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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)

 

Out of the Ordinary: Missing The Signs

Out of the Ordinary: Missing The Signs

Matthew 12:38-45

Google Maps does NOT always get you where you want to go!

Reasons for Missing God’s Signs

Rejecting God’s Right ~ Matthew 12:38-42

  • 38 context: they’re saying this because Jesus had the AUDACITY to chew them out cf.v34 “brood of vipers”
  • 39 sign of Jonah: Jewish tradition of warning to Israel~REPENT! Nineveh did, what’s YOUR problem?
  • 40 verification: Messiah will rise!
  • 41 Nineveh heard Jonah’s message: will Jesus’ hearers?
  • 42 Queen heard Solomon’s wisdom; will we trust Christ’s?

Repentance Requires Replenishment ~ Matthew 12:43-45

  • 43/44 Warning: just stopping “being bad” isn’t enough
  • 45 either be filled with the Spirit or be worse than ever

We’re intended to live in a relationship with God; we can’t do that if we’re not listening for His leading.

2 Corinthians: The Picture of Repentance

2 Corinthians: The Picture of Repentance

2Corinthians 7:8-12

The “Behold the Man” fresco in Borja, Spain used to be a nice if unremarkable painting of Jesus. Painted on a church wall in 1930, the moisture of the wall was beginning to damage the picture. An elderly woman in the church decided to “fix” the painting… and her results became known around the world. Her attempt at restoration has been called “one woman’s vision of her savior, uncompromised by schooling”. It brings up the question: how DO we see Jesus in each other?

How Can We Restore The Image of Christ Among Us?

Carefully Craft the Frame of Repentance ~ Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

  • 1/3 approach worship carefully (joyful is NOT disrespectful)
  • 4/7 God expects to respect YOU; don’t break promises to God

Discern The Details of Repentance ~ 2Corinthians 7:8-12

  • 8/9 some sorrow is GOOD (even though it feels bad)
  • 10 not all sorrow is Godly
  • 11 the FRUIT of Godly sorrow changes your world
  • 12 when shared, repentance can build up the body

The Call to Repentance isn’t something to be shouted through a bullhorn; it’s to be lovingly crafted among those of us who are broken. What concrete steps could you take to repair a relationship this week?

Learning from Luke: Real Repentance

Learning from Luke: Real Repentance Sermon Audio Here
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Isaiah 1:15-20 / Luke 19:1-10

Ever seen the image of the guy wearing a sandwich board which reads repent the end is near? Ken Davis once asked “which end? How near?” (60 years ago!) The call to repent has been subverted so badly that it’s become an old joke. But repentance is no joke to God…

To Reclaim Repentance, We Realize That

Religious Duty Falls Short
Isaiah 1:15-20

  • v15 Just doing religion doesn’t get God’s attention; instead:
  • v16/17 God’s motive is the change of heart
  • v18/20 God’s method is challenge of the mind

Real Difference Result of Salvation
Luke 19:1-10

  • v1/4 Awakening: why would a tax collector want to see Jesus? There must have been something different, a hope for a different response
  • v5/6 Attraction: why would a rabbi want to spend time with Zacchaeus? God sees us through Jesus
  • v7/8 Apology: world rejects our change; we say “I choose to do differently”
  • v9/10 Acceptance: salvation has come isn’t the choice to do better; it’s the reception of Jesus! This PROMPTS us to change after – change is not demanded before the Spirit brings us to life

Stages of Repentance:

  • Awakening – the Spirit has worked in us before we even know it (God chooses us first)
  • Attraction – we are drawn to Christ as He draws near to us (Christ influences us next)
  • Apology – we reject our old ways, and resolve to make a change (We respond to Christ)
  • Acceptance – we realize our new life in Christ supersedes our life of self (we surrender to God’s influence)

God’s goal is to draw us to Deity; when we surrender our heart and are transformed in our mind, our lives will show the difference!

Learning from Luke: Preparing the Way Today

Learning from Luke: Preparing the Way Today Sermon Audio Here


Luke 3:10-18

Preparations being made to depart for a trip – how to decide what to take, what to leave, what to do, what not to do in a new place?

How Does John Prepare The Way?

Practical Preparation for the Kingdom
Luke 3:10-14

  • v10 In response to John’s warnings: “make His paths straight” Yeah but HOW?
  • v11 Ordinary: care for the needy
  • v12/13 Rich: don’t take advantage of others
  • v14 Powerful: don’t use power for your own ends

Personally Pointing to the Kingdom
Luke 3:15-18

  • v15 these verbs describe an immediate response; the people hear John’s challenge, and they start wondering if John is the Messiah
  • v16 NO; Messiah greater WORTH and greater POWER
  • v17 greater ABILITY and crucial MINISTRY; “unquenchable” means unstoppable
  • v18 John’s Good News: God has sent the Worthy One, the Powerful Prince, the Capable Christ, the Unstoppable Emissary

John’s message is still applicable today – Get Ready: He Who Is ABLE to Save Is On The Way!


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