2022-01-23: The Life of David — David Anointed King of Israel

Sermon Audio: David Anointed King of Israel
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: II Samuel 5:1-16
Duration: 20:51
Size: 14.3 MB

The Life of David
David Anointed King of Israel
II Samuel 5:1-16

The stage was finally set for David to be anointed as king over all Israel, as God had promised so many years earlier.

David’s coronation as king over Israel must be understood as something unique, different from any other coronation.

I. God’s King Is Crowned (II Samuel 5:1-5)
They were all descendants of Abraham, and so the elders wanted David to be their king because he was a brother and not a foreigner or stranger.

God was establishing his kingdom on earth. David was crowned as God’s king of his kingdom.

II. God’s City Is Chosen (II Samuel 5:6-10)
God was with David, who was chosen by God to be the king of his kingdom. And so, Jerusalem became the capitol city of the kingdom of God on earth.

III. God’s Rule Is Consolidated (II Samuel 5:11-12)
Centuries earlier, God said to Abraham, “…in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”.

IV. God’s Kingdom Is Compromised (II Samuel 5:13-16)
The consummated kingdom of God, when Jesus returns to earth, will be a kingdom in which there is no compromise at all.

2022-01-16: The Life of David — David and Ish-Bosheth

Sermon Audio: David and Ish-Bosheth
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: II Samuel 4:1-12
Duration: 24:09
Size: 16.5 MB

The Life of David
David and Ish-Bosheth
II Samuel 4:1-12

Today’s lesson picks up when Ish-Bosheth hears the news of Abner’s death, and what happens to Ish-Bosheth after that.

Sometimes, people even try to order their lives or community through unjust means.

I. Courage Fails When We Ignore God (II Samuel 4:1)
So, news of Abner’s death caused Ish-Bosheth’s courage to fail. And not only Ish-Bosheth, but all Israel was dismayed.

Don’t live as if God is not sovereign over all things.

II. God Will Fulfill His Purposes (II Samuel 4:2-4)
Even today, let us believe that God is fulfilling his purposes.

III. Poor Theology Does Not Cover Sin (II Samuel 4:5-8)
The problem was that their theology was not only poor theology, but it was also wrong theology.

Poor theology, however, may give temporary comfort, but if it is wrong, it will never cover sin.

IV. God’s Saving Work Leads to Gratitude (II Samuel 4:9)
Gratitude is a natural response to salvation. It does not require coercion or encouragement; to the extent that the individual understands what has happened, gratitude will flow organically and abundantly from their heart.

V. God’s Judgment Rests on Sinners (II Samuel 4:10-12)
You and I are sinners. God’s judgment will fall on us unless we turn to Jesus and ask him to have God’s judgment fall on him.

2022-01-09: The Life of David — David Mourns Abner

Sermon Audio: David Mourns Abner
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: II Samuel 3:22-39
Duration: 23:43
Size: 16.2 MB

The Life of David
David Mourns Abner
II Samuel 3:22-39

David was seeking to establish God’s kingdom of peace on earth.

The fact is that Jesus Christ is perfect, and we are not.

I. God’s King Is Peaceful (II Samuel 3:22-23)
Instead of conflict there was now peace, as David received Abner into his fellowship.

II. God’s King Is Innocent (II Samuel 3:24-30,37)
Nevertheless, Joab, unknown to David, sent messengers after Abner and summoned him back to Hebron.

David was innocent of all wrongdoing.

III. God’s King Is Good (II Samuel 3:31-36)
David pointed his people–and us–to the true king, King Jesus. Jesus is good. He is always good.

IV. God’s King Is Gracious (II Samuel 3:38)
King David was showing himself to be a gracious king to those who came to him seeking reconciliation.

V. God’s King Is Gentle (II Samuel 3:39)
David was gentle toward Joab and Abishai. It takes great strength to be gentle.

2021-12-26: Words of Christmas — Love (re-gift)

Sermon Audio: Words of Christmas — Love (re-gift)
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38
Duration: 22:32
Size: 15.4 MB

Words of Christmas
Love (re-gift)
Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38