Campus Community | Playlist Week 6
Seven Years Ago Pastor David Nasser preached on Isaiah 41 at Convocation. Tonight in Campus Community, Pastor David recalls his journey. Facing death and seeing war terrorize his country, Pastor David believed God hated him, so He hated him too. However, through service, a local church body won favor in his father’s eyes, prompting his father to allow Pastor David to visit a youth group. This youth group continued to serve the Nasser family and preach the gospel to them weekly. God never makes a promise He won’t deliver on. Have you ever thought about receiving a phone from a celebrity or a significant person? A person whose phone call could change your entire life? A 9-year-old David, amid pain and suffering, war and death, thought God was not faithful or good; however, as Pastor David reflects on his journey, he can now testify that not only has God been faithful to him and his family, but good. Isaiah 41 says, “I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you.” This is true of Abraham, Israel, The Nasser Family and is true for those who call on the name of Jesus. No matter what you are facing, take courage in these words, “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” The God of all creation has decided to call you. Will you answer the call?
Isaiah 41: 9-10
9 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
“The source of a promise is the power of a promise.”
“God never makes a promise that He breaks; He never makes a promise that He can’t deliver on.”
“Everything that God has ever said, as the original promise keeper, you can bank on.”
“What an amazing thing that God would desire to call you.”
“The God of this universe knows the number of our hearts, and he decides to call us. How does that not give us value?”
“Isn’t it interesting that when you look back on your life, you can see that even when you didn’t see Him, God was holding you and not hurting you?”
“It’s incredible that we deserve the wrathful left of God but, yet, we get the opposite—we get to be on the righteous right hand of God.”
“It has been an honor to be with you these past seven years. I count it as a gift that I have been your campus pastor…So much of God’s faithfulness has been through all of you, and we owe you a lot. Thank you for all that you have done. Jennifer and I count it a great honor that we have been able to be a part of your lives.”
1. How have you experienced God’s redemptive power in your life?
2. Do you believe that you are inherently valuable to God? Why or why not?
3. What are the seasons of your life where, at the time, you thought God abandoned you or was hurting you? Have you been able to see that He was actually helping you?
4. What are the areas of your life where you need the Lord’s help and strength?