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AUGUST 5, 2007 

THE MISSION OF THE MESSIAH 
 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 42:1-9 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 42:6-7   

   I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.  

INTRO: The characteristics of the Messiah prepared and equip Him for His mission. 

      Jesus spent 30 years in preparation for the task His Father had sent Him to fulfill. 
 

   There is a time of preparation and equipping that each of us must go through before God thrust us forth into His vineyard. 

   The time of preparation can weigh heavy upon us. 

LUKE 2:41-52 (49) And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? (18 years latter Jesus began His so called earthly ministry) 

   At the right time, God will send us forth to fulfill His will. 

Galatians 4:4 (KJV) But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  

   Jesus was sent forth to fulfill a particular task, we as His Church have also been set forth to fulfill a particular task. 

   Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” He further stated, “Ye are the light of the world.”   

   It is our responsibility as His Church to reflect the Light that He brought into the world, HIS MISSION

I. UNDER WHOSE AUTHORITY WAS THE MESSIAH SENT? 

ISAIAH 42:5-6 God, the LORD, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath and life to everyone in all the world. And it is he who says, "I, the LORD, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will guard and support you, for I have given you to my people as the personal confirmation of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide all nations to me  

NOTE: It is the authority behind the mission that makes the mission legitimate. 

   It is the power and resources behind the authority that determines the success or failure of the mission. 

   A.  THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. 

   Speaks of His power and wisdom. 

   B.  THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE. 

   Speaks of His control over life and death. 

NOTE: The Church has been sent by Jesus Christ. 

Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  

   The Church has been sent under the same power and authority that Jesus was sent. 

   The Church can expect the same success that Jesus experienced. 

II. THE MISSION OF THE MESSIAH. 

NOTE: The mission of the Messiah was fourfold. 

1.      TO BE A COVENANT (an agreement between God and man)

NOTE: The Old Covenant (the Law) was incapable of meeting the need of fallen man, so God introduced a new Covenant. 

Isaiah 42:9 (KJV) Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. 

Matthew 26:26-28 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body.“  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  

2.      TO BE A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES

NOTE: The world dwells in the darkness of sin. 

John 3:19 (KJV) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  

Isaiah 9:2 (KJV) The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.  

NOTE: The darker the place the brighter the light. 

John 8:12 (KJV) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  

Matthew 5:14 (KJV) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  

3.      TO OPEN BLIND EYES

NOTE: Sin blinds the eyes. 

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV) The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  

4.      TO SET FREE THOSE IN BONDAGE BECAUSE OF THEIR BLINDNESS.

NOTE: There are those who are blinded by unbelief. 

Ephesians 4:18 (NIV) They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.  

   There are those who are blinded to whom God is and what He can do. 

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish:  

   There are those who are blinded to what God wants to do through them. 

 

III. THIS MISSION CAN ONLY BE FULFILLED ONE WAY 

NOTE: The redemption of fallen man can only come through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. 

Isaiah 42:8 (KJV) I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.  

NOTE: There are many who would have us believe that there are many ways to obtain freedom from sin and acceptance by God. 

John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

CONCLUSION: What a great privilege we have as God’s Church to carry on the work that Jesus started. 

ILL: The Old Rocking Chair. 

   A professor and his wife were visiting her parents on the front porch.  An old rocking chair in a state of disrepair was sitting in the corner.  The conversation turned to how best to get rid of it.  A car drove up the lane.  Its occupant, unbeknownst to the family, was an expert on antique furniture.  He saw the chair and asked what price they might ask for it.  The family was speechless.  It was valueless and ready for the dump.  But the visitor proceeded to tell them all about the chair and its history.

   When the transaction was concluded, it led the professor to make a comment: “Until someone came along to recognize the chair’s value, and real the price, the chair was valueless.“Lord, please open our eyes so that we will see the value you see in us, and the value you see in others.” 

