Worship Communion 2nd Sunday of Advent Week of 05 to 10 December 2016

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Worship Communion 2nd Sunday of Advent
Week of 05 to 10 December 2016
“Let us get prepared to receive the Messiah King”
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Introduction: The Messiah is both King and Savior, and as such, deserves to receive respect, honor, full trust and obedience. The prophet Isaiah stated about Him: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders” Is.9 :6ab. God Himself vouches for Him as it is written: “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this” Is.9 :7.

Monday 05: The Messiah King, a Messenger of the Lord among his people.
“The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever” Mic. 4:7b.
Reading 1: 1 Pet.2:6-10. Reading 2: Mic. 4:1-7. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Mic. 4:6-7
Introduction: The Lord Our God is reflected through the Messiah King who is the Ruler over the heavens and the highest heavens (Deu.10:14). He gives a great assurance to his people, the people of Israel whom He chose, and who is the firstfruit of the Church of God which the Christ has purchased by his blood (Acts 20:28). He surely stands in the midst of his people and shines his glory upon the mount of Zion. “The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem… The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever” Mic.4 :2,7.

Tuesday 06: Be confident, the Messiah King is coming.
“In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay” He.10:37.
Reading 1: Lk.18:1-8. Reading 2: He.10:35-39. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: He.10:37.
Introduction: The Messiah King is Faithful and Right (Re.19:11). And since He is loving, He is “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” Ex.34:6. Certainly, “he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone” La.3:33. Therefore He says to all those who are in trouble: “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me ” Ps.50:15. So they will claim: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” Ps.46:1-3.

Wednesday 07: Let us get prepared for the Messiah’s coming.
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” Lk.12:40.
Reading 1: Mt.25:1-2. Reading 2: Lk.12:35-40. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Lk.12:40.
Introduction: The King Messiah is “gentle and humble in heart” (Mt.11:29), so He is willing to grant mercy to sinful men. In this respect He declares: “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice” Os.6:6a. But He truly is a great King and Lord, and as such, deserves respect and honor (Mal.1:6). With regards to the man who did not honor Him at his wedding banquet He said: “Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” Mt.22 :13.

Thursday 08: Sanctify yourself to meet the Messiah King.
“Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves” Ex.19:22a.
Reading 1: Mt.22:8-14. Reading 2: Ex.19:17-22. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Ex.19:21-22.
Introduction: God reveals Himself as holy to those near Him who serve in a holy ministry in his house. He requires them to be faithful, just as Moses was in all God’s house (He.3:2). Therefore He said: “Therefore be holy, because I am holy” Lev.11:45b. He also said: “Purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of the Lord” Is.52:11b. And since those He calls are sinful men, He sanctifies them as it is written: “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” Ro.8 :30.

Friday 09: The Messiah should be received with a repentant heart.
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” He.4:7b.
Reading 1: Ro.2:16. Reading 2: He.4:5-11. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: He.4:7.
Introduction: The Lord says: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite” Is.57:15. Jesus said when as He saw Zacchaeus’longing to see Him: “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today” Lk.19:5. He grants justice to those who are repentant, just as He did to the criminal near Him who pleaded:“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He then replied:“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” Lk.23:42-43.

Saturday 10: Welcome the Messiah King.
“See, your king comes to you” Zec.9:9b.
Reading 1: Mt.21: 6-11. Reading 2: Zec.9: 9-11. Preaching 1 (choice). Preaching 2: Zec.9: 9.
Introduction: Welcome and honor the Messiah King who is coming to you, because He is the Holy and Almighty God. The psalmist knew Him so well that he sang: “Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—he is the King of glory” Ps.24 :9-10. He truly is the Messiah of God.

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