July 22, 2018
Sermon Title: How does it Look Now . . . Take a Good Look
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Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:13
Scripture Text: Haggai 2:3-7
1 In the seventh month, on the twenty-first of the month, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying:
2 “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying:
3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?
4 Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts.
5 ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’
6 “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;
7 and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the [c]Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this [d]temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.
8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.
9 ‘The glory of this latter [e]temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
How does it Look Now . . . Take a Good Look
Right now I particularly want to notice the question in the middle of the third verse, "How does it look to you now?"
That is a good question to ask during the first few weeks of a new year, "How does it look to you now?"
Let us take a good look at what is says as we begin the last half.
As we prepare for the 25th year celebration.
Note: As we prepare to celebrate 25 years, Let us ask this question.
1. Look back at the past. How does it look to you now? It probably looks a little different than it did back at the beginning.
2. We can also ask this question about the coming year. How does it look to us now?
As we look forward to the prospects of this year. As we soon began the 26th year what do we see?
Illustration: Do you remember Flip Wilson on TV? Dressed up as Geraldine, he would say, "What you see is what you get!"
Let’s consider it in 3 different areas.
Area I. How do you see yourself?
First of all, how do you look to yourself? When you look in the mirror, what kind of person looks back? Who are you inside? What do you see, someone who is weak & constantly failing, someone who isn’t worth very much?
Or do you see an eager, optimistic person who can hardly wait for the next day to begin because there are so many things to do? What do you see when you look at yourself?
Area II. How does the world look to you?
God sees the world as redeemable, & He sees each of us as channels through whom His redemptive message might travel.
Area III. How does the Church look to you?
Our text is an exciting passage in Haggai. God instructs the prophet to speak to Governor Zerrubabel, to the high priest, & to all the people.
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