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HOW GOD TELLS HIS MESSAGE.

Romans 10:16-21

NKJV 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?" 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: "Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world." 19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: "I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation." 20 But Isaiah is very bold and says: "I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me." 21 But to Israel he says: "All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people." NKJV


Introduction:

How does a person gain faith? The word of God tells us faith comes by hearing. It does not come by hearing just anything but through a hearing of the word of God. Today there are fewer people with great faith. Why is that so? There are fewer people listening to the word of God.

God expects us to grow in faith. If we want to do that we must spend time in His word. The people of Israel through the years have had the opportunity to hear. They did not listen. But God has been faithful in having the message proclaimed.


1. God tells his message . . Prophetically. v 17-18

2. God tells his message . . Providentially. v 19-20

3. God tells his message . . Persistently. v 21 



1. God tells his message . . Prophetically. v 16-18

 

            A.        Prophets . . Inquiry.  10:16b (Isa. 53:1)

“For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?"

 

            B.        Prophets . . Information.      10:17

                        17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the

                        word of God.

 

            C.        Prophets . . Interrogation.    10:18a

                        18 But I say, have they not heard?

 

            D.        Prophets . . Indication.          10:18b

                        “. . . Yes indeed: "Their sound has gone out to all the

                        earth, And their words to the ends of the world."

                        1.         Their voice.    " . . . has gone out . . . "

                        2.         Their vision. ". . . to the ends of the world."



Illustration: TOPIC: Perseverance INDEX: 3441 PROPHETS OF GOD

A page from John Wesley's Diary reads as follows:

 

Sunday AM, May 5,  preached in St. Ann's, was asked not to come back anymore.

Sunday PM., May 5,  preached at St. John's, deacons said, "Get out and stay out."

Sunday AM., May 12, preached at St. Jude's, can't go back there

                                                            either.

Sunday PM, May 12, preached at St. George's, kicked out again.

Sunday AM., May 19, preached at St. somebody else's, deacons

                                                            said I couldn't return.

Sunday PM., May 19, preached on the street, kicked off the street.

Sunday AM., May 26, preached in meadow, chased By A bull

                                                            turned loose during the services.

Sunday AM., June 2,  preached out at the edge of town, kicked off the highway.

Sunday PM., June 2,  afternoon service, preached in a pasture, 10,000 people came to hear me.


Application:


The Prophets of God have always stood through the years to proclaim the Gospel Message. Wesley shook the Nation of England with his stand.


God tells his message . . Prophetically.




2. God tells his message . . Provokingly. 10:19-20

 

A.Provokingly Through . . Province. 10:19

19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:

            "I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation,

            I will move you to anger by a foolish nation."


            B.        Provokingly Through . . Privilege v 20

                        20 But Isaiah is very bold and says: "I was found by those

            who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did

            not ask for Me."

 

Illustration    Topic: Perseverance Date: 4/1989.16 God Can Use Who He Wants

Sociology professor Anthony Campolo recalls a deeply moving incident that happened in a Christian junior high camp where he served. One of the campers, a boy with spastic paralysis, was the object of heartless ridicule. When he would ask a question, the boys would deliberately answer in a halting, mimicking way.


One night his cabin group chose him to lead the devotions before the entire camp. It was one more effort to have some "fun" at his expense. Unashamedly the spastic boy stood up, and in his strained, slurred manner -- each word coming with enormous effort -- he said simply, "Jesus loves me -- and I love Jesus!" That was all he said.



Conviction fell upon those junior-highers. Many began to cry. Revival gripped the camp. Years afterward, Campolo still meets men in the ministry who came to Christ because of that testimony.

Application:


This illustration relates how God work with many sources to accomplish His purposes. The world may not choose the same people, nations. or methods as God. But they are not God.


God tells his message . . Prophetically.


God tells his message . . Provokingly.




3. God tells his message . . Persistently. v 21

21 But to Israel he says: "All day long I have stretched out My hands  To a disobedient and contrary people." NKJV


            A.        His Persistency . . SUMMARIZED. 10:21a

                        ". . . All day long I have stretched out My hands . . .


            B.        His Persistency . . Shunned. 10:21b

“. . . To a disobedient and contrary people.


Illustration: TOPIC: Providence SUBTOPIC: Divine DATE: 2/1988.12

A tiny girl was taking a long journey and in the course of the day her train was obliged to cross a number of rivers. The water seen in advance always awakened doubts and fears in the child. She did not understand how it could safely be crossed. As they drew near the river, however, a bridge appeared, and furnished the way over.


Several times the same thing happened, and finally the child leaned back with a long breath of relief and confidence: "Somebody has put bridges for us all the way!" she said in trusting content. That is how we find it in life, God has built bridges for us all the way.

 

Conclusion:               God tells his message . .

Prophetically.            . . Provokingly           . . Persistently.