2 Corinthians 3:4-5, 12-13 || Greater Confidence

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || What gave Paul confidence and boldness in his ministry? The same thing that lead St. Patrick to return to Ireland, the land where he formerly lived as a slave, to proclaim the gospel: the New Covenant in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 3:4-5, 12-13 we see Paul speak of a greater confidence, greater sufficiency, and greater hope that produces boldness produced through this New Covenant.

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2 Corinthians 3:1-3 || Greater Change

2 Corinthians 3-4 (Unveiled) Series || Following our Exodus series, we examine two chapters from a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth roughly 1500 years after the Exodus. 2 Corinthians 3 and 4 provide a helpful reflection on Moses and the Old Covenant demonstrating how Christ came to illuminate the dim image of God available to ancient Israel. In contrast to the flashy preachers that had begun to sway the Corinthians from their commitment to Paul’s gospel, Paul takes us through a beautiful presentation of the true glory of God and explains how it transforms everyday life. The New Covenant tears the veil that once hid God’s people from His glory, freeing us to experience the Lord face-to-face. In this first message of our ‘Unveiled’ series we see how when the Holy Spirit dwells within us it not only brings about an internal transformation, but a change of our outward actions.

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Exodus 40 || He Reveals His Glory

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || In chapter 40 of Exodus we see Moses and Israel fully obey God’s command to build the tabernacle and consecrate the priests, followed by the climatic moment where God comes down and fills it with His glory. But as glorious as this moment was, we’re reminded the work isn’t finished. This moment ultimately points to a greater moment in our world’s history. The moment Christ came down and dwelt amongst us. The tabernacle, the priests, and even the whole of Exodus is but a ‘foretaste of glory divine’.

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Exodus 35-39 || He Delights in Obedience

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || In Exodus 35-39 we see the Israelites doing God honoring work, and we are reminded that Israel’s work didn’t end at the moment of their salvation from Egypt. Rather than working for Pharaoh, Israel now works for God. In these 5 chapters we see 4 answers to the question ‘How do we approach work in a way that delights the Lord?’

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Exodus 33-34 || He Welcomes Us Back

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || Following Israel’s worship of the golden calf in 32 we see in chapters 33 and 34 further consequences for their actions. But in addition to the justice we see, we also see God’s mercy. In chapter 34 God declares He is both merciful and just. So how can God be equally both of these, and what does that mean for us?

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Exodus 32 || He Made Us to Worship

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || In Exodus 32 Moses hasn't returned and the Israelites get scared. So the obvious thing to do is make a golden statue of a cow and worship it. Wait, what!? How did the Israelites reach a point where they were convinced this was the right thing to do? Psalm 106 tells us it's because 'they forgot God'. This chapter should serve as a warning to us of what will happen when we forget God and direct our worship towards other things.

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Exodus 25-27 || He Comes Near To Us

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || n Exodus chapters 25 through 27 we are reminded of 3 truths. First, God, though He is all powerful, is also personal and it delights Him to dwell amongst His people. Second, God cares about how He is worshipped, which we see in the careful and detailed instructions He provides on how to build the tabernacle. And thirdly, God will always provide us with what is needed in order to fulfill His commands. Just as He provided the Israelites with the plans and the materials to construct the tabernacle, He provides us with His Spirit who empowers us to walk in accordance with His will. We are running a little behind schedule this week, but yesterday's sermon should be uploaded by this evening. Once it's added you can listen on our website or by podcast. 

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Exodus 23:20-24:18 || He Promises Us a Future

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || In these 2 chapters God gives the promises of both victory and relationship to Israel. As we look at these promises we are reminded that His promises are one of the greatest weapons we can wield against the enemy, but also just as this covenant made required death, if we abandon the Lord it will lead to death.

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Exodus 20:1-23:19 || He Shows Us The Way

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || In Exodus chapters 20 through 23 God gives the Israelites the 10 commandments, as well as many other commands. As we study these chapters we see that the giving of the Law is a gift, and is used to guide and guard the Israelites. Ultimately though, we see that the Law, both for Israel and us, points us to Christ. As the old Puritan poem goes:

‘Run, John, run, the law commands
But gives us neither feet nor hands,

Far better news the gospel brings:
It bids us fly and gives us wings.’

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Exodus 19 || He Calls us to be Holy

Exodus (The God Who Renews) Series || In Exodus 3 God told Moses to return to Mt. Sinai to worship Him after He rescued the Israelites from Egypt. In Exodus 19 we find the Israelites trembling at the foot of the mountain as the LORD descended on it. Here in this chapter, and the second part of our Exodus series, we are reminded that God didn’t simply rescue Israel from slavery. He rescued them so that He might renew them. God rescues and redeems His people so that we can be holy as He is holy.

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Matthew 2:13-23 || Dreaming of a Kingdom

Dreamers (2018 Advent Study) Series || As we conclude our ‘Dreamers’ Advent series, we once again see God using dreams to orchestrate His plans. Through these dreams we are reminded that often times God’s ways are not our ways, but we see through Joseph’s obedience how we must submit to the Lord’s directing, because His plan is for our good and protection, and ultimately to fulfill His will.

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Matthew 1:18-25 || Dreaming of a Savior

Dreamers (2018 Advent Study) Series || CS Lewis once said ‘Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth: a myth working on us the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened: and one must be content to accept it in the same way, remembering that it is God’s myth where the others are men’s myths.’ The incredible story told in Matthew 1:18-25, the angel’s appearance in Joseph’s dream, the virgin birth, and the arrival of Immanuel, are all true! And we also find in this story that Joseph isn’t simply a prop in your church’s nativity play, but instead a just man who believed and obeyed God.

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Exodus 17 || The Lord's Presence

Exodus (The God Who Rescues) Series || In Exodus 17 the Israelites find themselves once again in a desperate and helpless moment. But this time, rather than only grumbling and complaining, they openly quarrel with Moses and test the Lord. In this sermon we are reminded that we are no better or different than the Israelites. We also are reminded of the incredible truth that God is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.

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