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Lingering in Worship: Qualifying

Lingering in Worship: Qualifying Sermon Audio Here

Ezra 2:1ff; Col. 1:9-14; Rom. 8:26-30

There’s been a shift in the meaning “qualified”: originally, it meant “to invest with a quality”, as in “I qualified him fit for duty”. NOW it means “to be entitled by fulfilling a necessary position”, as in “you can’t race in the Boston Marathon until you’ve qualified for it.” We’ve heard the phrase “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.” But what does that mean for US?

God INVESTS in the Qualified; So…

WHO are the Qualified? ~ Ezra 2:1 and following

  • 1 from last week: God moved these people’s hearts; NOW their bodies have followed
  • 36-43 Priests: you’d expect priests, Levites, and temple workers to go rebuild the temple. Vested interest (The VESTED)
  • 55 “descendants of Solomon’s servants” people who have already been involved often keep going (The TESTED)
  • 59 “couldn’t show they were from Israel” SOMETIMES the vision to do something for God is so compelling, that the unexpected show up (The REST)
  • 68 The VESTED+TESTED+REST=The QUALIFIED

WHAT do the Qualified Receive? ~ Colossians 1:9-14

  • 9 knowledge, wisdom
  • 10 life, fruit, growth
  • 11 strength, power, endurance, patience, joy
  • 12 thankfulness, inheritance
  • 13 rescue, relationship
  • 14 The Qualified -> The Redeemed

WHY are we Qualified? ~ Romans 8:26-30

  • 26 we’re weak
  • 27 we’re spoken for
  • 28 we’re called to HIS purpose
  • 29 we’re IN PROCESS
  • 30 The Qualified -> The Redeemed -> The Glorified (to become like Jesus)

God has INVESTED you with what He wants you to have (the old meaning of qualified), and THAT makes you ELIGIBLE AND ABLE to participate in the race He’s set before you (like the newer meaning). The whole POINT of our faith is to become like Jesus. God started it; God will finish it!

Learning from Luke: A New Kind of Prophet

Learning from Luke: A New Kind of Prophet Sermon Audio Here


Luke 1:57-80

Do you ever get the sense that God is up to something, but you just don’t know what it is? You’re in good company! Old Testament Prophets were visited by the Spirit, and gave the Word of the Lord in response. John the Baptist was a prototype of the Christian life: indwelt by the Spirit. His main message: Get Ready, God’s About To Do SOMETHING…

If You’re Wondering What God is Doing, Ask:

What Prompts You To Praise?
Luke 1:57-66

  • v64 fulfillment of God’s promise leads to praise (cf. v20)
  • v66 Zechariah blesses God; people wonder about it

Where Do You See God’s Promise?
Luke 1:67-80

  • v67/68 “God has redeemed!” future echo of John’s message
  • v69/70 horn of salvation=authority to save?
  • v71/73 God keeps his covenant with us (even today)
  • v74/75 God enables us to serve Him in holiness
  • v76/77 the prophet tells of what God WILL do (ref. to Elijah)
  • v78/79 God’s mercy shines in our darkness to guide us

Notice verse 80: John grew, became strong in the Spirit, and waited for his call. That’s a good example for us, especially during Advent: wait, watch, and grow in God.


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