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Joyful Submission

December 22, 2019 Speaker: Damian Mericka Series: Advent 2019

Topic: Joyful Submission

Going deeper questions (Life Group)

  • What stood out to you about this message and why?
  • How does the text of Exodus 3:7-10 and Psalm 40:1-10 show our God as a God who listens to the cry of His people? What is meant by God not desiring sacrifice, yet in His Word He requires it? Could someone have made a sacrifice without faith? What role does our heart play in obeying God? (POINT I)
  • How was the sacrificial system a shadow of Jesus? Explain how we see Jesus submitting to God in His birth. Why did Jesus have to listen to His parents? Why was Jesus baptized? Why didn’t Jesus take the devils offer? Why did Jesus receive Gods Wrath over sin? (POINT II)
  • Jesus’ eternality and life is one of joyful submission to the Father. How is Romans 12 a gage for us to determine if we are simply following Jesus or joyfully submitting to Him?  Which are you? (POINT III)

Message outline

Title: “Joyful Submission”

Series: Christmas 2019

Text: Supporting Text(s)

Main Idea: In Love Jesus Submitted in all things to the Father


  1. God Hears the Cry of His People (Psalm 40:1-10)
  • David, as King over Israel cries out and is rescued by God (Vv.1-3)
  • God is one who hears & rescues His people (Vv.4-5)
  • David submits to God’s atonement in sacrifice but laments its need of repetition (Vv.6-10)
    • It is the heart broken that transforms through atonement; that allows the sacrifice to redeem.
    • We then step into what God has prepared for us- His Law becomes our delight. His Righteousness becomes our own!  This is Good News (Gospel)!


  1. God Answers the Cry of His People (Hebrews 10:1-14)
  • Jesus submitted to the Father to be the Atonement for His people. The system of sacrifice was a shadow of Jesus; a reminder of sins cost; a burden our conscience bore (Vv.1-4)
    • See Matthew 11:25-30
  • Jesus submitted to the Father to be born in order to die for sin as our atonement (Vv.5-10)
    • See Matthew 1:18-25
      • Note Luke 2:41-52
    • Jesus submitted to the Father to live and suffer for sin as our atonement (Vv.11-14)
      • Jesus identified as the atonement through Baptism
        • See Matthew 3:13-17
      • Jesus walked the path God outlined in His Word
        • See Matthew 4:1-11 / :17-20
      • Jesus received the wrath appointed for sin
        • See John 17:1-5
        • See Luke 22:39-46


III. Joyful Submission (Hebrews 10:15-18)

  • The Holy Spirit fills us to receive and share- to proclaim the Good News, or Gospel (10:15-18)
  • We are called to share in this Joyful Submission to the Father as did Jesus (Romans 12:1-21)

Are you simply following or Joyfully Submitting to Jesus?

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