Isaiah

Advent 2016-Hope

For Unto Us A Child Is Born

The prophet Isaiah proclaimed that God would lead his people from spiritual darkness to light by sending His Messiah. On them a light will shine and this light will bring a surprising joy that will break upon sinners through grace of Christ. He will be their Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus, Our Peace

In Isaiah 11, God shares a magnificent vision of peace that is coming to the sin ravaged world through the Messiah. The peace that the Messiah will bring is far beyond our wildest notions of peace. His peace is not merely the absence of conflict but rather a restored perfect communion with Him, our Maker and the reversal of the curse of sin. Furthermore, this peace is total and comprehensive. It is not restricted to one place or to one people. But it will cover the entire earth and be for all peoples.

God’s Love Poured Out

The love God poured out for his creation when He sent his Son, Jesus, was for an abundance of purposes all stemming from His love for us. (1 John 1:9) Jesus didn't just come as a teacher, a prophet, or a good example of how to live, although He was all of those things. No, Jesus came to SAVE us. God’s ultimate purpose in sending Jesus to walk with his creation was for him to die on our behalf for our sins. Those who believe in Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross for them are the happy recipients of His love eternally. Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven's all gracious King!

Enlarge the Place of Your Tent

God asks Israel to step out in faith and prepare to receive more children into the family of God. This Orphan Sunday, we examine God’s call to care for the orphan and behold the beautiful promises of God for those who participate in this call.

Jesus, Our Joy

Isaiah 55 is a call from God to stop pursuing lesser, ultimately unsatisfying things of this world and turn to Him to be satisfied. God is not some cosmic killjoy. God wants us to be filled with joy. And He knows that He is what our souls long for. Therefore, in Isaiah 55, God reveals his people's folly in chasing after the world and offers us forgiveness of sin, compassion and lasting joy forevermore. You are invited to come to God and drink deeply of his presence and goodness and allow your souls to be overwhelmed by joy.

Peace and Pardon

Perhaps no other time of year is it easier to be distracted from Jesus and carried away by the culture than Christmas time. Tonight, we focus our attention on Jesus and the gifts he brings that neither break, spoil or leave us wanting. Jesus offers us the greatest gifts, peace and pardon.

Do Not Labor For That Which Does Not Satisfy

Isaiah chapter 55 presents us with a beautiful invitation to come to God and be satisfied. All of us have a deep thirst to be satisfied and only in God is our thirst quenched. God invites everyone to come and partake of his economy of grace and mercy. Seek Him while he may be found!

Sanctity of Life Sunday

In Isaiah 58, God rebukes his people for going through the motions spiritually, rather than having genuine hearts that desire God and honor him with their words and actions. Rather than mindless spiritual ritual, God desires sincere acts of righteousness. God specifically calls his people to work to 'loose the bonds of wickedness' and 'let the oppressed go free'. God wants his people to work to preserve and uphold the dignity of every human being. Anything that robs a person of innate human dignity must be opposed by the church. No where is this more needed and urgent than in the area of one's right to life. The most oppressed people in our nation are the unborn. We are commanded to be a voice, an active agent for their good, in their defense. This week we recognize Sanctity of Life Sunday and issue a call for the church to be informed, engaged and prayerful in the defense of human dignity and life.

Justice and the People of God

In Isaiah 58, God gives a prophetic indictment against his people for neglecting the oppressed. God calls his people to do justice, to serve and fight for the oppressed. As Isaiah 58 teaches, a passion for justice is a fruit of devotion and knowing God.