This is the Bible study guide we will use in our Sunday evening discussion (12/18/16).
This is my sermon outline from 12/11.
Waiting on the Lord with Patience and Trust
Texts: Isaiah 35; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:1-11
We all wait on things in our lives.
Waiting carries with it an expectancy of something to be revealed or happen. In Isaiah 35, the prophet describes a vision of restoration that is to come...but it is a future restoration, and the people have to learn how to wait on the Lord in hope.
We have seen the beginnings of this restoration. We see the firstfruits of it--Christ, God’s promised one, in whom the restoration began and in whom it will find its fulfillment--and we live in the time in which that restoration has begun and when it will be fulfilled. So we, like the people who heard Isaiah’s declaration, must wait upon the Lord. James advocates that we do so with patience (5:7-10).
Finally, James provides an example of patience--the prophets, who often suffered while announcing, and waiting themselves, for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Jesus called attention to a great prophet who suffered while preaching about God’s promises--John the Baptist. What greater prophet was there than John?
As we contemplate the final restoration, and how we wait upon the Lord patiently in trust, we must ask ourselves similar questions:
This is the study guide we will use in our Sunday evening (12/11) discussion group.
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