Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sermon Starters: Waiting on the Lord

Title: Waiting on the Lord
Text: Isaiah 40:27-31

  • An old song
  • The context of Isaiah 40--return from Babylon
  • Remember Jeremiah 29:11?
  • Israel had been waiting almost fifty years.
  • God doesn't get weary. We shouldn't either.
1. The yesterday of waiting
  • Reconciliation is accomplished. 
  • All the promises in God are yes. (2 Corinthians 1:18)
  • By contrast, illustration of human things we may not be sure will come through. Battle of the Bulge--will they show up?
  • The situation of Hebrews: a promise has been given--enter into his rest. (Hebrews 3-4). We are currently in the wilderness. We are wandering. We are headed for the Promised Land. 
  • Christ will come again. (Hebrews 10) 
2. The tomorrow of waiting
  • Abraham (make you a great nation)
  • Paul (will Jesus come back before I die)
  • Judah in captivity (imagine those born at the beginning, the middle, and the end)
  • What are we planting for those who come after?
  • "A great society is one where the old plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit under." Greek proverb
  • Hebrew 11
3. The today of waiting
  • We need to enter God's rest every day called today (Heb. 3).
  • The Parable of the Ten Virgins
  • No temptation has taken you (1 Cor. 10:13)
  • I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
  • We have a comforter (John 14)
  • Wait with confidence (not like waiting from pay day to pay day)
  • Remember it's a done deal. (Jer. 29)
  • Lay up for the future.
  • Enter every day (buy land)

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