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Summary: God has chosen us to believe in Him for our eternal redemption...

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Date Written: June 23, 2012

Date Preached: June 24, 2012

Where Preached: OPBC (AM)

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Sermon Title: Chosen – to believe (part 2)!

Sermon Text: Romans 9:14-21 [HCSB]

Introduction:

Now I want us to remember back 2 wks ago when we looked at the how God CHOSE us for belief! As Christian we have been CHOSEN by God to believe in His Son…

This fact lets us know that God has chosen the people whom He is going to bless… and that God, the sovereign Lord of the Universe has a plan and He has chosen his children!

2 wks ago we saw this evident in God’s choice of Isaac over Ishmael… and His choice of Jacob over Esau! God has MADE His choice!

But preacher what about those passages of Scripture where it clearly states that we must confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord? So, if God has chosen us… how can we have a choice in the matter?

Well, I led us to the conclusion that this was a type of contradiction that we could define as a paradox. We looked at the definition of a PARADOX – that it is a statement or situation that seems contradictory or absurd, but is true, even though it is very difficult to understand!

So this morning I want us to jump back in and we will get back to where we left off in v.13 where God said, “Jacob I loved and Esau I hated…”

Today, in our society, we have come to a point of almost absurdity when it comes to what some people call ‘fairness’… THAT’S NOT FAIR!

This is a cry from many people about situations that don’t go their way! Today in our society there are many who have taken this to a NEW level!

• It’s not FAIR that lil Johnny’s team has to lose, so let’s just not keep score!

• It’s not FAIR that lil Susie didn’t make all stars so let’s give them all a trophy!

• It’s not FAIR that Joanie got the promotion instead of me; I have been here much longer than she has…

• Even I have cried out that it is not fair that my Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908…

For some reason we have come to the conclusion that life is supposed to be fair and the same to EVERYONE!

But when we examine the examples I have given we can easily see WHY these things happen…

Lil Johnny’s team lost because the other team was better, sports is about competition and doing our best… and sometimes others do it better!

Lil Susie didn’t make all stars because lil Susie was not good enough, others were better, and why do we think rewarding those who do NOT achieve the same reward with those who DO achieve is a good thing, failure is a part of life & let’s face it, some people are just better that we are at things… there will always be someone better!

Joanie got that promotion because she was willing to do what we needed OR she has a skill set that is more valuable than your skill set, a job is not about YOU it is about the needs of the company providing the job…


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