Reviewing the account of David and Bathsheba we see that God is a holy God and hates sin, that He also loves to forgive but that we still need to turn to Him in repentance. This is a hard-hitting sermon which challenges our modern complacency to the idea of sin.
Carrying on with the story of David and Goliath, we review what David was putting his faith in – namely the name of God and that God would fight for him and also we see the importance of declaring God’s name and victory out loud.
Looking at the account of David and Goliath, we see that David’s faith grew in everyday situations, that it was an authentic and considered faith and that it was for the long-term. Discover things about David’s family and Goliath that you may not have considered before.
We see that out of a lifestyle of worship and service David developed a heart and then lifestyle which was determined that God would be honoured. 1 Samuel 17 and the confrontation between David and Goliath is our starting point. We learn some core things about identity and having a heart to serve God.
Out of a heart of worship we see that David prophecies. Using the amazing prophetic Psalm 22 we look at that God will choose a worshipper to use in the prophetic ministry. Paul in Corinthians suggests all Christians can prophecy, but it is vital that we have a worshipping heart.
David’s epitaph was that God considered him to be a man after His own heart. This sermon encourages us to be like David and be a worshipper above everything else – the rest of our Christian lives will flow out of that.
In our family service we looked at ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus – the children have been studying these in Sunday school. The question is asked – ‘what do you think about what Jesus said about Himself?’!
In the final talk on the beatitudes we examine the idea of persecution – what it is and what it isn’t. This is something that will face every Christian who truly wants to follow Jesus.
This sermon compares ceremonial purity, moral purity and purity of the heart. We are blessed when our our hearts are purified, and this enables us to see God right now but one day we will see Him face to face. The important thing is that God is looking at our hearts.
Jesus points to a different way of life – a life where godly characteristics develop in our lives from the inside out. This beatitude focuses on showing loving kindness to those around us. One block to reaching out in mercy to others is unforgiveness.