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The Battle Before the Battle

Text: II Samuel 16:15-17:29
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: August 29, 2010

Sometimes we may be tempted to think that everything in life is against us and that there is no hope.
David was at a low point in his life when his son Absalom sought to steal his throne and take his life.
Absalom had the great majority of the people on his side and his advisor was the most shrewd man in Israel.
David, however, had been in such a position before (remember Goliath and Saul?).
He knows that the LORD is able to deliver him and has prayed to that end (15:31).

The LORD works in remarkable ways. Even before the battle between the armies commences, there is a battle among Absalom’s advisors.
David’s spy Hushai thwarts the wise counsel of Ahithophel which allows David time to relocate and regroup.

Jesus also experienced dark hours in His life. Like David, He was betrayed by his close companion as powerful men unjustly sought to kill Him.
Jesus, like David, also triumphs over the power of evil as his betrayer comes to a nasty end.

As we experience awful events in our personal lives or when we see evil prevailing in the world, we need not despair.
God is still in control working out His purposes for our good and His own glory. We can trust Him!

David’s Flight and Faith

Text: II Samuel 15:13-16:14
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: August 22, 2010

This Sunday we (finally) return to 2 Samuel where David’s son Absalom is leading a revolt against him.
David has to flee from Jerusalem to save his life. As he is doing so he encounters both friends and enemies.
The record of David’s flight is recorded in great detail. One reason may be that there are numerous parallels between David’s humilation and that of Jesus, of whom David is a type.
David also sets an example for us as he humbly and prayerfully entrusts himself to the LORD in the midst of this awful trial.
It seems that David does better spiritually when under pressure. Such may be true for us as well. Ps. 119:67

Please read 2 Samuel 15-17 before coming to church tomorrow. You also might enjoy Psalm 3 which is believed to have been written during this time of his life.

If you want to look a bit deeper into this section examine the parallel structure of 2 Samuel 15-20 in the introduction to the attached notes.

Satisfaction for the Thirsty

Text: Isaiah 55
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: August 15, 2010

Spurgeon called Isaiah 55 a chapter of gospel invitation. He preached from this passage at least eighteen times.

Isaiah 55 pleads with the lost to abandon their worthless idols. The Lord offers abundant pardon and rich kingdom blessings to those who turn to Him.

Isaiah 55 also speaks to believers who sometimes waste their time and money seeking to find joy and satisfaction in worldly things instead of finding their fulfillment in Christ.

Isaiah 55 also points to Christ who offers Himself as our spiritual food and drink.

Liberty and Love

Text: Romans 14:13-23
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: August 8, 2010

Are you strong?

Last week Paul began his discussion of the issues over which Christians differ by encouraging all of us to accept one another without judging in these difficult matters.

In this week’s text Paul focuses upon those who consider themselves strong – because they believe they have liberty to do things in which the weak cannot participate without violating his conscience.
Rather than looking down on the weak, the strong should forego the use of his freedom for the sake of those who don’t enjoy the same sense of freedom.
In so doing he is living out the gospel by imitating Christ who gave up His rights for us.

Dealing with our Differences

Text: Romans 14:1-12
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: August 1, 2010

There are some issues on which compromise is impossible. For example, Paul says in Galatians 1 that if anyone preaches a false gospel he is to be accursed.
On the other hand, there are many issues over which real Christians who believe the gospel and who hold to the infallible authority of Scripture disagree.
In the early church there were differences of opinon over issues of food, drink, and days.
The principles which Paul applies to the Romans also addresses some of the issues over which sincere believers disagree today.
We are to accept one another as Christ has accepted us, not judging each other on matters over which Christians differ.
Our shared ambition is to please and glorify our Lord.

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