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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.

August 27, 2017 – Moses

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • Moses was not a remarkable person, on his own.
  • What makes him special, people and God blesses him throughout his life.  Lead him to be faithful to God and enables him to do God’s work.
  • Recall the end of Dirty Laundry series: Joseph forgives his brothers, brings them into Egypt where they are cared for. Generations later, the new pharaoh of Egypt did not know of Joseph and the favor placed on the Hebrews, instead seeing the Hebrews as a threat and placed them into slavery.
  • Fearing the growing number of Hebrews, Pharaoh ordered the Hebrew midwives to kill newborn males.
  • Midwives feared God and refused to adhere to Pharaoh’s orders.
  • After giving birth, Moses’ mother hid him until at 3 months it was impossible to keep him hidden.  Desperate, she but Moses in a basket, placed in the river and let him go, trusting God would protect him.
  • Pharaoh’s daughter pulled Moses out of the river.  The midwives intervened and saved Moses, by bringing him back to his mother to nurse, while being raised under safety of Pharaoh.  Like with Joseph, God demonstrates faithfulness, using the situation to bless Moses, his mother, and the midwives.
  • Takeaways:
    • Figuratively, parents put their children in the river, letting their children go.
    • In many ways, parents are putting themselves in the basket, trust that God will provide.
    • We as a Church need to be willing to go into the river.

August 20, 2017 – Dirty Laundry: Undeserved Forgiveness

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • Joseph is a forgiver.  Went from a hated child, stripped and sold, to becoming the second most powerful person in Egypt.
  • He had no reason to forgive.  From the world perspective, he had every right to imprison his brother. Instead, he forgives them.
  • God desires reconciliation, opposite of the world.
  • Joseph’s act of forgiveness is a precursor to the New Testament: Jesus forgives his enemies, those who opposed and persecuted him.
  • We all have an opportunity to forgive. Live a life of unforgiveness.
  • Who do you need to forgive?  You won’t be able to be free is you don’t forgive, instead being shackled to bitterness, anger.  Who do you need to ask forgiveness.
  • Video from Les Miserables: Valjean’s Soliloquy

August 20, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • Come, Now is the Time to Worship
  • How Great is Our God
  • Cornerstone
  • Communion: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
  • Offering: Blessed Be Your Name
  • Benediction

August 13, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • Ancient of Days
  • He Is Faithful
  • What a Beautiful Name
  • Ministry Spotlight: Celebrate Recovery
  • Communion: We Will Feast
  • Offering: So Good to Me
  • Benediction