Summary: Please take a look at the wonderful promise of God's: 1. Love (Romans 8:28). 2. Hope (Ephesians 2:10). 3. Salvation (Romans 6:23). 4. Provision (Philippians 4:19). 5. Power (2 Peter 1:3).
The Wonderful Promises of God
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - June 12, 2016
*This week in the Vacation Bible School Tree House the children will learn about the wonderful promises of God. They will see that our God promises love, hope, salvation, provision and power. God promises all of these things and much more to everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ.
*Have you ever told a lie? -- I don't want to single anybody out this morning, so don't raise your hand. But have you have ever told a lie? If you have, just give me a little smile. Oh yeah, there are a lot of smiling people here this morning.
*Probably everybody in the world has told a lie at some point, -- everybody but God, that is. In Titus 1:2, Paul said that he was "in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began."
*Did you hear what Paul said about God there? God cannot lie, cannot lie. God can not lie. That's why we can totally depend on the wonderful promises of God.
1. So first, let's take a look at God's promise of love.
*Many places in God's Word speak of His love for us. The best known is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
*John 11:5 says, "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus."
*John 13:1 says, "Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end."
*And in John 13:34, Jesus said: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. As I have loved you, that you also love one another."
*God's promise of love for us is so strong that one of the key verses in VBS this week is Romans 8:28. There the Word of God says this to all Christians: "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
*In other words: "We can be so sure of God's love that we know He is using even the bad things that happen to us for our good." But Church: We could never believe that, if we weren't sure of the promise of God's love.
31. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
33. Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.
34. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36. As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.''
37. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
38. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39. nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
*This is the wonderful promise of God's love. And thank God, He didn't just promise His love, God proved His love.
*God has proved His love to us in many ways, but most of all, He proved it on the cross! So in John 15:13, Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." And Romans 5:8 says, "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
This is the proof of God's love. This is the wonderful promise of God's love. And we want all children to know about it. That's why one of the first songs we teach children is all about God's love.