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This week, Pastor David challenged us to consider how we can respond to God’s faithfulness through examining our own walks with Christ, our service to His church, and our witness to those far from Him. He reminded us that God remains faithful even when His people are not, and how obedience to Him, not any destination, is the source of true abundance.

Review

  • God is the priority.
  • Everyone serves obediently in humility and discipline.
  • Growth and worship are personal and corporate.
  • God gives courage in opportunities that test unity and maturity.
  • God gives grace to the repentant and hope to the faithful.
  • God gives restoration and refreshment to body and soul.
  • God warns the wandering and punishes the sinful.
  • His people walk in submission—body and soul, worship and word.
  • God calls His people to ongoing faithfulness, holiness, and courage.

I. God calls His people to a journey of faithfulness.

  • His faithfulness to His people (33:1-49)
  • Their faithfulness to Him (33:50-56)

II. God provides blessing and purpose.

  • A place to serve (34:1-15)
  • Leaders for guidance (34:16-29)

III. God expects good stewardship.

  • Care for spiritual leaders (35:1-8)
  • Justice and mercy among His people (35:9-34)

IV. God expects flexibility and obedience. (36:1-13)

Abundance comes not in a destination but in obedience. The satisfaction of life comes only in Jesus.

Further Study

  1. As God led the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness, how did He provide for them and demonstrate His faithfulness even when they were unfaithful? How does Christ demonstrate His perfect faithfulness to us through His life, death and resurrection? (See Hebrews 4:15-16)
  2. What principles of stewardship and sacrifice can we learn from the Israelites giving cities and pasturelands to the Levites? How should we steward all that God has given us for His service and the benefit of His church? (See 1 Corinthians 4:1-2)
  3. How did God provide both blessing and purpose for the Israelites in the Promised Land? In what ways has God blessed us and given us purpose through salvation in Christ? (See Ephesians 1:3-14)
  4. What flexibility and obedience did God require of the Israelites? How can we follow Christ’s example in being willing to submit our own desires in obedience to God? (See Luke 22:42)
  5. If you are facing uncertainty right now, take a minute to read and meditate on (Psalm 77:11-12). Our God has proven Himself faithful in the past. He will continue to be faithful in the future you’re facing.
  6. David talked about finding our identity, belonging, and purpose in Christ. What does 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 tell us about how these three elements shape the way we live out our faith in our daily lives?
  7. Pastor David talked about the cities of refuge. Prayerfully read through Micah 6:8 and consider the balance between justice and mercy in your own life. How can you emulate God’s justice and mercy in your interactions with others? Are there difficult relationships in which this would be more trying right now? Lift those situations to God in prayer.

The Gospel

Christ willingly and fully surrendered His “yes” to the Father through His sinless life, atoning death on the cross, and victorious resurrection (1 John 1:1-14).

Ashley talked about how Jesus gave us His “yes” before we ever thought to give Him ours (2 Corinthians 5:21). The gracious work of Christ – His perfect life lived in our place, His atoning death that paid the penalty for our sins, and His triumphant resurrection that defeated death is the only basis by which we can be made right with God (John 3:16).

It is only through trusting in this completed work of Christ that any of us can be saved. When we trust entirely in Him and what He accomplished for us, rather than our own works, we are freely declared righteous by God. This is the heart of the gospel.

Senior Pastor David Rose continues our study through the book of Numbers by examining chapters 26-30. God is bringing a new generation of Israelites to the edge of the Promised Land once more. Though the people have changed, God’s character has not─He is shown to be just in dealing with sin, and faithful in fulfilling His promises to His people.

Review

  • God is the priority.
  • Everyone serves obediently in humility and discipline.
  • Growth and worship are personal and corporate.
  • God gives courage in opportunities that test unity and maturity.
  • God gives grace to the repentant and hope to the faithful.
  • God gives restoration and refreshment to body and soul.
  • God warns the wandering and punishes the sinful.

Sermon

  1. God is just in dealing with sin. (26:1, 64-65)
  2. God is faithful to fulfill His promises. (26:2-4, 63)
    • His people respond to Him in body and soul.
  3. God provides solutions for unforeseen problems. (27:1-11)
  4. God raises up leaders for His people. (27:12-23)
    • Followers and leaders alike are to submit to Him.
  5. God deserves community celebration and offering. (28:1-29:40)
  6. God expects His people to keep their word. (30:1-16)
    • His people are faithful in worship and sacrifice.

