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September 26, 2010                                                 Casting a Vision

A Word about Casting a Vision from the Later Prophets


Let Me Explain

Joel & Malachi


Synopsis: Let me explain, the power within the life of believers is from above and will transform your life.  If the power is not in you then you do not belong to God.  If your life is not being transformed by the power within you then you do not have the Spirit of God within you. 

      Joel calls for repentance as a prerequisite to blessing and declares that God is waiting on your response.  What are you waiting on?

      Peter, on the Day of Pentecost, quoted Joel as part of his explanation of the experience of the early church.  God has a vision for the church and the only way we can live up to that vision is to be filled with the power of the Spirit. Malachi comes along to add some details to what the transformed life should be like.

      Malachi takes up the call to repentance and transformation with a declaration of God’s love.  Malachi even illustrates how God has proved his love for the people and calls for them to illustrate their love for God.  Judgment is coming and the only way to escape is to believe, repent, and be transformed by the Spirit of God.


Scripture Text (NLT): Joel 2:12-17, 2:28-32 (Acts 2:17-21), 3:1-3; Malachi 1:2-3, 3:1 (John 3:16-18), 2-4, 6-18, 4:2-3, 5-6.



Scripture Reading: Joel 2:12-13


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Responding to the need

September 19, 2010                                                 Casting a Vision

A Word about Casting a Vision from the Later Prophets


Responding to the Need

Obadiah, Haggai, Zechariah


Synopsis: Responding to the Need is a call for the people of God to open their eyes of faith and see the need God has prepared for them to meet.  We start with Obadiah (Means: servant of the Lord).  Judgment is pronounced on the enemies of God’s people the of Edom.  Obadiah offers a word to the wise, there is a perfect storm coming.  Don’t let it catch you unprepared.  Don’t trust in your own resources Believe, Pray, & Receive a life transforming Spirit.

      Haggai and Zechariah are both fond of referring to God as the “Lord of Heaven Armies.”  They tell the people of the restoration that God can be trusted.  Haggai points out the need for the people to establish a right relationship with God and not delay.  God must be their priority. 

      Zechariah points out many reasons to trust God.  One of those is illustrated through a vision of the high priest.  Zechariah 3:1-10 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture.  In the vision Jeshua (some translations use Joshua) the high priest was standing before the angel of the Lord and Satan, the Accuser of the Brethren, was making accusations against him.  “2And the Lord said to Satan, “I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan.”  Then Jeshua is stripped of his old garments and dressed in new ones.  What a blessing it is to be cleansed by the Word of God.


Scripture Text (NLT): Obadiah 1:2-4, 15-17; Haggai 1:3-6, 14-21, 2:3-5, 6-9 Zechariah 3:1-10


Scripture Reading: Haggai 1:2-6


Last Week’s Bible Question:

Of the Twelve Later Prophets in the Old Testament which two are not quoted in the New Testament?  Answer: Obadiah & Zephaniah


This Week’s Bible Question:

Of the Twelve Latter Prophets in the Old Testament which two are quoted the most in the New Testament?  Answer: Hosea & Zechariah


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Four  Words about Casting a Vision From the Later Prophets  Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk

September 12, 2010

Four  Words about Casting a Vision From the Later Prophets

Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk


Synopsis: I am using two metaphors to describe what the church needs to do to be the living organism God intends for it to be.  The term “casting” can mean a lot of different things.  I am using it as the process of filling the “mold” God has created for the church.  The term “mold” represents church structure.  “Vision” is the word we use to describe what God wants us to look like.  Casting a Vision is hard work. 

      Let’s talk about the mold.  Three elements of church structure are leadership, calendar and budget. 

      The Latter Prophets were trying to get Israel and/or Judah to realize some of the same sort of things.  They wanted them to change in order to avert judgment or to prepare for the new day that was coming.  The good news is that we are invited to be a part of what God is doing.


Scripture Text (NLT): Micah 3:1-4, 8-12; Nahum 1:15, 2:1-2; Zephaniah 3:9-10; Habakkuk 3:2, 16-19;


Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:2



Which two of the Latter Prophets are not quoted in the New Testament?

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Chasing the Wind

Dr. Sonny Strange teaches from the book of Hosea.

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