Sermon Notes | 06.02.24
Spiritual Blindness | Isaiah 29 | Part 2
OT Scripture: Psalm 139:11-12
NT Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Think About It:
“God gives us love without measure, but chastisement in measure… every stroke is counted.  It is the measure of wisdom, the measure of sympathy. The measure of love, by which our discipline is regulated.  Far be it from us to rebel against appointments so divine.” -Charles Spurgeon
 
“False religion is the very worst kind of pride because it attempts to make God our servant instead of recognizing that we are his.”- Barry Webb
 
How will the Lord overcome his people’s spiritual blindness?  How will he overcome their hard-heartedness?
 
Isaiah 29: Outline:
Only the Lord Can Overcome Spiritual Blindness
 
I.  The Lord Disciplines and Delivers (vv. 1-8)
a.    Context: God’s Alien Work (Isaiah 28:14-22)
b.    Love Without Measure
c.    Chastisement Perfectly Measured
 
II. The Lord Reveals the Problem: Spiritual Blindness (vv. 9-14)
a.    Cause (vv. 9-12)
b.    Cure (vv. 13-14)
 
III. Woe to Those Deceived by Human Wisdom (vv. 15-16)
 
IV. The Lord Gives Hope: Coming Transformation (vv. 17-24)
a.    Environmentally (v. 17)
b.    Spiritually (vv. 18-19)
c.    Socially (vv. 20-21)
d.    Results (vv. 22-24)

 
“While there remains an awareness of God even in fallen human hearts, this is generally accompanied by grossly distorted ideas of what he is like.”  - John Mackay
 
 
Why We Should Praise:
  • God will overcome our spiritual blindness and hard-heartedness (29:17-24).
  • This promise is fulfilled every time someone is converted, every time God opens someone’s eyes to see the glory of Jesus, his identity, his work, his love, his salvation.

Sermon Notes | 06.02.24
Spiritual Blindness | Isaiah 29
OT Scripture: Isaiah 30:8-11
NT Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-16
Corporate Reading: Isaiah 48:11

Think About It:
“God gives us love without measure, but chastisement in measure… every stroke is counted.  It is the measure of wisdom, the measure of sympathy. The measure of love, by which our discipline is regulated.  Far be it from us to rebel against appointments so divine.” -Charles Spurgeon
 
  • How will the Lord overcome his people’s spiritual blindness?  
  • How will he overcome their hard-heartedness?

Outline: Isaiah 29
Only the Lord Can Overcome Spiritual Blindness
I.  The Lord Disciplines and Delivers (vv. 1-8)
a.     Context: God’s Alien Work (Isaiah 28:14-22)
b.    Love Without Measure
c.     Chastisement Perfectly Measured
II.  The Lord’s Reveals the Problem: Spiritual Blindness (vv. 14-22)
a.     Cause (vv. 9-12)
b.    Cure (vv. 13-14)
III.  Woe to Those Deceived by Human Wisdom (vv. 15-16)
IV.  The Lord Gives Hope: Coming Transformation (vv. 17-21)
a.     God’s Work Brings an Awareness of the Truth
b.    God’s Work Brings a Different Level of
Understanding
V.   The Lord Keeps His Promises: He Renews His People
(vv. 22-24)

Sermon Notes | 05.26.24
Title: God’s Work | Part 2
Text: Isaiah 28
OT Scripture: 2 Sam. 5:20; Josh. 10:11
NT Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-6
Corporate Reading: Isaiah 48:11

"God gives us love without measure, but chastisement 'in measure' ...every stroke is counted. It is the measure of wisdom, the measure of sympathy, the measure of love, by which our discipline is regulated. Far be it from us to rebel against appointments so divine." - Charles Spurgeon

Outline:
I.   The Lord's Work: Judgment on Ephraim (vv. 1-15)

II.  The Lord's Work: Judgment on the Leaders of 
      Jerusalem (vv. 14-22
)
III. The Lord's Work: The Parable of the Farmer 
(vv. 23-29)

  • People who are cynical about spiritual truths (Psalm 1:1).
  • People who are self-assured (Proverbs 1:22).
  • People who are beyond correction (Proverbs 13:1).
  • People who are arrogant (Proverbs 21:24).

