Misery and Hope (1 of 12) by Dave Gustavsen

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Misery and Hope (1 of 12)
Series: Exodus - A Future and a Hope
Dave Gustavsen
Exodus 1:1-2:10

Alright…so this is a new year, and a perfect time to start on a brand new teaching series. So today we're starting a study on the book of Exodus-the second book in the Bible-and the series will go from today all the way through Easter. This is exciting for me, and it's really a challenge for me, because I've never taught through the whole book of Exodus. And the more I've studied it over the past few weeks, the more I've been struck by what an epic book this is.

When it starts, the total number of Israelites is…ready? 70. 70 people! And when it ends, there are 2-3 million of them. So we're going to follow the journey of this growing nation…and if you're listening-if you have eyes to see it-you're going to see all kinds of connections to your own journey. So many of the things that God needed to show them are the things that God needs to show us. And just like God was leading them out of where they were, and toward where He wanted them to be, God is leading us. And the beginning of the year is the perfect time to think about that. God is leading us, as a church…and he's leading you as a person…to where He wants us to be. The question is: are we listening? Are we following?

Now, real quickly: if you're new around here, you might be wondering why we insist on following the story line of particular books of the Bible. And maybe you used to be at a different church, where they sort of jumped around every week, or just talked about different moral principles. So here's why we do what we do: We believe that God worked through human authors to communicate His actual message to humankind. And that message is preserved in the Bible. And the Bible has been abused and misinterpreted in tons of different ways, but when it's understood in its original historical context, it's a message that is timeless. It's as powerful today as when it was first written.

And because w ...

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