Pastor Bobby’s Sermon 3, June, 2017 The Promise Of The Father

Pentecost Sunday.
50th day after Easter.
For 40 days Jesus appeared to the disciples.
He gave the instruction before His ascension.

Luke 24:46-48
Starting from Jerusalem, the most antagonistic place to share the Gospel.
Acts :4-5
How would they do that? Through the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:1-4, 16-18
The promise of the Father came to pass.

When did God promise this?

Deut 30:6
God will do something with our heart
Jer 31:33
God will put the laws of God in hearts and minds.
Eze 36:24-27
God will put His spirit into our heart.

Why did Ezekiel tell this promise?
Ezekiel lived during exile.
The temple was destroyed, the presence of God was lost.
The people were discouraged: how to find God.
Ezekiel told them the presence of God would be in their heart.

The promise of the Father is His presence with His people.

Genesis 3:8-9
God never leaves nor forsakes us.
Even when we try to hide from God, He will search for us.

Rev 21:22-23
The presence of God even filled the city.

Exodus 3:5, 19:17-18
God appeared as burning bush in Sinai.
Moses then brought the people to Sinai. However, the people could not draw near to Him. Only Moses did.

God then planned to come to dwell with the Israelites in the form of the Ark of the Covenant.

Exo 40:34-35, 38.
The pillar of cloud and fire, the symbol of God’s presence, rested on the Tabernacle.

1 Kings 8:10-11
The Temple of God represented the presence of God.

The children of Israel was different because the presence of God was with them, not because they practiced Sabbath or circumcision.

Psalm 84:1-8
The Israelites longed for Jerusalem, because it is the place where God chooses to dwell.

However, the Israelites rebelled against God. Hence, the enemy destroyed the temple.
The Israelites then could no longer be distinguished from other nations.

Ezekiel 37:27-28
The prophet prophesied of the coming Tabernacle.

Haggai 2:3
The second temple was less glorious than the first temple.

Malachi.
Then, silence from God for 400 years.
Then, Lord Jesus came.

Luke 4:18-19
Lord Jesus came in the Spirit.

Before He ascended , He told them to wait for the Promise of the Father.

Why do we celebrate Pentecost Sunday?
To remind us that we are the carrier of the presence of God.
We are called to manifest His power to the captives, the poor and the blind because God is with us.

God’s presence distinguishes us as His people.

The pursuit of the presence of God is the whole purpose of life.
1 Cor 3:16-17
We are the temple of God
1 Cor 6:12

Why do we keep ourselves holy?
Because we are the holy temple of God.

1 Cor 6:19-20
We are not our own.
Out of all places God can dwell, He chooses to dwell in our heart.

How should we live our lives?
We live it unto the glory of God.

You can purchase his sermon here:
The Promise of the Father (03 Jun 2017), MP3, English

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Posted June 8, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bobby Chaw, Sermon

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