Sermons by Joe Khan
The people of God had sinned grievously against Him through their idolatry with the golden calf. They had disqualified themselves from the covenant and from God’s presence with them. Pastor Joe unpacks Moses’ intercession for the people and the glorious way in which God responds.
The people were waiting at the bottom of the mountain for Moses to return from his encounter with Yahweh in the fire and storm on the summit… but he was a along time coming! So, the people let this time of uncertainty drive them to make a huge mistake… they make a god for themselves. Pastor Joe unpacks the reasons behind their idol worship and how we face very similar temptations in everyday life.
The Hebrew people stood at the foot of Mt Sinai and God reached out to them in covenant love. But what does this covenant look like? And how can we hope to live in the joy of it, when we fail God so often?
The idea that God makes demands on His people is perhaps one of the most confronting things to our world; more often than not, people view Christianity as a list of rules. So, to a world that views any demand made on them as bad, how can God’s demands be for our good? Pastor Joe unpacks the stunning 10 commandments.
The Hebrew people have experienced one of the most stunning rescues of all time and they praised Yahweh for all He had done with all their might, with a song of salvation on their lips. But the story of Exodus takes us relatively quickly through 3 encounters that leave a very different sound on the lips of the people… the sound of grumbling. Pastor Joe unpacks the peril of a grumbling spirit and what God does to cure it in…
After 9 rounds of this duel, Moses and Pharaoh prepare to part ways for the final time… but Yahweh reveals that there would be one final mighty move of His hand against the hard heart of Pharaoh. This final plague, and the freedom it brings, will become the most significant event in the Old Testament. Pastor Joe looks at this mighty redemption, and what it means to be one of the redeemed people of God.
In our lives we can move through the extremes of emotion relatively quickly… from the high heights to the lowest of lows… life is a roller coaster of emotion. As we continue to see the story of Exodus unfold, we will see how we often respond to the ups and downs of life and what we need to find some consistency amongst all the chaos.
Pharaoh has set himself up in opposition to God. The people are suffering under his heavy yoke of slavery and barbaric genocide. In the midst of this terrible situation, one family will demonstrate their faith in God and it leads to the one who would be their saviour. Pastor Joe examines new categories for us to understand our faith in light of how the characters in this story engage with their world.
In this epic opening chapter, Exodus shows us the main players in a battle that will rage for most of the book. It begins with a weigh-in between two contestants: Pharaoh, King of Egypt, and Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews. As the chapter unfolds, Pastor Joe will show us what it looks like when someone defies the living God.
As Paul finishes his letter to the Corinthians with what seems like a whole host of randomly connected, mundane thoughts and greetings. It would be easy to skip over as merely housekeeping, but there is a sense in which the mundane greetings and thoughts make the message of 1 Corinthians more accessible to us, people who live most of our lives in the mundane.