In an episode very reminiscent of chapter 24, Saul once again pursued David into the wilderness of Ziph with 3,000 choice men. God caused the whole army to fall into a deep sleep which allowed David and Abishai to walk right into the middle of the camp and stand over slumbering Saul. David once again spared Saul’s life, and from his response, we learn of the depth of his faith, and of his desire to not be cut off from the means of public worship in Israel.
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.
In this message, Dr. Richard Barcellos explores the significance of the preaching ministry of the glorified Christ. Each time a preacher of the gospel stands to proclaim Scripture, it is Christ Himself preaching His truth for the salvation of souls and the edification of the body of Christ. Therefore, His church must give primacy to the proclamation of the Word of God.
According to Revelation 12, Christmas is about a 7 headed dragon waiting at the foot of the manger to devour the Christ child. Christmas is about intense spiritual warfare as the devil and his angels wage war in heaven and are cast down to the world in bitter defeat. And Christmas is about the victory of the lamb of God born out in the lives of the saints who are even willing to face death to show the world the glory of His salvation. In this 3rd and final message of the mini-series, we look at how Satan attacks the church and how God’s purpose prevails.
In this second of three sermons from Revelation 12, we explore the victory of the ages as Christ’s ascension triggers a battle in the heavens that ends with Satan being fully ejected from heaven. Because of Christ’s victory, no accusation will ever be heard against his people in the halls of heaven ever again. But now that Satan has been cast down to earth for good, he is going to do everything he can to attack God’s people physically with suffering and loss and death.
There are realities surrounding the incarnation of Christ that transcend mere human history. When we come to the 12th chapter of the book of Revelation, we see the significance of Christ’s coming against the timeless backdrop of the cosmic warfare going on in the spiritual realm between the prince of darkness and the Light of the World. In the first six verses, we are introduced to the main characters in this “Sky-Drama,” and we are brought to realize our own place in this cosmic battle.
Can we give thanks is all circumstances? Paul acknowledges that we are frail vessels of this glorious gospel, and that this ministry of the gospel is fraught with many hardships. Giving thanks in all circumstances is especially difficult while undergoing difficulty. We can give thanks in the midst of all circumstances, because it is meant to enlarge our faith, not as punishment, and because it is redemptive, not random. Paul corrects the irony of the Corinthian’s view of his condition as being so far below their own by reminding them that they share one faith, and as a result, there will be one inheritance. Paul is encouraged in knowing that he will stand, with the Corinthians, before the judgement seat of Christ. From this passage we will see that gratitude is a response to grace, gratitude abounds to the glory of God, and that this abounding response encourages us to not faint in light of the difficulty of this world.
True Christianity is costly, and will require personal sacrifice, and the things we must be willing to sacrifice are the most important things in this life: houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and father, farms and land. Yet at the same time, according to the words of Christ, we can know that the things which we sacrifice and give away will come back to us a hundredfold, not only in this life, but in the life to come. It is this truth that frees us to meet the needs of others, especially orphans.
Christ’s kingdom is not of this world. It is spiritual in essence, ruled by a spiritual king, and defended using spiritual warfare.
In this third and final sermon on 1 Samuel 17, Pastor Shawn explores the miraculous slaying of Goliath by young David. As we behold David’s courage, we see deeper lessons of how God always acts for His own glory, and in acting for His own glory, how He always secures the victory for His people. We also see that the victory of David over Goliath ultimately points us to Christ who came to slay the giant of our unbelief.