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Redemptive History: Joseph

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The Big Idea: God is with us in our afflictions, through the indwelling Holy Spirit; we are covered by His grace; Christ’s blood covers our past afflictions; the Holy Spirit points us to a greater redemption than we can achieve on our own. As Christians, this the good news that we must share with others.

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Host Time || Invocation || Prayer (no music)-led by Joe

Invocation:

CHRIST IS RISEN! He has risen indeed…let’s celebrate that truth church!

welcome:

Invocation:

Good Morning Concord and Happy Easter! Covenant Members, would you join me in welcoming all of our first time and returning guests? (applause) What a blessing it is to have all of you whether guest or covenant member… today we celebrate Christ’s death for His church—we don’t mean a building when we say church—we mean you! Those who have commited you life to serving the local church and following Jesus Christ; submitting your live to His Lordship, and we will pray expectantly
CHRIST IS RISEN! He has risen indeed…let’s celebrate that truth church!
Yeah! So good to see all of you and to be here with our church family. I hope you have been made to feel welcome today. This church is about walking, talking, praising, worshiping in this life together. The Scriptures tell us in:

Welcome:

Good Morning Concord and Happy Easter! Covenant Members, would you join me in welcoming all of our first time and returning guests? (applause) What a blessing it is to have all of you whether guest or covenant member… today we celebrate Christ’s death for His church—we don’t mean a building when we say church—we mean you! Those who have commited you life to serving the local church and following Jesus Christ; submitting your live to His Lordship, and we will pray expectantly
Concord Family Good Morning and Happy Easter! Concord Covenant Members, would you join me in welcoming all of our first time and returning guests? (applause)
Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Yeah! So good to see all of you and to be here with our church family. I hope you have been made to feel welcome today. This church is about walking, talking, praising, worshiping in this life together. The Scriptures tell us in:
Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
We are also a Church where we understand the “radical grace” received through faith in Jesus Christ. And because of that it’s our heart that here a Concord you are made to feel “Know, Loved, and that you Belong.” No matter where you are on your faith journey: thinking about taking a step, just starting to take baby steps; the point is if that’s you…know this you don’t have to clean up to come here. As a matter of fact Scripture echos that:
Romans 5:8 ESV
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
So you don’t have to get it all figured out before you come. You come and we figure it out together…no matter where you are in your spiritual journey. Maybe you’ve been walking with Jesus along time, maybe you’re tired, maybe your looking for a church to serve in, maybe you need to be ministered to. Whatever season you are in, we know the struggle of this sinful world…but we also know that our God is bigger than our circumstances.
I want to share an old prayer with you this morning…It gave me great encouragement. I want you to hear the words, make them your prayer as we prepare our hearts to cry out to Jesus and thank Him for all that He’s done for us through His finished work on the cross. So allow these words to press into you…I’m going to ask you to bow and make this prayer your prayer.
you’ve been walking with Jesus along time, maybe you’re tired, maybe

Prayer

God and Myself (Modern English)

Worship Team: Leads a “Call to Worship” || song:

We are also a Church where we understand the “radical grace” received through faith in Jesus Christ. And because of that it’s our heart that here a Concord you are made to feel “Know, Loved, and that you Belong.” No matter where you are on your faith journey: thinking about taking a step, just starting to take baby steps; the point is if that’s you…know this you don’t have to clean up to come here. As a matter of fact Scripture echos that:
Romans 5:8 ESV
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Valley of Vision, pg.62
So you don’t have to get it all figured out before you come. You come and we figure it out together…no matter where you are in your spiritual journey. Whatever season you are in, we know the struggle of this sinful world…but we also know that our God is bigger than our circumstances.
LORD GOD ALMIGHTY,

connect:

With that said, I hope you received a program this morning you’ll notice in that program there more info about who we are and what we offer as a church. On the back you’ll find contact info. Now the insert is promoting some awesome things coming up like: this Wednesday we are starting Concord U. This is a Wednesday night group time offered in a college style atmosphere for our adults while we have gatherings for kids and students at the same time. Our Wednesday nights are designed for the whole family. On that insert you can sign up for some various class options. Later on in our service we will worship through a time of offering.
Also, if you notice along with the insert there is a connection card envelope in your program. During our offering worship we will give you a moment to fill out the connect cards and the envelopes also serve as a place you can give any money or gift that you would give. Simply place your gift in the envelope; fill out the connection card and during our offering worship we will you to place the insert with the Wed night Concord U class selection and your offering. Regardless, we desire to connect with you and help you get plugged in.

