First Baptist Church of Minneola
Hearts in October: The Builder
- God created, controls, and will consummate the universe.God is bigger than any earthquakes, economics, and His enemies.He is God of:redemption, resurrection, and revivalof retribution, and reign.INTRO - Up to this point in our series we’ve noted God addressing his people through the prophet Haggai.Haggai, along with the nation’s leaders, led the people to turn back to God and resume doing what God told the people to accomplish.Who are the actors in our story?The prophet, priest, prince and the “remnant” people.These are the main characters in our series.In the first half of our story, Haggai looks back over the previous 18 years.In the second half of the story, Haggai works from the present to the future and assures the people of God’s promised blessing.Chapter 1: Haggai diagnosis the problem with the people and in v.8 clearly speaks to the people on behalf of God:“Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the Lord.In vv. 12-15 Zerubbabel, the prince and Joshua, the priest, led the people to recognize Haggai as God’s spokesperson.Thereafter, three weeks later, the people begin rebuilding the temple.Chapter 2: We looked at last week, the people became discouraged and the work slowed.The building didn’t compare with the once great Solomon’s Temple.Haggai encouraged the people to focus on the future temple that will surpass even Solomon’s Temple.Today we are focusing on vv.6-8.EST - God speaks about the future temple where nations contribute making it by far the grandest of all temples.ESS - We will see correlation between this OT and the NT texts.OSS - I will challenge you to apply what the Bible teaches to your life.What does it say?“For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. ‘I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts.There it is.I guess we can go home now, kidding.Let’s dig in and find out what more God wants to communicate through His Word to us this morning.What does it mean?2 BIG ideas.The first one:The Nation’s Chastening (2:6-7a)What is the focus of FBC Minneola?Is our focus:the fact that the devil has now power over usthat we are in a time of church renewalthat we see nice changes around the buildingsthat all our needs are metWhile all these things are good, is any one of them a reason to rejoice?Before you answer that look at what Jesus says in Luke:The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”The disciples are pumped because demons are subject to them in His name.Sure there is nothing wrong with being joyous about what God is doing now, but our best reason to rejoice is not the now but the forever in heaven.Look again in Luke:“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”Rejoice because Jesus took your sins with him and nailed them to the cross.Rejoice because no matter what, you are going to be in heaven with Jesus forever.“Jesus is going to do what he wants to do with FBC Minneola.”As Jesus does what He wants, guess what?Often what God does with His church will not be what you want.Now, let me tell you how that it actually a blessing.You might not see it unless I do.I say rejoice because I don’t think you nor I really want the responsibility of being the head of the church.Jesus is the head, and we all know that.So why is that when things don’t go the way I want, that old nature creeps up and ruins what God is doing?The Bible helps us understand this dilemma.Romans reminds us of a very humbling fact:and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.Do you see it “cannot.”That means regardless of how nice, how special, how pretty, how wonderful something may seem, done in the flesh does not please God.Natural - Spiritual - CarnalILL - Do you remember the three types of people?Natural manborn to the natural worldblind to the spiritual worldSpiritual manlives by the Spiritlearns from the SpiritCarnal mandeformeddependentdivisiveThe natural person can’t help themselves.They don’t have Jesus and don’t have a clue.The spiritual person does what God wants, but learns from their mistakes and tries harder to do the right thing next time.The natural one does what comes naturally, the Spirit-filled what comes supernaturally.Now about the carnal person, does what comes unnaturally.Paul gives a good description of this mixed up man:And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.The flesh, carnal, man, what a mess.This one is deformed, abnormal, subnormal, and the average Baptist, according to some, is like this man.Adrian Roger quoted Vance Havner noting:
“The average Christian is so subnormal that, if anybody ever becomes normal, he’ll look abnormal.”Yet, we are called to be Spiritual!The carnal-minded Christian does not work well with the Church, that one is like a deformed appendage.Deformed and dependent; milk only please:I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,fed - feed - feedingDo you know the three stages of life?1) you have to be fed, 2) you can feed yourself, and 3) you’re able to feed others.Paul is still having to feed the Corinthian babies!The energy to feed others is being consumed by the church saying, “What about me! This is what I want! Better do it my way or I’ll lave!”We’ve all heard someone saying “Well, I like it this way.”Then, there is the divisive part of carnality.Deformed, dependent, and divisive.Sound like a nice person :-)Look again to 1 Corinthians:for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?What causes church failure?The Bible teaches us fleshly people are the problem.Little children are fussy over little things.It takes little to make the carnal upset.They cause strife and division.Why?Their mind is not on Jesus but on themselves.A true Christian does not gather around some preacher, some building, or some teacher.fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.A true Christian has their eyes on Jesus.Do you see the correlation between what I just related and what Haggai is doing in our text?Haggai speaks of God’s shaking of the world.Haggai urges the people to not get caught up with the temporal.Paul reminded the Corinthians to not be worldly, but to turn their attention to Jesus.Just as the religious of Haggai’s day were quick to tell their wants, “I liked the old temple more.” or, “I want stained glass, organs, modern ascetics, loud music.” or “I want none of that.”Just as the religious were carnal, so too are many Christians today.Haggai urged the people to shift their focus just as we need to heed to Paul’s reminder to look to Jesus, 2500 years ago people needed to look too Heaven.TIE - We’ve discussed the tendency people have to push their wants onto others.We noted God’s display designed to help humankind adopt the correct relationships with Him and others.Also, we noted this dilemma, in the NT, Paul calls fleshly mindedness.TRANS - Does the message of Haggai still apply today, or was that something solely for the people who lived 2500 years ago?BILL - Let’s take a closer look and see exactly what it is that Haggai is describing to the people.The Messiah’s Coming (2:7b-8)Do you notice anything familiar about our text?Look at Hebrews 12:26And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.”Do you know what this suggests?Because we see this in Hebrews, what we read in Haggai is best viewed as partially completed.When did this happen?Let’s take a moment to skip ahead a bit looking at vv.22-23‘I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations; and I will overthrow the chariots and their riders, and the horses and their riders will go down, everyone by the sword of another.’ ‘On that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, My servant,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ ” declares the Lord of hosts.This took place in Zerubbabel’s lifetime.In Hebrews we read the description of God shaking the earth; a clear reference to Sinai:Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.What does all this mean?It means that:God’s voice is heard in the shaking that will one day come and is the reason why the desired of all nations will come to God’s house.God comes and things shake:“Lord, when You went out from Seir, When You marched from the field of Edom, The earth quaked, the heavens also dripped, Even the clouds dripped water. “The mountains quaked at the presence of the Lord, This Sinai, at the presence of the Lord, the God of Israel.It was one mountain as Sinai, but soon it will be everything.Wonder how that looks?I can tell you how the Bible describes it:I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.The Bible even tells when this will that happen:‘And I will grant wonders in the sky above And signs on the earth below, Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. ‘The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood, Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.What does all this mean to FBC Minneola?We’ve covered a lot of ground this morning.We noted God chastening the nation and the Messiah’s coming.We identified God’s character in both the OT and NT.We noted God’s concern to help humankind “get Him” and that God does whatever it takes to reach people.Will you consider your ways?Do you find yourself saying “I want” more than knowing what “God wants?”Is your desire more Temporal or Temple minded?One day God will judge you for how you used the gift(s) He gave to you.He will judge you for what you did in the body, that is, what you did as part of the church.(end)
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