons That Work Author: Jeannie Babb Marilynne Robinson: Distinctive Calvinist John Hesselink argues that the author Marilynne Robinson represents a unique kind of Calvinist, discussing her unique spin on traditional doctrines and her unusual affection for Puritans like Jonathan Edwards. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: I. John Hesselink Happy Accidents Every unplanned incident, every roadblock, every turn of events, every choice, every staying the course, all point to God's hand in our journeys. God's grace goes before us, behind us, and shines all around. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: J.B. Wood Catholics: Some of our Members Are Wandering Away! This Catholic article considers church decline, suggesting that Catholic adults deserve the formation worthy of disciples—indeed, the defining mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel, and make disciples of all nations. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: R. Thomas Richard, PhD The Psalm Sparrow Reflecting on his experience in taking time for nature-based prayer, this article by Daniel Meeter on Psalm 84:3 discusses the benefits of intellectually engaging God's mysteries in daily prayer based on the Psalms. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Daniel Meeter Creation Sings and the Trickster Tricked This is a full worship planning resource on Genesis 29:15–28, Psalm 105, Romans 8:26–39 and Matthew 13. It includes liturgy planning, sermon notes, commentary, song suggestions, readings, prayers and more. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries
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