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Great Expectations

January 07, 2024
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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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