Someone once said, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Zechariah 3 is indeed a beautiful picture worth far more than a thousand words as it illustrates the Bible doctrine of justification. Most believers seem to think of salvation only in negative terms--the pardon/forgiveness of sins. But the blessed truth you will be tempted to disbelieve or deny is the positive component of our salvation. You've got to hear what that is! It will greatly bless you!!
Synopsis: Do you enjoy working jigsaw puzzles? What is true of assembling a jigsaw puzzle is equally true of assembling our Bible knowledge. Without some grasp of "the big picture" - an idea of who fits where, what goes with what, etc., -- Bible details can seem quite puzzling and disjointed.
In this introductory message in a new sermon series, it's helpful for us to get "the big picture" so we can better understand how everything fits together - the events that are happening, the people mentioned, and the significance of the message being delivered as timeless truth.
Synopsis: In this second introductory message to the book of Zechariah, we look at the message and method by which he communicates God's message to His people. Do you know what the difference is between a vision and a dream? Both occur in Scripture and both were methods of divine communication.
To regain hope when we are discouraged and overwhelmed by our hardships, we must redirect our focus away from ourselves and our present circumstances to what God has in store for us--His promises to us. This is the message Zechariah wanted the Jews of his day to receive and it's the message we need today.
Synopsis: Zechariah's message of hope begins in a rather unexpected manner in chapter one. In fact that chapter really functions as an introduction to the book for a couple of reasons. As Zechariah sets forth the prerequisite for hope, there are timeless truths being declared that are just as important in our day as it was in his.
Synopsis: In this third introductory message, we look at a key theme in Zechariah's prophecy - the foundation of our hope. There are two primary evidences upon which our hope as believers rests. Find out what they are and what relationship they have to our hope.
Synopsis: Tonight we consider the first of 8 visions that the prophet Zechariah received in one night, in uninterrupted fashion. What is the significance of the Man standing among the myrtle trees and what is He doing? This first message conveys a message of hope to the Jews in Zechariah's day and there is timeless encouraging truth for us in our day as well.
Synopsis: This message looks at the 2nd of 8 visions Zechariah received in one night. The timeless message of encouragement found here is just needed in our day as was in his day. The resource of God's unlimited power to accomplish His purpose and plan is the provision for hope.
Synopsis: What Zechariah sees in this third vision, the apostle Paul essentially says in Ephesians 3:20. In fact that could be the title placed over this chapter heading. We are truly a very blessed people! What Zechariah called his people to do in his day, is to be done in our day. May God help us to transfer our focus from what distresses us to the God Whose purpose for us is greater than our expectations--greater than the expression of our faith and the limitations of our faith.
Synopsis: We are looking at the 3rd of 8 visions the prophet Zechariah received in one night (1:8a) and have noted that the theme of "Blessing Beyond Expectation" is developed under three categories. Today's message looks at the second of these truths: God's protection of His people inspires confidence for service. The LORD of Hosts uses a very graphic image to illustrate just how special His people are to Him!
Synopsis: Our text tonight gives instruction about another response we are to give that shows the impact that the fact of God's protection of us and the personable nature of the Divine Agent assigned to and committed to our protection is to have on our thinking and living. That response just might surprise you: it's not what may have first popped into your mind!
Synopsis: This morning's message covers the third blessing mentioned in this chapter that is beyond expectation: God's presence. Oh how we need a real sense of it--especially when going through times of great distress! Our text not only declares the promise of God's presence with us but also the two consequent responses such a promise produces in us.
Synopsis: Someone once said, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Zechariah 3 is indeed a beautiful picture worth far more than a thousand words as it illustrates the Bible doctrine of justification. Most believers seem to think of salvation only in negative terms--the pardon/forgiveness of sins. But the blessed truth you will be tempted to disbelieve or deny is the positive component of our salvation. You've got to hear what that is! It will greatly bless you!!
Synopsis: On Thursday, June 24, the Champlain Towers South collapsed in Surfside, Florida. Sadly, the death toll continues to rise. Obviously, the ground upon which a building is built as well as the foundation that is laid is critical to that structure.
As we think about the foundation of our hope for God's acceptance and eternity in Heaven, Zechariah 3 directs our attention to what God revealed to His prophet in this fourth vision. In today's message, we unveil the final two parts of this beautiful picture of our salvation (justification).
Synopsis: In today's text there is a key term that is highly significant as the focal point of hope in Zechariah's message to his people--"the Branch." To fully appreciate this title, it would be best for us to define the term, see how it is used, and from that we will see two important truths emerge from which we can draw personal application.
Synopsis: This message begins with a look into Zechariah 4, the 5th of 8 visions the prophet received in one night. Whereas the 4th vision in chapter 3 addressed the removal of the internal obstacle to God's blessing, sin, by the work of The Branch (Christ), this 5th vision addressed the removal of the external obstacles to the advance of God's kingdom by the work of the Holy Spirit. Although the image Zechariah saw may be challenging to comprehend, the message is not as the interpreting angel shares the timeless truth that Zerubbabel, the civil leader that oversaw the rebuilding of the temple project, and Joshua the High Priest needed to hear. It's the message we desperately need to hear, accept, and personally apply today.
Synopsis: Many born-again believers have no problem believing God's power is all-encompassing and available: where the struggle lies is in the area of personal application of that power. We can be supremely confident of the fact of God's power but often doubt whether they can ever experience that power in their personal lives. So how does an individual or a church congregation experience God's power? Power to prosper? Today's passage offers great hope and encouragement and presents the key message of this fifth vision Zechariah received from God.