Summary: Haggai is a book with an end-time message, but it contains eternal truths that we can apply to our lives today. The church must develop an end-time, Kingdom perspective.
2nd part of a two week series on Haggai.
Haggai- book w/end time message, but it contains eternal truths we can apply to our lives today.
Last week- looked at- importance of making Eternal Investments-how can we invest in God’s Kingdom
Today talk about- importance of having an Eternal Perspective-to properly respond to God in our day.
If our goal as a Christian is to be saved/go to heaven- we are living far below God’s purpose for our lives
God saved us to build something eternal- here/now.
Judah had been conquered,
Solomon’s temple had been destroyed, and
the people were carried away into captivity.
After being captive- 70 year- amazing thing happens.
God put favor in- king’s heart- for God’s people.
If God can move a king-can move president/governor.
What moves the heart of God- PRAYER!
Who is called to pray- the CHURCH!
Everyone has a role- all called to support God’s work.
Good place to pause and take up our weekly offering.
Sent letter- God has richly blessed us this year.
However, our offerings have taken a down turn, perhaps due to- combination- economy/summer.
We have exhausted our reserves- proposed a plan to FOC- to cut most of our discretionary spending.
The only thing left to touch is salaries and what we give as a church to local ministries/missionaries.
Pastors- more willing to cut salaries than cut giving.
2 Cor 9:6-7, 10-11 Principle- sowing/reaping
Joe MacDonald- missionary we have helped some …
Sent a small check to COTR because we have been a blessing to him/he wanted to bless us.
I wrote the letter for three purposes …
so family/friends-understand-financial situation
2. Ask for prayer
wisdom to know what to cut/what to pursue
not a time to retreat-push ahead w/wisdom/faith
3. Appeal for you to ask God how you can help
how can you help-build God’s Kingdom-COTR
I see three types of givers at COTRM, those who …
1. are giving all they can- give faithfully/sacrificially
2. have discretionary spending/giving- could redirect
3. have not yet taken the challenge to give Biblically
God says everything we have is His- stewards
Praying w/city pastors-Pastor David Lindsay- picture-
I see a big rock impeding your ministry and God is calling you to speak to the Rock and it will move- I felt the rock was our finances.
Anna Fetterman- encouraging testimony.
Prayer- speak to the rock!
Take up the offering- PLAY VIDEO.
Under Cyrus 50,000 Jews returned to Israel.
Built an altar- began to rebuild- foundation- temple.
They encountered resistance from their enemies, got busy w/their lives- stopped work for 15 years.
The enemy hinders us today from doing God’s will.
Some older men remembered Solomon’s temple.
Foundation- new temple- paled to Solomon’s temple.
It is easy to look at the miracles Jesus performed and the miracles we read about in the book of Acts,
and be discouraged with what we see today.
Ecc 7:10 Don’t long for "the good old days," for you don’t know whether they were any better than these! TLB