The Battle for Belief
'He (Hezekiah) trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him.'
2 Kings 18: 5
What a commendation about King Hezekiah! During his reign he instituted all kinds of reforms regarding worship and enjoyed great military victories. But what made Hezekiah stand out was his trust in the Lord, the true God of Israel, and his desire to keep His commandments.
However, Hezekiah was still human. Like us he lived in the here and not yet. He was open to attacks, he compromised under pressure and he tried to solve things in his own strength before turning to God. Hezekiah's story is a battle for belief in a time of skepticism and fierce opposition when his kingdom and even his own life hung in the balance.
Ultimately he points us to Jesus, the greater King - the One who left His throne to serve His people and gave His life as a ransom for many so that we can be welcomed and granted safety and salvation.
Oct 11 - Regal Reformer
2 Kings 18: 1 - 16 // Pastor Jonny McGreevy
Meet Hezekiah, who did what was right in the sight of God. Hear about his reforms and his trust in the Lord but also witness how he responds under pressure and the danger this places himself and his people in.
Oct 18 - Sovereign Under Siege
2 Kings 18: 17 - 32 - 19: 1 // Pastor Jonny McGreevy
The Assyrians are not easily paid off and come to confront Hezekiah. They ask of him: "On what do you rest this trust of yours?" What follows is a verbal barrage of accusations and assaults on Hezekiah's leadership and God's power to deliver. How will Hezekiah respond this time?
Nov 1 - Praying Potentate
2 Kings 19: 2 - 19 // Pastor Jonny McGreevy
Witness Hezekiah turn to the Lord in prayer and how he trusts in God's sovereign power and care. Observe him make use of the wider community of believers as he seeks help and counsel from the prophet Isaiah.
Nov 8 - Higher Throne
2 Kings 19: 20 - 37 // Pastor Jonny McGreevy
God hears Hezekiah's cry and speaks to him through Isaiah with a song of deliverance. God is the Great Provider who hears His people and answers prayer. He defends the city and strikes down the Assyrians as they sleep.
Nov 15 - Crown in Crisis
2 Kings 20 // Pastor Jonny McGreevy
Hezekiah is ill and at the point of death. Isaiah instructs him to get his house in order. We see God provoke Hezekiah to prayer and draw him into a deeper dependence and trust in Him. Yet as we come to the end of Hezekiah's reign we will see that he was still not immune to sin or struggle and neither are we.
Join us for morning services in October and November as we consider King Hezekiah and his battle for belief.
Morning Services will be held in the building. All the information you need to register can be found here.
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