Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Story Continues....

We continue the 31 week study of "The Story" in both Worship and Sunday School.  Following are the stories we will study each week - the first in Worship and the second in Sunday School.

October 6 "New Commands and a New Covenant" and "Rules of Engagement"
    "Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.  Make this tabernacle and all its furnishing exactly like the pattern I will show you."
        Exodus 25:8-9

October 13 "Wandering" and "Are We There Yet?"
  Then Moses entreated the Lord his God, and said, "O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?"
         Exodus 32:11 NASB

October 20  "The Battle Begins" and "They Might Be Giants"
  "Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discourage, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
          Joshua 1:9

October 27  "A Few Good Men....and Women" and "Jars of Clay"
  "How can I save Israel?  My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family."
          Judges 6:15

There are still a few books left for check-out. 

The Story so far.......

Genesis:  Creation and the Beginning of Life as We know It.
From the Creation through 2166 BC when Abram was born.
The Stories of the Creation, Adam and Eve, and Noah and the Flood
One way life is different today than in the original creation is there was nothing man-made in the original creation.
God created human beings in God's own image.
The root cause of Adam and Eve's sin against God was pride, in wanting to be their own God.
God put the tree of knowledge in the garden to test human self-will.
God brought the flood on Earth to destroy what was there and start over with a clean slate.
The flood tells us that God, the Creator, is still in charge.

Genesis:  God Builds a Nation.
From 2091 BC when Abram moves to Canaan to 1886 BC when Isaac dies
The Stories of Abram and Sarai, Isaac, and Esau and Jacob
The Lord said to Abram:  "Leave your country, your clan, and your father's household and you will be rewarded."
Abram's rewards for going were:  "The Lord God would give him a new land and a great nation, which will be a source of blessing for the whole world."
By faith, Abram obeyed.
The Lord God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac on Mount Moriah as a test.
The sign of the Lord God's Covenant with Abraham was circumcision.
The Lord God gave Jacob a new name, which was Israel.

Genesis:  Joseph:  From Slave to Deputy Pharoah
From 1898 BC when Joseph was sold into slavery to 1805 when Joseph dies
The Story of Joseph
Joseph's brothers wanted to get rid of Joseph because he was their father, Israel's favorite son who had dreams of the others bowing down to him.
Joseph's brothers faked his death and sold him as a slave for twenty shekels of silver.
God's Story of protection and redemption by means of Joseph was realized in th end.
In spite of betrayal by Potiphar's wife and being thrown into jail, Joseph's dream interpretation caused him to be freed and attain the high position of Deputy Pharoah.
In the midst of famine in Canaan, Joseph's family came to Egypt where they received forgiveness and fortune from Joseph.
God can be trusted with His amazing story and plans even when we're in the midst of failure, famine, and despair.

Exodus:  Deliverance
From 1526 BC when Moses was born through 1406 BC wandering in the wilderness
The Story of Moses, the plagues on Egypt, and the release of the Israelites from slavery under Pharoah.
After the time of Joseph in Egypt, a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, feared the Israelites and enslaved them.
Pharoah gave the order that every Hebrew boy baby must be thrown into the Nile.
Moses was protected by his mother who made a basket to protect the boy and save his life.
Pharoah's daughter found the baby boy and took pity on him to save him and protect him to be raised as an Egyptian.
Moses eventually led the Hebrew people out of slavery through the Red Sea where the chariots and the Egyptian army were lost.
God can be trusted to lead His people by faith if they will stop their grumbling, regretting and complaining and follow His lead.