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City Church of Chattanooga
Series: Understanding the Big Words
Message One: Predestination – God Knew You Before You Knew Him
February 25, 2001
Today, I’m beginning a series of doctrinal sermons. Some people say, “I don’t like these doctrinal things,” but the
bottom line is, the Bible says you need to watch your doctrine carefully because from what you believe flow the issues of
life. I’ve entitled this series “Understanding the Big Words.”
In reading the Bible, sometimes you come across big words and ask, “What does that big word mean?” We are going to
talk about five big words. All these words have five syllables. We will talk about predestination, justification,
sanctification, regeneration, and glorification. Today, we are going to dive head over heels into predestination.
When is the last time you thought, “I wish I could go to church and hear someone preach on predestination”? My wife,
my son and daughter-in-law were in my house last night, and I was talking about having worked on this sermon for hours
and had more hours to go to make sure I get this right. We were talking about some of the great, deep questions people
ask about predestination. My wife, in her loving, sweet voice, asked, “Why do you want to preach on this? Why don’t
you just preach on love and joy?”
Why do I preach on this? I preach on it because it is in the Bible. If it’s in the bible, I have to preach it. You can’t just
skip over it.
Now, you know how some of us who are from the Pentecostal, Charismatic persuasion sometimes take great issue with
our Christian brothers and sisters from other churches who don’t necessarily believe all the things that we believe about
the Holy Spirit. They just come to those verses and just jump over them, saying, “We won’t even deal with those verses.
We’ll just skip those verses.”
We say, “That’s terrible. They just skipped our favorite verses about the Holy Spirit.” We do the same thing. We skip
the ones we don’t want to look at either. We say, “Well, I don’t want to talk about that one. Let’s just go on.” Perhaps,
we have our mind made up and don’t want to consider any other idea.
All of us at some time or another have always had our mind made up about what we believe. We try to find just one
verse to justify our position, rather than coming to the Bible and letting it say what it says.
Today we’re going to talk about predestination. There is probably no thornier issue that a preacher can preach on than
predestination. But these sermons the next few weeks are directed toward helping us to go a little bit deeper in our
understanding of God and His Word.
The sixth chapter of the book of Hebrews says, “ Let us go on to the deeper things of God.” They had been dealing with
the foundational things, and said, “Let’s go a little deeper.”
Those of you that know me know I love The Message Paraphrase Of Scripture by Eugene Peterson. Here is his
rendering of Hebrews chapter six, verses one and three:
So, come on. Let’s leave the preschool finger painting exercise on Christ and let’s get on to the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. There’s
so much more. Let’s get on with it.
He’s saying we should go deeper. Let’s get past finger painting and get to the masterpiece of art. Let’s see the glory of
God and the deep things of God.
I will tell you that this sermon will not answer all your questions about predestination. In fact, I still have some questions
that I don’t understand about this. But just because I have questions I don’t understand doesn’t mean I don’t need to at
least share what I think I’ve understood up to this point. So I will share with you what I understand about predestination
up to this point.
The whole purpose of studying about God and theology is not to answer all your questions. The purpose of this is to
make you stand in awe of how great God is and how amazing His grace and His majesty really are.
We preach on predestination because the Bible speaks about it. There are three verses of scripture that make it very
clear that you must talk about this. One is in Ephesians, chapter one, verse four, five and eleven. Paul said,
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world…in love, he predestined us…In Him we were also chosen, having been
predestined according to His plan…
Right there in one passage, Paul uses the word “predestined” two times, and he talks about the concept by saying we
were “chosen in Him before the foundation of the world”.
In John 15:16, Jesus spoke to His disciples and said,
You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.
I ask you this question, if you are a committed follower of Christ, “Did you choose God, or did God choose you?”
I want us to look at Romans 8:29, but before we read that verse, I want to also read verse 28, one that we all should
For we know that all things work together for good to them who love the Lord, who are the called according to His purpose.
You realize this is the verse we often quote in times of great stress and when we are in need of comfort. It actually talks
about the whole concept of being chosen by God. It says you were called according to God’s purpose. God had a
purpose in calling you.
The next verse says,
For those He foreknew, He also predestinated.
So let’s jump in it and see what it means. Predestination is the sovereign and free act of God’s grace by which He chose
to save some in and by Jesus Christ.
I want to address this by looking at three questions.
