Sermon Blog - Entries from October 2013

    SunSundayOctOctober27th2013 Rejected Deity: Time to Come Home
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged 1 Samuel 0 comments Add comment

    This week we’re picking back up in our study through 1 Samuel with a 5-week series called Rejected Deity.  Through November we’re going to learn some great life lessons about how to handle responsibility when others around us are making bad decisions, what happens when we choose to make the best of a bad situation by compromising our principles, and how a series of bad judgments can lead us to completely turning away from God.  But before we see how God’s people can sometimes turn away from Him, we start in 1 Samuel chapter 7 with God’s continuing message:  Come Home.  No matter what we’ve done, no matter how ridiculous we may feel about coming back to God in the middle of our mess, He is always waiting.

    Before we jump in, I want to refresh you or for those who weren’t here for our Samson series last year, I want to give you a little history behind what we’re reading.  If you just pick up in 1 Samuel you miss a huge portion of the story.

    Background leading up to 1 Samuel 7:

    • For a period of a couple hundred years between the death of Joshua and the reign of king Saul, God raised up a series of Judges to keep Israel from being completely overrun.
    • But because of their disobedience, God allowed other countries to invade and conquer portions of their land.
    • The Philistines inhabited the area of Gaza.  At this time in history they pushed into Israel and took over the inheritance of Dan along with some of Judah and Benjamin.  Dan moved to the north.
    • The confusing thing about the Old Testament is that we expect the books of the Bible and the stories in them to be in chronological order, but that isn’t always the case.  If we want to find out what happened between the birth of Samson and the time when our story picks up in Judges 14, we first need to look at 1 Samuel chapters 4-6.  You see that the ark of the covenant was captured by the Philistines and then returned to Israel because of God’s punishment on them.

    1 Samuel 7: 1-14
    1 Corinthians 7: 8-11
    Isaiah 40: 29-31

    SunSundayOctOctober6th2013 The Life of Worship
    byJeremy Flanagan Tagged 1 Chronicles 0 comments Add comment
    Today we’re passing the halfway point of our 4-week series on worship.  As I began the first sermon, we didn’t start with talking about us.  Because worship isn’t about us.  True worship IS about God.  If our worship is more about us then we’re really not worshipping.  So we started with a sermon called “The God We Worship” and looked at what the Bible says about our need to find out who He is and what He has asked from His people.  In reading the story of how Israel abandoned God just a short time after he miraculously brought them out of Egypt, we saw how quickly we can lose sight of who God is and what He’s done.  So we all have to answer the question, “Are We Worshipping the God Who Is, or the God You Want Him to Be?”  

    Last week we talked about “The Way We Worship”.  What you see from any verse on worship is that is involves an act on our part but it is focused completely on God.  Our problem is that most conversations we have on worship assume that God will be glorified no matter what we do so the main issue is to find out what works best for us.  I’m not saying that isn’t important, I’m just saying that we often get it backwards.  When we do look to see what type of public worship service God approved of, all we see is that it must be from the heart.  When we try to say one way of worship is greater than another, we are putting restrictions on the heart that God didn’t make.  If the Spirit of God is working on you to worship Him in a certain way and you suppress that because of what’s “allowed”, then you are telling God’s Spirit ‘no’.  And He’ll move on.  As a church we have to be open to the Holy Spirit and not close ourselves off from what He’s doing within our people.

    1 Chronicles 16:29
    Isaiah 29: 13-14
    Romans 12: 1-2
    1 Peter 2: 9-10
    Audio Pathway_10_06_2013.mp3

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