Summary: Holy Ground is where God is and God is in Ordinary Places, God is with Ordinary People, God is there when there is an Ordinary Purpose, God is with us when there is an Ordinary Problem, and God is with us with an Ordinary Proclamation.
8-28-2011 "Holy Ground” Exodus 3:1-15
Holy Ground is God moments, God presences, God movments.
1. Holy Ground Happens in Ordinary Places.
A. Holy Ground happens in ordinary places
"Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law".
B. Holy Ground happens while walking and you know you must make a change in your life.
C. Holy Ground happens when reading a book and the awe moment happens something comes alive
D. Holy Ground happens when you are so depressed and you receive a card that says "I am thinking of you"
E. Holy Ground Happens when one goes to college and "da" I realize what effort and sacrifices others have made so I could be in college.
2. Holy Ground Happens with Ordinary People.
A. Moses was a Simple Shepherd Moses was tending the flock (Ex 3:1)
B. Moses was unqualified to do the Task
"Moses said to the LORD, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the
past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and
tongue." (Exodus 4:10).
C. Moses was a Coward and certainly unwilling
But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the
Israelites out of Egypt?" Ex.3:11). But Moses said, "O Lord, please send
someone else to do it." (Ex. 4:13).
D. Moses was a real sinner just like us maybe even worse
He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. 12Glancing this way and that and
seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Ex. 2:12).
3. Holy Ground Happens when there is Ordinary Purpose.
The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.
(God say’s I have seen the misery).
I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned
about their suffering. (God says, I have heard and I am concerned) 8So I have
come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up
out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey-
(God says I have come own to rescue) -the home of the Canaanites, Hittites,
Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. (Ex 3:7-8).
4. Holy Ground Happens when there is a Pharaoh or Problem.
So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of
Egypt." (Ex 3:10).
5. Holy Ground happens when there is the need of Proclamation.
A. We should proclaim it like Isaiah
I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for
us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:9).
B. Holy Ground happens if we take the Position we need to take, it is "Here am I " send me
4When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him
From within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."
C. Holy Ground happens if we pattern our life to preserve Life’s.
So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians
(Ex 3:8). (God desired to preserve life).
In conclusion: Don’t forget church Holy Ground happens in Ordinary Places, with Ordinary People, when there is an Ordinary Purpose, when there is an Ordinary Problem, and when there is an Ordinary Proclamation to be made.
Sermon idea from Homileticsonline.com and direct quote from homileticsonline.com under 1b, 1c, 1d, and 1e. August 2011 Issue Page 65-66.