We all make promises. What was the last promise you made to someone? Did you keep it? Have you ever broken a promise?
God has made many promises to us; promises we can be certain He will keep. There are seven promises that we’re going to talk about tonight.
God’s first promise is that he will meet all of our needs.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
What are our needs? Are our needs met?
God’s second promise is that His grace is sufficient for us.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
What does it mean that God’s grace is sufficient for us? [God’s grace (forgiveness and love) is all we need.]
How are we stronger in our weakness? [The weaker we are, the more we need the Lord.]
God’s third promise: we will not be overtaken with temptation; He will provide us a means of escape.
13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
Does this mean that we will never fall into temptation? [No, but we will always have a way out; it will never completely overcome us.]
God’s fourth promise is victory over death.
32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.
Acts 2:32 (NLT)
Jesus conquered death; he rose from the grave. Why is God’s victory over death important?
[It shows that God is more powerful than even death.]
God’s fifth promise: All things work together for the good of those who serve Him.
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
What does this mean? Why do we so often feel like everything is out to get us instead of everything working together for our good?
God’s sixth promise is that those who believe and are baptized will be saved.
16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:16 NLT
What does it mean to be saved? Why is baptism important? [It’s a means of publicly professing your faith to God and others.]
Does it say that those who are not baptized will not be saved? [No.]
God’s seventh promise is eternal life.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
John 10:27-28 (NIV)
What is eternal life? How does God fulfill this promise?
God makes these promises to us so that we can be confident in our lives, without worry or anxiety, because we know all of these things. How else can we use God’s promises?