I. THE CALL vv1-5 1. Come, God's command to the called (vv1, 5b) 2. Come â€“ Submission to God's authority (vv2-3, 5a)
II. THE CONFORMITY vv7:6-10 A. This is the sanctifying work of God 1. Works patience v6 2. Instills obedience v7a 3. Strengthens relationships v7b compassionate 4.Establishes divine order vv8-10 a. Reflects God's design: dominion â€“ vv8, 9a b. Recognizes God's sovereignty â€“ 9b c. Rests in the faithfulness of God's Word, 10
III. THE CALAMITY & THE COMFORT vv11-24 1. Calamity â€“ Judgment: a certainty vv6, 10-12, 21-24 2. Comfort â€“ Decree of our Sovereign v16a 3. Calamity â€“ Judgment: its finality v16b, 17-24 4. Comfort â€“ Security in our Savior v16b, 23b 5. Comprehension â€“ Unity in God's Being (joy/judgment)
IV. THE CONCLUSION A. For the Saint: Commanded to â€śComeâ€ť-So How Should You Come? 1. Stay in the way (ark/cross), Jn 14:6 2. Study & meditate (building ark) â€“ Phil.2:12; Jn 5:39 3. Shun every excess (only God's provision in ark), Phil 4:19 4. Safeguard against shortcuts & by-ways (pitch to seal), Prov 4:26-27 5. Safeguard against distractions (clear skies, stargazing), Prov 3:6 6. Stop Not for the world, flesh, or the devil, Lk 9:62 7. Stay encouraged (it's all grace!), Phil 1:6 8. Shun being offended by the cross, Gen 7:5b, 9b, 16b a. Since God perseveres to save; you persevere to obey 9. Seek earnestly the Lord's grace in effectual prayer: a. Illuminate your understanding in God's Word b. Inflame your will for God's Word.
Jon Cardwell was saved by Godâ€™s grace on June 3, 1985 while serving in the military as a deep sea diver in the U.S. Navy. The call to ministry came 8 years later when he was invited to serve the Lord in the Philippine mission field. Jonâ€™s entry into pastoral ministry came...