Sermon Notes | 05.19.24
Think About It: 
Isaiah 30:10-11 who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

Outline: Isaiah 28 | God’s Work
I. Judgment on Ephraim (vv.1-13)
a.    Woe (vv.1-4)
b.    Future Hope (vv. 5-6)
c.    Wickedness (vv.9-10)
d.    Consequences (vv.11-13)

Sermon Notes | 05.12.24
New Song of the Vineyard - Barry Webb
First Song (Chapter 5)
  • No Fruit
  • No Rain
  • Abandoned (wall removed)
  • Thorns and briers
  • Overrun
Second Song (Chapter 27)
Fruit
Rain
Guarded
No Thorns No Briers
Spreads out
 
Outline: Isaiah 27
God Will Gather His People in Victory
I.   Don’t Fear (v.1)
II.  Don’t Loose Heart (vv. 2-6)
III. Look to God’s Work (vv. 7-11)
IV. Marvel and Worship (vv.12-13)

Sermon Notes | 05.05.24
Strong & Settled | Isaiah 26
OT Scripture: Exodus 12:21-23
NT Scripture: 1 Cor. 15:12-23
Corporate Reading: Isaiah 48:11

Outline:
I.  God is our Refuge (vv.1-6)

II.  Walk the Path & Yearn for God to Vindicate (vv. 7-11)

III. Rest in God's Peace (vv. 12-15)

IV. Know Those who Belong to God shall Live (vv. 16-19)

V.  Recognize we are Secure from Wrath (vv. 20-21)

"This victory is the Lord's; His peoples' part in it is only to trample the dust left by the victory."

 - Alec Motyer

Sermon Notes | 04.28.24

Think About It: How should we respond when the Lord comes to punish the people of earth?  Why will we sing and give praise?

Outline: Isaiah 25
I.Isaiah’s Personal Song (vv.1-5)
II.Celebration Banquet (vv. 6-8)
III.Song of All God’s People (vv. 9-12)

(VV. 6-8) The Messianic Banquet- “If the reference to the elders in 24:23 looks back to Exodus 24:11 when the Mosaic covenant was celebrated in a meal with the elders, this was all that could happen within the circumstances of the occasion even though the ‘ideal’ expressed (Exodus 19:13) was that the trumpet would invite all the people.  But in the envisaged messianic banquet, every restriction is lifted and universality is stressed:  all peoples… peoples are ethnic groups, nations are political entities and faces individuals, and all are his people.” -Alec Motyer

“The onus is on the nations to come there (on this mountain) if they wish to partake.  In view of this, his (The Lord’s) people in verse 8 cannot be restricted to faithful Israelites.  It includes all who come to the feast, from whatever nation.” -Barry Webb


Sermon Notes | 04.21.24
Judgment on the Whole Earth
Text: Isaiah 24
OT Scripture: Genesis 9:16
NT Scripture: Acts 17:30-31
Corporate Reading: Revelation 11:15

Big Idea: God command all people everywhere to repent. Why? Because the final day of judgment is not only coming but is fixed.

Outline:
I.Divine Action: Judgment (vv.1-12)
II.God’s Glory: A Remnant Sings (vv. 13-16)
III.Divine Action: Judgment (vv. 17-22)
IV.God’s Glory: The Lord of Hosts Reigns (vv. 21-23)

Sermon Notes | 04.14.24
Title: History Gives Way
Text: Isaiah 23
OT Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-5
NT Scripture: Matthew 5:5 & 1 John 2:15-17
Corporate Reading: Isaiah 5:16

Context:
  • Phoenicia lay north of Israel.  It was roughly 15 miles wide and 140 miles long.
  • Tyre and Sidon were the leading cites of Phoenicia.
  • Tyre was famous for its ships and commercial trade.
  • This oracle concerning Tyre closes a block of teaching (Chapters 13-23) for the same reason that Babylon opened it.  
  • Babylon was famous for its cultural and military might.  Tyre was famous for its commercial trade and wealth.  Both Tyre and Babylon stood for all that is tempting, alluring, and impressive in the world.
 
Big Idea:
Where will you put your trust?  Pride will always drive you towards false saviors, like self-sufficiency and wealth, but God alone deserves our ultimate trust.  Make no mistake, history gives way to the Lord’s Day.  Wealth hoarded by those who stand against God will one day flow into God’s city, for the benefit of his people, and for his own glory.
 
