Weekly sermons by Pastor Dave Spooner at Mosaic Rockford Church in Rockford, IL
The Lord God leads us forward from this place to the next. He promises to be with us and to bless us. This is our last service together as Mosaic. It will be a special service were we remember what God has done and look to what He will do in the future. I hope you can be apart of our final service together!
Standing on the Promises
Traveling Through Transitions
Standing on the Promises – Numbers 13-14
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Oct. 18th, 2020
Today is the second part of our series, Traveling Through Transitions. This series will help us to faithfully fulfill transitioning from one thing to another in a God-ward direction. This could take the form of a wide variety of things, from change in a relationship, to a location, to a job, or for a merger. Like I said last week, we need to take time to think and pray things through before we move out or move forward. Asking the right questions is helpful in the discerning process as well. Sometimes in our decision making, we are asking the wrong questions. Often, we ask, “What do I want?” Here is a question you would be better to ask, “What would be most honoring to God?” or “What choice would be most true to His word?”Last week we followed the timeline from the opening pages of Genesis, following the clear instructions from God to “fill the earth and subdue it,” to our failings and faithlessness in our rebellion, to God’s clear direction and pursuing our path. Then scripture focuses on one family, and one man: Abram. We see how God calls them forward, and Abram is faithful to move forward, trusting himself to the promise of God. God is faithful to His promises. Be faithful in following Him.This morning we are going to continue on in this story and then take a closer look at another significant transitional choice of the people of God. From this examination, you will learn some biblical principles to equip and empower you to make good, God-honoring choices that will keep you moving forward in His plan. The book of Genesis continues to follow the story of Abraham and his family. God renews His covenant to Abraham and gives him a child of the promise named Isaac; Isaac has twin sons named Esau and Jacob; Jacob has 12 sons, the youngest of which is sold into slavery, lands in Egypt, ends up saving his family from famine as they all move to Egypt. The family continues to grow and multiply and stay in Egypt for 400 years, becoming slaves to the Egyptians. The Egyptians start killing the newborn male children because they are afraid of the Israelites; the people cry out to God; God raises Moses to deliver them. God shows His power in the ten plagues; Pharaoh lets the people go, then chases after them to the Red Sea. God parts the water for His people and destroys the army of Egypt in the sea. God leads His people by a cloud by day and a fire by night. He gives them His commandments and Laws, they build a portable tabernacle, they defeat some kings, God continues to show His power as the people wrestle with God and with each other. He continues to lead them back to the land that He promised to give them when God made his promise to Abraham. Now they have arrived just outside of their destination of Canaan as we look to the account in Numbers 13 and learn from what is written for us.
Regain your ground
Num 13:1-3 ESV
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a chief among them.” 3 So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the people of Israel.
Notice where God was bringing His people back to the land of Canaan. This should ring a bell; this is where God blessed Abraham and told Him that this land would be his and his descendants’ forever (see Gen. 13:14-18). This is a place that they were promised that they once occupied but had abandoned to become slaves in a foreign land. Has this ever happened to you . . . ? God calls us back to occupy His promise because “for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable” (Rom 11:29 N
Traveling Through Transitions
Traveling Through Transitions
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Oct. 11th, 2020
Series overview: Follow Me – Abraham/What do you see? The Twelve Spies/Crossing Over – Stones of Remembrance. Merger and any major transition . . . it is critical that we seek God, seek counsel, and seek the truth about ourselves, and our situation. Once we know what we are to do, it is important to see it through. These are both two difficult stages: clarity and completion. This morning we are turning to the opening pages of Genesis to follow the story of a clear command God gave to His people. We will see where and why they failed to complete the command, and then look to Abraham: what it took and what he gained in complying and completing the command of God. From this message this morning, I want you to learn the difference between those who fail and those who succeed in times of transition so that you will choose to make the choices that will see you to the promise land.
We are given a command
After creating the heavens and the earth God blessed humans and told us to:
Gen 1:28 NIV
be fruitful and increase in number. Fill the earth and subdue it.
This was His original command. And our ancestors became corrupt because of sin and used our power to do what we thought was best. God wiped the planet clean in a great flood and started over with a man name Noah and his family. Once Noah and his family came out the Ark, God repeated the same command to Noah:
Gen. 9:7 NIV
As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.
