Exodus: Fiery Serpents

Posted: February 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Exodus: Fiery Serpents

<“Exodus: Look and Live

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. JOURNEY
A. ISRAEL’S STRATEGY

>>1. DOMINATED (Num 21:1)
>>2. DEVOTED (Num 21:2-3)

B. ISRAEL’S SIN

>>1. DISCOURAGED (Num 21:4; Ps 37:23; Ex 15:24; 16:2; 17:3; Num 12:1; 14:2; 16:3; 16:41; 20:2)
>>2. DELINEATED (Num 21:5; Jn 15:18; II Tim 3:12; Rom 3:4; Ps 138:2)

II. JUDGMENT
A. ISRAEL’S SENTENCE

>>1. DESERVED (Num 21:6a; Is 14:29; 30:6
>>2. DIED (Num 21:6b; Prov 13:15; Ezek 18:20; Jas 1:14-15; Rom 6:23a; I Thes 1:8-9)

B. ISRAEL’S SORROW
>>1. DEVASTATED (Num 21:7a)
>>2. DESPAIRED (Num 21:7b; Jonah 2:9)

C. ISRAEL’S SALVATION
>>1. DIRECTED (Num 21:8; II Cor 5:21)
>>2. DELIGHTED (Num 21:9; Jn 8:24; Jn 3:14-15; Is 45:22; Ex 20:4; II Kg 18:4)

III. JUSTICE
A. ISRAEL’S SUPERIORITY

>>1. DESIRED (Num 21:21-22; Deut 2:24-25)
>>2. DECIDED (Num 21:23-26)

B. ISRAEL’S SUCCESS
>>1. DISPOSSESSED (Num 21:31-32)
>>2. DESTROYED (Num 21:33-35; Deut 3:11; Amos 2:9; Ps 135:11; 136:20; I Cor 10:9-11)


Exodus: Frailty of Giants

Posted: February 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Exodus: Frailty of Giants

<“Exodus: Frailty of Giants

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

During those 38 years – a lifetime for a generation – there was much movement but no progress. Seems like my life sometimes, going thru motions and then celebrate another birthday and still in the wilderness.
• 1 – Egypt to Mount Sinai (Ex 12:31-18:27)
• 2 – Stay at Mount Sinai (Ex 19:1-Num 10:10)
• 3 – First approach to Promised Land and aborted effort (Num 10:11-14:45)
• 4 – Wandering in wilderness and Kadesh for 38 years (Num 15:1-20:13)
• 5 – Second (final) approach to the Promised Land (Num 20:14-Josh 2:24)

“Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill

I. END OF THE BEGINNING
A. DEATH OF MIRIAM

>>1. PERSONIFICATION (Num 20:1a; 13:26,31
>>2. BIOGRAPHY (Num 20:1b; 12:1-15; 14:30; Ex 2:4-8; 15:20-21; Heb 9:27)

B. DISSATISFACTION OF THE PEOPLE
>>1. CONTENTION (Num 20:2-5)
>>2. PROVISION (Num 20:6-8; Ex 17:6)

C. DISQUALIFICATION OF MOSES
>>1. DISPUTE (Num 20:9-11; 16:4; Ex 15:22-25; 17:1-7; 11:8; 32:15-16, 19; Acts 7:23; Ps 106:32-33)
>>2. CORRECTION (Num 20:12-13; Jas 3:1; I Cor 10:4-6; Jn 7:37-38)

II. BEGINNING OF THE END
A. DENIAL

>>1. PERMISSION (Num 20:14-17; Gen 25:19-24)
>>2. REFUSAL (Num 20:18-21; Deut 23:7)

B. DETERMINATION
>>1. SURVIVOR (Num 20:22-26; Num 33:38-39)
>>2. PASSING THE TORCH (Num 20:27-29; 12, 16-17; Ex 4:27-31; 32; Lev 8; Heb 4:14-16)


Exodus: Rebellion of Korah & Company

Posted: January 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Exodus: Rebellion of Korah & Company

<“Exodus: Korah

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. THE STORY OF KORAH
A. OPPOSITION

>>1. BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN (Num 16:1-3)
>>2. FACING THE ENEMY (Num 16:4-11)
>>3. ADDED OPPONENTS (Num 16:12-14)
>>4. CHALLENGE TO LET GOD DECIDE (Num 16:15-19a; Acts 20:26)

B. VINDICATION
>>1. INTERCESSION FOR REBELS (Num 16:19b-22)
>>2. CAUTION (Num 16:23-30)
>>3. DECISION (Num 16:30-35)
>>4. SYMBOLISM (Num 16:36-40)

C. ACCUSATION
>>1. ALLEGATION (Num 16:41)
>>2. REPETITION (Num 16:42-45)
>>3. INTERCESSION (Num 16:46-50)

D. IDENTIFICATION
>>1. STOP GRUMBLING (Num 17:1-5)
>>2. GOD’S CHOSEN PRIESTS (Num 17:6-11)
>>3. RESPONSE (Num 17:12-13)

II. THE SPIRIT OF KORAH
A. APPLICATION

>>1. THROUGHOUT BIBLE (Jude 1:4, 8-12; II Pet 2:1; Mt 7:15-16; Acts 20:29; Mal 3:18; Eph 5:11; Ps 106:7; Num 15:31-36)
>>2. STILL TODAY (Titus 3:10-11; Rom 16:17)

B. EXAMINATION
>>1. METHODS TODAY
>>2. IMPACT TODAY


Exodus: Spying Out the Land

Posted: January 21st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Exodus: Spying Out the Land

<“Exodus: Spying out the Land

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. FACING THE PROMISED LAND
A. HESITATION

>>1. COMMAND (Num 13:1-3a + Deut 1:20-23; II Cor 5:7)
>>2. COMMISION (Num 13:17-20a + Ex. 3:8)

B. EVALUATION
>>1. THE LAND (Num 13:20b-21, 23-27)
>>2. THE PEOPLE (Num 13:28-29)

II. FACING THE CHOICES
A. REACTION OF THE SPIES

>>1. FAITH OF CALEB (Num 13:30)
>>2. FEAR OF THE TEN (Num 13:31-33a)

B. REBELLION OF THE PEOPLE
>>1. REVERSAL (Num 14:1-4)
>>2. PRAYER (Num 14:5-10)

C. DESTRUCTION BY THE LORD
>>1. INCREDULITY (Num 14:10b-12 + Ex 32:7-14)
>>2. INTERCESSION (Num 14:13-16)
>>3. INJUNCTION (Num 14:17 19 + Ex 34:6-7)

III. FACING THE CONSEQUENCES
A. CONSIDERATION

>>1. PARDON (Num 14:20-23)
>>2. PROMISE (Num 14:24)

B. CONDEMNATION
>>1. ON ADULTS (Num 14:25-30)
>>2. ON CHILDREN (Num 14:31-35+ Ps 95:7b-11; 106:24-27; Neh 9:16-17; I Cor 10:11; Heb 3:16, 18-19; 4:1-3a, 11)
>>3. ON THE SPIES (Num 14:36-37)

C. CONTINUATION
>>1. MOURNING (Num 14:39-43)
>>2. DEFEAT (Num 14:44-45)

Exam questions –
Are you self-deprecating or confident?
Fearful or courageous?
Pessimistic/negative or optimistic?
Emotional or rational
Unbelieving or faithful?
Rebellious or obedient?
This will tell you which group of spies you’re part of


Exodus: Are We There Yet?

Posted: January 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Exodus: Are We There Yet?

<“Exodus: Turmoil in the Camp

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. A COMPLAINING ATTITUDE
A. PROBLEM IN THE WILDERNESS

>>1. EXAMPLE (Num 11:1-2)
>>2. PRINCIPLES

B. PROPER RESPONSE
>>1. THAT WAS THEN (Job 13:15)
>>2. THIS IS NOW

II. A COVETOUS SPIRIT
A. PROBLEM IN THE WILDERNESS

>>1. EXAMPLE (Num 11:4-6; Jas 1:14)
>>2. PRINCIPLES (Gal 5:17)

B. PROPER RESPONSE
>>1. THAT WAS THEN (Rom 8:5)
>>2. THIS IS NOW (Ps 37:3-7)

III. A CARNAL REACTION
A. PROBLEM IN THE WILDERNESS

>>1. EXAMPLE (Num 11:10-17)
>>2. PRINCIPLES (Num 11:23)

B. PROPER RESPONSE
>>1. THAT WAS THEN
>>2. THIS IS NOW (I Thes 3:3; II Cor 12:9)

IV. A COMPETITIVE NATURE
A. PROBLEM IN THE WILDERNESS

>>1. EXAMPLE (Num 11:26-30)
>>2. PRINCIPLES

B. PROPER RESPONSE
>>1. THAT WAS THEN
>>2. THIS IS NOW

V. A CARELESS MIND-SET
A. PROBLEM IN THE WILDERNESS

>>1. EXAMPLE (Num 11:18-20, 31-33)
>>2. PRINCIPLES (Ps 106:13-15; 78:27-31)

B. PROPER RESPONSE
>>1. THAT WAS THEN
>>2. THIS IS NOW (I Tim 6:6)

VI. A CRITICAL OUTLOOK
A. PROBLEM IN THE WILDERNESS
>>1. EXAMPLE (Num 12:1-15)
>>2. PRINCIPLES

B. PROPER RESPONSE
>>1. THAT WAS THEN
>>2. THIS IS NOW


Exodus: Time to Move Ahead

Posted: January 7th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Exodus: Time to Move Ahead

<“Exodus: Time to Move Ahead

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. ‘PROMISED-LAND’ PEOPLE
A. REVIEW

>>1. TORAH
>>2. CHRONOLOGY

B. FOCUS ON NUMBERS
>>1. IN THE WILDERNESS
>>2. GOD’S PLAN

II. ‘PROMISED-LAND’ PREPARATION
A. NUMBERS 1-5

>>1. NUMBERS 1 = CENSUS OF SOLDIERS
>>2. NUMBERS 2 = ARRANGING THE CAMP (Rev 4:7)
>>3. NUMBERS 3 = CENSUS OF LEVITES
>>4. NUMBERS 4 = DUTY OF LEVITES
>>5. NUMBERS 5 = PURITY OF THE PEOPLE

B. NUMBERS 6-9
>>1. NUMBERS 6 = VOW AND BLESSING
>>2. NUMBERS 7 = GIFTS FOR THE TABERNACLE
>>3. NUMBERS 8 = CLEANSING WORKERS
>>4. NUMBERS 9 = PASSOVER (Is 25:4; Ps 121:5; Col 3:15)

III. ‘PROMISED-LAND’ PRIORITIES
A. TRAVEL DETAILS

>>1. SIGNALING DEPARTURE (Num 10:1-10; I Thes 4:16-17)
>>2. PREPARATION OVER (Num 10:11-13)
>>3. INCLUSION OF ALL (Num 10:29-32; Ex 18:9-10; Judges 1:16)

B. TRAVEL PRAYER
>>1. FACE FORWARD (Num 10:33-34; I Pet 5:7)
>>2. DEPENDENCE ON GOD (Num 10:35-36; Ps 68:19)

Question: Is this 2 words or 3 words in your life?
INCOMPLETETRUST


Exodus: God with Man (part 4)

Posted: December 31st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Exodus: God with Man (part 4)

<“Exodus: The Tabernacle – God with Man (part 4)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. TABERNACLE PRIESTHOOD
A. HIGH PRIEST

>>1. GARMENTS – HOLINESS (Ex 28:4, 36-37, 42; Ezek 28:13; Rev 21:19-20; Ps 132:9)
>>2. MINISTRY – WORK

B. CHRIST, OUR HIGH PRIEST
>>1. SACRIFICE – ATONEMENT (Heb 2:9; 10:12, 19-22)
>>2. MEDIATOR – INTERCESSION (Heb 5:1-5; 6:20; 7:22-27; 9:1-12, 24)

II. TABERNACLE SACRIFICES
A. GOD’S DEMANDS ON MAN

>>1. BURNT OFFERING – SURRENDER (Lev 1; Gen 8:20; Phil 2:8)
>>2. GRAIN OFFERING – LIVING SACRIFICE (Lev 2; Jn 4:34)
>>3. PEACE OFFERING – FELLOWSHIP (Lev 3; Eph 2:13-14)
>>4. SIN OFFERING – UNKNOWN SIN (Lev 4; Is 53:11; Heb 9:26)
>>5. TRESPASS OFFERING – KNOWN SIN (Lev 5; Heb 10:12)

B. MAN’S WAY TO APPROACH GOD – opposite
>>1. TRESPASS OFFERING (I Jn 2:2)
>>2. SIN OFFERING (II Cor 5:21)
>>3. PEACE OFFERING (I Jn1:3)
>>4. GRAIN/MEAL OFFERING (Rom 12:1)
>>5. BURNT OFFERING (Gal 2:20)

III. TABERNACLE TODAY
A. TEMPLE OF GOD

>>1. DWELLING PLACE – SUPERNATURAL (Ex 40:34)
>>2. MEETING PLACE FOR MAN – COMMUNION (Lev 26:11-12)

B. TEMPLES OF GOD
>>1. AS INDIVIDUALS – SPIRIT-FILLED (I Cor 6:15)
>>2. AS A CHURCH – SPIRIT-LED (I Cor 6:19-20; I Peter 2:9-10; Lk 24:27, 44-45)


Exodus: God with Man (part 3)

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<“Exodus: The Tabernacle – God with Man (part 3)

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Christmas Sunday Worship led by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Jn 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and ‘tabernacled’
among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of
the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Prelude: #117 “We Come, O Christ, to You”

1. IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US IN HIS TABERNACLE
A. REMEMBRANCE
#708 Psalm 95
Teaching of the Word
B. RESPONSE
# 59 “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”
#118 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”
Lighting Advent Candle #1 “Hope”

2. IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US IN HIS TEMPLE
A. REMEMBRANCE
#705 Psalm 84
Teaching of the Word
B. RESPONSE
#160 “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming”
#123 “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
#121 “The Word Made Flesh”
Lighting Advent Candle #2 “Love”

3. IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US HIS PROPHECY
A. REMEMBRANCE
#702 Psalm 46
Teaching of the Word
B. RESPONSE
#125 “Joy to the World”
#137 “What Child Is This?”
#134 “Emmanuel”
Lighting Advent Candle #3 “Joy”

4. IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US IN HIS BIRTH
A. REMEMBRANCE
#142 Matthew 1:18-23
Teaching of the Word
B. RESPONSE
#132 “Angels We Have Heard on High”
#147 “Silent Night! Holy Night!”
#131 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”
Lighting Advent Candle #4 “Peace”

BREAK

5. IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US IN HIS DEATH
A. REMEMBRANCE
#653 John 3; Romans 5; I John 3, 4
Teaching of the Word
B. RESPONSE
#161 “Our Day of Joy Is Here Again”
#140 “A Communion Hymn for Christmas”
Observance of the Lord’s Table

6. IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US STILL TODAY
A. REMEMBRANCE
#652 John 14; II Corinthians 1
Teaching of the Word
B. RESPONSE
#133 “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
#152 “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

7. IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US FOR ETERNITY

A. REMEMBRANCE
#540 Revelation 21
Teaching of the Word
B. RESPONSE
#169 “The Unveiled Christ”
#180 “Worthy Is the Lamb”

Postlude #145 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”


Exodus: God with Man (part 2)

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<“Exodus: The Tabernacle – God with Man (part 2)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

LESSONS FROM TABERNACLE FURNISHINGS
A. IN COURTYARD

1. BRONZE ALTAR (Ex 27:1-2; Jn 1:29; II Cor 5:21; Lev 17:11)
**SACRIFICE
2. BRONZE LAVER (Ex 30:18-20; 38:8; Lev. 10:1-2; I Chron 13:9; Eph 5:25-27)
**CLEANSING

B. IN HOLY PLACE
1. GOLDEN LAMPSTAND (Ex 25:31-33; Jn 15:5)
**LIGHT
2. TABLE AND BREAD/WINE (Ex 25:23-24, 29-30)
**PROVISION
3. ALTAR OF INCENSE (Ex 30:1-10)
**COMMUNICATION

C. IN HOLY OF HOLIES
1. ARK OF THE COVENANT (Ex 25:10-15; Num 11:33a, 36; Josh 6)
**MAJESTY
2. MERCY SEAT (Ex 25:17-22; II Kgs 19:15)
**MERCY


Exodus: God with Man (part 1)

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<“Exodus: The Tabernacle – God with Man (part 1)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. TABERNACLE CONCEIVED
A. PLACE WHERE GOD MEETS MAN

>>1. HEAVEN TO EARTH
>>2. DWELLING PLACE
(Rev 21:1)

B. SPECIAL TENT OF MEETING
>>1. TEMPORARY DWELLING PLACE (Ex 25:8; 26:36; 29:42; 25:9; 38:21)
>>2. UNIQUE BUILDING (Deut 10:2-5)

II. TABERNACLE COMMANDED
A. PLACE OF GIVING

>>1. MOTIVATION
Ex 25:1-2 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution.” (Ex 25:9, 25, 40, 26:30, 27:8; Num 8:4; Acts 7:44; Heb 8:5; Ex 29:27; Ex 30:13; Num 15:19; II Cor 9:6-7; Ex 35:5, 21-22, 25-26, 29)
>>2. MATERIALS
Ex 25:3-7 “This is the contribution which you are to raise from them: gold, silver and bronze, blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair, rams’ skins dyed red, porpoise skins, acacia wood, oil for lighting, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breast-piece. (Ex 25; 35; 38:21)
Ex 36:3-7 “They received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They continued bringing him freewill offerings every morning, so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the LORD has commanded us to do.” So, Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” In this way the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.” (Ex 11:2)

B. PLACE OF TEACHING
>>1. PRESENCE

Ex 25:8 “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.
>>2. PICTURE
Ex 25:9 “According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it.”
Lev 11:44-45 “For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves, and be holy, for I am holy. For I am the LORD who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

C. PLACE OF SERVING
>>1. SPIRIT-FILLED DESIGNER

Ex 31:1-5 The LORD said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.
>>2. SPIRIT-FILLED CRAFTSMAN
Ex 31:6-7, 11-12 And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men capability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent . . . and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for the priest and his sons, for their service as priests, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do.” (II Chron 2:13-14; Ex 35:34)

III. TABERNACLE CONSTRUCTED
A. OUTER AREA

>>1. COURT
>>2. CURTAINS

B. THE TENT
>>1. BUILDING
>>2. OUTER COVERING
(Ex 26; 29:43-46)