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Smoke: God's Present-Tense Presence


SMOKE: a four-session sermon series, will explore four incredible Old Testament stories where God interacted with His people through smoke and fire. This series will challenge your students to step into God’s presence, power, provision, and priority. As they stare into the smoke and see how God reveals Himself, their hearts will be set on fire by God’s present-tense presence

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Vincent Van Gogh famously once said, “One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul, and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.” Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And where there’s fire in the Bible, there’s God. Come with us as we step into God’s presence, God’s power, God’s provision, and God’s priority. Sit for a moment beside the flame. Stare into the smoke and let your heart be set on fire for Him.

  • Session Overview
  • What's Included

    Session 1 – The Presence of God (Exodus 3:1-6) 

    The story of Moses and his encounter with the burning bush shows us that smoke signals God's presence is present tense. God wasn't a past-tense deliverer of the Israelites. He was ready, willing, and able to deliver them in the present. God wasn't a past-tense deliverer of Moses as a baby. God wanted to use Moses in the present. God has plans for us, just as he did for Moses. He wants us to live in His present-tense presence. 

    Session 2 – The Power of God (1 Kings 18:16-40)

    In the story of Elijah, smoke signaled that God’s power had prevailed. This is still true today, but do we live like it? To do this, we need to begin as Elijah did by altering the altar. We must clear the way for God’s present-tense presence and prevailing power to break into our lives and quit wavering between two opinions. 

    Session 3 – The Provision of God (Exodus 13:17-22) 

    The Exodus era of God’s people is just part of a long tale of God providing for the Israelites. God’s provision may not have been what the Israelites expected, but the heavenly pillars of cloud, fire, and smoke left no doubt that God was providing by guiding. God is still providing by guiding us today. His work is not dependent on us, but it’s not independent of us either. We have a role, and that’s to follow where God guides.

    Session 4 – The Priority of God (Exodus 3:7-12) 

    God’s invitation for Moses to revere, repent, and remain came with an expectation to return. God called Moses to make God’s mission the priority of his life. Moses’ mission was to help the Israelites escape slavery and move into the Promised Land. God also invites us to make Him our priority. As we return to the burning bush, we see that smoke signals that God’s invitation comes with expectations. If we are to make God our priority, we should expect Him to summon us to follow Him on mission.


  • Detailed Sermon Outlines 

    Every Sermon Series comes with detailed sermon outlines. Teach them "as is" or adapt them to suit your specific ministry context. 

    Discussion questions 

    Questions are designed to foster conversations, help students think critically about the teaching, and wrestle with how these Biblical truths impact their complicated and ever-changing lives. You can use these discussion questions to facilitate small groups after your large group teaching or even create handouts for students to work through the message as you go.

    Title and Background slides 

    These are designed to be dropped into your favorite presentation software to help you build a creative environment around your sermon. Use them as a backdrop for song lyrics, Scripture passages, teaching points, and any illustrations you choose to display.

    Artwork for promo and social media 

    Social media images, web banners, and a printable poster file are included. Perfect for newsletters, websites, social media platforms, or print them off for posters and bulletin inserts.

    Logo (including native logo design files) 

    We include a logo file and the native design files to allow you to use the logo in ways you see fit. 

    100% downloadable and adaptable

    You can download everything as soon as you finish your purchase. Nothing is shipped to you.


Overview and Sample Sermon

Overview and Sample Sermon

Download a full overview of Smoke and sample the first sermon in the series.

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