Sermons by Joe Khan
Saul has now decided in his heart to kill David. Jonathan cannot believe his father would go back on his promise not to harm him. David pleads with Jonathan to find out his father’s true intentions. When they are uncovered, Jonathan is left having to make the biggest decision of his life. Pastor Joe will help us see how Jonathan’s decision informs the biggest decision any of us will ever make.
David has announced himself on the national stage and everyone is coming to terms with his amazing success. In the way of David’s victory we will see how different people respond to the future anointed King in order to see how we might be able to have genuine community, free from the jealousy and self-seeking problems of our world.
The nation had thrown their lot in with Saul, anointing him as their King to give them military success against the powerful nations around them. but as we have seen, Saul had been a failure and the nation was suffering as a result. But God had anointed a future King, one after His own heart. In this famous story, the future King David steps onto the national stage and shows the people, and the rejected King Saul, where true hope…
Saul’s failures as leader had seen his position become very unstable. Hiding in caves and rocky crags from the Philistines, he simply freezes in fear. But Jonathan, his son, will take decisive action and as he does we will see a way that we might be able to stand firm in our following of Jesus.
As Israel moves into a new era with their new king, their old leader Samuel steps back from public ministry. In his farewell address, he bares his heart to the nation and as he does we will be challenged by his integrity and the God he served. NB: No video available for this sermon. Audio only.
Israel has been on a roller-coast of perpetual change. They have come through seasons of war, loss, victory, corruption, and re-dedication. Now, as Samuel flags that his time in leadership might be coming to an end, the nation begins to look to its future. But will they look in the right direction?
Last week we saw the shocking and sorrowful moment that God willingly allowed Himself to be defeated in order to remain faithful to His word. This week Pastor Joe looks at what happens to the Ark of God while it is in Philistine captivity and how God reveals two staggering truths about who He really is.
Samuel has been established as one who speaks God’s word, the prophecy of God’s judgment against the house of Eli has been broadcast to the whole nation… how will the people respond. Pastor Joe helps us see the flaws in the way the people thought about God, and what God was prepared to do to keep His word!
In the nation of Israel there was a massive problem… the word of God was rare. This had contributed to the downfall of the nation and the problems with the leaders that we have seen so far. Pastor Ben examines the moment when the Word finally arrives. NB: There were issues with the recording of this sermon. The written notes are available by clicking here!
Nothing causes more damage to the witness of Jesus in this world than corrupt leadership within the church. And yet, the church still struggles to be free from horrible examples of it. As we continue in 1 Samuel, pastor Joe unpacks the corruption of Israel’s priests and helps us understand how we can reconcile this painful tragedy in our own times.