June 22-28 Water Fire

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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/ …

Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers June 22-28.

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  • 1. God’s Power to Save
    • Take a journey with me back to times when God saved His people. Then observe how He demonstrated later to people He is still in control. We are going to look at two polar opposites…Water & Fire
  • 2. God’s Power to Save
    • Genesis 6:13 NET So God said to Noah, "I have decided that all living creatures must die, for the earth is filled with violence because of them.
  • 3. God’s Power to Save
    • Now I am about to destroy them and the earth.
    • Genesis 8:13 NET In Noah's six hundred and first year, in the first day of the first month, the waters had dried up from the earth,
  • 4. God’s Power to Save
    • and Noah removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 And by the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was dry.
  • 5. God’s Power to Save
    • 15 Then God spoke to Noah and said, 16 “Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons' wives with you.
  • 6. God’s Power to Save
    • Exodus 14:21  NET   Moses stretched out his hand toward the sea, and the LORD drove the sea apart by a strong east wind all that night, and he made the sea into dry land, and the water was divided .
  • 7. God’s Power to Save
    • 22 So the Israelites went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.
  • 8. God’s Power to Save
    • Now jump forward with me and read what The Apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the Christians in Corinth.
  • 9. God’s Power to Save
    • 1 Corinthians 10:1 NET For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea,
  • 10. God’s Power to Save
    • 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food,
  • 11. God’s Power to Save
    • 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.
  • 12. God’s Power to Save
    • Read with me from the letter to the Hebrew Christians.
  • 13. God’s Power to Save
    • Hebrews 11:29 NET By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if on dry ground, but when the Egyptians tried it, they were swallowed up.
  • 14. God’s Power to Save
    • So Christ was going with them. Parting the sea showed the people's faith. They were in fact baptized when they passed through the sea.
  • 15. God’s Power to Save
    • That is, they were brought under obligation to Moses’ law and covenant, as we are by baptism under the Christian law and covenant. It was to them a typical baptism.
  • 16. Remember, God Is In Control
    • We jump forward 40 years. Moses is dead and faithful Joshua is now leading God’s people into the Promised Land.
  • 17. Remember, God Is In Control
    • Joshua 3:13 NET When the feet of the priests carrying the ark of the Lord, the Ruler of the whole earth, touch the water of the Jordan, the water coming downstream toward you will stop flowing and pile up."
  • 18. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 14 So when the people left their tents to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them.
  • 19. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 15 When the ones carrying the ark reached the Jordan and the feet of the priests carrying the ark touched the surface of the water — (the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest time) —
  • 20. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 16 the water coming downstream toward them stopped flowing. It piled up far upstream at Adam (the city near Zarethan);
  • 21. Remember, God Is In Control
    • there was no water at all flowing to the sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea). The people crossed the river opposite Jericho.
  • 22. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 17 The priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan.
  • 23. Remember, God Is In Control
    • All Israel crossed over on dry ground until the entire nation was on the other side.
  • 24. Remember, God Is In Control
    • He did this so that all the people of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that they might always fear the LORD their God."
  • 25. Remember, God Is In Control
    • And the LORD did this to exalt Joshua in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that He was with him as He was with Moses.
  • 26. Remember, God Is In Control
    • God’s people have settled in the Promised Land. A kingdom has been established, and sadly, due to disobedience, God’s people had been split into two nations. God’s Prophet Elijah is at work.
  • 27. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 2 Kings 2:7 NET   The fifty members of the prophetic guild went and stood opposite them at a distance, while Elijah and Elisha stood by the Jordan.
  • 28. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 8   Elijah took his cloak, folded it up, and hit the water with it. The water divided, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
  • 29. Remember, God Is In Control
    • It seems He parted the water of the Jordan River for the benefit of the 50 prophets and Elisha who were following Elijah.
  • 30. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 2 Kings 2:11  NET   As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a fiery chariot pulled by fiery horses appeared.
  • 31. Remember, God Is In Control
    • They went between Elijah and Elisha, and Elijah went up to heaven in a windstorm.
  • 32. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 2 Kings 2:14  NET   He took the cloak that had fallen off Elijah, hit the water with it, and said, "Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" When he hit the water, it divided and Elisha crossed over.
  • 33. Remember, God Is In Control
    • Then when God parted the water for Elisha this showed Elisha that God was with him and also showed the 50 prophets that God was with Elisha as He was Elijah.
  • 34. Remember, God Is In Control
    • The parting of the waters are recorded for our benefit. He wants people to see His power. We can know He is in Control.
  • 35. Remember, God Is In Control
    • We see His compassion for His children who were in need of salvation. We see even in Old Testament times Christ was there. We see God reminds His people that He is with them.
  • 36. Remember, God Is In Control
    • Just as God used water as a means of salvation, punishment, and to demonstrate His control, He also uses fire to remind people He is in control and as a means of punishment & salvation.
