Sermon Starters

What to Do When Trouble Comes

1 Samuel 30:6

Intro.: David was deeply distressed at this juncture in his life. But trouble is no respecter of persons (Job 5:7; 14:1), and maybe you are passing through a time of trouble now? If so, there is help in this study for you-or perhaps for some future need.

Notice, from 1 Samuel 30:1-6, that:

I. David's Trouble Was Very Real.

II. David Was in Trouble Although He Was a Child of God (see Acts 13:22).

A. Think how much the Lord suffered (Heb. 13:12).

B. How much Paul suffered (2 Cor. 11:23-24).

C. Can you think of one true child of God who has not experienced something of the bitterness of trial and testing?

D. We are not to think God does not love us when trouble comes (cf. 1 Pet. 4:12).

III. The Lord Permitted David's Trouble.

A. So did He with Joseph (Gen. 39:20); Jeremiah (Jer. 37:15; Peter (Acts 12:5-6).

B. Job's faith was so firmly established that he could say: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him" (Job 13:15).

C. God wants us to learn to trust Him even when we do not understand.

IV. David's Trouble Was in a Very Real Sense His Own Fault.

A. David was backslidden.

B. Saul also disregarded God's will.

C. God punished Saul, but chastened David.

D. Are your misdeeds behind your troubles (read Gen. 42:21)?

E. But for His true children, God only permits trials for His glory and for our own good (cf. Rom. 8:28).

V. David's Trouble Was a Blessing in Disguise.

A. He was driven to enquire of the Lord (v. 8; c.f. Ps. 119:67 and Heb. 12:11).

B. The one thing God wants in our lives is complete surrender to His loving will.

Conclusion:

Remind yourself that you belong to Him.

Recall His past mercies.

Turn to Him.

Enquire of Him.

Obey Him

Trust Him.

Acknowledge His goodness.

Francis W. Dixon
Words of Life Ministries
www.wordsoflife.co.uk

The Discipline of Darkness

Isaiah 50:10-11

Intro.: Sometimes even committed Christians may fall into darkness. Nothing makes sense. Why? Why? Why? "Why" is God's question to answer, in His good time. Preachers can only urge what to do when the lights go out.

I. Those of Greatest Devotion May Know the Deepest Darkness (v. 10).

A. The idea that Christians will know no sorrow in life is sadly distorted.

B. Examples of God's children who knew times of darkness: Job (v. 19:8); Habakkuk (1:2); John the Baptist, who in his time of darkness sent to ask Jesus if He really was the Messiah; the Apostle Paul (2 Cor. 4:8) said he was perplexed; many great saints confessed to going through "a dark night of the soul."

C. Being in darkness does not mean we are sinning or out of the will of God.

II. The Faith that Is Born in the Light Is Often Developed in the Dark. Three "John's" who grew through darkness:

A. John Milton was blind, but wrote one of the greatest of books, Paradise Lost.

B. John Bunyan, wrote Pilgrim's Progress while he was in prison.

C. John the apostle wrote The Revelation while exiled to the bleak Isle of Patmos.

D. Never doubt in the dark what God has revealed in the light.

III. How Does God Develop Our Faith in Darkness?

A. Look to the Lord (Isa. 50:10). Trust Him without demanding to know why. Don't stop trusting, don't stop praying; don't stop tithing; don't stop witnessing; don't stop praising.

B. Lean on the Lord. Sometimes God removes everything but Himself, that we may trust Him more (Ps. 23:4: "for Thou art with me"; Job 13:15: "though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him").

C. Some things are seen in the dark that cannot be seen in the light (cf. Isa. 50:3-4): stars; also treasures of darkness (cf. Isa. 45:3). In the light we see more clearly, but in the dark we see further.

IV. It Is Better for You to Be Leaning on God in the Darkness than Standing Alone in Man-Made Light (Isa. 50:11).

A. God brought the darkness. Man-made light is deceptive.

B. Examples: Abraham was promised a son, but he felt a need to help God; Moses killed an Egyptian instead of waiting on God; Simon Peter wept bitterly after denying the Lord.

V. If Your Sun Has Set, It Will Rise Again (Isa. 50:4; Ps. 30:5; Ps. 112:4).

Conclusion: An artist made a friend sit in darkness before viewing painting, because he "had the glare of the street in his eyes."

Trust God and learn the treasures of the darkness.

Without Jesus, the sun will never rise upon unbelievers.

Adapted from an Adrian Rogers' Love Worth Finding sermon

Examined and Exalted (Joseph as a Type of Christ)

Intr.: Joseph so walked in the heavenly Father's presence spiritually that he became like the Father's Son, our Lord, typologically. We will examine two of the most striking similarities between Joseph and Jesus, and attempt to apply them to ourselves.

I. Christ-like character results in your examination (Gen. 39:9; Heb. 4:15).

A. Your families may not believe in you, as neither Joseph's nor Jesus' family believed in them (Gen. 37:4; John 15:25).

B. Your family and friends may not be true to you: Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery; and Jesus' disciple betrayed Him (Gen. 37:28; Matt. 26:15).

II. Christ-like character results in your exaltation: Joseph, after his trials, was exalted by Pharaoh; our Lord was exalted by His Father, following His crucifixion (Gen. 41:39; Phil. 2:10).

III. Your Christ-like character makes it easier for others to find deliverance from God for themselves: just so did Joseph's brothers find deliverance through his mercy and forgiveness; and we find deliverance from sin and acceptance with God through Jesus' loving sacrifice (Gen. 45:7; 1 John 4:9).

IV. Your Christ-like character makes it easier for others to dedicate themselves to God: During the famine in Egypt, the people willingly sold themselves to Pharaoh in exchange for life-giving food; the typological equivalent is Christians dedicating their hearts and lives to the service of our God (Gen. 47:19; 1 Cor. 6:19-20).

Conc.: So, when you boil it down, what should you expect if you become like Jesus?

1. You should expect tests along the way.

2. You should also expect triumphs before the end of your days.

Steve D. Eutsler

The People's Reaction to the Ministry of Christ

Luke 4:28-37

I. The Reaction in the Synagogue in Nazareth (vv. 28-30)-The Nazarenes drove Jesus out of the synagogue

A. The expression of rage (28)

B. The escapade of destruction (29)

C. The escape of Jesus (30)

II. The Reaction in the Synagogue in Capernaum (vv. 31-37)-The Nazarene cast a demon out of the synagogue

A. They were filled with amazement (31-32)

B. They were filled with wonder (36)

C. The district was filled with news (37)

Bill Taylor

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