Noah and his sons obeyed the command of God and pushed forward to fill the earth. In the passing of time, they came up with their own plan and decided to go their own way. This is what we read from Gen. 11:
We go our own way
Gen 11:1-4 NIV
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
Instead of making footprints we make monumentsHis direction is to go out; our direction is to go up This is the real battle of our souls: choosing to follow our will or choosing to follow the will of God.The battle of who is Lord. Transitions are difficult. Sometimes God’s will is difficult. It requires us to do things that we would rather not do. In times like this, are we going to trust that His plan is better than ours? Every time I followed my own plan it has not turned out the way that I had hoped.After we know what we are to do, our first and primary obstacle to overcome is our own hearts. Are we willing to trust God and follow His lead, or do we want to resist Him and do our own thing?
Gen 11:5-9 NIV
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel — because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Sometimes God has to shatter us to scatter us. (Great commission, Acts, persecutions, war.) The sovereign plan of God will be accomplished either through us or
the Bible and Its Meaning
The Gospel of Mark – Part 54
The Bible and its Message – Mark 16:9-20
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Oct. 4th, 2020
Today’s sermon is going to be different because of a note we see in our bibles. At this point, we have been happily following along in the book of Mark, going through it one passage at a time. We have gone through Jesus’s life, ministry, miracles, teaching, trial, death, burial, and resurrection. And then right after verse 8, we run into a statement like this: [Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20.]. I remember running into this statement for the first time, and I was like, “What is this about?” Perhaps you have the same type of question. So, in order to answer that question, you need to know how we got the Bible in the first place and then how this passage fits or does not fit into the rest of the Bible. Then we are going to look at the passage itself. This message is centered around three questions: Can we trust the Bible? Why are there questions about this passage? What does the passage say?
Can we trust the Bible?
This video is produced by the Canadian Bible Society and gives us helpful information about trusting the Bible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPaeo19sQXw (8:30) What the Bible says about itself
2 Tim 3:16 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
2 Peter 1:21 ESV
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Accurate – The earliest copies (25 years for the New Testament), the number of copies (24,000 copies) and the accuracy of the copies (99.5%). The Bible is the most accurately preserved and verified document of the ancient world. Reliable – Trusted and true (history and archaeology). Jesus referred to the OT books as scripture and quoted from most of them. Relevant – Answers timeless questions: Where did everything come from? Why are we here? What happens when we die? True – 40 authors, 13 centuries, 3 continents, 1 message – video is oversimplistic in the message of the Bible. Perhaps the best one verse for the purpose of the Bible is summed up by the apostle John when he wrote the purpose of his gospel
John 20:31 ESV
but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
How we came to the “canon” of the Bible – Composed/Circulated/Consistent/Collected/Confirmed (early 300)
Heb 4:12-13 ESV
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
We don’t read it, it reads us.
Why are there questions about this passage?
Why is there a question about this passage? The following information is from the Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1984):External Evidence – The earliest church “fathers” do not give any evidence that they had this longer ending (Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Eusebius, Jerome). The oldest and most reliable manuscripts don’t have these verses. However, the longer ending (9-20) is contained in the great majority of the newer manuscripts (after 150 AD). Therefore, we have the heading [Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20.].Internal EvidenceVocabulary – slightly over 1/3 of the words used in this section (9-20) are not used anywhere else in the book of Mark, making it difficult to believe this section came from the same author. Style – weird transition from verse 8 to verse 9. It is almost as if Mary Magdalene had not been mentioned before, the other women were not mentioned at all. Mary was described a
The Gospel of Mark – Part 53
Alive – Mark 15:40-16:8
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Sept 27th, 2020
Over the past several weeks, we have seen what Jesus endured and what He accomplished from the night of His betrayal to the moment of His death. This morning, I want you to witness through the eyes of those who were there, His death, burial, and resurrection. This will help you to know the facts about what happened, and build your faith upon the truth and understanding of how this impacts your life and eternity.
Witness His death
Mark 15:40-41 ESV
There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
These are women who knew Jesus personally, were dedicated to Him, and followed Him all the way from Galilee. They were a witness to His life, and they were a witness to His death. They knew Jesus and would not mistake someone else for Him.
Mark 15:42-45 ESV
And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. 45 And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph.
