Tom Scott - 13/12/2015
Date: Dec. 14, 2015
What an absolute wonderful weekend we had here in central Indiana. The temperatures were in the mid 60′s all weekend long. It is hard to believe that winter starts next week and Christmas is less than two weeks away. Sunday morning was a great experience here at Cumberland. Greg did a wonderful job picking out some Christmas carols for us to sing, Dennis had an inspiring communion meditation, and God’s word always has something powerful to say to us. As we look forward to the Christmas season, let’s continue to invite our family and friends to come. This week is typically the best opportunity to get people to agree to come to church because it is the Sunday before the big holiday. Let’s prepare our hearts and minds for a dynamic message from the book of Isaiah. Until Sunday, let me share five questions with you based upon yesterday’s message. By the way, the message is already up on the website if you happened to miss it.
1. Survivor has been on for 31 seasons now with the finale slated for Wednesday night. The motto of the show is to outwit, outlast, and outplay the competitors as you strive to be the sole survivor. What are some of the challenges you face in life right now?
2. The prophet Isaiah was writing during a time when Israel was drifting away from God in their worship. They chased after the gods of the surrounding nations. As you read the first six verses of chapter 49, what promises does Isaiah share with the Jews?
3. God has promised to share his wisdom with us. In the message I talked about three ways that God does this. The first is through his word. I referenced 2 Timothy 3:14 to 17 in the message. How much time do you spend during a typical week searching the scriptures for the answers to some of your issues in life?
4. The second means of discovering the wisdom of God is through Jesus Christ. During his earthly ministry, Jesus pointed people to God as the source of true wisdom. Then as Jesus was ready to depart this world, he promised to send the Holy Spirit. In John chapters 14 and 16, Jesus discusses the role the Spirit will have in our lives. When was the last time the Holy Spirit guided you in the truth of God’s word?
5. To wrap up the message, I talked about the importance of asking God for the wisdom we seek and then following the word of God once we receive it. Jesus mentions the broad way and narrow way in Matthew 7:13-14. Why is it so difficult for us to stay on the narrow path in life?
On Sunday morning we will tie the bow on this sermon series with a message from Isaiah 53. I pray that you can make it as we talk about being Saved by His Love. Let me close with a thank you to all those who have donated money for the poinsettias. There are just a few left so call the office soon if you would like to purchase one in memory or honor of someone.
Have a great week in the Lord!
December 13, 2015
Introduction: Knowing what to get people is a constant battle at Christmas time. It takes a lot of wisdom to pick just the right gift for your family and friends if you want to do it right. God gave us the perfect gift when He sent Jesus into this world. We can be guided by His wisdom today when we choose to follow Him. Isaiah foretells of a time when a Messiah will come and lead people back to God. That is what we will discover today in our text.
I. Here is the blindfold.
A. There are times when we slip away. Proverbs 1:20-21.
B. There are times when Israel slipped away. Isaiah 49:5-6
II. Here is the reward.
A. He gave us His _____________. 2 Timothy 3:14-17
B. He gave us His _____________. Mark 6:2
C. He gave us His _____________. John 16:12-13
III. Here is the challenge.
A. We have to _______________ God. James 1:5
B. We have to _______________ God. Matthew 7:13-14
Conclusion: Much like the wise men were guided by the light of the star; so we as Christians should be guided by the wisdom of the coming Messiah. Today, we are blessed to live in a time when the wisdom of God is available to us in many forms. Let’s use this godly wisdom as a guide for our lives so that we honor the Lord with everything we do and say.
Key Thought: Jesus was coming into the world to lead people back to His Father.
Key Words: word, Son, Spirit, ask, follow