There is an eternal rock that is a firm foundation, hiding place, a source of life and refreshment. Into the cleft of this rock Moses was hidden and sheltered from the destructive heat of God’s holiness by his hand. This is the rock that was struck and from which water flowed. This rock is Christ Jesus.
Tim tells the story of how the nation of Israel came to be in Egypt, how they became oppressed and enslaved there, and how God delivered them. Then we look at three passages in 1 Corinthians that tell us what that story was ultimately about and how it affects us today.
Hagar was an Egyptian servant woman. She was not particularly heroic or virtuous. She was not a major player in God's big plan to bless the world. God, however, demonstrated profound concern for her. Her story clearly teaches some wonderful truths about our God.
Tim begins this talk by reminding us of our mission as a church: to love and obey Jesus, to help others love and obey Jesus, and to build and multiply communities that love and obey Jesus. Then, he talks about how reading the Bible regularly and processing it in small groups will help us carry out that mission. Lastly, Tim gives a brief overview of how Jesus read and regarded Scripture and encourages us to agree with Him.