Who is God?
Who Are We?
How Does Salvation Come To Us?
WHO IS GOD?
God is God. Now by saying that, I’m saying God is not just an exalted human being. God is not just an exalted, real
strong, super human. He is not a perfect human being. God is not human at all. God is God.
Although you and I were created in God’s image, and all humans on the planet bear the image of God, God is not man
and man is not God. God is God.
J.B. Phillips wrote a classic book entitled Your God Is Too Small. For many, he is exactly right. I am convinced we
have greatly humanized God. Do you know how we humanize God? We try to rationalize God using the best of our mind
to understand Him. What does the Bible say about that?
In Isaiah 55: 8 and 9, God says,
“My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord.
I want you to notice that first phrase. That means the thoughts of God are in a total different category than the thoughts
of humans. God thinks differently than we do. His thoughts are completely different than our thoughts.
Notice what else God says:
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways and my
thoughts higher than yours.”
What God is saying is you will never fully comprehend the his ways. We are finite humans. We are so limited in our
understanding. There is a lid placed on our knowledge. We cannot go beyond that lid. We will never fully understand
Now that is compounded by sin. Sin has blinded our eyes and stopped up our ears. But even if man had never sinned,
even if man was still in the garden, pure and holy, we still would never fully comprehend God because man is finite and
God is infinite. We have a lid. God has no lid. We have boundaries. God has is limitless and without boundaries.
Paul talked about this also in that wonderful song of praise that he declared at the end of the eleventh chapter of
Romans, verse 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!
Did you see what that just said? We have a great God, a wonderful God! He said it’s just impossible for us to fully
understand His ways and His decisions.
Notice what Paul did not say, “God is impossible. I give up. I quit.” No. He used the impossibility of fully
understanding God as a time of praise, to say, “Hallelujah!” You see, when you know how great God is and how little you
are and the inability to fully comprehend God, it does not really lead you to despair, it leads you to worship. It leads you
to stand in awe of who He is and that that great God would even care about you.
“What is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you give him any thought?” What Paul is saying is
that God’s ways are far beyond ours.
The Psalmist said in Psalm chapter 139, verse 6:
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know.
Paul wrote in I Corinthians chapter 13, verse 12:
Now we see through a glass darkly.
What that means is that the basic understanding we have of the deeper things of God are like looking through a dirty
glass. I get little shadowy images here and there, but it doesn’t mean I stop squinting. I keep looking. You see the
glass that we look through is the veil of our flesh, the veil of our humanness. But there is coming a time when that veil is
going to be done away with and we will talk about that when we get to the other big word, glorification That is when
God is going to remove that veil, and then we will see everything and know everything as clearly as we are known.
In the meantime, we look through this veil of our flesh and we get shadowy understanding. We get a little piece here
and a little piece there. But, you know what, just because I don’t have the full understanding, doesn’t mean there’s not a
full understanding. God is God.
The second thing you need to know: because God is God, He is sovereign. That is the bedrock of all theology. God is a
sovereign God. Do you know what that means? He is the King. He is the supreme Ruler. He rules with absolute
authority, and His purpose always prevails. God is in control.
Since God is all knowing, all wise, and all powerful, He must be sovereign. If God is all knowing, that means there is not
one scintilla of any body of information that God has not always known at one moment. God knows everything. There is
nothing God does not know. There is nothing yet for God to discover, and there is nothing God has ever forgotten. At
one moment, He has complete and total knowledge of all things. That is the omniscience of God.
God is all wise. That simply means He chooses the best ends and the best methods to those ends. He is all wise.
God is all-powerful. That means He has the power to perform His will.
Now if you say God is all knowing, God is all wise and God is all-powerful, then you must say God is sovereign. He has
the right to be in control. He is the only one who can be in control. He is the only one who is sovereign.
Sovereignty means this: God can do whatever He wants to do. He doesn’t have to consult anyone. He doesn’t have to
check with anyone. He doesn’t have to reason with anyone. He doesn’t have to answer to anyone.
Quite frequently, I’m asked questions by people to explain some of these mysteries of what’s happening in their lives.
They say, “Pastor, I need you to tell me what’s going on in my life.” A lot of times, I have no answer. I want to say, “I’m
in sales, not management.” I’m a salesman - God is the management. And He doesn’t have to check with me. I hope
this doesn’t come as a surprise to you, but God doesn’t have to check with you either. He is free to do whatever He
wants to do. God has the right to be God. If you want to take away the sovereignty of God, you’re telling God, “You
don’t have the right to be God.” God has the right to be God.
