Sermons on Sovereignty of God


Home > Sermons > Topics > Sovereignty of God

Preaching on Sovereignty of God? Browse these sermons to find fresh ideas.

Get into Jail Free
Get into Jail Free

Introduction

A couple of hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled ...


God is not only understanding of our disappointments, but he can use them for his plans.


[Read More]
Persevering Through Suffering
Persevering Through Suffering

This sermon is part of the “More Than a Holiday” sermon series. See the whole series here.

Introduction

Isaiah 53, a very familiar chapter for ...


Knowing God is sovereign helps us persevere through suffering with peace in our hearts.


[Read More]
Surviving Today's Opposition
Surviving Today's Opposition

Introduction

Several years ago, Woody Allen began a commencement address with this observation: "More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. ...


We will face trials, but with God as our hope, and because of his faithfulness and sovereignty, we will overcome them.


[Read More]
The Reigning King
The Reigning King

Introduction

2017 is going to be way better than 2016. The dumpster-fire of an election is over for one. Race relations in our country can only get better? ...


The Son reigns supreme so we should trust him with all things.


[Read More]
Connecting the Dots at Christmas
Connecting the Dots at Christmas

Introduction

My professor Haddon Robinson from seminary tells a story about a married woman who decided to go on her own private vacation to Europe. She ...


Sometimes seemingly imperfect timing is perfect for accomplishing God’s purposes.


[Read More]
Running to the Lost
Running to the Lost

Introduction

Should God have any enemies?

The popular answer these days is basically this: "No, God shouldn't have any enemies … if there is a God, ...


Often, we're like Jonah—but we belong to Jesus.


[Read More]
God Is in Pursuit
God Is in Pursuit

Introduction

What happens when what God wants is different than what you want?

That's one way to summarize what's so difficult about this life, ...


We may be running away from God, but God is still running after us.


[Read More]
Christians Aren't Always Happy
Christians Aren't Always Happy

Introduction

You may have come here this morning seeking happiness. In one sense, how could you not? Seeking happiness is as natural for us as our desire ...


Following Jesus transforms our lives—but it doesn't mean we'll always have a smile on our face.


[Read More]
God's Surprising Use of Governments
God's Surprising Use of Governments

Introduction

We are going to begin a very important study in what is arguably the most important passage in all of the Bible, regarding how we as Christians ...


We should become people who—with respect and honor—recognize the proxy authority and the sovereignty of God.


[Read More]
God Is at Work
God Is at Work

Introduction

Do you have any recurring dreams? When I was a student, and for many years after, I had a recurring dream: I am enrolled in a math or French ...


We work hard, but we sleep because God gives to us, his beloved, while we sleep; we invest, but we rest because God is at work while we rest.


[Read More]
There Must Be Some Mistake

Introduction

Do you know who TIME magazine's Person of the Year was for 2011? The Protester. Protesters were the big story in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, ...


God reigns and all will know it.


[Read More]
Weathering the Storms of Compromise

Introduction

People wonder, Is it really possible to be a Christian in today's world? So much of the values of this world are inimical to Christian values. ...


Is it possible to follow Christ without compromise? The Bible gives a resounding yes.


[Read More]
God's God-ness

Introduction

When I first got to the Village Church it was at that time called Highland Village First Baptist Church in Highland Village, Texas, a suburb ...


When you preach, don't just tell people what to do; show them the beauty of Christ.


[Read More]
For Such a Slime as This
For Such a Slime as This

Introduction

Our text this morning is in the book of Esther chapter two. Normally people tend to go to chapter 4, and that's often the only thing ...


Though God may seem absent, his power comes through our sin, failure, and imperfection.


[Read More]
God's Eraser

Introduction

I have a friend who has a great saying. He says, "Make your plans in pencil because God has a big eraser." That's great wisdom. I used to ...


When our plans go awry, we know God has bigger things in store.


[Read More]
To Live Is Christ, and to Die Is Gain

Introduction

I don't like it when people take Bible verses out of context and slap them on coffee mugs, put them on bookmarks, put them on bumper stickers. ...


