Something happened 500 years ago this week that has probably impacted our lives more than anything since the early church. It was Martin Luther unknowingly kicking off the Reformation, which re-opened the gospel, turned Europe upside down, and led to the formation of the U.S. Plus, it tells us a lot about God Himself.
In our third of three sermons on covenant, we look at the covenant we have with one another as members of Christ’s body. God loves us and sees us as individuals, but He has also created us to function as members of a committed community. We can never be truly spiritually mature in isolation!
We all have our perspectives about our pasts–good or bad. But few of us have God’s perspectives on our futures. Find out what He says about our futures, what we’re promised, and what God is asking of us!
We finish our walk through the Old Testament with a look at how the exiles returning from Babylon started over. What the Lord did with them provides incredible direction for us when we need to start over in our own lives. And can God rewrite history? Yes, He can and He did!
As we near the end of our study of Old Testament, we find Judah conquered and its people exiled in Babylon. Where was God in all this? It turns out He was everywhere–He was all over it! And He is for us in our hard times as well.
We cover thousands of years in this sermon, demonstrating how Israel’s kings and the activities of the Temple’s High Priest all point to Jesus. He is the Ruler of the Kingdom of God, and our High Priest who is always making intercession for us.
I Kings finds Israel at the height of its power and fame. God’s promises fulfilled, a famous wise king, and a united country centered around a great Temple. Then it all fell apart. Hear the story of what happened, and what we can learn so it doesn’t happen to us.
The 150 psalms of the Bible are sometimes called the hymnbook of ancient Israel. We can sing them, too. But when we read them, we can interact with them and receive more of the mind and heart of the Lord. Find out more about what the psalms say, how the psalms say it, and how you can receive the most out of them.
Ruth is one of the great jewels of the Scriptures, set against one of the darkest periods in Israel’s history. It’s a well-told story, and a rouching romance. But it’s so much more than that. This sermon highlights Ruth’s steadfast faithfulness, and the multiple ways she was blessed by God.
The story of Judges is the story of a people who have moved far away from God. They have substituted their thoughts and plans for his, with disastrous results. We can save ourselves a great deal of pain and trouble in learning from their mistakes.