Outline: Isaiah 23
I.  Tyre’s Fall (23:1-14)
II. Tyre’s Rise and Tyre’s Future (23:15-25)


Sermon Notes | 04.07.24
Review:
  • 739 BC: King Uzziah Dies
  • 734 BC: Israel and Aram threaten Judah (Under King Ahaz)
  • 701 BC: Sennacherib besieges Jerusalem (Under King Hezekiah)
  • 587 BC: Exile into Babylon
 
Outline: Isaiah 22
I. Judgment on the Nation (22:1-14)
a.    Present Joy vs. Coming Calamity (vv. 1-4)
b.    The Lord’s Day (vv.5-7)
c.    Cause of Judgment (vv. 8-14)
II. Case Studies: Shebna & Eliakim (22:15-25)
a.    Shebna the “Self-reliant” (vv. 15-19)
b.    Eliakim the Servant Who Fails (vv. 20-25)

Sermon Notes | Resurrection Sunday 03.31.24
Title: Strength and Assurance
Text: 1 John 2:1-2
OT Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:11-12
NT Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:1-10

Think About It: There are two errors that die hard…
1.    Sin doesn’t cut you off from God.
2.   Sin is not real. (Or not that bad)
 
What is Sin? Sin is anything (whether in thoughts, actions, or attitudes) that does not express or conform to the Holy character of God as expressed in his moral law. (ESV Study Bible)
 
Outline: (1 John 2:1-2)
I. Sin is Real and Deadly but Not the End BC of Jesus
a.  Children Changed
b.  Children Covered
II. Salvation and Fellowship with Good the Father is Yours BC of Jesus
a.  Jesus Our Advocate
b.  Jesus the Righteous
c.  Jesus our Propitiation
d.  Jesus the Savior of the Whole World


Sermon Notes | 03.24.24
Historical Context: Isaiah 21
  • 721-689 BC) Babylon was constantly rebelling against Assyria.  They were the only nation, at the time, that could match the power of  Assyria.
  • As the 8th century drew to a close, Judah’s attention began to swing away from Egypt and towards Babylon as a perspective ally against Assyria.  Notice the warm reception given to the ambassadors by Hezekiah (Is. 39:1-4).
  • Babylonian envoys likely solicited not only Judah but the Bedouin tribes of Dumah and Arabia as well.
 
Outline: Isaiah 21
I.  Oracle Concerning Babylon (21:1-10)
II.  Oracle Concerning Dumah (21:11-12)
III. Oracle Concerning Arabia (21:13-16)

Sermon Notes | 03.17.24
Big Idea:  The difficulties we face in life will not be answered by looking to the world for answers. Look to God.  He has earned your trust.  He deserves your trust.

Outline: Isaiah 19-20
I.   Judgment of Egypt (19:1-15)
II.  Salvation for Egypt (19:16-25)
III. Example of Egypt’s Weakness (20:1-6)
a. Results Given (v. 1)
b. Acted Out Oracle (vv. 2-3)
c. Reveal (v. 4)
d. Lesson (vv. 5-6)


Sermon Notes | 03.10.24
Judgement & Salvation (Part 1)
Text: Isaiah 19-20
OT Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4
NT Scripture: Romans 1:18-25
Corporate Reading: Isaiah 48:11

Outline:
I. Judgment for Egypt (19:1-15)
a.    Religious collapse: “no-gods” can’t help (vv.1-4)
b.    Economic collapse: strength is a vulnerability (vv. 5-10)
c.    Political collapse: leaders are fools (vv. 11-15)
 
II. Salvation for Egypt (19:16-25)
a.    “In that day…” Proper Fear (vv. 16-17)
b.    “In that day…” Proper Allegiance (v. 18)
c.    “In that day…” Proper Worship (vv. 19-22)
d.    “In that day…” Proper Peace (v. 23)
e.    “In that day…” A New People (vv. 24-25)
 
III. Egypt an Example of Weakness (20:1-6)

Sermon Notes | 03.03.24
Title: Look to the Holy One of Israel
Text: Isa. 17-18
OT Reading: Isa. 25:6-9
NT Reading: Rom. 12:8-13

Sermon Notes | 02.25.24

Big Idea: God judges perfectly and loves perfectly. Security is found in God alone. Pride will be your greatest enemy in seeing this. Pride will push you to turn to anything but God, be that false gods or self.

