September 24, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • Desert Song
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness
  • In Christ Alone
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • Communion: Behold the Lamb
  • Offering: So Good to Me
  • Alabaster Offering

September 24, 2017 – Moses: Perfect Provision

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • The Israelite have been let out of slavery and oppression of Egypt by God.
  • Now in a new land, the people begin complain of hunger, forgetting God’s deliverance of Israel, losing trust.
  • God heard the complaints and commanded Aaron to remind the Israelite the meat they eat in the night and flakes of dew (manna) were God’s provision.
  • Yet again, the people complained of thirsty, questioning why they had been lead from Egypt, though they were treated brutally.
  • God again heard the grumbling and provided the people with water, having Moses strike a rock upon which water would flow.
  • Again, the Israelite needed to be reminded God provides.
  • In times we experience moments of need, potential desperation. It’s important remember that God provides.  Give your predicament to God and trust he will answer, will provide “manna.”
  • Israelite are impatient, want answers and provisions immediately.  They continually failed to humbly ask God for their needs, to trust him.
  • Take away:
    1. God knows what’s going on in your life and has the means to meet your needs.  May not be what you want.
    2. Pray when in need.  Take a moment to ask for God’s direction.
    3. Blessings will come when you trust God. When they come, what will you do with them.  Will you be good stewards of the blessings.  Will you in turn bless others with what you’ve been blessed.

September 17, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord O’ My Soul)
  • From the Inside Out
  • Great is thy Faithfulness
  • Communion: Jesus Paid it All (O Praise the One)
  • Offering: Great is Thy Faithfulness
  • Benediction
  • Wayfarers Study Series

September 17, 2017 – Moses: The Exodus

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Point:

  • Pharaoh is broken and let’s the Israelite go, leave Egypt.
  • Pharaoh then changes his mind, despite witnessing God’s greatness and might on display.  He decides to rally his army and pursues the Israelite.
  • The army witness the formation of pillars of fire, signifying God’s presence and protection over the fleeing Israelite.
  • The Israelite reach the Red Sea, trapped with no where else to go.
  • Likely, Moses and the people of Israel are scared and discouraged.
  • God empowers Moses to part the Red Sea and provide the people a corridor to escape.
    • Note: the sea is noted as chaos through out the Bible, something fearsome, dangerous.  God is order and protection against the chaos and danger.
  • Pharaoh’s army goes in pursuit, into the parted sea, even though knowing God’s promise and protection of the Israelite.
  • As the Israelite reach the other, God directs Moses to restore the Red Sea, crashing the parted waters on the army, washing them away.
  • Take away:
    1. Hopelessness: without God.  With God, there is always hope.
    2. Make good decisions.  Pharaoh ignored God’s power and chose to continue his pursuit of the Israelite.  In this case:
    3. God is the primary actor/character: God is in control.
    4. Lead with faith: Moses and the Israelite were fleeing in fear. Moses had to lead, trusting God’s direction to go into the Red Sea.  God delivered the Israelite.

September 3, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • Let it Rise
  • Your Grace is Enough
  • Great are You Lord
  • Ministry Spotlight:  Costa Rica (Jocelyn Walters)
  • Communion: Jesus We Love You
  • Offertory: Your Grace is Enough

September 3, 2017 – Moses: What is in a Name?

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • Moses came to the burning bush and came to the presence of the Lord.
  • The burning bush:  God and creation can co-exist (God present in the physical – burning bush is ever-maintained by God)
  • Symbolism: The bush represents the people (Israel, us individually) and the fire represents God’s fuel.
  • Angel of the Lord: is thought to actually represent God’s presence
  • Moses: going to the people to led the Israelite, he had hesitation, questioning his worthiness.  God assures Moses He will be with him.
  • God: Tell the Israelite “I AM,” all being.  The God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob. Stating that He is the same as the relationship with his ancestry, from the beginning.
  • Take-aways:
    1. Being itself.  Creation itself.  God is.
    2. God’s name is a story.  Israel.  Jesus.  The Cross.  Deliverer, Redeemer.
    3. God’s name is an embodied name. It’s a person. God and Moses becomes synonymous.  God becomes embodied in Moses.  Later seen in the prophets, then in Jesus.  Amazingly, embodied in the Church (as we are the hands and feet of God’s, taking God to the world – in family, homes, work, school, etc.
  • God is what God does.