Current Series: “Awaken a Generation”Main Thought: Brokenness leads to being made whole in Christ. The Word: Isaiah 6:5-7, 2 Corinthians 7:10
Message explanation: Have you ever had a moment in life that is so powerful, you respond? Maybe it was something done to you. A friendship ending. A parent who left. A struggle to fit in your class and you feel left out. Or maybe it is something done BY you. You have regret. You shouldn’t have hurt that person with your words.
Quick Review of last week: Isaiah was a messenger of God. Last week we talked about how the most important thing about us is how we think about God. Isaiah is standing in the throne room of God.
Isaiah 6:5 - “Then I said, “It’s all over!“I am doomed.”
Teaching Point 1: Sin is what separates us from God.
Explanation of teaching point: When we are convicted of our sin, it leads to being in a right relationship with God if we respond in humility.
ILL: Sin is sticky. It is just like this tape. It starts off sticky. The more we sin, the more lint, dirt and germs it picks up. Sin is what rots away at us and separates us from God. The more we sin, the less we are able to notice we are sinning.
Notice further how Isaiah responded to God’s holiness. Isaiah 6:5a - “I have filthy lips,”
Why does Isaiah mention his lips or words? Our words reveal our heart.
Matthew 15:11 “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”
Humiliation = The Enemy. Humility = God. The only way we can be a follower of Jesus is to be humble. We HAVE to admit we need a Savior.
Isaiah 6:5b - “and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs."
Before we can understand that the cross is for us, we have to realize it was something done by us.
Isaiah 6:7 - “7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”
Teaching Point #2: God paid the cost for our sin.
2 Corinthians 7:10: “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”
Sin doesn’t have to define you: The world says, “You are a _______” because of the sin. Jesus says, “I can make you new, your sin does not have to define you.” God has come to put all things back together
Falling Plates Illustration Video:
Teaching Point #3: God’s love leads us to a response. We are sinful and broken. We need forgiveness and restoration through the relationship with Christ. God’s Story must become our story.
- Creation: He created everything perfectly. (Genesis)
- The Fall: Man disobeyed and sin entered the world. (Romans 3:23)
- Rescue: Jesus came on a rescue mission to save us (Romans 5:8, John 3:16)
- Restoration: Jesus is making all things new again and one day for eternity. (I am making all things new).
Element of Fun: We played a "Minute to win it" game with the middle schoolers called, "Hula Hoop Balloon Battle" where students had to keep 3 balloons in the air without touching the ground within a one minute countdown. They had to stand inside of the hula hoop the entire time or they would lose the game.
Music: Awaken Me, How He Loves, Psalm 24, Awakening, Your Presence is Heaven (closing).
Favorite Moment: Seeing around 8 first time guests and new adult leaders joining to serve!
What’s Next: We finish our series "Awaken a Generation" as we discover how we are to respond to God's call!