If you don’t love God most, then odds are you will love yourself the most. When we love ourselves the most, odds are we will live a life controlled by jealousy, just like King Saul.
Men look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. Saul was the people’s choice to be king because of his height and strength, but God chose to make a young boy named David king.
Rusty continues the 1 Samuel series by discussing Saul’s sin. Instead of owning his actions and repenting, Saul makes excuses, blames others, and attempts to justify his sin. He tries to give God a gift to make up for his disobedience, but God is clear that obedience is always better than sacrifice. We can own our sins because Christ has paid for them, and through His grace we can walk in obedience.
In 1 Samuel 15, we see God command the Israelites to completely destroy the Ammonites. Some point to this sort of story as proof that God is not really good. In this sermon, Rusty Milton teaches how we can respond to such questions and rest assured that we worship a good and loving God.
King Saul was chosen by God to be the first King of Israel. But he took a blessing, his kingship, and turned it into an idol by making it the most important thing in his life. God, and God alone, must be the greatest treasure of our heart. When we put other things before Him, we hurt ourselves and those closest to us.
Rusty returns to the series on 1 Samuel to discuss rebellion against God. When we reject Him, we begin to fear Him. But because of the work of His Son, those who repent and believe can approach the very throne room of God with no fear.
Rusty preaches on the dangers of ignoring the holiness of God. He is good and loving, but He is Holy, and we should never forget that. The solution? Run to Christ!
Evan Forester shares on 1 Samuel 5, which tells the fascinating story of what happened to the Ark of the Covenant when the Philistines took it and offered it to Dagon, their idol. Though the odds seemed stacked against Him, God proved victorious over Dagon, much like Christ proved victorious over the grave. As christians, we can rejoice because we share in that victory.
Rusty speaks on the tragic story of 1 Samuel 4. By attempting to control God, the wicked sons of Eli are killed, lose the ark of the covenant to the Philistines, and over 30,000 Israelites are killed in battle. But there is hope for us today, because of what Christ has done.
In 1 Samuel 3 we see Samuel’s first encounter with the Word of God. The Word was rare in those days, but it does not have to be rare in ours because He has given it to us so clearly. We can ask God to speak to us everyday!