Philippians 1:21 is more than a quote for a coffee mug; it should define our lives.


[Read More]
God Knows What He's Doing
God Knows What He's Doing

Introduction

There is a pattern in the New Testament Epistles of Paul. He begins by explaining doctrine and then exhorts us to duty, reminding us that ...


God is worthy to be praised because he knows what he's doing, even when we don't.


[Read More]
Mysterious Grace

Introduction

A few months ago my wife and I met with a woman who was telling us about her family. She told us that when her daughter was born she had big ...


Where's God when life goes horribly wrong? He might be a lot closer than you ever imagined.


[Read More]
The Church at War
The Church at War

Introduction

If you have a Bible, and I hope you do, I invite you to open with me to 1 Timothy 6, as we prepare to finish out tonight our journey through ...


We're in a constant spiritual war. But Christ has already won the victory.


[Read More]
The Christmas Story According to Ruth

The story behind the sermon (from Steve Mathewson)

Pastors who stay at the same church long enough will eventually wonder what to preach during the Christmas ...


God shows his loyal love for the world by working through people like you and me.


[Read More]
It's God's Party, Not Yours

Introduction

People question my wife and me about where we live and how we choose to spend our money. They basically say, "You know, it's OK with God if ...


The purpose of your life involves bowing to the authority of Christ.


[Read More]
What to Do When Your Fig Tree Doesn’t Blossom

Introduction

Picture Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. He's swinging on a swing in the school playground. Picture a bully named Mo, twice as big as Calvin. ...


We can trust the person of God even when we can't grasp the plan of God.


[Read More]
It's Not About You

Introduction

Today we're going to look at Matthew 8:23-27:

And when he got to the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm ...

Jesus may allow or even send trials our way, but his beauty and power shine through our darkest storms.


[Read More]
The Crook in the Lot

Introduction

One of the first people that I hope to meet in heaven is the Scottish theologian Thomas Boston, who was the subject of my doctoral research ...


Trusting in the sovereign will of God


[Read More]
Prayer: A Journey of Desire

One of the toughest things in life is living with unfulfilled desire. To experience desire is a normal part of life. It's as natural as an infant ...


In God's sovereign plan, our unfulfilled desires drive us to pray and to grow in our faith.


[Read More]
The God Who Shines Like the Sun

Introduction

One Friday night I was getting in a little exercise. It was a rainy and cloudy day, but just around dusk, the sun came out for a short time. ...


Life-giving light comes from God, and we must live in light of that reality.


[Read More]
How Did the World Get So Messed Up?

Introduction

Not everything in the world is good. Not everything in the world is happy. Not everything in the world is beautiful. In fact, real evil does ...



[Read More]
Loss, Loyalty, & Lament

Introduction

I've never been one to read romance novels, but lately I've been reading one. It's been a good one, too. Believe it or not, it's a book I ...



[Read More]
Knowing Even A Snail's Pace

 

If I tell you I am going to do something quick as a wink, how fast is that? Do you know how fast a wink is? If I say, "I wouldn't do that for ...


Because of God’s infinite and intricate knowledge, we can be confident in our trust in him.


[Read More]
Tragedy and the Providence of God

In light of the events of this past week I decided to step out of our study of the book of Genesis and address instead the topic of tragedy and the providence ...



[Read More]
Modern Golden Calves

Moses had delayed coming down the mountain. The Bible tells us in Exodus that it had been forty days and forty nights since Moses left the people to go ...



[Read More]
Memorial Service for Robert Huizenga

Introduction

Even if we're Christians, life involves some enormous contradictions. Doesn't it? We pray for one thing, and the opposite seems to happen. ...



[Read More]
Courage
Courage

Introductory remarks from Mark Buchanan:

"Courage" was the third week in a 10-week series on Philippians entitled I Can Do Everything: Paul, Jesus, the ...


Courage encourages others to be courageous, exalts Christ, and displays God's supremacy.


[Read More]
What Child Is This Who Came Not to Bring Peace?