 

 

AUGUST 19, 2007 

GOD KNOWS YOUR NAME 
 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 43:1-7 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 43:1 (KJV)   

    But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  

INTRO: This is one of the great “FEAR NOT’S” of the Bible. 

   This verse is filled with tremendous truths. 

   Truths that will hold us fast during the most difficult times. 

   The Christian walk is a walk of Faith. (We must choose to believe) 

Mark 9:24 (KJV)  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.  

   If we own these Truths for ourselves there will be no situation, no circumstance, and no trial, nothing that allows fear to remain in our hearts. 

There are four things stated in this verse that we need to own for ourselves. 

I.  WHO IT IS THAT IS SPEAKING: 
 

NOTE: We must recognize God as our creator, this is the foundation of our faith. 

   If we fail to believe that God is the Creator we erode the very foundation we stand on. 

Genesis 1:1 (KJV)  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  

John 1:3 (KJV)  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  

Colossians 1:16 (KJV)  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  

   When we accept God as the Creator, we accept His power and authority to rule as He sees fit. 

Isaiah 45:9 (NLT) "Destruction is certain for those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot ever argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, `Stop, you are doing it wrong!' Does the pot exclaim, `How clumsy can you be!'

   Those who refuse to live under God’s authority deny Him as Creator. 
 

Psalm 139:12-17 (KJV) Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!  

   God has created us to bring Him honor and glory. 

Isaiah 43:7 (KJV) Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.  

II.  WHAT HE HAS DONE: 

For I have redeemed thee 

NOTE: Before God redeemed us the devil had placed us on the slave block of sin. 

Romans 6:16-18 (KJV) Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  

   God redeemed us because He loved us. 

John 3:16-17 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  

   Stop for a moment and think of Who it is that loves us so very much He paid the highest possible price for our redemption.  

1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV)  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  

III.  HE KNOWS OUR NAME: 

I have called thee by thy name. 
   He has entered our name into the Book of Life. 

Luke 10:20 (KJV) Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.  

   He knows the number of hairs we have on our head. 

Luke 12:6-7 (KJV) Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.  

   If God knows our name and counts our hairs, will He not meet any need that we may have? 

   God knows: 
 

·         Our name

·         He counts our hairs

·         He knows our situation & circumstances

·         He knows our strength & weakness

   We can bring to Him any need we might have and trust Him to do what will best bring Him glory and honor. 

1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  

Deuteronomy 31:6,8 (GW) Be strong and courageous. Don't tremble! Don't be afraid of them! The Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He won't abandon you or leave you."…     The Lord is the one who is going ahead of you. He will be with you. He won't abandon you or leave you. So don't be afraid or terrified."  

Hebrews 13:5 (GW) Don't love money. Be happy with what you have because God has said, "I will never abandon you or leave you."  

IV.  WE ARE HIS: 
ILL: Twice mine. 

Romans 8:31-32 (NLT) What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?  

Deuteronomy 14:2 (NLT) You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you to be his own special treasure from all the nations of the earth.  

Galatians 4:5-6 (NLT) God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father.  

1 John 3:1-3 (NLT) See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are! But the people who belong to this world don't know God, so they don't understand that we are his children.  Yes, dear friends, we are already God's children, and we can't even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who believe this will keep themselves pure, just as Christ is pure.  
 

CONCLUSION: God has created us, He has redeemed us, He knows our name, He has made us His own; there is nothing to fear. 
 
 
 

AUGUST 26, 2007 

WATERS OF AFFLICTION, RIVERS OF SEPARATION, FIRES OF ADVERSITY  
 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 43:1-7 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 43:2 

   When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  

   There are those who contend that when we accept Christ as our Savior, we will no longer face adversities. 

John 16:33 (KJV) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  

   The word tribulations means: pressure (literal or figurative) afflicted (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble. 

   But God told us not to fear but rather be of good cheer. 

·         He would be with us in the Waters of Affliction

·         He would carry us over the Rivers of Separation

·         He would protect and deliver us from the Fires of Adversity.

