Draw Near to God and to Others (Part 4 of 5)

Draw Near to God and to Others

Hebrews is helpful for anyone wanting to think about the importance of Church.

In Chapter 10 the author writes to Christians who were losing confidence – some were persecuted, some were leaving the faith to avoid suffering, and others were abandoning Christ because they wanted to fit in with the world around them. His advice? – draw near to God and draw near to others!

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Sermon – The Rock and Fortress of David (2 Sam 22-23)

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David’s songs are a commentary on his experience of the God who reigns and saves and to which David owes everything.  They are words that are sung by all who depend on God for their salvation in a fallen world.

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 22-23

Talk Outline – 2 Samuel 22-23

– Ken Noakes

Sermon – Harsh Justice & Eternal Hope (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

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In this sermon we hear about how King Saul’s reign left a history of offense against God. His judgement is experienced yet in the context of his mercy and faithfulness.

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 21:1-14

– David Shead

– Josh Ord

 

Membership (Part 2 of 5)

Membership

In the world that we live in, ‘Membership’ is a fairly common idea. We have memberships to libraries, sports clubs, magazines or journals, road service organisations, schools, clubs, gyms, churches and much more.

We pay, to secure some benefit – be it the ability to borrow books, or to secure good seats to watch our favourite sport, or to receive the magazine that interests us, or guarantee help if the car breaks down, or help for the school to give our children a better education, or a vote in the club that we belong, or cheaper entry to be able to use exercise equipment. You get the drift!

In many ways, the benefits of ‘membership’ in our secular world mirrors ‘membership’ in a church, but not completely – there is a difference.

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Sermon – Restoration and Revolt (2 Sam 19-20)

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King David returns to Jerusalem with a less than enthusiastic reception yet his compassion and mercy appear to remain.  The historical account of David’s reign winds down with his kingdom restless and divided, the sword ever present, yet God still faithfully working to fulfill his promises.

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 19:9-20:26

– Ben Smith

 

Sermon – Calamity upon the House of David – Part 2 (2 Samuel 15-18)

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Through the twists and turns that has become the norm in King David’s household we see God painfully faithful to his word. His judgment remains on David’s house as Absalom rebels and David flees.  Yet it is God who remains on the throne, and preserves David’s place on it, frustrating the usurpers, protecting his king and removing those who defy him.

In the ups and downs that we know in life, who calls the shots? How do you benefit by trusting God in the good and the bad?

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 14:45-19:8

Talk Outline – 2 Samuel 15-18

– Ken Noakes

 

Sermon – Calamity upon the House of David – Part 1 (2 Samuel 13-14)

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Ever witnessed a bad situation seemingly spiral out of control?

Welcome to 2 Samuel 13-14. The failure of King David which was so dramatic recounted in 2 Samuel 11-12, now gets played out by his sons as they put on an even more inglorious display of lust, rape, hate, murder and treason – and all while David sits on the bench sidelined and unwilling to step up as a father, judge or king should.

What can Christians learn from this sad tale, when we too are plagued with sin, burdened by the consequence of judgement, yet covered by the grace of the gospel?

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 13-14

– Ken Noakes

– Josh Ord