Sunday Sermon // When Life Is A Hot Mess :: Overwhelmed

When Life Is A Hot Mess // Overwhelmed

[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]

#HotMessECC

What causes the feeling of stress and overwhelmed?

  • Job
  • Money/bills/debt
  • Messy house/disorganization
  • School
  • Sickness
  • My past
  • Fear
  • Kids
  • Guilt

Overwhelmed – to be buried underneath; the feeling of drowning

Upon a promise by Jezebel to kill him, Elijah flees in fear.

Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” (‭1 Kings‬ ‭19‬:‭3-4‬ NLT)

Panic is a response to fear. And even if you have nothing to fear..panic is still possible.

Elijah had not been in sin. No, he had just witnessed God do many amazing miracles. But he was still afraid. He might’ve been weary from his recent ministry and battles against the enemy.

Four signs that you may be overwhelmed:

  1. You are afraid. (verse 3)
  2. You are running from something. (verse 3)
  3. You are alone. (verse 4)
  4. You want to die. (verse 4)

Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” (‭1 Kings‬ ‭19‬:‭5‬ NLT)

Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap.

You might wake up rested and with more clarity.

So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God. (‭1 Kings‬ ‭19‬:‭8‬ NLT)

Elijah ran to God. And God turned to God.

There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the LORD said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.” (‭1 Kings‬ ‭19‬:‭9-13‬ NLT)

Things looked hopeless for Elijah.

He was overwhelmed.

But God spoke to him in a tiny whisper, “Elijah, it’s going to be ok. I’ve got this.”

And God can whisper that same encouragement and reassurance to us too.

Let’s run to God.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7‬ NLT)

Sunday Sermon // The Last 24 :: Last Moment Alone

The Last 24 // Last Moment Alone

[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]

What would you do if you knew you only had 24 hours left to live?

Jesus knew he was dying and he stopped and prayed. Not some normal “thank you, God” prayer but a prayer that caused him to sweat drops of blood. In anguish and anxiety he speaks to the Father.

Jesus prayed for me.

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. (‭John‬ ‭17‬:‭20-21‬ NLT)

Jesus didn’t pray for us to have magical gifts to heal people or the ability to speak eloquently and save people..no he simply prayed that we would be ONE. And our oneness/unity is what will prove to the world that Jesus is real.

Jesus healed an enemy.

But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!” And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. (‭Luke‬ ‭22‬:‭47-51‬ NLT)

Maybe you feel like an enemy to God. Maybe you too have some part of you needs healing too (relationally, emotionally, physically, spiritually). Jesus wants to heal you.

Jesus restored a friend.

At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly. (‭Luke‬ ‭22‬:‭61-62‬ NLT)

Jesus “looked at Peter” not with scorn or indignation but with compassion. And this look of mercy and forgiveness brought Peter to his knees. Later when Jesus appears to the disciples Peter jumps out of the boat to get to Jesus as fast as possible. Peter knew he had been forgiven and he couldn’t wait to embrace his savior.

When we act with a selfless love toward others it leaves a lasting impact on their lives.

Selfless love leaves a lasting impact.

 

The Mystery King

(Today’s post by Chris Queen)

The Mystery King – Genesis 13:5-14:24

The Mystery of MelchizedekI love a good mystery, don’t you? There’s something about a story full of intrigue and characters who make surprise appearances. One of the coolest mysteries of the Bible – and one of my all-time favorite Biblical accounts – takes place in today’s reading.

Most of what we’re reading today concerns the family drama between Abram and his nephew Lot (which is pretty fascinating stuff in its own right), but the best part of today’s reading takes place over a handful of verses, when Abram has a unique brush with royalty.

17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Then Melchizedek goes away and doesn’t appear again.

So, who is Melchizedek? Obviously he’s a king and a priest of God Most High, but he would remain a shadowy figure, an asterisk in the tale of Abram, a blip in the continuum of God’s chosen people were it not for two other Biblical authors.

First off, King David wrote in Psalm 110:

1 The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!” 3 Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb.

4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Many scholars consider this Psalm a clear reference to the coming Messiah – which leads us to the New Testament book of Hebrews, where Melchizedek gets the most real estate. The author of Hebrews spends several verses talking about Jesus’ forever priesthood, which was a position bestowed by God Himself:

5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,

“You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”

6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Melchizedek, the mystery king, was both ruler and priest – both royalty and servant – just like Jesus. Messianic Jewish scholar David H. Stern puts it this way:

“Yeshua [Jesus] is to be compared with Malki-Tzedek [Melchizedek] because in Yeshua, Jewish priest and Jewish king are united in one person. So far as is known, the author makes a chiddush (‘innovation’) in presenting the idea of king and priest combined in one person.”

Just like last Friday’s reading from Genesis 3 alludes to Jesus, God places a figure in Abram’s path who also points to the Messiah. So today’s post is rather heady, and there’s not really a whole lot of practical application, but you’ve got to admit: Melchizedek’s story really is a cool mystery.

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