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Matthew Parks - March 24, 2024

The Final Plague Foretold

Outline: I. Announcement of the Final Plague (11:1-3) | II. Description of the Final Plague (11:4-8) | III. Reception of the Final Plague (11:9-10)

Scripture References: Exodus 11:1-10

 

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Ephesians 2:1-3
[And] you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

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Question 6: How can we glorify God?

Answer*: We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.

*Children’s answer is the bold text

Next Sunday's Sermon Text

Exodus 12:33-14:31 (ESV)

The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.” So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their cloaks on their shoulders. The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

And the people of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. A mixed multitude also went up with them, and very much livestock, both flocks and herds. And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.

The time that the people of Israel lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of 430 years, on that very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. It was a night of watching by the Lord, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this same night is a night of watching kept to the Lord by all the people of Israel throughout their generations.

And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the statute of the Passover: no foreigner shall eat of it, but every slave that is bought for money may eat of it after you have circumcised him. No foreigner or hired worker may eat of it. It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. If a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised. Then he may come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.”

All the people of Israel did just as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron. And on that very day the Lord brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.

The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.”

Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. And when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this service in this month. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, and no leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory. You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ And it shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this statute at its appointed time from year to year.

“When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as he swore to you and your fathers, and shall give it to you, you shall set apart to the Lord all that first opens the womb. All the firstborn of your animals that are males shall be the Lord’s. Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. Every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery. For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’ It shall be as a mark on your hand or frontlets between your eyes, for by a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.” And they moved on from Succoth and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing it, by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him, and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the people of Israel while the people of Israel were going out defiantly. The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamped at the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon.

When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground. And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they shall go in after them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, his chariots, and his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten glory over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness. And it lit up the night without one coming near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And in the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from before Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the Lord threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

KCC Church Family
Updates and Events

KCC Loop Good Friday 2024

 onGood Friday Gathering

Friday, March 29th | 7PM-8PM

Join us on Good Friday as we gather in a solemn service to hear and sing about the story and suffering of the cross. Childcare provided for 0-3 years old. We will be continuing the Exodus series on both Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

KCC Loop Hunger Drive

Malawi Hunger Relief Drive

You Can Give Until Sunday, March 31st (Easter Sunday)

It’s with sad and heavy hearts that we lift up our brothers and sisters in prayer. Due to food shortages largely because of climate-related extreme weather conditions, Malawi (home to nearly 20 million people) is facing a hunger crisis. We have specifically been praying for the church planters we’ve supported through the African Church Planting Initiative (ACPI) in light of the inflation and multiple crop failures and our hearts are burdened to give to food relief.

For those who feel led, we are asking for our members and regular attenders to give to this hunger relief for our brothers and sisters in Malawi so that the churches can extend the blessing to their neighbors who are also suffering.

FEC Latest Stories

Church Planting Movement Sweeps Across Southern Africa

People are hearing the good news of Jesus Christ in Southern Africa through God’s work in the Africa Church Planting Initiative (ACPI). Five years ago, the ACPI launched after Matt Boyers and Rocky Rocholl met with John Mutandwa in Zimbabwe to explore ways to bring more Bible-based doctrine to churches that had begun moving away from truth. Today, with the support of over 20 FEC churches, 60 churches have been planted across Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, and, as of next month, Madagascar.

Shared from FEC’s Latest Stories.

40 Days

Man Camp 2024

Friday, April 5th – Sunday, April 7th @ Miracle Camp, Lawton Michigan

We would like to invite all of the men at KCC to join us for this year’s Man Camp! Throwing hatchets, archery, zip-line, disc golf, trap shooting, and eating incredible food are just a few of the favorite activities at Man Camp. Most importantly, though, it is a great way for guys to grow in their faith alongside other men from KCC, be challenged in their walk with Christ by the chapel speaker, and be able to worship alongside other believers. Join us for the manliest weekend of the year! Bring your teenage boys too. These camps tend to fill up, so register as soon as possible if you would like to join us.

We will be attending Man Camp April 5-7, so make sure you sign-up for Man Camp 3 when you register at miraclecamp.com/mancamp/ . Standard bunk style lodging is $179 and Premium Hotel Style Lodging is $199. Most of us do the bunk style and stay in the same room. Use the code KINGSCROSS to get $10 off. If you sign up, post in the KCC men’s group in the church app to encourage others to go. Please email hello@kingscrossdefiance.com so we know you are going – this helps us coordinate carpooling.

Youth Bible Quiz Team

Northwest Ohio Teams Excel In Opening Matches Of Ohio/Pennsylvania Bible Quiz Invitational

Using their knowledge of Luke 1-15 and with some fast quizzing, all ten area Bible quiz teams won their first matches, and eight won their second at the Ohio/Pennsylvania Invitational, the weekend of March 22-23.

