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TITLE: The Planning of God

TEXT:  Acts 17:1-4

PROPOSITION:  God has a plan, so should we.


  1. Is planning important?
  2. Is having a map important to travel through a strange city?
  3. A plan is like a map. It gives us a direction and shows progress toward our goals.
  4. Is making good use of our time important?
  5. Is avoiding future crises important?
  6. It pays to plan ahead.


  1. Wisdom suggests planning.
  2. Proverbs 21:5  The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but the thoughts of everyone who is hasty only to poverty.
  3. God planned and purposed

1.    Genesis 22:18  And in your Seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.

2.    Acts 2:23 this One given to you by the before-determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken and by lawless hands, crucifying Him, you put Him to death;

  1. Our Lord planned and purposed

1.    Mark 1:38 And He said to them, Let us go into the next towns so that I may proclaim there also. For that reason I came forth.

2.    Mark 3:9 And He spoke to His disciples, so that a small boat should stay near to Him, because of the crowd, lest they should press on Him.

  1. The apostle Paul planned.

1.    Acts 15:36 And some days afterward, Paul said to Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brothers in every city where we have announced the Word of the Lord, to see how they are holding to it.

2.    Acts 19:21 After these things were ended, passing through Macedonia and Achaia, Paul purposed in the spirit to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have come there, I must also see Rome.

3.    Romans 1:13 But I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that oftentimes I purposed to come to you, and was kept back until the present; that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other nations.

4.    Romans 1:15 So, as much as is in me lies, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are at Rome also.


  1. Everything! - 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
  2. Our plans are contingent on God's plan.

1.    James 4:13-15  Come now, those saying, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city and spend a year there, and we will trade and will make a profit, 14  who do not know of the morrow. For what is your life? For it is a vapor, which appears for a little time, and then disappears. 15  Instead of you saying, If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.

2.    Acts 18:21 but took leave of them, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that is coming in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you, God willing. And he sailed from Ephesus.


  1. Planning should be part of our Christian life.

1.    Avoid confusion

2.    Be more effective

3.    Be better servants

  1. Is God in your plans?

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