Judges: The King We All Need

Sunday, 18 December 2016
Advent With The Judges: The King God Has Given Us - Judges
Matt McCulloughMP3
Judges has shown us what sort of king we need. John’s gospel shows us God has given us exactly what we need in Jesus.

Sunday, 11 December 2016
Advent With The Judges: The King We All Need - Judges
Matt McCulloughMP3
The book of Judges is like a negative space portrait–the colorful characters catch our eye, but we’re really supposed to see what’s missing. Israel’s awful experience shows us that if we want peace what we need is a very specific kind of leader to take us there.

Sunday, 04 December 2016
Redemption - Ruth 3-4
Matt McCulloughMP3
The story of Ruth reminds us that the story of every life of every one of God’s children is a story of redemption. Our paths won’t be the same, or straight or easy—but with every step God is bringing us to Jesus.

Sunday, 27 November 2016
From Bad to Worse? - Ruth 1-2
Shaka MitchellMP3
In the darkest of times, can God pull us through, and make us better for having faced the challenge?

Sunday, 20 November 2016
No King In Israel - Judges 17-21
Matt McCulloughMP3
Judges ends in almost total darkness with some of the ugliest stories anywhere in the Bible. But even these darkest of scenes point the way to light. They’re here to show us what we need if we really want lasting justice. We need a true and worthy king.

Sunday, 13 November 2016
Last But Not Least - Judges 13-16
Matt McCulloughMP3
In Samson–the last of the judges–we see a leader of unprecedented power leading a life of unbridled selfishness. We have a judge, in other words, who’s no better than his people with no interest in saving them. But still God uses him. And in his story we get a glimpse of the future–of how God saves, and whom.

Sunday, 30 October 2016
We Are Responsible - Acts 1:8
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus’s final words to his followers make every Christian responsible for getting the gospel to everyone who hasn’t heard it. How can we take up this responsibility?

Sunday, 23 October 2016
Holy Love - Judges 10:6-11:40
Matt McCulloughMP3
The story of Jephthah is a dark one. It is a story of deliverance like the others, but the focus is not on his courage or even God’s power. The focus is Jephthah’s tragic misunderstanding of God’s love— and it shows us our only hope for a peaceful, life-giving relationship with God is God’s free, undeserved, gracious love for us in Jesus.

Sunday, 16 October 2016
Like Father Like Son - Judges 8-9
Matt McCulloughMP3
Gideon’s decline and Abimelech’s fall show what happens when you treat your power as a blank check for your agenda, not a stewardship from God. This story warns us against abusing the privileges and opportunities we’ve been given, and it points us to the leader we desperately need.

Sunday, 09 October 2016
The Lord Is With You - Judges 6-7
Matt McCulloughMP3
The story of Gideon focuses on Gideon’s slow-rising faith, God’s remarkable patience, and the promise that the Lord delivers those willing to give up their desire for control and trust him.

Sunday, 02 October 2016
Expect The Unexpected - Judges 4-5
Matt GivensMP3
It may be that the stories in Judges follow a familiar cycle, but there’s nothing predictable about the way God delivers his people. When he acts to save them, he makes it obvious that he’s the one who does the saving.

Sunday, 25 September 2016
Dark Comedy - Judges 3:12-30
Matt McCulloughMP3
The story of Ehud and Eglon is not one you’d expect to find in the Bible. It’s not just that the story is violent. It’s also crude and darkly comedic. But through the unexpected details we get a picture of the God who inserts himself into the messy lives of his people to turn their mourning into laughter.

Sunday, 18 September 2016
Vicious Cycle - Judges 2:6-23
Matt McCulloughMP3
This chapter introduces what’s typically called the Judges cycle. It’s a pattern that most of the individual stories follow and it’s the key to the meaning of the whole book.

Sunday, 11 September 2016
No Compromise - Judges 1:1-2:5
Matt McCulloughMP3
Judges begins where Joshua left off. Israel has entered the land God promised them. They’ve been charged with removing the Canaanites still living there. But why was this so important? Why was it even ok? And then there is the driving question of the story: will Israel be faithful?

Sunday, 04 September 2016
Introducing Judges: The King We All Need - Judges
Matt McCulloughMP3
This overview sermon sets up our fall preaching series. What is Judges about? It’s about Israel’s disobedience–and ours. It’s about God’s holiness–his perfect justice and his relentless love. And it’s about Jesus, who is the only answer to the questions raised by this book.