A Prophetic People

A Prophetic People
Luke 1:67-80
Zacharias’ Prophecy

John the Baptist - “Jehovah is gracious”

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” Malachi 4:5-6

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth. Revelation 5:10

Prophetic Utterances

  • The angels (messengers)
    • Luke 1:11-17; Luke 1:30-37; Matthew 1:20-25
  • Elizabeth – Luke 1:42
  • Mary – Luke 1:46-55 The Magnificat
  • Simeon – Luke 2:29-35
  • Anna - Luke 2:36-38

And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David His servant— As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old— Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us; to show mercy toward our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to Abraham our father, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. Luke 1:67-7

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways; to give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:76-7

We are a Prophetic People

  • 1 Corinthians 8:2-3
  • Romans 7:18
  • 2 Timothy 1:12
  • Romans 8:28
  • 2 Corinthians 5:1

Jesus did not die to make bad men good, but to make dead men alive!

Christmas is an indictment before it is a delight.

Blessed are Those
 Who Believe

Blessed are Those Who Believe
Luke 1:45

And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord. Luke 1:45

Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the place of the dead. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Jesus did not die to make bad men good, but to make dead men alive!

How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit! Psalm 32:1-2

Bondslaves

  • Zacharias and Elizabeth 
  • Mary – Luke 1:26-38 “Be it done unto me according to Your Word.”
  • Joseph – Matthew 1:18-25 “he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.”

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7

The Magnificat
Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord.
Luke 1:46-55

 

 

Gospel Of Grace - Part 14

Gospel Of Grace - Part 14
Boast In The Lord
Galatians 6:11-18

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5

Boasting in the flesh!

  • Galatians 6:12-13 = motive
  • Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh.

What is my motive?

  • To avoid ridicule in our service for Christ?
  • To take pride in what impresses others?
  • Matthew 23:1-12

But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:1

1 Corinthians 1:20-25
1 Corinthians 2:1-2
Romans 1:16-1

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:2

Grace people boast in Jesus!

  • Ephesians 2:8-10
  • Matthew 6:33
  • Psalm 86:12-13
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  • Matthew 5:16
  • 1 Peter 4:16

 

Gospel Of Grace - Part 13

Gospel Of Grace - Part 13
Thanksgiving In The Household of Faith
Galatians 6:6-10

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5

Galatians 6

  • Forgiveness breaks the cycle of revenge
  • Repentance opens the door for restoration
  • Restoration is God’s work of salvation

We are empowered to:
    refuse revenge—risk reconciliation—and restore relationships

The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. Galatians 6:6

The Tithe (Tenth)

  • The first fruit offerings – the 1st 10%
  • Malachi 3:8-12
  • 1 Corinthians 16:2
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-

4 Laws of Sowing & Reaping

  • Fruit    
    • The fruit of our actions won’t always come quickly.  But, all things remaining equal, the produce will come eventually!
  • Planting    
    • The harvest will be what was    sown!
  • Multiplication
    • The harvest will be more than was planted!
  • Action
    • Even though yesterday’s actions are irreversible, tomorrow’s are not!

Don’t Lose Heart

  • Restore gently
  • Watch yourself
  • Carry each others burdens
  • Test your own actions
  • Share good things with your teacher
  • Don’t be deceived – God is not mocked – sow/reap
  • Do good to all, especially the household of faith