Questions on Micah 5:1-4

December 14, 2017

The prophet Micah lived through a dark time in Israel’s history. The nation was filled with corruption and idolatry, it was divided, and it was partially under the control of an enemy state. But many false prophets in Micah’s day were telling Israel that all was fine and that their circumstances were normal.
The prophet Jeremiah described a similar situation around a century later:
    [13] “For from the least to the greatest of them,
        everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
    and from prophet to priest,
        everyone deals falsely.
    [14] They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
        saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
        when there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6:13–14)

Micah — a faithful prophet, much like Jeremiah — spoke God’s words accurately and honestly to God’s people. He told them their circumstances were not normal, nor were they ok. They were under judgment and in desperate need of rescue. But, praise be to God, that would not be the end of the story. Micah’s prophecies of judgment were followed by beautifully sweeping promises of deliverance and peace—deliverance and peace that would come through the Deliverer himself—the Prince of Peace—Jesus Christ.

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The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus “is the radiance of the glory of God” (Hebrews 1:3). In other words, to look at Jesus is to see the beauty, greatness, and infinite worth of God himself. 

But that’s not obvious to everyone, is it? The Apostle Paul tells us that Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers “to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 4:4) But praise be to God that he lifts that blindness. He can sovereignly turn the lights on. In fact, if you are a Christian, it’s because God has enabled you to see Jesus for who he is — the Son of God, beautiful, majestic, and deserving of all honor (2 Corinthians 4:6).

How do we respond to this reality? Well, here’s one simple way: Behold his glory! Look at it. Dwell on it. Be awed by it.  Read the rest of this entry »

1. On Sunday I mentioned just three ways that God displays his glory: 1) by creating everything, 2) by saving a people for himself, and 3) by judging those who reject him. What aspects of God’s glory alone (i.e., what glorious attributes of God) do you see in creation? In salvation? How about in judgment?

2. In what other ways does God display his glory? (For instance, think about how he has done this in your day-to-day life, in your family, in history.) Read the rest of this entry »

 

This past Sunday, Dan Lisa preached a message on the topic of Solus Christus, or Christ Alone. If you missed it, or if you’d like to listen again, please find that sermon, along with all the others in our Five Solas series, at the New Hope Fellowship website. Here are some questions from Dan aimed at helping us respond to and apply the message. Read the rest of this entry »

Christianity is about Jesus, not rituals. It’s about the gospel, not religious rites.

So why does the Lord’s Supper — a ritual and rite — matter so much? Well, for one thing, Jesus gave it to us. Plus it’s a gospel ordinance. We don’t make much of Christ or his gospel by minimizing the Lord’s Supper. We honor him by cherishing it, and we celebrate his gospel each time we observe the Supper the way he calls us to.

So, here are seven things that happen when churches come to the Lord’s Table (or the Lord’s Supper, or Communion). Read the rest of this entry »

Many of us listen to preaching each week, almost without fail. But how do we listen? How should we listen? Here’s some counsel. What follows is by no means comprehensive, but I hope it helps. Read the rest of this entry »

Why do we gather as a church to worship God together? Because God calls us to? Absolutely! Because he is worthy of our praise? No doubt! But how do we benefit from gathered (i.e., corporate) worship? What has God designed corporate worship to do in us and for us?

Over the past several years author Paul David Tripp has been sharing, in his books and on social media, reflections on what corporate worship is designed for. With each entry he is encouraging us to approach our worship gatherings with humble hearts and big expectations, trusting that the Holy Spirit has grand, miraculous intentions in mind for us each time we meet. In fact, he can work to transform us and powerfully re-orient us each time we get together and worship our Redeemer King.

I’ve collected below a bunch of my favorite entries from Tripp. Consider picking one or a few to dwell on for a while, and see if you’re not moved to view the church’s gatherings through a new, clearer lens. And see if you might want to add some other reasons of your own to the list! Read the rest of this entry »