Pastor Eugene closes out Quest's message series on Leviticus by speaking on the difficult topic of tithing. He talks about how the discipline of tithing is more about worship and community than it is about merely giving to the church.
Pastor Ray talks about the importance of obedience as a necessary characteristic for a strong, vibrant and effective Christian life and witness. He addresses the biblical basis for the call to obedience, the motivation, the context of faith and what obedience "looks like.
Like the sabbath, the regularly scheduled celebration of jubilee is a reminder that rest is a part of the rhythm of life. And while the idea of resting sounds like an overly optimistic, antiquated practice, it forces us to ask the question, who has control over our lives - us or God?
Pastor Gail teaches on the importance of understanding our call to Sabbath rest as a day first initiated by God and for God. In an often over-stimulated and production driven culture, we are reminded to enter into this rest not only from the doing, but in the stillness of our minds and our thoughts. It is a day devoted in consecration to God that ought to mark a kind of rhythm in our week –a day of pause that reminds us that God alone is the sustainer and giver of life.
In week five of Quest's series on Leviticus, Pastor Eugene examines the Biblical idea of the priesthood of believers - a people set apart for the service of God. This is a calling that continues through the present day. We are all called to be a part of God's royal priesthood.
On week 3, Pastor Eugene continues the series on Leviticus and explains the significance of the holiness of God - not just merely in terms of morality but in being "set apart." An important theme of Leviticus, he explains, is God demonstrating to Israel who He is and what it means to be His people - a people set apart. While we're no longer under the Levitical code, the holiness of God remains an important attribute of God and thus, we're called to live as people "set apart."