by Steve Jones

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Committed To Jesus (3 of 4)
Series: Making Spiritual Commitments
Steve Jones
John 21

Introduction: Benjamin B. Warfield, world-renowned theologian, taught at Princeton Seminary for thirty-four years until his death in 1921. Students still read his books today. Few people know his story, that in 1876, at age twenty-five, he married Annie Kinkead. They traveled to Germany for their honeymoon. In an intense storm, lightning struck Annie and permanently paralyzed her. After Warfield cared for her for thirty-nine years, she died in 1915. Because of her extreme needs, Warfield seldom left his home for more than two hours at a time during all those years of marriage.

Imagine your marriage beginning like this on your honeymoon. Imagine how it might affect your worldview. So what did this theologian with shattered dreams have to say about Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose?"

"The fundamental thought is the universal government of God. All that comes to you in under His controlling hand. The secondary thought is the favor of God to those that love Him. If He governs all, then nothing but good can befall those to who He would do good....Though we are too weak to help ourselves and too blind to ask for what we need, and can only groan in unformed longings, He is the author in us of these very longings...and He will so govern all things that we shall reap only good from all that befalls us."

Benjamin Warfield exemplifies a desirable blend of love and commitment.

I'm in a sermon series on commitment. Today I want to talk about our commitment to Jesus and I'm going to frame that commitment in terms of love.

I realize that most of you here today are like me in that you've already made a commitment to Jesus. You're already a Christian. I don't need to preach you an evangelistic sermon and call for your commitment to Christ because ...

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