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Come Clean

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  Come Clean!

TEXT:  2 Samuel 12 (p.263); Psalm 51 (p.474)




2 Samuel 12




“This kind of prayer requires a certain kind of God. No man will go to God just because he knows how poor he is in sin, unless he knows how rich God is in mercy.” David Redding

How do you begin a conversation with a God whom you have wronged?

1.  He begins with a (statement of faith) about the One from whom he is seeking the cleansing. David reminded himself of God’s character: (steadfast love) and (abundant mercy).

• David not only realized his (guilt), he also realized his sin was directed against (God).

2. David asked for (personal cleansing).

• “For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.” Ps.32:3-4

3. David rededicated himself to the (service of God).

• Micah 6:6-8 (p.779)

“God is looking for the heart that knows how little it deserves, how much it owes.” Derek Kidner

NEXT WEEK: Fallout- 2 Sam.12:15-23; 15; 16:22; 18:14b


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Greener Grass?

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  Greener Grass?

TEXT:  2 Samuel 11 (p.262)



“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.  Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.”  I Cor.10:11-12

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”  Pr.16:18

Sin always bears (consequences).

David’s slide can be attributed to three breaches:

1)      (Polygamy) and (lust)

2)      (Vulnerability)

3)      (Indulgence)


II. THE SHEATH                            


The cover-up included a “plan”:

1)      Twice he attempted to get Uriah (to sleep) with his wife.

2)      Have Uriah (murdered).

Turn to Psalm 32:1-5.  (p.462)

“There was a time when I wouldn’t admit what a sinner I was.  But my dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustration.  All day and night your hand was heavy on me.  My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day until I finally admitted all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them.”  Living Bible

Some practical advice:

1. Establish boundaries that keep you out of compromising situations.

2. Know the consequences ahead of time.

3. Invite someone to hold you accountable.

4. Cling to the Lord daily.

NEXT WEEK:  Come Clean!- Psalm 51


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When God Says No

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  When God Says No                     

TEXT:  2 Samuel 6-7 (p.258) 




“And when he had removed him (Saul), he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’“ Acts 13:22


Two things worthy of mention:

1)      Uzzah reacted the way most of us would.

2)      They were transporting the Ark wrong.


Disobedience always has its (price). 


God is God.  He cannot be worshipped in a way that violates His (holiness). Sometimes God says no because of (our disobedience). 


II.  WHEN GOD SAYS NO TO A LEGITIMATE DESIRE                           


Hard to watch a dream die and reconcile Psalm 37:5: “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him, and he will act.” 


In 2 Samuel 7 we find David in a situation where his motives were pure.  He went about it the right way. But the door is shut. 


David’s heart was in (the right place).  His plan was (noble).  His friend (applauded).  But God said No.   Why?  Turn to 2 Chron.22:6-10 (p.351)


God actually gave David a greater Yes- (a covenant) that far outshined the Temple. It guaranteed three things:

1. A “house” or posterity

2. A throne, or royal authority

3. A kingdom, or rule


2 responses when God says No;

1.  When God says no, He has (a better way).

2.  When God says no, our best reaction is one of (humility, surrender, and cooperation).


NEXT WEEK: Greener Grass?- 2 Samuel 11  


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Revenge Is NOT Sweet!

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  Revenge is (Not) Sweet                      

TEXT:  I Samuel 24-25 (p.246); Mt.5:38-42 (p.810) 


I. CHOOSING THE HIGH ROAD                   


The desire to strike back not limited to those who are not Christ-followers.  The desire for revenge is often as strong in us as it is in those who have no relationship with Jesus at all.


Engedi means “Spring of the goat”


Instead of (gloating and glorying) over what he had done, David was (stricken). 


“persuaded his men” conveys a heated discussion.


II. CHOOSING THE WISE ROAD                          


3 main players to this drama:

1.  David

2. Nabal- his name means (fool).  Fits him well.

3. Abigail- What a woman!!


What can we learn?

1.   From David: rash reactions never (pay off). 

2.   From Nabal: (arrogance) never wins and (insensitivity) loses big time.

3.   From Abigail: (wisdom) never loses.


Psalm 40: 1-3 (p.468)


NEXT WEEK: When God Says No- 2 Samuel 6-7 (see also I Kings 5)

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Ryan East – 07/01/2012

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  Ryan East Preaching This Sunday!



         Title: Revenge Is (Not) Sweet; I Samuel 24-25; Mt.5:38-42

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Let’s Go Spelunking!

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  Let’s Go Spelunking!

TEXT:  I Samuel 22: 1-2 (p.245); Psalm 57; Psalm 142 


I. THE CAVE: THE DOWNSIDE                  


Turn to I Samuel 18:12-16


David was riding a (high); Saul was riding a (low).  Even Jonathan recognized his father preoccupation with (killing David) and told him to be careful.


The downside: the tendency to look at things through a (negative lens). 


