The way that Joseph’s story ends - with his bones in a coffin in Egypt - makes us wonder if his great faith was just a great waste. Is it? Is ours? Many of us know the answer that we’re supposed to give, but we follow the bones of Joseph in hopes of seeing real evidence that might convince us of the answer that we can give as Christians.
Look around, and you’ll find the church feeling like its on a strange path these days in relation to the wider world. Genesis 47 helps that path appear a little more clearly: it’s a pilgrim road, and our God is so good that he gives us three things we desperately need for that journey: a strong identity, a serious vocation, and a sure hope.
As Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers, we see a window into the kind of forgiveness that is given to all who come in faith to the better Joseph, Jesus. It’s a forgiveness that does not just remove legal guilt but cleanses a guilty conscience; one that does not just remove the bad but credits the best; and a forgiveness that demands forgiveness.
The theme of these three chapters is testing. Joseph tests his brothers, and God tests them through Joseph in some of the same ways that he still tests us. These tests are not meant to destroy us, but to lead us to the pure joy of seeing who we are next to who God is.
As we find Joseph’s brothers coming to him for food, we get a foreshadowing picture of the way that God works to save not just this family but the Church. He uses the rejected son to save the ones who rejected him.
As things finally start to turn around for Joseph, we look through the window of his dramatic rise to get a view of the greatness of his God. What we see through the window equips us, like Joseph, to remain loyal to our God even amidst the allure of comfort and privilege.
Genesis 40 seems like just another episode in Joseph's story, this one between the humiliation after Potiphar's house and the exaltation before Pharoah. It seems like another dashed hope or missed opportunity. But God’s silence is not his absence, and God gives us a picture here of faithful living in the middle of the wonder and worry of ordinary life.
One little word at the end of this section of Joseph’s story changes everything. Meanwhile. That word, and this chapter as a whole, is a window into the providence of God by which he moves all things towards Jesus and his kingdom.
The account of Joseph\'s birth reads like two stories in one. Read together, the point is clear: even when people are people, pulled around by the leash of their passions and desires, God is still God, pulled only by his commitment to the covenant he has made.
God makes a promise. God’s people find the promise threatened, not least of all by their own faithlessness and foolishness. God keeps his promise anyway. This is the story of Genesis 12 and of redemptive history in general. As we prepare to walk together through the life of Joseph, we look at this pattern and its consequences for us.
Why are music and singing important to our corporate worship? How do we make both truly glorifying to God? Paul gives us the key, as he talks about life lived “filled with the Spirit” - and challenges us to use the Spirit’s power in us to help us truly worship.
Still thinking about the way in which our corporate worship connects with and shapes the lives that we live, we think today about the role and importance of preaching. While you might be (rightfully) skeptical hearing about the importance of preaching from a preacher, we see from Peter’s words that preaching is a normal means through which God works his free grace to give life to his people.
As we continue our series on worship, Amos exposes a link between worship and justice. A few questions: what is God\'s \"case\" against his people here? Why is God so passionate about justice? Where do we get the power to live just and right lives, and what might that look like in our midst? Let\'s hear God\'s call to \"let justice roll down like a river...\"
* following questions after the sermon on Sunday, here are three books I\'d encourage anyone to explore who wants to know more: 1) The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor (Mark Labberton), 2) Generous Justice (Tim Keller), and When Helping Hurts (Brian Fikkert). You\'ll also find fine excerpts and summaries of their arguments in a simple google search.
Lesslie Newbigin said that the best key for understanding the gospel is the life of the local church. That\'s a ringing challenge to us: are we coming to Jesus again and again in our teaching and prayer, life together, and breaking bread with our Lord and others? And what kind of life does that show to the world?
As we look at the surprising command of God to Israel upon entering the promised land, we get a sense of the “why” behind corporate worship as well as the “why” behind the way in which we structure corporate worship at Signal Pres. Corporate worship is a means through which God is forming his people to know, enjoy and trust the story of redemption and to know their way around in the world in light of that story.
Glorifying God is the chief goal of our lives. See how Peter helps us understand that we do that when we worship, both in living out our daily lives and in joining our gifts and voices together in praise to our Savior.
In the first of sermon of our summer series on Corporate Worship we look together at the God who we worship. In Revelation 5 we meet at God who is better and bigger than we could imagine - He’s the Lion and the Lamb, and He draws near to us so that we can live faithfully in the middle of what might feel like confusion or chaos.