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TBWA 9 - Talk 2 - The God of Sovereign Love

October 30th, 2007

A Sermon given at St Tom's Big Weekend Away by Steve Carlisle. This is the second in a series on ‘Tough Love - The Love of God’. This talk is titled ‘The God of Sovereign Love’ and was delivered on the 27th of October 2007.

Sermon Outline:

  • Intro
  • The Love of God is Sovereign
    • In Complete Control (Jeremiah 32:17; Psalm 115:2-3; Jeremiah 10:23; Isaiah 45:6-7; Romans 9:18)
    • We Are Not Without Excuse (Joshua 24:14-15; Romans 10:9-11; Ezekiel 18:30-32; Romans 1:18-32)
    • Two Compatible Truths (Genesis 50:19-20; Philippians 2:12-13; Acts 4:23-31; Acts 18:9-10; Leviticus 20:7-8)
  • How Can a God of Love Not Save Everyone?
    • Does God Really Love The World? (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2)
    • The Delight of Election
      • In the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)
        • God Loves Because He Loves
        • Not All Israel is Israel (Romans 9:6-8)
    • In the New Testament (See also Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-16)
      • He Chooses The Weak (1 Corinthians 1)
      • Chooses Them Before Time (Romans 8 )
      • None of Them Will be Lost (John 6)
  • How Can a Loving God Allow Suffering?
    • What is Wrong With God?
    • One Example - Suffering, Sickness and Death
      • The Reality of Our Death (Psalm 90:7-11; Romans 6:23; Acts 5; 1 Corinthians 11:27-32; Lamentations 3:37-38)
      • The Potter and The Clay (Romans 9; Job)
      • Comfort - Building New Foundations (Psalm 27; 2 Corinthians 1)
      • God's Megaphone (Romans 5)
      • Death is Overcome - Mercy in Suffering (1 Corinthians 15)
  • Some Final Reflections
    • The Sovereign God and Prayer
    • The Sovereign God and Evangelism
    • Learning to Trust the Sovereign God