November 28, 2021
Pastor Ricky Smith
I. Blazing Fire of Obedience
For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”
Recognizing Our Brokenness Reminds Us of His Mercy
II. Covenant Fire of the Church
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
A. Believers Come To God
B. The Church Expresses Union With God
Calvary Is a Devoted Family Who Loves God and Loves Our Neighbors
C. Jesus Provides Access To God
III. Consuming Fire of Worship
See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
Be consumed by God so that you will not be consumed by God.
- I admit I am a sinner and turn to Jesus as my Savior and King.
- I desire to unite with Calvary in membership and community.
- I commit to submit to God each day this week in personal worship.
- Read Exodus 20:18-21. How are we like the Israelites in our fear to approach God even after He has extended an invitation?
- Read Phil. 4:3 and Rev. 20:12–15 to discuss why it matters that our names are “enrolled” in the Book of Life.
- What should corporate worship look like when we are consumed with Christ?
- Have you ever wondered what the meaning of your name is? If you don’t know, look it up!
- Read Matthew 1:18:23. How does Immanuel change our perspective of how we live?
- How can we share the hope of Immanuel with our family, friends, and neighbors?