Message: “When God Says ‘Shut Up!'” from Tom Leonard

Tom Leonard - December 15, 2019

When God Says 'Shut Up!'

When God Says ‘Shut Up”! Luke 1:5-25 God’s people thought they knew how God was going to bring the Messiah about: His Son, John is the of the Messiah, spoken of from Malachi 4:5-6. He was the Elijah who was to come to prepare the way for the Messiah – all this signaled the coming of the Messiah! Though they had been waiting for this, Zechariah is having a hard time believing this – doubts, and therefore the angel says ________! Leaves him speechless! How many times has God been trying to speak to us – and we respond in doubt, disbelief? We start telling God how we can’t do it, how He can’t accomplish it in us – Or have we responded like Mary? – (1:38) 1. What has God been saying to you? Or what do you think God has been trying to say to you? 2. How have you responded? Has it been with faith (Yes, Lord!) or has it been with doubt/unbelief? Take away: Let us respond in faith to what God is saying to us! Let us say, ‘Yes Lord, May your word to me be fulfilled!’ Remind us- Our vision: REACH, GROW, SEND – Reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ, Grow them into community so that they can use their gifts, Send them into their community and world to reach others… Go into all the world preach the Gospel, make disciples (Mt 28:18-19) Why? God’s heart - Core value for us – Lost people matter to God, and He wants them found.

Scripture References: Luke 1:5-25, Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 28:18-19

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