Biblical Inspiration

Self-Deception ~ The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us ~ The Book of Malachi

The Prophet Malachi, was a Jewish prophet in the Hebrew Bible,  last of the minor prophets of David, writer of the Book of Malachi, painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena Cathedral).

The Prophet Malachi

The Prophet Malachi, was a Jewish prophet in the Hebrew Bible. He was the last of the minor prophets of David, and the writer of the Book of Malachi, the last book of the Christian edition Old Testament canon Book of Malachi. The Prophet Malachi, painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena Cathedral).

Self-Deception

“The people in Malachi’s day had turned away from God but were comfortable with their lifestyle. We, like they, can dishonor God in these six ways…..”

 

The Book of Remembrance

“Then those who feared the LORD….They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts,….Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.”

Malachi 3:16…18 ESV

 

 

Self-Deception click

The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us

The Book of Malachi click   

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bulletin – Pastor to People – Sermon Notes

 

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Self-Deception

The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us

The Book of Malachi  click

 

 

Bulletin – Sunday, July 25, 2010

 

Welcome Pastor Bob Gunter

Invocation Dr. Erwin Lutzer

“Join All the Glorious Names” Hymnal 132

 

Scripture Reading Psalm 1 (ESV click) Nicole Price

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

  nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

  and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water

  that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

  nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

  but the way of the wicked will perish.

 

“Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” Hymnal 581

“Blessed Be Your Name” (Beth & Matt Redman)

“Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer”

Pastoral Prayer Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Offering

 

“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

Presentation of New Members Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

 

Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Job’s Confession and Repentance therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Scripture Reading Selections from Job 40 and 42 (ESV click)(Audio) Click Scripture Reading

 

Special Music Faith Wilson, solo

“Just as I Am” (David Phelps and Cindy Morgan)

 

Self-Deception

The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us

The Book of Malachi click

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

“Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer”

Benediction Dr. Erwin Lutzer

 

This Evening at 5:00pm, Room 107–108

Sunday Evening Gathering

 

Together – Celebrating Biblical Community

Rev. Steve Mason

 


 

Pastor to People

         One of the challenges I face is to find time to read all the books I’d like to read! This summer I’ve begun Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (don’t you think it is time I read this classic???) and also a more recent book, The Grand Jihad by Andrew C. McCarthy who was involved in the prosecutions that followed 9/11. This latter book should be read by all Americans who care about the direction of our country and the continued existence of America as the nation we have come to know. Along with your Bible, take time to read at least one good book this summer!

         Although I will be absent for the next two Sundays, on August 15, I intend to speak on the topic Our Heart for the World.

Blessings

Pastor Lutzer

 

 


 

 

Sermon Notes – Sunday, July 25, 2010

 

SELF-DECEPTION click

The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us

The Book of Malachi click

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

The people in Malachi’s day had turned away from God but were comfortable with their lifestyle. We, like they, can dishonor God in these six ways:

 

Malachi 1-3 ESV click

1.   By the doubts we entertain (1:2–5)

The LORD’s Love for Israel

2(A) “I have loved you,” says the LORD.(B) But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau(C) Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet(D) I have loved Jacob 3but Esau I have hated.(E) I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” 4If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the LORD of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the LORD is angry forever.'” 5(F) Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the LORD beyond the border of Israel!”

 

 

2.   By the second-rate sacrifices we offer (1:6–2:9)

Malachi 1 ESV

The Priests’ Polluted Offerings

 

Malachi 2 ESV

The LORD Rebukes the Priests

 

 

3.   By the covenants we break (2:10–16)

Malachi 2 ESV

Judah Profaned the Covenant

 

 

4.   By the morals we adopt (2:17–3:5)

Malachi 2 – 3 ESV

The Messenger of the LORD

 

 

5.   By the little we give (3:6–12)

Malachi 3 ESV

Robbing God

 

 

6.   By the cynicism we spread to others (3:13–15)

13(CO) “Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD.(CP) But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14You have said,(CQ) ‘It is vain to serve God.(CR) What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15And now we call(CS) the arrogant blessed.(CT) Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.'”

 

Malachi 3:16-18 ESV

The Book of Remembrance

16Then those who feared the LORD(CU) spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and(CV) a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name. 17“They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts,(CW) in the day when I make up(CX) my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18Then once more you shall(CY) see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

 

 

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