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Return of the King

Text: II Samuel 19:1-15,40-43
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 26, 2010

This Sunday, as we continue our exposition of 2 Samuel, we will begin to deal with the aftermath of David’s victory over Absalom.

After hearing of Absalom’s death, David is paralyzed by grief. He neglects his kingly duties and brings shame upon the loyal men who risked their lives to return him to the throne.
Joab sternly rebukes David who finally emerges from his funk and attends to the matters of his kingdom.

David’s grief raises the question of how much should we mourn, especially in the case of a loved one who dies in unbelief.
What can we say to those who have experienced such a loss?

David then goes about the challenging task of trying to reunite his divided kingdom. Tensions among the tribes of Israel appear to be intensifying.
Does David act wisely?

We also will seek to show how our text points to David’s greater Son, Jesus, of whom David serves as a type.
Read 2 Samuel 19:1-15. How would you point to Christ through this text?

Confident Supplication

Text: Psalm 27:7-14
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: September 19, 2010

Tomorrow I am planning to finish the psalm we began last week. Our text will be
Psalm 27:7-14. We switch gears from that of Confident Living to that of
Confident Supplication. In this section we see David properly captured as the
man who “seeks” after his LORD. Through good times and bad, David models for
us a protocol of steadfast intimacy with his God. He knows his help is in the
LORD; to the LORD he goes! Such “seeking” produced for David an enhanced
confidence that allowed him to successfully deal with each and every difficult
circumstance of his life. Simply stated, God gave him grace to continue
trusting Him! The fruit I am hoping our time together will produce is fairly
simple, yet potentially a great blessing: That we can be certain that our
humble, earnest prayers (like David’s), are heard by an all-knowing God who is
both for us and will faithfully lead us through whatever difficulty we find
ourselves in the midst of.

I would encourage you to read the whole of this psalm and perhaps also Psalm
34. As you do so, reflect upon God’s past mercies and present supports. Come
with hearts prepared for worship.

I am looking forward to being with you all tomorrow. Pray that the Word would
have its way with us all.

Confidence in the LORD

Text: Psalm 27
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: September 12, 2010

Do you find yourself in need of additional stores of confidence? If so, tomorrow is the day for you. In this text David, our psalmist, lists a myriad of potential temptations to doubt, discouragement, and to just plain “throwing in the towel”. Come and learn how our brother of long years ago wrestled with such difficulties and how he found grace to continue fighting the good fight of faith. The same resources given to him are still given to the children of our LORD. I am hopeful our souls will be well-blessed with these reminders.

David’s Friends and Christian Charity

Text: II Samuel 17:27-29
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 5, 2010

On Sunday evening I plan to bring a brief message from II Samuel 17:27-29, a text which we passed over quickly last week.
Often in my studies there are lovely nuggets of truth which I have to leave out of the sermon because of time and continuity.
This Sunday night I decided to present one of these nuggets in which David’s eastern friends who helped him in his darkest hour portray Christian charity and the love of Christ.

Victory, Judgement and Grief

Text: II Samuel 18
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 5, 2010

In the morning service I plan to preach from II Samuel 18 about David’s victory in the civil war and his grief over the death of his son Absalom.
This tragedy raises many issues which apply in our lives today as children still rebel against their godly parents who are often guilty of being passive.
The grief of such parents is like that of David who wept over his son Absalom.
Absalom in death is a monument of warning to those who rebel against the Lord in their foolish pride.
We also see Christ in this text. Like David he was rejected but now reigns as a conquering king.
As David was willing to die in the place of his wicked son, Jesus actually died for His wayward people.
Just as Absalom as the enemy of the Lord’s anointed was crushed, so those who refuse to bow the knee to Christ shall wind up like Absalom.

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