Sunday, March 10, 2013

Journey from Slavery to Freedom

          The Bible Episodes 3 and 4
      Joshua 2:1–21, 6:20–25

In some ways, the stories we remember shape us. They explain where we’ve come from and shed light on who we are. That is one of the reasons the Bible is so important, or should be, because it is the story of all of us. The story we focus on today is the story of Rahab which is in many ways also my story—and yours.
  I.     Rahab, A Woman Rejected By Men Joshua 2:1

A. She was Considered a Sinner.  Ephesians 2:1-3   

Stories of how God has changed lives aren't intended to glorify sin; they are meant to reveal God's grace.
Never think that what you see today is what has always been in the lives of people. 
We all have our wounds, our weaknesses and our warts.
Some people have a hard time getting past our past.
Don’t cast your swine before pearls.

B. She was Condemned to Death.  Ephesians 2:12;

II.     Rahab, A Woman Redeemed By God  v.10-11a

A. She Heard The Word of God. Ephesians 2:12

Claiming ignorance of the law is no excuse. Romans 1:18-20

B. She Heeded The Word of God.  v.11b-12

III.     Rahab, A Woman Recreated for Good Works

A. The Evidence of Her Conversion

1. She Served her Lordv.3-7

Our past does not have to determine our future.
There is a boldness in the one who believes that God is God.
God can not only save sinners, He can use sinners!

2. She Shared her Faith.  v.12-14

B. The Effect of her Conversion

1. She Was Saved From Destruction.  Joshua 6:22-25

2. She Was Seated with God’s People. Matthew 1:5-6a

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