Recognizing His grace stirs humble obedience. The search for satisfaction ends only in Jesus.

Next Week: Numbers 31-32

Further Study

  • Spend a minute reading Romans 4:13-5:2. How does God’s faithfulness in fulfilling promises to Israel foreshadow His faithfulness to fulfill His promises regarding salvation through Christ? (cf Hebrews 6:13-18)
  • What does God judging the unbelieving generation teach about His perfect holiness and justice? How was this perfected through Christ’s atoning work on the cross (Romans 3:19-26)? Remember, “recognizing His grace stirs humble obedience.” As believers, we don’t work for salvation or the favor of God; we respond to what has already been done.
  • In what ways does God provide for unseen needs even today through Christ and His Body, the Church (Ephesians 4:11-16)?
  • In what specific ways is God calling you to serve Him with your unique gifts and talents? See 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8

The Gospel

God is perfectly just and cannot overlook sin. Like the generation of Israelites who perished in the wilderness, we are all sinners deserving of God’s judgment (Romans 3:23). But God, because of His great love, made a way where there seemed to be no way. He provided a solution for the biggest problem we face─our separation from Him because of sin.

That solution was Jesus. God raised up the ultimate leader in Christ to shepherd His people (Hebrews 3:1-2). Jesus lived a sinless life so His perfection could be imputed to us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Then, on the cross, He bore the punishment for our sins─satisfying both God’s justice and His grace. He took our place and died as our substitute (Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:24).

The resurrection proves God’s justice has been fulfilled and we can now be justified by faith in Christ alone─apart from works (Romans 4:25). Everyone who believes in Jesus─trusting wholly in His finished work and not their own efforts─receives new life and right standing with God (John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10).

God desires for us individually to repent and believe, and then to live surrendered lives for Him. As our pastor said, when we respond to His grace with a willing obedience, we find our purpose and satisfaction in Christ alone (Colossians 2:6-7, 3:17). This is the heart of the gospel message.

Are you facing unnecessary worry, anxiety, or difficulty in your life? Do you feel like you’ve drifted from God’s will and now face the consequences? Senior Pastor David Rose shows from Scripture how disappointment and fear of judgment often stem from letting other priorities replace our worship of Jesus Christ alone. But the good news of the Gospel remains: “if we are faithless, He remains faithful” (2 Timothy 2:13). When we turn back to Him in repentance and faith, Christ’s perfection is credited to us through His own person and work (1 John 1:9). Find hope for your current struggles and direction for obedience as you listen.

Review

  • God is the priority.
  • Everyone serves obediently in humility and discipline.
  • Growth and worship are personal and corporate.
  • God gives courage in opportunities that test unity and maturity.
  • God gives grace to the repentant and hope to the faithful.
  • God gives restoration and refreshment to body and soul.

Outline

God works continually. (22:1-21; 22:36-24:25)

  • He is moving even when His people are not.
  • He wages spiritual battle for His people.
  • His word will not fail.

God declares His truth to all who listen. (22:22-35)

  • He speaks through creation and His word.
  • He knows the hearts of His people.

God allows foolish, harmful choices. (25)

  • Culture will creep before it runs.
  • Community accountability is necessary.

Conclusion

  • You can’t stop Him. Know His word.
  • You can’t fool Him. Examine your heart.
  • You can’t betray Him. Worship Him alone.
  • The search for satisfaction ends only in Jesus.

Further Study

In Philippians 2:5-11, we are encouraged to adopt the same attitude as Christ Jesus. How can we apply this call to humility and obedience in our daily lives, especially in the context of worship and service within our church?

David discussed the importance of using our gifts within our church community. What are some ways you can actively serve and grow here at Trinity, and how does this reflect the obedience and discipline we see called for in Scripture? If you’re not sure of your gifts or would like to know where you fit, we would love to talk with you about it! Reach out to one of our ministers, or visit our Serve page for current opportunities.

David highlighted the spiritual warfare in the story of Balaam and Balak in Numbers 22. What role does prayer and knowledge of God’s word play in this battle?

