Disciple Hour: Exodus 15:22–27

God is in the process of refining His people.  We are always being placed in certain situations to bring about our sanctification.  Call it refining, call it testing or call it sanctification, God is molding us into the image of Christ in order that we will better reflect Him and bring Him glory.

The Apostle Peter knows this as well as anyone…

1 Peter 1:1–9 (ESV) 

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, 

To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: 

May grace and peace be multiplied to you. 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 

We were told back before the Red Sea miracle that God was leading His people by another route.  Not north in the direction of Canaan but south toward the wilderness.  God knew His people were not ready to go north because that would take them into war and they were not ready for war.  God had some refining to do first.  He wanted to teach them about Himself and about who they were.  Beloved this is what God is teaching us.  You cannot learn this in school, it’s not theory.  You have to learn this by an apprenticeship, first hand.  You must struggle through and grasp at hope only to find it dashed.  You must weep your way through this until all you have left is God.  Your best efforts come up short.  That’s where we discover who God is and who we are.  This is the painful process of removing the dross of sin and being refined as pure gold.

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Sermon: Peter’s Denial and Judas’ Death Matthew 27:1-10

Peter’s Denial and Judas’ Death

Matthew 27:1-10

Truth Taught- Peter repents of his sin while Judas bears the full weight of his sin and suffers death

1.  Jesus, Condemned and Taken to Pilate

2.  Judas, Jesus’ Betrayer, Hangs Himself

3.  Thirty Pieces of Silver: Blood Money

Disciple Hour: The Song of Salvation Exodus 15:1-21

The Song of Salvation

Exodus 15:1–21

1.  Singing, Lord Your Right-Hand Glorious in Power 

2.  Singing, Lord There is No One Like You

3.  Singing, Lord Terror Falls Upon Your Enemy Because of Your Great Power

4.  Singing, Lord You Will Bring Your People Home

5.  Singing, Lord We Praise You for Your Salvation  

Sermon: Peter’s Denials and Peter’s Repentance Matthew 26:69-75

Truth Taught- Peter was brought low and cut to the heart by the realization of his sin and the clear reminder of Jesus’ words.

Introduction

Today, we are going to look somewhat in depth at Peter’s collapse under pressure.  He denies knowing Jesus three times just like Jesus said he would only a few hours before. 
Aren’t you glad that God forgives sin? 
We could point our fingers at Peter as he denies the Lord three times, however, the truth is we have done the same.  Rather than slamming Peter, let’s rejoice that God forgives sin because we all need to be forgiven.

We will look at Peter and perhaps learn some strategies so that when we are in threatening situations, we might stand firm but I also want to look to the Lord’s grace that He shows Peter and, as His people, He will show to us as well.

Exodus 34:5–6 (ESV) 

The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 

 
Micah 7:18 (ESV) 

18  Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity 

and passing over transgression 

for the remnant of his inheritance? 

He does not retain his anger forever, 

because he delights in steadfast love. 

Here in our text, we will see the sinfulness of the flesh.  Peter is afraid and denying Jesus is his flesh seeking self-preservation.  This will be something that Peter will never do again as long as he lives.  Jesus grants Peter repentance.    

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Disciple Hour: Exodus 14:15–31


We saw last time that the Israelites literally had their backs up against the wall.  Their escape had been halted when God led them to the bank of the Red Sea.  They were greatly afraid and began to react with grumbling and complaining to God and Moses. 

Exodus 14:13–14 (ESV) 

13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” 

God has been saying that He is going to make known who He is. He is going to make it known that He is the Lord both to the Egyptians and to the children of Israel and to the ends of the earth. He is going to make it known in what He does in the Exodus that He is the Lord. He’s been making it clear that the heart of Pharaoh is in His hand, that He is the one that hardens Pharaoh’s heart. He is the one who controls the destiny of Pharaoh, though Pharaoh may be considered a God in Egypt, he is no match for God the Lord, the God of Israel indeed, the God of all the Heavens and all the Earth. All of these things are going to coalesce in one compact passage. It is as if 430 years of frustration break free in this period of verses at the end of Exodus chapter 14 and God brings forth just a little bit of a glimpse into the display of His power and the display of His judgment and the display of His salvation.  We have been told that God had raised Pharoah up for this very purpose…so that God could display His wonders in rescue and in judgement.

Exodus 3:19–20 (ESV) 

19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go


1.  Salvation Requires Faith and Action

15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. 16 Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. 17 And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” 


I wonder if there has ever been a time in your life when God had answered your prayer but the answer was so unsuspected that you missed it initially?  This was the case for the Israelites and even for Moses. 

We must be people of prayer.  We must cry out to God in prayer on a regular basis.  Then we must also be people of action. 



For the Israelites, the time for prayer was over.  Now they had to take action.  God tells them to move forward. 

Tell the people of Israel to go forward.  I would still be wondering which way is forward?  Is forward toward the Egyptian Army or is forward toward the Red Sea?

Then God told Moses all He was about to do.  Use your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea.  God tells him I will divide the sea and make the sea floor dry ground and I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians and they will follow you into the sea.  Then the sea will collapse on them and they all will drown.

When God tells Moses beforehand all that He is about to do it’s main purpose is not to reassure Moses but it’s main purpose is to give God glory.  When God predicts events like these and then brings them about, He’s not showing us that He is a good guesser, no He’s showing us that He is sovereign over these events.  The stranger they are to us the more Glory God receives because they could not be explained by natural means.

There have been multiple theories as to how this event could be accomplished by natural means.  The reality is, none can satisfactorily explain all the details provided.

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