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!

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”

3 - 1 Sam 8-12 - King (pic)

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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