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God’s Merciful Invitation (Isaiah 55:1-13)

God's Merciful Invitation (Isaiah 55)

Isaiah 55:1-13

I. The invitation extended (Isaiah 55:1-5)

    A. To everyone (Revelation 22:17; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9)
    B. Satisfaction in the Lord’s mercy (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
    C. Actions required: incline, come, hear
    D. “The sure mercies of David” (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Acts 13:34-39)
    E. Christ is the faithful witness (Rev 1:5; John 18:37)

II. The invitation accepted (Isaiah 55:6-9)

    A. Seek (Matthew 6:33; Hebrews 11:6)
    B. Repentance: forsake wicked ways and unrighteous thoughts and return to the Lord (Proverbs 23:7; Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8)
    C. Abundant forgiveness (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 103:12; Micah 7:19)
    D. Contrast between man’s thoughts and ways and God’s

III. The purpose of God’s Word (Isaiah 55:10-13)

    A. Rain and snow serve physical purpose; God’s Word serves spiritual purpose (Hebrews 4:12-13; John 6:63; 1 Peter 1:22-25; James 1:18, 21)
    B. Joy and peace

Flee! Follow! Fight! (1 Timothy 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:22-23)

Flee! Follow! Fight! (1 Timothy 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:22-23)

1 Timothy 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:22-23

I. Flee!

    A. Covetousness (1 Timothy 6:6-11a)
    B. Youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22a; 1 John 2:15-17)

II. Follow!

    A. Righteousness (both; Matthew 6:33)
    B. Godliness (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:12)
    C. Faith (both; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6)
    D. Love (both; John 14:15)
    E. Patience (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:24; 4:2)
    F. Gentleness (1 Tim. 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:24; Galatians 6:1)
    G. Peace (2 Timothy 2:22; Romans 12:18)

III. Fight!

    A. “The good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12; Jude 3; 1 Peter 3:15; Ephesians 4:15)
    B. Yet, you do not have to attend every argument you are invited to! (2 Timothy 2:23; John 16:12)

The Futility of Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34)

The Futility of Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34)

Matthew 6:25-34

I. The birds of the air (Matthew 6:25-27)

    A. This does not discourage work (1 Timothy 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 3:10)
    B. We are created to work, not worry (Genesis 1:28; 2:15; 3:17-19)

II. The lilies of the field (Matthew 6:28-30)

    A. More beautiful than Solomon’s glory (1 Kings 10:23)
    B. Needless worry is an indicator of “little faith”

III. The kingdom of God (Matthew 6:31-34)

    A. The worry of the Gentiles vs. the provision of God
    B. Our priority: seeking His kingdom and His righteousness (Colossians 3:1-2; Hebrews 11:6)
    C. We are not always sure what circumstances we will face from day to day. While we should be prepared, we should not be anxious.

How Do We View Our Own Sins?

How Do We View Our Own Sins?

I. Stealth: “I won’t get caught”

    A. Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)
    B. You can’t hide sin from God (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Hebrews 4:13)

II. Shifting blame: “It’s not my fault”

    A. Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-13)
    B. You are responsible for your own actions (Ezekiel 18:20; James 1:14-15)

III. Denial: “I don’t know what you’re talking about”

    A. Cain (Genesis 4:8-9)
    B. Self-deception is dangerous (1 John 1:8-10)

IV. Continued rebellion: “Maybe later”

    A. Felix (Acts 24:24-25)
    B. Agrippa (Acts 26:25-28)
    C. There is urgency in obedience (Acts 16:30-33)

V. The Biblical response: “I’m sorry, please forgive me”

    A. Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8:13, 18-24)
    B. David (2 Samuel 12:7-13; Psalm 51)
    C. Have you examined yourself? (2 Corinthians 13:5)

God’s Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

God's Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

I. Exaltation of the Servant (52:13-15)

    A. “Exalted and extolled and be very high”
    B. Exaltation followed severe maltreatment (Luke 23:14; John 1:1, 14; Philippians 2:7)

II. The Servant despised and rejected (53:1-3)

    A. “Who has believed our report?” (John 12:37-38; Romans 10:14-17)
    B. He wasn’t what they expected (Mark 6:2-4; John 1:46)
    C. He can still be despised today (John 12:42-43, 49-50; Romans 8:17; Matthew 25:31-46)

III. Vicarious suffering (53:4-6)

    A. Because of our sins (Isaiah 59:2)
    B. Wounded or pierced (Psalm 22:16; John 19:34; Zechariah 12:10; John 19:37)
    C. The folly of following human wisdom (Proverbs 3:5; Jeremiah 10:23; Judges 17:6; 21:25; Proverbs 14:12)

IV. Silence of the Servant (53:7-9)

    A. Before Pilate (Matthew 27:11-14)
    B. Joseph of Arimathea (Matthew 27:57-60)
    C. Jesus as an example of suffering (1 Peter 2:18-25)

V. Victory and reward (53:10-12)

    A. “The fruit of his suffering is the redemption of men effected by the offering for sin which Christ made when he went to the cross.” (Guy N. Woods)
    B. “He shall prolong His days” – resurrection from the dead (Revelation 1:18)

How Do We View Another Person’s Sins?

