This week we will welcome former CLC pastor, Rev. Dale Matthews, to the pulpit. Rev. Matthews will speak about God’s leading, lifting and love. Reflecting about our ministry over the last 40+ years in relationship to each of our “Life’s Trip” and our “Final Destination”.
Scripture Reference: John 14: 1-21 Rev.
Matthews was called to be the pastor at CLC in the spring of 1973 after the 26 charter families organized and became the newest congregation of the Reformed Church in America. This group first met in Daisy Brook School and eventually completed the church building in the fall of 1978. Rev. Matthews served at CLC until 1979.
God Does More Than We Ask or Imagine
Gideon is a classic story of God rescuing His people though a charismatic leader (a judge), this time Gideon. Gideon offers a fleece to confirm God’s commands to him. This is often seen and still referenced as an act of faith. It is more an act of doubt. This week I want to highlight that God can do more than we ever ask or imagine. His power, his plan, his will cannot be thwarted no matter what the odds or difficulties are in our viewpoint.
Scripture Reference: Judges 6: 11-17 and 7: 17-22
Memory Verse: Judges 7:7 – “The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands.”
I Will Reveal, Rescue, Redeem
God sets his people free. Here freedom from slavery is introduced as an ideal of the people of God. Later on we see that this is freedom from sin and death. This New Testament theme is clearly foreshadowed in the Passover event and subsequent celebrations of the event. The Passover Lamb and the spilling of blood to cause the Angel of Death to “Passover” are all themes picked up in the New Testament. Jesus is the “lamb of God”.
Scripture Reference: Exodus 6: 6-12, Exodus 12: 21-28