Exodus Sermon Series: What God is Trying To Achieve and What it Means for You.
Sermon Titles and Descriptions (August-September 2020)
This series will help you apply faith lessons to daily life. Maybe you watched the movie The Ten Commandments. In this sermon series on Exodus, you will discover what God is trying to achieve and what it means for you. We will discover the nature and character of God. And we will see how God calls ordinary and flawed people to do extraordinary things. God’s will is for the liberation of all people from every sort of bondage—from physical oppression to spiritual and psychological traps.
August 2, 2020. How God Saves the World
With all the unrest in our world, do you wonder how God saves the world? God hears the prayers of suffering people and responds by calling ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference. This sermon based on Exodus 1:1-14 shows how God heard the cries of Hebrew slaves and worked through midwives to save children– including baby Moses. Their acts of civil disobedience against systemic racism provide inspiration for us to put ourselves on the line to make a difference. The midwives’ names, Puah and Shiphara, translated into English mean “Beauty” and “Splendor.” Discover how your beautiful acts of resistance to evil can help save the world. The Rev. Dr. David Clark, preaching.
August 9, 2020. God Calls You to Make a Difference
God’s call to Moses from the burning bush shows that God calls flawed, imperfect people to service. This sermon on Exodus 3 demonstrates how God calls despite our flaws and failures into making a positive difference in the world. Moses was a murderer and had a speech impediment, yet God still called him. In the same way God has a purpose for you, despite your flaws. God calls us to take a daring step in faith, reassuring us that the Spirit is with us and will help you on your journey.
August 16, 2020. “Let My People Go!”
God’s agenda is for the liberation of the oppressed. God’s special attention and focus is on the relief of human misery and suffering. Our baptismal covenant urges us to work for the liberation of anyone who is suffering. How do we raise our voices to help liberate those in bondage and to work with God for the freedom of all people. Sermon by Rev. Susie Bjork.
August 23, 2020. When Faith Feels Foolish Yahweh Makes a Way out of No Way
When we encounter obstacles faith can feel foolish, as if we have been duped by God and now we are trapped. This sermon on Exodus 14 about the crossing of the Red Sea reminds us that God makes a way out of no way. Eventually we find ourselves on the other side of our problems and realize God was with us the whole time. When you feel overwhelmed, pause and remember God’s care for you and then step forward in faith. Faith is not in vain, it is what propels us into a great future.
August 30, 2020. How Focusing on the Past Sabotages Your Future
Focusing too much on the past, on how things “used to be” keeps us from moving forward and experiencing something better that God intends for us. When things get difficult in the midst of change we want to return to what is familiar–even if it was terrible. We innately prefer the comfort of what we know to the anxiety of being in transition. Our sermon series on Exodus reminds us that we’ll never get to the promises of God if we are consumed by thoughts of the way things were. This sermon on Exodus 16:2-21 shows us how to move toward our future. We can calm our anxiety, let go of our greed and rely on God to meet our daily needs.
September 6, 2020. How to Love God: Lessons from the First Four Commandments
How do we apply the commandments to daily living? Can you name the Ten Commandments? Tradition holds that the commandments were written on two tablets. The first four commandments tell us how to love God and the next six instruct us on how to treat our neighbors. In this sermon on Exodus 20:1-11 we will explore the meaning of the first four commandments. While doing so, we will find ways to apply them to our lives in a way that will increase our faith and help us see how God is moving in our lives.
September 13, 2020. How to Love Your Neighbor: Guidance from Six Commandments
Jesus summarized the second set of commandments as “Loving neighbor as yourself.” Instead of seeing the commandments as a bunch of negative things to avoid (“Thou Shall Not”), we can take a more expansive view of what the commandments mean. We can see them as positive instructions on how to love our neighbors. They are the ultimate guide on how to treat others with respect and dignity. We honor others and ourselves when we follow them. This sermon on Exodus 20:12-17 will help you find ways to think more deeply about these commandments and discover ways to honor others. Applying the commandments is not just good for others. They help us to mature in faith and lead by example. The commandments are more useful when applied by people of faith than when they are used as a political football.
September 20, 2020. I Messed Up, Now What? Experiencing God’s Mercy
Our Exodus sermon series concludes by focusing on what we learn from the story of the golden calf in Exodus Exodus 32:1-14. God’s nature ultimately works toward grace and mercy instead of vengeance and punishment. That is when we mess up, the Almighty isn’t going to press the button that zaps us. God is going to say, “Okay, that was bad, but if you want to get back on the right track, here is a way forward.” God’s not into your destruction, but your redemption. Rev. Susie Bjork Preaching.