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Answering the Call

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Christians should respond to God's call to missions, regardless of their feelings of inadequecy.

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INTRODUCTION

Inspiring story (McAlpins going to South Africa)
You can make an impact for the Lord here. Local mission trips I have been on- Bible clubs, building a ramp for people, homeless shelter.

TRANSITION

When we think about being on mission for God, that may give some of us pause.
Uncomfortable, don’t want to, too busy, unworthy.
Each one of us are called to be on mission for God
Matthew 28:19–20 NIV
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19 CSB
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 28:19–20 CSB
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Are you going to answer the call?
We give excuses
Isaiah was hesitant
Uncomfortable, don’t want to, too busy, unworthy.

EXPOSITION

INTRODUCTION

A prophet in Scripture had to answer this question.

EXPOSITION

1. Isaiah’s Vision (vv. 1-4)

EXP: King Uzziah died- shattering experience for Isaiah. (Uzziah was overall a good king (52 years), obeying the Lord for most of his life. After Zechariah died, he began making bad decisions, including one that caused him to be punished by God and ultimately led to his death. (Burned incense to God, even after he knew priests were only to do that. They tried to stop him. Total act of pride. Ended up with leprosy and later died because of it.)
2 Kings 15:5 NIV
The Lord afflicted the king with leprosy until the day he died, and he lived in a separate house. Jotham the king’s son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.
The Lord was seated as a King.
Went to the Temple to worship the same place where Uzziah had tried to show that he was all powerful. The Lord was seated as a King (high, exalted, on a throne, long robe). Worship of the seraphim. “Holy, Holy, Holy” 3 times shows emphasis. This situation showed him that even in the midst of it all, Uzziah dying, judgments pronounced on Judah, hardening of their hearts- that he was in control and he was holy.
Approaching
ILL: We think we are in control, but there are times in our lives that remind us we are not. (Funny story about Granny trying to fix stopped up sink. Prayed and it unclogged) That’s a very small need, but many of us have seen God show he was in control in bigger times of need.
The Lord was seated
APP: The times we encounter God and He shows His power are often in the times of our need- be it suffering, grief, despair. God wants his people to know that he is there and he cares for them. However, even in Isaiah’s perhaps time of need, his biggest need was revealed to him in his encounter with God. He sees his condition.

2. Isaiah’s Condition (vv. 5-7)

EXP: When we encounter God, we see the severity of our sin. “Woe to me” experiencing the holiness of God caused him to recoil when he saw his sin, similar to Adam and Eve.
Genesis 3:6–8 NIV
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
When we encounter God, we see the severity of our sin.
“Lips” were what he used to serve God. His thought may be, how can I stand before God, let alone serve God, when my lips aren’t clean before him?
ILL: Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t think you could do what was required of you? Repelling, I couldn’t do it, had to put all my trust in something else, rather than myself.
APP: He thought encountering the holiness of God would be the end of him. Instead, the Lord forgives him and cleanses him of his sin. How he cleanses his sin seems very inadequate. This shows that it isn’t the act, but the Lord who forgives.
ILL: People who think praying to the Lord for forgiveness and trusting Jesus doesn’t seem like enough.
APP: It’s not the act that saves us, it’s the Lord. Apart from Christ and what he has done for us, we would be unworthy to do anything for the Lord and we couldn’t do anything for the Lord.

3. Isaiah’s Mission (v. 8)

EXP: God called out for someone to go. Isaiah didn’t know what the mission was, where he was going, what he was going to say, but his response to God’s holiness and God’s forgiveness was SEND ME!!!!
What was his weakness, the thing he was worried about sinning, he proclaimed his devotion to the Lord and his willingness to follow Him on mission.
Because God supplies our needs, we should respond by helping other
ILL: I believe if you are in charge of finding volunteers for your job or something else, you likely have heard many excuses. Serving in the church, excuses people give to not volunteer. “I could never do that.” “God couldn’t use me.”
APP: God doesn’t need you to do anything. He is the one who will do it. He simply needs you to sign up to let Him work through you. Perhaps you have been guilty Have you ever worried about working for the Lord because of something in your past or your pursuit of being perfect.
People in Bible who God used despite flaws- Moses, David, Saul
APP: Perhaps you have been guilty Have you ever worried about working for the Lord because of something in your past? I could never teach a Sunday school class because I’m not perfect.
1 Corinthians 1:26–31 NIV
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

CONCLUSION

Have you been putting off a mission God has called you to do?
Get saved, baptized, join the church, serve others, go somewhere,
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