Theology

Wanna Know What Exodus is About?

As we are in the last four weeks of our study in Exodus, I thought it would be appropriate to post a rough outline of the material we will have covered, in Exodus, by June 4th. Below are chapter summaries for each of the sections that we have covered since the beginning of April.

Join us for the lesson on the first half of the ten commandments, this Sunday! We’ve reached Sinai!

Genesis 50 – The Hebrews are outside the Promise Land and Joseph is dead. How is the promise to Abraham going to be realized?

Exodus 1 – There arose a new king in Egypt who did not know Joseph. Pharaoh was fearful of the power of the Hebrews because they had greatly multiplied; so, he made them slaves.

Exodus 2 – Moses upbringing in the courts of Pharaoh. Moses flees Egypt.

Exodus 3 – The Burning Bush. God hears, God sees, and God knows the pain of the Hebrews. God responds via the burning bush.

Exodus 4 – Moses is skittish. Moses: “God, how can you use me? I am only a shepherd? I am a stutterer! Surely you can find someone better.”

Exodus 5 – God challenges Pharaoh through Moses.

Exodus 6 – God establishes that HE will defeat Pharaoh, for the glory of His own Name!

Exodus 7 – 11 The Ten Plagues. The plagues were a threefold assault on the Egyptians. They were an assault on Pharaoh (who Egypt saw as the god of order). They were an assault on Egyptian order (they serve as a de-creation narrative). They were an assault on the false gods of Egypt (each plague targeted a different Egyptian god).

Exodus 12 – The institution of the Passover. The Passover would help the Hebrews remember the saving hand of God.

Exodus 13 – 14 The Deliverance of God through the crossing of the Red Sea – God wipes out the angry Egyptians. God guides His people through the waters/wilderness.

Exodus 15:1-21 – A song of praise for all that God has done in delivering the Hebrews out of slavery. Sung by Moses and the people.

Exodus 15:22 – 17:7 Three incidents of complaining. The people complain about the bitterness of the water at Marah, a lack of food in the wilderness of Sin (no pun intended) and a lack of water at Rephidim.

Exodus 19 – 24 Arrival at Mt. Sinai. God gives His people the law (the ten commandments, etc…).

Exodus 25 – Plans for the tabernacle.

Exodus 32 – The people worship the Golden Calf; God is rightfully angry.

Exodus 39 – 40 The building of the tabernacle; God fills the tabernacle with His presence.

Our last Gospel Project lesson for the summer will be given on June 4th. Our Sunday morning prayer ministry will begin on Sunday, June 11th and run until September. Beginning in September we will begin a new season of the Gospel Project in Leviticus!

Here are two video on the book of Exodus that give a decent summary…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uf-PgW7rqE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0GhR-2kPKI

Exodus: God Delivers

Last Sunday we concluded what was a 13-week journey through the book of Genesis. read more

A Look Through the Library

Last Sunday Pastor Sean, Caleb, and John & Heather Okrafka pulled a bunch of books from our church library and recommended them to the young adults of our church. We wanted to highlight a number of excellent reads that sit on the shelves of our library. Our library boasts an excellent collection of books: theologically sound and thematically robust!

Take a look at the volumes that were recommended and consider stopping by the church library. Here are only 28 books that you might be interested in; the library is filled with many more!

Mere Christianity – CS Lewis

Surprised By Joy – CS Lewis

Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn – Tim Challies

Spurgeon – Arnold Dallimore

John McArthur – Iain Murray

Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount – Martyn Lloyd-Jones*

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years (Vol 1) – Iain Murray

D. Martyn Lloyd Jones: The Fight of Faith (Vol 2) – Iain Murray

Rescuing the Gospel – Erwin Lutzer

The Cross of Christ – John Stott

The Message of the Old Testament – Mark Dever

What is the Gospel? – Greg Gilbert

Servanthood as Worship: The Privilege of Life in a Local Church – Nate Palmer

A Call to Spiritual Reformation – Don Carson**

Echoes of Eden – Jerram Barrs

Church Membership – Jonathan Leeman

The Gospel at Work – Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert

What is the Mission of the Church – Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert

What is the Meaning of Sex – Denny Burk

The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Can Man Live Without God – Ravi Zacharias

Respectable Sins – Jerry Bridges

How Now Shall We Live – Charles Colson

Ecclesiastes – Douglas Sean O’Donnell***

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind – Mark Noll

The Genesis Flood: Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications – Whitcomb and Morris

