Sermon Recap for September 10, 2017
We don’t need to seek satisfaction.
God is Good All of the Time
God’s goodness is not dependent on our circumstances. All of the time, God is good.
- John 4
- 1 Timothy 4:5
- Psalm 34:8
- 1 Timothy 6:15
Some main focal points from the text today:
- God our Father is the origin and fountain of all goodness.
- He fosters us by His goodness
- He pursues and preserves us by His goodness
- He captivates us by His goodness
God’s Goodness has a purpose, and with this purpose he pursues a relationship with the woman from Samaria.
It wasn’t socially acceptable for a Jewish man, much less a rabbi, to speak to any woman in public. It would be like a white man in the South years ago, where they had separate drinking fountains for whites and “coloreds,” asking a black woman if he could have a drink from her canteen!
In this situation, we see a good God crossing ethnical bounds and risking His reputation to establish a relationship with this woman. Jesus shows the heart of the Father.
Jesus wants her to look beyond to the spiritual significance of what this water means: The gift of God is salvation.
The living water is the eternal life provided by the Spirit, purchased by the Son, purposed by the Father, satisfying the soul, not to be enjoyed later but now. We should enjoy this eternal life — right now. This eternal life is an ever-present, on going, soul-satisfying, close, intimate relationship with God our Father. It was purchased by Jesus Christ His Son and made possible by the Spirit.
- God’s Goodness should provoke you to trust in Him for Eternal life. * The good news is that a good desires to be and good for, first Jesus. * If you haven’t tasted and seen that Good is God, first God’s believe in the Person and work of Jesus, and receive the greatest gift, the Holy Spirit. Many are the gifts of God, but none is greater than the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the Comforter, Helper, and Counselor for the committed follower of Jesus Christ. * God is good, He is giving, He’s patient, He’s forgiving, and He sent Jesus to prove it. Because of Him, we have been brought near to the Father in Jesus to enjoy Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- God’s Goodness should provoke Christians to enjoy Him. * Everything God has created is good and should be received with thanksgiving, 1 Tim. 4:4-5. We should constantly be thanking God for Goodness in our lives. * God our Father provides us with everything for our enjoyment, 1 Timothy 6:17. * Christians are called to enjoy God’s gifts and always focus on the Giver of all good and perfect gifts.
- God’s Goodness should provoke Christians to worship. God’s goodness should always provoke worship. Because we realize where every good and perfect gift comes from, it should always prompt us to give and live for the glory to God. Scripture declares that God uses everything—all events—for the believer’s good. Romans 8:28 says: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
- God’s Goodness should provoke Christians to good works * Not only should God’s goodness provoke us to enjoy Him, to give thank, and to worship Him, it should provoke us to the practice of good works
It was a pleasure worshipping with you all Sunday, and if you are new to Omni or want to visit us, this is where we gather.