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Our lives at times can seem meaningless. But Paul reminds us that the sovereign God has cosmic purposes, and our stories are shaped by God’s designs. Israel’s story was shaped this way. And so too are the lives of every individual in this world. Our destinies are in God’s hand. Will we look to him for grace? Will we look to God's Messiah?
We are in a series of messages that we are calling “Defining Moments.” Our lives are sprinkled with defining moments—moments that shape the rest of our lives, moments that are so important that the rest of our lives hang in the balance of these moments. We have talked about such topics as our births—both our physical births and spiritual births, baptism, and marriage. We even talked about how historical moments are defining moments (wars, hurricanes, etc.) On Easter Sunday we talked about “The Most Defining Moment of all of History”—the resurrection of Jesus. We have since been trying to isolate other defining moments.Before I finalized the topics for this series, I sent out an e-mail to our staff asking them for defining moments in their lives. I wanted to make sure that I was not forgetting about the obvious. Everyone who is a parent indicated “having children” as a defining moment in life. Now, as on the day when we talked about marriage, I am well aware that not everyone has children. For some of you this is incredibly painful for you. However, I hope that you will forgive me this morning for addressing this as a defining moment because for those who do have children, it is a defining moment. As a defining moment, we must make sure we get it right.I know that becoming a parent was defining for me. Leaving the hospital with Josh is a memory that Linett and I often revisit. We were a little bit down the road when she said, “Why are you driving so slowly?” I admit I was going slowly. Having this little 7 pound baby in the backseat for the first time was life changing. There has never been in our lives a time like the 40 hours after the birth of Dru. For those of you unaware, Dru came to us through the miracle of adoption. After we arrived at the hospital where Dru was born, (some 10 hours after he had been born) we were told that his birth mother was not quite ready for us to have him. We spent the next 24 hours (about 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.) wondering and waiting. That kind of moment will define the rest of your life. Our lives have been defined by both of our boys.Becoming a parent is defining for a family, but parenting is defining for our culture—our society.
How could Israel be ignorant of the righteousness of God and seek to establish their own? Because they missed Jesus Christ himself, who is the point and goal of the Law. In Romans 10:5-13, Paul shows how the Old Testament itself makes plain that right relationship to God was never about what humans do, but rather about what God has done, and that what saves any person, Jew or Gentile, is a true and living faith in Jesus Christ as the God of Israel.
It is said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. But in our digitized world filled with images it is more accurate to say 'a word is worth a thousand pictures'. Throughout Israel's history, God made spoken, verbal promises to his people that seemed to contradict all the pictures around them. And so God demonstrates his faithfulness through his Word. Can you trust his promises?
** Introduction: God's message and His methods. ** The Song of the Beloved's Vineyard 5:3-4 ** The provision of good things and the challenge 5:3-4 ** The characteristics of the vineyard, (people of Judah) 1. Greed v8 2. Personal extravagance v11-12 3. Unbelieving v18-19 4. Truth perverting v20 5. Wise in their own estimation v21 6. Reckless v22-23 ** The Church the new Israel ** The church has the responsibility of being God's representatives ** Incentives to faith and holiness not enough, God looks for fruit ** Incentives cannot be neglected without consequences ** The True Vine
Part 1. The most important week in the history of the world begins with a celebration. It isn't just a parade or a couple of people getting close to Jesus. What happens when a city, a people, choose to believe?
Chapters 15 & 16 gives us the borders of the inheritance given to the children of Israel as they took the land God gave them
Much in life can get overlooked, especially beside loud and splashy things. Exodus 18 is the “delegation chapter” that has impacted the world over. Exodus 20 is the Ten Commandments, which have been written on every heart in this world. But in between, Exodus 19 is largely overlooked despite its powerful message.
Dr. Gipp sheds some light on the geography of the Holy Land and the major events in Christian history that took place there, drawing resources from both scripture, and his recent trip to Israel.