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THE ESSENCE OF GOD: Exodus 34:5-7 - Shepherd School

Exodus 34:5-7

March 29, 2021 • Brett Baggett

The essence and glory of God is chiefly comprehended by reflecting on His attributes; and when you truly behold His essence and glory, the correct response is worship and pleadings for grace! I. WHEN MOSES ASKS TO SEE THE LORD’S GLORY, THE LORD ESSENTIALLY SAYS “YOU CANNOT SEE MY FACE BUT I WILL SPEAK” Exodus 33:18-23 “18 Moses said, ‘Please show me your glory.’ 19 And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.’ 21 And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.’”  II. THE ESSENCE AND GLORY OF GOD IS CHIEFLY COMPREHENDED BY REFLECTING ON HIS ATTRIBUTES (v. 5-7) Exodus 34:5-6a “5 The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6a The LORD passed before him and proclaimed...” I) The LORD is merciful (v. 6a) Exodus 34:6a The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful“ II) The LORD is gracious (v. 6b) Exodus 34:6b “and gracious,” III) The LORD is patient (v. 6c) Exodus 34:6c “slow to anger,” IV) The LORD is abounding in lovingkindness (v. 6d) Exodus 34:6d “and abounding in steadfast love (hesed)” V) The LORD is abounding in faithfulness (v. 6e) Exodus 34:6e “abounding in...faithfulness,” VI) The LORD is forgiving (v. 7a) Exodus 34:7a “keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,” VII) The LORD is holy and just (v. 7b) Exodus 34:7b “but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.’” III. HOW MOSES RESPONDS TO SEEING THE GLORY OF THE LORD (v. 8-9) I) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he worshipped (v. 8) Exodus 34:8 “And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped.” II) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he plead for God’s favorable presence (v. 9a) Exodus 34:9a “And he said, ‘If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us,’ III) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he plead for sanctifying grace (v. 9b) Exodus 34:9b ‘for it is a stiff-necked people,’ IV) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he plead for justifying grace (v. 9c) Exodus 34:9c ’and pardon our iniquity and our sin,’ V) When Moses beheld the glory of the LORD, he plead for Exodus 34:9d ’and take us for your inheritance.’”

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The first practical purpose of Shepherd School is to help every man lead his family. The second is to help him lead his small group, if and when he has one. The third practical purpose is to train up a would-be pastor who “aspires to the office of overseer” so that he may lead Jesus’ church in faithfulness. This is truly “a noble task” (1 Timothy 3:1) and requires that one meet the qualifications laid out in Scripture (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4). In everything we want to be as practical and as helpful as possible. Therefore you will be in class once per week, and in that class you will be taught the Scriptures as well as the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. In addition, you will read helpful books throughout the week and then discuss in person with the Pastors. Finally, for those in the certificate path, you will be examined and equipped with proper instructive and corrective training as you write theological essays and biblical expositions. This will all be done so that each man may be “a good soldier of Christ Jesus“ (2 Tim. 2:1-3) to the glory of God. This is not an average Bible study or small group setting. This is training for war. We believe this will be intensely challenging and, by God’s grace, extremely edifying for all involved. WHAT WE CONFESS The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and Hermeneutics The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel

WHY SHEPHERD SCHOOL? 2 Timothy 2:1-4 - Shepherd School

January 4, 2021 • Brett Baggett

Why shepherd school? I. So that you would be strengthened by grace (v. 1) II. So that you would be taught the truth (v. 2a) III. So that you would be equipped to teach others (v. 2b) IV. So that you would be a faithful soldier of Jesus Christ (v. 3) V. So that you will adequately aim at pleasing your King (v. 4)

SERMON PREP HOW TO - Brett Baggett - Shepherd School

April 26, 2021 • Brett Baggett

I. GENERAL I) Context. II) Text Work. III) Big Idea/Theme. IV) Divisions/Main Doctrinal Points/Outline II. SPECIFIC I) Explain. II) Cross reference. III) Proclaim. IV) Questions. V) Children. VI) Illustrate. III. HELPFUL ADDITIONS I) Quotes. II) Catechism. III) Creeds and Confessions. IV) Hymn. IV. CLOSING CHECKLIST I) Gospel / Christ / Call to repentance and faith. II) Intro / Conclusion. III) Memorize and Pray.