The Problem with Predestination - Part 1

Sun, Jan 13, 2019
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.- Romans 9:1–3 (ESV) When it comes to Romans 9-11 many people want to skip over it. It deals with a few subjects that can be not only difficult to understand but controversial. The outline and explanations of God's work in salvation in Romans 1-8 lay out this grand landscape of what God has done. Romans 12-15 give us direct and practical applications to live out this new life of faith, but in the middle people see some theological doldrums, Romans 9-11. These chapters contain some important pieces that connect us to the character of God, situate us in the Biblical storyline, provide us assurance, and motivate us to live out the mercies of God. As we head into these chapters I want to encourage you to read through them and become familiar with them. We will examine the sovereign call of God by first looking at the place and plight of the nation of Israel. Did God change His mind about them? Or did his plan fail?
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