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David’s Chastisement and Restoration

Text: II Samuel 12:14-31
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 31, 2010

This week’s passage raises some very challenging issues, including:

What do you say to parents whose infant has suddenly died as they wonder, ‘Is it our fault? Is God punishing us? Is our baby in heaven?’
What do you say to someone who is so much in despair that you fear that she may take her own life?
What do you say to a brother or sister in Christ who has passionately sought God’s blessing in a certain situation (a relationship, a job, a dream) and God has definitively answered ‘No’.
Can God bless a marriage which has begun sinfully, perhaps after fornication, adultery, or a divorce?

Our passage this week touches on all of these issues and more.

King David has been forgiven by God for his sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah (in attempt to cover-up his sin).
David, however, will still have to face the consequences of his sin, which include the death of the son conceived through his adultery with Bathsheba.
David pleads for the life of his son, but then when his son dies, he accepts the LORD’s will and worships.
The LORD also shows favor to David as David and Bathsheba have another son (Solomon) who is beloved of the LORD. Also, David is victorious in battle over the Ammonites.
Though he will bear the consequences and the scars of his sin, David’s relationship to the LORD has been restored.

This passage offers both instruction and hope for us as we think of how the LORD deals with us both in chastisement and in grace.

Seeking and Granting Forgiveness

Text: Genesis 50:15-21
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 24, 2010

While the most important forgiveness is the forgiveness we receive from God, we are also called upon to seek and grant forgiveness from one another.

The story of Joseph illustrates biblical principles of forgiveness.

1. We must seek forgiveness (quickly and thoroughly) when we wrong others.
2. We must grant forgiveness when others ask us.
3. Joseph teaches how we are able to forgive others (even when it is hard).

Righteousness for the Unrighteous

Text: Romans 3:21-26
Speaker: Ryan Wentzel
Outline: PDF
Date: January 17, 2010

Why is the Gospel “good news”? Romans 3:21-26 answers that question by showing us that God declares us to be righteous in His sight through faith in Christ, not through our best efforts to obey Him. Here are some questions to consider as you listen to this sermon:

1. What is the “righteousness of God”?
2. How does one receive the righteousness of God?
3. Why did Christ die on the cross?
4. What attributes of God are displayed in Christ’s death on the cross?

David Repents and God Forgives

Text: II Samuel 12:13-15; I Samuel 15; Psalm 51; Psalm 32
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 10, 2010

Last week we looked at the Prophet Nathan’s confrontation of David over his sins with Bathsheba and Uriah.

Tomorrow we will study David’s repentance and God’s forgiveness.

We will see the difference between worldly sorrow (in the example of Saul in I Samuel 15) and David’s godly sorrow.

We also will learn that even forgiven sin may have serious consequences.

The LORD Confronts David’s Sin

Text: II Samuel 12:1-12
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: January 3, 2010

This Sunday we resume our series in II Samuel as the LORD sends the prophet Nathan to confront David over his sin of committing adultery with Bathsheba and then murdering her husband Uriah in the cover up. In chapter 11 it seemed that David was in control and that he had literally gotten by with his crimes, but the LORD took notice. Several months later the LORD takes action as he sends the prophet Nathan to expose and rebuke David’s sin.

This passage reminds us that, while a true believer can fall into sin, sooner or later the LORD will do what it takes to bring him to repentance.

Nathan serves as an example of how God calls us to restore one another when someone falls into sin (Gal. 6:1).

It is also a reminder of how we should be receptive to those who come to admonish us.

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