Miracle of the Method

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THE MIRACLE OF THE METHOD

INTRODUCTION

Romans 11:33 - “Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods!” (NLT)

  • GOD PLANS TO VISIT THE EARTH IN PERSON
    • His plan is not to come as a conquering king.
  • HE COMES TO THE WORLD AS A HUMAN BEING.
    • Isaiah 55:8-9 - “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. . . “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (NIV)
  • HE CHOOSES THE PEOPLE AND THE PLACES FOR HIS REVELATION.
    • He chose Bethlehem, a small, insignificant spot on the landscape of Israel, to be the birthplace for His Son.
  • CHRIST WAS TO BE BORN IN A MANGER.
    • Luke 2: 1-7 - Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to register for the census. While there the time came for the baby to be born and Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. . .  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.” (paraphased)
  • HE ANNOUNCES CHRIST’S BIRTH TO THE SHEPHERDS.
    • God choose to make this grand announcement to some simple shepherds who are out at night fulfilling their responsibilities to care for their flocks.
  • HE ENTRUSTS THE GOOD NEWS TO HIS FOLLOWERS.
    • The salvation of the world now rests in the hands of these few followers, most of them are uneducated, simple, ordinary people.
  • GOD USES THE ORDINARY TO ACCOMPLISH THE EXTRAORDINARY.
    • 1 Cor. 1: 26-29 – “Brothers and sisters, look at what you were when God called you. Not many of you were wise in the way the world judges wisdom. Not many of you had great influence. . .  Not many of you came from important families. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and he chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. . . .
  • GOD USES THE ORDINARY TO ACCOMPLISH THE EXTRAORDINARY.
    • He chose what the world thinks is unimportant and what the world looks down on and thinks is nothing in order to destroy what the world thinks is important. . . God did this so that no one can brag in his presence.”
      (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 NCV)
  • HE WORKS IN OUR LIVES IN WAYS WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND.
    • God speaks to us to remind us that His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts.
  • WE DON’T UNDERSTAND IT, BUT WE MUST TRUST THAT HE KNOWS.
    • Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)
  • HIS PLAN IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN OURS, THEREFORE WE MUST OBEY GOD.
    • The cost of obediently following God’s plan was worth it for the prize of drawing near to God.
  • HE SEES THE WHOLE PICTURE, WE ONLY SEE PARTIALLY.
    • God is at work in our lives through the various experiences of life to weave a beautiful tapestry that will one day be revealed for all to see.

CONCLUSION

  • The miracle of the method is that God uses ordinary people like you and me to accomplish extraordinary things for the sake of His kingdom.
    • The miracle of the method is also that God is at work in our lives in ways that we do not understand.

      1. Miracle of the Method - Pastor Gil Diokno December 16, 2018

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