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Sermon Outline - Quietness and Assurance, Isaiah ch.32 v.17

Date27/06/2004
Time18:30
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleQuietness and Assurance
TextIsaiah ch.32 v.17
Sermon ID874

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Introduction

  1. A lovely text.
  2. The quiet confidence here is what believers may enjoy.
  3. It comes when we believe God's love.
    Illustration: a little child's confidence.
  1. ASSURANCE IS A THING TO BE DESIRED

    1. What is Assurance? Certainty of salvation.
    2. Some do not believe in it - RCism does not:
      • - "a vain and ungodly confidence" (Trent)
      • - "a prime error of heretics" (Bellarmine)
    3. But the Bible teaches it:
      Job - Psalm.23 - Isaiah 26:3 - Romans 8:38-39 - 2 Corinthians 5: 1 - 2 Timothy 1:12
    4. We are encouraged to seek it:
      "Give diligence...sure" - "We know..." (says John).
      ILLUSTRATION: an anchor, not a cotton thread.
  2. ASSURANCE IS NOT THE SAME AS FAITH

    1. We are saved by faith in Christ - it is possible to have unassured faith and be saved.
      ILLUSTRATION: "Lord, I believe...unbelief".
    2. ILLUSTRATION:
      1. poor eyesight - cannot read letters.
      2. a message scratched / burnt on wood
      3. rich man's son - ignorant of wealth.
    3. Faith is life in the soul: assurance is more than life. It is health, vigour, strength, comfort, courage and boldness.
    4. Faith is food: assurance is cream.
    5. Faith will bring us to heaven after death; assurance brings heaven to us NOW.
      APPLICATION: Look at Daniel - Stephen - Paul.
  3. THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS FROM ASSURANCE

    1. Full contentment:
      If we have God's love, what do other things matter? See Paul and Silas in prison.
    2. Ability to face all trials and even death:
      APPLICATION: How could we face death unless we knew that God is our Father in Christ?
    3. It brings Christ's love into the soul:
      ILLUSTRATION: Rutherford in Aberdeen = "Christ's banqueting -house" (Letters).
    4. Courage to face men's cruelty:
      ILLUSTRATION: Hugh MacKail on scaffold (Ryle Assurance, p.66)
  4. HOW MAY ONE GO ABOUT GETTING ASSURANCE?

    1. Understand the doctrine of Justification.
      See our TEXT here: "righteousness".
    2. There is a distinct ministry of the Holy Spirit to give a felt assurance: "beareth witness".
    3. It is a taste of God's love here and now,
      "Remember me, Lord, with that love..." See it here in Psalm 106.
    4. Like all other blessings, it is to be sought by prayer to God.

CONCLUSION

Illustration: The young woman who resented her mother's strictness - at first!


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