The whole community was in an uproar, wailing all night long. All the People of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The entire community was in on it: “Why didn’t we die in Egypt? Or in this wilderness? Why has God brought us to this country to kill us? Our wives and children are about to become plunder. Why don’t we just head back to Egypt? And right now!”
Soon they were all saying it to one another: “Let’s pick a new leader; let’s head back to Egypt” (Num 14:1-4, MSG).
Why would the Israelites — in the middle of the Exodus, after having seen the Red Sea part and manna fall from heaven — want to return to Egypt?
Why would they prefer slavery in the hands of cruel task masters, once again?
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and states that when it comes to the Israelites wanting to return to Egypt, a more dramatic example of foolishness would be hard to find.
But, incredibly, there is a greater example: those who turn back from Christ.
Bible Reader:“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private—”
Christian Brother:I OBJECT, Your Honor!
[crowd rouses and is quickly tamped down by gavel banging]
Judge:Order! Order in the court!
To cover any topic completely, we must look at the objections that are raised against our position — objections raised by Christians who are looking at the situation from a different point of view and try to understand where they are coming from and what their concerns are.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our deep dive on Church Discipline within our series on The Church and explains that even sincere Christians who love the Lord, often object to the practice of church discipline.
What are these objections?
We’ll look at some and then examine two case studies from the Bible showcasing churches that did not practice church discipline…and their ensuing outcomes.
Description: The cross: a Christian symbol evoking comfort and love for many, many people. But for some, it stands as a graphic warning sign declaring danger ahead.
Today on Scandia Bible Church podcast, Elder Keith Barker exhorts that the cross is SHOUTING that God hates our sin — so much so that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay the price for it by hanging on the cross. His blood was a ransom for us — freeing us from an eternity separated from Him, our loving Heavenly Father.
Yes, the cross serves as a merciful word of comfort to Christians of God’s finished work but, to the unsaved, a stark shout of danger.
Description: You either are acceptable to God or you are acceptable to the world…you can’t be both.
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation and shares with us that perhaps the biggest problem facing the church in America today is the pressure to compromise.
For as the culture continues to decline morally, the pressure rises to succumb to the teachings of this world and become acceptable to those around us.
There are many reasons that Jesus went to the cross. There are human reasons such as Judas Iscariot betraying Him and the Sanhedrin wanting to kill him. …But those reasons see the cross from the perspective of man of things that happened to Jesus – they don’t ultimately answer the question “why.” Because obviously, He had escaped the grasp of evil men before.
Today on our Easter Sunday Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao rightfully sharpens our thinking on this question and shows us that the cross wasn’t just a thing that happened …it was necessary. Jesus didn’t just go to the cross, He needed to go to the cross…He needed to die. For that was His purpose in taking on flesh. So perhaps a better question we need to ask is “Why did Jesus need to die?”
Description: The Gospel is the central message of the church and the central figure of the message is Jesus Christ. Yet many in the church can’t define what this message is. Sometimes they even define it in ways that are the opposite to what the Scriptures reveal…ways that don’t lead sinners to salvation but leave them condemned with no good news.
Description: For 950 years, Noah walked with God. But in the last captured moment of his life, we read that he was drunk and naked and ridiculed by his own son… leaving many of us wondering: “What happened??? He was such a righteous man.”
Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we see that the Bible is careful to record sad events such as this in the lives of great men, to both warn us – lest we also fall – and for us to remember that God alone – not Noah – is the hero in this story (and in every story), and it is to Christ that we are to look.
Description: Chapters 4-6 of Genesis show us the fullness of sin as it takes dominion in the hearts of men. In the opening verses of Chapter 4, we see the complete spectrum of human experience from righteous worship to heinous murder.
Description: The last five verses of Genesis Chapter 3 give us a glimpse into the work that Christ would accomplish and a picture of substitutionary atonement. We are left with a picture of a God who is a Savior and who will bring about good in the midst of man’s sin and rescue Adam’s fallen race from their sin and misery.
Description: God placed Adam and Eve in a holy temple we call the Garden of Eden. There they would enjoy unrestricted access and fellowship with God as God covenanted with them and gave them the world. And in all of God’s creation, there was only one thing He forbid and that was the eating of a single fruit. How could Adam and Eve throw it all away? How angry God must have been by there disobedience, and yet even as God pronounced a curse upon the wayward couple, He announced His plan to rescue them.
Description: Genesis Chapter 3 is one of the most pivotal and important chapters in all of scripture. It records man’s darkest hour as Adam and Eve commit the first sin against God and plunge the entire human race into sin and rebellion against the Creator God who created the world that He once could pronounce as “very good”, but now no longer.
Description: In the aftermath of the horrors of Judges 19, all Israel gathers together to wage war against the inhabitants of Gibeah and the rest of the tribe of Benjamin who decide to defend the evil men of Gibeah. God exercises justice on the Benjamites and only 600 survive this bloody civil war.
Description: Judges 19-21 covers the disturbing story of the complete canaanization of Israel. It’s a story that involves homosexuality, rape, murder, and dismemberment. It is perhaps the most disturbing story in all of Scripture.
Description: Zophar is the third friend to speak. His speech ends cycle one in the dialogue portion and in the end he adds nothing new to the views of Job’s other two friends. Zophar is insulting in his attack as he basically calls Job a windbag and a scoffer.
Job continues to declare his innocence and calls for a trial before God. In the end he continues to trust in God and says, “though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”
Description: The Christian life is not a life of ease but a life of struggle. We struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is a life that demands entrance through a narrow gate and it is a daily walk along a narrow path. In our passage this morning, John doesn’t leave us discouraged but tells us that in the midst of this battle, the Christian will overcome the world.
We will be looking at three things in regards to the Christians overcoming the world:
Description: Sometimes familiar words lose their meaning. The word fellowship is like that. We use the word fellowship as an adjective to describe a church event. For instance, a potluck becomes a “fellowship meal” and just hanging out with other believers becomes “fellowshipping”. The term fellowship though is significant in meaning and must be understood within the context of Christ’s fellowship with His people. As Christ is in fellowship with His people, His people are in fellowship with each other. The teaching of and about Christ become the truth upon which our fellowship is based.
In our message today, we see that there are some who have broken fellowship, they have dis-fellowshipped themselves over the truth. John tells the church that those who have left — left because they never were truly in fellowship in the first place.
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