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Apr 17, 2016

Encounter, Engage, Experience

Encounter, Engage, Experience

Speaker: Dennis Gallaher

Category: Sunday Morning

Do you really want to change? King Hezekiah is a great example of how we can change through encountering God, engaging his community and through God’s power to transform.

“Encounter, Engage, Experience” by Pastor Dennis J. Gallaher - April 17, 2016

Pastor Dennis just returned from Israel and showed us pictures of the Pool of Silom. He discussed how much of the history in Jerusalem is buried under many layer of destruction.

God brought transformation and revival to Israel during the reign of King Hezekiah through:
1. A vision for revival that motivates the people.
2. The unity of the people as they obey.
3. With the result being not only outward change but a revival of holiness.

Opening Scripture

Read 2 Kings 18:
He did right in the sight of the Lord.
He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah.
He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made.
He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel;
For he clung to the Lord;
He did not depart from following Him,
He kept His commandments.

And the Lord was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.

God used Hezikiah to usher in revival in Jerusalem.

Israel was divided into the 10 northern tribes and the 2 southern tribes. The 10 northern tribes fell into sin and idolatry, losing their identity as the people of God.

2 Kings 17 records their decent into slavery:

vs. 7 & 8 - They feared other gods and walked in the customs of other nations.
vs. 9 - They did things secretly that “were not right.”
vs. 9 - They built altars to demon gods.
        - They rejected God’s warnings.
        - They became vain and went after the nations around them.
        - They forsook all the commandments of the Lord.
        - They practiced witchcraft and sacrificed their infant children
And Israel was carried away and never heard from again. That is why they were the lost tribes.

We are seeing the church divide the same way. Those who go along to get along and those who refuse to submit to the culture.

Hezikiah is a great example:
- He had encountered God and was motivated to obey.
- He engaged his community, inspired them, led them, and he knew he couldn’t do it alone.
- His real power came when he put his motivation and his community to good use… and he did what God told him to do.

Hezikiah saved Judah from the fate of their brothers in the north by not just reading the Scriptures, but going the distance to obey. He prays….

II Chronicles 30:18  “May the good Lord pardon 19 everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers…” So the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.

Under all the layers of Freedom Fellowship, these are the 3 things we want to emphasize:
(the same pattern as in the day of Hezikiah)

How to get to where we are going at Freedom Fellowship:

1. Encounter Jesus - Vertical experience that motivates us.
2. Engage fellowship and community - Horizontal experience that frees us.
3. Experience Scripture - An internal experience with the Holy Spirit that transforms us.

The third task matters most to the church today. People want to be transformed, changed.

Change comes when we…
- experience truth
- allow God’s Word to confront the blind spots and sin
- with humility do what it takes to change

You have to “Experience Scripture.” It must be lived out.

Transformation is a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. Through prayer and obeying God, a miracle takes place.