What do you do when the consequences of your bad choices come crushing down upon you? When we pick up with chapter 29, we find David in a position where he is going to have to join the Philistine army in battle against his own people. His lack of faith in God’s protection and his deception of King Achish of Gath have brought he and his men to this critical point. Thankfully, David could never put himself beyond God’s ability to rescue, and God’s mercy is exactly what we see in this text.
Jesus speaks in His Sermon on the Mount regarding the character of those in His kingdom. His people are to be those who hunger and thirst for a fully-orbed righteousness. They are to thirst fo the declarative righteousness that is theirs through their union with our perfectly just Christ, as well as to hunger for a genuine, ethical righteousness in our practical living.
Here at the end of chapter 25, we find David taking Abigail as a wife. He additionally takes Ahinoam as a wife about the same time, both in addition to his marriage to Michal. David’s choices at this point raise the question of polygamy in the Bible. Why does God allow a man after His own heart to multiply wives? How do we understand the issue of polygamy in the Bible? How does the presence of polygamy point us to our need for Christ? These are questions answered in this sermon.
Jesus is the faithful Son who, while even under great duress, fulfills the 5th commandment by caring for his mother. This is the Second of a two-part sermon set on the 5th commandment, and it specifically covers the duties of parents (and others in positions of authority).
Chapter 18 of first Samuel is where the relationship between David and Saul takes the turn for the worst. As God is at work through young David, he is more and more esteemed in the eyes of the people. But as David’s reputation rises, Saul erupts with jealousy. His jealousy leads him not only to the attempted murder of David, but to use his own family as a means to place David in harm’s way. Through Saul, we learn of the dangers of selfish fear, sinful jealousy, and anger.
God has given us a church that’s purpose is to glorify Christ. This sermon highlights what is the Church and who is God.
In the second sermon from 1 Peter 4:7-11, we are taken to the larger perspective of what motivates the church to bear the gospel to the lost world. One of the greatest dangers we face as Christians is not persecution or the rise and fall of nations; it is falling in love with the world and failing to live out the gospel. Thus, we are to live in light of the pending consummation, minister in such a way that manifests the power of Christ, and we are to view all things as pursuant to God’s glory.
Every true church is an embassy of the kingdom of Christ, and if the church is an embassy, we are all ambassadors. Because of our new identity in Jesus, our priorities, attitudes and actions are to bear out a divine ethic of love that results in all glory being given to Christ. This ethic of love is evidenced in our corporate prayers, how we show hospitality, the way we serve one another, and the affection and love we share with one another. As the church embodies these traits faithfully, the lost will be drawn to this display of the glory of Christ.
If our doctrine and beliefs do not move us to gospel living and active ministry, then we are not truly loving Christ. If the Spirit has granted us genuine trust in our Savior, then our faith fuels the affection of our hearts and moves us to put our Love for Jesus into action. One of the critical areas where this is born out is in our witness to the world of the glories of Christ. In this first sermon of a mini-series on community missions, we learn what it means to give an account of our hope.
In Peter’s final words to the churches, we find him once again stressing the importance role of Scripture in the believer’s life. In the Bible, we have the wisdom of God. Though false teachers seek to twist and distort God’s Word, we are to remain steadfast in the truth, guarding ourselves from error and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.