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What are you waiting for?: Service
June 9, 2019

What are you waiting for?: Service

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: What are you waiting for? | One of the things that we value in our world is good service. It does not matter if it is a restaurant or a physician, we want to receive the service that we think we deserve. However, we can become addicted to our own convenience and comfort. It is easy to allow life to become all about us! In our sermon, What are you waiting for?: Service, we turn to Isaiah 61:1-7. The people had wandered from God’s path and lost their way. They had allowed selfishness to reign and the impact of this was a spiritual bondage to darkness and anger. God was willing to helping to bring the light into this darkness. This is why Jesus uses some of these verses to begin His ministry and to declare that it is God’s intention to fulfill these words! When we decide to serve God rather than ourselves, God responds with redemption and strength. Prepare your hearts to be impowered by God’s Word as you read Isaiah 61:1-7: The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. 5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. 6 And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. 7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. (NIV)

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