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Sermon title: Zacharias and Elizabeth
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ETS: God performed the miracle of reproduction for Zacharias and Elizabeth.
ESS: Zacharias and Elizabeth faced and passed some serious tests of faith through the process of giving birth to their son John.
OSS: Believers face tests of faith through God’s work in our lives.
PQ: How will I respond to the questions faith poses in my life?
UW: Questions
INTRODUCTION:
A- Read Text: ()
What? : What does the Bible say?
6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations.
7 They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.
8 One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week.
9 As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense.
10 While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.
What? : What does the Bible say?
B- The Kind of People Zacharias and Elizabeth were:
1- Righteous before God
2- Obedient to the Scriptures
3- Childless
4- Advanced in years: Past the child-bearing age
5- Leaders among God’s People
TS: We are going answer some timely questions for contemporary living from this scriptural incident.
I- WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO GOD’S MESSAGE TO YOU?
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A- Troubled?
1.
You may be sensing the communication of the God to your heart.
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B- Fearful?
1.
Why are you afraid?
a. Afraid of being confronted with your sin?
* Like Peter
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b.
Afraid because you distrust God?
* The Israelites were afraid to enter the promised land--they did not trust God ()
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C- Confident Trust?
(vs.
13a).
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This is the response God desires
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II- WHY DO YOU DOUBT GOD? ().
"3 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah!
God has heard your prayer.
Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him  You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord.
He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.
16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God.
17 He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah.
He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord.
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”
A- Because it defies human reasoning (v.
18).
1- What is impossible with man is possible with God
() "For nothing is impossible with God."
() "Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible.
But not with God.
Everything is possible with God.”
B- Because the task is beyond human capability (vs.
13-17).
1- God can do anything through a willing servant.
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When we are frail, his power flows.
() "That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ.
For when I am weak, then I am strong."
*Two things God can’t do:
1) Lie
2) Fail
III.HOW MUCH WILL UNBELIEF COST YOU? ()
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21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the sanctuary, wondering why he was taking so long.
22 When he finally did come out, he couldn’t speak to them.
Then they realized from his gestures and his silence that he must have seen a vision in the sanctuary.
23 When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home."
A- Costs vary
1.
It cost Zacharias at least 10 months of lost fellowship with others.
2. It cost Israel 40 years of desert wandering.
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B- God will accomplish his plan—but we can miss out on being a part of it.
1. 10 of the 12 spies missed the blessing of entering the promised-land.
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III- How will you respond to God’s Activity?
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A- Hide it?
1.
What should sometimes be a matter of great joy is sometimes hidden as though we are ashamed of it.
() "For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ.
It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile."
() "6 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels."
() "As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced."
B- Share it?
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**You can’t hide it forever!
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V- Will you obey God in spite of pressure from others?
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13 "But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah!
God has heard your prayer.
Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John."
59 When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony.
They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father.
60 But Elizabeth said, “No!
His name is John!”
61 “What?” they exclaimed.
“There is no one in all your family by that name.”
62 So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him.
63 He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.”
A- Obedience brings freedom.
(vs.
64) "Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God."
1- It freed Zacharias to praise God and fellowship with others again.
2- It freed both Zacharias and Elizabeth to experience the joy of obedience.
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