Sermons on Salvation
1 Samuel 6:1-7:2
Many believe they are serving God and that many roads lead to heaven, however, the Scriptures teach that obedience is required for God to be pleased with a person’s service. If a person believe he is serving God but not obeying His Word, this person’s service is sinful In 1 Samuel 6:1-7:2 various people come into contact with the ark of God as it returns from exile. The Philistines send the ark away not understanding what is pleasing to God. …
In the gospel eternal life is offered. Wisdom has set a great feast, and yet, many refuse. Why is this the case? Many reasons can be given, but one significant reason is that there is another offer to go to another feast, and many choose this one over Wisdom’s. This is the feast of folly, built on the foundation of sin. Ultimately, it leads to death. Those who are foolish content themselves with this feast that leads to death.
In Proverbs 9:1-12 Wisdom sets a table with a great feast and invites all to come. This is the offer of the gospel that goes out to all. The beginning of wisdom is to accept the invitation offered. Those who do so will feast with Christ on the last day at the wedding feast of the Lamb. The question is, will you be there?
In Proverbs 8:32-36 the final appeal of Wisdom is made. In light of Wisdom’s call, her greatness as seen in the rule of kings, her righteousness, her glory in creation and eternity, there is tremendous blessing for turning to Wisdom. Great blessings are offered to those who turn, as well as great curses for those who fail to heed the call.
1 Samuel 1:1-20
In 1 Samuel 1:1-20 the birth of Samuel is recounted. This birth was miraculously given to Hannah after she cries out to God in the face of the opposition she faced from Peninnah. The opposition of Peninnah is a type of the opposition that the godly face from the ungodly. Hannah’s cry for deliverance is a model of how to face such opposition in faith. God granted her deliverance through childbirth. Such deliverance has been granted to us through the…
In Proverbs 8:1-11 Solomon records the call of Wisdom, the eternal Son of God, which is contrasted with the call of the adulteress in the previous chapter. This call has gone out to all the earth in the preaching of the gospel. The words of Christ are pure, true, and righteous, and those who are wise find them to be so. Do not neglect Wisdom’s call.
The genre of the book of Hebrews is self described as a “word of exhortation”, which was a phrase used in the ancient church to describe a sermon. Therefore, it is good to consider the letter as a whole. Pastor Grasso reads the letter as a sermon.
In Hebrews 12:25-29 the author gives a final exhortation not to turn away from the Lord. Since there are greater privileges in the New Covenant associated with approach to Mt. Zion, the christian ought not to refuse him who speaks from heaven. This all the more since he has received as unshakeable kingdom.
In Hebrews 12:14-17 the author exhorts the church to pursue peace and holiness. Pursuing these things ought to be done in the context of the church as a whole, with every member seeking to encourage others.
Just as God separated light from darkness on the first day of creation, so too there are two paths: one of light and one of darkness. These two paths lead to different places. The way of light leads to life, the way of darkness leads to death. In Proverbs 4:10-19 Solomon exhorts his son to stay on the path of life.
How can you run the race of faith well? The author to the Hebrews says Look to Jesus. The doctrine of Christ is the centerpiece of the letter to the Hebrews and the implications for life are clear: those who know Christ endure. He is the author and perfecter of faith, the one who died, and yet was raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of God.
In Hebrews 11:23-31 the author explains the faith of Moses and others at the time of the exodus. During this time the people of God were greatly persecuted and yet Moses was willing to suffer with them though he grew up as Egyptian royalty. He did not fear Pharaoh and was willing to suffer with the people of God because he understood the hope of the gospel. By faith he conquered all opposition. By faith God’s people always conquer. Such…