God Is ________: “In Your Midst” 06-09-13am

Deut. 7: 17-21

(Called Congregational Business Meeting, June 23 PM)

Intro: VBS starts one week from tomorrow! (1,000 enrolled)
ILL – Little boy drawing a picture in VBS and teacher asked
“What are you drawing?” God….
“They will when I get done!”
• Revealed Himself. We can Know Him. Creation, Action with His people, Word and Jesus… Seen Me, Seen Father!

Review – God Is _____ Deuteronomy
Knowing God as He has Made Himself Known!
One (exclusive claims);
Jealous (personal, passionate, purposeful); Compassionate – BE; Come Home confidence

Deuteronomy 7: 17-21
Moses prepares the people to conquer the promised land.
He has observed their tendency to Fear the enemy…
Fear brings Passivity and Settling for Less than the Plan
Moses challenging to Fulfill All of God’s Purpose…Promise

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We move forward w/ confidence because the Lord is in our Midst

Vs 21 - Great = Big… In Size, Power or Importance
Our God Is Big!
Awesome = Not a word coined in California
Terrible… FEAR… Tremble in Presence
Midst = Inner Part; Among; Middle… People, not Place

A Corporate Promise, a promise for the People of God Together!

We move forward w/ confidence because the Lord is in our Midst

ILL – RA basketball --- Imagine 75 pounds, tube socks and glasses 20/0 shut out in first game. We were running from the ball
Tony James was with us, we ran onto court with confidence!

We move forward w/ confidence because the Lord is in our Midst
Exp – Dt. 7 – The people lacked confidence… Fear… Passive
• Reality = The enemy is stronger, bigger and better
• Greater Reality = The LORD, Mighty and Awesome

Vs. 20 – The Lord will send the Hornet against them!
a) Literally swarm of Hornets across the enemy camp
b) Figuratively, Unexplained, Unwarranted panic
(fighting unseen enemy… Baseball Player in field)

We move forward w/ confidence because the Lord is in our Midst

ILL – After Moses died, Joshua led the people to Cross the Jordan
and claim the Promised Land. A Miraculous Entrance…
Priests with Ark, Jordan parted… people across on dray land
• 12 men instructed to pickup a stone from the bottom of the river and stack them on the other shore
• By this you will know that the Living God is in Your Midst and that He will assuredly (give victory in the Land)

We move forward w/ confidence because the Lord is in our Midst

App – “In Your Midst” is more than a promise of Presence and
Peace in face of adversity… Power in face of Enemy!
This Is a Battle Cry for the People of God!

ILL – Imagine we are lined up in ranks ready for Battle.
The Lord our God is in our Midst

Not, sweet gentle Jesus is holding my hand and comforting.
The Lord, Big and Terrible is marching forward with us!

We move forward w/ confidence because the Lord is in our Midst

The Church today is fearful, passive, and timid. Tempted to hunker down in the building like a basement bunker because the world is so hostile, people disinterested, the enemy so strong…
Our Mission seems impossible…

Not Just Church in General, but US… This Church… QSBC
Reach people with Gospel who are self-satisfied with their cluttered and crowded life…quiet voice in such noise?!
• Light in a City of Darkness (addictions, materialism,…)
• Move Together when so much Divides Us.
• Speak the Truth in Love to a Culture saying with Pilate, “What is Truth?”
• A Generation for the Nations… Impact $7 billion?!

Our Mission is so overwhelming… maybe modify our goals. Be more reasonable… just survive, hold our own…

Do we believe the Lord is in our Midst?

Moses addressed the Fear of the People by reminding them of God’s Saving Work on their behalf, how He Saved them from Bondage.

Do you remember how the Lord Saved you? We were a bunch of nobodies with no future, dominated and doomed by sin; but the Lord, Mighty and Awesome, came for us. In fact, even when He was born they called Him, Immanuel, God With Us!
• Jesus marched to Calvary for us, shed blood on Cross.
• Grave could not hold Him… Burst forth with Power!
• Name above every Name, … At His Name, Bow!

We move forward w/ confidence because the Lord is in our Midst

Don’t you remember what He said when he gave us our marching orders?

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (the Lord mighty and awesome). Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I commanded you…
… and lo (look at this, do not miss this!) I Am WITH You always!

We move forward w/ confidence because the Lord is in our Midst

John had a message for seven church in Asia minor facing strong opposition, rejection, persecution…. His Lampstands.

He begins with a vision of Jesus, the risen Lord in all His glory…
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