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God's Covenant Renewed Once Again

08/19/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: We see in Exodus 34 a demonstration of the longsuffering love and mercy of God. The people of Israel had sinned grievously against God, yet God chose to forgive them, though his justice needed satisfaction. Such is our experience with God through the work of his Son on our behalf. And when we become God's child by grace through faith, God inhabits our lives through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Moses experienced an outward exposure to God's glory. But we experience the inward reality of God's glory through the Spirit.

God's Glory Manifested

08/12/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: In Exodus 33, we see one of the most profound manifestations of God's glory in all of the Old Testament. Moses was given a glimpse of the glory of God's perfections. This expression of glory finds its ultimate fulfillment and manifestation in the person of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God. Hebrews 1:3 declares: "(Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature...." Do you want to see the glory of God in all its fullness? Look at Jesus.

REVOLT!

08/05/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: In the midst of the holy time of God giving his covenant to Israel, the people yield to the lure of idolatry and immoral behavior. While the Israelites had left Egypt, Egypt hadn’t left Israel! This is a reminder of how wicked sin is and why the Holy One of Israel had to punish the people because of their sin. Only Moses, standing as a mediator, would prevent God from totally wiping out the nation. How different it is for us under the covenant of grace because THE MEDIATOR has come, perfectly satisfying the justice of God, freeing him to forgive sin.

Renewal of the Covenant

07/29/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: In Chapters 20-23 of Exodus, we see the terms of the covenant God was making with Israel. From the end of Chapter 23 through Chapter 24, we now see how the covenant was ratified. This includes the benefits of the covenant and, most significantly, the means of the covenant. We see here the importance of the blood sacrifice which is required for putting the covenant into effect.

07/22/12

Speaker: Chris Mendez

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: There were many laws given to Israel in the book of Exodus. How should believers today respond to these Old Testament laws? Are we required to obey each of them in the same manner as Israel? Are they completely irrelevant to the life of believers today? Or, is there a third option? In this message, Pastor Chris will examine these Old Testament laws given to the people of Israel and discuss what meaning they may have for believers today.

Value Contentment

07/15/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The 10th Commandment is probably the greatest one of the second section of the Ten Commandments. It goes beyond regulating outward acts and focuses upon one's state of mind and heart. It is a commandment that calls us to content, with gratitude, for those things we have, and warns us to guard our hearts against coveting those things which are not ours to have.

Value Honesty (TEXT ONLY)

07/08/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The ninth commandment, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor," protects your neighbor's name. In its most strict sense, this commandment refers to conduct in a court of law. But there is a much wider application for us today. It also addresses the broader issue of lying which is so prevalent and widespread, and, may we say, acceptable, in our world.

Value What Belongs to Others

06/24/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Robbery is big business in America! Theft comes in many forms and in many shapes. God is against it all. He says, "Do not steal." God calls us to work hard, enjoying the fruits of our labors to meet our own needs and to help others. Commandment 8 is a call to a life of integrity, to honesty.

Value Purity (TEXT ONLY)

06/17/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Commandment 7 addresses the subject of moral purity. God gave the precious gift of sexual relations to be enjoyed within the context of the marriage relationship between a man and a woman. We have paid a terrible price in consequences because of violating this commandment. Perhaps more than in any of the other commandments, we see that God has given this instruction not just as a prohibition, but as a protection. Obeying this commandment is not easy, but it is essential if we are to live faithfully to God's desire for our lives.

Value Life

06/10/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Commandment 6 has to do with valuing life. We are living in a time where life is not valued or is selectively valued. God is the author of life, the giver and taker of life. It is important, especially in our day, to understand what God has to say about this wonderful gift from him, what are his prerogatives alone, and what our response should be to the commandment.

Time-Out to Avoid Burn-Out; Honor Mom & Dad

06/03/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Commandment 4 is an exhortation to take "Time-Out to Avoid Burn-Out." We live lives of intense and exhaustive schedules and activities. God says, "Set aside one day for Me." This is to be a day to rest from our labors, refocus our priorities and renew our perspective. Commandment 5 shifts the focus of the Commandments from God to others, from relationship vertically to relationship horizontally. It addresses a most foundational relationship: children to their parents. We are to honor our father and mother - not because they deserve it or because they have earned it, but because they have given us life.

Be Careful How You Worship; Be Careful How You Use God's Name

05/27/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The second commandment says, "Worship me spiritually!" This commandment follows naturally from the first. God is concerned about how you worship him. Do not fashion images - mental or physical - of this invisible God who calls you to worship. The third commandment is in the flow of the first two: "Worship me exclusively. Worship me spiritually." And now, "Be careful how you use my name. D0 not use It in a false or empty way."

