Worship Outside at 10:30 & A Threshing Lesson

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on September 19, 2020

Worship with us indoors:

  • Saturday @ 5 pm
  • Sunday @ 7:45 & 9:15 am
  • Wednesday @ 7 pm

 Worship with us outside:

This weekend (Sept 20) we will have a 10:30 outdoor service behind the Trinity Café. Bring your own lawn chairs. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our campus after the service.
 
Worship with us online:

  • 9:15 am Traditional Service live streamed on YouTube (click here)
  • 10:30 am Outdoor blended service live streamed on YouTube (click here)

Kids Club
 
Attached is this weekend’s Kids Club Family Lesson. We hope to resume in-person Kids Club very soon. Please register your child(ren) by clicking here so that we can be properly prepared.
 
A Lesson in Threshing
 
Our Old Testament lesson references “threshing,” a task familiar to every ancient farmer. It unknown to many of us. Click here for a one minute video to watch a family thresh by hand. Threshing was the way you would separate the grain (barley and wheat in Bible times) from the stalks of grain.
 
Isaiah 27 & 28 (read them here) speak of “that day” when the LORD will come to thresh in judgment. “Leviathan” is probably a reference to Egypt. The LORD will come in judgment on Leviathan (the enemy of God's people), but also on his “vineyard,” the Israelites, for their idolatry.
 
But look at Isaiah 27:12-13! The LORD is a careful farmer. After threshing the grain, he picks up each kernel from the threshing floor no matter where it is scattered. For the ancient Israelites, the LORD used the Egyptians and Assyrians as his threshing club who scattered them. For us, ultimately it is death. But the trumpet will sound and he will gather each of us up, one by one.  
 
This is the “strange work… his alien task” (28:21) that the LORD does. The LORD uses suffering and death to call his people to repentance. He knows what kind of “threshing” is necessary to bring us back to him. That’s the point of the parable of the farmer (28:23-29). The farmer knows how to plow and thresh. So does our God. In the midst of hardship, trust that your Savior knows what he is doing!
 
A New Testament Lesson in Threshing
 
Isaiah called the Israelites to repentance for making religion just a bunch of rules to follow: “Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule” (Isaiah 28:10). Paul was dealing with the same thing in the congregation in Colossae. People were saying the heart of religion was "Follow all the rules." We can fall into that as well.
 
The kernel of “religion” is this: to know Christ in whom is all the fullness of God.
 
If Jesus is fully and completely God, then if I trust in him, I am fully and completely saved. In Colossians 3, Paul will teach how that does lead to a changed life. In Colossians 2, (read it here) Paul is encouraging us to thresh through all our religious activity. All the good stuff we might do doesn’t save us. The kernel of truth is "Christ is all that we need."

Catching Up

This weekend you might enjoy catching up on some of the videos from this past week:

I hope to see many of you in worship! 

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Pete

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