A Journey of Deliverance: From Intercessory Prayer to Action (Exodus 32:15-24)

Though Moses interceded to God on behalf of the Israelites for their sin of worshipping the golden calf, he then dealt with their sin through action. In this sermon, learn why sin must not only be acknowledged, but also dealt with.

A Journey of Deliverance:
From Intercessory Prayer to Action
Exodus 32:15-24

I. Sin is a celebration of misplaced delight
II. Sin, when exposed, causes the sinner to deceive
III. Sin, when left alone, becomes of cup of wrath

A Journey of Deliverance: The Person of God Intercedes (Exodus 32:7-14)

Though God’s wrath burned hot against his people for their sin of worshipping the golden calf, Moses interceded on their behalf, and “the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.” In this sermon, learn how and why we are called to be people of intercessory prayer.

A Journey of Deliverance:
The Person of God Intercedes
Exodus 32:7-14

I. Intercessory prayer is a way of expressing grace and mercy
II. Intercessory prayer is a way of expressing humility
III. Intercessory prayer is a way of confirming God’s providence
IV. Intercessory prayer is a way of softening the heart of man and subsiding the wrath of God

A Journey of Deliverance: The Sin that So Easily Entangles Us (Exodus 32:1-6)

In the infamous story of the Israelites worshipping the golden calf, they show how easy it is to fall back into sin if we have not really relinquished it. In this sermon, Pastor Brice teaches how we often make idols of even the blessings God has given us.

A Journey of Deliverance:
The Sin that So Easily Entangles Us
Exodus 32:1-6

I. They worshipped the right God in the wrong way
II. They went back to the idols that they had never really relinquished
III. They had a distrust in the lawgiver
IV. They made idols of their blessings

A Journey of Deliverance: Covenantal Worship (Exodus 24)

We must build our lives on the Word of God, so that when our enthusiasm for God wanes, our obedience doesn't. In this sermon, Worship Pastor Blake Bostick explains why God’s Word and the atoning blood have always been central when God’s people gather to worship.

A Journey of Deliverance:
Covenantal Worship
Exodus 24

I. Book of the Covenant
II. Blood of the Covenant
III. Response to the Covenant
IV. Glory of the Covenant

A Journey of Deliverance: The Angel Before Us (Exodus 23:20-33)

In Exodus 23, God promises to send his people the Angel of the Lord, who will go before them as protector and conqueror. In this sermon, Pastor Brice shows how this Angel, who many believe is actually Christ, teaches us about the sovereign nature of God.

A Journey of Deliverance:
The Angel Before Us
Exodus 23:20-33

I. The Angel of the Lord teaches us about the sovereign nature of God
A. He is a protector
B. He is a conqueror
C. He is a commander
D. He is a purifier
E. He is uncompromising

A Journey of Deliverance: The God of Justice (Exodus 22:16-23:19)

While many of the laws God gives his people in Exodus may seem archaic, in this sermon Pastor Brice explains how they reveal that God is an advocate for the lowly and forgotten who always deals justly and compassionately.

A Journey of Deliverance:
The God of Justice
Exodus 22:16-23:19

I. A follower of Jesus should be an advocate for the lowly and forgotten
II. A follower of Jesus should be spiritually discerning
III. A follower of Jesus should give generously to our fellow man
IV. A follower of Jesus should trust in and give faithfully to the Lord
V. A follower of Jesus should deal justly and compassionately in worldly affairs
VI. A follower of Jesus should take Sabbath rest in him

A Journey of Deliverance: Punishment vs. Rescue; Revenge vs. Redemption (Exodus 22:1-15)

What can we learn from the seemingly outdated commands in Exodus about stolen sheep and oxen? In this sermon, learn how God’s law teaches us about his just character by revealing how rescue and redemption triumph over punishment and revenge.

A Journey of Deliverance:
Punishment vs. Rescue; Revenge vs. Redemption
Exodus 22:1-15

I. General theft
II. A careless neighbor
III. Borrowing or caring for our neighbors property

What we learn about Justice from Exodus 22:1-15:
1. The Bible promotes private property ownership and the right to protect that property
2. The Bible is giving us application of Lex Talionis
3. The Bible promotes laws being enforced in proportion to the amount of guilt
4. The Bible commands Christians to seek rescue for the victim and redemption for the assailant

A Journey of Deliverance: A Good and Holy God (Exodus 21:12-36)

In Exodus 21, God gives what seem to be steep punishments for various crimes, yet his punishment is always just. In this sermon, learn how when God’s people obey his commands with consideration and diligence, we are actually loving our neighbors as ourselves.

