Sermon 1 “The Value of Learning from the Past”
Ill: Picture a young boy sitting in a classroom at the beginning of his education career. The teacher introduces the alphabet and numbers. The boy looks puzzled why am I learning about letters and numbers what practical purpose does this serve in my education. Why does he do this? He has no experience in life. He has no idea that the foundation for his ability to read, learn, and work hard is founded in those foundational things.
Text: Romans 15:1-5
Purpose: Paul wants the church at Rome to be patient and self-sacrificing toward their brothers, therefore He reminds them of the importance of learning from history, specifically the example of Christ, so that they we respond in a Christ honoring way.
Proposition: God wants you to walk in holiness by learning from the past.
Question 1: Why is history important?
- History is about God.
- Genesis 1:1
- Colossians 1:16
- History reveals God character and ways.
- Genesis 50:20
- Acts 17:24-28
- Romans 11: 25-36
- History reveals man’s character and ways.
- Psalm 78:3-8
Ill: Our greatest pursuit in life is knowing God, and in that pursuit we will have a greater capacity to understand ourselves. A fear of God and knowledge of God is the starting point for all true wisdom.
Question 2: How does learning from history challenge us?
- It gives us real life illustrations of God’s mighty working.
- It shapes our ability to see with our eyes what the Bible states in other places.
- It shows us living examples of ourselves. (It is often very difficult for us to see our own weaknesses or the results of sinful practices, but studying history helps us to see these things.
(Ill) Any single person can try to teach a married person how to have a good marriage, but practically, whether they realize it or not they have very little knowledge to draw from.
Question 3: What is the main purpose of studying history? Romans 15:4
- Learning: Perspective, warning, direction
- Patience: Life processes take time
- Comfort: Life is full of challenges
- Hope: There is a sure reward for faithfulness to all those who are in Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:6, 12-13
- Holiness: You will not walk in holiness unless you take head to and pay attention to the history we find in the Bible.
- Warning against pride: You will think to highly of yourself and puff yourself up with pride, unless you are constantly receiving instruction from Biblical history.
- Perseverance: You will struggle to faithfully persevere in the Christian life without these great lessons from Biblical history.
Question 4: What will we be doing in the weeks and months to follow?
- Saul: A humble man from a humble family becomes the king of Israel, a mighty warrior
- David: A simple shepherd, the youngest of His father’s sons, becomes a mighty soldier, psalmist, king, and prophet.
- We will see their strengths, weakness, opportunities, failures, responses to their sin, and God’s grace and justice. My prayer is that through these studies, our hearts will be drawn to the truth and stirred up to walk in holiness. I pray that we will learn, to become more patient, be comforted in times of testing, and strengthened to trust God steadfastly! May He be glorifies in our lives!
Conclusion: Do you want to be a godly person who walks in holiness and in the fear of the LORD? Then you must be a student of history!
- Do you want Biblical wisdom?
- Do you want to be more patient
- Do you want encouragement in difficulty and comfort in sorrow?
- Do you want to be holy?
- Do you want to be humble?
- Do you want to persevere?