Malachi: Living for a Legacy

It’s time to look toward the future and start asking, “What can we do to leave a legacy of faithfulness that blesses the next generation and helps our kids and grandkids accomplish the work God has yet in store?”

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The Day is Coming

The final book of the Old Testament shows us how history will end—with questions for, objections to, and quarrels with God. But as it was in Malachi’s day, God will get the final say. Topics explored in this sermon include heaven and hell, the Bible, repentance, and men.

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Will Man Rob God?

Malachi 3:6–18 is the epicenter of prosperity theology—the idea that you give to God in order to get. But the biblical truth is, if we love God, we will use money; if we love money, we will use God—to get more money. This sermon discusses the biblical grounds for tithing and how giving (or not giving) reveals our hearts.

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Who Can Endure?

Where there is high trust, there are fewer questions. Conversely, where there is low trust, there are far more questions. In Malachi, the people’s questions become increasingly frequent and soon turn into accusations against God’s goodness. God’s response? A promise to send a messenger, who will bring both cleansing and judgment.

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How Have We Wearied Him?

The book of Malachi tells us that the most important decision we’ll make is deciding who will be our God. The second is deciding whom we’ll marry. Directed at singles and married couples, this sermon offers practical advice on how each can honor God in the life they live and the legacy they leave.

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Will You Listen?

As valuable as experiences are, we don’t always know what to do with them apart from teaching. The Bible contains a lot of teaching, a lot of teachers, and a lot of exhortations for teachers. We know that a good teacher can really change your life, but so can a bad one—they can teach you some things you’ve got to spend the rest of your life unlearning.

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Where is my Honor?

God’s leaders are to be examples. Yet in Malachi 1:6­–14, God rebukes the priests, asking over and over how it is that they’ve forgotten who he is. God looks down at their tithes and offerings and says, “This isn’t just cheap; this is evil.” What is God saying when he looks at us?

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How Have You Loved Us?

The book of Malachi closes the Old Testament canon with an illustration of what Israel has become—children who have been placed on the Father’s lap only to slap him in the face. But God, through his messenger Malachi, seeks to plead with the weak links in the chain of faith. And today, each of us is being asked the question, what type of legacy do we want to leave behind?