CHAPEL ROCK
A Place of Battle
Today we’re continuing our series called “You Are Here” by talking about how events that happened a long time ago at places in Israel, which many of you have not seen, affect your life. This morning’s place in Israel is of deep memory. Over eight different civilizations lived there, often with several layers of habitation each that built up over the years. The reason that there are so many different layers is that Megiddo is a place of battle. It has been a place of many, many battles. Lead Pastor Casey Scott brings this morning message, “A Place of Battle.”
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  • Chapel Rock Christian Church
    2020 N Girls School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214, USA
    Sunday 9:15 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

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Next Steps to Seeing the Whole Community Whole in Christ
The Chapel Rock Community Development Corporation (CRCD) is moving forward with the goal of co-creating the future of wholeness on the westside. If you didn’t get a chance to complete the survey in last week’s bulletin, pick up a paper survey from the kiosk this morning. This information is vital to moving forward.

Pick-up Your 2022 Giving Statement Today!
Save yourself time and the church money by picking up your 2022 giving statement in the Foyer. Statements are available for pickup on Sundays and during the week through January 29. Any statements not picked up will be mailed on January 30.

Women’s Movie Night
Women’s Ministry will host a movie this Friday, January 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a snack to share. Hot drinks will be provided. Register at the kiosk today.

Griefshare - Loss of a Spouse
At a two-hour Loss of a Spouse seminar, you’ll discover that other people understand and have found ways to make it through; why it won’t always hurt so much; reasons for hope; and practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse. Chapel Rock will offer two seminars on Monday, February 6, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Register at griefshare.org/findagroup or call Jane Rogers at 317-989-8547.

Food Pantry Requests
The need to feed families in our community is greater than ever. Your food and monetary donations are crucial! Canned food, pet food, diapers and personal hygiene items are much needed. The drive-thru Food Pantry operates the first and third Thursday of each month from 3 to 6 p.m. Donations may be placed in the bin in the DropZone in the Foyer.

Chapel Rock Blood Drive
Chapel Rock will host a blood drive from 1:30 to 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, conducted by Versiti Blood Center of Indiana. Register in person at the kiosk in the Foyer today, January 29, and February 5, call the church office for an appointment or log on to versiti.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

Chapel Rockets Seniors Ministry
This Wednesday, January 25, join Care & Share at noon in Connection Corner. Bring your own lunch and drink. There will be a short devotion, a personal time of sharing and the group’s prayer needs.

Thursday, February 2, at 11:30 a.m., Dusty Barrett will be the entertainer for the monthly pitch-in. Please bring a dish to share. A love offering will be collected for Dusty.

The Rockets women will study the book of Ruth during a six-week study Tuesdays, February 7, through March 21, in WC 113 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Young Adults Group Study on Denominations
The Branches group invites all young adults in their 20's & 30's to join them as they explore the differences between denominations through the lens of the Christian Church. This study begins Sunday, February 5, in WC 111, at 9:15 a.m. Please contact Cory Hintz at chintz@chapelrock.org if interested, or just pop in any Sunday!

Men’s Thursday Night Bible Study
Men are invited to join this weekly Bible study Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in WC 113. The book Fathered by God by John Eldredge will be the topic for the first quarter. Dave Mann is the group leader.

Sojourners New York City Trip
Join the Sojourners June 8 to 14. Sightseeing includes the Statue of Liberty, 9/11 memorial, Central Park, One World Observatory, Ellis Island, and so much more. Cost is $899 per person. A brochure is on a welcome center rack. Questions? Contact Debbie McLoed at 317-858-1244 or Phyllis Caldwell at 317-650-7881.
Communion
Chapel Rock practices an 'open communion' meaning that if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are welcome to participate in the communion service. The elder/staff member giving the devotion will provide instructions.
Chapel Rock’s Vision:
To See the Whole Community
Whole in Christ

Casey Scott, Lead Pastor

Series: You Are Here
Sermon: ‘A Place of Battle’
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 35:20-25
Revelation 16:12-16
INTRODUCTION
Our “You Are Here” place today is Megiddo. Megiddo lies on the strategic pass through the ridge that separates ‎Palestine’s coastal plain from the Esdraelon Valley to its northeast. ‎Because of its strategic location, Megiddo has been a site of military importance from the Bronze Age to the present day. Megiddo should teach us more than archaeology.
Today’s Big Idea
Megiddo reminds us that God’s people need to choose their battles and their battlefields wisely.

