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.
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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.