This Sunday we continue the “KING” message series by taking a step further into the story of David found in the Old Testament books of 1-2 Samuel. These are some of the most fascinating, well-written stories you’ll find anywhere, and they reveal a beautiful truth about Jesus.
In this series we are reconnecting the with the concept of “king” to better understand Jesus and our relationship with him. When we consider the story of Israel’s first king, Saul, we see the results of what life is like when God gives us the kind of king we think we want. That is, when he gives us a king who looks like us. (Spoiler: it turned out to be a mess that left everyone with regret.) So we must learn from Saul’s story. Sure, we may not have the influence of a king, but we all have areas of responsibility where others count on us or look to us for guidance. So how do we avoid a similar outcome as Saul’s?
In this series we are exploring the cyclical nature of God’s people. A journey of freedom, failure, and faithfulness. This message follows the story of God’s people in the land of Canaan found in the Old Testament book of Judges, when a new generation grows up and turns from the faith of their fathers. Because of their sin, God allows his people to suffer oppression in the land. But when they repent, he raises up military leaders to restore the land to peace. Even still, each new generation that comes after turns away from the Lord, and the cycle continues again and again. Sadly, this cycle is similar to the downward trend of faith that is occurring today from one generation to the next. Where did we go wrong? Thankfully, the stories in Judges point us to the real problem.
In this series we are exploring the cyclical nature of God’s people. A journey of freedom, failure, and faithfulness. We’re picking up in the story at Israel’s crossing of the Jordan River into the land of Canaan found in the book of Joshua, where this cycle really begins to emerge. Called by God to be set apart from the world, even to challenge it, they face one obstacle after another that tests their hearts. While the stories in Joshua are historical, we may also use them as metaphors of our own spiritual journeys today. We too are called to be set apart from the world, to challenge it, and to inspire people to put their faith in God. But what keeps us going when being faithful gets hard?