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I’m passing on some of my favorite sermon outlines in these posts — with a few comments added. Let me know if you find these helpful. We are continuing with a sermon I wrote on God’s amazing grace.
We’ve seen that —
I. God’s Grace Is a Salvation-Bringing Grace (v. 11)
We’ve noticed secondly that —
II. God’s Grace is a Teaching Grace (v. 12)
Let’s see, thirdly, that —
III. God’s Grace Is a Waiting Grace (v. 13)!
I don’t know about you, but I hate to wait. There are two kinds of waiting: (1) wasted waiting and (2) worthwhile waiting. Wasted waiting is when my wife says those seven most feared words any man can hear, “Let’s go shopping at the mall, Dear!” And I forget to bring a book with me. Or there’s no coffee shop in the mall. And I have to wait.
Worthwhile waiting is when she says those feared seven words to me (“Let’s go shopping at the mall, Dear!”) and she reminds me to take a book with me, points me in the direction of the coffee shop, takes my credit card and says, “I’ll be back in a day or two. Dear.” That’s worthwhile waiting. Kind of.
God’s grace prepares us to wait. For what? Really the question is, for WHOM? The text says we are waiting “for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (v. 13). What a tremendous verse on the deity of the Lord Jesus! For how many individuals are we waiting as believers? For only ONE. And He is “our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” HE’s worth waiting for, right? And no credit card is involved. (to be continued)