If you want to argue against the sovereignty of God, you are basically saying God is not in control of everything. God is
not the ultimate authority. There are things outside His control. When you begin to take away God’s sovereignty,
basically you are degrading the nature of God. You are denying the wisdom of God and defying the power of God. God
The Bible tells us in Psalm chapter 115, verse three:
Our God is in the heavens and He does as He wishes.
God says in Ephesians chapter 1, verse 11:
God works out everything according to the purpose of His will.
According to the purpose of His will, He works out everything. Not some things and not just little things. God works out
everything in accordance with His will.
The amazing thing is this: In this world, there are about six and a half billion people on this planet right now, everybody
with wills, everybody with the ability to choose, everybody everyday is making multitudes of choices. Billions and billions
of choices are being made on this planet daily. But not one choice any human being will ever make will ever stop the
plan of God. And all choices that every human makes on this planet are somehow part of overall weaving of the ultimate
plan of God. That, to me, is an amazing thought. God can take six and a half billion people living on this planet right
now, all making choices about life every day, but not one of those choices are outside the overall determined plan of God
so that God’s plan will prevail.
In Isaiah chapter 46, verses 10 and 11, God says,
I make known the end from the beginning; from ancient times, what is still to come. I say my purpose will stand and I will do
all that I please. What I have said, that will I bring about. What I have planned, that will I do.
God is sovereign!
The next thing I want you to know about God is that God is good. When a little child prays that simple prayer, “God is
great, God is good…” he or she is making the most profound theological statement that can ever be made. That is the
foundation of everything that is anything. God is great and God is good.
What do I mean when I say, “God is good?” I mean simply this: God is just and fair. You can never say God is unjust.
God is always fair. God is merciful and gracious, loving and kind. He is actively compassionate. He is eternally inclined
to bestow benefits on the undeserving. “God is love,” the Bible says. God is a good God.
Psalm 119:68 says,
You are good and do only good.
What does all this mean? If God is sovereign, if He is the ruler, if He is the master of the universe, if He is in control of
everything that takes place, you can count on one thing: His sovereignty is a good sovereignty. God is a gracious
sovereign. God is a merciful authority. All that God does agrees with all God is. In God, being and doing come together.
What God does is because of who He is and who He is determines what He does. He is a God who is sovereign and in
control. Because He is a loving, compassionate, fair, just, merciful God, that sovereignty is a loving, fair, compassionate
and merciful sovereignty. God is a merciful God. God is great and God is good!
You say, “Now wait a minute. What about when I see the sovereign acts of God that don’t seem good to me?” Here’s
where the rubber meets the road. Are you going to trust your wisdom or God’s wisdom?
The sovereign plan and the sovereign acts of God are not whimsical, fickle plans. They are not capricious. Capricious
means going with the mood. “Boy, God must have gotten up in a bad mood today. Bad stuff happened.” No. God is
not capricious. He is all wise. He is always just. He is always good.
That means that I have no right when I don’t see the reason or understand the purpose to say, “This isn’t fair, God.”
How could I say to the only just person in the universe, “This is not fair?” Who am I to impose what I think is fair on
God? Isn’t that the real test?
You say, “Why didn’t God tell us the whole story?” For two reasons: if He told us the whole story, we wouldn’t
understand it anyway. His ways are far higher than your ways, and you couldn’t have understood it if He told you. You
talk about Einstein’s theory of relatively or you talk about quantum physics and say, “I don’t understand that.” If God told
you all of the mysteries of the universe that are hidden in Him, do you think you would understand them? What purpose
would there be in His telling you? You wouldn’t understand it.
There is a second reason why God didn’t tell you. He wants to know if you will love Him and serve Him when you see no
purpose. Will you be like Job, who once in his life cried, “Though God slay me, yet will I trust Him?” That’s the question,
isn’t it? Will you trust God when you don’t know? When you trust God, you are saying, “I believe God is sovereign and
God is good. Therefore, while I don’t see the good in this or the purpose in this, I believe with all my heart God is good
and God is sovereign and I will trust Him.
