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A Doxology

Romans 16:21-27, Revelation 7:9-17, Andrew Love, April 1, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Names - e.g. Lucius
  • A doxology: v25-27
    • A wonderful end to the book
    • Praise to God
    • Praise for the gospel of Jesus Christ
    • God had saved Paul from religion
    • He continually wanted to give glory to God
    • He closed many letters in a doxology
  • Doxology
    • Doxo - glory
    • Logos - word
  • A benediction also - may you be a blessed and a strong church
  • 11:36 - a mini doxology
    • From Him are all things
    • To Him are all things
  • Eph 3:20
    • Paul was forever breaking out in praise
    • Is there too little praise from our lips?
      • Do we have a right view of God?
      • Do we lack experience with God?
  • Let us be stirred up
  • Overview:
    • Giving Him Praise
    • A Reason to Praise God

Giving Him Praise

Many reasons to praise God

  • We ought to be praising God
    • Be filled with the Spirit
    • Speak in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs ...
    • Be ever thankful
    • Lift our voices and make melody in our hearts
  • Rom 15:9-11
    • Sing, Rejoice, Praise, Laud
    • Rejoice with the Jewish people
  • Saved not just from hell but to glorify God

The Psalms

  • The Psalms/Psalter:
    • Contains the full range of Christian experience and emotions
    • It sounds a great note of joy, wonder, praise and awe
    • 5 books - each ending with a doxology
  • Ps 34:1-3
    • Bless the Lord at all times
    • Praise Him continually
  • Ps 41:12-13
    • Continual blessing
  • Ps 72:17-19
    • Wouldn't it be a fitting end to our day to praise God?
    • The Lord's prayer ends with a doxology
  • Ps 89:52
    • A double amen
  • Ps 106:48
  • Ps 150:1-6
    • The whole psalm is about praise
    • All musical instruments and even dance is to praise God

  • Quote from CS Lewis and AW Tozer
  • We are made to worship God
    • Example of George Muller
  • Quote from JI Packer
  • Are you giving God the praise He deserves?

A Reason to Praise God

  • v25-27
  • God can establish us [through the gospel]:
    • As we believe the gospel
    • We are taken out of the realm of uncertainty onto certain ground
    • We are adopted into the family of God
    • The gospel is able to establish us
    • Rom 1:11
    • We must always be under the word of God
  • God has revealed the mystery:
    • Long kept secret
    • We have now understood the prophetic scriptures
    • The prophets understood a little but much was kept from them
      • They did not know the gospel was for all nations
      • They had Isaiah 53
      • They had so many teachings
      • They didn't understand
    • These things have now been revealed to us
    • We have a complete Bible - a complete revelation
    • We can understand the types and the shadows by God's grace
    • The God of the nations
      • Eph 3:3-6
      • Fellowship with other Christians, of other nations
  • God has caused believers to come to obedience and faith
  • God's character:
    • Rom 11:34 - God's mind, God's wisdom, God's completeness
    • No flaw in God
    • He is perfect

Closing Remarks


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Romans 16:21-27

21Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. 22I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord. 23Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother. 24The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 27To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. (KJV)

Revelation 7:9-17

9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. 13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (KJV)


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