II. THE CAVE: THE UPSIDE                         


3 attitudes David show us:


1. David admitted his (need).  Ps.142

2. David cried for (help). Ps.57:1-5

3. David leaned on (God)  Ps.57:5-11 


Check out Psalm 34:1-4, 6-10, 19, 22.


NEXT WEEK: Ryan East preaching

 For July 8:  Title: Revenge Is (Not) Sweet; I Samuel 24-25; Mt.5:38-42

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Battle Ready

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  Battle Ready

TEXT:  I Samuel 17 (p.239) 


I.  DAVID KNEW HIS ENEMY                 


Goliath would have been about (9’9) tall.  The coat of mail went from shoulder to knee and weighed (175-200) pounds.  He also had a bronze helmet, bronze leggings, and a bronze javelin, whose head weighed about (20-25) pounds.  Shield was size of a full-grown man. 

 David knew his enemy. We can too.  Turn to Ephesians 6:10-12 (p.979). 


II. DAVID KNEW HIS WEAPON                        


Eliab, one of those in fear, tells David to get lost.  Notice Samuel’s first choice for king in 16:6.

 David knew his weapon. He didn’t go after Goliath with the king’s armor.  He went after him with his (sling and staff). 

 David knew his weapon. We can too. Turn to Ephesians 6:13-17. 




“Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”  Psalm 20:7

 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  Phil.4:13

 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Cor.12:9

 David knew his strength. We can too.  Turn to Ephesians 6:18


NEXT:  Series: David: Transformed by Passion

            Sermon:  Let’s Go Spelunking! I Samuel 22:1-2; Psalm 57; Psalm 142

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Who Says You’re a Nobody?

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  Who Says You’re a Nobody?

TEXT:  I Samuel 15:24-16:13 (p.238) 



Drowning Event #1: Disregard for God’s (Law).  I Samuel 13:8-14

Drowning Event #2: Disregard for God’s (Words).  I Samuel 15

Drowning Event #3: Disregard for God’s (Command). I Samuel 28:3-7


II. THE RISE OF DAVID                       

“When a man or woman of God fails, nothing of God fails.  When a man or woman of God changes, nothing of God changes.  When someone dies, nothing of God dies.  When our lives are altered by the unexpected, nothing of God is altered or unexpected.”  Chuck Swindoll


There are three major players in this drama:

  1. Samuel.
  2. God.
  3. David.


Some practical applications for us to see:

  1. God’s choices seem (strange) in our eyes.
  2. God often chooses (the weak) to confound (the wise). 
  3. Never judge (and make choices) by the (outward appearance).


NEXT:  Series: David: Transformed by Passion

            Sermon:  Battle Ready I Samuel 17

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What God Looks For

SERIES:  Transformed By Passion

TITLE:  What God Looks For

TEXT:  I Samuel 13:13-14 & others (p.235) 


I.  MAN’S CHOICE NOT GOD’S               

Turn to I Samuel 8 for background.  Two things stand out:

  • Their displeasure with Samuel’s sons
  • They want a king just like the nations around them.


The choice was a man named (Saul).  Description is 9:2.  Two instances that show the problem:

1)      I Samuel 13

2)      I Samuel 15


II. GOD’S CHOICE NOT MAN’S                      


4 characteristics of God’s choice:

  1. A (Thirst for God).    Turn to Psalm 42:1-2 (p.469) and Psalm 63:1
  2. (Sensitivity).  “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”  2 Chron.16:9   “God is constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to Him.”  (MSG)
  3. (Integrity).  Psalm 78:71-72.  God is not looking for magnificent specimens of (humanity).  He is looking for deeply (spiritual), genuinely (humble), honest-to-the-core (servants)  who have integrity.
  4. A willingness to (admit sin).   “Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”  Ps.139:23-24


NEXT:  Series: David: Transformed by Passion

            Sermon:  Who Says You’re a Nobody?  I Samuel 15:24-16:13

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Love’s Permanence

SERIES:  Transformed By Love

TITLE:  Love’s Permanence

TEXT:  I Corinthians 13: 8-19 (p.959)



  1. GETTING FOCUSED              


“Love never ends.”

            “Love never fails.”

            “Love never dies.”

            “Love will last forever.”


Word for “fail” is used of a leaf that falls to the ground, withers, and decays.

Word for “never” refers to time.


Word used for both prophecy and knowledge is (reduced to inactivity, abolished). 

Word for cease is (to stop, to come to an end).


  1. GETTING STARTED                     


4 truths from I Corinthians 13 worth remembering:

#1: Love is of God, not man, so (get connected).    See I John 4:7-13 (p.1023)

#2: Love is an (act), not a (feeling), so just do it.   I John 4:18

#3: Love is a (gift), not a wage or a bribe, so give it (freely). 

#4: Love is an (obligation), not an option, so pay it.   I John 4:11- “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”


NEXT:  Series: Transformed by Passion (Study of David)

            Sermon:  What God Looks For- I Samuel 13:13-14 (and others)                   

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