  • 37. God’s Power to Punish
    • Gen 19:24 KJV   Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
  • 38. God’s Power to Punish
    • Exodus 9:23  NET   When Moses extended his staff toward the sky, the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire fell to the earth; so the LORD caused hail to rain down on the land of Egypt.
  • 39. God’s Power to Punish
    • 24   Hail fell and fire mingled with the hail; the hail was so severe that there had not been any like it in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.
  • 40. God’s Power to Save
    • Exodus 13:21 NET Now the Lord was going before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them in the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could go day or night.
  • 41. God’s Power to Punish
    • Leviticus 10:1 NET Then Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, each took his fire pan and put fire in it, set incense on it, and presented strange fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them to do.
  • 42. God’s Power to Punish
    • 2   So fire went out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them so that they died before the LORD.
  • 43. God’s Power to Punish
    • Numbers 11:1 NET When the people complained, it displeased the Lord. When the Lord heard it, his anger burned,
  • 44. God’s Power to Punish
    • and so the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outer parts of the camp.
  • 45. God’s Power to Punish
    • 2 When the people cried to Moses, he prayed to the Lord, and the fire died out.
  • 46. God’s Power to Punish
    • 3 So he called the name of that place Taberah because the fire of the Lord burned among them.
  • 47. God’s Power to Punish
    • Num 16:35  NET   Then a fire went out from the LORD and devoured the 250 men who offered incense.
    • Deu 4:24  NET For the LORD your God is a consuming fire; he is a jealous God.
  • 48. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 1 Chronicles 21:26  NET David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings.
  • 49. Remember, God Is In Control
    • He called out to the LORD, and the LORD responded by sending fire from the sky and consuming the burnt sacrifice on the altar.
  • 50. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 2 Chronicles 7:1 NET When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the Lord's splendor filled the temple.
  • 51. Remember, God Is In Control
    • Who can forget the great time in history when Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal & Asherah?
  • 52. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 1 Kings 18:24  NET   Then you will invoke the name of your god, and I will invoke the name of the LORD.
  • 53. Remember, God Is In Control
    • The god who responds with fire will demonstrate that he is the true God." All the people responded, "This will be a fair test."
  • 54. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 1 Kings 18:38  NET Then fire from the LORD fell from the sky. It consumed the offering, the wood, the stones, and the dirt, and licked up the water in the trench.
  • 55. God’s Power to Punish
    • 2 Kings 1:3 NET Now the Lord's angelic messenger told Elijah the Tishbite, "Arise and go up to meet the messengers from the king of Samaria.
  • 56. God’s Power to Punish
    • Say this to them: 'You must think there is no God in Israel! That explains why you are on your way to seek an oracle from Baal Zebub the god of Ekron.
  • 57. God’s Power to Punish
    • 2 Kings 1:9 NET The king sent a captain and his fifty soldiers to retrieve Elijah. The captain went up to him, while he was sitting on the top of a hill. He told him, "Prophet, the king says, 'Come down!' "
  • 58. God’s Power to Punish
    • 2 Kings 1:10  NET   Elijah replied to the captain, “If I am indeed a prophet, may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!"
  • 59. God’s Power to Punish
    • Fire then came down from the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.
    • 11   The king sent another captain and his fifty soldiers to retrieve Elijah.
  • 60. God’s Power to Punish
    • He went up and told him, “Prophet, this is what the king says, 'Come down at once!' "
    • 12   Elijah replied to them, “If I am indeed a prophet,
  • 61. God’s Power to Punish
    • may fire come down from the sky and consume you and your fifty soldiers!" Fire from God came down from the sky and consumed him and his fifty soldiers.
  • 62. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 13   The king sent a third captain and his fifty soldiers. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. He begged for mercy,
  • 63. Remember, God Is In Control
    • "Prophet, please have respect for my life and for the lives of these fifty servants of yours. 14   Indeed, fire came down from the sky and
  • 64. Remember, God Is In Control
    • consumed the two captains who came before me, along with their men. So now, please have respect for my life."
  • 65. Remember, God Is In Control
    • 15 The LORD's angelic messenger said to Elijah, "Go down with him. Don't be afraid of him." So he got up and went down with him to the king.
  • 66. Water & Fire
    • We have seen how both Water & Fire were used to show God is in control, used to punish and save. Water first punished the wicked world in the flood and saved the 8 souls on the Ark.
  • 67. Water & Fire
    • The pillar of fire from God was used in saving the Israelites as it showed them where to travel at night.
  • 68. God’s Power to Punish
    • Revelation 20:12 NET And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened —
  • 69. God’s Power to Punish
    • the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades
  • 70. God’s Power to Punish
    • gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.
  • 71. God’s Power to Punish
    • This is the second death — the lake of fire. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.
  • 72. God’s Power of Salvation
    • 1 Peter 3:20 CEV They had disobeyed God while Noah was building the boat, but God had been patient with them.
  • 73. God’s Power of Salvation
    • Eight people went into that boat and were brought safely through the flood. 21 Those flood waters were like baptism that now saves you.
  • 74. God’s Power of Salvation
    • But baptism is more than just washing your body. It means turning to God with a clear conscience, because Jesus Christ was raised from death.
  • 75. God’s Power of Salvation
    • Which group are you going to be in? Those lost forever, thrown into the lake of fire or those who have passed through the water unto salvation?