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Summary: THE CITY OF GOD IS DESTINED FOR GLORY

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BIG IDEA:

THE CITY OF GOD IS DESTINED FOR GLORY

"Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God." (:3)

INTRODUCTION:

City of God = place where God has chosen to dwell

cf. our body = the temple of the Holy Spirit

ode to Zion as the center of worship for the world

I. (:1) FIRM FOUNDATION OF THE CITY OF GOD -- REMEMBER OUR ROOTS

Foundation associated with:

A. Holiness

B. Majesty

II. (:2) FAVORED STATUS OF THE CITY OF GOD -- REVEL IN GOD’S LOVE

A. Supremely Loved by the Lord

B. Permanent Home of God’s People

III. (:3) FUTURE PROSPECTS OF THE CITY OF GOD -- REST IN GOD’S PROMISES

IV. (:4) FORMER ENEMIES OF THE CITY OF GOD -- RELATE TO THE CONVERTED

Rahab (Egyptians)

Babylon

Philistia

Tyre

Ethiopia

concept of the future Jerusalem being the mother of all peoples

V. (:5-6) FAMILY OFFSPRING OF THE CITY OF GOD -- RANKED AMONG THE PRIVILEGED

Work of God in:

A. Regeneration

B. Rooting and Establishing

Eternal Security of those born there

VI. (:7) FOCUSED JOY OF THE CITY OF GOD -- REJOICE IN GOD’S PRESENCE

CONCLUSION:

WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO THE CITY OF GOD?

WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?

WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF YOUR JOY?

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) If God’s electing love towards Jerusalem is so vast, imagine how much more His delight in His children!

2) What types of “glorious things” remain to be fulfilled for the city of God?

3) Apparently it was a great honor for a Jew to have been born in Jerusalem. What is special about our pedigree? How much value do we put on our privilege of having been born into the royal family of God?

4) Do we find our “springs of joy” in association with dwelling at home in the city of God?

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