Sermons from November 2023
In 1 Samuel 18:17-30 Saul attempts to persecute David subtly through his daughters. Like Laban with Jacob, he refuses to honor his promise to give David his daughter in marriage. Ultimately, however, God uses these subtle attempts to persecute David to exalt him further. We learn that God is always able to overturn persecution and to use it to advance His kingdom.
In Matthew 17:1-8 Christ brings Peter, James, and John up the mountain and is transfigured before them. Christ gives a foretaste of His glory and the majestic voice is borne from heaven testifying of His greatness. What are we to do in response to this? Listen to Him.
In 1 Samuel 18:1-16, there are two very different responses to David. On the one hand Jonathan’s soul is knit to David’s in love. On the other, Saul greatly opposes him. Though Jonathan and Saul are from the same family and have so much in common, there is a more fundamental reality that divides them. Jonathan is part of the seed of the woman and naturally loves those who fear God. Saul, on the other hand, is part of the…
In Matthew 16:24-28 Christ calls on His disciples to pick up their crosses and follow Him. This may appear to be a foolish thing to do as it leads to death. Christ, however, shows that it is in fact the only wise thing to do because “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake will find it.”
1 Samuel 17:1-58 tells the well-known story of David and Goliath. David’s defeat of Goliath is meant to be a type of Christ. David’s defeat of Goliath indicates that Christ is the giant-defeating, dragon-slaying King whose victory means victory for all of God’s people over the devil.
In Matthew 16:24-28, after shockingly predicting His own death, Christ calls upon His disciples to pick up their own crosses and follow Him to that death. The call to follow Christ is a call to a life of self-sacrifice.
In Matthew 16:21-23, immediately after Peter’s confession of faith, Christ predicts His own death. This is all the more shocking as it comes right after the confession that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Though contrary to thinking according to the flesh, this death and resurrection is necessary. Christ rebukes Peter for not recognizing this and thereby affirms that His death and resurrection is the plan of God.