“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” In this sermon, true Christian faith as Christ requires is explained. Simple faith is not simply what you believe, what you do, or just a personal thing. Rather it is how well we, by simple faith, grab hold of the promises of God
We start ACT III of the narative of God’s redemptive plan for man. Brad leads us through God’s coveneant with Abraham, Abraham’s response in faith to his blessing, and God’s active role in transforming man for His Kingdom. “It’s the promise of God that makes the man”.
Nevin preaches about the first two acts of the six-act story of redemption: Creation and the Fall. In the first three chapters of Genesis, we read about God creating the world and everything in it, which he said was “very good”. But Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God, and try to become like him, by eating what God had forbidden. Any time we ignore what God has said and try to make our own rules, we are following in their footsteps, towards death.
We conclude our series on Joseph and God’s story, and look at the legacy of Jacob, Joseph’s faith, God’s faithfulness and how we can live outside our former broken identities.
Joseph’s brothers have come to Egypt to buy grain, and they don’t recognize him. Instead of responding with anger towards his brothers, Joseph wants reconciliation, because of his faith in God. True faith works towards reconciliation, with wisdom and compassion, because we understand that God has reconciled us to himself.
Pete Lindeman, our intern, is preaching this week.
As we hear the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, we are struck by Joseph’s integrity. But it is not just integrity for integrity’s sake – Joseph resists temptation because of his faith in God. And this faith is so amazing because it is so unlikely. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, and then wrongfully thrown into prison by Potiphar, God seems absent in Joseph’s story. But still, God was with him, and Joseph trusted in God.