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Barrett Berry, Lead Pastor

MESSAGE AS PREPARED FOR PASTOR BARRETT

“Zeal is What we Need”

WELCOME & VISION OF SERMON SERIES

Welcome to the Empowered Living Church (The ELC). We are celebrating our first year as a church! Thank you for being a part of God's victory. Our objective is to save souls, make disciples, and build God's kingdom.

BIG IDEA

God has an army of warriors waiting to perform the tasks for those serve under the authority of His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

KEY SCRIPTURE - Isaiah 9:1-7 (NIV)

1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.   

4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.

5Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

CONTEXT

God has an army of warriors waiting to perform the tasks for those serve under the authority of His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

TEACHING POINTS / THOUGHTS TO BUILD ON

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) ~ 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


We will spend today searching through just this one scripture.  


For to us a child is born . . .

The humanity of Jesus is that he was born of a woman.

1. Jesus had to be born because of mankind’s sin.

2. Jesus had to be born because God wanted to reveal His own character to humanity.

3. Jesus had to be born to remove the sins of humankind through a perfect sacrifice.

4. Jesus had to be born to provide the promised Seed of Abraham.


God promised Abraham that through his (Abraham’s) “seed,” or descendants, all nations of the world would be blessed.  Jesus had to be born to provide the promised spiritual fulfillment of the Seed of Israel. Jesus, quite appropriately, was a literal, physical descendant of Abraham. He was Abraham’s Seed, through whom all nations of the world would be blessed.  


To us a son is given . . .

The son of God can’t be born, therefore He was given.  John 1:1-5 states

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


John 3:16 (NIV) ~ 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


And the government will be on his shoulders . . .


With the decline of the Roman Empire in the West, civil authority fell into the hands of the only educated class that remained—the churchmen. The church, which formed the only organized institution, became the seat of temporal as well as spiritual power


Point One: Wonderful Counselor

The word wonderful in Hebrew is Pela (Pele’) and Pela’ defined is something admirable, something distinguished, and most saliently something miraculous from God.  


The word counselor means one that is an adviser or consultant.  


Point Two: Mighty God

Mighty means strong, our champion, and our hero.  In old, mighty was said of Alexander the Great. And today, one can say of the Lion he is the hero of beasts.  


Point Three: Everlasting Father


God is our Father of all of His creation.  Jesus assumes the role as the king of God’s chosen people, the people of Israel, forever and will lead as their Everlasting Father, king, leader, sanctifier, healer, deliverer, peacemaker, and more when you need Him most.  


Luke 1:30-35 (NIV) ~ 30 But the angel (Gabriel) said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”


Point Four: Prince of Peace


The Bible states in Romans 5:1-5 (NIV) ~ Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.


When Paul drafts these words he speaks about peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  This peace is a state of national tranquility, an exemption from the rage and havoc of war, and the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.


Peace used in Isaiah 9 in this passage of scripture is the word Shalom in Hebrew and is defined as a position of wealth, completeness, soundness, welfare, and most saliently peace.  


Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  He is the


Why did Jesus come to the earth?


God sent his Son to earth by transferring his life from heaven to the womb of a virgin Jewess named Mary. So Jesus did not have a human father. (Luke 1:30-35) Jesus came to the earth (1) to teach the truth about God, (2) to set us an example in how to do God’s will even when we are in difficulties, and (3) to give his perfect life as “a ransom.”​—Read Matthew 20:28.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) ~ 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Names of Jesus

  • Author and Perfecter of Our Faith: He sits on the right hand of God
  • The Bread of Life: through him we will never go hungry. We will never be thirsty
  • Chief Cornerstone: you can’t build a life without him
  • Great High Priest
  • Light of the World: Those who follow will never see darkness
  • Redeemer: To Job in the midst of his trials he kept his focus on the one that would save him from a terrible fate
  • Our Hope: When all else is gone we can put our trust in Him


CLOSING THOUGHT / CHALLENGE

Celebration: God’s Zeal ~ great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.


Isaiah 9:7 (NIV) ~ 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.


In the King James Version of the Bible it reads “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”  God as the Lord of Hosts is a God with an Army of Warrior Angeles willing to perform the tasks he assigns for them.  As for the Angel Gabriel, who sits in the presence of God, he came to earth to announce the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus.  As for the Angel Michael he is the warrior Angel that no man or spirit can defeat in battle. And God has an army of warriors waiting to perform the tasks for those serve under the authority of His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.