Responding To The Call Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 10/1/2023 10:00 AM Have you ever pondered the power dynamics of ancient Egypt as depicted in the Bible and how they echo in today's socio-political landscape? As we embark on this enlightening exploration, we unravel Joseph's indispensable role in saving Egypt and the implications of his actions on the Israelites. His story serves as a striking reminder of how the choices of rulers can dramatically impact the harmony and prosperity of societies. In the spirit of bravery, we also recount the tale of Shiphrah and Puah, two audacious midwives who opposed Pharaoh's unjust orders. Their defiance was a significant precursor to Moses' birth and the eventual liberation of the Hebrew people, demonstrating how God continually works through history to offer hope for those under oppressive regimes. Finally, we highlight the importance of maintaining focus amidst adversity, drawing inspiration from the Israelites' unwavering faith despite Pharaoh's distraction tactics. This rich tapestry of biblical narratives is as applicable today as it was, underscoring the enduring relevance of faith and courage in the face of hardship. Join us for this riveting conversation as we draw valuable lessons from these stories that continue to resonate in our world today. Expand to View Service Scripture: First Reading: Exodus 1:8-Exodus 2:10 Second Reading: Exodus 3:1-15 View Order of Worship This Week's Reading Plan Day: Reading: Monday Let My People Go: Exodus 5:1-9 Tuesday Signs and Wonders in Egypt: Exodus 7:1-13 Wednesday Pharaoh Finally Relents: Exodus 12:29-32 Thursday Pharaoh'sPursuit: Exodus 14:5-14 Friday Salvation at the Sea: Exodus 14:19-31 Saturday The Ten Commandments: Deuteronomony 5:1-21 Sunday Love the Lord Your God: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Sermon Audio This includes only the sermon portion of the service. Download Audio Subscribe to Our Message Podcast Subscribe on iTunes Listen onSpotify Subscribe on Overcast Copied to Clipboard. Copy RSS Feed Reflections and Caring Conversations Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week. Morning Prayer: Dear Lord, as we start this day, we remember the courage and faith of Your servants in Ancient Egypt. We ask that You guide us through the challenges of today, just as You guided Joseph to save Egypt and its people. Help us to see beyond the distractions of our world and maintain our focus on You. Teach us to be vessels of Your peace, love, and justice in our societies today, echoing the lessons from Your timeless narratives. Amen. Evening Prayer: Merciful God, as we close our eyes tonight, we reflect on the relevance of the biblical narratives of Ancient Egypt in our lives. We pray that the faith and courage of Joseph, Shifra, and Pua continue to inspire us. Lord, just as You were with them in their trials, be with us in ours. As we rest, we ask that You prepare us for the battles we may face tomorrow, reminding us of Your unending love and the victories won by Your servants in times past. Amen. Reflection Question: How does the bravery of Shifra and Pua, the midwives who defied Pharaoh's orders, inspire us to stand up against injustice in our current society? How can we embody their courage in our own lives? (Reference: Exodus 1:15-21) Reflection Question: The sermon highlights that God is continually working in history to provide hope and support for those living under oppressive systems. Can you share a situation in your life or in our world today where you have seen this at work? Reflection Question: Discuss the relevance of these Biblical narratives from Ancient Egypt to our lives today. How can we draw strength and inspiration from these stories?