Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from Jeremiah 31:7-14 & Ephesians 1:3-14
Our Scripture reading for the second Sunday after Christmas and the first Sunday of the new year, is one that teaches us that God, our Father, works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will. This is hard to believe, but it is absolutely correct. This statement speaks to us about the sovereignty of God, the power of God, the purposes of God, the people of God and the end for which God created everything. But what does this mean? It means that there is a person who has a plan that has been predetermined to produce the praise of his glory through Jesus Christ. Christ’s life gives us assurance that God will accomplish what he has purposed. The good news of the gospel is that trouble is not a deterrent to the will of God, but that God actually uses trouble to serve his purpose in accomplishing his will. Christ suffered the worst and the most trouble in order to reconcile sinners to God. He suffered separation from God in order for us to be brought near to God. God vindicated and validated Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand. And the scripture teaches us that God and Christ did all of this for the church and to the praise of his glory. So, what will we face this year? We don’t know, but we do know that God works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.
This sermon’s focus will encourage the heart of believers to trust God’s good purpose in whatever the year might bring forth, since he works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.