Apr 18, 2021 |From Faith to Faith

When Clay Meets Stone

04.18.21 | From Faith to Faith

When Clay Meets Stone

Noel Heikkinen

ROMANS 9:19-33

Have you experienced the love of God directed at you when you were suffering? As Christians, we should be brokenhearted when sin ravages the world, because we know its devastating results, not just here, but eternally. Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen challenges us to share the love of Christ to a world that feels unloved, to show compassion to those who are hurting, and morn with those who mourn.

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What should we say then? Is there injustice with God?
Romans 9:14
You will say to me, therefore, “Why then does he still find fault? For who resists his will?”
Romans 9:19
On the contrary, who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?”
Romans 9:20
Or has the potter no right over the clay, to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor?
Romans 9:21
And what if God, wanting to display his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath prepared for destruction? And what if he did this to make known the riches of his glory on objects of mercy that he prepared beforehand for glory
Romans 9:22-23
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”
Romans 9:23-26
But Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, Though the number of Israelites is like the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved; since the Lord will execute his sentence completely and decisively on the earth.
Romans 9:27-28
And as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring, we would have been like Sodom and become like Gomorrah.”
Romans 9:29
What should we say then? Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained righteousness — namely the righteousness that comes from faith. But Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not achieved the righteousness of the law.
Romans 9:30-31
Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written, Look, I am putting a stone in Zion to stumble over and a rock to trip over, and the one who believes on him will not be put to shame.
Romans 9:32-33

Read Romans 10:2. Think back to a time where you had “zeal without knowledge.” What did you believe? How did that change when you had a knowledge of the truth?

Think back to when you heard the Gospel and believed it. Where were you? Who shared it with you? How did it impact your life at that time?

Where do you struggle in your evangelistic mission as a follower of Jesus? In what ways do you need to grow in your ability to share the Gospel with others?

Think of some people in your life that you hope become followers of Jesus. How can you be intentional in your relationship with them? How can you love them with your time and presence in this season?