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What are you waiting for?: The Redeeming Father
June 16, 2019

What are you waiting for?: The Redeeming Father

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: What are you waiting for? | This week, the wait is almost over! We finish the sermon series, What are you waiting for? with the sermon, The Redeeming Father. We have used the latter part of Isaiah (chapters 40-66) for this series because waiting on God with hope and strength is an important theme for these chapters and our lives. As we come to this Father’s Day, it is good to focus on our heavenly Father who desires to restore and redeem us. Isaiah 63-64 focuses on God the Father who has disciplined his children, but where is the hope of redemption? Isaiah 64:3-9 sums up the condition of the people, but also prays for this redemption and for the heavenly Father to reclaim his children. This speaks to our lives and our need to find the power to be restored and renewed. The Redeeming Father has been doing this for centuries and it is a possibility for us! Prepare your heart for worship as you encounter the eternal, heavenly Father who is bringing new possibilities from the dry withered roots of our sinfulness! Isaiah 64:3-9: 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. 5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? 6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. 7 No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins. 8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people. (NIV)

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