Judgment Day will come. Like Moab's gods, our culture's gods cannot save because they are worthless. Look to God and his Messiah Jesus as your only hope.

OUTLINE: An Oracle Concerning Moab (Isaiah 15-16)

I.  Lament: Moab in a Bad Way (15:1-9)

a.  Wailing (vv. 1-4)

b.  Flight (vv. 5-8)

c.  Death (v. 9)


Key Application: No conflict between God's love and holiness.

II.  Appeal: Moab Turns to Zion for Help (16:1-4)

a.  Background (vv. 1-2)

b.  Appeal (vv. 3-4)


Key Application: Humanities wickedness & weakness

III. Answer: Turn to God (16:4b-5)

a.  Crisis Will Pass (v. 4)

b.  Throne of David will Endure (v. 5)


Key Application: God & His Son = The answer

IV. Reflection: Moab's Pride Continues (16:6-11)

a.  Consequences (vv. 6-8)

b.  The Lord's Grief (vv. 9-11)


Key Application: Pride = Death

IV. Summary: Destruction in 3 Years (16:12-14)

a.  Lesson (v. 12)

b.  Appendix: Immanent Fulfillment (vv. 13-14)


Key Application: 
Pride = Death
False gods = worthless


Sermon Notes | 02.18.24

“Throughout his vision of the Coming King (chapters 7-10), Isaiah has alluded to the worldwide dimension of the kingdom and its unending rule (9:7) and to a time when the whole earth will be the Lord’s Holy Mountain (11:9).  He notes how the Lord’s remnant people, the coming worldwide Israel, who will be gathered from Assyria, Egypt, and Philistia, Edom, Moab, and Annon (11:14), will be part of the re-established Kingdom of David.” -Alec Motyer
 
Big Idea:  God has a plan for the whole world.  God’s promises and plan are backed by his power, and this is the only reliable foundation for life.  Know that it is futile and self-defeating to live in opposition to God.  He is a refuge for his people.
 
Outline: Isaiah 14:24-32
I.  An Oracle Concerning Assyria (14:24-27)
a.    The Lord has Sworn (vv. 24-25)
b.    God’s Plan for the Whole World (vv.26-27)
 
II. An Oracle Concerning Philistia (14:28-32)
a.    First Contrast: Future/ No Future (vv. 29-30)
b.    Second Contrast: Refuge/ No Refuge (vv. 31-32)

Sermon Notes | 02.11.24

Think About It: 
“People are literally hell-bent on “reaching for the stars”, and yet human glory, status, and success are all so temporary.  But you do not need Isaiah to tell you this.  You just need to go to any landfill or graveyard.  There you will see the future of the stuff you covet and the glory you crave.” - Tim Chester
 
Babylon had a history of arrogance and pride reaching back to the Tower of Babel (Genesis 10:9-10 & 11:1-9).
 
The story of Babylon was the story of all nations that defy God. - John N. Oswalt
 
“Throughout his vision of the Coming King (chapters 7-10), Isaiah has alluded to the worldwide dimension of the kingdom and its unending rule (9:7) and to a time when the whole earth will be the Lord’s Holy Mountain (11:9).  He notes how the Lord’s remnant people, the coming worldwide Israel, who will be gathered from Assyria, Egypt, and Philistia, Edom, Moab, and Annon (11:14), will be part of the re-established Kingdom of David.”
- Alec Motyer
 
Outline:
I. God’s Destruction of Human Pride (Isaiah 13:1-18)
II. The Destruction of Babylon (Isaiah 13:17-22)
III. The Downfall of the King of Babylon (Isaiah 14:1-23)
a.    Promised Deliverance (vv. 1-4a)
b.    Taunt Song (vv. 4b-21)
c.    Lord’s Promise (vv. 22-23)


Sermon Notes | 02.04.24
Worship is the expression of a relationship in which God the Father reveals himself and his love in Christ and by his Holy Spirit administers grace, to which we respond in faith, gratitude, and obedience.” -Robert N. Schaper
 
“The Spiritual Disciplines are those practices found in Scripture that promote spiritual growth among believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  They are habits of devotion and experiential Christianity that have been practiced by the people of God since biblical times.” – Donald Whitney
 