Call to Worship

I want to share an old, old, prayer with you this morning as we enter into our time of worship… I want you to hear the words, make them new in your heart in prayer, as we prepare our to cry out to Jesus and thank Him for all that He’s done for us through His finished work on the cross. So, allow these words to press into you… I’m going to ask you to bow and make this prayer your prayer.
Your understanding is unsearchable and infinite, Your arm cannot be stayed, Your agency extends through limitless space, All works hang on Your care, With You time is a present now.

Prayer

Prayer
God and Myself (Modern English)
Holy is Your wisdom, power, mercy, ways, works. How can I stand before You with my numberless and aggravated offences? I have often loved darkness, observed lying vanities, forsaken Your given mercies, trampled underfoot Your beloved Son, mocked Your providences, flattered You with my lips, broken Your covenant. It is of Your compassion that I am not consumed. Lead me to repentance, and save me from despair; Let me come to You renouncing, condemning, loathing myself, but hoping in the grace that flows even to the chief of sinners. At the cross may I contemplate the evil of sin, and despise it, look on Him [Christ] whom I pierced, as one slain for me, and by me. May I never despise his death by fearing its worth for my salvation. And whatever cross I am required to bear, let me see Him [Jesus] carrying [the] heavier [one]. Teach me in health to think of sickness, in the brightest hours to be ready for darkness; in life prepare me for death. Thus may my soul rest in You, O immortal and transcendent One, revealed as Your art in the Person and work of Your Son [Christ Jesus], the Friend of sinners…Amen.
Church would you stand, and in this place let’s get after Lord this morning…as we welcome His Holy Spirit in this place!

Worship Team: Leads a “Call to Worship” || song:

Valley of Vision, pg.62

Scripture Reading || ESV by:

LORD GOD ALMIGHTY,
Your understanding is unsearchable and infinite, Your arm cannot be stayed, Your agency extends through limitless space, All works hang on Your care, With You time is a present now.
Holy is Your wisdom, power, mercy, ways, works. How can I stand before You with my numberless and aggravated offences? I have often loved darkness, observed lying vanities, forsaken Your given mercies, trampled underfoot Your beloved Son, mocked Your providences, flattered You with my lips, broken Your covenant. It is of Your compassion that I am not consumed. Lead me to repentance, and save me from despair; Let me come to You renouncing, condemning, loathing myself, but hoping in the grace that flows even to the chief of sinners. At the cross may I contemplate the evil of sin, and despise it, look on Him [Christ] whom I pierced, as one slain for me, and by me. May I never despise his death by fearing its worth for my salvation. And whatever cross I am required to bear, let me see Him [Jesus] carrying [the] heavier [one]. Teach me in health to think of sickness, in the brightest hours to be ready for darkness; in life prepare me for death. Thus may my soul rest in You, O immortal and transcendent One, revealed as Your art in the Person and work of Your Son [Christ Jesus], the Friend of sinners…Amen.
Church would you stand, and in this place let’s get after Lord this morning…as we welcome His Holy Spirit in this place!

Worship Team: Leads a “Call to Worship” || song:

Script: Good morning church, Happy Easter! My name is______________ and I serve as a __________ here at Concord and I am a Covenant Member. This morning I have the privilege of sharing with you the Good News from God’s Word.

Luke 24:2–3 ESV
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

Scripture Reading || ESV by:

Would you please turn with me in your Bibles or on your device, to the gospel of Luke (found in the New Testament), chapter 24, and we will be reading starting in verse 2.