A Journey of Deliverance:
A Good and Holy God
Exodus 21:12-36

I. Capital Offense (12-17)
II. Personal Injury (18-27)
III. Negligence (28-36)

Application:
1. Every punishment should be fitting of the crime
2. When we act diligently and responsibly we are loving our neighbor
3. We are all image bearers, which makes all life precious

A Journey of Deliverance: The Law and Gospel and Slavery (Exodus 21:1-11)

What are Christians to make of passages like Exodus 21:1-11 that give regulations for slavery instead of condemning slavery outright? In this sermon, Pastor Brice gives some considerations from what the Bible says about slavery, and what difficult passages like this can teach us about how God commands his people to live righteously in an unrighteous world.

A Journey of Deliverance:
The Law and Gospel and Slavery
Exodus 21:1-11

Considerations from what the Bible says about slavery:
I. The Hebrew word for slave is translated in many different ways
II. Slavery existed long before these commands were written, and it still exists long after
III. The law is not condemning or condoning slavery, but constraining brutality and injustice amongst God’s people
IV. The bible does condemn slavery that was common in early American history
A. American slavery was a horrendous act because men, women, and children
were stolen from their home and shipped to a foreign land
B. American slavery was a horrendous act because men, women, and children
were beaten and killed by their master
C. American slavery was a horrendous act because men, women, and children
were considered lifelong possessions and not image-bearers of God
D. American slavery was a horrendous act because of the fugitive slave act

A Journey of Deliverance: The Good that Comes from the Law (Exodus 20:18-26)

In this sermon from Exodus 20:18-26, Pastor Brice teaches how the Ten Commandments and God’s appearing bring us closer to God in reverence.

A Journey of Deliverance:
The Good that Comes from the Law
Exodus 20:18-26

I. The ten commandments and God’s appearing bring us closer to God in reverence because they instill in us a healthy fear of God
II. The ten commandments and God’s appearing bring us closer to God in reverence because they reveal our need for a mediator
A. We need a mediator because of our sin and the depth of our sin
B. We need a mediator because of our inability to keep the whole law
III. The ten commandments and God’s appearing bring us closer to God in reverence because we go to God on his terms

A Journey of Deliverance: The Joy of Contentment (Exodus 20:17)

Pursuing desires is not necessarily sinful, yet the tenth commandment to not covet deals with what happens when we let our desires rule us. In this final sermon on the Ten Commandments, Pastor Brice explains how coveting is a summation of the heart issues that cause us to break the other nine commandments.

A Journey of Deliverance:
The Joy of Contentment
Exodus 20:17

I. Practice contentment
II. Pursue integrity in all things
III. Put down wrong desires
IV. Pursue upright living

A Journey of Deliverance: Do Not Bear False Witness (Exodus 20:16)

Because each of the Ten Commandments applies not only to a specific context but also to a broader category of behaviors, the ninth commandment involves much more that simply not lying. In this sermon, Pastor Brice teaches why God commands us to be people of truth because he is the God of truth.

A Journey of Deliverance:
Do Not Bear False Witness
Exodus 20:16

I. How do we break the 9th command?
A. Gossip or Slander
B. Flattering or withholding necessary truth
C. Careless Lies
D. Hyperbole or Exaggeration
E. Blatant Lying
II. How do we keep the 9th command?

A Journey of Deliverance: Do Not Steal (Exodus 20:15)

Regarding the eighth commandment, Martin Luther said, “It is not God’s will for us to have anything that we cannot obtain by honorable means, and the only right attitude to other’s property is scrupulous concern that ownership be fully respected.” In this sermon, learn what all this seemingly simple command encompasses.

A Journey of Deliverance:
Do Not Steal
Exodus 20:15

I. How do we break the 8th commandment?
II. How do we keep the 8th commandment?
A. Put away stealing
B. Labor and do hard and honest work
C. Pray for and practice generosity
D. Put on contentment

A Journey of Deliverance: The Faithful Spouse (Exodus 20:14)

In this sermon, Pastor Brice explains how the seventh commandment to not commit adultery is often broken, and teaches many ways we can become faithful husbands and wives.