 I. WATERS OF AFFLICTION 

NOTE: There is no need to fear when we pass through the waters of affliction. 

Psalm 34:19 (KJV) Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.  

NOTE: Affliction means to distress so severely as to cause persistent suffering or anguish, to inflict on a person something that is hard to bear. 

   Flood can come in several different ways: 
 

·         A gradual rising of water until it overflows

·         A flash flood, sometimes is cause by rain far away

·         A torrential down pour such as through a great storm.

   Sometimes it is God that sends these waters of affliction. 

Isaiah 30:20a (KJV) And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction… 

   God did not tell us we would not face waters of affliction but He did promised to be with us during these difficult times. 

Isaiah 59:19 (KJV) So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. 

II. RIVERS OF SEPARATION 

NOTE: NOTE: Through out the Scriptures the river Jordan has been a place of separation. 

   In our Christian walk we come to points of decision, we must chose to either stay where we are or cross the Rivers of Separation in order to follow the leading of God. 
 

ILL: Changing Pastures 

   There are many who are afraid to cross the Rivers of Separation. 

·         From Sin unto cleansing (Naaman  II KINGS 5)

NOTE: Naaman was repulsed at the thought of dipping into the Jordan River. 

2 Corinthians 6:15-18 (KJV) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  

·         From wandering in the Wilderness to entering the Land of Canaan.

NOTE: Crossing the River of Separation requires faith. 

·         Crossing from being a follower to being a leader.  (Elisha I KINGS 2)

·         Crossing from this world into the next.  (Elijah I KINGS 2)

ILL: The Parable Of The Twins 

1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (KJV) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

III. FIRES OF ADVERSITY 

NOTE: When fiery adversities threaten to overwhelm us, the flames will not burn us, for the Lord’s presence and power will protect us.  

ILL: Daniel 3 

1 Peter 4:12-13 (KJV) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

NOTE: It is by our going through our testing and trials that our lives bring honor and glory to God. 

Revelation 7:13-14 (KJV) And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  

   There are many Believers today who are going through great tribulation. 

   No matter how deep the trial or hardship and no matter how fiery the oppression or persecution, the Lord promises to be with His people. 

Matthew 23:37 (KJV) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  

CONCLUSION: Most of us expect life to be smooth and we get upset when things go wrong. 

Job 13:15 (KJV) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.  

   No matter what we may face there is no reason to fear because God is with us. 
 
 
 
 
 PARABLE OF THE TWINS 

Adapted from Doug Murren’s book,

LEADERSHIP 
 

   Once there was twin boys who were conceived in a mothers’ womb.  Days and weeks passed, and the twins developed.  As their awareness grew, they laughed for joy:  “Isn’t it great that we were conceived?  Isn’t it great to be alive?”

   Together, the twins explored their world.  When they found their mother’s cord that gave them life, they sang for joy:  “How great is our mother’s love, that she shares her own life with us!”

   As weeks stretched into months, the twins noticed how much each was changing.  “What does it mean?” asked the one.

   “It means that our stay in this world is drawing to an end,” said the other.

   “But I don’t want to go,” replied the first twin.  “I want to stay here always.”

   “We have no choice,” said the other, “but maybe there is life after birth!”

   “But how can there be?” responded the one.  “We will shed our life cord, and how is life possible without it?  Besides, we have seen evidence that others were here before us, and none of them has returned to tell us that there is life after birth.  No, this is the end.”

   And so the one fell into a deep despair, saying, “If conception ends in birth, what is the purpose of life in the womb?  It’s meaningless!  Maybe there is not a mother after all.”

   “But there has to be” protested the other.  “How else did we get here?  How do we remain alive?”

    “Have you seen our mother?” said the one.  “Maybe she lives only in our minds.  Maybe we made her up because the idea made us feel good.”

   And so the last days in the womb were filled with deep questioning and fear.  Finally the moment of birth arrived.

   When the twins had passed from the only world they had every known, they opened their eyes and cried because what they saw exceeded their fondest dreams. 
 

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

 

 

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