If you are joining us this morning and you do not have a Bible, you should see a White Paperback one lying around under your seats, feel free to use that one. And if you don’t own a Bible, consider that our free gift to you.

(take a moment—count to 3 in your head then READ—Book, Chapter, Verse, then Scripture)

Script:

ESV

Luke 24:

Good morning church, Happy Easter! My name is Jennifer Ruffin, and I serve as in KIDS here at Concord, and I am a Covenant Member. This morning I have the privilege of sharing with you the Good News from God’s Word.

Would you please turn with me in your Bibles or on your device, to the gospel of Luke (found in the New Testament), chapter 24, and we will be reading starting in verse 2.

If you are joining us this morning and you do not have a Bible, you should see a White Paperback one lying around under your seats, feel free to use that one. And if you don’t own a Bible, consider that our free gift to you.

2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

*do not read this...(take a moment—count to 3 in your head then READ—Book, Chapter, Verse, then Scripture)

Say: This is the Word of the Lord. (exit stage)

ESV

READ SCRIPTURE:

2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

Say: This is the Word of the Lord. (exit stage)

Sermon

Introduction

read

Acts 7:9–15 ESV
9 “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him 10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. 13 And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. 15 And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers,
Acts 7:9-15

Introduction

So thankful that you are here with on Easter, we are going to continue pressing in to our study in Acts and our series “Deep Community.”
If you are just joining us today we are in the book of Acts were we are pursuing the beauty of what we see in it’s writing about the 1st Century Church. The Church that Jesus died for.
If you are here today and you are thinking, “Acts? That doesn’t sound like an ‘Easter’ Sermon.” In the traditional context of “Easter Sermon’s” I would agree. But, from the context of what Christ accomplished for us on the cross, I would argue what author/professor/theologian, Dr. Michael Horton says, that any sermon preached from Gen. to Rev. that doesn’t preach Christ crucified, not matter how good or helpful, is not a proclamation of God’s Word… meaning that would be a waisted sermon. As Christians we are called to preach the good news of Jesus finished work on the Calvary’s cross EVERY SUNDAY. Not just the Sunday that commemorates His death. But we shall preach Christ crucified from Stephen’s sermon in the book of Acts via, the Old Testament patriarch of Joseph.
And what we are running into today is close to the beginning of this amazing sermon, given (mind you) not by one of the Apostles who were alive and well and leading Christ’s church (and understand, this is after Christ crucifixion, after Him being raised from the dead; and after His Ascension into heaven).
And what we are running into today is close to the beginning of this amazing sermon, given (mind you) not by one of the Apostles who were alive and well and leading Christ’s church (and understand, this is after Christ crucifixion, after Him being raised from the dead; and after His Ascension into heaven).
This amazing sermon was given by a church member who had been discipled (taught the ways of Jesus) by the Apostles, who were taught by Jesus Himself, and this guy (his name is Stephen) was a faithful guys serving in the church.
As a matter of fact he was chosen in as the first “deacon.” And I want you to understand “deacon” (a churchy word—that has been stretched to mean more than what it does in the Scriptures—by man’s doing) is simply one chosen by the Church to serve. In fact, Stephen, and the men chosen with him, there duty was to serve bread to widows. Now, in fairness, to our brothers who serve as deacons, the responsibilities of the deacon has changed in form, but not in act, deed, or status. They are valuable, faithful men, who serve the body of Christ. And we are blessed to have some amazing men serving this church well.
