Stand Alone Sermons
Hannah: A Woman of Grace
1 Samuel 1:1-28 • May 14, 2017 • Toby Henson
1. Her Sorrow (1:1-8) Hannah, the wife of Elkanah, is harassed by Elkanah's second wife for being barren. We are told that the Lord had closed Hannah's womb. She was being prepared for an act of divine deliverance that would produce the next great leader for Israel. 2. Her Supplication (1:9-20) On a trip to the temple, Hannah prays silently for a son. Eli, the priest, thinks she is drunk, but when she explains, he affirms her. Upon returning home, Hannah conceives and bears a son, Samuel. 3. Her Surrender (1:21-28) Hannah takes Samuel to the temple and dedicates him to the Lord. Perhaps the most prominent catchphrase in the story of Samuel is "before the Lord" (1:22). Samuel was to live "before the Lord" always, and this he actually did. 4. Parenting with Grace Hannah, a woman of grace, parented with grace. What lessons have we learned from Hannah that can be used to train up children in the service of the Lord? Every child needs to know that they are a gift from God. Every child needs someone praying for them. Every child needs biblical instruction. Every child needs to know that they are loved. Every child needs to be released for God's purpose.
Ephesians 4:4-6 • January 15, 2017 • Toby Henson
1. The Unity of the One Spirit (4:4) "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called..." Ephesians 4:4 "One body" refers to the church--the body of Christ. As believers, we are members of one body by virtue of the "one Spirit" dwelling within us. All who have the spirit have a common hope. The Holy Spirit is a guarantee that all believers will stand together in the presence of the Lord in the likeness of Christ. That is our "one hope." 2. The Unity of the One Lord (4:5) "...one Lord, one faith, one baptism..." Ephesians 4:5 We receive salvation from "one Lord." Christ Jesus died and rose again. Salvation is found only is Him. This exclusivism is highlighted in our text with the declaration that there is only "one faith." The object of our "one faith" is our lone Lord. "One baptism" identifies a believer as belonging to Christ and His Church. 3. The Unity of the One God (4:6) "...one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." Ephesians 4:6 God the Father is the creator of all and the goal of all of life. This verse reveals at least two truths about Creator God. First, we were created by God in the image of God for God's purpose. Second, because we are all creations of God, we should live in unity with one another. These truths should bind us closely one to another.