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Sermon Outline - The Call of God to Turn, Ezekiel ch.33 v.11

Date20/06/2004
Time11:00
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleThe Call of God to Turn
TextEzekiel ch.33 v.11
Sermon ID869

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Introduction

  1. This chapter shows urgency.
  2. Urgency for the preacher.
  3. Urgency too for those who do not profess Christ as yet.
  1. GOD HAS NO PLEASURE IN THE DEATH OF SINNERS

    1. The Speaker here is God
      1. Not just a preacher.
      2. Not an angel only.
    2. God's description of Sinners: "the wicked"
      1. It is justified.
      2. It fits us all.
    3. The place that sinners are heading to: "death": 3 forms of death.
      What is meant here?
    4. God states this fact very strongly - by an oath - "as I live".
      It is to impress the fact upon us.
    5. Doctrine: God would have sinners to be saved and not lost in eternal death.
  2. GOD DOES HAVE PLEASURE IN THE SALVATION OF SINNERS

    1. Look at this "But" here. God is not indifferent.
    2. It should be clear to us how and why this is so:
      1. The souls of men are precious.
      2. Eternal death is fearful.
      3. The time in which to get grace is short.
      4. God is good and gives us good counsel.
      5. God has made full provision for sinners.
      6. God presses the gospel call to turn on men: "Turn, turn!"
      7. We are bidden to look to Christ crucified.
        APPLICATION: It is God's question to you: "why will ye die?"
        Can you answer it?
  3. IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET SIDE-TRACKED AT THIS POINT

    1. Illustration: The apple of distraction.
    2. It is true there are mysteries:
      (i) election (ii) reprobation (iii) sovereignty (iv) limited atonement(v) inability
    3. You may say: "How can God say that he has no pleasure in the death of those whom he has reprobated?"
      I reply: That is not for us to say.
      Both are true: reprobation and this text.
      APPLICATION: Don't be distracted. God calls you.
  4. THE WAY TO ESCAPE ETERNAL DEATH IS TO TURN TO CHRIST IN FAITH

    1. Here is God's urgent call: "Turn, turn!"
    2. What we turn from: (i) neglect of our soul (ii) the vain things of the world (iii) crowding out our worship of God in public and in private.
    3. What we turn to: (i) the gracious promise of God to save us (ii) a Saviour and his love.

CONCLUSION

If you are saved, it will be all of God's grace.
If you die in your sins, it is all your own fault.


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