The temptation that comes to us all the time is the same temptation that came to Adam and Eve. It is to eat of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil. You know what we say? “I want to know what’s good and evil.” God says, “Why
don’t you trust me with that? Because I know what is good and I know what is evil. Why don’t you trust me and love
me and serve me? Do I have to explain everything to you for you to love me? Do you have to know everything?” Why
don’t you say, “You’re God, and that’s enough.”
We do this all the time with our kids, don’t we? Your little child will come up to you and say, “Why can’t I do this?”
Sometimes you simply say, “Because I’m the daddy, that’s why!” Or, “I’m the mommy, that’s why!” Now I’m not
advocating that this is the way we should deal with our kids, but you all know that, at some time in our lives, we have
done that. We say the things that we hated our parents saying to us.
God wants to know will you serve Him, will you love Him, when you don’t have the whole picture?
WHO WE ARE?
The next question is who are we? We are people who are in a mess. Outside of Christ, we are a whopper of a mess.
We are in a mess from which we cannot rescue ourselves. We are in the quicksand of sin, and we cannot get out. The
harder we try to get out, the deeper we sink into it. We are in a mess outside of Christ.
The Bible says all men are sinners. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. That’s you, me and everybody..
Here’s the bottom line: we’re all factory seconds. We are not the original plan ,and we are put into the bargain
basement of life because we are factory seconds. We have a moral defect inside of us. Adam drank the poison and the
whole human race is infected by sin.
Many say, “but we have free will,” and I agree, but I don’t believe in carrying it to the point some people carry it. You
may say, “I have free will.” Do you? Do you have absolute free will? Did you choose to be a sinner? Did you really
choose to be a sinner? No, you did not. It was imposed on you. Adam drank the poison and it entered into the stream
of the human family. It’s a sort of spiritual DNA that’s passed down to every one of us.
The moment you were born, you were born dead. You did not choose to die. You were born dead. You didn’t choose to
sin. Before you ever committed one act of sin, you were already a sinner. You’ve added to the debt by your acts of sin,
but you came into the world owing a debt.
Here is what the Bible says in Romans chapter 5, phrases from verses 12-18:
When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race…death spread to everyone…Adam’s sin led to condemnation…death
rules over us…
We are born spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1-3), under condemnation (Rom. 5:16-18), spiritually blind (II Corinthians. 4:4), with
our wills enslaved (John 8:34), our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah. 64:6), and running away from God Isaiah 53:6).
Did you choose that condition? No, you did not. It was chosen for you. Adam chose it for you. That is why, in Adam,
we are all dead. We are all spiritually stillborn. In Adam, we are under condemnation, awaiting judgment. We are guilty.
Our eyes are blind because, the Bible says, the god of this world has blinded the eyes of unbelievers so that they cannot
see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. Our hearts are dull. Our wills are enslaved. Jesus said who ever sins
is a slave to sin. Well, all of us sin; therefore, all our wills are enslaved by sin.
All of us are running away from God. I want you to understand that. Why did Jesus come seeking sinners? Because no
sinners were seeking Him. No person is born seeking God. The Bible says that all of us like sheep have gone astray.
Every one of us has turned our own way.
Notice, it doesn’t say some of us; it says all of us. It doesn’t say some of us are really running straight to hell, but some
of us are really trying to do it right. No, every last one of us is running head long into hell. You’re born facing hell. Your
back is to God. You’re blind to the truth. Your heart is hard. That’s what the Bible says.
We are in a mess! All we have are filthy rags of our own righteousness, which are destined to be burned up in hell. We
are in a mess outside of Jesus Christ!
What does that mean? It means that, if you are a Christian today, God tackled you on your way to hell. You didn’t
choose Him. You weren’t even looking for Him. You didn’t even understand what it was all about. Do you really think
you’ve figured it out? The Bible says you were blind to it. God had to open your eyes. He had to unstop your ears. He
had to turn the light on in a room that was full of darkness. You ask, “When did that happen?” It probably happened
unbeknownst to you, but God was working, opening your eyes, turning the light on and opening your ears, calling you to
Himself. We were in a mess.
Without Jesus Christ, we have no hope. I want you to understand this. It is so important. Without Jesus Christ, we have
no hope. I want you to see this. I have no right to be saved, nor do you. No person on this planet has any right to be
saved. If we got what we deserved we would go to hell.
