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Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation

Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation

October 2015 - May 2016
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, May 08, 2016
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48 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Before we ever went, God called us to “Come.” Before we ever sought, God revealed himself and said, “Behold Me.” When the gulf between us and God was as far as the heavens from the earth, God displayed his love to span the distance. He sent his inspired and incarnate Word like rain to quench the thirst of our parched souls. In Isaiah 55:10-13 we find that God’s Word, like rain, will fulfill it’s purpose, fundamentally change us, and in the end bring Him glory. Even before we study the text together this morning, would you pray and ask God to cause hearts that are like the desert to bloom and souls that are like the barren heights to sprout. Would you pray and ask God to send His Word like rain.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, May 01, 2016
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51 mins 36 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - We are often tempted to think we must clean ourselves up to be worthy of God’s concern. But that is to misunderstand God and his saving grace. In our desperate thirst and poverty God says, “Come, buy and eat!” His love and grace come to us not because we have been so good but because he has been so gracious. In light of the mercy secured for God’s people by the “arm of the Lord (Is. 53:1), the call for repentance goes out. God’s invitation echoes through creation calling us to seek, hear, and come to the Lord. As we behold God’s righteousness and are honest about our sin, we become able to experience his saving forgiveness. We turn to the Lord and forsake our unrighteous ways. Then we enter into the movement of divine generosity, proclaiming his grace and caring for others in need.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Apr 17, 2016
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42 mins 37 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - If it were not for the truth unfolded in Isaiah 53, there would be no possibility for the gracious invitation set forth in Isaiah 55. Throughout this entire section (chapters 49-57), God is presenting His chosen Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Redeemer of Israel and the whole world. Jesus’ rejection at his first coming was foreknown and plainly predicted. It would be through His suffering and satisfying work on the cross that guilty sinners like us could find peace with God and pardon for all of our transgressions. Because of Jesus’ saving work, God can offer the gracious invitation for all men everywhere to partake of His salvation. You see, only in Christ can bankrupt and destitute humanity find satisfaction and fulfillment. There is a longing in every heart that only Jesus can satisfy. So he calls to us this morning, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live!”
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Apr 10, 2016
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45 mins 36 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The imagery of Isaiah 54 depicts a state of ruin and perhaps even hopelessness for the people of God. The text uses three main metaphors - that of a barren woman, a broken marriage, and a besieged city. There is almost an exaggerated sense of despair that shrouds the passage. You see, for almost a thousand years God’s people had God’s word and yet they failed to obey it. For almost a thousand years God’s people exchanged pure worship for syncretism and idolatry. So by the time the Prophet Isaiah writes this book, it seems as though it’s all over for the captives in exile. It appears as though they’re doomed to bear the consequences of their rebellion forever. But in the darkness and ruin of life riddled with sin, a ray of hope shines through the Gospel. The sin-bearing Servant of the Lord can change everything. Isaiah 53 speaks of a Promised One who can bare the sin of many and make intercession for transgressors. He can bring peace through his substitutionary suffering. The sin-bearing Servant of God is good news for people who are broken by sin. Where we have failed, He has succeeded. Where we have broken the law, He has kept it. Where we have fallen short of the glory of God, He has embodied the glory of God. He has done what we could not. He has fulfilled what we did not. So, instead of barrenness He offers fruitfulness, instead of alienation He offers reconciliation, and in the place of ruin there can be restoration and beautification for all who believe in Him. This morning we will look at Isaiah 54:6-17, and there we will discover that when our lives seemed ruined by the consequences of sin, God is able to restore and rebuild us.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Apr 03, 2016
