Summary: Salvation Message
Seven Things God Does Not Know
Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church
June 4, 2006
What a great joy it is to be in this place of worship with each of you today as we celebrate 49 years of God using our church to minister to the people of Denison, Texas and the world at large. On the first Sunday of June, 1957, a small group of people met and organized Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church. Today that small group has grown and many people have come and gone through the years. Many lives have been touched, many souls have been saved, and the Word of God has been planted in the hearts of many others of whom we may never know.
I am thankful to be a part of this body of believers. God has brought each of us together for this time and place to be a witness unto Him. He has fitly joined us together to reach a community that is starving for the glory of God and doesn’t know it. He has called us today to worship His Son Jesus Christ: not our church, not our members, not our history, but His Son! And if we will be faithful to do that – then I believe God will continue to use us for many more years to come.
There have been several preachers pass through our history, and one of the most beloved of them by many of you was Brother Sulton. While he never pastored here, we cannot deny the love and affection he had for this church. I watched him weep many a time tears of joy and gratitude for God allowing him to be part of such a loving group of people. I heard him pray many a prayer thanking God for giving him such a wonderful church home, and I share that sentiment.
Brother Sulton passed from this life into glory, but thanks to Sister Gwen his words can live on. A couple of months ago she gave to me a shoebox full of old sermons Brother Sulton preached years ago, and today I want to share with you one of those sermons. If you knew him at all you know that this is a message he would love to share. According to the notes he made on the back of the page I have copied for you in your bulletin he preached it on May 22, 1960 and again at another church on October 14, 1962. Today I want to share that message with you.
God is the all-powerful, ever-present, omniscient God. He knows everything. The Bible teaches us that He lives in an eternal present: knowing the beginning from the ending and He sees it all as though it were but a passing moment. According to the Bible He knew you while you were still in your mother’s womb. He chose to extend salvation to you before He created the earth, and while we may not understand why He did what He did, we know that He knew Adam would sin before He told him not to, that the world would be flooded before He had to do it, and He knew that today you would be sitting in that pew before you ever got out of bed. Yet in spite of all that God knows, I want to share with you seven things God does not know.
He does not know one person that does not sin
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” I like to think of myself as a pretty good guy, and I’ve known lots of “good old boys” through the years, but I’ve never met anyone who did not sin because “all have sinned.”
Right now there are over six and a half billion people in the world, and not one of us is perfect and sinless, not even you. Paul said in Romans 5:12
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
You see, the wages of sin is death. God already knows all of us are sinners, but because we forget what God already knows we have a daily reminder that sin is in the world. That reminder is death. Every day 155,000 people die. That means that 6,500 people die every hour. That comes to 108 people every minute, which again means that somebody somewhere in the world dies every 1.8 seconds. Every 1.8 seconds you and I are reminded that there’s not one person on planet earth that does not sin – I don’t care how godly you think you are.
This week at Pine Springs church camp one of our pastors was leading a music service. After the service his wife was talking to some of the teens about what a great evening of worship they had. While she was talking she told her husband that she was feeling faint. He said she was dead before she hit the floor. The wages of sin is death – not necessarily some sin she committed, but “as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, because we all have sinned.” God doesn’t know one person in all of the six and a half billion who is not a sinner: not even you.