How Do We View Another Person's Sins?

I. Two extremes

    A. Harsh judgment (John 8:2-5)
    B. Complete tolerance (1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 6-7)

II. Comparative morality

    A. “At least I never did that” (Luke 18:9-14)
    B. Are we judged by our brother’s actions, or by our own? What is the standard? (2 Corinthians 5:10; John 12:48)

III. The proper view

    A. With sadness (Isaiah 15:5; Romans 9:1-5)
    B. With gentle attempts at restoration (Galatians 6:1)
    C. With an eye to bring them to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9-10; James 5:19-20)

What Do You See When You Look At Jesus? (1 Timothy 1:12-15)

What Do You See When You Look At Jesus?

1 Timothy 1:12-15

I. Do you see someone involved in your life? (1 Timothy 1:12)

    A. Paul saw this when he looked at Jesus
    B. We should see this too! (Hebrews 2:18; Matthew 4:1-11; 1 John 2:15-16; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 4:15-16)

II. Do you see someone willing to forgive? (1 Timothy 1:13)

    A. Paul saw this when he looked at Jesus (Romans 6:6; Eph. 4:22)
    B. We should see this too! (Hebrews 9:24; Mark 11:25)

III. Do you see someone full of grace? (1 Timothy 1:14)

    A. Paul saw this when he looked at Jesus (Ephesians 2:4)
    B. We should see this too! (Titus 2:11-14)

IV. Do you see someone trying to heal the broken of life? (1 Timothy 1:15)

    A. Paul saw this when he looked at Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:9; Ephesians 3:8)
    B. We should see this too! (Matthew 11:28-30)

What Do They See When They Look At You? What Do You See When You Look At Them?

What Do They See When They Look At You? What Do You See When You Look At Them?

I. On the outside looking in

    A. Those “on the outside” are…

      1. …outside the church and Christ Himself (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27)
      2. …in the world (1 John 2:15-17)
      3. …lost (Luke 15)

    B. What do they see when they look in?

      1. Good things? (Matthew 5:16; Galatians 6:2, 10)
      2. Bad things? (1 Corinthians 5:1, 6-8; Galatians 2:11-13)

II. On the inside looking out

    A. Those “on the inside” are…

      1. …in Christ and the church (Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13)
      2. …added to the saved by Christ (Acts 2:47)
      3. …born again (2 Corinthians 5:17)

    B. What do we see when we look out?

      1. Souls in darkness, in need of Christ’s blood? (Matthew 9:35-38)
      2. Responsibility toward those souls? (Matthew 28:19-20)
      3. An attractive alternative to Christianity? (Luke 8:14; Hebrews 11:25)
      4. Temptations to return to the world? (2 Tim. 4:10; 2 Peter 2:18-22)

The Short Biography of Tychicus (Ephesians 6:21-24)

The Short Biography of Tychicus (Ephesians 6:21-24)

Ephesians 6:21-24

I. Character (Ephesians 6:21)

    A. Beloved brother (Galatians 3:27; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Peter 2:17; 1 John 3:10-17; 4:20-21; 2 John 5)
    B. Faithful minister (Matthew 5:33-37; 23:11; 1 Timothy 3:8-13)

II. Service (Ephesians 6:22)

    A. Brought news of Paul (Philippians 1:27; 1 Corinthians 11:18; 2 Thess. 3:11)
    B. Brought comfort to the church (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

III. Prayer (Ephesians 6:23-24)

    A. Peace (Philippians 4:7)
    B. Love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
    C. Grace (Titus 2:11-14)

God’s Chosen Servant (Isaiah 42:1-10)

God's Chosen Servant (Isaiah 42:1-10)

Isaiah 42:1-10

I. The Servant’s ministry (Isaiah 42:1-4)

    A. Who is the Servant? (Matthew 12:9-21)
    B. He became the Servant by choice (Philippians 2:5-7) and encourages His followers to choose servanthood as well (Matthew 20:25-28)
    C. “I have put My Spirit upon Him” (Luke 3:21-22)
    D. His ministry style of humility and gentleness (John 8:32; 2 Corinthians 5:11; John 5:41; 8:50; Zechariah 9:9)

II. The Servant’s success (Isaiah 42:5-9)

    A. God’s power (Genesis 1:1)
    B. The Servant’s righteousness (Matthew 3:15; John 5:30; Luke 23:47)
    C. The new covenant (Hebrews 8:8-12; Jeremiah 31:31-34)
    D. Warning against idolatry (Exodus 20:2-5; 1 Corinthians 10:14; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 4:3; Colossians 3:5)
    E. The proof of prophecy (Isaiah 41:21-24; Deuteronomy 18:20-22)

III. The new song (Isaiah 42:10)

    A. Motivation for the new song (Psalm 98:1-2; James 5:13)
    B. “Saved people who really appreciate their situation are happy people; and what greater privilege could come to them than the opportunity to express their feeling to God in song?” (Leslie Thomas)