Monthly Archives: September 2018
As is the custom of the people of Eagle Heights, we will have our quarterly member’s meeting on Sunday, September 30th at 9:15 am in the worship center.
The purpose of these meetings is to:
- celebrate the work of the LORD in our midst
- communicate what is coming up so we can do ministry together
- conduct business when necessary
- answer questions from the members of Eagle Heights and pray for those who are spiritually and physically sick
It is very important that every member of Eagle Heights make every effort to be there. If you can’t be there, please ask someone what was said and done. We always want to do our best to communicate to your faith family and we sincerely want our sisters and brothers to ask questions or express concerns as it relates to our trusting and obeying all that Christ commanded.
Here is the agenda for our time together on September 30th at 9:15 am.
(3 min) Welcome and Prayer (Pastor Brent)
(3 min) Fellowship Room Improvements (Pastor Ryan)
(3 min) Ministry Updates (Pastor Brent)
- Building Up the Church Service Opportunities
- Appreciation to those who serve to build up this local church
- UPWARD reminder – registration has begun
(4 min) Membership Presentations (Pastor Brent)
- Present new members to be affirmed next week (See IG)
Ryleigh Alsop (baptism), Will Branstetter, Mattie Creekbaum, Kenzie Daniel, Grayson Foust, Grant Gage, Jarod Grubbs, Noah Hembree. Parker Lansford, David Long, Colby (baptism) & Erin Martens, William Matthews, Allison Moos, Hannah Naff, Ally North, Michael & Elizabeth (baptism) O’Rear, Cooper Parsons, Garrett Saunders, Cameo Schemenauer (baptism), Klee & Bailey Sellers, Caleb Smith, Dalton Summers, Synnove Talley (baptism), Emily Taylor, Jadan Terrazas, Colby Thompson, Katie Thweatt, Reid Williams (baptism), Jessica White
- Briefly explain what membership means
- Briefly explain the process (Class + Interview + Congregational Affirmation)
(4 min) Presentation of the Updated Church Covenant (Pastor Brent)
(30 min) Presentation, explanation and questions concerning potential revisions to the Eagle Heights Constitution (Pastor Kevin Moore and Pastor Tyson)
- Over the last few years, the Elders have tried to adhere to the Constitution believing that if we are to have a Constitution, we should do our best to adhere to it for the good of our local church.
- However, at times we have found alignment issues with the Elder model we use as is described and prescribed in God’s word. These are not major issues, but issues that need to be corrected nonetheless. As we were addressing these concerns, we decided to work through the Eagle Heights Constitution completely.
- It is also worth noting that in the last ten years, we have voted to amend or revise the constitution twice.
- Once we have presented and discussed the proposed revisions and we have addressed any concerns, we will ask the church to vote (by ballot) on the revisions at a date to be specified.
- Here is a link to see the proposed revisions: https://eagleheights.com/about-us/constitution-revision
Q&A with Elders if time permits – and Prayer
This past Sunday I noted the prominent role women played in the deliverance of God’s people in Exodus chapters one and two. I made the statement that the Bible raises women up by telling their stories and showing them to be heroes whom God used to fulfill His promises to the nation of Israel (Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 15:1-7 and 13-16; Genesis 17:1-8; Genesis 35:9-12; Genesis 46:1-4 and 50:24).
Here are several examples of how the Spirit inspired God’s word to prominently and winsomely portray women as a part of God’s providential deliverance.
- (1:15) Pharaoh, the most powerful human in this story is left unnamed, while two Hebrew midwives are named – Shiprhrah (Beautiful One) and Puah (Splendid One). The naming indicates who is truly important and powerful in God’s sight.
- (1:10 and 17) Pharaoh acts out of fear because of the multiplying Israelites, but the Hebrew midwives act to disobey a direct command from Pharaoh because of their fear of God. In their fear they demonstrated real courage.
- (1:19) When Pharaoh confronts these women about their disobedience, they give Pharaoh the runaround, and Pharaoh does not execute them, indicating they were favored by God.
- (1:20-21) The writer of Exodus says God was good to the midwives and blessed the people because of the midwives fear of God. And because of their fear of God, He blessed the midwives with households.
- (2:1-3) Moses’ mother – and notice it does not mention his father as a part of the plan to hide Moses – hides Moses for three months and then entrusts him to God by putting him in the Nile in a mini-ark (Gen. 6:14).
- (2:4, 7) Moses’ sister (likely Miriam – Numbers 26:59), watched Moses from a distance and boldly suggested to Pharaoh’s daughter that she could find a Hebrew to nurse the Hebrew child Pharaoh’s daughter compassionately rescued. Miriam exhibited courage to interject with such an idea when the Hebrews were not favored in the land of Egypt.
- (2:8-9) Pharaoh’s daughter agrees and Miriam finds Jochebed, Moses’ mother (Exodus 6:20), who gets paid to nurse her own child that she released to God in the Nile. I suspect this helped Moses retain some of his Hebrew identity while being brought into the house of Pharaoh.
