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Ancient Words (4 of 5)

Sermon Series: Ancient Words
Sermon Title: The Voice of the Messenger (4 of 5)
Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:1, 4:5-6; Isa 40:1-5; Luke 3:1-6, 15-20, 7:18-28

The prophets Isaiah and Malachi foretold that someone like Elijah would precede the advent of the Messiah. John the Baptist—a fiery, locust-eating prophet in camel skins—testified that he was the voice crying out in the wilderness and preparing the way for the promised Messiah.

In The Voice of the Messenger (4 of 5), Pastor David addresses the purpose and the meaning of the forerunner to Jesus.

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December 18 bulletin

Ancient Words (3 of 5)

Sermon Series: Ancient Words
Sermon Title: The Suffering Messiah (3 of 5)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:1-12; Psalm 22:1-31; Matthew 21:33-46

The Jews of Jesus’ day were expecting a warrior king—a military Messiah to deliver them from Roman oppression and then judge the world from his throne in Israel. Therefore, for the first century Jew, the Servant Songs of Isaiah 42-53 must describe the sufferings of Israel, not their coming Messiah.

In The Suffering Messiah (3 of 5), Pastor David shows us how Isaiah 53 speaks of a dying and rising servant that can only be describing the passion of one man, Jesus of Nazareth.

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December 11 bulletin

Ancient Words (2 of 5)

Sermon Series: Ancient Words
Sermon Title: When God Becomes King
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; John 6:14-15

After Jesus fed the five thousand, the people tried to make him king by force. But Jesus withdrew and rejected their ideas of kingship. According to the major prophet Isaiah, the Messiah would sit on David’s throne and reign forever. So how then does Jesus fulfill this prophecy? After all, many of Jesus’ Jewish opponents didn’t think he fit the description or brought about its claims.

In When God Becomes King (2 of 5), Pastor David explains how Jesus fulfills royal prophecy and will someday come again in glory.

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December 4 bulletin