Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sermon Notes...God Is Able

Ephesians 3:20 (New Living Translation) "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."

Introduction: Paul is tasked by God to carry the gospel to a group of people, who are not Jewish and are thought of as unloved by God. He proclaims the Good News, practices humility in his presentation and prays that they progress in God.

Transition: Romans 1:16 teaches us that the gospel saves, and it was given to the Jews first and also the Greeks. The declaration is that even though you may not be first, that God Is Able to bring Good News your way!...

Exposition: This text makes a trinity of affirmations, that deserve our attention...

1) God Is Able...That alone makes God worthy
Our worship is hinged on God's ability, not his action; his worth and not his work. If God doe's nothing at all, he's still worthy! So, our worship is a declaration that tells God "I know you"!

2) God Is Able...That absolutely makes God qualified
Sin is serious business, that requires a serious savior. So, stop giving God a hard time while he's working on you! Sin took down the smartest man: Solomon, and the sweetest man: David, and the strongest man: Samson, so don't think that it won't get you!

3) God Is Able...That amazingly makes God faithful
Since our thinking is finite, our requests are severely limited. So God hears our limited request and in his infinite wisdom, he overrides our ignorance and doe's exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask, or even think! Thank God that he doesn't just give me what I ask for, but he gives me so much more!

***Special shout out to Pastor Steve Wagers, for the insight on point 2 of the exposition.

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