Pastor Greg Laurie preaches from Romans 9 in a message titled “Every Generation Needs Jesus!” As we continue through the “Relentless Grace” series at Harvest Christian Fellowship, he shares why God chose us.
Did you know that you were chosen by God?
“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.”
Why did God choose us? Because He loves us!
“Try to explain election and you may lose your mind, but try to explain it away and you may lose your soul!”
“For God so loved the WORLD, that He gave…”
Eternal life is offered to ALL of humanity.
The whosoever wills are the elect. The whosoever won’t are the non-elect. -D.L. Moody
God predestines every man to be saved. The devil predestines every man to be damned. Man casts the deciding vote.
Lord, save the elect and then elect some more! —D.L. Moody
Salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit.
Our part is to appeal to people.
It’s our responsibility to reach as many people as we can.
1 Corinthians 3:7–9
The Bible is filled with the call of God to man to respond to the Good News.
John 11:26; Romans 10:13; Revelation 22:17
- Everybody needs to hear the gospel, no matter who they are. Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Generation Z, and every generation needs Jesus (Psalm 145:4)
- The religious person needs the gospel as much as the pagan person.
- We must be careful after hearing the gospel to not get a hard heart.
Read: Romans 9:17–18
Harden can be translated, “strengthen,” or “stiffen.” God was strengthening Pharaoh in the decision he had already made. Pharaoh dedicated himself to evil, in direct opposition to God’s redemptive plan. He chose evil; God did not choose it for him.
To turn from the truth is to become more thoroughly than ever, entrenched in darkness. (Mark 6:5–6)
To marvel means, “to stand amazed.”
It appears there are 2 things that make Jesus marvel:
Those who believe when it’s not expected they would.
Those who disbelieve when there’s every reason they should.
How does one get a hardened heart? By continued exposure to the truth of God and the refusal to obey and respond to it! How do we become hardened in our hearts? You become hardened by the very truth that might have softened you. (Hebrews 3:12–13)
Read: Romans 9:19–20
Don’t wrestle, just nestle! —Corrie ten Boom
God’s plan for you is better than your plan for yourself.