Thursday, 14 October 2010

Beginning with Moses - week 1

On Sunday we started our new sermon series entitled 'Beginning with Moses'. If you missed the sermon you can listen to it here and it is outlined below. The graphic is reproduced by permission from 'God's Big Picture' by Vaughan Roberts (buy a copy of his excellent book here for £5:56)

Read Luke 24:13-27
These two followers of Jesus were struggling to link the events of Jesus’ crucifixion with the Old Testament. Many of us can relate to that … we simply haven’t had time or teaching to help us think about how the OT relates to Jesus. The aim of this sermon series is to give us an overview of the OT: To see it as a progressive, unified, unfolding of salvation history which, as Graeme Goldsworthy puts it, 'reaches its goal, its focus and fulfillment in the person and work of Christ'.

The Bible is One: The Bible is a diverse collection of writings. It contains 66 books written by about 40 human authors over nearly 2000 years. That said, it is fundamentally, one book written by one author with one main subject. God ensured, by the Holy Spirit, that everything they wrote was exactly what he wanted them to write. The one supreme subject that binds it all together is Jesus and the salvation God offers through Him. In the OT God points forward to Jesus and promises his coming in the future. In the NT God proclaims Jesus to be the one who fulfils all the promises

The Kingdom of God: Vaughan Roberts defines God’s kingdom as: ‘Gods people in God’s place under God’s rule and blessing.’ God longs for human beings to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him in his presence.

Pattern of the kingdom: In the Garden of Eden we see the world as God designed it to be - God’s people (Adam and Eve) live in Gods place (Eden) under his rule as they submit to his word.

The Perished kingdom: Sadly, Adam & Eve think life would be better if they lived independently from God and they are banished from the garden, they are no longer under God’s rule or blessing.

The Promised kingdom: God calls Abraham and makes some unconditional promises to him – through Abraham’s descendants God will re-establish His kingdom.

The Partial kingdom: Through the exodus from Egypt, God makes Abraham descendants His very own people. At Mount Sinai He gives them His law so that they might live under his rule and blessing (the blessing is marked chiefly by God’s presence in the tabernacle). By the time David & Solomon are king, the people enjoy peace & prosperity; they were God’s people, in Gods place (Canaan), under God’s rule & enjoying His blessing.

The Prophesied kingdom: After Solomon’s death, the kingdom split in two. 200 years later the northern kingdom was destroyed by the Assyrians, the southern kingdom struggled on for another century but they too were conquered and its inhabitants taken in exile in Babylon. During this depressing period, God spoke to his people through prophets. They pointed forward to a time when God would act decisively through his King, the Messiah, to fulfill all His promises. God people did finally return to their land but it was only a shadow of the former glory. This is where the OT ends; God’s people waiting for God’s King to appear to introduce His Kingdom…


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