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The Promises of Love

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:55-18:5 I. Love looks like keeping your promises. A. In 1 Samuel 17:25 we hear from the soldiers what King Saul has promised to give to the soldier who kills the giant Goliath. Because Saul wants to keep his promises to the victorious David, he asks the army commander Abner who son…

In the Name of the Lord

1 Samuel 17:41-54 “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel. . .” (v45) Yahweh Reminds You that God is the Only Covenant Making and Keeping God “This…

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A Matter of Trust

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:31-40 I. You can trust your equipment in a fight. A. Saul did not trust that David would be able to beat the giant. David’s youth (vs. 33) made him an untrustworthy fighter. But we see what Saul did put his trust in when it came to battle in vs. 38-39: Saul trusted…

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Hero

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:1-30 I. God is the hero of every story by defeating the snake. A. Verse 1 says that the Philistine army was gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah. The Philistines are in the Promised Land and have, in effect, undone Joshua’s conquest of the Promised Land for Israel a few centuries…

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When the Spirit Departs

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:14-23 I. The departure of the Holy Spirit means the loss of God’s presence. A. “Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him” (1 Sam. 16:14). Psalm 51:11-12: “Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.…

Be Filled With the Spirit

Scripture: Ephesians 5:18-21  What are the evidences of a person who is filled with the Spirit? Their Praise Sounds Joyful (v19) “But others mocking said, ‘They are filled with wine.’  But Peter . . . lifted up his voice and addressed them: ‘For these people are not drunk as you suppose. . . God declares,…

The Holy Spirit is Another Jesus

Scripture: John 14:16-17  I. The Holy Spirit is another Jesus who is with you. A. Jesus talks about the good gift God will give to the disciples in vs. 16: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” The Holy Spirit is called by Jesus another…

The Spirit Gifts Us To Serve

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11  |  October 10, 2021 I. We serve the church with a diversity of gifts. A. The Apostle Paul, the writer of 1 Corinthians, begins to speak about the diversity of gifts within the church in vs. 8. But before he speaks about our different areas of gifting as Christians, he grounds our…

A Heart For Holiness

Scripture: Acts 5:1-11 I. The Holy Spirit empowers holiness by exposing sin. A.  Ananias and Sapphira in chapter 5 act in contrast to Barnabas in Acts 4:36-37. Barnabas sold some land and gives all of the money from the sale of the land to the apostles to help the poor. Ananias and Sapphira want to make…

A New Heart to Witness

Scripture: Acts 1:6-11 The Power to Witness Comes from the Holy Spirit “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses. . .” (v8) “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them…