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David’s Kindness Rejected

Text: II Samuel 10
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 29, 2009

This Sunday morning we come to a pivotal passage in the life of David. In II Samuel 9 David offered covenant lovingkindness to Mephibosheth, a potential enemy, who responded with humble gratitude.

In this week’s text David again offers lovingkindness to an enemy, Hanun, King of the Ammonites, who responds with suspicion in insult which lead to war.

The LORD again gives David and his men victory, but… it is during the war with the Ammonites that David falls into his tragic sin with Bathsheeba (next week in chapter 11).

This passage serves as a warning to us against spiritual presumption. David fell when he was at the peak of his success. How careful we must be, especially when life is going well! I Cor. 10:12

David’s Lovingkindness to Mephibosheth

Text: II Samuel 9
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 22, 2009

This Sunday we will enjoy one of the most touching stories in the life of David in which he shows kindness to Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth.

If things had gone differently, Jonathan would have been King and Mephibosheth would have been the Crown Prince.

But because of Saul’s sin, Jonathan died and the kingdom was taken away from Saul’s family and given to David.

As we come to II Samuel 9, when David is firmly established on his throne he remembers his covenant with Jonathan and seeks a descendant of Jonathan to see if he can show him lovingkindess as Jonathan had shown to him. Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth is found (perhaps hiding) in the far corner of the land. David summons him and showers lovingkindness upon him, making him rich and adopting him as a son. Mephibosheth is overwhelmed and humbled by David’s love and mercy.

David’s lovingkindness to Mephibosheth is a picture of God’s lovingkindness towards us (II Sam. 9:3). We were unworthy enemies, whose father (Adam) had through sin lost the kingdom.

God sought us out when we were hiding from Him and bestowed riches upon us, adopting us as His sons and daughters.

We who have received such mercy are also called upon to reflect God’s love in our dealings with others.

God’s Anointed King Conquers

Text: II Samuel 8
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 15, 2009

Believe it or not this week we will be back in II Samuel. You may remember from a few months ago that we had gotten through II Samuel 7 in which the LORD established His covenant with David.

David had wanted to build a house for the LORD, but it was the LORD who was going to build David’s house. David’s response was a heartfelt prayer of praise to God.

In chapter 8 we see David and his army fighting enemies to the North, South, East and West. These, however, are not simple tribal skirmishes which took place a long time ago in a far away place.

In each case David was victorious because the LORD was with him in fulfillment of His covenant promises (made to the fathers and confirmed in the previous chapter). v. 6b,14b

More importantly, David is a type of His descendant Jesus who also conquers God’s enemies.

David’s neighbors had a choice. They could submit to the LORD’s anointed and enjoy peace, or they could oppose him and be destroyed.

Al people today face the same choice as to whether to fight Jesus or to submit to Him.

Finally our study of David’s warfare applies to us today. It is not an example for our national foreign policy because there is no theocracy in this age (John 18:36).

Believers today are engaged in spiritual warfare in a hostile world. Like David, we fight in the LORD’s strength. He has given us all of the resources we need to prevail because of Christ (Eph. 6:10ff).

Exhortation to Elders

Text: Acts 20:7-38; I Timothy 4:6-16
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 8, 2009

This Sunday we plan to publicly recognize our newest elder. For this occasion I plan to preach from Paul’s exhortations to the elders in Ephesus in Acts 20.

The Lord has wisely established a structure for His church to be led by a plurality of elders under the headship of Christ. He has wisely laid out the duties of our undershepherds along with our responsibilities as sheep.

Sola Scriptura

Text: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 1, 2009

October 31 was Reformation Day which commemorates the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses (protesting abuses of the Roman Catholic church) to the church door in Wittenburg in 1517. Luther’s act is seen as the spark which began the reformation which quickly spread throughout much of Europe and has impacted the church and the world ever since.

A key issue in the reformation was that of authority. The Roman Catholics taught that authority rests in their church which defines and interprets the Scriptures. They also taught that the pronouncements of church councils, traditions, and papal pronouncements are authoritative alongside of Scripture. They once forbade lay people from possessing the Bible in any form (especially in their own languages) and forced them to attend ‘worship’ which was conducted in a language they did not know (Latin).

Luther, who was a Monk teaching in the University in Wittenburg, began to understand, through His study of Scripture, that the church had strayed far from the Bible. At first he tried to reform the church, but when that failed, a new movement was born. Luther and the other reformers proclaimed that the Bible alone is our authority in matters of religious faith and practice (sola scriptura – scripture alone). This understanding also led them to see that the Bible teaches that salvation is by grace (sola gratia) along through faith alone (sola fide) in Christ (solo Christo) alone to God’s glory alone (sole Deo Gloria). Here we stand!

In today’s message we will consider what the Bible says about its own infallibility, sufficiency, and power. We also will be reminded of the way of salvation taught throughout the Scriptures.

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