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Christians are rescued from this world but left in world to make Jesus known. It costs us something to endure the rejection and resist the distractions of this world. The Second Coming motivates Christ-exalting devotion and righteousness. Remembering Jesus’s return is a motivation to live by faith. To be awakened and driven by what we can’t see. Th…
 
The Church is under tremendous pressure in our environment. The forces dividing culture are threatening to fracture the Church as well. How do we remain faithful? How do we represent Christ and advance the gospel in this environment? It is into this kind of moment that Paul drafts this letter to Philippian church. The human perspective might appear…
 
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul calls the Church in Corinth to hold fast to the hope of the resurrection. Christ is risen! He is preparing a place for us. And He will return for us. When He does, we rise to live with Him forever! Jesus leads us in victory over sin and death! Therefore, be steadfast and immovable, abounding in the LORD’s work.…
 
Ultimately if the dead do not rise, then living a life for Christ is meaningless. But – HE ROSE!!!! Christ’s resurrection is the first fruit or guarantee of our future resurrection from the dead and is, therefore, the foundation of the believer’s hope. Both our soul and body will be resurrected. As Paul wisely points out, if the dead will not rise …
 
1 Corinthians 15 deals with the resurrection. In verses 12-28, Paul confronts the Corinthians about a logical inconsistency. Since you agree that Christ rose, how can some of you say that there’s no resurrection of the dead? If Jesus rose, it’s illogical and inconsistent for you to believe that you and I will not rise from the dead. And listen, IF …
 
God’s grace empowers us to boldly hold fast to the gospel. We won’t be faithful to Jesus if we follow Him in our own strength and wisdom. And we won’t be faithful to Him if we abandon—rather than hold fast to— the gospel. Instead, God’s grace is the fuel in the engine that transforms, empowers, and motivates our commitment to boldly hold fast to th…
 
Israel stands at the bottom of Mt. Sinai. God prepares to speak His law to them. The mountain is filled with smoke and lighting bolts light up the sky. Thunder and trumpets fill the air like a terrifying, pounding, unrelenting artillery. All this power and magnitude reflect the glory, majesty, and holiness of God. When God finishes speaking, Israel…
 
In our passage, Yahweh, the one true God, summons the people of Israel to Mt. Sinai, “the mountain of God,” where He intends to give them His law and establish a covenant with them. He appears in such a dramatic fashion to highlight their limitations, His holiness, and the need for a suitable mediator. Moses is that mediator who points ahead to the…
 
Exodus may have been written 1000s of years ago, but the message couldn’t be more timely. God redeemed us so that we represent Him to the world. That’s what we see in Exodus 19:1-8. Church Family, we’ve been redeemed to represent our Redeemer to the world. This text is a summons to the Church—to our church—to represent God’s heart, law, and purpose…
 
God stands above every leader. That’s what we will see in three stories from Exodus 17 and 18. Bad leaders fail us regularly. Good leaders will fail us too. We need to look to God who stands above every leader to fulfill His purposes to summon His People from every nation to worship and delight in Him!…
 
Church, we need to know how to make sense of suffering. Israel’s hardship comes in the wilderness between redemption from slavery in Egypt and the Promised Land. Our hardship comes in the wilderness between redemption from sin and death and our eternal home. In this in-between time of wilderness we experience life in a world broken by sin and scand…
 
The narrative of this text reminds us that, through testing, we should never forget God’s faithfulness in our past, that circumstances should not determine our attitude amid trials, that God’s enduring and steadfast love demonstrated time-after-time should do so. It reminds us that The LORD beckons His people to trust and to demonstrate our trust b…
 
Mysterious trials aren’t a distraction or interruption from God’s purposes. The trials are part of His purposes. He sovereignly brings things—happy things and mysterious things—into our lives that teach us to depend on Him. The mysterious trials keep us tethered to God in a way that maximizes our joy. They teach us that He’s the only steadfast anch…
 
The Israelites stand on the far side of the Red Sea. God has just delivered them through the water and destroyed their enemies. What do the Israelites do now that their fear is replaced with awe? They sing! They sing to LORD who has triumphed gloriously! Their song is an anthem proclaimed by every generation of the persecuted Church.…
 
Our main idea this morning is to behold God’s glory in every fearful storm. I am not aiming to convince us from the text that we should enjoy and relish storms. I am trying to convince us from the text that we can behold God’s glory (His majesty, beauty, and weight) in them. The storms of our life are not wasted. They’re not out of control. They’re…
 
In this fourth week focusing on the tenth plague, God institutes for His people two more ways by which He intends for them to remember His strong hand of redemption. God asks us to remember—often in special, tangible ways—His strong and mighty acts throughout human history. It’s by His strong hand that He redeems His people. It’s by His strong hand…
 
At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of the livestock.
 
