In 2 Samuel 7:1-17, David expresses a noble desire to build a temple for God. God responds that it is not his place to do so–that task will be given to one of his sons (Solomon, son of Bathsheba!) This passage comes before last week’s about David’s moral lapse–God already had a legacy in mind for David and sin didn’t alter the plan. Pastor Bob leads us in considering God’s higher plans and mysterious ways, with encouragement to embrace these in our own lives.
The story of David and Bathsheba. We’ll touch on some of the moral admonishments to be gleaned from the story, but the main focus will be on the better kingdom and the better King to come in fulfillment of God’s promises to David in 2 Samuel 7.
Bob brings the semester to a close with a overview of the Songs of Ascent, encouraging us to a realistic view of the world, an appreciation for God’s sovereignty, and an understanding of the central role of worship in the life of the believer.
Pastor Bob gives us a look at David’s uninhibited praise of God in 2 Samuel 6:1-15. God is worthy of our praise in all its various human expressions. Our faith is solemn as we look at Christ on the cross, but well-rounded faith also includes great delight in the presence of God.
Josiah speaks on Psalm 91. Yep, that’s the psalm the devil quoted when he was tempting Jesus in the wilderness. How do we make God our refuge? How do we handle those promises that ‘no harm will befall you’?
An overview of David’s earthly kingdom as a reflection of God’s heavenly kingdom. Pastor Bob explores the themes of righteousness and sin, considering how God has taken sinful human beings and created a story through them that is a divine tapestry of grace.
The Psalm’s are full of godly wisdom. One of the ways the psalmists commend wisdom to us is by presenting two alternative paths: the path of righteousness and the way of the wicked. Each path leads somewhere. While the path of wickedness may look enticing, it leads to destruction. The path of righteousness, on the other hand, looks hard, but leads to blessing, to life, to eternity, to God.
A look at Saul’s kingship from its promising beginning to its tragic end. Though it seems like a story about a person and his self-focus, it is especially a story about God, Israel, and leadership.
Pastor Bob kicks off a new miniseries on the book of Psalms. Each week we’ll look at a different type of psalm: wisdom, lament, Messianic. This week, Bob begins with psalms of praise, addressing issues like “Why does God want our praise?” and “What happens to us when we praise God?”
Christ is risen! Satan’s end was God’s means, and the resurrection life that God gave to Jesus opened the door for all to receive that same life through faith.