As the title says, why DO we try to hide our sins from an all-knowing, omnipresent God? Would that also look the same as writing a check when we know we do not have enough money in the bank to cover it?
Since the allowance of sin into human nature, men AND women have tried to hide their sin from God. It goes against all we say we believe God to be. If He is everywhere, all the time, then how could He not know we have sinned. Let’s go all the way back to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 and look at the account of when man first started disobeying God. Verse 7 & 8 says. “7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (NIV) Mankind is so ignorant that we think we can hide our actions and even our thoughts from God!
We then can look at King David and how he tried to hide sin from God. Let’s turn to 1 Samuel 11 to look at the story:
1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home.5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.” 6 So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David.7 When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going.8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.9 But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house. 10 David was told, “Uriah did not go home.” So he asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!” 12 Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home. 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” 16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were.17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died. 18 Joab sent David a full account of the battle.19 He instructed the messenger: “When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle,20 the king’s anger may flare up, and he may ask you, ‘Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you know they would shoot arrows from the wall?21 Who killed Abimelek son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn’t a woman drop an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?’ If he asks you this, then say to him, ‘Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.’” 22 The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.23 The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate.24 Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king’s men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.” 25 David told the messenger, “Say this to Joab: ‘Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.’ Say this to encourage Joab.” 26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
Not only did David try to cover up his adultery but he put a whole county in danger to do it. He also knowingly sent one of his best soldiers to the front line knowing he would be killed so that he could have Bathsheba all to his own. How could the “man after God’s own heart” be so deceitful and sinful? As you read on in the story you will find that the son Bathsheba was pregnant with would die. God allowed David’s wives to be unfaithful in broad daylight (openly) and brought calamity on David’s house.
So why do we sin against God, knowing He knows all, and assume we are hiding it? Seems a little absurd and crazy to me.
This year’s theme tells a big story, asks a big question, and calls for a bold response from the Alliance Family.
Gospel Access for all Peoples
The Bible’s Story
God has a destiny for all peoples (meaning all people groups)—that they should gain access to the gospel. This biblical theme begins with God’s promise to touch all peoples with blessing (Gen 12:1-3). It ends with representatives of all peoples around the throne of Jesus, worshiping him forever (Rev 7:9-10). In between are a host of Scriptures that tell this story.
We’re part of His story!
The Big Question
What does it mean to fulfill the Great Commission? If God promises to draw people from “every tribe and tongue” to worship Jesus as we carry out the Great Commission, then progress in fulfilling it must be measured in terms of reaching every “people.”
This helps us realize two important priorities:
People groups need an expression of the gospel and of the Church that makes sense to them in their culture. For the purposes of completing the Great Commission, the term “people group” denotes the largest natural grouping of people that can likely receive meaningful gospel access through a singular approach; and
Progress toward completing the Great Commission is measured by making followers of Jesus within each people group that lacks gospel access.
You can help give access to All Peoples!
Our Bold Response
When a people group lacks gospel access, it can be given to them only by someone from outside of that group. But this kind of “outsider access” is not the end goal. Where gospel access is brought by outsiders, the end goal is to see it transition to “insider access.” Insider access is what occurs when many believers gather in networks of churches strong enough to sustain witness to their own people —and multiply it beyond to still other peoples. This is how the Great Commission will be fulfilled! God is using The Alliance to do this well. And He is calling each of us to be part of His story.
Crown College is pleased to offer the following Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, available to everyone at no cost. By enrolling in these courses and successfully completing the proficiency exam offered at the end of each course, you will receive proficiency credit hours for the corresponding Crown Online course. Each course you enroll in will allow you to save $1,200 in tuition if you plan to continue your education through Crown Online!
Certification: Earn your certificate in “New Testament History and Interpretation” by completing this seven week course.
Why offer free courses?