  • Psalm 27:4
  • Psalm 16:11
  • Psalm 73:25
  • Psalm 84:1-2, 4, 10
  • 1 John 2:17

So What/ Now What?
“People are literally hell-bent on “reaching for the stars”, and yet human glory, status, and success are all so temporary.  But you do not need Isaiah to tell you this.  You just need to go to any landfill or graveyard.  There you will see the future of the stuff you covet and the glory you crave.” -Tim Chester

Sermon Notes | 01.28.24
Practicing Biblical Meditation Study Guide

Title: Delighting in the Word
Text: Ps. 119:9-16
OT Reading: Ps. 119:1-8
NT Reading: Matt. 7:24-27
Corporate Scripture Reading: Ps. 119:33-36

Sermon Notes | 01.21.24

Think About It:
“The Spiritual Disciplines are those practices found in Scripture that promote spiritual growth among believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  They are habits of devotion and experiential Christianity that have been practiced by the people of God since biblical times.” – Donald Whitney

2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2
  1. The gospel is the answer to our greatest problem, sin.
  2. The gospel is the work of God.
  3. The heart of the gospel is the perfect life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ as the salvation to mankind's sin. 
  4. The. gospel is the call to respond in faith by believing.

“I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly like getting hurt.  We’re wired to assume that if we are getting hit, something’s going wrong.  And so, whenever I tell someone the gospel message, and get hit (metaphorically speaking), there’s a temptation either to stop saying anything, or to change what I’m saying.  I know there’s a pain line that needs to be crossed if I tell someone the gospel; but I want to stay the comfortable side of the pain line.” - Rico Tice

Q: What is successful evangelism?
A: A carful and accurate delivery of the gospel message, not the response of the recipient.  All biblical evangelism is successful evangelism!


Sermon Notes | 01.14.24

Think About It:
“No Spiritual Discipline is more important than the intake of God’s Word. Nothing can substitute for it. There simply is no healthy Christian life apart from a diet of the milk and meat of Scripture. The reasons for this are obvious. In the Bible God tells us about Himself, and especially about Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God. The Bible unfolds the Law of God to us and shows us how we’ve all broken it. There we learn how Christ died as a sinless, willing Substitute for breakers of God’s Law and how we must repent and believe in Him to be right with God. In the Bible we learn the ways and will of the Lord. We find in Scripture how God wants us to live, and what brings the most joy and satisfaction in life."

Excerpt from: "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life" by Donald S. Whitney

“Here then is the real problem of our negligence.  We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work.  Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or lack of passion.  Our problem is that we are lazy.” -R.C. Sproul

2 Timothy 3:14-17

“The authority of Scripture means that all the words in Scripture are God’s words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God.” -Wayne Grudem

Notes from Today's Sermon

Sermon Notes | 01.07.24
Think About It:
God is actively seeking fellowship with persons whose hearts are like His?  We see this in 2 Chronicles 16:9 & 1 Peter 3:12.  

[9] For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.
[12] For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 


Question: What do we do with Jesus' extravagant promises about prayer? 
- Paul Miller

John 14:13–14; John 15:7

"Asking in Jesus' name" isn't another thing I have to get right so my prayers are perfect. It is one more gift of God because my prayers are so imperfect. - Paul Miller

Luther's Garland of 4 Strands:

•Instruction

•Thanksgiving

•Confession

•Prayer

"Here lies the basic premise of all God's actions to us, it is from the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Robert Lethem
--
"The grounds of the church's worship and our prayer life are... by the Holy Spirit, through Christ, to the Father." - Robert Lethem

Sermon Notes | 12.31.23

“Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul.  Man is at his greatest and highest when, upon his knees, he comes face to face with God.” - Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones  

“If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should loose a great deal of the fire of faith.” - Martin Luther

“Even as a father and his child enjoy being together, so I must have this intimate fellowship with God each day.” - Andrew Murray

Big Idea: 
Sincere prayer brings glory and honor to God and joy and peace to the believer.

Why God want us to pray?
1.Prayer increases our faith, trust, and dependence of God.
2.Prayer brings us into deeper fellowship with God.
3.Prayer allows us to be involved in God’s activities that are eternally important.