GOOD MORNING! Hope you are planning of joining us today:
9:30am Family Bible Study
11:00 am Morning Worship
12:15pm Quarterly Fellowship Meal
1:00pm Quarterly Business Meeting
Here are the notes for this morning’s message:
The Bible is not simply a random collection of books compiled over thousands of years by a multitude of authors. The Bible is one story, one account of God’s self-revelation which has a plot, which has a structure, which has a beginning and an ending. The culmination of God’s story line is found in the self-revelation of God as Jesus Christ – which is the heartbeat of the gospels and fuels the rest of the NT.
Our church’s motto: God’s Word Transforming God’s World suggests that we live in a world that is not quite what God envisioned when He created it. Though the high point of God’s story is the appearance of Jesus Christ the end of the story is wrapped up in Jesus’ return – His triumphant return which marks the beginning of God’s re-creation, or transformation of the world.
The Biblical record clearly indicates that God works through His people, people like Abraham and Sarah…
- Faith is a call to separation
The reason for Abraham’s faith is spelled out in vs 10:
“For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
- Faith is best nurtured in community
One of the insights shared by our author has to do with the faith of Sarah – vs. 11. The main subject of vs. 10 is still the proper noun ‘Abraham’ from vs 8.
- Faith looks past the present
Vs 10 and 12 present Abraham and Sarah – and their immediate offspring – as the kind of people whose lives are not dictated by the past or even the present. People of faith are presented in God’s Word as people whose lives are not bound by their past mistakes, their past failures, their past sin but people who look forward, people who live their lives focused on what God is going to do.