Summary: Sermon series in Romans
Text- Romans 11:1-36
Title- The Fate of Israel
I. The Remnant- 1-10
II. The Replacement- 11-24
III. The Renewal- 25-36
Since it is Father’s Day I wanted to do something that needs to be done. There are things that we men have always wanted you women to know, and it just seems like Father’s Day is the safest day of the year to say those things without getting in to much trouble. This is really more of a public service for you ladies. Please don’t be offended. We mean this in the nicest way possible way. Here are the top ten things that we men want you women to know…
#10 Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
#9 Shopping is NOT a sport, please don’t make us stand by a dressing room holding your purse.
#8 If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing’s wrong.
#7 “Yes” and “No” are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
#6 You can remind us to trim our nose hair and our ear hair, but leave the back hair alone… it isn’t hurting anyone.
#5 Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all past comments become null and void after 7 days.
#4 If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.
#3 Sunday = sports. After church we plan on spending a few hours watching something involving some kind of ball, or in extreme cases a puck.
#2 ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
#1 Christopher Columbus did not need directions, and neither do we…
Just FYI, next week Camille and I are going away for our anniversary so Henry will fill in for me. I will be finishing the theological section of Romans this week and next week Henry will start in on chapter 12 which begins the transition into the more practical application and exhortation stuff.
I asked Henry to preach the next section out of Romans for me so we could keep things moving and hopefully finish up the book sometime before the end of summer and then move on to something else. He was gracious enough to help out there. I asked him how far into chapter 12 he planned to go… I figured maybe 5-10 verses. No He says he’s just going to preach up through verse 2. So today I’m going to cover 36 verses and next week Henry will cover 2.
But look over at chapter 12… That’s one of those sections of scripture where you could almost preach a whole sermon on each word. It requires careful consideration and extra time. Make sure you don’t miss next week.
Today I plan on tackling all of chapter 11. This is a big chunk of scripture to bite off in one sermon, but I think we can handle it. Chapter 11 is really just an extended culmination of the themes that Paul was teaching about in chapters 9-10. Here in chapter 11 Paul sums up for us the fate of the nation of Israel. In doing so he teaches some important lessons that we need to learn.
Like I’ve mentioned before, the first 11 chapters of Romans are more of a theological discourse and the next 5 chapters will be more practical application of those truths. Today we are going to review that theological house that Paul has been constructing for us and we are going to add another wall to it.
Let’s start with a review… I gave you a little picture of a theological house on the back of your sermon note guide so that you can fill in the blanks. Don’t worry, this isn’t a pop quiz, I’ll help you with the answers.
First of all we began with our foundation which is the doctrine of r…evelation. Under the doctrine of revelation in your notes we have general revelation and special revelation. General revelation is creation and providence. It is not sufficient to bring us to a saving knowledge of God.
Special revelation is the Bible and Jesus. This is sufficient to bring us to Christ.
All that we know about who we are and who God is and how salvation happens is found in God’s revealing Himslef to us through His Word. That’s why it’s our foundation for our theological house.
The first wall was is the doctrine of Man, or the doctrine of Sin. Man is completely dead in sin and unable to save himself.
A clear understanding of the nature and extent of our own sin leads us into the next wall- the doctrine of salvation. Salvation is not found in works, or heritage, or being good. It is only found through faith in Jesus Christ.