AUGUST 5, 2007
“THE MISSION OF THE MESSIAH”
READING: ISAIAH 42:1-9
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH
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.
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
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
(18 years latter Jesus began His so called earthly
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
Jesus was sent
forth to fulfill a particular task, we as His Church
have also been set forth to fulfill a particular
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
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.
CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE.
Speaks of His
power and wisdom.
SOURCE OF ALL LIFE.
Speaks of His
control over life and death.
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
The mission of the Messiah was fourfold.
TO BE A COVENANT (an
agreement between God and man)
The Old Covenant (the Law) was incapable of meeting
the need of fallen man, so God introduced a new
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.
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.
TO BE A LIGHT TO THE
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.
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
Matthew 5:14 (KJV) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is
set on a hill cannot be hid.
TO OPEN BLIND EYES
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
TO SET FREE THOSE IN
BONDAGE BECAUSE OF THEIR BLINDNESS.
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.
those who are blinded to whom God is and what He can
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
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
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.
What a great privilege we have as God’s Church to
carry on the work that Jesus started.
ILL: The Old Rocking Chair.
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.
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 TEXT: Isaiah
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.
This is one of the great “FEAR NOT’S” of the
This verse is
filled with tremendous truths.
will hold us fast during the most difficult times.
walk is a walk of Faith. (We must choose to
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
I. WHO IT IS THAT IS
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!'
refuse to live under God’s authority deny Him as
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!
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
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.
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
Stop for a
moment and think of Who it is that loves us so very
much He paid the highest possible price for our
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
I have called thee by thy
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?
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
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for
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
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
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
God has created us, He has redeemed us, He knows
our name, He has made us His own; there is nothing
AUGUST 26, 2007
“WATERS OF AFFLICTION, RIVERS OF SEPARATION,
FIRES OF ADVERSITY”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH
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
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
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
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
I. WATERS OF AFFLICTION
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.
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.
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
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
II. RIVERS OF SEPARATION
Through out the Scriptures the river Jordan has
been a place of separation.
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
ILL: Changing Pastures
There are many
who are afraid to cross the Rivers of Separation.
From Sin unto cleansing (Naaman II KINGS 5)
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.
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
1 Corinthians 15:54-57
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
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.
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
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!
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,
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?”
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!”
stretched into months, the twins noticed how much
each was changing. “What does it mean?” asked
“It means that
our stay in this world is drawing to an end,” said
“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
“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
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?”
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
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.