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Novenber 27, 2016

Sermon: Gifts at Christmas: From Isaiah

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 7:10-16; 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Isaiah Gives Ahaz the Sign of Immanuel
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted

Final Messages and Greetings
Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Gifts at Christmas: From Isaiah
Isaiah 7:10-16; 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

I. Introduction—Dustin
II. Series: Gifts at Christmas
III. Famous last words (1 Cor. 16:13-14)
     A. Paul’s final instructions
     B. “Stand firm in your faith” (16:13)
     C. “Be courageous; be strong” (16:13)
     D. “Let all that you do be done in love” (16:14)
     E. How do we do this?
IV. The example of Isaiah (Is. 7:10-16)
     A. The setting (735-32 BC)
         1. The Assyrian threat
         2. The Syro-Ephraimite war
     B. King Ahaz is on a tour of the Gihon Spring
     C. Isaiah prophecies that all will be well (7:7)
     D. Isaiah says, “Ask for a sign” (7:11)
     E. Ahaz’s response (7:12; Deut 6:16)
     F. Isaiah’s prophecy
         1. “Immanuel” (7:14)
         2. What the child will eat (7:15-16)
     G. Isn’t this prophecy about Jesus?
V. What are the gifts of Isaiah? (1 Cor. 16:13-14)
     A. “Stand firm in your faith” (16:13)
     B. “Be courageous, be strong” (16:13)
     C. “In love” (16:14)
VI. Conclusion: “Concussion,” Dr. Bennet Omalu


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