Storyline #52: 1 Samuel 18-31 “The King of Jealousy: Saul’s Demise”

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6 – 1 Sam 18-31 – Saul Demise (mp3)

6 – 1 Sam 18-31 – Saul Demise (fillout sheet)

6 – 1 Sam 18-31 – Saul Demise (outline)

6 – 1 Sam 18-31 – Saul Demise (Scripture)

6 – 1 Sam 18-31 – Saul Demise (order of service)

When a professional sports team wins the championship, their city welcomes them home with a ginormous victory celebration.  What cracks me up is when the city’s citizens decide to trash their city after the big win.  That has never made sense to me!  Such as, when the Lakers won the championship this year, there were people looting stores and shops, boneheads demolishing cars by jumping on the hoods, and some whack-jobs trying to take on the police.  Without the violence and barbarian-like behavior, Saul and David are also welcomed home from war with a celebration.   Continue reading

Storyline #51: 1 Samuel 16-17 “The Shepherd King: The Rise of The Warrior”

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5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (mp3)

5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (Outline)

5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (Scripture)

5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (service order)

5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (fillout sheet)

I can remember my basketball coach looking up and down our line of players during practice, and the longer he waited the more my heart would thump in my chest.  This was when I was a junior in high school, and so many players on our team were dead even except for the top four.  Our coach would scan our lined-up team back and fourth for the fifth starter.  At every single practice he would hang his head, breathe a deep sigh, and say, “Chip, I guess.”  That was my nickname on the basketball team.  Depressing!   

1 Samuel 16 – 27 is one of the most popular known and preached stories in all the Bible: David and Goliath.  I’m afraid that is hardly ever taught correctly, though.  I hear it mostly in terms of overcoming the giants in your life, finding courage within you, the little boy who could, and how to face your giants.  This story is not about being a David.  Instead, this story is all about how we’re weak and scared and how much we need Jesus.  Continue reading

Storyline #50: 1 Samuel 13-15 “EPIC FAIL: Where the Wrong King Leads”

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If you like our “Epic Fail” sermon, you’ll love this sermon on the “Sexiest Story in the Bible” on Numbers 25. You won’t believe it! https://youthgrouptruth.com/2008/11/20/storyline-30-numbers-25-%e2%80%9cisraelites-gone-wild-sex-cheaters-and-the-purity-of-christ%e2%80%9d/

4 – 1 Sam 13-15 – Saul Decline (Scripture)
4 – 1 Sam 13-15 – Saul Decline (mp3)
4 – 1 Sam 13-15 – Saul Decline (outline)
4 – 1 Sam 13-15 – Saul Decline (ppt)
Powerpoint Game – Busted (Fails go to Jail)
4 – 1 Sam 13-15 – Saul Decline (order of service)

Piggy-backing off last week’s lesson, I have another story from my canoe trip in Canada.  One of the days there while portaging (hiking with the canoe on my shoulders from lake to lake), I was following behind my canoe partner since I couldn’t see where I was going.  What was supposed to be a 2 minute hike turned into about 30 minutes…and longer.  I decided to run ahead a mile to try and find the rest of the crew, but all I found was myself all alone in the middle of the Canadian wilderness and defenseless while wearing a bright yellow “come and get me all you wild animals” life jacket.  I followed the wrong leader which led me to isolation, fear, helplessness, and danger.

The same is true for our lives.  I want to challenge you on where the wrong leader will lead you, and to give you some reasons as to why you need to follow Christ.  Continue reading

Storyline #49: 1 Samuel 8-12 “The Lyin’ King: Have It Your Way”

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3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (mp3)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (Pulpit)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (Scripture)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (fillout sheet)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (ppt)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (order of service)

            I remember one of the most challenging but yet most rewarding trips I ever took was when I went with a college group to the Algonquin National Forrest up in Canada for a week of camping, canoeing, and portaging.  It was a spiritual journey to build leadership.  Every day a new leader would be picked out of the group to take the map, direct the crew, and get us to our destination of the day…many miles away.  On the last day, the guide told us to pick out our own leader.  My “genius” group decided to not pick a leader, but to let the group’s consensus (in canoes, on a lake, etc) lead the way.  Needless to say, that day was a disaster.  We learned the need for point leadership.

            We all desire point leadership in our own lives.  This is common to everyone!  We desperately want something or someone to rule over us, something or someone to follow, and some purpose to devote our lives to.  Whether that turns into a person’s group of friends, a significant other, a career, a future dream to achieve, or just plain self-centeredness…everyone is desperate for a king.  God has purposely designed us this way. Continue reading

Storyline #48: 1 Samuel 4-7 “God Users are Losers”

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2 – 1 Sam 4-7 – Ark (handout)

2 – 1 Sam 4-7 – Ark (order of service)

2 – 1 Sam 4-7 – Ark (Scripture)

2 – 1 Sam 4-7 – Ark (ppt)

2 – 1 Sam 4-7 – Ark (Outline)

2 – 1 Sam 4-7 – Ark (mp3)

            Do you have a good luck charm?  Some baseball players sleep with their bat in their bed, some football players get trainers to smack them across the face to pump them up before a game, and some hockey players dip their stick in a toilet to teach it respect.  1 Samuel 4 – 7 is all about a story when the nation of Israel had reduced God down to their own cute little good luck charm.  So be thinking, “Do you use God as your own personal good luck charm?”  Let’s take a good look at this passage and our lives. Continue reading

Storyline #47: 1 Samuel 1-3 “The Rise of The Kingdom: Answer Every Call”

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1 – 1 Sam 1-3 – Samuel (game: kingdom text mix)

1 – 1 Sam 1-3 – Samuel (pulpit)

1 – 1 Sam 1-3 – Samuel (Scripture)

1 – 1 Sam 1-3 – Samuel (service order)

1 – 1 Sam 1-3 – Samuel (fillout sheet)

1 – 1 Sam 1-3 – Samuel (mp3)

1 – 1 Sam 1-3 – Samuel (ppt)

            “Kingdom” is a word that everyone gets and wants if they know it or not.  When I was around 7, my cousin and I would hangout a lot to set up our G.I. Joes like a kingdom battle.  In the next room, my sister would set up her Barbies like a peaceful kingdom-home.  All kids freak out when they get to experience the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld.  Even elderly people love to join a kingdom-like retirement village with their own chariot-golf carts, dwell in their own castle-apartments, etc.  A kingdom is a place were people life live together ruled by a king.  Our culture and we as humans seem to both understand and desire a kingdom, but why?  Everyone sets-up their own kind of kingdom.  Why?  It’s because God created us for an eternal and powerful kingdom.

            Leading up to the book of 1 Samuel, God is moving Israel into the kingdom phase of their history. Continue reading