When the dust was settling Saturday afternoon, six of the ten teams had advanced to the Sweet 16 championship bracket. Northwest Ohio had three of the four number-one ranked teams in the bracket: North Clinton 1 and both Pettisville Missionary teams.

King’s Cross 1 was one of four teams ranked second; Eastland Baptist 2 and North Clinton 2 were thirdranked. Pettisville Missionary 1 beat Petra 2 from Pennsylvania and Fairlawn, the top team from Wayne County, Saturday evening to advance to a Sunday morning semifinal match. It is the first area team to advance to a Sunday morning semifinal match since a Lockport team in 2011.

At the 9 a.m. semifinal, Pettisville Missionary 1 beat Orrville, last year’s invitational champion, 100-10. In the championship match with Bowmansville 1, Bekley Stamm quizzed out on the ninth question, but the team was outscored 90-65.

In other matches in the Sweet 16, King’s Cross 1 beat Hinkletown 3 Saturday evening before falling to eventual champion Bowmansville 1, and finished fifth. Members were Elijah and Max Grunden, Andrew and Mackenzie Yenser, Camryn Tilley and Lydia Mosier. Eastland 2, North Clinton 1 and 2, and Pettisville 2 all tied for ninth. Eastland 2 included Cael, Malaki and Mathias Neilson, John Hosteter, and Conner Monroe. North Clinton 1 had Gage and Trey Nafziger, Levi and Lexi Short, and Callie and Lane Wyse. North Clinton 2 had Eli and Olivia Armstrong, Keren Maldonado, Tony Mingione, Laura and Luke Thomas. Pettisville Missionary 2 was comprised of Liam Hageman, Brianna Norr, Drake Peterson, Mollie Roth, and Nautica Stamm.

Because of the success of the area teams, none fell into the first two consolation brackets. Four teams did fall into the third consolation bracket, The Sower. Central 2 and Eastland Baptist 2 won two matches and tied for third in that bracket and 19th overall. Central 2 finished 25th. King’s Cross 2 finished 29th.

Highlights:

In its 9 am match, Saturday, Eastland Baptist 2 won 180-0 against its Pennsylvania opponent, Good Shepherd 2. At its 10 am match, Eastland gave Fairlawn its first loss, 110-45.

One of the biggest upsets of the day occurred at 10:20 am, when King’s Cross 2, who came into the tournament ranked 49th out of the 67 participating teams, took down Blainsport 1, who, in Lancaster County, Pa., finished second out of 49 teams and averaged 118 points per season match.

At 10:40 am, North Clinton 2, coming in ranked 48th, stunned the number nine Pennsylvania team, Calvary Monument 1, 130- 30. E. Armstrong and Mingione both quizzed out in the match. Pennsylvania invited all areas to the 2025 Invitational at Lancaster High School the weekend of March 22- 23, covering Luke 16-24 and Acts 1-9.–submitted by Ross Nofziger

Community Events and Needs

CPC Women’s Health Resource

38th Annual Spring Benefit and Silent Auction

CPC’s 38th Annual Spring Benefit and Silent Auction will be held on Tuesday, April 16th at Archbold Evangelical Church (705 Lafayette Street, Archbold, OH 43502). The event will feature a catered meal, a presentation, and opportunities to donate to CPC through a silent auction and offering collection.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The meal will be served at 6 p.m., and the program portion of the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please complete the form below to reserve your seat. Registration is $10 per adult (those under 18 get in free). If you have questions about the event, please contact our business office at (419) 636-5692.

Lily Creek Farms Eggstravaganza

Lily Creek Farms

‘Horseback Eggstravaganza’ March 23, 24 ,29, 30 2PM-6PM @ Camp Lakota

Horseback riding, games, and activities for the whole family! Get ready for a day of fun on March 23rd, 24th, 29th, or 30th. Don’t miss out, as this event sells out quickly!

Event Highlights:
Horseback Rides ($15)
Free Trolley Ride
Free Professional Face Painting
Free Live Bunny Exhibit
Bunny Trail Scavenger Hunt ($5)
Concessions Stand ($)
Free Indoor Games/Activities

They are also looking for volunteers who want to help with the event.

Prayer

SUNDAY PRAYER MEETING

Every Sunday | 9:00am

We are reviving a weekly prayer meeting at 9:00am in the Prayer Room/Mother’s Lounge. Everyone is invited to come seek the Lord together and pray for gospel renewal in our church, our community and around the world. Let’s outgrow this room in our devotion to prayer as a church.

“We need a work of the Holy Ghost of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless so that they may turn to God and live.” -C. H. Spurgeon, Only a Prayer Meeting.

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