Verse of the DayBut Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. — 1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)
The Fire Spreads
Acts 11:19-26 19 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
22 Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. 23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. 26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
His Magnificent Generosity
An encourager to his brethren
An encourager to his church
An encourager to his world
His Impressive Personality
His Innate Goodness
Encouraging to converts
His Secret of Success
He was good
He was full of the Holy Spirit
He was full of faith
Don’t waste your time waiting and longing for large opportunities which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming your attention.
The Way to Start a New Year: Right With God
2 Samuel 11:1-5
1 Now it came to pass in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. 2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”
The Tragic Cause of David’s Sin
Idleness – II Samuel 11:2
1. We cannot retire from the battle
2. It is failure not to do right
a. in the large things: Ten Commandments, Golden Rule, etc.
b. in the small things: daily life
B. Carelessness – Oswald Smith: “Unguarded strength is double weakness.”
1. With our thoughts
2. With our eyes
Reveals in us:
• who you are
• who you could be for righteousness
• who you could be for evil
• Undetected weakness: bad in the flesh / good in the flesh
• Unexpected opportunity: unprotected life
Callousness – cold-blooded sin – hardened
Stubbornness – rationalized: business as usual
The Tremendous Cost of David’s Sin –
A most miserable man
It wearied him -vs. 3
It weighted him -vs. 4
It wounded him -vs. 5
It worried him – vs. 6
It wasted him – vs. 7
It weakened him – vs. 8
A man in sin is not at peace with God, himself, or others.
– Psalm 38:11
The Timely Challenge of David’s Sin
A. Four Steps
2. Chastisement (whom God loves He chastens)
3. Confrontation – Nathan “Your are the man!”
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4. Consummation – God will kill you
Nathan – II Samuel 12:13 13So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”
We hold each other accountable.
The Total Cleansing of David’s Sin
A. God’s forgiveness is complete
B. Consequences may continue
C. Confession & Repentance is not wishful thinking
5 So all the work that Solomon had done for the house of the Lord was finished; and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and all the furnishings. And he put them in the treasuries of the house of God.2 Now Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel, in Jerusalem, that they might bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord up from the City of David, which is Zion. 3 Therefore all the men of Israel assembled with the king at the feast, which was in the seventh month. 4 So all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. 5 Then they brought up the ark, the tabernacle of meeting, and all the holy furnishings that were in the tabernacle. The priests and the Levites brought them up. 6 Also King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him before the ark, were sacrificing sheep and oxen that could not be counted or numbered for multitude. 7 Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple,[a] to the Most Holy Place, under the wings of the cherubim. 8 For the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles. 9 The poles extended so that the ends of the poles of the ark could be seen from the holy place, in front of the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day. 10 Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they had come out of Egypt.
11 And it came to pass when the priests came out of the Most Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without keeping to their divisions), 12 and the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets— 13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”[b]
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
A vision for ministry
“God examines the heart, knowing that good and evil things come from it. And the one God is looking for is the one whose heart is like his and his son’s.” Henry Blackberry
Requires good habits
Requires faithful praying
John 16:19-24 requires diligence
1 Thessalonians 5:6
Requires the evidence of the fruit of the spirit
1 Peter 1:6-9
A vision for boldness
A vision for the future
Jeremiah 29:11 for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Columbus Street Baptist Church
The House of Hope
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Bakersfield, CA 93305
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