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Sermons from August 2021

A Heart for God

TO OBEY IS BETTER

I. Obeying God is better than success. A. 1 Samuel 14:47-48 is a summary of Saul’s successful reign as king. Saul could look all around Israel at the end of his reign and see victory over Israel’s enemies. From the standpoint of Israel’s history, Saul is a success. Saul was successful in defeating Israel’s enemies.…

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Draw Near to God

1 Samuel 14:24-46 Focus on Grace, Not Religion “How much better if the people had eaten freely today . . .” (v30) “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”…

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OUR UNSTOPPABLE GOD

Scripture: 1 Samuel 14:1-23 I. God will not use the fearful and disobedient to save others. A. 1 Samuel 14 presents a contrast between King Saul and his son Jonathan. Where was King Saul (vs. 2)? He and his men were hiding in a cave. So, Jonathan is moving (vs. 1) while Saul is sitting.…

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The One After God’s Heart Obeys

Scripture: 1 Samuel 13 I. If you don’t obey God, God cannot bless your future. A. 1 Samuel 13 opens with another battle between Israel and those pesky Philistines. King Saul’s son Jonathan wins a battle against the Philistines (vs. 3), and the Philistines retaliate big time. So, what was King Saul going to do? Saul…

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God vs. The People

Scripture: 1 Samuel 12 I. God’s verdict is that His people are unfaithful. A. The main complaint that God has to bring against His people is found in vs. 12. God had made a covenant with His people. A covenant is a chosen relationship in which two parties make binding promises to each other. Israel…