I preached this morning from Paul’s doxology that bridges the doctrine (chaps. 1-11) and duty (chaps. 12-16) sections of Paul’s letter to the Romans. I wanted to preach a “big God” text. And they don’t come too much better than this one.
In this doxology, Paul reminds us that God is worthy to praised even when we don’t understand what God is doing. Sometimes our faith, worship, and obedience turns into doubt, complaining, and rebellion when we don’t understand what God is doing in our lives. But this ought not be the case. God is worthy to be praised for the very fact that God knows what he is doing, even when he does not make sense to us.
Here is the sermon skeleton from this morning’s message.
Title: “God Knows What He Is Doing”
Text: Romans 11:33-36
Point: God is worthy to be praised because God knows what he is doing even when he doesn’t make sense to us.
I. The supremacy of God’s ways (11:33)
A. God’s thoughts are beyond our understanding.
B. God’s decisions are beyond our understanding.
1. God’s punitive judgments are unsearchable.
2. God’s gracious judgments are unsearchable.
C. God’s ways are beyond our understanding.
II. The sovereignty of God’s ways (11:34-35)
A. No one knows the mind of the Lord (v. 34a)
1. We can clearly know the mind of the Lord (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Co. 2:12)
2. We cannot fully know the mind of the Lord.
B. No one has been the Lord’s counselor (v. 34b)
C. No one has given to the Lord that he might be repaid (v. 35)
III. The sufficiency of God’s ways (11:36)
A. Give glory to God because he is the source of all things.
B. Give glory to God because he is the means of all things.
C. Give glory to God because he is the end of all things.
The Most Important Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mark 12:28-34 Armies win…