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January 6, 2012, 10:20 AM

Scripture Overload


Inevitably, when you are trying to preach a sermon, there is far too much stuff to fit into a short period of time.  20 minutes, give or take a few strokes on either side of the divide, goes very fast!  And so, I realize that I will not be able to include all of the Scripture I want this Sunday.  The primary text is from Philippians 4:13.

In context, here is the full rendering:  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Phi 4:12-13 ESV)

Here is the question that will be addressed Sunday:  What does it mean to say that you can do ALL THINGS through Christ?  Does this mean that I have hope afterall of playing in the NFL?  Does this mean that I can leave this job and take a more financially lucrative job of CEO of some big company?  How about taking up some musical instrument and becoming the best at it?  I mean, it says that I can do all things, doesn't it?

Take a look at these other passages that have some relationship to this thought:

  • See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri…and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. (Ex. 31:2-5 ESV)
  • Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.  Only be strong and very courageous….Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." (Josh. 1:6-9 ESV)
  • Because of your little faith.  For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. (Matt. 17:20 ESV)
  • And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. (Matt. 21:22 ESV)
  • All things are possible for one who believes. (Mark 9:23 ESV)
  • As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5 ESV)
  • Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24 ESV)
  • Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Cor. 12:4-7 ESV)
  • “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Cor. 12:9 ESV)
  • I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, (1 Tim. 1:12 ESV)
  • If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6 ESV) 

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