Invest Part 4

July 3, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

 

Invest Part 4

 

Isaiah 61:1-4 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 Zionto 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.


This is the prophetic commission of the ministry of Jesus and His PEOPLE. (Ref. Luke 4:18-19)


We have a ministry to our city (COMMUNITY) to be a DISPLAY of God’s splendor.




We are to be LEADERS of Righteousness (Heb. normal, right, just; the state of him/her who is as he/she ought to be).


We are to be REBUILDERS, restorers, and RENEWERS. (John 3:16-17)


Serving those in NEED.



Matthew 25:34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.


35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’



James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

 



As Christians we are to be CONTRIBUTORS not just CONSUMERS.

 




Titus 3:8, 14 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.




14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good,in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.

 

 

  • “URGENT” (Gk) – what one cannot do without; necessary, indispensable, pressing.

 

 



Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.


16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 



Our good deeds are to make God FAMOUS, by showing His dignity and excellence.