|Series Theme: "Faith Sermons"|
Title: 15. Living with Expectations
Reading : Lk 1:67-70,76-80
1. We know about expectations
a) Real Expectations
• “I'm expecting a parcel this week”
• “She's expecting a baby”
• “We're expecting their flight at 11.15”
• I'm expecting a fine day today
b) Unreal Expectations
• Compare the following:
• “I'm expecting to win the lottery”
• “I'm expecting to fly to Australia tomorrow” (without a ticket?)
• “I'm expecting to be knighted” (for just being good?)
c) Ingredients of Expectations
• Something has happened in the past that brings a strong confidence in the future, e.g.
• I ordered a parcel, she conceived, they booked the flight, weather forecasters showed the satellite picture
• It's a strong confidence not a vague hope, e.g. winning the lottery, or being knighted
• It's a hope built on a fact – going to Australia lacked the fact of a ticket being bought – a fruitless hope.
d) Hope from others
• Husband says, “I'll fix that broken latch”
• Teachers who expect much from their pupils usually get it
• Parents who expect a lot from their children and spend time with them, get it.
• When God says, “I'll do this…” it's a sure hope
• Expectation is another way of speaking about hope
2. Expectations of Zechariah
• The Bible is full of Expectations – we just need to see it
a) The facts about Zechariah (Lk 10)
• Zechariah prophesied under the power of the Spirit
• John has been born and named
• v.68 “he has come and has redeemed his people”
• v.70 “as he said through his holy prophets”
• v.76 “And you, my child”
b) Zechariah's Assurance
• past prophecies
• present encounters and two sons
• powerful HS enabling
• i.e. word, experience, Spirit
3. Expectations of the Gospel
a) Of newness of life
• 2 Cor 5:17 if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
• Jn 1:12,13 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
b) Of an Empowered Life
• 1 Cor 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
c) Of a Changing Life
• 2 Cor 3:18 we…, are being transformed into his likeness ….which comes from … the Spirit
• Gal 5:22,23 the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
d) Of a Fruitful Life
• Jn 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
• Jn 14:12 anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.
• As a Christian, is my life lived in expectation?
• Am I learning from the word God's expectations of me?
• Am I learning to be sensitive to the Spirit to learn His expectations of what he wants to do in and through me?
• Am I expecting change in me?
• Am I expecting change in my fruitfulness of service?
• Am I expecting change in the depth of my relationship with Him?