October 25, 2020
Sermon Title: Mountains
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Scripture Reading: Genesis 8:1-4; Exodus 19:17; Deuteronomy 3:27; Luke 23:33
Scripture Text: Genesis 8:1-4
1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.
3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down,
4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
Summary: God calls us to climb Mt Ararat (God in your trials); Mt Moriah (surrender); Mt Sinai (new revelation of God); Mt Pisgah (visions of what to possess); & Mt Calvary (sharing in Jesus' suffering).
The term "mountain" designates an abrupt rise of the earth's surface usually more than 2,000 feet. The Rocky Mountains frequently have heights of 13,000 feet or more.
Many people love to climb mountains for recreation. The taller the mountain, the more difficult the climb, and it requires more time, effort, and equipment to reach the summit.
The term "mountain" is also used as a descriptive word for challenges or troubles. Just like mountains seem gigantic and climbing them is a grueling process, so our trials and tests look huge and seem beyond our strength.
Each spiritual mountain is different, requiring new skills and approaches, and each summit has a different view than the others.
5 mountain peaks God wants us to climb
Mountain I. Mt. Ararat: Preservation in trials Genesis 8:1-4
Noah was the first one to have to make a journey to the top of a mountain. He got there by an unusual route.
Mountain II. Mt. Moriah: Where hearts are tested. Genesis 22
Moriah is the mountain where we, as disciples of Jesus, willingly take all that is dear to us and offer it to God as a sacrifice, as a demonstration of our love. Moriah is the place of personal sacrifice.
Mountain III. Mt. Sinai: The Mountain of Revelation Exodus 19:17
Sinai is where God and man came face to face.
It was the place of revelation; a revelation of who God is and who we are.
When the people saw the mountain on fire, felt the earthquake, and heard the thundering voice of God, the Bible says they "trembled with fear."
Mountain IV. Mt. Pisgah: The Mountain of Dreams Deuteronomy 3:27
Mt. Pisgah is the mountain of dreams, of future visions.
This mountaintop enabled Moses to see the promised land flowing with milk and honey.
It was no longer a dream in the distant future; it was within sight.
Mountain V. Mt. Calvary The mountain of self-denial Luke 23:33
Mt. Calvary is the mountain we are told to climb every day. That we may take up our cross and follow Him.
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