“THE CHARACTER OF GOD’S PEOPLE”

Isaiah 56:3, 6-8; 58:6-9



Introduction: What is it that marks a person as belonging to God? What distinguishes a people as God’s people? What is the character of God’s person? What in our lives gives testimony to the fact that we are children of God? Isaiah answered these questions in our text by describing the basic ingredients that should be found in God’s children?

I. ACCEPTANCE

a. Because the Jews were God’s chosen people, they often thought they were His only people.

b. We must accept as brothers and sisters those whom God has accepted as sons and daughters.



II. JOY

a. Joy should be characteristic of God’s people.

b. This joy grows out of our relationship with God.



III. PRAYER

a. Determines the closeness of our relationship with God.

b. Determines the degree of our spiritual power.



IV. SERVICE

a. God’s people see needs.

b. God’s people minister to those needs.



V. BLESSING

a. Isaiah spoke of the condition for blessings.

b. We must follow God’s plan for our lives.



Acts 8:36 Galatians 5:22 Philippians 4:4 Mark 11:17


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