The Big Ten: Introduction & Commandment #1

05/20/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: This message begins a mini-series within our study of the book of Exodus. God redeemed his people; he delivered them out of their bondage in Egypt. Now he shows them how they should live as a redeemed people. The first commandment is basic; it is foundational to the nine that follow. God says,

Mt. Sinai: Preparation & Consecration

05/13/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Israel is at a critical junction as a nation. What has happened in her deliverance out of Egypt and is about to take place during this time at Mount Sinai defines her as God's people. The Israelites arrive at Mount Sinai, the mountain where God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. God is going to codify the conditions of the covenant He has made with the people upon whom he has chosen to set his love, the nation through whom his redemptive plan for the world will culminate in the Messiah. Preparation and consecration are required in anticipation of God's instruction.

Facing Enemies (TEXT ONLY)

05/06/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Israel has already faced numerous enemies: the Egyptian army, hunger and thirst. In this text, there are two more enemies: one is the Amalakites who attacked the Israelites; the other enemy was fatigue and exhaustion that "attacked" Moses. Once again, in these two experiences, we see patterns that apply to the lives of 21st century believers.

When the Goin' Gets Tough, Everyone Complains (TEXT ONLY)

04/29/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: As the people of Israel move out into the wilderness, God puts them to the test. Faced with a lack of water and food, would they trust in the One who delivered them from slavery, made a way through the Red Sea, and defeated the Egyptian army? Or would they resort to grumbling, complaining and whining? What does this have to do with believers in the 21st century? We shouldn't be surprised.

The Song of Moses

04/22/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The first major test of Israel's faith during the Exodus comes at the Red Sea. With the Egyptian army hot in pursuit, they now were between the proverbial "rock and a hard place." Fearing for their lives, they cry out against God. Instead of granting their wish to return to bondage in Egypt, God displays his mighty hand – protecting the Israelites and punishing the Egyptians. In this Exodus story there are some wonderful parallels with believers today, experiencing delivery out of bondage into a new life.

The Exodus

04/15/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: A final night of terror for the Egyptians and then the Exodus begins. God's judgment in the tenth plague is all that Pharaoh can stand. He now expels Israel from his land. In the midst of this great upheaval, God instructs the people of Israel how they are to remember his deliverance of them by his mighty hand. Thus we have outlined the observances of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the redemption of the firstborn.

The Passover

04/08/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: As God prepares to execute his judgment against Pharaoh, Egypt, and Egypt's gods and goddesses, he instructs Moses to prepare the people for this horrific night by instituting the ritual of Passover. The selection and slaying of the Passover lamb is a beautiful symbol of the Lamb of God who would become our substitute, a sacrifice for our sin. It is then the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead that certifies that this sacrifice was wholly sufficient to satisfy the justice of God and appease the wrath of God. He is risen; he is risen indeed!

The Plagues

04/01/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Despite Moses' entreaties that Pharaoh release the people of Israel from their bondage, the king's heart is hardened and the answer is a defiant "No!" God now unleashes his judgment against Pharaoh, Egypt and Egypt's gods and goddesses through a series of ten plagues. Frankly, there is some pretty disgusting things involved: water into blood, frogs, lice, gnats, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and, finally, death. It's quite an amazing experience for Moses, Pharaoh, and indirectly, the Israelites.

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

03/25/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Moises and Aaron take the message to Pharaoh: "The LORD says, 'Let my people go.'" Pharaoh responds, "Okay." Oh, if it had only been so simple. The battle of Yahweh versus Pharaoh now begins. God had already told Moses that only by his mighty hand would the Egyptian king ever relent. It would be God who would ultimately prevail. It was Moses' responsibility to simply be obedient to what God told him to do. The rest would be up to God.

Moses: Preparation and Commission

03/18/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: After 40 years of palace living, Moses tries to intervene in the brutal treatment of his fellow Hebrews. If he thought they would rally around him as their Deliverer, he was sadly mistaken. He flees Egypt for his life, settling in with the nomadic Midianites. For the next 40 years, Moses is "on the shelf," in the "penalty box." But God wasn't through with Moses. He calls upon Moses to take up the mantle of leadership and commissions him to return to Egypt and lead the Israelites out of bondage. But does Moses buy into this plan? Only after an amazing conversation where Moses puts up a series of objections.

God's Got a Plan

03/11/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Summary: Egypt's Pharaoh does everything in his power to brutalize the Hebrew people in order to prevent them from ever becoming a threat to his power: slavery, infanticide, murder. What he does not count on is God's plan for the Israelites. God has in place supervisors of the Hebrew midwives who fear him more than they fear the Pharaoh. He counters Pharaoh's orders to have male Hebrew children thrown into the Nile by having the baby Moses placed upon the water only to be rescued by Pharaoh's daughter. God's fingerprints is all over this story. All is preparation for the salvation, the deliverance, of his people.

A Nation's Journey from Beginning to Enslavement

03/04/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The book of Exodus continues the story of Genesis. It picks up where Genesis leaves off. In this introduction to Exodus, we examine how the people of Israel came to this point in their history. To do that, you must go all the way back to God's call of a man to become the father of a new nation, a distinct people, a covenant people.