Review

  • God is the priority.
  • Everyone serves obediently in humility and discipline.
  • Growth and worship are personal and corporate.
  • God gives courage in opportunities that test unity and maturity.
  • God gives grace to the repentant and hope to the faithful.

God cleanses to restore community. (ch 19)

  • Sin leads to death.
  • Sacrifice outside the camp is necessary.

God refreshes to deepen satisfaction. (20:1-13)

  • He works despite pettiness and rebellion.

God tests the body and the soul. (20:14-21:34)

  • God sustains when outside forces work.
  • God gives a solution to our sin.
  • Jesus is the better sacrifice outside the camp.
  • He cleanses and restores.
  • Jesus is the living water flowing from the Rock of Calvary.
  • He takes the blows and satisfies our thirst.
  • Jesus is the symbol of sin that brings new life.
  • He renews by faith.
  • Jesus is the good shepherd who leads through the valleys.
  • He overcomes obstacles and defeats our enemies.
  • The journey will test your relationships and readiness.
  • The search for satisfaction ends only in Jesus.

Next Week: Numbers 22-25

Senior Pastor David Rose explores the Israelites’ journey through uncertainty and God’s unchanging faithfulness─faithfulness that remains steadfast, even in our times of wandering and waiting.

Review

  • God is the priority.
  • Everyone serves obediently in humility and discipline.
  • Growth and worship are personal and corporate.
  • God gives courage in opportunities that test unity and maturity.
  • God gives grace to the repentant and hope to the faithful.

Outline

God gives roles to people for His purposes. (ch 16)

  • Know your gifts.
  • Don’t desire others’ gifts.
  • Deal with conflict and jealousy well.
  • Pray for those who persecute you.

God affirms those who use their gifts obediently. (ch 17)

God appoints servants to lead His people. (ch 18)

  • The journey will test your relationships and readiness.
  • God gives grace and gifts for daily living.
  • God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him.

Further Study

David began with a reading of Romans 11:33-36. How does acknowledging the depth of God’s wisdom and knowledge shape our worship and response to Him during both good times and difficult seasons? What lessons can we learn about His character and faithfulness when our expectations are not met? How can we apply these lessons to our own experiences of unfulfilled hopes or prolonged hardships? If you’re in a rough season right now, jot down this passage and keep it somewhere you can meditate on it throughout the day.

David talked about the belief that we can earn salvation: “We cannot affirm what the world says, [that] if you work hard, if you’ll be a nice person, God has to let you into heaven. That’s not the gospel. That is a lie.” How then do we get to God? Can genuine believers become deceived by a different version of this lie─believing that Christ saves but that we must keep ourselves saved? Spend some time reading Galatians 2:20-3:14. Consider the immense comfort and grace of knowing that Christ is indeed the author and the finisher of our faith.

If you’re unsure of your standing with God, we would love to talk with you about it. Call our offices at 337-480-1555 or reach out electronically.

Review

1. God is the priority.
2. Everyone serves obediently in humility and discipline.
3. Growth and worship are personal and corporate.
4. God gives courage in opportunities that test unity and maturity.

Outline

God has a limit to His patience.

  • Perspective fuels action. (14:1-19)
  • Sin has consequences even when forgiven. (14:20-45)

God provides hope for the faithful.

  • Gratitude is essential. (15:1-21)
  • Repentance is vital. (15:22-29)
  • Rebellion is avoidable. (15:30-36)
  • Remembrance is critical. (15:37-41)

Closing Thoughts

  • The journey will test your relationships and readiness.
  • God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him.
  • Next Week: Numbers 16-18

Further Study

In his sermon, David said, “Rebellion does not have to happen. In Christ, with His power, you can say ‘yes’ to whatever He puts before you.” What does it mean to rely on Christ in you (Romans 8:10)? How does this differ from external deterrents? Spend a minute reading Titus 3:3-8. What is the “trustworthy statement” Paul says tells Titus to “speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds”? If you are a believer, is this your basis for good works? Are you trying to earn His favor? If you are not a believer, we would love to talk with you about your reasons. Call us at 337-480-1555 or reach out to schedule an appointment with one of our ministers.

