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Joel’s Hope: A Call To Cry

A Call To Cry

Joel 1:13-20; II Peter 3:8-13

Be Prepared” – looks different, depending on circumstance: my pregnant daughter had a bag packed a month “early”, and Thursday she was admitted to have the baby! A wife and mother thought she had years after her husband passed – and her funeral was yesterday. To prepare REQUIRES forethought: so what are we thinking about?

Before We Call Out, Consider

* WHY Cry? ~ Joel 1:13-20

  • 13/14 we CRY IN LAMENT; Joel in response to actual locust attack; metaphor of a sudden invasion; when faced with suffering, we cry out to God: THIS IS ENCOURAGED
  • 15/18 we cry in WARNING; this world will not last forever; we see our relationship with God through the lens of our circumstances unless we’re reminded that God comes FIRST (switch the direction of the binoculars)
  • 19/20 we cry in NEED; we do this still “give us our daily bread” isn’t about FOOD, it’s about reliance upon God (instead of ourselves)

* WHAT Do We Call? ~ II Peter 3:8-13

  • 8/9 not on God’s timetable (we need reminders that God is still at work)
  • 10/11 we don’t have God’s values (if STUFF is temporary, why so much energy spend on accumulation?)
  • 12/13 we need God’s VISION – keep looking forward

This world could very well be winding down… or it could go on for another ten thousand years. Regardless of the time: what are you doing for the Kingdom NOW?

Lingering in Worship: Enacting

Lingering in Worship: Enacting

Ezra 10:1-6; Hebrews 13:7-16

If we’re going to linger in worship, that means we’re planning on being in God’s presence. THAT means we have to deal with sin, because God will not tolerate sin in His presence.

Can We Surrender Our Sin In God’s Presence?

Learn the Previous Pattern for Repentance  ~ Ezra 10:1-6

  • 1 Serious Remorse in the face of sin
  • 2/4 Costly Repentance to align with the Law
  • 5/6 Solemn Recognition to deal with consequences

=> remember, OT narratives do NOT need to be reenacted exactly the same way today (cf. 1Cor 7:12-16); our responsibility is to find what will thoroughly equip us (2Tim 3.16)

Trust the Permanent Partnership For Redemption  ~ Hebrews 13:7-16

  • 7 Our task today: CONSIDER & IMITATE FAITH (not method)
  • 8 God does not change; our circumstances do- so should our responses
  • 9 GRACE not LAW for growth
  • 10/14 go beyond the Law to the Lord
  • 15/16 we still sacrifice! Not paganism, but praise; not sanctions, but SELFishness

SIN is two things: 1) our broken nature, which we can’t fix (but Jesus already has); and 2) the choices we make based on our nature, which we CAN FIX. Ask yourself: what choices am I making to cope with God’s presence?


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