Art For God’s Sake – Philip Graham Ryken

*Highly recommended by Pastor Caleb
**Highly recommended by Pastor Sean
***Highly recommended by Heather Okrafka

JC Ryle on Suffering

Over the last two weeks the theme of suffering has surfaced read more

An Imperishable Inheritance

Last week someone sent to us as pastors the following devotional from Charles Haddon Spurgeon (slightly reworded by Alistair Begg).  The intent of sending it was for our encouragement, which was certainly accomplished. Given that Spurgeon wrote with a heavy pen it seemed good to widen the degree of exposure.  If you’re already familiar with Spurgeon you’ll know him as “the prince of preachers.”  If you’ve never heard of him before here’s a brief, 4-5 minute overview in line with the book list that was recently posted (Sean can’t help himself).  If you want to just skip ahead to the devotional I suppose you can do that too!

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The Necessity of Christian Warfare

As you know, Sean is reading William Gurnall’s book, ‘The Christian in Complete Armour,’ which is a 600 page exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20 written in the 17th century.  A few weeks ago I decided to begin reading D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13 entitled, ‘The Christian Warfare.’  My reading choice weighs in at just under 400 pages of 20th century writing.  Between the two of us we are aiming to share various insights regarding the nature of Christian warfare and the spiritual battle in the Christian life. read more

Have some spiritual gifts ceased?

Here are a smattering of helpful articles and blog posts dealing with the issue of the cessation of some spiritual gifts, in follow up to Pastor Sean’s message this past Sunday evening.  They go from lighter to heavier, in case you’re wondering.

Happy reading!

What Cessationism Is Not by Nathan Busenitz

John MacArthur Responds to John Piper Regarding Strange Fire – this will take you to an excellent interaction between these men on the topic.

Tongues!  Signs!  Wonders! – Tim Challies interviews Dr. Sam Waldron, author of the book To Be Continued?

Continuationism and Cessationism – Tim Challies interviews Dr. Wayne Grudem, who holds a different position that Walrdon.

Why I am a cessationist – An article by Dr. Tom Schreiner, a council member of The Gospel Coalition.

Why I am a continuationist – An article by Dr. Sam Storms, also a council member of The Gospel Coalition.

Modern Spiritual Gifts – This is a fascinating article by Vern Poythress, who thinks that if his approach were to be adopted, the debate between cessationists and continuationists would largely be over!

A COMPARISON OF CESSATIONIST AND NONCESSATIONIST ARGUMENTATION – R. Fowler White takes a look at the differences between Grudem and Gaffin’s arguments from 1 Corinthians 13:10 in this journal article.

The Gift of Tongues – Nathan Busenitz compares the gift of tongues in the modern charismatic movement with the teaching of the church fathers in this journal article.

Ephesians 2:20 – R. Fowler White evaluates the different views of Gaffin and Grudem in this journal article.

 

 

Authentic Community Conference

If you weren’t able to attend the conference on the trinity with Dr. Bruce Ware on Saturday (or if you wanted to listen to something a second time around) you can watch videos of the messages right here.

Authentic Community Conference

If you weren’t able to attend the conference on the trinity with Dr. Bruce Ware on Saturday (or if you wanted to listen to something a second time around) you can watch videos of the messages right here.

Lyrical Theology – Shai Linne

A number of weeks ago you heard a song by shai linne and Melissa T during our offering (it was the missions Sunday when YFC was the focus).  He just released a new album covering some of the following: Jesus as fully man and fully God (also known as the Hypostatic Union), Regeneration, Election, Cosmic Powers, Fal$e Teacher$ etc.

The content is extremely edifying (if you can handle the Rap/Hip-Hop flavour). You can find it in the itunes store if you’re interested!

 

The following excerpt from With All My Mind especially stands out:

 

And forever we will cling to the crucified

A Risen King who fulfilled the plan you devised

Theology helps us separate truth from lies

But you are not an object to be scrutinized

You are not a philosophy

You are not a theory

You’re not an apologetic debate topic merely

You’re a person who deserves to be adored

Our goal in life should simply be to see you more

To have our souls satisfied, and be so amazed

To stand in awe when you teach us to know your ways

To bring glory to your holy name forevermore

We were made for so much more than what we settle for

We’re too easily satisfied with lesser things

They’re distractions that keep us from our blessed King

Theology is not a goal but its major purpose

Is to think about you rightly when we praise and worship