8/16/15 – Sunday Sermon Summary

“Seven Bowls of Wrath”

Main Text:
Revelation 16

-God is serious about sin and He is serious about the ultimate judgement of man’s sinfulness
-Why is God so serious about sin? What’s the big deal?

1. Sin is the breaking of God’s laws
1 John 3:4- “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness, sin is lawlessness”
– God created and ordained everything to work a certain way, with certain and definite boundaries for our ultimate joy and for His glory
-When we sin- we are saying we can set our own boundaries, that we know what is truly best for us and that God is stupid
-Sin is an affront to God’s justice

2. Sin is an act of rebellion
Deuteronomy 9:7 – “Remember and do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day you came out of the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord.”
-God rules and reigns as sovereign King over all of creation
-When we sin- we are willfully not submitting to His rule and reign and we are saying we need no authority over us
-Sin is an affront to God’s Kingship

3. Sin breaks relationships
-The consequences of the first sin in Genesis 3 show that man tried to hide from the presence of God- our relationship with God was disturbed and broken and sin continues to create barriers in all of our relationships
-When we sin- we are choosing our own pleasures over a relationship with God
-It is hard to have a relationship with someone who chooses to continually slapping you in the face (insert slapping Grandma 🙂 )

-Because of these reasons, there is a stored wrath of God against sin (let’s be thankful for God’s grace in that Revelation 16 has been delayed for even one minute)
-Revelation 16 depicts the complete pouring out of the stored wrath of God- verse 17 “It is done!”
-There is an escape hatch for Revelation 16 and it is found in John 19.
-The gospel is the story of God’s wrath against sin being poured out on Christ on the cross
-John 19:30 “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said “It is finished!” and he bowed his head and gave up His spirit”
-The scriptures give us two accounts of how the wrath of God against sin is poured out…on most people in Revelation 16 and on Christ in John 19.
-Matthew 7:13- “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many”
-The gospel is also soooo much more than just an escape hatch…it’s not just fire insurance
-Under the reality of divine punishment in Rev. 16- people still did not repent and give God glory
-Being “saved” is about more than just escaping punishment
-The gospel is not centered on fear (man centered) but it is centered on love (God centered)
-True repentance is turning from sin and then ALSO turning TO Jesus
It is one thing to say “I don’t want punishment” but it is another thing to say “I want Jesus”
Salvation involves a change in affections, a glad and willing submission and a restored relationship
How is this salvation received? John 6:37- “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out”
We aren’t invited to come to a church, an ideology, doctrine or dogma…we are invited to come to Jesusbowls


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