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August 10, 2022 12:30 am
Today's episode is a best of continuation of Pastor Russ Andrews's message from the book of Luke Chapter 1.
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This is the Truth Network do you feel like you're on a religious treadmill to feel like Christianity is just a system of rules and regulations, I can do for us. I can't do that. Do you feel like your efforts to reach God. Find God, and please God do you feel like your faith is dead or alive today.
Pastor Russ Andrews will walk us through Scripture to answer these questions join us on finding purpose of local tribal ministry glorifying God by helping men find their purpose for living. For more information and to connect with Russ Evers and finding purpose and visit us email@example.com us on Facebook. Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious Bible and open up to Luke chapter 1. This is only last night in Luke wanted to Luke chapter next week. So on have entitled to much message.
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The year was to basically the year that scholars believe Jesus was born that usual living in captivity under the oppressive rule of the Romans for 400 long years there had been no word from God only silence.
According to the Scriptures the people of Israel have been walking in darkness, living in the land of the shadow of death, like a ship at sea on a moonless and starless night with no show insight and no light to guide them. The master something it felt like that alone, perhaps at night, the nature more night when you're when the light is going in you consume with dark thoughts. Maybe you you found yourself in a place of dark depression and all you wanted to see or feel with light. Just want to escape to a place of freedom where you could find peace and joy. I personally have been there. I remember a time of darkness in my own life. A time where I was in depression. Nothing back in my life I've been shocked if you ever told out of the gutter time, a depression, but I did not I could not seem to be set free from within their see no idea credit to God and gradually the sun began to rise in the heart and the darkness fled.
This is the way that you spell 2000 years ago they were in a very dark place, crying out to God for help not only you know they had heard a word from God, and for a year's where are you God that you forgot about us not only got heard their prayers, but he remembered his promises list. If there's one thing that she should take away you tonight is this God never forgets his promises when he says something, he means it, and what God gives his word, he will deliver on it already this year we've read several of God's promises from the Old Testament the prophet Malachi, God promised to raise 11,000,001 day who announced to the world that the Savior come. Malachi chapter 4 verse five says.
Again, God speaking through my Malachi says see I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He this man is coming will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children in the hearts of the children to the fathers. Remember when Gabriel, the angel sent from God appeared to Zachariah and told him that his wife Elizabeth would give birth to a son and he told him to name him John and he prophesied about this man many of the people is what Gable sets it to Zachariah when he was in the temple. Many of the people of Israel, will he bring talk about John the Baptist's son.
Many of the people a visual he bring back to the Lord their God in the spirit in the power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children.
Do we just hear that and that this the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous to make ready a people prepared for the Lord will think about that. I had the greatest privilege I get to prepare the people to be ready for the Lord and I don't deserve to be of your seed.
Gabriel was quoting Malachi, who lived for years before the birth of Christ. God had not forgotten his promises. He never does. In second single chapter 7 Nathan prophesied that a Savior would come from the line of King David who would establish his throne for how long. Forever. In second single chapter 7 verses 12 and 13, Nathan said to David, is that your David had the desire in his heart to build a temple for forgot this was at the scene of the Davis power. He was wealthy beyond measure and he wanted to do something for his God, who been with him since he took care of his sheep, and since he slew Goliath. He knew that God was a promise keeper in Nathan's city David when your days are over and you rest with your father's.
I will raise up your offspring to succeed, you who will come from your own body and I will establish his kingdom.
He went, Solomon, he is the one who will build a house for my name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever Julie for the kingdom is known as a last all the other kings are going to vanish. So this Savior who was coming into the world would come from the house of food. David in Genesis chapter 12 verses one through three, God makes a comment you catch is now a unilateral unconditional promise to Abraham known as a covenant is a one sided promise Abram had never do anything it was unconditional and God told Abraham to leave his country and go to a faraway land that he said I will show you the way I will lead you there and once you get there Abraham in West he wants. He did arrive there is Abraham immediately obeyed God and went all the way to what is now the nation of Israel is the promised land in which there. God promised a blessing as A threefold promise.
