In David’s sons we see the dreadful spiral and spread of evil as they repeat the sin of their father. It’s another series of gut-wrenching events, which shows our need for the true Son of God who will spread blessing and not curse. Just before the sermon we watched this video Please be aware this sermon and Bible passage addresses a situation of abuse and violence. Outline The pattern repeats Twisted desires (vv1-19) Passive ‘protectors’ (vv20-23) Deadly revenge (vv23-39) Jesus breaks the pattern (Romans 12:1-2)
We know deep down there’s a problem with us that needs fixing. Our attempts to deal with sin without Jesus will only escalate this, bringing anxiety and chaos rather than peace and rest. In this sermon we’re looking at a dark chapter in the life of Israel’s great king…it’s revealing of our own hearts, and also of refreshing cleansing Jesus brings. Outline The seeds of sin (11:1) David falls (11:2-6) The cover-up (11:7-20) Jesus can wash you clean
Israel’s corruption (4:1; 5:10-12; 6:1-6) means God hates their religion (4:4-5; 5:21-26) Let justice and righteousness roll (5:24; 14-15)
A trustworthy saying (vv12-16) about a glorious God (v17) Do you know God’s grace?
Died to the law, alive to God (vv1-6) Though the law isn’t the problem, sin is (vv7-25) The law and you
The story so far … (Romans 1-5) How grace changes lives: it gives new life (6:2-11) it gives a new king (6:12-14) it gives a new master (6:15-23) Has God’s grace changed you?
A further threat… (vv31-34) …so be prepared (vv35-38) Jesus’ final preparation The Cup (Jeremiah 25:15-38) Twice betrayed (vv47- 65) Good news for deniers!
Achan’s hidden sin (7:1) …has devastating results for Israel (7:2-15) …and Achan’s family (7:16-26) Learning to fear the LORD Sin is Serious (Acts 5; 1 Corinthinas 11:27-30; 2 Corinthians 11:24; 2 Timothy 3:12) Grace is Enormous Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out (Acts 3:19a NIV)
A mysterious man with a strange plan (6:13-6:5) God wins (6:6-27) Jesus wins for us (1 Corinthians 15:50-57)
Israel are deceitful yet God’s given them every chance but they’ve blown it and still, God’s love is unbreakable We need God’s unbreakable love (1 Corinthians 15:55-56)