Pastor David reminded us that forgiveness does not negate consequences. What comfort can we find when shame and weight of those consequences becomes unbearable? If we are in Christ, He has paid the debt. We need not fear that we will be exiled from Him forever. Though He disciplines, He does it as a father (Hebrews 12:4-5). But in living a life of repentance, we will learn from the Lord’s discipline and find joy even in the pain of sin’s consequences.

How should we respond to repentant believers enduring the consequences of past sin? (2 Corinthians 2:6–8, Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:32)

Review

  • God is the priority.
  • Everyone serves in humility, discipline, and obedience.
  • Growth, worship, and health are personal and corporate.
  • The community prepares for worship.

Outline

I. God shapes His people toward maturity. He leads them through difficult environments. (11:1-3)

  • He helps them redefine essentials. (11:4-9)
  • He hears them pray with emotion. (11:10-15)
  • He acts in power to establish His excellency. (11:16-35)

II. God calls His people to unity. He hears criticism of His chosen leaders. (12:1-9)

  • He judges those who wrongly critique. (12:10-16)

III. God leads His people to expectancy. He urges His people to consider His promises. (13:1-25)

  • He gives courage to obey. (13:26-33)
  • Obstacles will test your relationships and readiness.
  • God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him.
  • Will you trust Him to be your King?

Next Week: Numbers 14-15

Further Study

David talked about criticism, wrong critique, and godly accountability. As he showed us with Miriam and Aaron’s critique of Moses, discord can arise even among the faithful. Take a minute to read about another sharp disagreement, this time between Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15:36-41.

  • Why did they part ways (cf Acts 13:13)?
  • Who was John Mark and why was Paul angry with his leaving them (Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37–39; Col 4:10)?
  • Read 2 Timothy 4:11. Did God restore unity here as He did with Miriam and Aaron? 2 Timothy was the last Paul wrote before his execution, so his final requests here are important. What a poignant testimony to our faithful Redeemer.

Spend a minute in Galatians 2:11-21. Why did Paul oppose Peter, an apostle and fellow believer (verse 14)? Was this a matter of preference/hurt feelings or of theology?

At the end of his message, David said this, “Ultimately, what was happening on this journey is that God had called these people out of slavery and said, ‘Am I enough? Do you trust Me?’ And now in Christ He has taken us from death to life, and He says, ‘As you face these difficult circumstances, is My sacrifice on the cross, is My resurrection, are My prayers that I continue to offer for you in heaven—are they enough?”

  • How would you answer these questions? Do you cling to the cross of Christ for forgiveness and grace? Perhaps you are a believer who is weary and full of doubt. No matter your struggle, we would love to talk with you. Reach out at 337-480-1555 or electronically here.

Review

  • Everyone serves.
  • God is the priority.
  • His people are humble and disciplined.
  • The community promotes health.
  • Growth is personal and corporate.
  • The community prepares for worship.

Sermon Outline

  1. God calls His people to remember His deliverance. (v. 9:1-14)
    • Regular gathering
  2. God gives His people guidance for living. (v. 9:15-23)
  3. God speaks so His people can respond. (v. 10:1-10)
    • Direction from leaders
    • Community response to His leadership
  4. God moves His people to fulfill and bless. (v. 10:11-36)
    • Organized activity
    • Evangelistic appeal
    • Worship response
  5. Is God supreme king or only trusted advisors? Of which generation do you want to be a part?

Prepare for next week: Spend some time preparing for next week by reading Numbers 11-13.

Further Study

  1. In his sermon, David said, “What God was doing in the desert with his people, He does even more fulfillingly in us, through Christ.” Spend a few minutes reading Hebrews 9. What role does the Gospel play in your understanding of salvation? How does it shape your understanding of what it means to grow in your faith?
    • If you are a believer who is struggling to grow, do you see the Gospel as a message primarily for unbelievers? Do you see God primarily as law-giver or redeemer? Spend some time meditating on Hebrews 13:20-21. Notice that it is not a list of laws that equips us, rather, it is the peace of God: “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Also see Romans 8.)
    • If you are not a believer, call our office at 337-480-1555 or reach out electronically. We would love to talk with you about it.
  2. David talked about how God’s guidance is essential for His people to move and follow Him. As believers, the primary source of God’s guidance is His word. If you’ve not begun a plan of studying the Bible, we have a resource that may help. Whatever you do, dig deep into the word. As David says, “we believe the Spirit of God uses the word of God to make us more like the Son of God.”