He said I'm going to make you into a great nation. I'm going to make your name great and I will bless those who bless you, Abraham, and those who curse you I will curse. And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you for your seed singular seed towards a seed one day would arise. Who would bless the entire world. So we got promise in Abraham. He was promising to bring forth from Abraham.
Abraham's lineage, the Messiah, the Savior of the world and Abraham says in Genesis 15, six Abraham believed God, and he was credited to him as righteousness.
See this all got one from any of us from the tower. They just want to be believe he wants us to believe in him. He wants us to believe his word. He wants us to trust his word and that's why we study it. We study this Bible right here because it is the living word. This is a supernatural book is another book in the world like it is the only book that has fulfilled prophecy is feel with God's promises.
Some of those promises are for the nation of Israel. And a lot of these promises probably most of them up for you and me. So I pick up this Bible obscene will God's promise inmate Russ Andrews in 2021. Thus, the well rated, and that's what you should rated by the way, it says it Abraham believed God in a loss. He believed that God Abraham we learn from the New Testament, things in Galatia state that that Abraham actually understood the gospel the same way we do it and soak Abraham I should believe that what God was telling us one day I'm going to bring the Savior from your lineage, and he indictments it believing God and we got some faith in his heart. He said he declared them righteous and then that's what it needs to be saved if it has nothing to do with anything you did except the one thing that's to believe God just like the thief on the cross.
The moment he sees that you believe him. He declares you righteous and in your holy in that moment what you feel like you are not to make sure Abraham knew that he meant what he said in Genesis 15 God repeats this promise, and to make triply sure that they are a rambling that he repeated 1/3 time in Genesis 22 God once again repeats his promise to Abraham. But this time he confirmed it with an oath, he actually swears to Abraham, listen to what it says in Genesis 22 verses 16 through a confessing your outline if you got it hate goddesses. I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld, not withheld your son, your only son remedy.
He asked Abraham to take Isaac up to Mount Mariah and sacrifice him, and Abraham obeyed him. Could you have done that and write what he was rated.
Bring the knife down the angel Lord stopped him and then provided a lamb in a bush to see the symbolism. There the lamp to Isaac's place. Just like the Lamb of God takes our place on the cross is what he said because you have done this Abraham and if not withheld your son, your only son. I will surely bless you and make your descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky in us.
And as the sand on the seashore and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed because you obeyed me. That's what wrote in Revelation says that there there will be pure people in heaven, from every nation, tongue try people. You're the Toshi the gospel is going to the extent of the earth to the ends of the earth is the only representative from every every nation and every tribe and every tongue by the way, this is the only time in Scripture where God confirms his promise with an oath.
God does not forget his promises.
We gave will announce the coming birth of John the Baptist. It had been about 2000 years since God gave his word to Abraham to send the Savior into the world and now the time had arrived array of light was beginning to shine. Only people living in darkness. The sun was about arise.
That brings us to live. Chapter 1 we read about the birth of John the Baptist, readers versus but just let me summarize it to everyone's amazement Elizabeth when she was old and barren. She gave birth to a son, and then she announced to everyone that his name would be called what John even though there was nobody in their family lineage, who had that name in everyone. When everyone questioned her Suzette crossover that he can't tell she's asking for tablet.
John and as soon as he did that he could speak with the moment that he had obedience, God loosing his mouth so that he could speak and then it says that he began to praise God and everyone was amazed. I knew this was going to be a special child and that the Lord would be with him and Vince Zacharias. It was filled with the Holy Spirit and he began to sing a song that is full of prophetic utterances and echoes so many truths from the Old Testament into not. I wish I time to go through the whole thing with her but would on time.
Some just cover about five versus is a look at verse 68 so Zachariah is singing this song as a singing that God is speaking through him. And this is what God says to the world through Zachariah. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel because he asked, he has come in his has redeemed his people is raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David as he spoke through his holy prophets from long ago that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. The oath that he swore to our father Abraham, which we just read to rescue us from the hand of our enemies and to enable us to serve him without fear and holiness and righteousness before him.
For how long. All of our days even into eternity. Symphonies versus men, we see that God's plan. From the very beginning of time was to send a Savior into the world to save us.
