Sermon – The Lord Who Delivers (Psalm 31)

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Sermon ‘The Lord Who Delivers’ (Psalm 31) by David Smith is now available to stream or download: http://bit.ly/2aXoIOi

Read the Bible text: http://bit.ly/2blnGhM

English Support Handout: http://bit.ly/2aWMTwE

Sermon Outline:

1. A Psalm of Lament:

a. Relationship with the Lord who delivers

b. Relationship with the world to be delivered from

c. Relationship with the lamenter who needs deliverance

2. What the deliverance meant:

a. To David

b. To the first readers

c. To Jesus (Luke 23:46)

d. To Stephen (Acts 7:59)

e. To Us (1 Peter 4:19)

3. How to make the most of this Psalm

a. “I trust in you O Lord. I say “You are my God.”

b. What am I learning about God when times are not desperate?

Imagine a World Where Death Wins…

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In some ways it’s not hard to imagine a world without Easter. Even though most are pleased to enjoy the blessing of a long weekend, most live without Easter making any difference to their lives.

It’s not that the public holiday is the issue. Many of us enjoy other public holidays, without making much difference to our own lives. If our theme was  ‘Imagine a world without the Adelaide Cup’, we’d probably think we’d be all the better for it!

When Tom Playford was premier during the war years, he shut down the racing industry. Apparently the Prime Minister of the day had issued the instruction to close non-essential services because of the war effort, and Playford thought racing fitted the category (this was reportedly not what the PM had in mind, and the industry was reinstated a year later).

What would happen if we shut down the Easter ‘industry’?

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Imagine a World Without Justice…

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Imagine a world without justice. Our first reaction when we see injustice is ‘Someone should fix that!’; ‘Where’s a policeman when you need one?’; or ‘There should be a law against that!’. Most of us don’t like injustice when we see it against others, and particularly when we experience against ourselves.

The event that took place on ‘Good Friday’ amounts to injustice on a grand scale.

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Imagine a World Without Hope

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The good news about Jesus is often spoken of as the ‘hope’ of the gospel. It’s not a ‘hope-so’ or a ‘hope-ful’. Hope is the promise from God of eternal life gifted to all who place their faith in Jesus Christ.

The Bible speaks of the hope ‘that God has called you to’ (Ephesians 1:18), and the hope ‘laid up for you in heaven’ (Colossians 1:5). This is the ‘assurance of hope until the end’ (Hebrews 6:11).

Imagine a world without the hope of the gospel!

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