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1 hr 5 mins 54 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In his saving work, the Servant of Isaiah 53 has done everything. He has removed transgression, established righteousness, and created a family of redeemed sinners – all this by his death, burial, and resurrection. This good news, this Gospel, is worth savoring. But how do we do that? How do we revel in another’s success or take joy in another’s accomplishments? Isaiah 54 unfolds our necessary response to the Savior’s work. It describes how we must react to the supreme worth of the Gospel. We must respond with joy, expectation, and confidence. We must sing for joy because the Lord will miraculously transform our bleak situation into one of bounty. We must respond with expectation because the Lord will sovereignly increase his people. And we must respond with confidence because the Lord will lovingly rescue us from the past and provide for our future. So, how do we savor the supreme worth of the Gospel? How do we react to the saving work of the Servant? We live with joy, expectation and confidence based on the One who makes those things possible.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Feb 28, 2016
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53 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Isaiah 53 brings to a climax the teaching about God’s Servant. It describes one who would be scarred and mangled, rejected and derided. But he would not be treated that way because of his own iniquities. Instead this Servant would bear the punishment belonging to others. He endured it all without complaint. He endured the death penalty even though he was innocent. All of this fulfilled God’s purpose, making the Servant an offering to cover our guilt. As we learn about the Servant Jesus, let us join those who through the ages that have placed their faith in Him and trusted his sacrifice on their behalf.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Feb 14, 2016
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1 hr 0 mins 22 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Isaiah 49:1-13 is the second of what are called “The Servant Songs.” In the first (Isaiah 42:1-4) the Lord revealed his Servant as the answer to the world problem of not knowing the one and only God. Isaiah became at once aware that Israel as he knew it could not be the Lord’s Servant to the world (Isaiah 42:18-25). This awareness came to a climax in (Isaiah 48:1-22). Israel would return from Babylon but her problem of sin would be unresolved and she would not be a peace with God. In our text this morning, the Servant tells how he has been called and prepared for a double task: to bring Israel back to God, and to be the salvation that reaches to the end of the earth. May the Lord help us to recognize his Servant and share his salvation this morning.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Feb 07, 2016
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57 mins 47 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - This section of Isaiah was written for the people of Judah who had been taken captive to Babylon. They were stripped of their possessions, removed from their homeland, and humiliated as captives. After trudging through the dirt of exile, they had to transition into a pagan culture. They moved and were setting up life in a different place. The major problem was that they were relationally distant from their God. The temple had been destroyed and they had long ignored the word of the Lord. I think you get a picture of where the people were at if you look at Isaiah 42. In (v. 18) they are called “deaf” and “blind,” In (v. 22) they are described as “a people plundered and looted… all of them trapped in holes.” The people of Judah were like (v. 18) “plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say ‘Restore!’” Judah was discouraged and beyond that, they felt disenfranchised. Their lives had deteriorated to a pile of smoldering firebrands. They were spent and used with nothing in themselves. They were coals raked over and spread in the dirt, left to dwindle and die out. Many probably wondered if beauty could ever rise from such piles of ash? Into that situation God revealed himself, made promises of goodwill to his people, and clarified their purpose in life.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jan 31, 2016
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56 mins 17 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Just as prophets, priests, and kings were anointed for service, so Cyrus was anointed by God to perform his special service for Israel’s sake. God called him by name over a century before he was born. God raised up this Persian king to do his specific will and nothing would prevent him from succeeding. Through his control of history, creation, and all the nations of the world, God wants to show us that he alone is the sovereign God. The intended goal is that by knowing, we would look to him and live. May the Lord convince us of his sovereignty this morning and cause us to find our salvation in him alone.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jan 24, 2016
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45 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In our text this morning Isaiah prophesies to the Jews exiled in Babylon. They were people teetering on the edge of despair. It was as though the ships bearing their dreams had sailed out of sight and all that was good had been taken from their lives. Perhaps they thought, “There goes my hope. There goes my happiness. All I can look forward to now is one long death sentence.” But when our thoughts fall that way, what does God do? He comes with a message of consolation and comfort. To all who are oppressed and afflicted, to those who have shattered dreams and failing hopes God comes with a message of comfort this morning. He offers strength to the weary and endurance to the fainting. May the Lord help us to wait on him and be renewed this morning.