What It Means To Be A Vessel of Mercy – As we begin to look at Romans 9:23, Pastor Nathan Tarrant explains the importance of making sure we are vessels of mercy, that the great potter has placed his stamp upon us declaring us receivers of the mercy that comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. So, has God placed his mark upon you? Listen as it is explained how and why you should know.
How Are You Responding In The Potters Hands? – In Romans 9:21-23 Paul talks about how God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction. We know that the vessels have prepared themselves as well as be prepared by God. Paul then goes on to say that the vessels of mercy on the other hand, who will get to see His mercy,were prepared beforehand. Nathan Tarrant asks if those of us whom have been saved, have been prepared as vessels of mercy, how are we responding to the fact we have been created to display God’s glory? Do you, display God’s glory through the way you behave and act, or do you resist His glory through sins of omission?
Why God Must Show His Wrath – Romans 9:22 tells us ‘What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,’ Nathan Tarrant explains why not only God must show His Wrath, otherwise we are worshipping a false God, but also why we should rejoice that God will show his wrath.
God Has The Right To Do Whatever He Chooses With Mankind – In Romans 9:19-21 the Apostle Paul begins to answer the objections that arise from the fact that God can show mercy to whomever he chooses and harden whomever he chooses, by explaining that if a molder can mold a piece of plastic how he wants, or a potter can mold the same lump of clay into whatever form he wants, then does not God have the right to do whatever he chooses with mankind? Listen as Nathan Tarrant explains these verses in detail.
God Will Harden Whomever He Chooses – In Romans 9:17-18 Paul tells us as a follow on to God will have mercy on whomever He chooses, that He will harden whomever he chooses. This again confirms the freedom that God has to do whatever He wants for the glorifying of His name. Nathan Tarrant also explains in detail the various ways in which God hardens a person’s heart, the reasons why He does so and also why God can and does harden hearts to lead a person to repentance.
God Will Show Mercy To Whomever He Chooses – One of the difficulties many people have with the true gospel is the fact that they struggle to accept that God doesn’t treat everyone the same, and in fact He chooses to show mercy on whomever He wants. But why does God even show mercy in the first place? After all isn’t He sovereign in all things and therefore solely responsible for the way things are in the world? Listen to the sermon below, to find out the answers.
All Mankind Is Not Treated The Same By God – in Romans 9:10-13 Paul explains that God loved Jacob and hated Esau, but what does that mean exactly, for us and the rest of mankind? We answer that question along with does man have free choice if God is solely responsible for salvation?
The Freedom of God in Salvation – In Romans 9:10-13 we have the Apostle Paul give clear statements concerning the freedom of God in salvation. Nathan Tarrant explains that while election is not the means of salvation, election is simply the means in which God sets people apart for salvation, it is also the means in which God carries out everything He does.
Why People Reject Christ – In Romans 9:6-9 The Apostle Paul begins his explanation as to why the Israelite’s were wrong to think that just because they were from the seed of Abraham they were automatically saved. Nathan Tarrant explains how & why God used Isaac as the promise of salvation and not Ishmael, and how it relates to us today.
Understanding Paul’s Grief – In Romans 9:4-5 we see the Apostle Paul outline what the people of Israel had received from God directly that no other group of people had received, and yet despite all that they had received, Paul is greatly grieved and full of sorrow. Why? Listen as Pastor Nathan Tarrant explains why it is important for us to understand Paul’s grief and how it relates to us today.