WALKING THROUGH THE OLD TESTAMENT
— where the journey of grace begins —

Throughout the Scriptures, journey is often a metaphor for the faithful life. As we grow in our relationship with God, it is as if we are on a journey from our old, sinful selves to realizing the promise of our baptisms which is nothing short of new life in Christ.

The Scriptures themselves are also a journey. From the promise of a perfect new creation, through that creation’s corruption, to the calling of the people descended from Israel to be God’s people, to the coming of the Messiah as one of those descendants, to the Church who awaits the Messiah’s final return.

This fall, we’re focusing on the Old Testament so that we might both better learn of the Scripture’s journey and move forward in our own journey in faith. We hope you’ll join us each week for a new story of God’s work in the world.

Weekly Messages

We are focusing on ten powerful and entertaining stories from the Old Testament each week. At all Sunday services through November 13, our preaching focuses on making these stories come alive.

On Friday prior to each Sunday’s services, that week’s upcoming preachers will release a video preview for their messages. Then each following Tuesday, Kevin Dodge will post a follow up explaining how the Old Testament story explicitly teaches us something about Jesus.

Studies

  • All children and students are learning the same lesson each week in Sunday School.
  • An Adult Sunday School class, The Greatest Story Ever Told, meets in Memorial Chapel at 10:20 am.
  • A Women’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday at 9:30 am in Room 205.

TIMELINE

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Creation & Fall

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Creation

The world God created was perfect. God wanted His beloved creatures, humans and angels, to have not only a perfect world to live in, but the gift of freedom. He gave them a choice between good and evil.

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Fall of Man
Fall of Man

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Cain Kills Abel

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The Great Flood & Noah’s Ark

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Tower of Babel

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Expectations

Despite their choice of evil, God was not willing to leave His creation to suffer. He began a plan to rescue His people from their sin and return them to creation with Him. That plan began with just one man.

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God Calls His People

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Calling of Abraham
Calling of Abraham

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Obedience

God began to teach Abraham who God is, what God can do, and a little bit about God’s rescue plan.

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Abraham & Isaac
Abraham & Isaac

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Joseph Sold into Slavery in Egypt

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Joseph Brings His Family to Egypt

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Trust

God had made a promise to Abraham that He would continue providing for his descendants. When Abraham’s descendants, the people of Israel, became slaves in Egypt, God kept that promise.

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God’s People Set Free

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Calling of Moses Through Burning Bush

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God Rescues His People
God Rescues His People from Slavery (The Exodus)

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Provision

God had made a promise to Abraham that He would continue providing for his descendants. When Abraham’s descendants, the people of Israel, became slaves in Egypt, God kept that promise.

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Giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai
Giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai

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Children of Israel Enter the Promised Land

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Vision

God kept His covenant with His people. God began to teach about the type of life He was calling them to lead. God brought a poor, young widow from another people, to help His people understand what faithfulness really means.

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God’s People Learn to Live in the Promised Land

1000 to 500 B.C.

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Judges Govern Israel

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Ruth & Boaz
Ruth & Boaz

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David Slays Goliath

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Faithfulness

Through the years, God continued to provide for His people, making them a powerful nation and even giving them a king after His own heart. However, sin had not gone away.

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David Conquers Jerusalem and Makes It His Capital

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David & Bathsheba
David & Bathsheba

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Solomon Builds God’s Temple

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Forgiveness

God gave the people of Israel the opportunity to participate in His redeeming work in the world.

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God’s People Begin to Forget His Promises

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God’s People Are Divided into Two Kingdoms: Israel & Judah

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Ministry of the Prophets

Ministry of the Prophets
Including the Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones

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Israel Falls and Is Destroyed; Monarchy Ends
720 B.C.

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Giving

Over time, the people of Israel forgot what it meant to live as people in a special relationship with God and His commands, and once again fell into slavery. However, God had not forgotten them, or his rescue plan for all of His creation.

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Nebuchadnezzar Conquers Judah; Jerusalem Temple Destroyed; Babylonian Exile Begins
586 B.C.

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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego Survive Fiery Furnace

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Daniel and the Lion's Den

Daniel and the Lion’s Den

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Power

God reminded His people that, even if the darkest of times, He was still faithful and would protect them. His rescue plan would go on, despite the evil and failures of the world.

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The End of the Beginning

500 B.C. to 1 A.D.

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Jews Allowed to Return from Exile in Babylon to Jerusalem and Rebuild Temple
540 B.C.

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Judea Is Conquered by the Greeks and Then the Romans

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Herod the Great Begins to Rebuild Jerusalem’s Temple

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John the Baptist Is Born to Elizabeth

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Witness

God rescued His people once again, and returned them to their home land. However, His great rescue plan — for the whole world, not just the people of Israel — was just beginning!

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Jesus Is Born in Bethlehem

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WEEKLY SCRIPTURE PASSSAGES

WEEKLY SCRIPTURE PASSSAGES

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SERMON SERIES

What is coming up this Sunday?

Recap of the Journey So Far

Last Sunday

Finding Jesus in the Old Testament

Kevin Dodge explains how the Old Testament teaches us something about Jesus.

The Christian Hope

This week, we found ourselves in exile in Babylon along with the southern kingdom of Judah.

Uggh, It’s Commitment Sunday

This week was commitment Sunday at Church of the Incarnation, the week we make our financial pledges for the New Year.

Sin Makes You Stupid

This week, we looked at the story of David and Bathsheba, one of the most famous accounts of the effects of sin in the Bible.

Love, Justice and the Law

Ruth is one of the more popular books in the Old Testament. If you’ve never read it, I would encourage you to do so.

The Giving of the Law

We cannot understand God giving the Law to Moses and his people Israel without remembering the context.

Salvation and the Exodus (Ex 14)

The Exodus is the paradigmatic story of salvation in the Old Testament. What the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is to the New Testament, the Exodus is to the Old.

Love Amidst Sacrifice (Gen 22)

After years of embarrassing the leaders of Athens with his unrelenting logic, the authorities want to shut Socrates up.

The Costly Faith of Abram

This week, we considered the story of how Abraham, obeying the voice of God to leave his country and his relatives, was given a series of remarkable promises in Genesis 12.

Genesis, The Cosmic Tabernacle and Jesus

If we’re going to talk about creation, we have to ask the following question: was the universe designed by an intelligent creator?