Where do you go with questions, fears, or doubts? As we continue journeying with Jesus, in this message we see Jesus mercifully welcomes people who desperately come to him with questions and struggles. Outline Descending to earth (vv14-18) If you are able (vv19-24) Rising again (vv25-32) Help our unbelief
What does God require? Some feel that God burdens people with oppressive obligations. In this message from Micah, we hear that knowing God frees us to live justly, mercifully, and humbly, with God.
What is the difference between grace and mercy? What is God the father of? Where was it said that God used to dwell? How great is God’s mercy?
Although we love to receive mercy, we find it hard to give it to others. Our motto can be ‘mercy for me, justice for you’. In this message, we hear the conclusion to Jonah’s story and see the compassionate heart of Christ. Outline Nineveh Repents(Jonah 3:1-9) God Relents (Jonah 3:10) Jonah Resents (Jonah 4) One Greater than Jonah (Luke 19:41; 5:30-32)
Forgiveness always costs. As 2 Samuel ends, we visit the site of the future temple where King David makes a sacrifice to save his people from judgement. This sacrifice is a shadow of Jesus who sacrifices himself to rescue us from judgement. King David’s willingness to lay down his life for Israel, his sheep, prepares us for Jesus, the good shepherd who dies for his sheep. Outline David’s grasping census (24:1-10) Consequences and compassion (24:11-25) Jesus, the self-sacrificing king
Visions of the end (7:1-9:10) God has been patient (7:1-6) But it won’t last forever (7:7-9; 8:1-9:10) Because God’s Word is rejected (7:10-17) But even so, God will restore (9:11-15) Has God been gracious (Acts 15:16-18)? Revelation 22:1-3
A trustworthy saying (vv12-16) about a glorious God (v17) Do you know God’s grace?
Not rejected but a remnant (vv 1-10) Not by genetics but by grafting (vv 11-24) Not ‘Israel’ but ‘All Israel’ (vv 25-32) God’s glorious mercy (vv 33-36)
The Gibeonite Deception A Crafty Plan (vv1-15) …that’s caugty out (vv16-18) …but it works! (vv19-27) The Gibeonites and Us The Israelite’s Failure (v14) James 1:5 We don’t need to deceive God! Romans 5:8
(Just before the sermon began we watched this video clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul16jUU8-Sc ) Two sneaky men and a shady lady (2:1-7) God’s reputation (2:8-11) Striking a deal (2:12-21) The spies report (2:22-23) Rahab brought in (6:22-25; Matthew 1:5-6) God brings us in (Ephesians 2:12-13)