I hope everyone has a wonderful week. I know that many of us are sick. Will you join with me in praying for our church that all of us who are sick will be well this week? God is our great healer.
For those who were not able to be with us yesterday, I have a few dates that you will want to mark on your calendar.
- Wednesday, Dec 17th – This will be our last Wednesday gathering for 2014. We are going to take a look at where we will be headed in 2015. I am excited for where we are going.
- Saturday, Dec 20th – This will be our FaithPoint Christmas Party. We will be meeting at 6:00 this Saturday evening and everyone is invited to bring a dish. We will be meeting at the Heathrow Village Community Center. If you need directions please contact me.
- Sunday, Dec 28th – Our FaithPoint Men’s Group will be meeting at McDonald’s at 9:00 am. We will discuss chapter 3 in our book, The Dude’s Guide to Manhood.
Here are the notes from yesterday’s sermon:
The text for this sermon is Isaiah 9:6-7. This is week 7 of our Unstoppable series.
R.C. Sproul said, “Everyone’s A Theologian.”
Theo – God
ology – The study of
What you believe about God determines your worldview.
You filter everything that happens in your life through your worldview.
In other words, your worldview is fueled by what you believe about God to be true. I want to help shape your worldview by applying the gospel to it.
It is my hope that when I stand before Jesus, I helped you grow into full maturity in Christ, in every area of life.
A little background on Isaiah:
Most people know Isaiah from chapter 6 when God calls Isaiah to ministry.
Isaiah’s name means: God helps.
Chapter 6 is a glimpse of Isaiah remembering his call.
In chapter 7, God tells Isaiah to take his son with him to go visit the king. The Jewish people believed that a boy entered into manhood at the age of 13. You don’t take a 5 year old to visit the king.
Isaiah has preached exactly what God told him. He calls out Judah on their rebellion towards God. He has preached God’s righteous judgment on Judah and Jerusalem He told them that God was going to allow Assyria to invade them.
Isaiah told Judah that God said they would stumble. They would be trapped and snared. They will fall and be broken. They will seek out mediums and necromancers They will wander distressed and hungry. They will not be able to see the light because all they will be able to see is the gloom of anguish. They will be thrust into thick darkness.
Where is the hope?
In chapter 9, Jesus is the light that destroys the spiritual darkness.
A gift is given: This is a gift of divine grace. Jesus is that gift.
His name will be called:
- Wonderful Counselor – A counselor is one who counsels. Proverbs pleads with us to only seek wise counsel. Jesus is the King whose wisdom goes beyond human capabilities and understanding. However, Jesus does not hoard his wisdom. James says that if we are in need of wisdom that all we have to do is ask and it will be given to us. If you need advice, you should go to someone who you know spends time with Jesus. The person you take counsel from should be in a constant state of spiritual and personal growth. You want to get wise advice from someone who looks more and more like the Wonderful Counselor…someone who is conforming to the image of Jesus. Through their advice they are pointing you to Jesus. Just as if you were counseling someone, you point them to Jesus.
- Mighty God – This name is used for God many times. Because Jesus is God, Jesus is all-powerful. Humans have a flawed view of power because we see power through something gained or a position that has been earned. There is no one more powerful than Jesus. Jesus spoke the world into existence and rose from the dead. That is power.
- Everlasting Father – This is not a nod to our Heavenly Father. “Father” here is referencing a benevolent protector. It is the job of the ideal king or in this case, the King of Kings.
- Prince of Peace – The best leaders in the history of the world pale in comparison to Jesus. His reign will bring about both spiritual and world peace. There is coming a day where countries will no longer be at war with each other. Terrorist attacks and suicide bombers will be in the past. There will no longer be videos made of Christians being shot or beheaded. The world as we know it now, will no longer exist. There will be no more suffering, no more violence, no more pain. There will only be peace and joy.
Jesus is the Holy One: Our God is a consuming fire.
The Holy One comes with His fire to purify. Jesus is coming to make all things new. The Holy One’s fire is like that of the refiner’s fire. The fire purifies to remove all impurities.
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