A Journey of Deliverance:
The Faithful Spouse
Exodus 20:14

I. How we break the 7th command
A. Premarital sex
B. Viewing pornography, elicit material, and lusting
C. Self-Gratification
D. Having multiple partners
E. Emotional attachments to the opposite gender
F. Emotional detachment from our spouse
II. Steps we can take toward being a faithful spouse
A. A faithful spouse commits to and practices abstinence before marriage
B. A faithful spouse commits to regularly dating and wooing your spouse after marriage
C. A faithful spouse commits to staying clean and healthy in mind and body
D. A faithful spouse commits to regular and emotionally attached sex with your spouse
E. A faithful spouse commits to dressing modestly
F. A faithful spouse commits to loving and treating their spouse better than their children
G. A faithful spouse abstains from relationships that might derail their marriage
H. A faithful spouse reads books, articles, and other material about marriage and written by godly people
I. A faithful spouse trusts in the Holy Spirit

A Journey of Deliverance: Don’t Kill (Exodus 20:13)

While it may seem easy to keep the sixth of the Ten Commandments, it involves significantly more than not killing. In this sermon, Pastor Brice expounds upon how we often indeed break this command in our hearts.

NOTE: Due to recording issues, about 20 minutes of the sermon audio is missing in the middle of this recording.

A Journey of Deliverance:
Honoring Those in Authority
Exodus 20:12

I. What is not breaking the 6th command
A. Killing in self-defense
B. Capital Punishment
C. Being in the military or law enforcement or killing justly from those positions
II. What is breaking the 6th Command
A. Suicide
B. Euthanasia or assisted suicide
C. Murder of the Heart
D. Abortion

The Second Advent: Prepared at All Times (Matthew 24:36-51)

The Second Advent:
Prepared at All Times
Matthew 24:36-51

As we end our celebration of Advent and look forward to 2019, Pastor Brice challenges the church to be prepared as we anticipate Christ’s return.

I. While we wait for the second advent, we must count the cost and endure until the end
II. While we wait for the second advent, we must do well with the gifts we have been given
A. If you have been given much, humbly multiply more
B. If you have been given little, don’t let fear prevent multiplication
III. While we wait for the second advent, we must spend more energy on an eternal mission

Unto Us: Perspectives on the Incarnation | God’s Use of the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20)

Unto Us: Perspectives on the Incarnation
God’s Use of the Shepherds
Luke 2:8-20

In this sermon, Morgan Putman looks at the story of Jesus’s birth from the perspective of the shepherds and shows how we can learn from their response to the good news of great joy the angels proclaimed to them.

I. Who were the shepherds?
II. What was the message?
A. A message for all people (10)
B. A message of good news (10-11)
III. What was the response?
A. Angels’ Response (13-14)
B. Shepherds’ Response (15-20)
1. Action
2. Praise

Unto Us: Perspectives on the Incarnation | Herod the Great: The Not So Great Story of Rejecting the Power of God (Matthew 2:1-6)

Unto Us: Perspectives on the Incarnation
Herod the Great: The Not So Great Story of Rejecting the Power of God
Matthew 2:1-6

In this sermon, Pastor Brice Holbrook explains what we can learn about the power of God from evil King Herod’s response to the birth of Jesus.

I. Those who reject God fear his power
II. Those who reject God want his power
III. Those who reject God cannot receive his power

Unto Us: Perspectives on the Incarnation | Jesus Through Joseph's Eyes (Matthew 1:18-25)

Unto Us: Perspectives on the Incarnation
Jesus Through Joseph's Eyes
Matthew 1:18-25

In this sermon, Missional Community Pastor Stephen McNeill shows what we can learn from the heritage and character of Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus.

I. Joseph’s family
II. Joseph’s character
A. A just man
B. A compassionate husband
C. An obedient servant
D. A faithful worshiper
E. A loving father

Takeaways:
1. The Father has adopted us through Christ into this same family.
2. Our obedience matters.
3. We are the light of the world.
4. Marvel at the sovereign work of God.

Unto Us: Perspectives on the Incarnation | And His Name Shall Be Called (Isaiah 9:2–7)

Unto Us: Perspectives on the Incarnation
And His Name Shall Be Called
Isaiah 9:2–7

In this sermon, Worship Pastor Blake Bostick introduces our Advent series by examining what the prophet Isaiah meant when he referred to the coming Messiah by so many rich and descriptive names.

I. Wonderful Counselor
II. Mighty God
III. Everlasting Father
IV. Prince of Peace
V. Emmanuel