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Everyone Can Pray
September 19, 2021
Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church
1. Introduction - Monthly Prayer to Support our Emmanuel following Jesus
• Meditate on God's Word
• Debrief our discussion from last Sunday's lunch discussion
• doesn't matter if you were present - it will be a good catch up time
• Discern what God is saying to us
• Explore what God might be calling us to do
• Pray around what surfaces in our reading of God's Word and Conversation
On the Sunday’s we are praying, my morning sermon will have a prayer focus
This morning we focus particularly on the Paul's quote from the prophet Joel
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
How can this be a sermon about prayer?
Everybody knows this passage is about
2. Big Idea: Christian prayer flows from believing and declaring Jesus is the Risen
3. Exposition of 10:9-10 with Chart 1: How People Are Saved
My Commentary & Conclusions
The passage clearly teaches that salvation involves declaration and belief.
Paul begins in
verse 9 with the external witness and moves to internal reality that motivates that reality.
We are Christian if and only if, we confess with our mouth that Jesus as Lord and if and
only if we believe in our heart God raised Jesus from the dead.
In verse 10, Paul begins with the heart and explains the inward condition that motivates
our confession that Jesus is Lord.
When we believe in our heart that God raised Jesus
from the dead, we are justified.
That means the death of Jesus for our sins becomes
effectual for us.
We are washed clean by the blood of Jesus, we become holy and
blameless before God.
It means that because of our faith in the death of Jesus, his
righteousness has become our righteousness.
Because of Jesus sacrifice which is credited
The requirements of God’s moral character has been satisfied by God’s grace
along, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone according to the Scriptures alone for the
sole glory of God alone.
Because of this great deliverance, our heart pushes us to declare
with our mouth that Jesus is Lord of all.
To believe with one's heart is to "stake one's life
on the fact that Jesus was raised from the dead" sealing my salvation now and my
glorification in the world to come.
When we believe that Jesus is Lord and we Call on Jesus as Lord we will be saved.
our first prayer, we cry, “Save me Lord, for you alone are Lord.”
Without this prayer,
there is no other prayer.
If we have not called on the name of the Lord because we
believe He is Lord for our salvation, pretentious spiritual words and actions directed to
God are not and cannot be Christian prayer, Christian worship, or Christian service.
Big Idea: Christian prayer flows from believing and declaring Jesus is the Risen
Why are Lordship and Resurrection the non-negotiable confession and belief?
Jesus is Lord - was the heart of early Christian worship
"Calling Jesus “Lord” recognizes that Jesus was far more than a mere rabbi, more even
than the expected Messiah.
From the start Christians worshipped him as fully God and
Lord of all."
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,
sustaining all things by his powerful word.
After he had provided purification for sins, he
sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
(Hebrews 1:3, NIV)
1 Peter 3:22
It [baptism] the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s
right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.”
(1 Peter 3:21–22,
“while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and
Savior, Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:13, NIV)
Osbourn: Some have said it is possible to know Jesus as Savior apart from knowing him
That is actually not true on the basis of this passage.
To know Jesus as Savior
begins the process of coming to know him as Lord.
Without lordship there is no
Express mention is made only of Christ’s resurrection; which must not be so taken, as
though his death was of no moment, but because Christ, by rising again, completed the
whole, work of our salvation: for though redemption and satisfaction were effected by his
death, through which we are reconciled to God; yet the victory over sin, death, and Satan
was attained by his resurrection; and hence also came righteousness, newness of life, and
the hope of a blessed immortality.
And thus is resurrection alone often set before us as
the assurance of our salvation, not to draw away our attention from his death, but
because it bears witness to the efficacy and fruit of his death: in short, his resurrection
includes his death.
For we must remember the purpose for which Christ rose again;—it was the Father’s
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