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Fighting In God’s Battle (1 Samuel 17)

A sermon from Casey Gray.

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Called To Build (Isaiah 61:1-6)

Our theme for 2018 that we are going to focus our attention on this year is Called. The scriptures are full of pictures describing our purpose before God. It is easy to slide into a mentality that all that God has called us to do is come to church and sit in pews. But the scriptures are full of rich imagery describing who we are and what we have been called to be and do. The banners are in the back to help remind us of our calling throughout this year as we enter and exit the building each week. Many of the lessons we have done over the past couple years had a focus on who we are and what our purpose is. But this year we want to pay careful attention to this idea so that we can grow toward the purposes God has given to us. I would like for you to turn in your copies of God’s word to Isaiah 61.

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According To The Pattern (Exodus 25-27)

God has declared his desire to dwell in the midst of his people. We serve an amazing God who is not content to stay in the heavenly realm, separated from his creation. Rather, God wants to be with us. God wants a relationship with us. Therefore, Moses is on the mountain receiving the directions for constructing a sanctuary so that God can dwell in their midst (25:8). This is a pivotal part of the book of Exodus because the final 16 chapters of this book center on the worship of God. The only interruption of this theme of worship is in narrative regarding the golden calf. Yet even this section on the golden calf is a contrast between divinely appointed worship with the worship from humans that is not divinely appointed. As we have noted repeatedly in our study of the book of Exodus, this is a picture book of God’s redemption, showing us what God will do through Christ when he comes.

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Not Weary Doing Good (2 Thessalonians 3)

The message of Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians has been how to endure trials by living in the light of eternity. These Christians in Thessalonica are suffering severely for their faith. Paul is encouraging them that their growing faith and continued love for one another shows God’s righteous judgment that they have been counted worthy of God’s kingdom (1:4-5). In the last paragraph Paul told these Christians to not be disturbed by false teachings regarding the second coming of Christ but to stand firm in what they had received from the apostles. So in the final section of this letter Paul is going to tell these Christians what they must do as they live in the light of eternity and face these trials because of their faith in Jesus.

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