The day of Preparation was the day the Jews were to get all their work done before the Sabbath started on Friday night at 6pm (the Sabbath runs from 6pm Friday to 6pm Saturday). Jesus died around 3 pm, and since there were only a few short hours left to prepare for the Sabbath, Joseph immediately acted.Joseph was from the town of Arimathea, which was about 20 miles north of Jerusalem. He was a righteous man, wealthy, well-known, and a well-respected member of the Sanhedrin (Jewish leadership council). He was not in agreement with his fellow leader’s choice to condemn and crucify Jesus. He was “looking for the kingdom of God” and was a secret disciple of Jesus (see Matt. 27:57, Luke 23:50-51, John 19:38). Joseph “took courage,” overcoming his fear of the other Jewish leaders discovering his true allegiance, and asked Pilate (the Roman Governor) for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised that Jesus was already dead (in some cases, those being crucified lingered for days), and he verified Jesus was dead from the centurion who was in charge of the crucifixion. The captain of the Roman guard who was in charge of crucifixions made sure the people were dead before they were taken off the crosses because if the person crucified did not die, the centurion would lose his life. Because this crucifixion was on a Sabbath, the Jews asked that the bodies would be taken down by 6pm. The request was granted, and they broke the legs of the two criminals that were being crucified next to Jesus.When they came to Jesus, they “saw that He was already dead.” Just to make sure, they pierced His side with a spear and out came both blood and water. Ordinarily, after someone dies, blood does not flow since there is no blood pressure because the heart has stopped pumping. However, Jesus was erect when he died, the flow was due to the effects of gravity. He was pierced between the ribs through the top of a lung and into his heart. Therefore, the water came from His filled lungs and the blood from His stilled heart. They did not need to break His legs, because there was no doubt that Jesus was indeed dead (see John 19:31-37). This event also fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. The Passover lamb wa
Jesus, The Son of God
The Gospel of Mark – Part 52
Jesus, The Son of God – Mark 15:33-41
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Sept 20th, 2020
Today, we are continuing to focus on Jesus as He fulfills the work, will, and word of the Father by giving himself as the final Passover Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. Last week, we observed “love so amazing” as we saw Him fulfilling Scripture, warning the weeping, forgiving the ignorant, saving the criminal, and providing for His family, all the while enduring unimaginable pain and ridicule. At this point in the story, Jesus had been betrayed, beaten, denied, ridiculed, falsely accused, condemned, whipped, tortured, punished, mocked, berated, humiliated, and belittled. And then He was crucified and hung a tree to die a slow and agonizing death, one breath at a time.
Jesus received the judgment of God
Mark 15:33-36 ESV
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”
Darkness in both the Old and New Testaments are connected to judgment when it comes during a time when there should normally be light (see Deut. 28:29, Isa. 13:9-10, Joel 2:10, Acts 2:20, Rev. 6:12). There was darkness that lasted for a period of 3 days when Moses was dealing with the pharaoh in Egypt, the final plague before the Passover and the Passover lamb being slain (Ex. 10:21-23). This darkness came over the land as well and lasted for a period of 3 hours (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm) when the sun should have been at its highest; the land was full of darkness as Jesus received the judgment of God. God revealed to the prophet Amos some exact details of the day the Messiah would die.
Amos 8:9-10 ESV
“And on that day,” declares the Lord God, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. 10 I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.
The exact hour of 12 noon (sixth hour) was mention on the day of God’s judgment. Like the mourning for an only son (John 3:16) and the end of it like a bitter day, this was the bitterest of all days. In the judgment of God seen in the plagues on Egypt, darkness came, and then the Lord brought the final blow of His just judgment by taking the lives of the first-born sons. Jesus was the Son that took the right judgment of God as the Passover lamb for the sins of the world. He was “forsaken” (abandoned, discarded) by His Father, which was the most heinous thing of all (imagine being in a perfect, harmonious, committed, eternal, relationship, and then to be forsaken, forgotten, abandoned, rejected). If you want to know how God feels and what God thinks about sin, look to the cross. The cross is what sin deserves; “for the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23a).Those who were around Jesus thought that He was crying out to be rescued by Elijah (Eloi sounds similar to Elijah), so they gave him bitter wine, the prophesied drink (Psalm 69) on the most bitter of days, as they continued to mock Him.
Jesus completed His mission on earth
Mark 15:37 ESV
And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.
John 19:30 ESV
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Notice that Jesus said, “it is f