Desperate Times, Divine Measures

“O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.”  -Isaiah 37:16

Powerful day of worship as we built our services around Isaiah 36 and Isaiah 37.

Here’s the service order:

  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – North Side Worship
  • Reading – Isaiah 37:16-17, 20
  • You Alone Are God – North Side Worship
  • Christ Is Risen – Matt Maher
  • Because He Lives – Bill Gaither
  • Baptism
  • Mission Highlights (International Student Ministry, Summer Trips)
  • Prayer Time
  • The Old Rugged Cross – North Side Worship
  • Hallelujah! What a Savior – North Side Worship
  • Sermon – Desperate Times, Divine Measures (Isaiah 37-38)
  • He’s Always Been Faithful – Sara Groves

The band did such a great job arranging some of these hymns.  Some pretty neat collaboration going on that I can share here very soon.  Loved hearing the church sing out!

Sermon Notes

  1. “On what do you rest this trust of yours?” (Is. 36:4).  That is a great question for all of us!
  2. On whom do I truly rely?
  3. An onlooker couldn’t distinguish between the idols (Hezekiah was removing idolatrous altars).
  4. These leaders were fearful of the news scaring the people (Is. 36:11).  They have yet to understand the power of their God.
  5. Before you get anyone’s advice, ask yourself these three questions: 1) Do they love God? 2) Are they familiar with God’s Word? 3) Do they love me?
  6. His boast is there had never been a god that could stop Assyria (Is. 36:18-20).  Famous last words.
  7. When we are overwhelmed, there is no greater refuge than the presence of God (Is. 37:1).
  8. Desperate times are not necessarily bad times (Is. 37:4).
  9. When in trouble, Hezekiah: 1) sought a word from the LORD (Is. 37:2), 2) got his priorities right (Ps. 37:4), and 3) began to pray (Is. 37:14-20).
  10. You are the Sovereign God over all nations (Is. 37:16).
  11. Prayer should always be about God’s namesake (Is. 37:20).
  12. When God’s people dig down deep, fruit will come (Is. 37:31).