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The Deuteronomy Sermon Series
The Video below is from a group called The Bible Project. It does a good job of explaining the themes and structure of the book of Deuteronomy.
Thoughts from Sunday February 10th
Yesterday in church, we talked about Deuteronomy 1:5-18 which reminds us that we, like the people of Israel in Deuteronomy, are children of the promise. Through faith in Christ, we are heirs of the promises of God. But, what are these promises? Well, the scripture tells us many things about the identity that we have through faith in Jesus Christ. The following is a list that is taken from a book called “Victory Over the Darkness” by Neil Anderson:
John 1:12 I am God’s child.
John 15:15 I am Christ’s friend.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
I Corinthians 6:17-20 I am united with the Lord and I am one spirit with him.
Ephesians 1:1 I am a saint.
Ephesians 2:18 I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.
Colossians 1:4 I have been redeemed and forgiven of my sins.
Colossians 2:10 I am complete in Christ.
Romans 8:28 I am free from condemnation
Romans 8:35-39 I cannot be separated from the love of Christ.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will finish his work in me
Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
I would encourage you to read through this listing of Scriptures and listen to what the voice of God says about your identity and who God makes each one of us to be through faith in Jesus Christ.
Please read the following scriptures in preparation for Sunday, Feb 17th:
Numbers 13:17 - 14:11
Thoughts from Sunday Feb 3rd
This past Sunday, we talked about how the book of Deuteronomy is the conclusion to the story of the Pentateuch. The video below talks about the books of the Pentateuch and is taken from our children’s Sunday School curriculum, What’s in the Bible. After seeing this video in Sunday School, each time my children here me mention Deuteronomy, they want to sing “Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy!” Watch the video to see why:
In our sermon yesterday, we talked about how the entire Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, tells the story of God giving life. With the exception of Genesis, all of these books also tell the story of Moses. The story of Moses contains many of the famous stories in the Bible, such as the burning bush, the plagues of Egypt and the receiving of the Ten Commandments. The great irony of this is that the man who became such a great leader did not feel up to the task. When God called Moses through the burning bush to go and set his people free, Moses had many concerns. Some might even call these downright excuses. Moses thought that he was the wrong man for the job. He objected that he couldn’t speak very well and suggested that his brother Aaron speak to Pharoah instead. He worried that the Israelites would not believe that God had called him. Finally, when he had run out of other excuses, he asked God to just send someone else. This part of Moses’ story is well-known, but we sometimes forget that Moses was pulled from the Nile by the daughter of Pharaoh. He was raised in the palace as a son of Pharaoh. He was given the best education available and had access to all the riches of Egypt. Yet, in spite of all this, Moses did not feel ready for the task to which God called him. The story of Moses reminds us that the things which God calls us to are not things that we are able to do in our own strength and power. Rather, when God calls us to something, God promises that he will be with us. (Exodus 3:12)
Please read the following scriptures in preparation for Sunday, Feb 10th
Thoughts from Sunday January 27th
This week, we are starting a sermon series going through the book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is a very important part of the scriptures and deals with many themes and ideas that we still encounter today. In fact, the book of Deuteronomy was Jesus’ favorite book of the Old Testament. Jesus quoted the book of Deuteronomy more than any other book of the Old Testament.
Each week during this series on Deuteronomy, I will be posting here some follow up thoughts to my Sunday sermon. In addition, I will also be posting a list of scriptures that relate to the passage of Deuteronomy we will be looking at the following Sunday. Please try to read this list of scriptures at some point during the week. This will allow our congregation to engage together even more deeply with the themes and lessons of the book.
Here is the list of scriptures for next Sunday:
Exodus chapter 1