When you stand before God one day, I promise you are not going to ask for a fair hearing, are you? You’re not going to
say, “God, I’m here for justice.” Oh, no. You want mercy. If we got justice we would go to hell. God would be just to
send us all to hell. He would not violate one aspect of who He is. It would not violate His holiness. It would not violate
one thing if God sent us all to hell. We are in a mess. We deserve to go to hell. So how in the world do we get saved?
How do we get rescued?
HOW DOES SALVATION COME TO US?
Do you know what salvation is? Salvation is deliverance from a condition from which you cannot rescue yourself. So how
do we get saved? Salvation is God’s gracious intervention into our mess. Salvation was not God’s plan B. An all knowing
God never has a plan B. He knew full well Adam was going to sin. He knew everything that was going to happen. That
was the overall plan of God. That’s why the Bible says that Jesus was the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of
I ask you, which came first, sin or salvation? The Bible says salvation came before sin. God already had the plan of
redemption and salvation in place long before Adam would ever sin. God had a plan. God is never caught short. God
intervened into our mess.
If you are a believer, how did you come to be saved? You might answer, “Well, I heard someone preach.” Or, “Someone
shared Christ with me.” Or, “I saw it on Christian television.” But somewhere along the way, you accepted the message
of the gospel – that God so loved he world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believed in Him would have
everlasting life. You chose to believe on Jesus. You repented and turned from this pathway to hell and turned around
and said, “I’m going to follow God.” You say, “That’s how I became a Christian.”
That’s partially true. But I want to ask you something. How does a person who is spiritually blind see Jesus? How does
a person whose ears are stopped up by sin hear the gospel? How does a person who is dead on the inside understand
anything about God? How do people who have no concern for God, running straight to hell, all of a sudden start seeking
God? Because before you were seeking God, God was seeking you.
The only thing I attribute to my salvation is my sin. The Bible says God initiated your salvation by calling you. You must
understand, no one comes to Jesus on their own. No one comes to Jesus just because one day you decided to get
saved. The Bible makes it very clear. In John chapter 6, verse 44 it says,
No one comes to me unless the Father draws him.
God had to make it possible for you to believe. He had to call you by name. He had to open your eyes. He had to open
your heart. He had to enlighten your mind. He had to reveal Jesus to you. Revealing Jesus to you is not just hearing a
preacher preach, but a deep work that God does in your own heart. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the word,
which can best be understand as the voice of God. God had to speak to you. You did not initiate your salvation
experience. God did.
That’s why the Bible says we are “called”. In Romans 8:28 it says we are called according to His purpose. In I John, it
says we loved Him because He first loved us. You could never love Him if he had not first loved you. You did not initiate
this relationship. God initiated it.
So, I want to ask you this question: Did you choose God or did God choose you? The correct answer is both. But
initially, God chose you and that’s what the essence of predestination is all about. Before the foundation of the world,
God knew all about you and chose you.
In February of 1961, as a nine-year-old boy, I became a believer in Christ at a revival service at a little Church of God
congregation in South Carolina. I went forward at the invitation, and I know that I know that night I left a follower of
Jesus, a believer. Was my name put in the book that night? You know how we talk about how God writes our name
down. No, my name had always been in the book. It was put in the book before God said, “Let there be light,” because
He chose me in Him before the foundation of the world. What was that about in February of 1961? It was God bringing
in time His eternal plan.
There is an interesting passage in John, chapter 10, where Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice and I call them by name
and they follow me.” He said, “I’ve got other sheep that not are of this fold.” He was talking about Gentile sheep. He
said, “I’ll go call the gentile sheep, and when I call their name, they will follow, too.”
If you are a follower of Jesus, when did you become one of God’s sheep? Did you become one of His sheep only when
you came forward when He called you, or was the fact that you came forward when He called an indication you were His
sheep? Remember, Jesus said, “I have sheep in another fold.” Jesus already declared they were His sheep. “They don’t
know they are my sheep yet, but they are my sheep. Their names are in the sheep book. They don’t even know exactly
what my voice sounds like, but when I call them, something in them makes them say, ‘That’s my shepherd and I’m going
to come out and follow Him.’”
