December 28, 2015

The Gospel According to Isaiah. Now wait a minute, you might say, isn’t Isaiah in the Old Testament? There are only four Gospel books—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—and they are all found in the New Testament.

The prophecy of Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah—the Christ, the Anointed One. We are going to spend the first three months of 2016 looking at the Old Testament Gospel. By the time we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, March 27, we will have read all 66 chapters of Isaiah’s prophecy and covered significant chapters in our weekend services.

Members of our congregation have written the daily devotionals to accompany the scripture. I am grateful for their willingness to guide our thoughts as we study one of the most amazing sections of God’s Word.

week one Walt Brown week eight Ron Kelley
week two Rich Mussler week nine Melynda Mears
week three various ministers week ten Barb Wilson
week four Josh Breslaw week eleven Lisa Bobzien
week five Stephen Kress week twelve David Taylor
week six Dr. Mike Tucker week thirteen Kate Fite
week seven Jo Lynn Black    

 

God has much to say to us through the book of Isaiah. Let’s not miss a single day or verse in this study of his Word.

Your Pastor,

Stephen G. Hatfield, Ph.D.

Week One Devotions Written by Walt Brown

Monday
Isaiah 1:1-9

Today, our church begins an exciting journey through the study of the book of Isaiah, thought by many to be the greatest of the prophets. His name means “salvation of the Lord” and he shares his vision from the Lord concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Isaiah’s ministry covered a period of approximately sixty years and took place during the reign of four kings: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, all of whom were kings of Judah.

Allow me to encourage each of us to participate in this study by prayerfully opening God’s Holy Word daily and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to our hearts. In addition, pray for our pastor as he will be using selected passages from now until Easter. Please pray also for each of our Bible Study teachers so that together we will learn and grow as a result of this great study.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the book of Isaiah is written with what some describe as a “majestic eloquence about the glory of God.” Through its pages, we find it is filled with the Gospel, the amazing grace of God. This book is comprehensive in its subject matter, addressing many biblical truths which are fundamental to our faith. Truths such as the virgin birth of Christ, his Deity, his earthly ministry, his role as a suffering servant, his death on the cross, and his future millennial reign. Remembering that God’s Holy Word will never return void, I pray each of us will find encouragement and strength from this study together and his holy purpose will be accomplished.