Our foundation—Christ Crucified—must hold. If we sideline the gospel for another foundation our kids will walk off the field disinterested and disillusioned. And if our kids walk off the field our grandchildren won’t play the game at all. That’s why our foundation must hold. The next generation must hear us proclaim the gospel and see us live it. C…
 
In Exodus 11:1–10, God finally signals that the plagues that He has unleashed on Egypt for the past four chapters are finally coming to an end; only one plague remains and freedom is coming for Israel. We see God peeling back the curtain to the sovereign plan He’s had all along to free His people from bondage. Our sovereign God has a perfect plan t…
 
Identity and purpose are themes that shape our daily media feeds and leave us confused and frustrated. Therefore, we desperately need the compelling and satisfying lesson Anna of Luke 2:36-38 models for us. Embracing Jesus’ identity and purpose transforms our identity and purpose. Dive into her story and be transformed.…
 
Waiting is hard. In this passage, Luke 2:21–35, we encounter a man named Simeon who is waiting with his eyes turned toward God. Both what he is waiting for and how he waits informs our waiting here and now—even all these years later. And this is the encouragement that flows out of Simeon’s example: No matter what you might be waiting for, as you wa…
 
Is Jesus the conquering King or the humble, lowly child born in Bethlehem? Well, He’s both. The way Jesus comes into the world (i.e. the manger) reveals the purpose for which He comes. The manger demonstrates: He came not to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. He comes as a shepherd to lay His life down for the sheep. He…
 
Death introduces weariness into God’s creation. We groan because of it. Even for Christians, for whom death has lost ultimate sting; death can be crippling, paralyzing, and deafening. Into our weariness steps a cause for rejoicing. That’s what Zechariah’s prophecy in Luke 2 establishes. The eternal Sunrise visited us from on high. God has raised up…
 
This exchange between Mary and Elizabeth leads Mary to sing what is often called the Magnicifat, the very first Christmas song. Mary pours our her heart in response to God’s truth and sings of God’s redemption promised through her yet-to-be-born son Jesus. She reminds us that Almighty God exalts the humble and shows mercy to those who fear Him so t…
 
Christians understand creation’s brokenness, but also understand how confidently we may hope in Christ. Is the world broken? Horribly so. Is it beyond repair? Absolutely not. We aren’t destined to a broken future! Jesus enters creation in near obscurity. He lives a life filled with suffering. And He dies a humiliating death. But then, in a resoundi…
 
Our passage sits in middle of a narrative that began in Exodus 5. It recounts the story of God redeeming His people from slavery with a mighty hand and great acts of judgment. I want to persuade you this morning that God’s revelation about His love and judgment is good news. God’s great heart is on display in the acts of judgment against Egypt. Wor…
 
The ten plagues give us a picture of what the God of the Bible is like. We see that there is no one like Him. He is the ultimate judge and He is the unique judge, the natural judge and the saving judge. Facing the reality He reveals and trusting in His grace in Christ leads us to life and delight in the one true God with none like Him!…
 
Exodus 7 reveals God’s supremacy. God wants His people freed from slavery. Pharaoh refuses. Yet, we should not imagine this as a chess game where God attempts to outsmart Pharaoh. No, God’s deliverance from Egypt is a methodical dismantling of the most powerful man on the earth. There is no nation like Egypt. And there is no Egyptian like Pharaoh. …
 
God promised and then God delayed. Israel’s heart broke. Surely you know the feeling. When God delays our hearts sometimes crumble with disappointment or harden with anger. We’ve prayed for Him to intervene. We’ve plead for His rescue. We’ve longed for His help. Yet He delays. How do we make sense of it?…
 
God is drawing people to the gospel and developing believers with the gospel. Questions about how God reveals himself to people, what about those who have never heard of Christ, and how we can join God in his work are addressed.
 
Paul’s ambition – his driving, consuming passion – was to preach the gospel in people groups that hadn’t yet named, confessed, and worshiped Christ. This was his ambition because it is God’s ambition!
 
A link exists between the suffering we may go through as believers while pursuing obedience to the LORD and the goal of acquiring deeper intimacy and knowledge of Him. In brokenness, we become vulnerable and desperate, and it is at this point that we ought to seize the moment and seek His face. If we do, through the experience lived and in time, He…
 
In Exodus 4, God asks this question: Will you believe my Word? Egypt is the most powerful nation on earth. Will you believe that I can deliver, rescue, and redeem? Following Jesus requires us to give up our life. To deny our lives to follow Him wherever He calls. To throw all our hope into an eternity we cannot see yet. We’re saying no to sin and y…
 
One of the most famous stories in the Bible, Moses’s encounter with God at the burning bush, is part of an unified story that leads to Jesus. In it we discover God’s story, Moses’s story and how both stories add power and purpose to our story.
 
