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The Lord Saves

Scripture: 1 Samuel 11 I. God saves you when there is no one else who can save you. A.  Back in 1 Samuel 8:20 the people of Israel told Samuel they wanted a king who would go out before them and fight their battles. Now Saul is going to fight his first battle as king.…

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Long Live the King!

1 Samuel 10:17-27 God Saves “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’” (v18) A king cannot save you. Only God can do that. “The king…

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The Chosen King

Scripture: 1 Samuel 9:1 – 10:16 I. Israel’s Chosen King a. Who is Saul? – Although Saul comes from some humble beginnings, we can see some things about Saul in this passage that would give the appearance that he could in fact be a great king. b. Saul was tall and handsome – “There was not a man…

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A King Like All the Nations

Scripture: 1 Samuel 8 I. We leave God behind for substitutes. A. Instead of worshiping the one true God, we worship substitutes for God. Earlier in its history, God had anticipated Israel wanting a king. Deuteronomy 17:14-15: “When you come to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell…

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This Holy God!

Scripture: 1 Samuel 6:1-7:2 I. God reveals His holiness to unbelievers. A. In 1 Sam. 6:1 we see that after the ark of the Lord had been captured by the Philistines, it stayed with the Philistines in their country for seven months. During those seven months, God was doing some serious damage to the Philistines.…

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The LORD is Greater

Scripture: 1 Samuel 5 I. The LORD is greater than idols. A. In vs. 1-2 we see what the Philistines did after they had defeated the Israelites in battle and had captured the ark of the LORD. The Philistines were making a statement by putting the ark of the LORD beside their god Dagon. They…

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When God’s Glory is Gone

1 Samuel 4:12-22 There is Fear “Eli was sitting by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God.” (v13) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) “Since…

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Only God Can Save You

May 30, 2021 Scripture: 1 Samuel 4:1b-11 I. You need to put your trust in God, not in religious good-luck charms. A. 1 Samuel 4:1 we read about how the Israelites go out to fight the Philistines. And who won according to vs. 2? “Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand…

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God Speaks

Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a I. Sometimes God speaks rarely. A. We see God spoke rarely in Israel when Samuel was a boy in 1 Sam. 3:1. But we move in this chapter from a nation where the word of God was rare to a place where the word of God reached all Israel in 1…