12.7.08 gbcvic sermons

Let There be Light (Gen 1.1-5)

From our “Moravian star” Christmas theme:

Of course we are talking in our passage about our natural, material universe, but light and darkness are emblematic of spiritual themes, not only in the Bible but in the consciousness of man. Thus we see these themes recurring in other religions as well, albeit corrupted as all false religions are.

It is only as we consider the theme of light in the Bible that we really understand it properly.

But more than mere understanding, I am going to submit to you that the theme of light and your personal relationship to it, as well as the Biblical presentation of it, speaks very loudly to man’s absolute need of and dependence on God.

A Biographical Sketch of Count Zinzendorf

From our “Moravian star” Christmas theme:

One of the most fascinating stories of Church History (among many) is the story of Count Zinzendorf.

The apostle Paul said:

KJV 1 Corinthians 1:26 ¶ For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Count Zinzendorf and a few others are very thankful that the apostle didn’t say: “not any” — he just said “not many.”

So today for our study time I’d like to give you a bit more detail concerning the life of Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf.

The Days of Her Purification (Lev 12)

In our context, this part of the Bible seems utterly foreign to us. We read through it, if we are in the habit of reading through our Bibles, because it’s there, not because we derive great insight and blessing or instruction from it.

  • Isn’t that true?

My goal in preaching through these passages is to help you discover what God was saying to Israel through this ‘enacted spirituality’, these visible, physical pictures of an inner, spiritual reality. I want you to get this principle:

The externals of Judaism embody the internals of Theism.

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Our messages today were all blessings to me, I hope they were to our people. I am especially enjoying our communion series in Leviticus, it is a fascinating book. Our morning message also stirred us as we considered how Light brings life, how man sinned in the light and against the light, and how our Lord Jesus, the Light of the World gives us life out of darkness once again.

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