God’s promise

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: 1 John 1:1 – 1 John 2: 2

Text: 1 John 1: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (ESV)

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1. Its need:

We commit sin: (v. 10)

We have sin: (v. 8)

2. Its condition:





3. Its content:

Forgiveness: I would like to give you two biblical definitions of forgiveness. Hebrews quoting Jeremiah: “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Isaiah’s record of Ezekiah’ s prayer: “but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.”

Cleansing: God promises here what he promised through Isaiah: “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

4. Its foundation:

God’s faithfulness:

God’s righteousness:

God’ Son: (1 John 2:1-2)

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 27: 15 – 54

Text: Matthew 27: 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (ESV)

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  1. Christ’s determination:

To please his Father:

To accomplish his work:

To save sinners:

  1. Christ’s work:

For our benefit:

On our behalf:

  1. Christ’ suffering:

God’s word:

God’s doing:

God’s law:

God’s wrath:

God’s love

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Romans 8

Text: Romans 8: 38 – 39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)

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A needed theme:

A central theme:

An appropriate theme:

  1. Trinitarian:

The Father:

The Son:

The Holy Spirit:

  1. Invincible:

No creation:

No event:

No sin:

  1. Certain:

God-given assurance:

God-given persuasion:

God-given evidences:

  1. Conditional:


In Christ:

No other name

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Acts 4: 1 – 22

Text: Acts 4: 11 – 12 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (ESV)

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Our mission is not simply to Gentiles but to Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and atheists. We have been blessed to tell our Islamic friends that the true Allah is non other than Jesus of Nazareth.  He is no mere prophet but the light of the world’.

Two positions:

My position:

  1. Linguistically debatable:

The word for God: illah…ellah…

The name of God:

  1. Biblically unjustified:

The use of God’s names:

The purpose of God’s names:

  1. Theologically incorrect:

Different god:

Man-made god:

False god:

  1. Ecclesiologically dangerous:

Our message:

Our principles:

Our God:

Matthew 18: 10 – 14

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 18

Text: Matthew 18: 10 – 14 See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my[b] Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. (ESV)

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  1. God’s kingdom:

Different rules:

Challenging rules:

Soul-winning rules:

Encouraging rules:

  1. God’s little ones:

God’ sheep:

God’s angels:

  1. God’s preservation:

Divine seeking:

Divine rejoicing:

Divine willing:

  1. God’ Son:

Jesus’ self-revelation:

Jesus’ self-consciousness:

Heidelberg Catechism 124

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 26: 30 – 75

Text: Matthew 6: 10 your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (ESV)

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Q. 124 What does the third petition mean?

A. “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” means: Help us and all people to reject our own wills and to obey your will without any back talk.
Your will alone is good. Help us one and all to carry out the work we are called to, as willingly and faithfully as the angels in heaven.





  1. Biblical mystery:



  1. Biblical order:

God’s sovereignty:

God’s perfections:

  1. Biblical distinctions:

Revealed: His pleasure, law and gospel

Secret: His decree

  1. Biblical example:

The angels of God:

The Son of God:

The greatest in the kingdom

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 18

Text: Matthew 18: 1 – 9 ….. Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven ….. (ESV)

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Jesus’ language:

Jesus’ example:

  1. Becomes:




  1. Receives:

The least:

The Lord:

  1. Fights:

Tempting into sin:

Falling into sin:

  1. Chooses:

Spiritual good:

Eternal reward:

Heidelberg Catechism 123

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Ephesians 1: 15 – 2: 22

Text: Matthew 6: 10 Your kingdom come. (ESV)

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Q.123 What does the second petition mean?

A. “Your kingdom come” means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way

that more and more we submit to you. Preserve your church and make it grow. Destroy the devil’s work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy Word. Do this until your kingdom fully comes, when you will be all in all.


The doing of God:

The glory of God:

1. Spiritual:

Jesus said to Pilate: My kingdom is not of this world.

The implications of our salvation: Paul writes to the Colossians: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. Jesus says to Nicodemus that new birth is the only way to enter God’s kingdom. This tells us a lot about the nature of biblical conversion. It is not saying a prayer. It is receiving Jesus as Lord or to use the words of Peter: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God…

The conversion of our neighbours:

The content of our preaching:

2. Ecclesiastical:

Increase our number: We pray that sinners will enter into God’s kingdom.

Increase our power: The apostles in a time of persecution pray that God would grant to his servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. We pray for God to give us strength in our duties.

Increase our faithfulness: By these words, your kingdom come, we show that as a church we want to be faithful to Jesus.

Increase our borders: Mission!

3. Universal:

Christ’s return: Come, Lord Jesus!

Christ’s victory: