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From Covenant-Breakers to Covenant-Keepers: How Christ Redeems Marriage and Divorce (Matthew 5:31

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What does the Bible say about divorce? Unfortunately, it says quite a bit. As a book that gives us everything we need for life and godliness, the Bible gives instructions about marriage and warnings about divorce. But that is not all that it says. If our minds jump too quickly, we may only remember the words of Malachi 2: God hates divorce. But we can't read that prophet...

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You Were Made For This: An Introduction to the Priesthood (Genesis 2:4

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,a holy nation, a people for his own possession,that you may proclaim the excellencies of himwho called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 From Genesis to Revelation, the themes of priesthood and kingship overlap and intertwine in the history of redemption. In this new sermon series we are examining how ...

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Our Great High Priest (Exodus 28

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Last week we celebrated the Reformation Day (October 31) and the recovery of the gospel brought about by men and women like Martin Luther and Katherine von Bora. Both of these Reformers fled the monastic life in order to follow Christ. Yet, in departing the Roman Catholic system of priesthood, they did not abandon the priesthood of Christ nor the priesthood of believers. ...

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A Kingdom of Priests: Washed, Worshiping, Working, and Witnessing (Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:9)

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Are you a royal priest? How do you know? What is a kingdom of priests? And how does that really apply today? Is this title for individuals? Or should it be a community identity? Many questions swirl around the biblical idea of priesthood. And on Sunday we considered Peter's words to the church: "You are a royal priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9). In examining his words, we learned...

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The Church as New Covenant Levites (Numbers 25; Malachi 2

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I am __________. In individualistic cultures, these words are usually filled with various accomplishments, activities, or vocations. I am amusician. I am adoctor. I am a (recovering)alcoholic. However, in more communal cultures, this sentence is more likely completed with relational predicates. I am ason. I am amother. I am ahusband. Of course, studies that have employed...

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Joshua & Associates: Finding Your Place in Christ’s Royal Priesthood (Zechariah 3)

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The angel of the Lord. A satanic accuser in the throne room of God. A priest with dirty clothes. The promise of a coming Messiah. And a front row seat to God's plan of redemption. On Sunday we considered all of these items as they appear together in Zechariah 3. Finishing up our series on the priesthood, we saw in Sunday's sermon how our lives fit into the incredible stor...

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