Sermon Series: God In Motion

9/26 - 10/31/2021

St. Andrew is embarking on a nine-month journey through the narrative of the Bible to uncover a clearer understanding of who God is, and this series is the first chapter of that exploration. Where did it all begin? In six weeks we will cover some of the densest books of the Bible, from God’s creation of all things, to God’s covenant promise, to the life of Moses. We’ll join together in discovering our roots, the source of it all: God is.

Messages

10/30 - 10/31/2021 | The Covenant Foundation

After leading his people out of Egypt, God takes them to Mt. Sinai, where God and the Israelites enter into a covenant. God tells them how to align their society and their lives with God’s moral will (the Law) and also tells them how to build a suitable dwelling place for God to be near his people. Sadly, even in the midst of this covenant-making, the people rebel against God, making a golden idol and worshipping it. You might think God would abandon this project, but no, that would not be God, who is relentless and undeterred in his love. God reveals himself to be merciful and gracious, boundless in steadfast love. So God occupies the tabernacle constructed by the people and they press on to the Promised Land.

10/23 - 10/24/2021 | Exodus

Enslaved for a couple of centuries, God’s people, the family of Abraham, have nearly lost hope, but then God raises up Moses and through him, God confronts Pharaoh, forcing the release of the Hebrews in a massive exodus across the Red Sea, with YHWH leading them at every step. This is THE salvation event of the Hebrew Scriptures, remembered and reflected upon in the many centuries to come. Their God has rescued them and is bringing them back to Canaan, the land promised Abraham centuries before. This is God’s work, for, indeed, God is in motion!

10/16 - 10/17/2021 | The Relentless Promise

The family grows as Jacob has twelve sons and some daughters beside, by two wives and two servants. The sons will grow to be the patriarchs of the twelve tribes that will constitute the people called Israel. One son, Joseph, is the first-born of the woman Jacob truly loved, Rachel. Joseph is sold into slavery in Egypt but God can find good purpose even in this. When the land promised of Canaan succumbs to drought and famine, the family of the promise survive because of God’s hand in Joseph’s work with the Pharaoh. They will end up enslaved, but God will come to their rescue again . . . and again.

10/9 - 10/10/2021 | The Rescue Begins

And so, we learn God’s next step in God’s rescuing of humanity and God’s creation. God chooses one elderly married couple, Abraham and Sarah, through whom the project will go forward. An odd choice it seems, until we see Abraham’s faith in action. This family will be ones through whom “all the families of the earth” will be blessed. They are, like us, fragile people who don’t always make good choices. But they have been chosen for this and so their family, to be more numerous than the stars, is begun. Abraham & Sarah to Isaac & Rebekah and then to Jacob . . . and Rachel. Through them the line of the promise is traced.

10/2 - 10/3/2021 | Rebellion

Tragically, darkness falls across God’s good creation as the humans choose to rebel against their creator, doing the one thing God told them not to do. In that decision, they are separated from the One who loves them and each other. They are cast out of the garden and will not eat from the Tree of Life, for death will now be theirs. No sooner do they leave and start a family, then one son murders the other. This is what their rebellion against God has wrought. Soon, it is evil, evil, evil everywhere, from morning thru the night. God tries a new start with Noah and his family, but again, the humans set their own course, building a tower to the heavens.

9/25 - 9/26/2021 | God Creates

God creates everything there is and pronounces it good. He creates humans in his image and gives them responsibility over the earth and all its creatures. Indeed, God forms a man from the dust of the earth and breathes life into the man. Then because the man needs a companion, a helper, God fashions a woman from the man and gives them both a beautiful garden in which to live, to work, to raise a family, and to love.

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