This was not planned but he does plan a to rescue us from our enemies to redeem for himself a people to whom he would shower with his mercy and forgiveness. This word redeemed by the way, is a very important word. It really means to pay the price to set on man free from slavery or from prison and this is what Jesus did when he died on the cross and he paid the price to set us free, and even set free.
I had some sins that I really struggled with and you know what I can stand in much that he is set in the Paris hallelujah you know I can stand. Now all I want to because I want to do here that does not originally from Adrian Rogers of Phyllis. Line listen to this from first Peter explains what God did for us.
You know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen when before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake in my sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. I look at so many people out there today who have have so many blessings on the money galore and health galore, and yet they're still searching there there allows the empty that they don't know what we know and the site is done a marvelous job of keeping the truth away from people. But you see, this was God's plan from the beginning all throughout Old Testament when you were to go test you can see this God was promising that he was going to send a Savior into the world to redeem a people for himself, and this is what you must believe men if you will be saved. So in our remaining time is all wanted to know to answer three questions number one. How did God accomplish our salvation. Number two. What is God will save us. Number three. What is God's ultimate purpose for you and me to question one. How did God accomplish our salvation.
Answer by his power. Looking versus looking for 69 Zachariah says he has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David as he spoke from his holy prophets long ago for nine months. Zachariah was silent due to his unbelief and once he responded with fateful obedience.
He became God's mouthpiece. He experienced God's power and God's words men became Zachariah's words. So what went Zachariah speaking God is the one really speaking in fact, when you read the Bible it says that you know, if you look at first Peter second Peter chapter 1 verses 2021.
It tells you that when men were men spoke and I think it's okay to add and wrote it says they were carried along by the Holy Spirit so that the to the Bible we have here all those written by 40 different men over 1500 years is God's word so when you pick the Bible up you talking to God and he's talking to you, and yet often that book just sits there collecting dust. Even without you guys. You would probably don't love just diving and read it just for the for the sake of reading it. I'm been unit else. It is sometimes on to the ring. Another book rather just bring God's word.
Let them talk to me, God raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David in the first part of this song Zachariah singing about this great Savior and I want you to notice that he singing and this is again a new phrase for you when you read it is in the diversity been used here or in the prophetic past tense will be explain that to you. We never got this learning done in Bethel. So what it means is that Zachariah is so confident that God is going to do it that he says it like it has already happened. That's the prophetic past tense.
So it says the Lord God of Israel has come the Lord, the God of Israel has redeemed his people, the Lord, the God of Israel, has raised up a horn of salvation for us. Who is this one of salvation. What is it is Jesus anyone fully with Israel's history knew that the horn was symbolic of what power and strength excited McElligott Wolfpack against Clemson on Saturday K sales plan for the men in red.
But you know I was there. I left at halftime. The thing I missed the best part. Kent Hughes got a great commentator your your to get his commentary on Luke, I'm just reading that is just incredible is what he says African hunters of the Cape Buffalo by the way the horn this is a reference to the horn of the Buffalo ox African hunters of the Cape Buffalo tells that when one of these great animal scuffs the ground and begins to rhythmically swing his horns back and forth is preparing for a deadly charge and animals horn is its weapon for defense and vengeance and also its ornament of beauty.
The Davidic horn would be raised up in a muddy display of power in the birth of Jesus.
A horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David Aiken said that Deuteronomy 33 verse 17 says in Majesty. He is like a firstborn bull. His horns are the horns of a wild ox within he will gorge the nations, even those of the ends of the earth whose talk about it is talking about Jesus. I can almost see him in heaven before he was sent to this earth swing in his horns back and forth and pawing at the ground and then he charged into history as the horn of our salvation. See Jesus is powerful. Zachariah declared in the prophetic past tense. He has raised up a horn of salvation.
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I've been shut off, so I didn't show up at church Sunday, but I was in my office from seven to 3 o'clock euros doing that unloved. I was looking up. I was read all of us write all these sentences out in great and I wouldn't do it because I can translate English to great but I have a Greek English book, as I just wrote them out and then I was looking at the keywords to see what they mean. You toward the group. The Greek verb here, from which we get the phrase raised up is a reference to the resurrection. The Greek word may is referring to someone raised from the dead as the rod is not Christ prophesied about the resurrection budgeting is pretty cool. You don't get that in your English translation.
