God's Law Is Perfect, Converting the Soul (Psalm 19:7a)
1. Wednesday night we studied Psalm 19. a. In vs.1-6 David showed how God's creation declares His existence. b. In vs.7-11 David showed how God's Word declares His will for man. 1) David gave a beautiful description of God's Word. 2) He also listed a number of blessings that God's Word provides. 2. In our lesson we are emphasizing the information given in vs.7a. a. David described God's law as "perfect." b. David continued by showing how God's perfect law provides a special blessing -- "it converts the soul." Discussion: I. LET US FIRST CONSIDER WHY WE NEED TO STUDY THESE PRINCIPLES
A. Today, much is being said about which lives matter. B. According to Acts 17:22-29, "all lives" matter to God. C. More important, "all souls" matter to God. 1. Acts 17:30-31 2. 2 Peter 3:9 D. Because all souls matter to God, we need to understand how God's law converts the soul. II. LET US NEXT CONSIDER HOW GOD'S LAW IS DESIGNED TO CONVERT ALL SOULS
A. In Acts 2, a great crowd of Jewish people were converted (vs.5, 36-41). B. In Acts 8, many Samaritans were converted (vs.5, 12). C. In Acts 8, a man from Ethiopia in Africa was converted (vs.26-38). D. In Acts 9, Saul [a persecutor of the church] was converted (vs.1-6; Acts 22:16; Acts 9:18). E. In Acts 10, Cornelius [a Gentile] was converted (vs.48). F. Other people who were converted by God's law include: 1. Lydia (Acts 16:14-15) 2. the jailer in Philippi (Acts 16:32-33) 3. the Corinthians (Acts 18:8) 4. the Ephesians (Acts 19:5). Conclusion:
1. God's law tells the perfect story of His love in sending Jesus. 2. God's law tells the perfect plan of salvation (Mark 16:15-16). 3. Those who hear, understand, and obey God's perfect law will be converted. 4. According to Acts 3:19, conversion is involved in: a. having our sins blotted out b. being prepared for the Lord's return.