The Spirit of a Servant Based on Isaiah Officer Dedication Service Calvary Gospel Church

Study Notes

Christ was reading Isaiah from the Old Testament Scrolls. To read more about that see a great book called Manners and Customs of the Bible.

Has the church become humanized?

From the book of Isaiah chapter 61:1-2a

1.     The Spirit

The wind, the breath, the God who creates, the God of intervention, who empowers, the interpreter of dreams.

The Spirit is absent from inanimate objects; Christ was a living and breathing being. Christ was not a statue. Full of the Spirit

2.     The Lord

We operate under the Sovereign Lords Authority Yahweh the Covenant name of God

3.     The anointed Masah

Signifies a very important part of the Jewish ceremony. Oil was applied to the Tabernacle, the altar, to the sin offering oil was away of formerly used in inducting certain leaders into office. The high priest was anointed, a prophet was anointed.
The anointed was separated for God service and chosen by him (Sanctified). It was a very serious responsibility and God was the authorizing agent. The Spirit of God empowered that person. In the New Testament Jesus Christ would be the ultimate Anointed One. In battle they would rub their Shields with oil and paint their house with oil. Everything that was separated for God’s use.

Operating principles:

1.     Preach the good news

2.     Bind up to broken hearted
Counsel, listen too, encourage.

3.     Proclaim freedom for the captive,

Christ would set people free

4.     Bring people out of darkness
Sometimes this maybe a hands-on roll

5.     Proclaim the year of the lord’s favor.

God’s delight, God’s grace God’s kindness

Isaiah 61:1-2
61 The Spirit of the Lord [a]God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the [b]afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And [c]freedom to prisoners;
2 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord

 

 

Isaiah 6:4-8
4 And the [a]foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the [b]temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is [c]forgiven.”

Isaiah’s Commission

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

 

Fun Time in the Summer Time at Vacation Bible School 7-2018 Calvary Gospel Church, Newark, New Jersey

The theme for Vacation Bible School at Calvary Gospel Church in Newark, NJ  was “”Jesus, the Kingdom Builder”. On July 2018  volunteers lead by tireless Coordinators Reggie and Monica Hillman launched a fun-filled week long event with bible lessons, crafts, fellowship  singing and never-ending food and snacks.

Life-Is it All About Me?

Pastor Eric Paynes family

Romans 15: 1-7

Listen to Romans 15

Around about 1985 I met a young Nigerian man named Steven who had been in an auto accident. He was paralyzed from is neck down and connected to a respirator. Pastor Wilcox and I would visit him twice a week at the University Hospital and we would have prayer and bible sharing with him. Now I want you to note that although he was physically weak spiritually his faith was strong. The Holy Spirit was moving in this man. He lit up the room when people would visit him. Sister Annie Holt who worked there at the time, would visit him often. She often shared how she was strengthened each time she visited him. But she was not the only one, others would say how they went in feeling awkward or sometimes sorry for him but walked out encouraged and empowered.  Steven’s prayer request from us was that God would give him pain. Why pain? Because he knew that if he had some pain that his body would be functioning again.

I purchased a study bible for Steven and had it placed on a music stand so he could study God’s word. As he began to get stronger in the word he would share with us what he had learned. We had some great times in Lord when we would visit him.  Steven’s greatest strength was his prayer life. We would bring the bulletins to him and he would pray over the prayer requests. He would always ask us for a report on the following visit HE HELD US ACCOUNTABLE. Pastor Eric Payne who was an Associate Pastor here for a while. Used to visit Steven when he ministered here after he relocated to South Jersey. One very early morning. He called me from his home in South Jersey and said, “ Please get to Steven and tell him to pray for me He was scheduled for serious surgery.  Eric knew that Steven had a connection with God from his hospital room. He would pay special attention to the prayers given to him. That’s what Strong Christian’s do. Although he was physically weak he was spiritually strong. That’s what spiritually Strong Christian’s do even if their bodies are weak.

Romans 15:1 in the English Standard version says  “We who are strong  have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Now I really could say “Amen and that is my message for today.”

The question for all Christians today is “Life-is it all about me? Allow me to tell you a little about the time that Paul was writing in. The Church of Rome had a lot of different folks. Today we would say it was diverse. Some were slaves, some were poor, and some were rich. Some were Jews, some were Gentiles, Young and old all worshiped together and just think of the makeup of any church, there were some are strong in the faith and some that are weak. Not a whole lot has changed since Paul’s time when it comes to Weak and Strong Christians, but I know you are probably asking, “What is a weak Christian?” You did ask right? Continue reading “Life-Is it All About Me?”