Summary: How we live, as a church and as individuals, is determined mostly by when are living. This may sound a little confusing, but I will explain. We look at the Israelites in this passage and we see them complaining - not satisfied with the way things are,
INTRODUCTION: We, as a church, are at a new phase of our ministry. We NEED to
go to the NEXT phase of ministry. We NEED to reach out to the community, love on
them, and show them the love of Christ. We need to move in God’s Vision for the
How we live, as a church and as individuals, is determined mostly by when are living.
This may sound a little confusing, but I will explain. We look at the Israelites in this
passage and we see them complaining - not satisfied with the way things are, OR the
way things are supposed to be. It didn’t matter what great things were ahead of them.
I. THE PAST
A. Living the Past
Ex. Israelites during the exodus - here in chapter 14 & several times
during their travels in the wilderness & even in Egypt before the exodus
***Living in the past - letting the past control you and NOT having a victorious life in
Living in the Past holds us back from getting the Victory in Jesus we need to live a life
worthy of being a Christian.
- tonite I will be speaking on FREEDOM (having a victorious life)
- Sunday nites will then be focusing things we need freedom from
- I urge everyone, who can, to come tonite - expecting God to move in our
lives/in this church
B. Remembering The Past
Jesus - remembering the patriachs and prophets throughout his ministry
here on earth
***We should remember the past - our failings (sin) and victories, our mountain-tops
II. THE FUTURE
A. Looking to the Future with God/Christ
Ex. Joshua - verses 7 & 8
John the Baptist - his sole ministry on this earth was to point to Christ
and things that were going to accomplished by God
B. Looking to the Future without God/Christ (on our own)
Israelites during the Exodus
III. THE PRESENT
A. Living with Christ
boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love,
unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous,
rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of
godliness but denying its power.
REMEMBERING THE PAST helps us build upon our victories and failures to grow in
our relationship with God/Christ.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH CHRIST/GOD
straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for
which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
For us, as a church and as individuals, to grow in Christ successfully, we CAN NOT let
the past control us - this is what Paul meant when he said “Forgetting what is
- things which we hold on to in our past: past sins, abuse done to you, failed