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Immanuel

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Isaiah 7:14 Ahaz was in trouble. Two larger kingdoms joined together and chose a man to put on Ahaz’s throne. Ahaz was king of Judah, and the two kingdoms were Syria and Israel. Isaiah 7 gives the name of the king of Syria as Rezin and the name of the king of Israel as Pekah. Let’s learn a little of who Ahaz was. 2 Kings 16 tells us this about Ahaz: In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, Ahaz the son of Jotham, king of Judah, began to reign. Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, as his father David had done, but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. He even burned his son as an offering, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. And he sacrificed and made offerings on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree. ( 2 Kings 16:1-4 ESV ) Ahaz

The Provision

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"When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." Ephesians 4:8 ESV So far in our series on “The Church,” we have covered: The Architect - Jesus is the architect and builder of the Church The Mission - Making disciples is the mission of the Church The Temple - We are living stones being built into the Temple of the Lord Each one of these concepts causes me great excitement! We have been invited to participate in all aspects of the building and mission of the Church! You have been invited to participate in all aspects of the building and mission of the Church! We are a part of what Almighty God, the Creator of the universe is doing. Today, I want to complete this series on the Church by looking at “The Provision.” This is possibly the most exciting part of what we are considering. We are talking about the riches of heaven poured out on us. We are rich, rich, rich! If you feel like a pauper, perhaps you have not un

The Temple

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Ephesians 2:19-22 What is a temple? Let’s start with a dictionary definition. Google had this definition: a building devoted to the worship, or regarded as the dwelling place, of a god or gods or other objects of religious worship  I want us to focus on this statement, “regarded as the dwelling place of a god or gods.” Other religions have temples and may define the meaning of temple in some other way, but my purpose is to understand the Bible’s use of the term temple. How does God treat the word temple? The ancient Jews thought of the temple Solomon built as the dwelling place of God and treated it as if it were a means of salvation. Some assumed that the Temple provided a way of salvation. They believed that God had made His dwelling place amongst them and counted on this to save them. However, they lived in a godless manner. Therefore, God rebuked them. Jeremiah 7:1-11 is the introduction to a sermon that Jeremiah gave on this subject. It goes like thi

The Mission

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Matthew 28:18-20 According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of mission is: a specific task with which a person or a group is charged [1] The term mission is used in the military to define objectives and scope of operations. The term mission has also become ubiquitous in business. Companies carefully craft statements outlining their purposes and goals and call these statements “mission statements.” Entrepreneur.com says the following about mission statements. A mission statement defines what an organization is, why it exists, its reason for being. At a minimum, your mission statement should define who your primary customers are, identify the products and services you produce, and describe the geographical location in which you operate. [2] Churches have recognized the value of mission statements and have adopted the practice of carefully crafting such statements. Here are a few examples: 1.       Rescuing one another from cultural Christianity to follow Jesus e