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Preparing for Our Future, by Pastor Rob Swanson
 

 Preparing for Our Future
Rev. Rob Swanson, Marstons Mills Community Church 8.10.07

Biblical prophecies are so
encouraging.
God reveals what He will do so we can align our lives with that
future. Isaiah 11 is one of the great
messianic chapters of the Old Testament and includes this:

In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the
peoples; the nations will rally to him,
and his place of rest will be glorious. 11:10

Many have assumed this refers to some time after Messiah returns
again. Exegetically, that is not
necessary.
I do not want to box God in with speculative theology or little
faith.

The day is coming when Jesus, the Root of Jesse, will be known far
beyond his present recognition. The day is coming when the missionary
enterprise (us going to them) will be dwarfed by spiritual awakening
(them going to Him.)

That day will inaugurate peace - internal and
external. In
short, it will be glorious: much attention given to the Savior of the
world.

That day is described with a broad brush.
That day is preceded by this day. In this day, our day, we a
privileged to lay the groundwork for the greater work of God where...

1. People will have a mind for
Christ.
We are now at work to "demolish arguments and every pretension that
sets itself up against the knowledge of God," 2 Corinthians 10.5
The "Me Generation" (70s) became the speculative, relative world of
the postmoderns. We have not had much success and curiously, we have
not worked very hard at demolishing their arguments. We hoped that
with enough prayer and same ol' witnessing, the "my truth / no Truth"
strongholds would go away or new converts would just ignore
them. Our Gospel does not grow in
postmodern
soil.
Our evangelism will now move back a few
steps.
Goliath calls us out and in our bag of smooth stones will be the
reasons to return to empirical thinking. Then the implications of
creation (Creator, purpose.)
Then the doctrine of forgiveness. It's a new day for our Christian
witness.

2. People will receive and give God's
love.
We are now at work as salt of the earth...letting our shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5.13-15 Life need not be complicated. Grace and service.
As we seek the transforming work of God in us, God continues to work
through us. Gone is the idea that worship attendance measures the
church. Christianity is measured by the manifold expressions of the
risen Christ. The touch of God is usually a human touch. God's love
is limitless so we know the future for ambassadors of Christ hold more
and more contact with people.

3. People will elevate the role of
prayer.
We are now at work establishing a prominent place for prayer. Jesus
extends the challenge: "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so
that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for
anything in my name, and I will do it." John 14:13,14 The need
for healings, conversions and miracles constitute a call for prayer.
We believe in prayer. Our September 22 Sacred Assembly is an
environment of prayer. Prophecies of blessing are fulfilled
through praying people. Hell knows it. The church
is still learning it. Forbid the day our church can function without
supernatural power. The Sacred Assembly is a place for us to
intercede to God as the church on Cape Cod. All believers on Cape Cod
are called to come and worship and pray. The body is many members so
the reasons for coming may differ some. We believe
God calls us to pray and honors prayer that honors Him. Sacred
Assembly is an integral part of our mission toward the glory of God on
Cape Cod.

Personal evangelism, loving service and corporate prayer: old themes
with a new twist.
In this day we work to demolish the postmodern mind.
In this day we personally connect with victims of an individualistic
culture. In this day we tangibly express unity
and our dependence on prayer with unprecedented areas
gatherings.
"In that day...the peoples... will rally to Him, and His place of rest
will be glorious."


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