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House of Prayer for all nations

Isaiah 56:4-8, Mark 11:12-26, Andrew Love, October 21, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • Opening Remarks & Example
    • Jim Elliot
    • Book by Christine Elliot
  • v7d
  • God's desire is that the Jews and Gentiles would praise God
  • Isaiah
    • God states He wants the Eunuchs to come in praise
    • There was certain restrictions on types of people coming into the Temple
    • Now God wants all to come near
  • Overview:
    • God's desire for the Church
    • How we treat the church
    • What God intends us to be

God's desire for the Church

  • Remember when Solomon set up a Temple - the desire was always for the nations
    • 1 Kings 8:41
    • The prayer of the foreigner will be heard alongside the prayer of the Jews
    • Israel was to be a light and witness to the nations around them
    • Isa 12:4-5
    • God's desire is that all nations would praise Him
    • Isa 49:1
    • Isa 51:5
    • God was not just concerned for Israel but the nations around
    • Isa 52:10, 15
  • Isa 56:6-7 - a cumulation of all this teaching
    • A house of prayer for all peoples
    • One universal Church of the Living God
    • An international Church

How we treat the church

  • The universal Church is made up of local churches - the body of Christ
    • We are to be built up and to edify one another
    • Is prayer central to your life and the life of the church
    • We no longer need human priests as Jesus is our High Priest
    • We gather to praise Him and seek Him in prayer
  • God does not live nor is He contained in physical places
    • Yet He is pleased to dwell wherever His people dwell
    • Quote from the Apostle Paul
  • How are we conducting ourselves in the House of God?
    • Do we use Church for what we can get out?
    • Do we see Church for what we can give to it?
  • Mark 11
    • The Gentiles had been shut out
    • The Jews were using religion for their own end
      • Explanation
    • It had become all about man
    • How far is this from the church in the 20th Century?
  • What are our motives?
    • How central is prayer to our life?
    • Is it a house of praise in preference to a house of prayer?
    • Is God being honoured?
  • Is Jesus Christ precious to us?
  • Is it really a house of prayer seeking God?

What God intends us to be

  • God intends us to have fellowship with Him
  • If you do not have fellowship with Him:
    • Begin with prayer
    • Consider the work of the Lord Jesus Christ
    • Trust in the promise of Jesus Christ
  • Is it our desire to come and have fellowship with the Living God?
    • Do you start to read the Bible, pray and praise God?
    • ACTS - Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication
  • Do we realise the necessity of prayer?
    • Example of the Apostle Paul
    • Some of the greatest preachers were founded in prayer
    • We must ask God to open a door for His word
  • Do we realise the power of prayer?
    • He can do beyond all that we can ask or imagine!

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 56:4-8

4For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 5Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 6Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. 8The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. (KJV)

Mark 11:12-26

12And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. 15And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. 18And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. 19And when even was come, he went out of the city. 20And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. (KJV)

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