New Sermon Series beginning Nov. 25 through the end of the year
Peace on Earth: Selections from Micah 3-7
As we approach the Christmas season, we begin to find the escalation of the feel-good expressions common during the season through songs, advertisements, and of course, the Hallmark Christmas shows. The culture cries and demands peace, but apart from the work of God, it is as Isaiah stated, “’There is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked’” (Isa. 48:22). The current prosperity of America might seem to be the basis for serenity, but with careful analysis, it is evident that wealth does not produce peace; which seems apparent given the growing hostility in our culture? The times of disorder, chaos, corruption and civil unrest reflects an absence of harmony. Even in the evangelical church, there is less and less unity around the Scriptures. Is it because we are less dependent on them? Arising from our economic success is growing neglect and even hatred toward the absolute standards established by God.
Unfortunately, the experiences of our present culture are not new. According to the Scriptures, it was also the norm during the days of the prophet Micah. Judah experienced tremendous growth and expansion as they lived under the rule of the godly Kings Jotham and Hezekiah. There was a resurgence of restoration as God was blessing them. But it was short-lived. Their prosperity soon became the catalyst for abandoning their dedicated worship of God alone. They continued to serve and worship their idols prominently while they only gave God a token of their reverence out of duty. The result was their mistreatment of their fellow Jews, their pursuit of false teachers, and their threatening demands against the true prophets.
How is true peace possible? During the next several weeks, Micah will teach us the recipe for experiencing true peace on earth. It will undoubtedly look different from the unregenerate proposals of the culture
The following sermons will take Micah’s prophetic warnings and predictions and reveal the fact that only God can determine and produce peace. He determined peace as reality by providing the Messiah. Since Jesus came at Christmas, peace is available, whether there is prosperity or not.
November 25, 2018, Absence of Peace – Micah 3:1-12
December 2, 2018, Abundance of Peace – Micah 4:1-5
December 9, 2018, Anticipation of Peace Delayed – Micah 4:8-5:1
December 16, 2018, Arrival of Peace – Micah 5:2-9
December 23, 2018, Answer for Peace – Micah 6:1-8
December 30, 2018, Appearance of the Peace-Maker – Micah 7:18-20