☆ Matt 5 = Be Attitudes
☆ Isaiah 6:1-8 & 9aa “1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the traina of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”b 4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” 8And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” 9And he said, “Go,”
• FIRST: You can’t really know the true gospel without having a sense of the profound Glory of God. “Having a vision of God’s glory is the starting point of knowing the gospel.”
• SECOND: Realizing who we are. After seeing the glory of God, we realize how far gone we are. And, we realize that we are all like this… every man. We, all of us together, are in the same boat – God is Holy, and our glory is shameful.
• Angel brings the coal from the alter – what’s on the alter? Sacrifice! What the sacrifice? Jesus. The (burning hot) coal is an image of sin.
• God takes action – Isaiah hasn’t done anything yet, except woe – then God takes action to see that his sin is atoned for.
☆ Romans 4:25 “24but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.“& in Isaiah 53.
• Christ doesn’t tell us to clean ourselves up and tell us to come back (*Phew).
• God is always the one that always takes action. That in and of itself gives God glory! The story of Jesus pre-response is the entire gospel. Our response, positively or negatively, will have a great effect on our return.
☆ Romans 3:9-18 “9What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” 14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 in their paths are ruin and misery, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.””
• At the realization of the Glory of Jesus – we are compelled to worship; that is the only response required.
• A Father his son to rest in the love the father gives the son. Rather than the son offering up something in return for the fathers love – like a transaction as if Dad was a love merchant and son was a high bidder.
• The gospel, is not just, your life insurance. “Well, yeah I became a Christian, I don’t need the gospel anymore… WHAT? I don’t think so… you never had the gospel, if you’re thinking you don’t need it anymore.
• Where does the spirit come into this? As he gives us his Spirit, he gives us gifts.
• With the individual gifts that God has given us (some of us have similar gifts), they are purposed to edify the church; with the colaboration of the each ones individual gifts, the spirit works his perfect project (my own point).
• Whatever God has gifted you to do: That’s what you have GOT TO DO to live in obedience to him.
• Somebody has the gift of mercy; so their response is to excercize the gift of mercy. Does that mean they have to wait around for a mercy ministry, or wait until they have enough money to pursue that gift…? No! It means now. The gift you are given now; is the gift you are to use now.
• Mark is talking about “I need to stop thinking about how I’m gonna plant a church someday somehow, and start taking care of business with what of got here. I think maybe God wants me to start right here with this group and we will see where it goes.”