Worship Preparation: November 1, 2020

Sunday, November 1, 2020
 
Read the sermon text: Obadiah

Read the sermon summary: Viewed independently and simplistically, we might think that Obadiah doesn’t have much for us as New Testament believers. The prophet Obadiah declares judgment on Edom because they gloated as God’s people were destroyed and even participated in that violence. But what does that have to do with us? Does this have anything to do with us, or is this just ancient history? However, if we look more closely at Obadiah in the context of the Twelve, we will see that Obadiah’s message relates directly to us. In Christ, God’s kingdom has come and is now spreading throughout the world. If you are in Christ, God has included you in his kingdom. He has done this not merely because you have called upon him, but because he called you and made you his own possession. We see all this, and more, if we look closely at the book of Obadiah. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: What does Edom’s pride cause it to misunderstand (v. 3, 7)? At what point does the judgment turn from historical to eschatological (from a judgment which has already taken place to a cosmic judgment yet to come)? Verses 19-20 show God’s people’s restoration and repossession of the land of promise. Look at your version of Obadiah 20 and consider this literal rendering, “The exiles of this host of the people of Israel, who are Canaanites unto Zarephath, and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall possess the cities of the Negeb.” What implications follow from this rendering?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Living Hope
How great the chasm that lay between us
How high the mountain I could not climb
In desperation I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night
Then through the darkness Your loving-kindness
Tore through the shadows of my soul
The work is finished the end is written
Jesus Christ my living hope
 
Who could imagine so great a mercy
What heart could fathom such boundless grace
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame
The cross has spoken I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ my living hope
 
Chorus
Hallelujah praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ my living hope
 
Then came the morning that sealed the promise
Your buried body began to breathe
Out of the silence the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me
Jesus Yours is the victory whoa
 
Jesus Christ my living hope
Oh God You are my living hope
 
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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