I had the privilege of starting a new sermon series this morning from the book of Isaiah. Over the next 9 months, we hope to preach through most of the 66 chapters in this book. Here's why.
First, Isaiah is a story of redemption, a story about deliverance, a story about God’s mission to make right all that is wrong inside us and around us. Isaiah tells his story in five acts, each one answering a different question about redemption. Act 1, do we need redeemed? Act 2, is God able to redeem us? Act 3, is God willing to redeem us? Act 4, how will God redeem us? Act 5, having been redeemed, how must we now live?
Over the last couple years, I’ve watched God humble us as a church family. He’s uprooted weeds of self-righteousness and sown new seeds of humility. We’ve seen our desperate need for Jesus and his ongoing work of redemption in our lives like next before. Along the way, God has steadily brought more and more people through our doors that are just like us. They need redemption too. Our life situation may be different, but our need is the same. Studying Isaiah will help us understand how God redeems us through the gospel of Jesus Christ and how he continues to apply his finished work of redemption to every part of our life.
Second, Isaiah is a big book. There are some unique benefits to studying a long book of the Bible like this one chapter by chapter. You gain a better sense for how the various parts of the Bible are connected. You’re also forced to deal with topics that are easy to avoid if you just cherry-pick a verse here and a verse there, important topics like the wrath of God or the final judgment.
Third, Isaiah is from the Old Testament. There are truths found there that you won’t find as clearly in the New Testament. Studying the history of God’s dealings with his people leading up to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus helps us see the fullness of Christ as our long-awaited Messiah. The more we know our Old Testament, the more we'll treasure Jesus.
Fourth, Isaiah will equip us to be instruments in the Redeemer’s hands. The story isn’t just for us. It’s for us to share. Our neighborhood, our community, our friends at work or school desperately needs to hear that real people, in real situation, can be redeemed by a real God, through the power of the gospel.
Join me in praying that God would bless the preparation of these sermons and give all of us ears to hear and obey as his word is preached.
Posted on Sun, February 3, 2013
by Matthew Williams filed under