Since last September, we’ve been reading a chapter of Isaiah each Sunday, beginning with Chapter 40. On Sunday, we’ll come to Chapter 61.
As you read through Chapter 61, you might remember that Jesus quoted from this chapter when he stood in front of the synagogue of His hometown in Nazareth. No doubt, those in Nazareth wanted some of the blessings of Chapter 41: restored cities, foreigners doing the field work, and the wealth of the nations flowing into Israel.
But they weren’t ready to be needy; and they weren’t ready for Jesus to meet those needs. When Jesus rebuked those in Nazareth for being less receptive of God’s prophets than the Gentiles, they tried to throw their Messiah off a cliff,
But our God is a God who transforms. He has poured out HIs Spirit on His Anointed One; He is transforming us today; and some day He will turn His transforming power to Israel, “that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).
This Sunday we’ll learn about God’s plan to glorify Himself through transforming the spiritually dead into oaks of righteousness, that He may be glorified.
Is there anything better?
Men’s Breakfast. Tomorrow, February 25th. Join us for donuts and coffee at 8–9 a.m. and discuss what God designed men to be and do. (Please come a few minutes early to grab donuts and coffee so we can start discussion at 8 a.m.)
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Cornerstone Bible Institute. Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Join us as we continue to learn how to benefit from our Old Testament reading. Anyone is welcome!
Women of the Word. Ladies, join us on March 4th at 9 a.m. as we continue to study the lives of the women from the Bible and their great God. Guests and students 7th grade and up are welcome.
Church-Wide Prayer. March 5th at 9 a.m. Join with God’s people in praying for God’s people and the advance of God’s Kingdom!
Members’ Meeting. March 19th. There will be no Equipping Hour because we will have our semi-annual member’s meeting after communion lunch. Members please plan on being there; guests are welcome to stay. We’re planning on finishing earlier than last time! More details to come.
Foundations of Marriage (formerly Premarital Ministry). This class is geared towards newer couples planning for marriage, but it is also open to any couples interested in learning what the Bible says about marriage. Topics include the theology of marriage, roles of husbands and wives, communication, and conflict resolution. Scheduled to be held during equipping hour. Space is limited. Please contact Albert Low for more information.
Transformation Groups Celebration. March 26th, 6 p.m. More information to follow.
Vacation Bible School. Children’s Ministry Event, June 26–29 (evenings)
Alaska Short Term Ministry. July 11–23. More information to follow.
Roots Summer Retreat. Junior High and High School. July 28–31
Jonathan Lin will be teaching on anger and parenting. (Part 4 of our Overcoming Anger series.)
Order of Service
Welcome and Call to Worship
Scripture Reading (Isaiah 61)
Sermon: Isaiah 61 – “Oaks of Righteousness”