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“Fear Not”

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Fear Not

The local news last Wednesday was filled with headlines about a corrupt police officer who violated four women while on duty. He received a 43 year prison sentence. Stories like this make it easy for us to paint with a broad brush: all police officers must be corrupt. We live in cynical and disillusioned times. It is pervasive. It seems collectively that we as people have lost sense of our purpose. How do we turn this around?

The passage we’ll be studying today not only identifies our purpose for living, but it also tells us about the God we serve. It’s an amazing part of God’s word and I think you’ll be strengthened and encouraged when you leave. The message is that God wants to reform those who have lost their purpose. That’s His message to the Jews in Isaiah 42-43. Its something those living today can also take heart from. 

Our plan of study will cover Isaiah 42.18-43.21. We’ll talk about:

  1. Isaiah 42.18-25 - The Problem: Insensibility
  2. Isaiah 43.1-7 - The Solution: Intervention
  3. Isaiah 43.8-13 - The Reason: Exclusivity
  4. Isaiah 43.14-21 - The Outcome: Newness 

As you get ready for worship, be thinking about these things:

  • What are some ways we can fight back against the cynicism that has permeated our society today?
  • What are some areas of your life where you may be seeing but not observing? Hearing, but not hear?
  • How does Isaiah 43.2 fill your heart with hope and courage?
  • What is the ultimate fulfillment of Isaiah 43.4b?
  • According to Isaiah 43.10, why have you been redeemed by God?

Sunday Song Leader: Russ Robins

Sunday Scripture Reading: Jim Grushon Jr.

TEXT: Isaiah 43.1-7