Special Invited Speaker from Celebrate Messiah - Barry Buirski.
Celebrate Messiah has been sharing the love of Messiah with the Jewish community in Australia.
Hear this special message from a Jewish believer and follower of the Messiah as we continue to dwell into this advent season.
Scripture: Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with a child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
This is what Jesus the Messiah will do:
Isaiah 9:3-7 (NLT)
3 (HE) will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder.
4 For (HE) will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. (HE) will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
5 The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire.
6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Scripture: Gen.3:1 - 15
v15 - And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
- A Message of Hope
- A Message of Conflict
- A Message of Rescue
Scripture: Psalm 27:14 - Wait for the LORD, be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD
A. God allows waiting in our lives
B. Know the purpose of waiting
•1. To Prepare us for Ministry
•2. To keep us from Foolish Actions
•3. To Humble us
•4. To Cut off our Dependence on Self/Flesh
•5. To bear the fruit of Patience
•6. To Protect us from Harm and Danger
•7. To Strengthen our Faith
C. Things to do in the waiting period
•1. Remember He has not forgotten you
•2. Don't Lose Hope
•3. Don't Fret
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:7 - Fight the good fight of faith, finish the race, keep the faith.
Are we our worst enemies?!
Roadblocks to overcome:
- Personal failures
- Personal lack of discipline
- Personal guilt
- Personal bitterness
- Personal finances
- Personal sexuality
Scripture: Acts 20:24 (MSG) - But that matters little. What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God
To finish well:
- Choose to live as a "called" person, not as a "driven" person
- Choose to live as a person "committed" to Christ, not as "convenient"
Scripture: 2 Tim. 4:6-8 - For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.’
You know you've finished well when:
- You have no regrets looking back
- You have done what mattered for eternity
- You can't wait to be in the presence of Christ
Apostle Paul did not start off well. He was a persecutor of the church. But thank God he did not finish his race that way.
While we may not be apostle for that matter, we need to finish our race well, regardless of how it started.