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Monday, April 18, 2016

Exodus: God as Redeemer

Sermon by: Kathy Larson
Text: Exodus 6:1-8, Galatians 5:1, 13-16
Date: April 17, 2016
Sermon Audio (link)

The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, c. 1511-1512, public domain

Below is the handout referenced in the sermon: 

God As Redeemer
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Psalm 107:2

Redeemed: Definitions
·         to buy or win back something previously sold (pawn shop, poker)
·         to free from captivity by payment or ransom (slavery, kidnapping)
·         repayment of the principal amount of a debt at or before maturity

Go’el: Kinsman-Redeemer: Leviticus 25:47-55 (see also book of Ruth)

Physical Redemption: Exodus 6:1-8 (see also 2 Sam 7:23-24; 1 Chron 17:21)
·         Could the Israelites buy themselves back out of slavery? Why did God redeem them? What did this point ahead to?  
·         What does this tell us about God?  What does it tell us about our relationship to God?

Redemption of the Soul
·         God is the One who redeems our souls (Psalm 49; 103; 55; 69; 119; et. al.)
·         The redemption of the soul is costly (Psalm 49:8)
·         You cannot buy redemption of the soul with money (Psalm 49:6-9)
·         You cannot earn redemption of the soul with good works (Eph 2:8-10)
·         My soul is worth more than the whole world (Matt 16:24-28)
·         We were redeemed with precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-21)
·         Because God has redeemed us, we are no longer slaves but sons and heirs through God (Gal 4:3-7)

What does God As Redeemer tell us about God?
·         God is mighty, The Almighty (Exodus 6:1-8; Ps 49:6-9)
·         God hears our groaning, sees our suffering (Exodus 6:1-8; 2 Cor 1:3-4)
·         God is our God, our Lord, our Father (Exod 6:1-8; Titus 2:11-14; Gal 4-5)
·         God keeps His promises (Gen 15:12-14; Exod 6:1-8; Joel 2:28; Jer 31:31-34)

Living Redemption: Galatians 5:1, 13-16: (Titus 2:11-14; 1 Cor 6:19-20)
·         Why did Christ set us free?  
·         How can we really love God and our neighbors and do good?

Me as Redeemed
·         I belong to God (Titus 2:11-14; Exod 19:5; Deut 4:20; 1 Cor 6:19-20)
·         I am purified, made holy (Titus 2:11-14; Heb 10:19-25)
·         I have been given the Holy Spirit (Gal 3:10-14; 5:1, 13-18; 1 Cor 6:19-20)
·         I am free from evil, zealous for good deeds (Titus 2:11-14; Gal 5:16-26; Heb 10:26-27; Rom 7:14-25)
·         I should glorify God, my Redeemer with my life (1 Cor 6:19-20)
·         I should tell others about my Redeemer (Psalm 107:2)

Daily Devotion Follow Up

Monday: Read Titus 2:11-14
·         If we are ‘for Christ’ and ‘His possession,’ do our lives belong to ourselves? What does that mean for how we should be living? 
·         Why did Jesus give Himself for us? To redeem us from what?
·         Then if we have been redeemed and continue to do lawless deeds, what are we doing to Jesus?
·         How does Jesus want us to live? Why?
·         Are you living this way? If not, what do you need to change? 

Tuesday: Read 1 Corinthians 6:17-20
·         Why is it important to not sin against our own bodies?
·         What kinds of sins are against our own bodies? Are there any of these you are struggling with?
·         Why doesn’t God want us to do these things? Is it because He’s old-fashioned or doesn’t want us to have fun? Or for our own good? Why?

Wednesday: Read Galatians 4:22-31
·         Who are Abraham’s sons & with what covenants do they correspond?
·         How are the covenant of Sinai (Law) and the covenant of Abraham (promise) different? Which covenant are we the children of?
·         How should we live as children of the promise, children who are free?

Thursday: Read Galatians 5:1-6
·         Why did Christ set us free? Free from what? 
·         Why then, if we have been freed from sin, do we keep sinning?
·         Why are we waiting for the hope of righteousness? Don’t we get righteousness when we accept Christ?
·         Who are the ‘circumcised’ and the ‘uncircumcised’? Why don’t either of those matter? What does matter?

Friday: Galatians 5:16-26
·         What are the deeds of the flesh? How can we not carry them out?
·         What are the fruits of the Spirit? How do we have the fruits of the Spirit? Can we bear all of these fruits? Should we? Why or why not?
·         Which fruits do you see in your life? Which are not blooming?
·         How can you cause them to bloom? (Hint: it’s not by just trying harder to be joyful or peaceful or faithful!) 

Saturday: Read I Peter 1:17-23
·         What were we redeemed with? Why is the blood of Christ so special?
·         How have we Christians purified our souls? What should those with purified souls do? Why?
·         What are we ‘born again’ of? How does that give us the power to love?
·         Is there anyone you find hard to love? Why? How can you love them?

The video referenced in the sermon is from The Bible Project.

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