Key Takeaways

  1. God uses community to promote health. (5:1-15, 29-31)
    • Physical (5:1-4)
    • Relational (5:5-10
    • Marital (5:11-15, 29-31)
  2. God sees spiritual growth on two levels. (6:1-8, 18-20, 22-27)
    • Individual devotion (6:1-8, 18-20)
    • Corporate blessing (6:22-27)
  3. God works in community for worship preparation. (chapters 7-8)
    • Corporate offering (7:1-11, 84-88)
    • Connection to God (7:89-8:4)
    • Consecration of leaders (8:5-12, 18)

Further Study

  1. David talked about the importance of community in spiritual growth. Spend a minute reading through verses he referenced. Begin with Hebrews. Consider the progression in Hebrews 10:19-25 and ask yourself the following:
    • Have I come to know Christ as Savior? (“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus… and since we have a great priest…”, emphasis added)
    • In light of Christ and the salvation He so freely supplies, how can I encourage others to grow deeper in their love for Him and others? How can I “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds”?
    • Have I forsaken my local church or am I actively encouraging fellow believers there?
  2. If you’ve not become a member of a body of believers, what’s holding you back? If you’ve not joined a Sunday Morning Bible Study, we would love to have you with us!
  3. David talked about the importance of reconciliation among believers. Spend some time reading through Romans 12:10-18 (cf. Matthew 5:23–24). Prayerfully consider your relationships. Is there someone with whom you should pursue reconciliation?
  4. David discussed the high priestly blessing from Numbers 6:24-26. Consider how Christ Himself is the fulfillment of this blessing.
    • Through faith in Christ, we are eternally kept; adopted as God’s children (Galatians 4:4-7) and “sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
    • God’s face shines upon us through the person and work of Jesus Christ, who is Himself the radiance of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3).
    • The Gospel provides the ultimate peace that comes from knowing that we are right with God. Through faith in Christ, we are able to experience this peace, knowing that our sins have been forgiven and that we have been reconciled to God.
    • The grace of God is found in Christ alone, “for the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17; Titus 2:11; Ephesians 1:7).
    • If you’ve not come to Christ, we would love to talk with you about it. Call or connect with us to arrange a meeting.

This first sermon of a 12-week series begins with the journey of God’s people, from their ancestry in Genesis to their liberation in Exodus, and their quest for holiness in Leviticus and Numbers.

David emphasizes the key themes in the first four chapters of Numbers: the importance of each individual’s service in God’s kingdom, the necessity of God being the priority in our lives, the crucial role of humility in service to God, and the discipline required from God’s servants.

Key Takeaways

  1. God expects individuals to serve in His Kingdom (Numbers 1:1-3).
  2. God expects to be the priority in daily life (Numbers 2:17).
  3. God expects humility from those who serve (Numbers 3:1-11, 40-51).
  4. God expects discipline from His servants (Numbers 4:17-20).
  5. Obedience is the key to a successful journey (Numbers 1:54, 2:34, 3:51, 4:49).

Further Study

  1. David highlighted the importance of serving God’s people. How can we identify our unique roles and gifts within the church, and how do they contribute to the larger mission (cf 1 Corinthians 12:4-7)? If you’re unsure of where you fit and would like to talk with someone, let us know. We would love to help!
  2. Why do you think humility is crucial in serving God? Spend a minute reading Philippians 2:3-4. Consider Christ’s example and how His work on the cross sets us free to serve. Remember, serving is simply a reaction to what He has already accomplished on the cross. It’s not about meeting His holy standards on our own; it’s about embracing the grace and love offered through Jesus Christ and serving in that freedom. It’s not about earning God’s love through flawless living but about responding to His love with service, humility, and trust.
  3. David mentioned the story of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu (cf Leviticus 10), and the consequences of approaching God on our own terms. What does John 14:6 teach about the right way to approach God? (See also John 10:9; Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 10:20.)
  4. David concluded with a call to choose God as the supreme ruler of our hearts and lives. Have you trusted Christ as savior? If not, what is holding you back?

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