6 February 2022 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
Isaiah 42:1-17
1 John 1:1-2:11

Isaiah
42:1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.
42:2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.
42:3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
42:4 he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.”
42:5 This is what God the LORD says–he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
42:6 “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,
42:7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
42:8 “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.
42:9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
42:10 Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.
42:11 Let the desert and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.
42:12 Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands.
42:13 The LORD will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.
42:14 “For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.
42:15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools.
42:16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
42:17 But those who trust in idols, who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’ will be turned back in utter shame.

1 John
1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
1:2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
1:3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
1:4 We write this to make our joy complete.
1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
1:6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1:10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
2:3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.
2:4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
2:5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:
2:6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
2:7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.
2:8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
2:9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
2:10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
2:11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

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