The Words Of The Prophets - Week Two: Three Words That Can Save The World
Today we're continuing our sermon series entitled "The Words Of The Prophets."
In the weeks leading up to Advent, we’ll be listening to the voices of the Old Testament prophets from the Lectionary readings as they prepare for the coming of the Messiah.
The inspiration for this series is a line from the classic song "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel. The line goes like this: The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls..."
Biblical prophets aren’t predictors of the future; they hope to shape it. They used their words to either project a hopeful future or one full of hardship---all based on what was happening at the moment.
And the words of the prophets can come to us from some unlikely places at times.
We just have to have our eyes open, our ears ready to hear, and our hearts ready to be transformed.
Prophetic imagination helps us see beyond our reality and God's reality. We get glimpses of the coming Kingdom of God to see the world the way it ought to be, and we also get a vision of a Messiah.
Today we’re going to be hearing from a prophet who has a unique message for the Church as we await the renewal of all things…
Before we dig into the text, let's think briefly about the reality of the Church in our own era.
First the bad news: What do most people who don't identify as Christians think of Christians? Do you have any thoughts?