Sermon Preview - Portraits from the Prophets: Zephaniah

Sunday, October 13, 10:00 am worship Can you imagine what it would be like for God to sing over you? It was merely a spoken word that brought the universe into existence. What would happen if God lifted up his voice and not only spoke but sang?

This Sunday we are continuing our series on the Portraits from the Prophets by looking at the book of Zephaniah. Zephaniah as a prophet has one single message, "The Day of the LORD is coming." At the end of the book he paints a magnificently beautiful picture of a great Day of blessing when God will remove the guilt of his people, restore his presence with them, and then rejoice and sing loudly over them. The reality of God singing over his people is almost something too grand to comprehend, something too wonderful to grasp. But Zephaniah makes it even more marvelous when he paints it's diamond-like radiance in front of the dark and gloomy background of the Day of the LORD as a day of wrath as well as a day of blessing.

On Sunday, we are going to explore the Day of the LORD as a day of wrath and a day of blessing, and ask the questions: How can it be both? How can God come in both wrath and blessing? And how does Jesus Christ resolve this tension for us, so we can rejoice in God's singing over us?

I look forward to worshipping and singing with you all this Sunday as our God sings over us as well.

Adam Feichtmann