Make no mistake, we are in a battle. One of the major images of the church in the New Testament is that we are an army. Some of you even sang about it when you were kids in Sunday School, “I’m in the Lord’s Army. . .” But Megiddo has two important lessons for us. Here’s the first:
CHOOSE THE RIGHT BATTLE
2 Chronicles 35:20-25

In verse 20a, Josiah was one of the good kings of Juda. In verse 21, Necho warns him. It might be God trying to keep him out of the fight. Verse 22, prompts us to think, ‘How many times do we jump into a fight we have no business being in by pretending to be someone we’re ‎not?’ Verse 25, teaches us that even despite Josiah’s mistake, that he (and we) shouldn’t let ‎one misadventure define our lives. We need to choose the right battle!

The Lord’s consistent message in both the Mosaic Law and the preaching of the Prophets had been that Israel must rely on ‎Yahweh to lead them and, by extension, refrain from getting embroiled in the ‎international power politics of their day.

The evangelical church in America has been fighting a culture war for at least the last 50 ‎years. Is our culture more Christian than it used to be? It’s almost like we were fighting the wrong fight.

We must start fighting the right battle again! The ‎great battle of our time is not going to be at the statehouse, or the courthouse, it’s at your house.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT BATTLEFIELD
Megiddo is mentioned (maybe) one time in the New Testament. Some scholars think that there’s a reference to Megiddo in Revelation 16:12-16.
We must ask the question: ‘Is the place John is writing about Megiddo?’ Is John’s intent to ‎communicate that to his audience? Many scholars say it is. The best ones say it’s not.

The ancient site of Megiddo was abandoned in the Persian period (ca. 539–332 BC) — more than 500 years before Revelation was written at the end of the first century.

Is this where the last battle will be fought at the end of time? It is possible, but as we discussed in our Approaching the Apocalypse series, it’s not much of a fight. Jesus shows up, and game over.

Many modern interpreters identify Armageddon with the Galilean fortified city of Megiddo ‎and believe that a literal military battle will be fought in the latter days in that vicinity because in Hebrew har means hill or mountain, while megiddôn (Gr., magedōn) could mean ‎Megiddo.

John is probably not talking about a literal place or a literal battle. He’s using the place’s reputation as a symbol. Megiddo is only 15 miles from Nazareth. How many times did John walk by that place? How many times did Jesus walk by that place? Hundreds! They knew its reputation. That’s why the words of Jesus in Revelation 16 are critical: He pronounces a ‎blessing on those who are ready for HIS action, not ‎ready to TAKE THEIR OWN action.
CONCLUSION
The prophet Zechariah wants us to remember all the bloodshed, and the tears that resulted from it, from Zechariah 12:10–11.

> Zechariah 12:10–11
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.”

The prophet looks forward to a time when God’s people will turn back to him in repentance and a return to their covenant with Him with weeping that is so deep that it recalls the weeping associated with this place.

> Zechariah 13:1
“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.”

Megiddo teaches us that the most important battles are not fought with bombs, or guns, or swords, or even sticks and stones. The most important battles are fought with ideas; and the most powerful victories are won by laying down one’s own life, not taking someone else’s. When we are at this place, it should teach us that Jesus won his most important battle by taking the hit, not making one. We must fight His war, but we must do it with His weapons in His way.

And so, the lesson of Megiddo is not that “life is a battle, but God wins.” Rather, it is that the discerning among His followers will choose their battles, and their battlefields, wisely.
VISION BENEDICTION
We BRING our brokenness to Jesus because a CHANGE to wholeness is the story we SHARE.