Friday, August 22, 2014

Sermon of the Week (8/17-8/23, 2014) From Worry to Worship, Dale Anderson

Dale Anderson is formerly a pastor of Grace Evangelical Free church in Louisville but filled the pulpit at Ironworks Pike Community Church in Georgetown on 8/3 and preached a great sermon overview of Habakkuk 1-3 (mp3).

Habakkuk focuses on God's wrath on Israel. The word "wrath" has become unpopular in churches, as this recent story about the Getty's hymn In Christ Alone makes clear. Habakkuk's response to God's promise of wrath on Israel and surrounding nations is to trust God, worship, and find joy.

Habakkuk 3:16-19

"I hear, and my body trembles;
    my lips quiver at the sound;
rottenness enters into my bones;
    my legs tremble beneath me.
Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble
    to come upon people who invade us

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer's;
    he makes me tread on my high places.

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