In Isaiah 7–9 God’s prophet exposes the bad deals the king and people of Judah have made to manage the risks they face. How can their experience and God’s promise of a new king help us to avoid making bad deals and instead stand firm in our trust in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Have you ever wished God would just show himself to you? Isaiah’s encounter with God might make you reconsider! Learn with Isaiah how the terrifying holiness of God also creates the conditions we need for renewal.
The Christian God is a God who judges. That’s a hard truth for our culture. But how unreasonable is it? After all, the judgments we make every day are often pretty poor. How can we hope to escape the consequences of our own misjudgments, let alone the consequences of the judgment of a holy God? The answer lies in the One who received the consequences of God’s judgment on our misjudgments.
In Isaiah 3-4 we see the social condition of Jerusalem and Judah and something is terribly wrong - this is a city bereft, disordered and disintegrating. With piercing vision Isaiah sees with concern these are symptoms of their spiritual malaise. They are a people of hard hearts and it forces us to ask the question, how do you overcome a hard heart? Only by grace as our hearts are softened by the beauty and glory of the Lord Jesus who stood before the judge in our place to make us righteous.
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
- Isaiah 1:1-31
- Matt 23:23-39
How do you change someone’s heart? How do you change your own heart? Heart failure was the problem that Isaiah saw as he began his mighty prophetic ministry to Israel, and his words speak powerfully to us. Join us as we start this series in Isaiah 1-12.
It's actually fairly possible for the watching world to be positive about grace, faith and even Scripture, which are the first three of the Reformation 'alone'. It's when we get to 'Christ alone' - the gospel truth that only in Christ is the blessing and saving grace of God to be found - that thing get more heated. This sermon unfolds the gospel logic of Christ alone.