Leviticus: Four Reasons and Resources as You Read

This past Sunday we began our second season of the Gospel Project. read more

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…

Exodus: God Delivers

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

God the Covenant-Maker

If you have been tracking with us for the last few months you will know that January 2017 marked the beginning of our church’s journey through the storyline of Scripture. read more

The Gospel Project

Now that the countdown to Christmas and 2017 is behind us, we’ve moved on to a third countdown we’ve been anticipating: the launch of The Gospel Project. What is The Gospel Project? read more

Great Expectations?

I came across this quotation in the book Puritan Theology and thought it worth sharing:

Preaching the Word is a powerful means to blow on the coals of zeal and keep them aflame because God Himself speaks in preaching. When the Word is faithfully preached, God speaks to our hearts, lighting His match and blowing upon our coals with His Spirit to make our zeal burn afresh. Likewise, the faithful reading of Scripture feeds our zeal by pouring fuel on the holy fire in our bosom. The Word feeds our passion and love for God which He graciously placed in our hearts. If we would have our zeal aroused, we must not neglect to fuel it. If we would have this seed of grace come to full fruition in every area of our lives, we must cultivate it to full bloom.

Is that what we longingly expect to happen when we gather with God’s people week after week? If only we did! Pray for those who read the Word, preach the Word, and hear the Word that it may be so!



How to Use the Bible to Support Idolatry

On Sunday night we spent some time together as a congregation exploring revisionist arguments that attempt to demonstrate the legitimacy of monogamous, committed, same-sex relationships.  This coming Sunday we’ll explore some of the emotional arguments that we encounter, arguments that place tremendous pressure on us to cave in to our cultural moment by embracing what Scripture condemns.

Between now and then you may want to read this extremely well written parody applying the same logic of the revisionist arguments to idolatry.  The writer does an excellent job of showing how the case just does not stand up. Remember, he’s not actually condoning idol worship, but exposing the true nature of the arguments used to affirm what the church has denied for millennia.  The intent of sharing this is not to ridicule or scorn (see this previous post for these excellent commitments) but to hopefully bring some much needed clarity to what is being put forward by professing evangelicals in our day.  Enjoy.

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

Sermon Crumbs – Psalm 19

First things first, if you didn’t pick up a reading plan this morning here’s a list of different options you can choose from.  Rather than reinvent the wheel, and since Tim Challies has already done the hard work, simply click here to find what you’re looking for.

Second, you heard in part from some of our seniors as they reflected on the blessing of walking in obedience to God’s Word over the course of their lives. These are voices we ought to listen to.  Here are the expanded comments from those who replied to me.

From Don and Shirley Fischer:

Young people need to know that the Lord is real.  They can know Him – have a relationship with God.  Each time you read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation your understanding of God and His plan for mankind becomes clearer.  Another benefit is peace of mind – confidence in God.

From Doris Currie:

The Word of God has been my guide for seventy-five years, and during that time I have not been disappointed.  The Word has kept me from many of the pitfalls of sin and its consequences.  In difficult times I’ve been restored, given wisdom, peace, and discernment.  It is of utmost importance to make time to listen and be alert to what God’s Word is saying to me.  The Word provides me hope and a great future, as bright as the promises of God!

Here are two life examples from John Pomeroy:

In 1958 my mother who had been a widow for 12 years remarried.  Unfortunately she and her husband were involved in a car accident on their honeymoon.  My sister, my brother, and myself travelled the 400 miles to the town where she was in the hospital.  On our arrival we were informed that she was having surgery.  Later we were informed that her heart had stopped beating and that she had died on the operating table.  On hearing this news I started reading verses that I had previously underlined in my Bible.  One really stood out: Isaiah 26:3-4.  “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the Lord for ever for in Jehovah is everlasting strength.”  As I meditated on this verse God brought peace to my heart.

Nancy and I met at Toronto Bible College in 1960.  Before Nancy graduated in 1962 she had applied to and been accepted as a missionary nurse by AEF (now part of SIM). She left for Zambia in February 1963.  I did not graduate until April 1964.  I was sure of God’s call to serve in Southern Africa, but my original intention was to work with Youth for Christ, with whom I had contact before coming to Canada.  What would happen to our relationship?  One night I read the words of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:12: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”  I shared this verse with Nancy.  Later the Lord brought another word of encouragement from Psalm 138:8: “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.  Your love endures forever.”  This verse came 4 times to us in 1 week in different ways.  God had a perfect plan for both of us and he would make it known to us in his time, and he did.

From Velma McCombe:

In 1974, Jim gave me a Bible and part of the inscription he wrote in it  was Romans 14:8.   “Whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we died unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s”.    The reality of the Lord’s presence has sustained us as we’ve struggled through deep waters and enjoyed mountaintops.    We praise Him that His steadfast love never ceases and that His mercies are new every morning!

From Pamela Stedman:

As a Bible college student I only gave left over loose change in Sunday church offerings.  Then I read Malachi 3:8-10: “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

My thoughts: But all I earn at my part time job I need to pay dorm fees.  God’s still, small voice: what about $ spent each day on a Coke and a candy bar?

The next day: I clock into work and by pass the food machine and start working at my desk.  My boss comes over with a bottle of coca-cola saying, “Someone brought me this and I don’t like Coke.  Would you like it?”

Later that week: After work I go back to my dorm room and there’s a bag hanging on the door – with candies (I had not shared any of the above with anyone).

Over the decades that followed God had to teach me further lessons on giving sacrificially and cheerfully and I have experienced his abundant provision for my needs, even when I lost my job!

Finally, here’s the five minute video about the Kimyal people receiving the New Testament for the first time in their language.  The pastor’s prayer is really quite remarkable.

The King’s Food

Not too long ago, Pastor Sean mentioned the confidence in knowing that once people taste the King’s food, they will undoubtedly acquire a taste for it.  That’s why we aim to preach the whole counsel of God, both the Old and New Testaments.  The idea comes from a parable made up by none other than Charles Spurgeon, in the final address he gave to students of his pastor’s college before he died: read more