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Thread: Sermons preached on 6/14/09

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    Sermons preached on 6/14/09

    I didn't want to distract from Rich's thoughtful post on the sermon he heard today about the humility of Christ's work, so I thought I'd start this general thread on sermons from today.

    Our sermon was the first in a new series on I & II Samuel, which will focus mainly on the life of David. Tonight's sermon was on 1 Samuel 1:4-11, and 2:6-10, concentrating on Hannah and God's promise of sending David. There were 4 main points:

    1. Hannah's tears
    A. The Old Testament always presents polygamy in a negative light,
    underscoring the perfect plan of 1 woman/1 man marriage.
    B. Hannah was sorrowful and tormented by a desire to conform to cultural
    pressures of childbearing. Though childbearing isn't typically a cultural
    pressure today, we are afflicated by our own cultural pressures of
    success, education, romance, etc.
    2. Hannah's turn
    A. Hannah resolutely ignored the "other wife's" taunts, and her own
    husband's misplaced advice to get her satisfaction in him. She ignored
    them and turned to God.
    B. Hannah was freed from her burden when she didn't desire childbearing
    for herself, but for God. Instead of desiring a child for selfish reasons,
    she now desired a child to glorify God, as evidenced by her vow to take
    the Nazirite vow. It should be noted that Hannah was not making a deal
    with God.
    3. Hannah's song
    A. Pattern - God shows strength through weakness, inclusion through
    exclusion, wealth through poverty, etc. This is echoed in Mary's song,
    and illustrated that God's salvific pattern of the OT was fulfilled in
    B. Person - Christ was poor in order to make us wealthy in terms of
    righteousness, was defeated to have ultimate victory. God doesn't work
    according to worldly standards and doesn't need our help in
    accomplishes his salvation. Hannah prophesied King David, but Jesus
    was the ultimate Messiah (2:10).
    4. Practical applications
    A. Our hope and rest must be in Christ alone, in cultural standards or a
    desire for conformity. Only in Christ can we find peace as Hannah did.
    B. We may never know why we suffer, but we know that God has an
    ultimate purpose in all things - even if we don't know what that purpose
    Member, Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) - though transferring soon to a church in FL
    Destin, FL

    "Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool." - Isaiah 1:18

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    The first sermon was on Amos. But what I would rather relate is the second sermon (we broke for a meal at noon, then resumed worship at 1:45 after a meal). The second sermon was on the Lord's table and discerning the body of Christ. One of the things that was mentioned is that the exhortation/admonition of Paul in discerning the body was that we are to not focus on ourselves, but the body of Christ ... the church! The immediate application given was to those in the congregation around us, but it also applies to the whole of the body. We should be in prayer not just for ourselves in the service, but also for all others.

    As some have read in the prayer thread, I have been greatly troubled over the visible church not honoring Christ appropriately. Discerning the body of Christ means I should be concerned over the spiritual well-being of the entire body of Christ (as well as my own). It is my prayer every day that God will be merciful to his church here in Leesburg, throughout Virginia, the United States, and to the ends of the earth.

    The sermon for the Lord's table is not often the one I remember and am moved by the most. But this was excellent and very timely (we celebrated the sacrament immediately after the second sermon).
    Brian Withnell
    Deacon, OPC
    Leesburg, Virginia

    You cannot train for war in the midst of a battle. Prepare before the battle starts; if the battle is long and hard, you will wish you had.

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    Today was my fifth, and last (for a while), sermon on parenting. Into was on Aleister Crowly and I tied his connection with Kaballah as an early gnostic heresy of Judaism along with the Christian upbringing that he enjoyed. But it wasn't long after his father died that he was "provoked to wrath" and grew to hate anything "Christian." After teaching on godly discipline for a bit I closed with David, Amnon, Tamar and Absolom and the whole mess that resulted from David's example as an adulterer, murderer, failure in upholding the law and fearer of men. The result was a son who raped a daughter, was considered above the law, was murdered by another son, who was then considered above the law as well and later organized a coup before being struck down by a loyal, if less than godly, general. David had undermined his country, his military command and his family during his lifetime, and it came back to haunt him. If a man after God's own heart could fail so mightily how much more must we be vigorous in our walks and pursuit of raising a generation with an eternal vision for the glory of God?
    For the Glory of our King,
    Joe Johnson
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    -- Matthew Henry on 1 John 1:9

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    This morning, I preached on Mark 7:24-30, "Jesus gives bread to the children and the dogs."

    This afternoon it was Lord's Day 23 of the Heidelberg Catechism: "God justifies the ungodly: a real-life courtroom drama." I always love preaching on justification!

    This evening, Mark 13:24-27, "Be watchful for the Lord is coming as a judge with glory and power."
    Wes Bredenhof, Th.D.
    Pastor, Free Reformed Church
    Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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    Scripture Reading: Genesis 30:22-43; Romans 6
    Sermon: Romans 6:1-6
    Rev. Andy Eppard
    Senior Pastor
    First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
    Springfield, MO

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    [Catechism: Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 3536]

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    Pastor, Oceanside United Reformed Church, Carlsbad/Oceanside, California

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    I preached on Isaiah 40:1-5 -- "Comfort from the Lord"
    Tim Phillips
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    My loving husband didn't mention that this sermon -- discerning the "body" in our brothers and sisters around us during communion -- was particularly poignant because it was the first time our oldest son participated along with another dear young man.
    Member Bethel OPC

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