The Life of Joseph, Part 4: Redeemer // Kate Murphy

Genesis chapters 42-45

This Sunday we reach the end of our worship series on the life of Joseph—and it’s a good ending. Joseph has the chance to retaliate against the brothers who sold him into slavery. Instead, he chooses forgiveness and reconciliation, sort of. I mean—he imprisons them, frames them, and basically tortures them psychologically…but THEN he forgives them. As we turn the corner from Thanksgiving to Advent, listen and understand why our most glorious and heroic attempts at love and mercy reveal our need for a Savior.

The Life of Joseph, Part 2: Suffering // Kate Murphy

Genesis 39
This Sunday, we look into the next section of the “Life of Joseph” and #itscomplicated. Joseph’s immature use of his spiritual gifts brought a great deal of suffering upon his parents, his brothers, and on himself.  Years of painful enslavement matures Joseph into a man of integrity, and in a moment of crisis he takes a great risk to make a principled stand for righteousness. And God rewards his maturity and righteousness with–wait for it–another long season of suffering!
A deep look at Joseph’s life yields the unwelcome revelation that suffering isn’t reserved for unrighteous people.  The truth is, sometimes we suffer even when we are brave and strong enough to do the right thing. Join us and learn how and why we are called to do good, even when it costs us, and how God’s presence with us redeems whatever kind of suffering we are in.

The Life of Joseph, Part 1: Dreamer // Kate Murphy

Genesis 37:1-11

This Sunday, we begin a new worship series called The Life of Joseph. We remember him as a prophetic dreamer and a redeemer. But, like all of us, Joseph is more than his highlight reel. Joseph’s life was anointed—but before he learned to use his divine gifting he brought great pain upon himself and his family. Joseph’s life shows us the dangerous ways we can misuse our spiritual gifts—and his story can teach us how to carry them rightly. We all have holy gifts—listen in and learn how to use yours for the glory of God!