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I Will Be Your God Exodus 6 Summary: Have you ever had a hard time listening to another person? Sometimes, when I am worn out, feeling sick or worried about other things, it feels impossible to hear someone else. We are often like that with God. The weight of sin upon us can make it hard for us to hear and believe God's promise of salvation. Today as we continue to study Exodus, we'll see how God promises to rescue us, just as He rescued Israel. Even when we sometimes struggle to believe, God's promise never fails. Outline: 1. God's message in our slavery: I am the LORD. 2. God's promise in our slavery: I will rescue You and be Your God 3. God's faithfulness in our slavery: His promise continues Verse: Exodus 6:7 (ESV)7 I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God... Discussion Questions: 1. Notice how many times in this chapter God identifies himself as
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Exodus 5 Competing Kings Summary: How do you act when things don’t go your way? Do you get mad? Do you take your anger out on someone? God wants us to trust that He is the perfect King with a perfect plan for our lives. In Exodus when Moses goes to Pharaoh, he declares that God is king, and Pharaoh must let God's people go. But let’s see how Pharaoh wants to be God (and sometimes so do we!): Outline: 1. Thus says Yahweh... vv.1-9 2. Thus says Pharaoh.... vv. 10-19 3. “Thus says” Moses....vv.20-22 Verse: Exodus 5:1 (ESV): Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’ Discussion Questions: 1. Read Exodus 5 again. How would you characterize Moses' actions in this chapter? Does he obey in the message he delivers to Pharaoh? 2. Pharaoh makes a claim to sovereignty when he declares
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Exodus 4:18-31 Preparing For Service Today we are going to look again at the life of Moses as he prepares to go back to Egypt to be God’s instrument for rescuing His people. Every time God wants to use us, He also wants to work in us. Let’s think about how God wants to work in Moses’ life and prepare him for this ministry: 1. Spiritual preparation 2. Moral preparation 3. Relational preparation Verse: Exodus 4:22–23 (ESV): Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” Discussion questions: 1. Why do you think Moses does not tell the whole story to Jethro his father-in-law? What are the important truths that God gives to Moses as he leaves? How is this important in preparing him for his ministry? 2. Why does God seek to take Moses’ life? How does his wife intervene? Why is this important for his preparation to be the deliverer of God’s people? 3. How may God be working in your life? What sin might he want to address so that you might be useful in his kingdom in a greater way?
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Exodus 4:1-17 Out of Excuses Summary: Sometimes we just run out of excuses! When we really do not want to do something, we come up with reasons to avoid the thing we fear or dislike. Moses did not want to go to free God's people from Egypt, and gave God many reasons why he should not be the one to take on this big job. But God is the Lord, and His plan will never fail! Let's listen in again to the conversation between God and Moses, and hear God's gentleness and power with Moses, and us. Outline: 1. Moses' objection #3:
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David trusts in God as he faces the giant Goliath. While the Israelite soldiers shook with fear David knew his God would protect him and give him victory. 1 Samuel 17:1-50
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Exodus 3:11-22 I Am who I Am Summary: What is the big deal about names? Sometimes we get our names because of some family connection. Maybe you are named after someone in your family. But names have meaning, and God's name has great meaning. When God called Moses to lead Israel out of slavery, He told Moses His name. He called Himself
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The people of Israel wanted a king to be like the other nations around them. That broke God's heart. God allowed Samuel to anoint Saul as Israel's king after warning them it was not a good idea. 1 Samuel 8-11
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Exodus 3:1-12 The Burning Bush Summary: Today we get to hear God tell us of a moment when He spoke to Moses through a burning bush. Imagine being alone on a mountainside, and God appears to you in a flaming bush! Moses was in the presence of the holy God. God told Moses His plans to save His people from slaverly in Egypt. Today, let's listen and hear of God's holiness, and his compassion on us that eventually led Him to send Jesus. Outline: 1. Our God is holy. How can we stand in His presence? 2. Our God sees, hears, and knows our affliction 3. Our God is our deliverer Verse: Exodus 3:5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Discussion Questions: 1. What do we learn about God's character from Exodus 3? Why do you think Moses needed to remove his sandals in the presence of God? 2. Why is it significant that Moses hid his face in God's presence? What other places in the Scriptures tell us about
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Exodus 2:11-25 From the Palace to the Wilderness Summary: Have you ever been really mad at someone? Today we'll see Moses who took the life of an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave. Moses had to run for his life, and God used all of it to prepare Moses to save His people. Let's think about it: Outline: 1. Giving up the dream 2. Living in the wilderness 3. Remembering the promise Verse: Hebrews 11:24(ESV) By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter... Discussion Questions: 1. Why did Moses take the life of the Egyptian taskmaster? Was he right in doing so? Why or why not? Are there clues in the text that help us? 2. Read Hebrews 11:24-26. How does the writer of Hebrews describe Moses' break with his Egyptian family and connection? 3. How did God prepare Moses through his time in Midian? 4. When we look at Moses' early life in Exodus 2, how does it foreshadow or contrast Jesus and His own life and work? How can this help us walk in faith this week?
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Exodus 2:1-10 A Redeemer is Born Summary: God can do amazing things! Today let's listen in on the drama of Moses being born, and then powerfully rescued from death as a baby. God had a plan to preserve this man so He would save His people from death. Does that sound familiar? Outline: 1. The love of a mother 2. The pity of a princess 3. The victory of God Verse: Exodus 2:10...She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.” Discussion Questions: 1. If you are a parent, how do you react to these verses that describe Moses' birth and the actions of his mother? 2. Even though God is not named in this passage, how is He at work? How might that help you in understanding God's ways today? 3. Read Matthew chapter 2. How does Exodus 2 mirror the events of Jesus' flight to Egypt? Why might this help us in understanding the point of Exodus 2? 3. Read Acts 7:17-23 and Hebrews 11:23. What do we learn about the faith of Moses' parents? Why is that important for us?
