Sunday October 11
The Church should be a house of prayer for all nations – Isaiah 56:7
Key Memory Verse - Isaiah 56:7 NASB - "7 Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.""
Mark 11:17 NASB - "17 And He began to teach and say to them, "Is it not written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS'? But you have made it a ROBBERS' DEN.""
Act 6:4 NASB - "4 "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.""
1Ti 2:1-4 NASB - "1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
Application: The church is to be a house of prayer for all nations made up of all cultures.
I. Review – What have you learned about the victorious church so far in these series of sermons?
II. How can we have sacrifices and offerings today?
“The New Testament consistently describes Christ's death in sacrificial terms. Hebrews portrays Christ as the sinless high priest who offered himself up as a sacrifice for sinners (Leviticus 7:27 ). The superiority of Christ's sacrifice over the Levitical sacrificial system is seen in that His sacrifice had to be offered only once. The book ends with an encouragement to offer sacrifices of praise to God through Christ. This thought is reflected in 1 Peter 2:1 where believers are called a holy and royal priesthood who offer up spiritual sacrifices.
Paul used the terminology of the Old Testament sacrifices in teaching about the death of Jesus. His death was an offering and sacrifice to God and, as such, a fragrant aroma (Ephesians 5:2 ). He associated Jesus with the Passover sacrifice (1 Corinthians 5:7 ). Paul also spoke of himself as a libation poured out (Philippians 2:18 ). He called the Philippians' gift a fragrant aroma and an acceptable sacrifice to God (Philippians 4:18 ).”
III. What is prayer?
The Lord’s Prayer For All Nations.
2. Mission Focused
3. Gospel Directed
IV. How Should We Then Live?
Jas 4:1, 3, 7-10 NASB - "1 What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? ... 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. ... 7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you."