- (2:10) Pharaoh’s daughter brings into the house of Pharaoh the very deliverer (Moses) that the Pharaoh feared would cause the Israelites to depart Egypt.
- (2:10) Pharaoh’s daughter names the Hebrew child Moses “because I drew him out of the water.”
Pharaoh sought to control the Hebrews by oppression and stunt their growth as a nation by murdering their sons, but God used Pharaoh’s daughter to draw Moses of the water so God could use Moses to draw His people out of Egypt and redeem them.
Women are portrayed as very important and powerful in the first two chapters of Exodus.
As I have begun to study through Exodus, I have noticed with the help of commentators, more than a few ironies or reversals. Here are elevn from the first two chapters.
- The LORD God uses the weak and seemingly powerless to overthrow the strong and mighty. For example, in Exodus it is the “daughters” that Pharaoh chose not to kill (Exodus 1:16 and 22), but as it turned out, it was daughters who were his downfall.
- The Pharaoh who targeted the sons of Israel (1:15-22) brought about the death of Egypt’s firstborn sons (11:4-6).
- Pharaoh’s house decreed destruction, but it was Pharaoh’s house who sheltered and raised the deliverer, Moses (2:1-10).
- Moses is drawn out of the dangerous water of the Nile (2:10) by Pharaoh’s daughter, and it is Moses who becomes the one who leads God’s people through the water of the Red Sea to safety.
- In fleeing to Midian (2:15), Moses fled from the children of Abraham to another branch of Abraham’s family (Gen. 25:1-2). Also this may explain Jethro’s inclination to worship the One true God.
- Pharaoh wants to prevent Israel from rebelling and leaving (1:10), yet it is his fearful and aggressive actions that God uses to fulfill His promise of departure (Exodus) from Egypt.
- By keeping the Israelites in bondage, he actually helped make them a great nation (1:12).
- The more Pharaoh tried to thwart God’s plan, the more Pharaoh failed and God’s purpose thrived.
- God saved the child Moses so that He could save His children the Israelites.
- Moses tried to deliver some Israelites from the Egyptians his way (2:12-14), but he was rejected and fled for fear of his life. Moses stepped aside into 40 years of banishment and God took center stage in response to the desperation of His people (2:23-25).
- Moses tried to deliver the Hebrews in Egypt but ended up in Midian. In Midian he delivered Jethro’s daughters and found a home (2:16-22).
In John 15:1 Jesus proclaims about Himself: “I Am the True Vine…”
From Old Testament passages Isaiah 5:1-7, Jeremiah 2:21 and Hosea 10:1-2, we learn that Israel was also called God’s vine. God planted Israel and cared for them in every way and yet they acted like the nations and became a “degenerate shoot.”
Jesus, according to John, sees Himself as the true, better and perfect Vine. With reference to Jesus, this kind of Christologic, fulfillment typology runs throughout the Bible.
In Exodus 4:22 Moses is to tell Pharaoh on behalf of God that “Israel is My Son, My firstborn Son.” Biblical scholar, J.A. Motyer, points out that this is where Matthew’s gospel account begins in showing that Jesus is the “Son of David, son of Abraham” (1:1), “my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” (3:17)
As noted by Motyer, Matthew doesn’t stop in the first chapter His gospel with the comparisons between Israel in Exodus and Jesus the Son. Consider these similarities:
- Jesus, like Israel, was “threatened by the contemporary political authorities , and, like the, he even made the journey into Egypt (Matt. 2:13-15).”
- Like Israel, Jesus also faced adversity and satanic opposition (Matt. 4:1-11).
- Just as Israel left Egypt and came to the Red Sea in Exodus 14, so Jesus returns from exile in Egypt and then comes to the Jordan River to be baptized (Matt. 2:23; 3:1).
- Just as Israel emerged from the Red Sea to go into the wilderness (Exodus 15:22), so Jesus went through the waters of baptism into the wilderness of temptation (Matt. 4:1).
- Israel experienced an absence of water and food in the wilderness (Exodus 15:23 and 16:3), so did Jesus during His temptation (Matt. 4:1-4).
- Unlike Israel when they put the LORD God to the test (Exodus 17:2), Jesus refused to do this in His second temptation (Matt. 4:7).
Note: Jesus is like Israel, but is the better and perfect Son.
- Israel came to Mount Sinai (Exodus 19) where they turned to idol worship (Exodus 32:1-6), but Jesus, who was tempted from a very high mountain with all the kingdoms of the earth, proclaimed that there is only one God worthy of worship (Matt. 4:8-10).
Motyer concludes after this short juxtaposition: “In other words, Exodus is the story of the son of God who stands in need of salvation, failing at every point of life and even of privilege; Matthew tells of the Son of God who brings salvation (Matt. 1:21), perfect and righteous at every point and in every circumstance and test.”
Coupled with Matthew, Exodus reminds us that the life of Jesus is the turning point of history. Others walked where Jesus walked, but no one walked the earth like Jesus Christ. He is everything that Israel was meant to be. He is the true, better and perfect vine that is Israel. John and Matthew saw this vividly. We would do well to see it too.