From the editor

One of the more popular texts in the Advent and Christmas season is Isaiah 9:1–7. Preachers love to explore the beauty of our having ...


Jesus came not to bring immediate peace, but to divide us from our illegitimate allegiances.


[Read More]
When You Really Want to Quit

From the editor

We all struggle with the reality that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Adding to our inner turmoil is the reality that sometimes ...


Trust in God during life's disappointments, and never, never give up.


[Read More]
Loss, Loyalty, and Lament

Text: Ruth 1:1–22
Topic: Learning to make the right choices in difficult times

From the editor:

Perhaps you're looking for a unique way to approach ...


In the midst of our loss, God is still at work, and his ultimate aim is to bless us.


[Read More]
Why Is the World So Messed Up?

Text: Romans 5:12–17
Topic: How the world is broken and what that means for us

Introduction

Not everything in the world is good. Not everything in the ...


Although the world is broken, God is still in control, and history is moving toward a climax.


[Read More]
The Kingdom of God Is Near
The Kingdom of God Is Near

From the Editor

Hamilton's passage is but two verses long, but the chief idea of those two verses—the kingdom of God—knows no bounds. ...


The kingdom of God is both present reality all around us and a vision that we work toward in the future.


[Read More]
A Crop Is A Crop

Introduction

We've been considering what it means to be jars of clay—ordinary, fragile people living in a difficult and dangerous world. The message ...


You harvest as much as you sow, and never more.


[Read More]
Beyond Comfort

Introduction

Where do you turn for comfort when you encounter loss, pain, or disappointment? Some people turn to food. For some reason, certain foods—like ...


God gives comfort enough to share.


[Read More]
Unbreakable?

Introduction

M. Night Shyamalan's film Unbreakable begins with a train wreck. Everyone on board is killed—over a hundred people—except for ...


We demonstrate the power of Christ by enduring hardship.


[Read More]
Come to the Banquet

Introduction

One day last December, an invitation to a Christmas party arrived in our mailbox. Inside the card were a festive holiday greeting, a time ...


Our mission as servants of the King is to invite everyone to the feast.


[Read More]
The Story of Our Broken World

Introduction

When I was about ten years old, my dad, a medical doctor, received a special gift from one of his patients: a beautiful globe with shiny sequins. ...


How believing a cosmic lie shattered paradise


[Read More]
God's Noninterventions

Introduction

When I was a boy, my sister left our home in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, and traveled to Central Bible College. She had a lifelong problem with ...


There is a purpose to God's silence.


[Read More]
The Valley of Death's Shadow

Everyone walks through valleys.

Donald Barnhouse was the pastor of Philadelphia's Tenth Presbyterian Church when his wife died and left him with young ...


Even in the darkest valley, we can trust that God is with us and in control.


[Read More]
My Name Is Harbona

My name? Harbona. My job? The title depends on what country you're in. In Britain, I would be called a personal valet. In America, I would be a male private ...


God will take care of his people through his own methods and in his own timing.


[Read More]
The Girl Nobody Wanted
The Girl Nobody Wanted

I'm going to read you a passage out of the Old Testament: Genesis 29. And one of the things we're struck with immediately is that the Bible is ...


Succumbing to the world's definition of success brings devastation and disappointment, but God works with, through, and in weak people to give satisfaction.


[Read More]
One Step Closer

Introduction:

In the last days of Jesus' life, after the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the religious leaders engaged him in a running battle of theology. ...


Evangelism isn't a one-shot presentation; it's moving people one step closer to God.


[Read More]
When Things Seem Impossible

Exodus 14:1-31

Today we are in the third week of our series "Lessons in the Life of Moses." This week we're going to fast-forward past a number ...


God has a plan, even if it's something different than you ever imagined.


[Read More]
The Supremacy of Christ in an Age of Terror
The Supremacy of Christ in an Age of Terror

The supremacy of God in all things—no exceptions One of the truths of the Bible that we embrace with trembling joy is the truth of God's supremacy ...


The suffering of our world is caused, and has been cured, by God.


[Read More]