RISE & BUILD
WEEK 2: February 3, 2019
SCRIPTURE: Haggai 1:1-9
1In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak,[a] the high priest:
2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’”
3 Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
5 Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
– HAGGAI 1:1-9
- Disciples cannot be mass-produced. Disciples are made by hand, one at a time.
- Churches making disciples and training leaders for the future have a future; those only gathering crowds or capitulating to the crowd do not.
- A congregation will either make the decision to make disciples of the next generation and do all that is necessary for that to happen, or it will have all the future viability of a Blockbuster Video store.
- We all have a ‘Main Thing’. The issue is whether our ‘Main Thing’ matches God’s ‘Main Thing’.
- The people Haggai served didn’t hate God. These people didn’t even completely neglect God. They were just very politely telling God to ‘take a number’.
- What are our priorities for the next generation? Education, transportation, clothing, friendships, up to date iPhones…all great, but…what does it profit you if your children gain the world but lose their souls?
- The greatest need our next generation has is the greatest need we all have: the Gospel of God and the Presence of God. God’s Priority and God’s Presence are the primary factors which must move our hearts into God’s Mission.
- Sunday, February 24th, we will all have the chance to do something very practical to commit to reclaiming the Kingdom as our highest priority and giving our lives for a generation of promise. Let’s ask God to move our hearts back to our chief end: to glorify him and enjoy him forever.