Come Down

By on September 2, 2018

Part 18 in Sermon Series: A Region Ripe for Revival

Scripture reading from Isaiah 64

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  1. Donald McMahon
    September 2, 2018

    “Come Down” (Isaiah 64)(9.2.18)
    SLIDE 1 ICE BREAKER: Isaac encouraging Rev. Dr. Simpson, but when the message got murky, he would exclaim, “Help him Lord.”
    LET US PRAY:
    SLIDE 2 Isaiah 64 (NIV84)
    64 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains would tremble before you!
    2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
    and causes water to boil,
    come down to make your name known to your enemies
    and cause the nations to quake before you!
    3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
    you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
    4 Since ancient times no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,
    no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
    5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
    who remember your ways.
    But when we continued to sin against them,
    you were angry.
    How then can we be saved?
    6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
    we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
    7 No one calls on your name
    or strives to lay hold of you;
    for you have hidden your face from us
    and made us waste away because of our sins.
    8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
    9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord;
    do not remember our sins forever.
    Oh, look upon us, we pray,
    for we are all your people.
    10 Your sacred cities have become a desert;
    even Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation.
    11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our fathers praised you,
    has been burned with fire,
    and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
    12 After all this, O Lord, will you hold yourself back?
    Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?
    The word of God for the people of God.
    Title: Come Down
    INTRODUCTION:
    Last week, we ended worship with the Battle Hymn of the Republic: My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord! Today’s scripture begins with the pleading, Come down; Lord Come down!
    Catholic Bishop Robert Barron this week addressed those considering leaving the Catholic Church over the deplorable child abuse scandals. His proposal was that instead of leaving, Catholics should stay and fight for their Church and their beliefs. He said, “There is so much at stake.”
    I would propose to you that the state of the US Christian Church is unhealthy and that millions and millions have been leaving over the last several decades. I ask you, “What is at stake? How will we fight for God’s kingdom to become a reality here on earth? I tell you that we need God to come in power and might, to Come Down upon His people.”
    BODY:
    SLIDE 3
    God has Come Down upon Christ Fellowship Pentecostal Church.
    500 baptism since January. Previously, they were doing a few each month.
    So, I chose our Isaiah 64 last Monday. This week when I went to their website and then to their Revival page, Isaiah 64:1 was their featured verse.
    Is there a clue on this slide that shows their weekly worship schedule?
    PUSH: pray until something happens (from a FB post)
    SLIDE 4
    Let us read this verse together.
    Verse 9: Oh, look upon us, we pray,
    for we are all your people.
    SLIDE 5
    Imagine the power of God. How can we comprehend it?
    Tornados, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, they are just a tiny fraction of God’s power.
    The vastness of our universe held together
    SLIDE 6
    There have been fifty separate direct lightning strikes to the WVAH TV tower near St. Albans, West Virginia between 2004 and 2012, which busts a common myth about lightning!
    With the right conditions, lighting will in fact strike the same place multiple times. May we be God’s instruments to create similar conditions in our community.
    Lightning is caused by a difference in electrical potential. Positive charges build up on anything that sticks up and the negative charge from the clouds connect. Lightning is around 48,632 degrees. That is five times hotter than the surface of the sun! (you may be wondering how they measured that; they went at night)
    In videos taken by people during thunderstorm, when lightning struck near them, would exclaim, “Oh my God.”
    SLIDE 7
    Yes, lightning can strike multiple times in the same place. A total of at least three times here at Emmaus.
    June 11, 1958, and again in 1974, the steeple was struck by lightning and had to be replaced. During the 1958 reconstruction, it was necessary to install braces from below the ground level to the base of the bell tower. The damage was so severe we were not able to use the church. Repairs were completed in time to celebrate our 168th anniversary on August 10th. Jim Higbee said the church was struck by lightning at least one other time, before his day, but there isn’t anything written down about it, just passed along by word of mouth.
    My revival prayer is for a different manifestation of God’s power to strike Emmaus Church.
    SLIDE 8
    Now we have a cross attached to a lightning rod at the highest point of the church.
    What great symbolism and imagery.
    So, how do we become a likely target for God’s power?
    SLIDE 9
    God has Come Down on the Maplewood Revival in Minnesota at the Josiah Center.
    Their revival started last November. They have six Revival Services a week, every night but Monday. They last 3-4 hours with music, preaching, and praying.
    Notice in their logo, a dove made from flames of fire.
    SLIDE 10
    The mountains will tremble.
    This mountain under a star filled sky gives a tiny glimpse into the power of Almighty God.
    SLIDE 11
    you did awesome things
    Remember what God has done.
    >Has God worked in your life?
    >The Bible records many great works of God.
    SLIDE 12
    Peace with our Covenant God.
    Revelation 4:1–3 (NIV84) The Throne in Heaven
    4 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.
    The UMC logo with the flame representing God the Holy Spirit and all that the Cross of Christ means to Christians. And, this is what we want to channel on our steeple lighting rod of a cross.
    SLIDE 13
    4 Since ancient times no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,
    no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who acts on behalf of those who wait for him
    SLIDE 14
    5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
    who remember your ways.
    But when we continued to sin against them,
    you were angry.
    How then can we be saved?
    6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
    we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
    7 No one calls on your name
    or strives to lay hold of you;
    for you have hidden your face from us
    and made us waste away because of our sins.
    9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord;
    do not remember our sins forever.
    We can have confidence because of Jesus:
    1 John 1:9 (NIV84)
    9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
    We must be a confessing people for the LORD to be able to use us.
    SLIDE 15
    8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
    SLIDE 16
    10 Your sacred cities have become a desert;
    even Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation.
    11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our fathers praised you,
    has been burned with fire,
    and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
    SLIDE 17
    12 After all this, O Lord, will you hold yourself back?
    Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?
    Have you ever had someone give you the silent treatment?
    Come Down Lord, Come down
    SLIDE 18 CONCLUSION:
    Lord, Come Down.
    Psalm 144:5 (NIV84)
    Part your heavens, O Lord, and come down;
    touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
    SLIDE 19
    Pastor and Professor, William Barclay, who you might know from this famous quote:
    There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.
    He gives this insight: “Every Christian is by definition one who is bound to attempt great things for God and to expect great things from God. The basic fault of so many congregations is that they are well content to keep things as they are. For so many, the task of the Church has become a holding engagement rather than a campaign of advance. Neither a person nor an institution can stand still. It must either advance or retreat. It must either progress or decay. We need those who are brave enough to think and plan and purpose and act adventurously.”

    “The Church needs those who are brave in thought, and who are brave enough to express their thoughts. It needs courage to follow where the truth leads. It is very much easier to go on repeating outworn slogans, to go on reciting outworn creeds, to go on using conventional and pious language, than to confound fossilized orthodoxy with living faith.”
    Give us your Holy Spirit Lord. Come down. Come down.
    Amen and amen. Let us pray.

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