There is an intriguing phrase that appears at the beginning (2 Samuel 4:9) and end (1 Kings 1:29) of David's kingship. It hangs like an unfurled banner over his life and times. It reveals why David and his kingdom succeeded and survived. Not because of his physical prowess or military might. But because of God, who time and time again delivered him... OUT OF EVERY ADVERSITY.
Lest any think David's life as a Middle Eastern monarch was easy, they had best think again. Trouble and adversity accompanied him at every turn. And some of it was even self-caused. Yet, through it all, David's covenant God, Yahweh, protected and preserved His king and people... as He had promised.
This series will complete our study of the books of Samuel. We will consider key episodes from the life of David, the man after God's own heart. We'll be moved at times by his strength of character. At other times, we'll be shocked by his deception and misconduct. But more often, we'll marvel at God's faithfulness in mercifully delivering king and people in spite of their failings.
Finally, as we work through these old stories, we will discover new ways of experiencing this God in our stories. How do we react to those who stand over us and against us? Are we able to grieve well over the loss of cherished companions? Do we know the fear and joy of the LORD as David did? Will we keep promises made during good days when called to do so during dark days? Do we fear the consequences of misconduct enough to behave when temptation knocks? These are some of the ideas we'll meet up with in 2 Samuel as we learn about the God who delivers OUT OF EVERY ADVERSITY.
On October 2nd, Fred Thomson will be teaching from John 20:30-31 titled, "Scripture in Today's World". Over the next year, interspersed with our regular sermon series, we will occasionally highlight areas of belief to which we aspire and which govern our personal and community actions and character. Although Balmoral is a unique fellowship, these beliefs are not uniquely ours, but are shared with others of like mind. Conversely, they also differentiate us from other faiths, other Christian traditions, and those in our world who profess no faith. Each belief is not only an idea or concept, but a practice that comes out in how we think, interact, and live. Fred will begin the "Living Our Belief" series this coming Sunday with a look at what role the Bible has in our lives, our families, our faith, and the way we live.
Please feel welcome to join us on Sunday at 10:30AM as we worship together with singing (a mix of contemporary & traditional), prayer, expository teaching from the scriptures, and communion, all followed by fellowship over “coffee & sweets”. In addition, on the last Sunday of the month, we also meet from 9-10AM for a service of communion, sharing and hymns. Everyone is welcome to join us as we worship God together!