Blessing Beyond Expectation, Part 2

June 13, 2021 • 11:00 am

Scripture: Zechariah 2:6–9

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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!


Part of the series:

Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

A survey of the OT book of Zechariah

April 18, 2021 • 11:00 am

Perspective

Scripture: Zechariah 1:1

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

April 25, 2021 • 11:00 am

What Brings Hope

Scripture: Zechariah 1:1, Zechariah 1:7

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

May 2, 2021 • 11:00 am

The Prerequisite for Hope

Scripture: Zechariah 1:1–6

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

May 2, 2021 • 5:30 pm

The Foundation of Hope

Scripture: Zechariah 1:16–17, Zechariah 8:1–9

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

May 9, 2021 • 5:30 pm

God Is at Work

Scripture: Zechariah 1:7–17

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

May 23, 2021 • 11:00 am

Power That Outlasts

Scripture: Zechariah 1:18–21

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.​

June 6, 2021 • 11:00 am

Blessing Beyond Expectation, Part 1

Scripture: Zechariah 2:1–5

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

June 13, 2021 • 11:00 am

Blessing Beyond Expectation, Part 2

Scripture: Zechariah 2:6–9

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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!

June 13, 2021 • 5:30 pm

Blessing Beyond Expectation, Part 3

Scripture: Zechariah 2:6–7

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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!

June 27, 2021 • 11:00 am

Blessing Beyond Expectation, Part 4

Scripture: Zechariah 2:10–13

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

July 4, 2021 • 11:00 am

Accused by Satan; Acquitted & Approved by God, Part 1

Scripture: Zechariah 3

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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!!

July 11, 2021 • 11:00 am

Accused by Satan; Acquitted & Approved by God, Part 2

Scripture: Zechariah 3:6–10

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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).

July 18, 2021 • 11:00 am

Behold the Branch

Scripture: Zechariah 3:8

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

July 25, 2021 • 11:00 am

Power to Prosper, Part 1

Scripture: Zechariah 4:1–3

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

August 1, 2021 • 11:00 am

Power to Prosper, Part 2

Scripture: Zechariah 4:4–7

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

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.

August 8, 2021 • 11:00 am

Power to Prosper, Part 3

Scripture: Zechariah 4:8–10

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

Synopsis: Ever go through a rough time in your life and your really needed to hear an encouraging message from the Lord and His Word and the Lord providentially worked it out so that you came to church that day and it was exactly what you needed to hear? Or may while traveling you heard a radio broadcast or you heard a podcast and experienced the same thing. It reminds us of what Solomon said in Proverbs 15:23 and 25:25! God had a timely message for Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4 that was designed to encourage him and give him hope. God's message to him is for us as well! In today's message, you find three specific points being made with applications that go far beyond Zerubbabel and what was happening in the 6th Century BC to God's people as they struggled to advance God's work.

August 15, 2021 • 11:00 am

The Day of Small Things

Scripture: Zechariah 4:10

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

Synopsis: This message looks at the first part of the question raised in our text--who hath despised the day of small things? The answer to this question just might surprise you because our first thought might be to just limit this question to the human element!

August 22, 2021 • 11:00 am

The Day of Small Things, Part 2

Scripture: Zechariah 4:10

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

Synopsis: God often takes delight in using small things to effectively accomplish His purposes. In our survey of Scripture this morning, we see that theme repeatedly expressed in a variety of arenas that yield wonderful and challenging points of application.

August 29, 2021 • 11:00 am

Power to Prosper, Part 4

Scripture: Zechariah 4:11–14

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Zechariah: Hope in God's Unfailing Purpose

Synopsis: God does not expect us to accomplish His work on our own! The final section of Zechariah 4 supplies hope for the discouraged among God’s people in all ages as they engage in the work of the Lord. It also supplies the solution to the great problem of how a born-again believer, as a weak and limited instrument, can be a conveyor of the infinite power of God and can prosper in the work of God given the opposition he faces within and without. Burnout is a real problem in ministry today. But the solution to that real problem is found in God’s message of encouraging and sustaining hope: we serve in the presence of the Triune God, empowered by God and will be used by God to advance His work.