Jesus is the horn. The power of our salvation.
He demonstrated his power win when he rose from the grave it either.
Some others experience God's power. Notice here lies Craig on here Craig rather Craig buried his son, what about is been little more the way) and on the Kragen Limited praise him right here. But listen, here's a man who sitting here tonight. A week after he he buried his 24-year-old son. You know why because he's experienced the power of Jesus Christ in his life and in God is given him the strength to mourn but not to more like those who have no hope. And he knows that William one day will be resurrected just like us. The rest of the Adams family with a TV show named Adams family and now correct son Edward sitting right there. Edward will determine the sort you ever your monotone what you doing good up to you later. Edward call me up was of some of this past summer. Some of the last he and and Edward want to get his life turned around and sit on the phone I was at a place near the water.
So I said if you want to get saved in the summer don't go to Russia to John Evans, know that things will anyway I would Pennell talk about that love anyway so it would Craig call me up and write on the phone every time he want to turn his life of Jesus Christ. And so what in the phone.
He prayed to receive Christ if you really did he send a text out of third at the authority of his friends to go to NC State and told him what he had done that he accepted Jesus Christ. He wants to live for Jesus Christ and invited them to come to a Bible study that Russ Sanders will be teaching about that is that there was ever your guy so we just started back two weeks ago. Yesterday we had 23 guys from the K house in the deep house against the state, walking that fellowship hall over there. That's the power of God he can change a man's life. Romans 116 says I'm not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes Jesus came from the house of David. He has been raised from the dead, and by his death and resurrection. All of our enemies have been defeated no enemies he's talking about three CN death and Satan CN death and Satan. They are three enemies and was listening to a seven when God takes care of death. The last enemy. You got nothing to worry about. Colossians 213 through 16 declares this truth when you were dead in your sins and the un-circumcision of your sinful nature. God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins. Having canceled the written code. The written code is really the 10 Commandments that Santa gets to you and make you take your life and put up 17 Commandments and is God going to clear you innocent or guilty, guilty, you know what God did with that law.
He nailed it to the cross because it stood opposed to us and he took it away from us within and in having this all the powers and authorities, Satan and all of his demonic forces. Jesus made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them where at the cross and so what Satan meant for evil God never good. The worst things ever happen in his the world is the best thing that ever happened in history the world is what God can do with your life.
You see is the power of God in the gospel that can change a man's life.
If you here tonight and this is all new to you than just notice.
God wants to demonstrate his power in your life. Question number two what is going want to save us answer. He loves us and he wants to define our joy in our life in him.
Look at verse 72 and 73 God is raised up a horn of salvation. Why, to save us from our enemies, enemies, CN death and Satan, and to show his mercy, and to remember his holy covenant.
The oath that he swore to our spiritual father Abraham. Remember, God promised Abraham by an oath that he would raise up one of his descendents would be the Messiah. So not only did Jesus come from line of David is also a descendent of the Abraham I got to go, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jacob, have 12 sons come down to Judah. When Abraham sees when when Jacob every messages. When Jacob was name was changed to Israel was prophesying blessing his sons when he got the Judy said there will be.
Initially there will be one half more they'll share this on Opera barely what everyone come from you, who will take the scepter from you and rule Jesus came from the land of Judah from the tribe of Judah. He's the one who took his taken at scepter proceeds are King he's our Lord to guide me in his video, God loves us. He wants us expenses power in our lives. He wants to change alive. He was at peace and joy and contentment.
Jeremiah 2911 through 12 says our children.
Just act like as it is true. Jesus speaking this to you right now, he says, for I know the plans I have for you a 20 they had a plan for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and try to make and I will listen to you your seat, and finally when you do what seek me with all of your heart doesn't promise. So if you're not sure of God exist you want to know if it's their only thesis is signaling. If you see me being a Christian is not about being religious but about having a dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders, a local triangle ministry glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living. You can discover more about finding your purpose in life by checking out the firstname.lastname@example.org will connect to finding purpose on Facebook pastor Russ would also like to extend a special invitation for you to join him in over 300 other local tribal men study God's word together every Tuesday night at 7 PM in downtown Raleigh.
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