God’s Perfect Plan Through Imperfect People

Passage: Romans 11:13-15

Sermon Outline:

  1. God’s perfect plan was fulfilled through the failure of Israel (vv. 13-14)
    • Rom 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
    • Matt 15:24 – He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
    • John 4:22 – You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from Jews.
    • Matt 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
    • 1 Tim 1:15-17 – The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
  2. Only God’s mercy can raise the dead (v. 15)
    • 2 Sam 12:22-23 – He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
    • Eph. 2:4 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ
    • Col 2:13 – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
    • Ezek 37:1-14

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