In this summer mini-series, titled Warnings From Our Past, Pastor Tim takes an excursion into the book of Numbers.
In his first letter to the Corinthian church, the Apostle Paul points back to several Old Testament stories, telling his audience that "these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did".
Likewise, through a New Testament perspective, we have much to learn from the ancient accounts recorded in Numbers.
The final words of Jesus before ascending to heaven was to instruct believers to "go and make disciples", baptizing them and teaching them all that Jesus commanded. Scripture gives us much needed guidance as to the role of the church in fulfilling the commission from the Lord. Who sends? Who goes? We have not been left to guess at the answers to those questions. The local church has everything it needs to step up and be the sending church God has already decided it should be. That's exciting!
The stock price of friendship has plummeted in our culture, both outside and inside the church. The Bible has lots to say about friendship, all without "just" or "only" attached to it. As we open God's Word together, we'll see how the Gospel provides unique opportunity for our relationships to perhaps be very different from what typically comes to our mind when we say we're "just friends."
Cheering Champions to the Finish is a study of the book of 1 Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul's letter to the church at Thessalonica. Paul's letter of encouragement to these faithful saint also has a lot to say to us today.