If you are here today and you are thinking this doesn’t sound like an “Easter” Sermon, in the traditional context of “Easter Sermon’s” I would agree. But from the context of what Christ accomplished for us on the cross, I would argue what author/professor/theologian, Dr. Michael Horton says, that any sermon preached from Gen. to Rev. that doesn’t preach Christ crucified…is a waisted one.
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Where we find Stephen today in our text is where early in chapter 6, v.8, we see Stephen in the community sharing the good news of Jesus, “full of grace and power” and was doing some great and wonderful things.
If you are here today and you are thinking, “Acts? That doesn’t sound like an ‘Easter’ Sermon.”
Well some locals from the surrounding areas where hanging out at their local church; they rejected the teaching of Jesus and had approved of His death, so feeling threatened by Stephen and how he was connecting in their local community, they enter into some thuggery, rough him up and take him before the local Jewish council. The made up stories, an accusations, but ultimately said “This guys preaching Jesus.” The Jewish council were the one’s who played the biggest part (outside of God) to have Jesus put to death.
The council asks Stephen, “Is all of this true?”
In the traditional context of “Easter Sermon’s” I would agree. But, from the context of what Christ accomplished for us on the cross, I would argue what author/professor/theologian, Dr. Michael Horton says, that any sermon preached from Gen. to Rev. that doesn’t preach Christ crucified, not matter how good or helpful, is not a proclamation of God’s Word… meaning that would be a wasted sermon. As followers of Jesus, we are called to preach the good news of His finished work on the Calvary’s cross EVERY SUNDAY. Not just the Sunday that commemorates His death. But today, you will hear Christ crucified preached from Stephen’s sermon in the book of Acts via, the Old Testament patriarch of Joseph.
And what we are running into today is close to the beginning of this amazing sermon, given (mind you) not by one of the Apostles who were alive and well and leading Christ’s church, but a guy called into service for the church (and understand, this is after Christ crucifixion, after Him being raised from the dead; and after His Ascension into heaven).
And this simple Christian servant, who was not a preacher, began to share the story of the Jewish people (which we find in the Old Testament). Stephen being a jew who had professed Christ, knew the Scriptures and started taking of the great patriarchs.
Chapter 6, v.8, we see Stephen in the community sharing the good news of Jesus, “full of grace and power” and was doing some great and wonderful things.
That were we find ourselves today. Stephen is preaching a sermon and he is retelling the story about the OT patriarch Joseph.
Well some locals from the surrounding areas where hanging out at their local church; they rejected the teaching of Jesus and had approved of His death, so feeling threatened by Stephen and how he connected in their local community, they entered into some thuggery, roughed him up and took him before the local Jewish council. They made-up stories, threw in some accusations, but ultimately said “This guy’s preaching Jesus.” The Jewish council were the ones who played the biggest part (outside of God) to have Jesus put to death.
The council asks Stephen, “Is all of this true?”
Here’s what’s beautiful about the Old Testament…in all of the imperfect vessels (men and women) that God used, were just like you and I…, (with maybe one exception; yet, by the grace of God, that’s something that can increase each day, within us as we pursue Christ) and that exception is FAITH. Most, had incredible faith.
And this simple Christian servant, who was not a preacher, began to share the story of the Jewish people (which we find in the Old Testament). Stephen being a Jew who had professed Christ, knew the Scriptures and started taking of the great patriarchs.

Exposition || Acts 7:9-15

That were we find ourselves today. Stephen is preaching a sermon and he is retelling the story about the OT patriarch Joseph.