These course offerings are part of a broader initiative aimed at increasing Biblical literacy and giving back to the Christian & Missionary Alliance community. Our desire is to use the tools and resources that God has entrusted us with to help people know the story and great teachings of the Bible. In a virtual era, we want to serve the church by offering specific online courses which will promote biblical knowledge.
What will these courses look like?
They are in the format of a seven week course that looks very similar to an online college course, but it is based on a learning mastery model. To make the most of each course, you should read select passages from the Bible, read the course textbooks, engage in weekly discussions and collaborative projects, and complete the weekly learning mastery quizzes. These quizzes are designed to help you master the most important information related to the topic of your course. To get the most out of each course, you should anticipate spending approximately 10 hours per week in reading, discussions, and collaborative learning.
At Ormond Alliance, We are a family-oriented, missions-based church with a rich history which began in 1952 within the community. We have a unique service which blends both Traditional and Contemporary Worship.
Our covering is the Christian Missionary Alliance. Click here to find out more about this denomination.
Mt 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
At Alliance Church the Great Commission given by Jesus to His disciples is the core of how we function at our church.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance began as a deeper life and missionary movement initiated by Dr. Albert B. Simpson in 1887 to mobilize the underutilized lay forces and resources of the churches to “take the whole Bible to the whole world.” He believed that a life completely yielded to Christ was one in which service to Christ would be of paramount importance. A person controlled by the Holy Spirit has no choice but to be involved in bringing the Good News to others, either as an overseas missionary or as a missionary at home.
We are ordinary people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. Empowered by an extraordinary God, we come together for the common purpose of completing The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). We take faith-filled risks to see Christ’s Kingdom multiplied throughout the world.
What Is Our Mission?
We desire to know Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King and to complete His Great Commission.
What Is Our Vision?
Our goal is to develop healthy people (fully devoted followers of Christ), who come together to build healthy churches (unified as the Body of Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit), that produce a bountiful harvest (completing Christ’s Great Commission).
What Are Our Core Values?
Lost people matter to God. He wants them found. — Luke 19:10
Prayer is the primary work of the people of God. — Philippians 4:6–7
Everything we have belongs to God. We are only stewards. — I Chronicles 29:14
Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success. — Joshua 1:8
Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple. —Matthew 28:19
Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we can accomplish nothing. —I Corinthians 2:4–5
In Ezekiel 22:30 the LORD says, “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” (NIV)
Men let me ask, will we be the MAN that God can call on to ‘stand in the gap’ for Him? God is searching for faithful men – men who He can trust to live and lead for Him. God is looking for men He can trust with God-sized tasks; so will we be that man?
Will We Be That Man?
Christian Men Choosing to ‘Stand in the Gap’ for God
Come on out and join in with great fun and discussion about family issues and men’s concerns of today’s world lets team together with the help of our lord to conquer some of the stress men face in their life’s today.
Finally, we give thanks to God. A Christian who walks by faith accepts all circumstances from God. He thanks God when everything goes good, when everything goes bad, and for the “blues” somewhere in-between. He thanks God whether he feels like it or not. Erwin W. Lutzer (1941– ).
Thank you for checking us out today! We are a family-oriented, missions-based church in Ormond Beach, FL.
What makes our church special?
At Ormond Beach Alliance Church, you will find a smaller church setting, a strong contrast from the ‘mega-churches’ of today. However, we function this way to provide a close, personal, family of strong believers, committed to Christ that you don’t often find in big churches. We feature a host of ministries for you to get involved in.
Our church is multi-generational and our service is a blend of traditional and contemporary worship featuring heritage-rich hymns, contemporary Christian music, deep Biblical teaching and fresh, relevant perspectives and applications to our lives. You will find a congregation offering a fresh look at church, focusing on family, fun and the truth with a service and ministries everyone can enjoy and be a part of.
We invite you to come and worship with us anytime you wish – all are welcome. Our worship schedule is on the website for your convenience.
Please feel free to explore around our website and check out our staff, what’s going on, and ministries you can get involved in.
For more information, please email us or call our office, 386-677-0242.
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