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Increase & Oppression

Following Moses, Finding Jesus  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  35:01
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Are we okay with God being in control? Control of our church, our families, our lives? What about when oppression, tragedy and injustice occurs? And God doesn't immediately come to the rescue. Is God still in control? Are we okay with that? Today, we begin a new series, "Following Moses, Finding Jesus" completing an overview of the Exodus account and how it points to the greater Gospel story.

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 Mountainview Church "FOLLOWING MOSES, FINDING JESUS" "INCREASE & OPPRESSION" (EXODUS 1:1-14 & 2:1-10) OUTLINE STYLE: INDUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT INTRODUCTION: 1. (01 SLIDE) INCREASE & OPPRESSION a) Are you okay with God being in control? b) What about when oppression comes? And He doesn't rescue you? c) God is Sovereign (He was, is and always will be in control!) 2. SERIES INTRO - "FOLLOWING MOSES, FINDING JESUS" a) The Exodus account foreshadows the greater Gospel story. b) We'll read large sections of Scripture in this series. (But not all of it!) c) If possible, pre-read passages. (Weekly reading schedules at back!) TEACHING - FOLLOWING MOSES: 3. (02 VERSE SLIDES) EXODUS 1:1-14 & 22 a) (03 SLIDE) How did Israel get into Egypt? (Joseph - Gen. 37-50) b) (04 SLIDE) Increase - Fertility in ancient world vs. the modern West. Ø The more they're oppressed, the more they increase! c) Bondage - Too many people to control without force! 4. (05 SLIDE) EXODUS FORETOLD (GENESIS 15:13-14) Ø 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. 14 But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions." 5. (06 VERSE SLIDES) EXODUS 2:1-10 a) (07 SLIDE) A Saviour is given! i) Despite oppression and opposition, God's sovereignty remains. ii) Earthly powers try to kill the Saviour, but God's sovereignty remains. APPLICATION - FINDING JESUS: 6. (08 SLIDE) OUR OPPRESSION, OUR SAVIOUR & OUR INCREASE a) All humanity is under the bondage of sin. b) God provides a Saviour, also born under the threat of death. c) Whenever the church is oppressed, it increases! Ø Exodus points to the greater story of the Gospel! CONCLUSION: IDEA 7. (09 SLIDE) GOD IS SOVEREIGN a) He was sovereign over the increase and oppression of Israel. b) He was sovereign over the increase and oppression of the early church. c) He is still sovereign over our increases and oppressions. Ø As a church and personally, we are part of the greater story! d) (10 SLIDE) Romans 8:28 Ø And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 8. (11 SLIDE) RESPOND IN WORSHIP Ø Sing ~ Pray ~ Give
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