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From Slaves to Kings

Bible Text: Exodus 19:1-8, Exodus 20:1-21 | Preacher: Pastor Daniel Roels | Series: Exodus Series When we read the laws in the Old Testament, sometimes we get the impression that the Israelites had to live up to the rules in order to be God’s people. That would be relating to God on the basis of how good someone is, in other words, “works-righteousness.” But in fact, the Israelites already ARE God’s people when they receive the law. They were saved by grace, too, and the law is how they were to live once they had been delivered from Egypt. So God has worked the same way throughout history, and that means we have another reason to trust him.

Faith and Grace – (Continued)

Bible Text: Exodus 14:5-14, 16:1-4 | Preacher: Pastor Daniel Roels | Series: Exodus Series By grace we’re saved, through faith. And once we’re on the right side, does it still come down to grace and faith? Or do we handle sin only with judgment, finding it hard to forgive ourselves and others? God’s grace is still required. Or do we get angry with God when life doesn’t come together the way we want? Faith in Him is still required. That’s because getting rescued from bondage to sin is a beginning, not an arrival. There is a long journey ahead.

Passover and Communion

Bible Text: Exodus 12:1-13, 24-32 | Preacher: Pastor Daniel Roels | Series: Exodus Series A special service, we’ll be celebrating communion and remembering the story of Jesus right alongside the story of the Passover. Jesus was the firstborn Son of God and was sacrificed to protect and liberate us. Other sacrifices protected the ancient Israelites and led them to freedom. The Israelites were to mark time by the Exodus event and Christians mark time by Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection. All the connections show that the Old and New Testaments are one story and tell us of one faithful God whom we can trust

Idolatry Hurts, God Saves

Bible Text: Exodus 6:28 - 7:7 | Preacher: Pastor Daniel Roels | Series: Exodus Series The ten plagues of Exodus are a wholesale spiritual take-down of the life and gods of Egypt. But God knows it’s needed so that the Egyptians know that the Lord is God. The Israelites need to know it, too. And we need to know it. When God takes out idols, it is rarely painless for His people, but it is always salvation.

What If Obedience to God Makes Life Harder?

Bible Text: Exodus 5-6:1 | Preacher: Pastor Daniel Roels | Series: Exodus Series As we live our suburban Chicago lives, it’s easy to settle in for the comforts of homes, jobs, family nearby, church going, and the stable rhythm of the years. But what if God calls us to change something? Surely since it’s His Will, when we obey, things will go smoothly… right? But actually no. God’s Will stands in opposition to a sinful world and our own sinful hearts, so obedience will meet resistance. Do you have the courage to see God glorified?

God’s Big Moves Can Start Small

Bible Text: Exodus 1 | Preacher: Pastor Daniel Roels | Series: Exodus Series This Sunday, we start a new sermon series in Exodus that will take us all the way into December. Exodus begins with God’s people, and then with them in a lot of trouble. They are subject to historical forces beyond them, a powerful king who doesn’t know God, and even they, too, seem to have forgotten their destiny. But the turn of the tide begins in God’s blessings, even a small one, because two women resist pharaoh. We, too, can learn to watch for the great moves of God beginning in the small.