The Church in the Wilderness

Church in the WildernessOver the past 6 weeks I’ve been preaching on the Church in the Wilderness.

We are just like the Israelites – saved from the kingdom of darkness, saved through the waters of baptism, headed for our promised hope.  But in between we are in a time of testing, hardship and discipline.

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We’re no longer in Egypt.  But we’re not yet in the promised land either.  Instead we must go through many troubles to enter the kingdom of God.

In the meantime we have the assurance of His blood, empowerment by His Spirit, provision for every need, guidance for the day and a Leader who, unlike Moses, has made it into the promised hope as our Fore-runner, Champion and Priest.

It’s not an attempt to plumb the depths of Exodus and Numbers.  It’s really just trying to get our expectations for the Christian life straight.  We are in the Wilderness.  Christ is in the Promised Land.  We are in Him.

Co-ordinating those truths in our hearts and minds is a large part of living wisely in this overlap of the ages.

Here are the sermons:

Introduction: What’s the wilderness all about? (1 Cor 10; Deut 8).

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Passover:  The LORD’s salvation through judgement (Exodus 12-13).

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Red Sea:  Not just sheltered – brought out (Exodus 14-15).

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Provision:  He gives us today our daily bread  (Exodus 16-17).

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Presence:  The LORD is with us (Numbers 9; Genesis 15).

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Leaders:  Moses falls short but Jesus is our great Joshua  (Num 27; Heb 3-4).

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Posted on by Glen in Old Testament, pastoral theology, sermons

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I'm a preacher in Eastbourne, married to Emma.

9 Responses to The Church in the Wilderness

  1. Heather

    I’ve been blogging my way through Egypt and Exodus 12 and 13 have been amazingly difficult to properly handle. So, so much to learn and no way to abbreviate without missing an important detail. Your piece on Passover was beautifully insightful. I’ll have to come back and read the rest of your links later.

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Glen

    Hey Heather, great comments recently!

    The sermon following the Passover sermon – on the Red Sea – goes into Firstfruits and the consecration of the firstborn (important elements of Exodus 12-13).

    Also, I have an overall post on Exodus here – I’m convinced that Exodus shows how Jesus saves a people for the Father.

  3. Bird Brain

    Excellent series, thanks for all your hard work :D

  4. Heather

    Glen,

    Let me know if I get out of hand. I have a tendency to run wild through other people’s comment sections.

    I’m really looking forward to reading more of your stuff on Exodus. The Red Sea is on the horizon!

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  8. Michael Baldwin

    Hey Glen!
    Trying to download number 6 – “Numbers27” but “No file can be found”.

    Thanks,

    Michael

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