God heard the cries of his people in Egyptian bondage and he brought them out. His goal was not just deliverance, but for them to gather at Mt. Sinai to be in his presence once more. Exodus 19-24 helps us see a great development in God's people being able to experience the glory of God as they witness his presence at Mt. Sinai. It's a refreshing reminder of the power of God's presence we can experience in worship today as we gather together.
Christians are priest! But what does that even mean? The best way to understand this concept is to go back to the O.T. book of Leviticus to learn about the special service the priests in Israel rendered to God.
The biggest part of the Bible Story exists in between the two paradises of Eden and Heaven. This lesson explores the close communion that Adam and Even enjoyed with God, how they lost it and how mankind will one day enjoy it again. However, in the meantime, God blesses us with an opportunity to enjoy a little bit of Eden restored in his presence as we worship. There is glory in the gathering because we worship God, but also because he blesses us with something we can't get anywhere else!
In our "One Book" series we review the events of Exodus following the theme of "Going." From start to finish, Israel was going somewhere. Like all people they went away from God but found their way back to him in the story of the Exodus.
Yes, that's how you can order your hash browns at Waffle House. But in this lesson we use the concept of Scattered in contrast to the idea of Gathered. God's plan for his people during all times is to develop of rhythm of Gathering in Worship and Scattering to be his People among the people. In this lesson we see this connection in Scripture, an example of this demonstrated in ancient Israel and perfected in Jesus.
The book of Genesis is the book of beginnings. Many are surprised, however, to learn that grace is first found in Genesis. In this lesson we discover how in the story of Noah we find grace, faith and obedience - God's eternal formula for salvation.
It's always a good thing to have a reset. The first of every year if often a time when people take a look at their lives. In our first lesson of 2019, we take a look at three men in Luke 9:57-62 who teach us some practical lessons about our commitment to God.
In the final sermon of 2018 we take a look back and then forward. Waterview has been a successful church in the past, but we acknowledge the path to success is to keep moving forward. To inspire and encourage us we reflect on the words of Moses from Deut. 31:6.
Sundays have always been important for those who are Christians. Yet, there is a problem if Christianity is only a Sunday experience. God desires we take our faith beyond the Sunday worship experience and allow it to impact those around us all week long. Romans 12 gives us a great reminder of how this may look in our lives today.
Philosophy will endlessly debate the question of "why" people suffer. A better, more productive question we should ask is "what are we going to do when problems happen?" In this lesson, we contemplate the value of difficulties and what we can do to overcome them with a Bible-based faith.