Why is it so dreadful to trust and delight in creatures? Isaiah 31–32 prepares us for the first serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these twenty-nine verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that trusting and delighting in creatures is foolish, not only because of how devastatingly they will fail us, but because the Lord is an infinitely able Helper and an infinitely pleasant Delight.
The Ark may have returned to Israel in the opening of I Samuel 7, but faith had not. For twenty years a spiritual question mark stood over Israel. But then, the Spirit of God moved and awakened Israel through the preaching of his Word by Samuel. That awakening of faith led to repentance, victory, and peace in Israel. Here we see a physical picture of the spiritual realities taking place then, and in the hearts of believers today. Such is the timelessness of God's Word.
This is a hard passage that is immensely complex. How you interpret this passage will largely affect how you approach eschatology. We need to ensure that as we endeavor to understand this passage, we are letting the Scriptures themselves speak, and not just our preferred school of thought. We are called to be Christians, not end-times zealots.
Jesus has packed this chapter with exhortations to "Watch out!" and "Take heed!" Deceivers have come throughout church history and they will continue to come. They prey upon gullible people who don't listen to Christ's words.
Jesus reminds us to not be troubled. He wants us to make sure our homes and families are ready for His return. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ so that we are not deceived and robbed of our peace with Him!
Today we look into the opening of the first and second Seals and the riders on the white and red horses, as described in Revelation 6. What we see is that the Old Testament and good biblical exegesis is key to understanding how this prophecy will play out.
Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. 11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12 And when ye come into an house, salute it. 13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
In his first coming, Jesus party fulfilled the prophecy about the Messiah bringing peace. He brought us peace with God, enabled peace between believers, and brought the possibility for us to experience a "peace that passes understanding." We long for Jesus to return to complete the fulfillment of the prophecy, ending conflict between nations and ushering in an eternity of perfect shalom in a restored creation.
Luke 24:36-53 – Christ Ascended to Empower – Sermon Outline
Intro: Christ's resurrection brings peace, but it culminates in the ascension to glory in heaven before the Father. Christ is risen, ascended, and exalted in glory with the Father, and we are in Him/that blessedness.
Need: Christ has ascended to empower His Church for the task He calls them to, to seek first the Kingdom of God & His righteousness here on Earth, empowered by Christ pouring out His Holy Spirit from Heaven.
Theme: Christ has risen to give His people peace and has ascended to empower them for service.
Christ proclaims peace to His disciples through His resurrection life.
Christ opens the disciples' minds to understand and preach the Gospel.
Christ ascends to pour out the promised Holy Spirit to empower the Gospel ministry.
The church this side of heaven is always the church MILITANT. But how often are Christians known as peacemakers? And how do you put together the call to be pure and holy and also to be a peacemaker in every level of your interaction with others. This probing sermon addresses these issues and so many others. And it will challenge YOU to be peacemakers - even as part of the church militant. We need this message in our day!