You know what happened to me in February 1961? I was a sheep. I was really a little sheep, a lamb. I was just 9 years
old. But I was just as blind as any other rank sinner who had lived for years in sin. I was just as blind. I wasn’t seeking
God. I had my head down eating grass. But that night in February 1961, God called my name and I recognized Him and
I looked up, and I came out. I didn’t become His sheep at that moment. The fact that I came out indicated that I had
always been His sheep, and this was the moment He was calling me out of the flock of the world to come and follow Him.
God says you were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. What does that mean? How does God predestine
us? First of all, I want you to understand that right in the middle of the word “predestined” is the word “destiny”. You
have a destiny that was chosen by God before the foundation of the world. God is calling you to that destiny.
Here is how God predestined us, according to the scriptures. Romans 8:29 says,
He predestines those he foreknew.
That simply means God has a complete knowledge of all things He will do, all things possible and actual. God’s
predestining is not capricious but based on a perfect knowledge and understanding. His knowledge is complete. His
wisdom is complete. He knows all things so; therefore, He predestines based on a knowledge we do not have.
Secondly, the Bible makes it very clear He does it according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) He calls us according to His
purpose. That means God has a perfect purpose in everything He does. I may not understand the purpose, but just
because I don’t understand the purpose doesn’t mean there is no purpose. God has a purpose. Romans 8:28 says He
called us according to His purpose. He works out everything according to His purpose.
Thirdly, the Bible makes it clear He calls us according to grace. II Timothy 1:9 says that we were predestined before the
foundation of the world by His grace. That means you didn’t deserve it.
In the ninth chapter of Romans, Paul was talking about this whole concept of how God predestined us and he said before
Jacob our Esau were ever born, before they ever did anything, good or bad, God said Jacob I loved and Esau I rejected.
I don’t know about you, but, knowing what I know now, I would have chosen Esau. He seemed to be the better of the
two. At least he wasn’t a conniving scoundrel. But God said Jacob I loved and Esau I rejected.
That doesn’t mean God didn’t love him, but as far as the covenant, God said, “This is whom I have chosen so that you
might understand my purpose, and election might stand.” And He asks this question, “Shall ye say, ‘God is not fair?’”
No. How can you say God is not fair?
In verse 20 of Romans 6, it says,
Who am I, a mere human, to question God?
It had nothing to do with anything meritorious in Jacob or Esau. It was according to the grace and purpose of God. Who
am I to question God?
In Ephesians 1:5, it says
He predestines us in love because He loved us.
That’s the fourth key point in predestination. It flows from the perfect love of God.
Some people ask, “Well, if God already knows who is going to be saved and their names are already in the book, there is
no need to send missionaries, there’s no need to preach, it’s just going to happen. No, no, no? You ask, “Why do you go
preach?” First of all, the God who said you were chosen before the foundation of the world told you to. Paul, who wrote
all this stuff, turned around and said, “Woe is me if I don’t preach the gospel, and how can they hear unless a preacher
preach to them?”
You see, God not only ordains the ends. He ordains the means to the ends as well. That night in 1961, when an
evangelist had been invited to our church to preach a revival. Was it just an accident that he showed up? No, no, no! He
had been sent throughout all history to come that night. You might say, “What do you mean history? He was just born a
few years before that.” No, this was coming. God moved upon that man to preach. That night as he preached, through
his words, God called me to salvation. It was part of the plan of His call. It was destiny fulfilled!
A cowboy was applying for health insurance. The agent asked him some questions. “In the last year, have you had any
accidents?” The cowboy said, “No, I didn’t have any accidents. But I was bitten by a rattlesnake and kicked in the head
by a horse.” The agent said, “But wait a minute, weren’t those accidents?” The cowboy said, “Oh, no. They did it on
I want you to understand something. With God, there are no accidents, only appointments. What does this message say
to you? For somebody in this room, today is your appointment. You say, “Well, I might be one of those that weren’t
chosen.” The very fact that you say that tells me you’ve been chosen. The very fact that you’re concerned about your
eternal destiny says to me God is calling you.
Do you want to go to hell? Do you believe you might go to hell? Would you like to go another way? Would you like to
know Jesus? If the answer is Yes, God is calling you, because on your own, you would never have had those desires or
thoughts. God is calling you. He sent me today to preach this message to tell you this is a moment in destiny with you.
It is no accident you came to church today. This is a divine moment. God is calling you. Would you look up and come
out? That’s what He’s saying to you. Look up and come out.
Series: Understanding the Big Words - City Church of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
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