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On Sunday morning, Senior Pastor Willy Rice’s sermon was titled, “The Thanksgiving Mission” based on 2 Kings 7. The message is part of a series called “My Life on Mission, Playing My Role in God’s Story.” During November, the focus is on international, national and local missions work.
Below are Pastor Rice’s Message Notes:
“Then they said to each other, “We’re not doing what is right. Today is a day of good news, if we are silent and wait until morning light, our sin will catch up with us. Let’s go tell the kind’s household.” – 2 Kings 7:9, HCSB
Three Gospel realities (3 pictures of the Gospel):
Our condition is desperate.
“As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, “My lord the king, help!” He answered, “If the LORD doesn’t help you, where can I get help for you?”–2 Kings 6:26-27
—We are all sinners.
—We need God’s help.
God’s Provision is sudden, dramatic.
The provision of God is
My Mission is urgent.
—The goodness of God is my motivation.
—The goodness of God is my message.
During this Biblical time, the Syrians sieged the capital city of Samaria. The people were poor, desperate; the conditions horrible to survive. This story reminds us that God can change things in a moment, Pastor Rice explained.
The prophet Elisha, a man of God, told the King’s officer, “Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria. So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it,”—2 Kings 7:1-2 NKJV
The King’s officer doubted Elisha’s prophecy.
There were 4 beggars, who had leprosy at the city gates. They had choices to make –enter Samaria where there was a famine and die, sit outside the gates and die or surrender to the Syrian army who might let the beggars live or kill them. The options did not look good nor promising.
The beggars decided to go to the Syrians’ camp. When they arrived at the camp’s outskirts, no one was there.
In verses 6-7, “For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses–the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!”
God showed up and intervened. The Syrian army camp was abandoned. The army fled for their lives, but the beggars found the camp intact with tents, horses, donkeys, food, silver and gold. The beggars took and hid what they could find, but also realized what they were doing was wrong.
“Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” –2 Kings 7:9
As Thanksgiving approaches and we count our blessings, remember that in our hearts, we are all sinners and we need divine help, Pastor Rice explained.
“Remember God’s blessings on you,” Pastor Rice said.
The Gospel is about Jesus born humbly in a manger, dying on the cross and paying for our sins, rising on the third day and overcoming death….We are saved by what Jesus did for us and by God’s grace.
“We are beggars, but we know where the food is….We cannot be quiet about what God has done this for us. There is more of God’s blessings for you than you can imagine.” Pastor Rice said.
“What does it look like for you to get in on the mission of God?” You can give generously. You can serve or volunteer somewhere,” Pastor Rice said.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
—–John 3:16-17 NKJV
Editor’s Note: To all who read this or on Twitter, we wish you a blessed, safe Thanksgiving!