Exposition ||

Acts 7:9-15
Acts 7:9–15 ESV
9 “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him 10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. 13 And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. 15 And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers,
In v.9, when Stephen refers to the patriarchs he is referring to are Joseph’s brothers.
Acts 7:9 ESV
9 “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him
Joseph, was one of 12 sons to Jacob, who would be renamed as Israel, by God. Jacob was the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham, the father of the Jewish people’s covenant sign with God.
he is referring to are Joseph’s brothers. Joseph, was one of 12 sons to Jacob, who would be renamed as Israel, by God. Jacob was the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham, the father of the Jewish people’s covenant sign with God.
The patriarchs it is referring to are Joseph’s brothers. Joseph, was one of 12 sons to Jacob, who would be renamed as Israel, by God. Jacob was the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham, the father of the Jewish people’s covenant sign with God.
Joseph’s brothers hated him, so much that they sold him into slavery…but, v. 9b Stephen says, “God was with him.”
v.10…says because God was with Joseph,
Acts 7:10 ESV
10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.
v.11— a great famine struck and sent the people scattering for food—Jacob heard there was grain in Egypt…and there was grain in Egypt because of Joseph. It was God who used him and “gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh”(v.10).
This is wear the story of Joseph gets wild, you see the book of Gen (where Stephen and all Jews knew of Joseph and his plight) it tells us that Jacob, Joseph’s father, was told that Joseph was dead when his brothers sold him.
so that
So, knowing that makes v.12 quite interesting...
Acts 7:12 ESV
12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit.
And by ‘fathers”, Stephen is referring to the heads of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Each one of Jacob’s sons would be the head of a tribe, and each would receive the land. The very land that God promised to give as an inheritance to Abraham.
That land would make up the country now named after Jacob’s new name, Israel.
Jacob, thought Jospeh was dead…for years and years...
So, Jacob sent the brothers into Egypt to find the grain, Joseph meets them, he recognizes them but they don’t recognize Joseph. But the when Joseph meets them the second time he tells them who he is...
Now if you’re wondering what does this story have to do with Jesus? What does this have to do with Easter? What does this have to do with the the resurrection story? ...
Allow me to pull back the curtain on how the Bible speaks Jesus crucified & Jesus resurrected through the story of Joseph. Let’s pick up where Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers.
Let’s pick up where Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers.

Conclusion

[Read From the children’s “Jesus Storybook Bible”…

--the end of the story of Joseph…]

That is awesome!!!

Band comes up

Now let me paint it a different way…in your personal story what part do you play in the Joseph story?
If in your story you are Joseph, then you are rescued from the affliction of all the bad in this world. Then you play the part of the one who God is with. God is with. Your faith is in Christ. You are a Christian. You too can proclaim they very thing that Joseph said from the his own mouth in:
Gen. 50:20
Genesis 50:20 ESV
20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Gen
You can rejoice that God has saved you through His one and only Son, Jesus and that He saved you with a purpose. That purpose is to save many people’s lives. The people God works through you to rescue their famine is spiritual not physical. Their famine is eternal, not temporary.
Your purpose Christian, is to rejoice and share Jesus crucified! Jesus Risen! From death to Life is not just Jesus’ story, but because of Jesus, it’s now your story too!
Discipleship isn’t always how much of the Bible you know or don’t know, it’s sharing the person of Jesus. The one who died for you and knowing why!
To save you from the temporary things of this life to eternal hope of being restored to God forever.
And if you are like, wait a minute Joe, I’m not Joseph, in the story...” I’m not a Christian, I don’t know God...
I’ve got good news, there’s hope. Because you’re not far. Maybe, just maybe, you are Jacob in the story...
For years you’ve ached for something to be alive in you and there has been nothing but darkness. And today for the first time YOU KNOW that HE is ALIVE! Not your son, or a son, but THE SON! The Son of God! He is ALIVE! Christ is risen!
Delivered from the darkness what was once dead is now ALIVE in Christ.
Knowing this truth we are all called to confess Jesus.
God didn’t bring you here to walk the aisle and say a prayer, He called you to “repent of [turn away from] your sins! Because the Kingdom of God is at hand.”
He didn’t call you to “just” a prayer, He called you to a life-transforming place where you put self on the cross and you are raised to Life with Jesus.
Rejoice Church! He is risen! And He loves us!!!
Stand and worship Christ Jesus; king of Kings; lord of Lords and Author of our salvation.

Responsive Worship (3 Songs)

*As soon as song ends — HOUSE LIGHTS OFF--

--Start LIFE CHANGE STORY video (4 min)

* As soon as video ends HOUSE LIGHTS TO SETTING 10

Offering moment (2 min)

Band Instrumental as ppl prepare to pray over gift and fill connection cards (2 min)

Prayer for the Offering (1 min) Joe

Reflective Song (3 min)

Sending Out (1 min)—*Do not close lighting or anything to do with stage lighting until band

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