12/3: Acts 13:26-39, “The Gospel Message”

Christ's Last Command We are heading into Luke's history of the early Church in the book of Acts. We'll be looking to answer a number of questions: what were the final commands given by Christ? Why were the disciples so confused? How did Christ correct their understanding? What should we be looking for? We want to encourage you to read Acts 1:1-11 to prepare your hearts and minds as we delve into this study. The memory verse tracking the Sunday School lesson is Acts 13:30. Looking forward to the worship, study and fellowship with you this Sunday. Message Text: Acts 1:1-11 Focus: Acts 13:30 ...
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11/26: Leviticus 26, “Blessings and Cursings”

Before closing His message in Leviticus, God makes clear the results of following His will and the results of those who would choose to disobey His commandments.  There is a reality that God was trying to teach His people; following Him and His will would result in a life of blessing and abundance for His people....
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11/19: Leviticus 16:3–10, 29–30, “Set Free”

Most people think of themselves as imperfect but have a difficult time thinking of themselves as sinners in need of a Savior. When sin is not faced as sin, grace is not seen as amazing. A weak teaching on sin leads to cheap grace, and abandoning both is abandoning the central message of the gospel. Leviticus 16:3-10, 29-30 Focus: Leviticus 16:30 ...
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11/12: Leviticus 1:3-9; 2:1-3; 10:1-3, “Set Before”

God has delivered us from darkness to light in order to send us back into the darkness to reflect His light to the world. So while we live in this world, how should we live for God? The good news is that God gives us a pattern to follow, expectations to guide us in living holy lives. Leviticus 9:15-24; 10:1-3 Focus: Leviticus 10:10 ...
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11/5: Lev. 1:3-9; 2:1-3; 10:1-3, “Set Before”

Special occasions and events are often marked by the quality of the food served. In fact, meals become markers and reminders of significant occasions, such as proposals, marriage, anniversaries, or retirement. Such meals may be costly, but they are also memorable. In Exodus, God delivered His people from slavery and made a covenant with them to be their God. Leviticus begins with God’s dwelling with His people in a special way (Lev. 1:1). While the instructions for constructing the dwelling place for God are given in Exodus, the instructions for dwelling with God are given in Leviticus. Leviticus addresses the question of how God’s sinful people can live in proximity to a holy God. One of the benefits of studying the Old Testament sacrificial system is that it renews our understanding of the seriousness of sin and the cost for which sin is paid. The bloody heinousness of Jesus’ cross is a reminder of our deep need for redemption from...
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10/22: Exodus 25:1–31:18, Rebellion

The second half of Exodus focuses on the events at Mount Sinai and God’s instructions to His people through Moses. God prepared His people, gave them the law, and gave them instructions for entering the Promised Land. The Lord confirmed His covenant with His people and focused on the instructions related to the construction of the tabernacle. Once again, we are reminded that the entirety of the exodus event is a gracious act of God by which He delivers, sustains, and instructs His people for new life outside of Egypt. The instructions concerning the tabernacle and the description of the instructions make up the majority of the second half of the Book of Exodus. We must remember that the Lord had said of Israel, “I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God”. The tabernacle was the means through which God had chosen to dwell among His people. The level of detail points to the...
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10/15: Exodus 7:1-13, Commanded (Part 2)

"This week we will be covering the remainder of the 10 Commandments and how the people responded to this experience on Mt. Sinai.  How do we love one another well?  How does that align directly with God's direct commands in Exodus 20?  Looking forward to studying the passage with you Sunday." This week’s memory verse, "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, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians." — Exodus 6:7...
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10/8: Exodus 20:1-17, Commanded

Too often, people think of God’s commands as being negative or restrictive. They feel that God’s law holds them back. For them, God’s restrictions keep them from living life as they want, doing what they want to do. In a sense that is true. However, to view God’s commandments as restrictive or negative misses the point of God’s giving us rules as a demonstration of His love for us. Memory Verse: “You shall have no other gods before me.” — Exodus 20:3...
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10/1: Exodus 16:1-5, 11-20, Sufficient

Life is full of ups and downs, victories and adversities. However, one of the truths that we hold on to as Christians is that God is always God. He never changes. In light of this truth, we can accept the circumstances that come our way—even when they are difficult. Moreover, in understanding that God often moves us from times of triumph and victory to places of trial and testing, we learn that God can use every circumstance for our sanctification....
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