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The Lord’s Day

March 29, 2015

“The Family-Part 5” (CE lesson) and “Disobeying the Gospel” (sermon) are available on SermonAudio.

Sermon: “Disobeying the Gospel” – Romans 10:16-21

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:
“Their sound has gone out to all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world.”
But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:
“I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation,
I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.”
But Isaiah is very bold and says:
“I was found by those who did not seek Me;
I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”
But to Israel he says:
“All day long I have stretched out My hands
To a disobedient and contrary people.”

Summary: Paul concludes this chapter by stating that the Jews were in direct disobedience to the gospel that had been proclaimed to them. Theirs was not an accidental oversight of the gospel, nor just a cultural difference. The gospel was plain and simple; it had been proclaimed all through the Old Testament; and now again to the Jews through Jesus and the first churches. Their rejection shows that the preaching of the gospel does not automatically convert. There are those who do not believe. Indeed, God even foretells Israel’s rejection and disobedience. If believing the gospel is a matter of responsibility, so is disobeying it. So, faith comes by hearing – i.e. hearing is essential. Yet, faith does not come by hearing alone – i.e. hearing is not sufficient.

Call to Worship: Psalm 100

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

READING OF THE LAW: Psalm 19:1-4a

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

Commentary: Paul quotes this passage as proof that all humanity have heard God’s truth – and yet the result has been, generally, disobedience. “Haven’t they heard?” Of course they have. Yet, hearing, alone is not enough. Israel’s problem was not that they hadn’t heard the gospel; but that they had heard it and were still “disobedient and contrary.” So, the obligation is on us that we not just hear, but hear with faith, so that we are not disobedient to the gospel.

READING OF THE GOSPEL: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

Commentary: In the previous verses in Chapter 2, Paul warns the Thessalonians not to be alarmed at the rumors about the sudden coming of Christ. In verses 13-17, he comforts them and encourages them concerning their salvation, thanks them for their steadfastness and prays that they might be established in every good work. In the world in which we live, it’s good to remember these things. We should be consistent in encouraging each other in the faith and praying for each other as well. In verses 13 & 14 specifically, Paul says that he thanks God for them and reminds the Thessalonians that they are loved by God. When we really think about that statement, loved by God and fully comprehend it, it should make us the most thankful people on the earth. Not only thankful, but confident that no matter what is happening in the world around us, God is in control. And we are not only loved by God, but also chosen, elected by God from the very foundation of the world. He reminds the Thessalonians & thus God reminds us that we came to our salvation by believing in the truth of the gospel by the inner working & power of the Holy Spirit. Paul told them in verses 11 and 12 that not all will believe the truth: And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. In verse 14, Paul says again that they were called by God and came to their faith by the preaching of the gospel and that it was for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (NKJV)

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