Sermon Series: Crazy Love (based on the book by Francis Chan)
Message: An Encounter with God (Week 1)
An Encounter with God-Isaiah 6:1-7
1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
v3 An encounter with God reveals His holiness.
v5 An encounter with God reveals my sinfulness.
Religion is man’s attempt to explain God. Religion Is flawed because it is created by man.
The myth of “good enough”
2 God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3 They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.
Our pride is a joke!
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
v7 An encounter with God reveals His love for us.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The Response of Worship-Isaiah 6:8
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Worship begins with a repentant heart.
Worship responds to the grace of God.
Worship focuses on the holiness of God.
Worship is about God. It’s not about us.
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” John Piper
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