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Vacation Bible School has been an exciting week! We have almost 100 kids on campus who are having a blast because of our incredible volunteers. In some cases, I think the volunteers are having more fun than the kids! I hope you’ll join us as we wrap up this fantastic week on Saturday at Rosemeade Rainforest in a great all-church celebration. Hope to see you there.
Sunday morning, we will honor Riley Bowles as he steps down as our director of children’s ministry to focus on seminary. We’ll have a cake in his honor during our Fellowship time between the services. Please join us as we say thank you to Riley.
Sunday also wraps up our time in the Steadfast series. We finish with the story of Joseph—one of my favorites. Moses, the author of Genesis, gives Joseph more time than he does any other character. Given the significance of the other characters in Genesis (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to name a few), I find that pretty astonishing. What then do we make of the Joseph story? Why is it so prominent?
The Joseph story starts in Genesis 37 and closes out the book—a whole thirteen chapters later! These chapters document how God fulfills his promises (in part) to Abraham. Through Joseph, God blesses the nations. While Moses keeps Joseph center-stage in the final chapters of Genesis, this story isn’t just about how Joseph fulfills the Abrahamic promise. It’s about how God keeps His covenant and fulfills His promises through a rejected but blessed Joseph. The covenant is secure in the hands of the God—who uses even the actions of evil men for His good purposes. Through Joseph, God uses the ill-intent of humans to fulfill His promises.
Joseph’s story is the story of the whole Bible. It’s the story of glory through suffering, exaltation through humiliation. It’s the story of the Cross and the Crown.
See you Sunday,
Pastor John Allen