Music is powerful. Music can impact us in a number of ways, effecting our emotions, mood and affect. Each week we gather to sing songs that glorify Christ and help us respond to who He is. This week we discuss Exodus 15 and learn why we sing, what singing accomplishes for the gathered church and how it glorifies God.
We begin 2012 as a church family with a focus on prayer. We look to Paul's prayer for the church in Ephesus as an example to follow and also strive to be strengthened by Christ's indwelling presence through the Spirit. Indeed as Paul states, God is able to do more than we can ever ask or imagine.
When we think of Christmas, we should not only think of what God has done in the past. Instead, we should also think of the continual blessings that come from Jesus specifically, 'grace upon grace'. The blessing of Christmas manifests itself in our lives everyday. We ought to worship and celebrate because of the grace we continually receive.
In Exodus 14, Israel crosses over from death to life through the Red Sea. God delivers his people by his chosen mediator, Moses. So to, we, God's people, have been saved by God when we crossed over from death to life by God's perfect mediator-Jesus.
God mercifully leads Israel out of Egypt and toward the Red Sea by a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. God's presence with his people was constant and faithful, never departing from them. As we think about Israel's deliverance and our own, there are many similarities, perhaps none greater than God's presence. As we near Christmas, we celebrate our savior, Immanuel, God with us.
As Israel prepares to begin their exodus from Egypt, God instructs them to remember their deliverance by God's powerful hand through a feast and the consecration of the firstborn. Israel's rescue from slavery came through a substitutionary death, a sacrifice made on their behalf. They, like us, have been redeemed, bought with a price. We belong to Him.
This week we venture back into chapter 7 of Exodus. God is going to liberate his people from slavery after He defeats the gods of Egypt. Through the plagues God is revealing himself to both Israel and Egypt that they may know He is the LORD. God is redeeming his people by mighty works of judgment.
In Isaiah 58, God gives a prophetic indictment against his people for neglecting the oppressed. God calls his people to do justice, to serve and fight for the oppressed. As Isaiah 58 teaches, a passion for justice is a fruit of devotion and knowing God.
After the people of Israel receive God's promise of deliverance, things get immediately worse. Their faith is challenged and pushed to the limits. How do you trust God when everything seems to be going wrong? This week we study Exodus 5 and learn how not to put our confidence in our circumstances, but in God instead.
Moses is called by God to a daunting task. Moses' fear leads him to question God and hesitate. Gracefully, God supplies his every need and Moses is served and strengthened through biblical community.