Here’s what Exodus 2 calls us to: Anticipate God’s deliverance even when you can’t see it. When you can’t see behind the curtain, will you trust that God’s acting to rescue and deliver you back there? Will you trust Him when you only see hardship? When you can’t see why He’s doing this? Or how He’s using it?…
 
Exodus 1 invites us to fearless faith in our faithful God no matter how fierce adversity may be. God’s people expect to find themselves in the bountiful land God promised to Abraham centuries before. Instead, they find themselves enslaved in a foreign land, oppressed, and afflicted by the Ancient Egyptians. But we confront a faithful God this morni…
 
The weekly scattering of churches displays Jesus’s eternal Kingdom in the world. When we scatter, we display the goodness and love and power and glory of Jesus’s eternal kingdom. We may long to huddle, but scattering is non-negotiable if the Church wants to be faithful to Christ. We have the eternal hope the world needs to escape the devastating ef…
 
The weekly gatherings of churches on earth anticipate the eternal gathering of the Church in Heaven. The weekly gatherings of local churches accomplish something. They are a glimpse at future glory. When we gather, we enjoy a foretaste (not a perfect one) of the eternal gathering coming. When we gather, we display (admittedly imperfectly) the etern…
 
In this conclusion to 1 Peter, we find Peter’s final encouragements to suffering sojourners. Suffering sojourners trust in God’s providence, detect and reject Satan’s schemes, and encourage one another.
 
Here’s a general principle we must grapple with if we are to understand the tension between leaders and followers. Those in authority are tempted to abuse. Those under authority are tempted to rebel. Peter understands this dynamic.How can leaders and members of a local church live together in a way that displays the gospel? In a sojourning church, …
 
Peter promises trials now (this life) but glory then (meaning eternity). Are you willing to wait? Peter simply repeats what he heard Jesus say. Jesus told us we’d need to take up a cross to follow Him. He promised His people a life on this earth filled with opposition, hardship, rejection, suffering, plus persecution. Peter sums it up here with the…
 
A pivotal word in the Bible and the world we live in is therefore. Behind every moral command, or therefore, in the Bible is God. We are made by and for God, therefore we are to love and obey Him. The world constantly tells us how to think and live yet often ignores the therefore behind the call to conform. In 1 Peter 4:7-11 Peter makes a sweeping …
 
As followers of Christ and sojourners, we are called to turn our eyes upon Jesus; for in doing so, we find ourselves aligned with His will, we maintain awareness of our identity in Him, and we are drawn to follow the destiny and purpose He has set out for us.
 
A righteous life—a life marked by obedience to God and faith in His Word, no matter how unpopular it might be—will always draw attention–of those who don’t like the reminder that what they are doing is wrong and of those who are drawn to someone who would sacrifice everything—even life itself—to love and serve a God they cannot see or touch. This w…
 
Christian submission is beautiful and redemptive because it echoes Christ’s submission for our salvation. All Christians are called to lives of submission to Christ and to the authorities over us. Specifically, Peter calls on wives to follow their husbands, hoping in God. Trusting Him no matter what. And Peter calls husbands to honor their wives, h…
 
We have all sat under the authority of unjust leaders. You might be in a situation like that now. Sometimes there is a godly way to remove ourselves from that situation. But sometimes there is not. Our instinct when we run up against unjust suffering is to battle back. To return fire and ensure justice. But Peter calls sojourners to assume a postur…
 
Peter exhorts the sojourning church to subject or rank themselves under the human authorities that God has appointed over them. However, this subjection is not ultimate and final. The church cannot obey civil authorities when they go against God’s Word or endanger innocent human life.
 
Like an embassy representing its country in a foreign nation, Christians are to seek to reflect Christ’s kingdom to the world around us. To do this well, we must remember that we are alien and strangers – this world is not our home. But we’re headed home, to an eternal city where righteousness dwells. As we sojourn, we are to abstain from the desir…
 
Peter calls the Sojourning church to action. We’ve been gathered by God out of the world for a purpose. We don’t fight. We don’t flee. We don’t falter. We’re faithful. Sojourning people make Him known! No matter the cost. Love demands risk. We who’ve experienced rescue—darkness to light—have a responsibility to those still in dark. We stand our gro…
 
It is deeply profound that believers are eternally brothers and sisters in Christ. We are family forever. All believers must seek and continually develop this biblical community at church, in our homes, in our small groups and other places where Christ-family life occurs. Then we must invite others to experience community in Christ with us.…
 
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