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God's Blessing in Affliction Exodus 1 Summary: Today we get to start a new study in the book of Exodus! Exodus is an adventure story where God dramatically rescues His people from slavery. Let's pray today that this book would help us grow deeper and closer to the Lord as He shows us that He is a redeeming, saving God. Outline: 1. The great drama of redemption 2. The fiery trials of our faith 3. The unstoppable blessing of God Verse: Exodus 1:12a But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. Discussion Questions: 1. How does the book of Exodus fall into the larger history of God's Word? What might it teach us about God and His Gospel? 2. How would you describe God's work in Exodus 1 for His people? How is he at work through their slavery? Why do you think. the Egyptians wanted to oppress them? 3. Why were the Hebrew midwives commended for lying to Pharaoh? What might this teach us today? 4. How does this chapter point us to Christ?
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Call to Worship: 2 Corinthians 6:2 For He says, ‘In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Confession of Sin: 1 John 1:8-9 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Promise of Forgiveness: Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Tithe: Malachi 3:10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And thereby put Me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Sermon: Isaiah 61 Title: The Year of the Lord's Favor in a Pandemic
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Call to Worship: Hebrews 2:5-9 Confession our Sin: Daniel 9:7-8 Promise of Forgiveness: Psalm 32:1-2 Tithe Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:7 Sermon Text: Psalm 8 Sermon Topic: What is Man? Outline: God and his creation Man among God's creatures Christ the King of creation Discussion Questions: How can we relate Psalm 8 with the message of Genesis 1? Why do you think the psalmist does not mention man's fall into sin? What does the fact that God created man in his image tell about our place among God's creatures? How does Christ fulfill the high expectations the psalmist place upon human beings in Psalm 8?
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Luke 2:22-28 Living in Anticipation Summary: Since it is the week of Christmas, let's take some time to think together about why Jesus was born. Long ago (in Luke 2) there was a man named Simeon and a woman named Anna who were waiting in faith and praying for God to send a Savior. They show us what it means to live by faith and worship Jesus this Christmas. Let's think about it: Outline: 1. Waiting for Jesus 2. How to be ready to die 3. A Child appointed for falling and rising Verse: Luke 2:29-30 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation... Discussion Questions: 1. How does Simeon's statement describe who Jesus is and what he came to do for us? (see Luke 2:29-32) How is Anna's life portrayed for us by Luke 2:36-38? 2. Why could Simeon depart and die in peace, and how does it apply to us? 3. How is Jesus appointed for the
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Galatians 6:11-18 Boasting in the Cross Summary: Have you ever received a Christmas present that you loved, and were so excited to show it to your friends? When we are so thrilled by something, we want to talk about it and show it to others. As we finish Galatians today, Paul says that he
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Galatians 6:6-10 Sowing and Reaping Summary: Have you ever planted a plant, or maybe a whole garden? If we plant carrots, do we ever expect to get tomatoes instead? No! Why? Because we reap what we sow. We sow (plant) carrot seeds, and we reap (harvest) carrots. The Bible tells us that our Christian life is like that. What we plant (spiritually) we will eventually harvest in our lives. The real question is, what are we planting? Is it sin, or is it good seeds, like God's Word? Outline: 1. The principle: we reap what we sow 2. Three examples of sowing and reaping: a. The ministry of the Word b. Our pursuit of holiness c. Doing good to others Verse: Galatians 6:7 (ESV)7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Discussion Questions: 1. Why does the Bible often compare our spiritual lives to the principle of sowing and reaping a harvest? Why, in Paul's context of sowing and reaping here, does he say
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Galatians 6:1-5 Bear One Another's Burdens Summary: Because Jesus bore the burden of our sin on the cross, we are set free from the guilt of sin. Because we are free, God wants us now to move toward our fellow Christians in love and bear each other's daily burdens. Let's see what that means: Outline: 1. We are called to the ministry of bearing each other's burdens 2. Be on guard against sin in the ministry of burden bearing Verse: Galatians 6:2 (ESV)2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Discussion Questions: 1. Why does bearing each other's burdens
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Galatians 5:16-26 Walk by the Spirit Summary: We live constantly at war! I don't mean with soldiers and guns, but a spiritual war rages all the time. Our sinful nature (Paul calls it the flesh) wants to control us. But the Holy Spirit lives in us now, so we can
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Sermon Text: Galatians 5:7-15 Sermon Title: Freedom to be a Servant Music: *Rejoice the Lord is King *Arise, O Church Arise (Arise, Shine) *Jesus, I Come Call to Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:35-36 Confession of Sin: Romans 7:18-24 Promise of Forgiveness: Romans 7:29-8:4 Tithe Reading: James 1:16-17 Memory Verse: Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
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Psalm 146 An Anthem for all Generations Summary: Today we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of our church! God has been faithful to our church for many years, caring for us, allowing us to worship Him, and letting us take part in His mission to share the Gospel with the world. Psalm 146 is perfect for a day like this. It shows us how God is worthy to be praised and has been faithful to all generations. Let's listen in as this Psalm shows us the beauty of God who is worthy of our worship and our lives: 1. Are you breathing? Then worship is your calling 2. Are you grasping for hope? Then put your trust in the Prince of Peace 3. Are you looking for happiness? Then open your eyes and see the beauty of our God Verse: Psalm 146:1–2 (ESV) 1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Discussion Questions: 1. Read Psalm 146 again. Why does the writer say
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