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Joel’s Hope: Rend and Repent

Joel’s Hope: Rend and Repent

Joel 2:12-17

When we learn of disasters, consider our responses. Don’t disasters often move us to action? But the question remains: what KIND of action?

God Calls Us To Respond

* God Prompts to Repent ~ Joel 2:12-17

  • 1-11 Description of the Locust Swarm
  • 12 Even now > let natural disaster move your heart towards God (not away)
  • 13/14 Return > nation had fallen away from worship; sound familiar?
  • 15/16 how should people respond? DO the acts of worship to reflect their return
  • 17 How should LEADERS respond? In prayer (not posturing)

* God’s Promises are Kept ~ Joel 2:28-32

(cf. Acts 2:16ff)

  • 18-27 God Promised Restoration (Done – see Israel today!)
  • 28/29 fulfilled at Pentecost!
  • 30/31 fulfilled at the Crucifixion!
  • 32 fulfilled NOW: STILL TRUE TODAY!

Repentance is changed THOUGHT; Rending is current ACTION

BONUS: 7 Steps on HOW to repent found in Psalm 32 (start with vs 5)

 

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.


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