Scriptures for: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79, Phillippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6
Songs: Angels from the Realm of Glory – UMH 220; Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates – UMH 213; He Who Began a Good Work in You – TFWS 2163
Malachi The temple has been rebuilt, society is at peace, and people have began to get too comfortable with their worship. The priest have gotten too comfortable with their job. Something or someone has to come along and shake things up and put them back into order. But exactly who is the messenger that Malachi refers to? Who will come back and purify the worship experience? Many believe that this announces the coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus did indeed correct what he saw wrong in the temple? What refines us today? A failing economy? A mission to tell others about Jesus which seems almost impossible? What about a desire to know and love God?
Philippians : Paul is bringing blessings and love to one of his favorite congregations. He is also giving them instructions on how to behave in the endtimes. He tells them that the work of God has already begun in them. They are the beginning of salvation. But not as individuals, as a community. There are many who heard Gods word for the first time and choose to respond. And now there are making a difference in the world. God is using their church and ours to transform the world and our community.
What does the fullness of time really look like? Can this world really be saved or are we destined for disaster? How do you see God at work in your life? How is God using you to make a difference? How would you like to be used?