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Simeon’s Testament

Text: Luke 2:25-35
Speaker: Chris Fales
Date: November 28, 2010

Chris Fales preaches at our evening service.

David’s Psalm of Thanksgiving (Part 1)

Text: II Samuel 22:1-25
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 28, 2010

Not by my plan, but rather by God’s providence this week’s sermon will cover David’s Psalm of Thanksgiving.

God communicates His truth to us through various literary forms. I and II Samuel are primarily historical narrative, but Psalms (songs) play an important role in powerfully expressing the themes of the book poetically.

Originally I and II Samuel were one large book. Early in I Samuel (2:1-10) we had Hannah’s song/psalm of praise to God which introduced the great themes of the book (God humbling the proud and exalting the humble, and the anticipation of the Messiah). Now at the end of II Samuel we have two Psalms of David. This Psalm of thanksgiving (22:1-51) in which David reflects back upon his life, and a final Psalm (23:1-7) which anticipates God’s future faithfulness to His covenant through the Messiah. This Psalm of thanksgiving corresponds in many ways to Hannah’s song as it uses similar vocabulary and develops the same themes. What Hannah anticipated decades before has been fulfilled by God’s grace. The Psalms at the beginning and the end serve as bookends.

Psalms of Thanksgiving follow a pattern in which the author states his intention to praise God, then describes how when he was in great distress he called out to God Who delivered him.

The Psalm gives God the praise He deserves for His great faithfulness.

This Psalm, rather than looking back on one particular event, recalls a lifetime of deliverances.

Christ is Supreme

Text: Hebrews 4:14-16
Speaker: Aaron Todd
Date: November 21, 2010

GBC intern Aaron Todd preaches on “Christ, the giver of mercy and grace,” in our evening service.

David’s Senseless Census

Text: II Samuel 24
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 21, 2010

This week we will be covering the last chapter of II Samuel, but we will not be finishing II Samuel. As you may recall, the last four chapters of II Samuel are a kind of an appendix or epilogue to the book which contains two stories (21:1-14 and 24), two hero lists (21:15-22)), and two songs (22:1-51 23:1-7). We are saving the two songs of praise, which give a magnificent poetic summary of the theme of I and II Samuel, for last

Chapter 24 follows the same pattern as 21:1-14 as we have the sin of a king (David this time instead of Saul), the punishment which comes upon the nation as a result, and the atonement which moves God to again bless His people.

David sins by counting the people of Israel which results in God’s awesome judgment coming upon the nation as 70,000 die. Thankfully, God shows mercy and His wrath is turned away through sacrifice.

This passage raises many very challenging questions starting from the first verse:

1. How can the LORD incite David to sin?

2. Was it the LORD or Satan who moved David to sin (the parallel passage in I Chronicles says that Satan incited David to sin)?

3. Why was the LORD angry with Israel?

Our text reveals many of God’s attributes including His absolute sovereignty, His justice, His wrath, and His mercy.

It also points, in a most remarkable way to the work of Jesus Christ.

Finally, we will have opportunity to make application in our own lives in terms of our confession of sin, the consequences of sin, God’s mercy to us, and our commitment to wholehearted worship.

Jesus’ Care and Power in the Storms of Life

Text: Mark 4:35-41
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: November 14, 2010

In Mark 4:35-41 the disciples find themselves in an overwhelming storm. Their response illustrates how we often respond to situations beyond our control, and Jesus’ action reminds us of what we need to believe during the smallest and largest storms of life.

David’s Mighty Men

Text: II Samuel 21:15-22, 23:8-39
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 14, 2010

Every culture has its heroes. This week we honored our war veterans whose sacrifices helped to secure our freedoms.

David was a great hero in Israel, but he did not win his victories alone. The LORD gave him a group of Mighty Men who followed his faithful example and promoted Israel’s security.

This week we will examine the great exploits of David’s Mighty Men.

Our David is not a mere Pastor, but Jesus Christ God’s Anointed Prophet, Priest and King who has conquered our enemies

We have the privilege of serving alongside of Him. He is worthy of our loyalty and devotion.

Atonement for Covenant Breaking

Text: II Samuel 21:1-14
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 7, 2010

II Samuel 21 is one of the most difficult texts in Scripture. A famine comes upon Israel because of the sins of their former King Saul who broke the covenant between Israel and the Gibeonites.

Several of Saul’s sons and grandsons have to be executed before God’s curse can be lifted. The mother of some of those executed braves the elements protecting her children’s corpses from the birds and the wild animals.

Some preachers skip over this text because of these challenges. Because we are convinced that all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable, we are convinced that God is working good through such circumstances and is revealing valuable truth to His people through His works. Some of the principles we will see include:

1. God is sovereign over calamity.

2. God takes our commitments very seriously.

3. The entire community may suffer for the sins of their leaders.

4. Christ suffered the consequences of our covenant disobedience so that God’s curse might be lifted from us.

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