New Sermon Series
Join us throughout the summer as we explore Jacob!
Jacob is a troubling character in the Old Testament. He is conniving and he is spiritual too. He has moments of strong faith as well as of fear. His family is sometimes in disarray, and yet at the end he is the one who sets it straight.
Jacob, whose very name suggests “deceiver,” is renamed by God as “Israel” — “one who has struggled with God.” And, an entire nation is named after this patriarch — the nation of Israel.
Jacob is a bit too much like us — with very human strengths and weaknesses, but a man striving for spiritual things. From this imperfect man, we learn important lessons of faith. Especially, we learn about God’s grace.
The events described in Jacob’s story comprise mostly of Genesis chapters 25-49. If you haven’t read the Old Testament much, you’ll be pleased to find that God can speak to you here — loud and clear. The culture is vastly different, but you’ll quickly learn that the people and their problems haven’t changed much. The story of Jacob is a great opportunity to learn important lessons about ourselves and our God.
Our “Messy and Blessed” teaching series will not be for the faint of heart. We’ll be looking at some issues that don’t have nice, neat answers. But life is like that. My prayer is that you’ll grow through this process, that you’ll become closer to, more sensitive to, and more obedient to God.