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It’s Time To Receive It – God Prepares His Prophet

It’s Time To Receive It – God Prepares His Prophet

Luke 1:67-79

We’re aware of the Star of Bethlehem this time of year. I’m a huge fan of astronomy, and so I’m interested stellar events regardless of what time of year it is. Did you know there’s a star system named Eta Carinae, which has a mass 100 times greater than that of our sun, is giving signs that its life is about over. Researchers say that it could become a supernova—a blazing, exploding star—within the next 10,000 years. What is especially interesting about this is the idea that since light from that system takes 9,000 years to reach the earth, the actual explosion could have already taken place. God’s promises are like that: ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED, but we just haven’t realized them yet.

God’s Intent Is To Bring Us Home. HOW?

By Remembering His Promises  ~ Luke 1:67-75

By Reminding US of Those Promises By a Prophet ~ Luke 1:76-79

  • 76 a Prophet speaks God’s truth: MESSIAH is coming!
  • 77 MESSIAH is sin forgiver (not war hero)
  • 78 God’s tender love motivates the MESSIAH
  • 79 Without HIM, we’re stuck in the dark; we need guidance!

God loves us too much to let us die in the dark, stuck in our sin. He promised to rescue us; He sent a prophet to remind us; He sent the Christ to redeem us; and He STILL calls us to repent when we relapse! God is not the God of second chances; rather, He is the God of seventy times seven chances.

Sola Scriptura: Only by Scripture

Sola Scriptura: Only by Scripture Sermon Audio Here

2 Peter 1:12-21

Last October 31st was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I wanted to take a look at the 5 “Onlys” / Solas as we close out this year of study together: Only by SCRIPTURE, Only by FAITH, Only by GRACE, Only by CHRIST, and Only for GOD’S GLORY. Today, we’ll look at Sola Scriptura: Only By Scripture.

Recently, I read a book that asked a question like: “HOW do you know WHAT you know”, and it got me thinking about Scripture. Why would we, as Protestants, elevate the Word above Tradition, or Reason? Catholics say that Tradition comes first: (I disagree- Jesus studied the gathered Torah of His time). Scientists would say that Reason comes first: (I disagree- sometimes truth isn’t obvious, and reveals itself only through ongoing study)

Why Rely on The Word Above All?

It Reminds For The Time ~ 2 Peter 1:12-15

  • 12 reminders good even in solid truth
  • 13/14 we don’t know how much time we have
  • 15 recall what’s IMPORTANT (ref. Tyranny of the Urgent?)

It Shares What Was Heard ~ 2 Peter 1:16-19

  • 16 We speak what we see
  • 17 God SPEAKS; He’s been doing it since the Beginning (bara)
  • 18 He spoke to the writers of Scripture
  • 19 God’s Word is our Light (Let there be light)

It Bears Us Up ~ 2 Peter 1:20-21

  • 20 Scripture is NOT a personal viewpoint
  • 21 God’s Word carried people along (borne/led/driven)

The Holy Spirit carried along the writers of Scripture; and Scripture can STILL CARRY YOU – Will you let it bear/lead/drive you?


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