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Life in the Wilderness

September 12, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 1 Samuel 22:1–2

Sermon: David - Life in the Wilderness (1 Sam. 22:1-2) Confession: Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as those who have been delivered from the wrath to come through the blood of Jesus Christ, we come now to confess our sins, and to seek the grace and mercy that can only be found in you. You have called us to be people of faith, hope and love, but we are guilty of unbelief, hopelessness and hatred. When we should have delighted in Jesus Christ, we have sought refuge in created things. When we should have endured trials with patience and hope, we have grumbled against you. When we should have loved you with all of our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves, we have been self-absorbed. Have mercy on us, O God, and bear fruit in us by your Word. Turn our hearts upward to heaven, so that we will live as those who await the glorious appearing of our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen. The Assurance of Pardoning Grace: Micah 7:18-19 "Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.' Life in the Wilderness 1 Samuel 22:1-2 "David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him." Hosea 2:14 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and there I will speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of trouble a door of hope."

Undeservedly yet Unconditionally Loved

November 21, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 2 Samuel 9

Call To Worship Speaker: Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Psalm 24:7-10 Confession: Almighty Father, God of gods and Lord of lords, Father to the fatherless, Husband to the widow, Defender of the helpless, Judge of all the earth, have mercy on us. We have not sought freedom for the oppressed, even though you freed us. We have not bound up the broken even though you healed us. We have not forgiven others even though you forgave us. We withhold kindness from the needy even though you freely gave us your own Son. We are without excuse, but not without hope. By your power and grace, account our sins to Jesus’ bloody death and amend our ways by the power of his glorious resurrection. Amen GRACE = God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense 1. God gives you grace based on someone else’s performance.... not yours. 2. There is more grace in Christ than there is Sin in you. 3. Grace malfunctions if you use it for personal consumption only.... it is meant to undeservedly flow into your life and then flow through you to other undeserving people. 4. God’s grace radically re-narrates your story

When God Tells Us No

November 7, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 2 Samuel 7:1–22

Confession: O God Most High, Mighty Warrior, Strength and Shield, King of kings, Lord of all - Hear my cry, for I am a helpless creature, held in bondage to my own sinful pride, imagining that I can be my own god. I confess to You a heart hardened by selfishness, an unruly tongue, a fretful disposition, a discontented spirit, an unwillingness to bear the burdens of others, and many neglected opportunities to give You the praise and thanksgiving You deserve. Forgive all my iniquities, O God, for the sake of Your dear Son, who died to bear my sin and set me free from guilt, so that I can heartily obey and serve You in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. When God tells us no.. 1. Examine your motives 2. Examine your circumstances 3. Examine the heart of God “Search me oh God and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there be any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24 “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the LORD my God. But this word of the LORD came to me: You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.” 1 Chronicles 22:7-8 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. Luke 16:10

Worshipping in Spirit and Truth

October 31, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 2 Samuel 6

Confession: Most holy and merciful Father, We confess to you and to one another, that we have sinned against you by both what we have done and by what we have failed to do. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not fully loved our neighbors as ourselves. The words of our mouth and the thoughts of our hearts have not always been pleasing to you. You alone know how often we have grieved you by wasting your gifts, by wandering from your ways, by avoiding intimacy with you. Forgive us, we pray you, most merciful Father; and free us from our sin. Renew in us the grace and strength of your Holy Spirit, for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Savior. Amen. Assurance of Pardoning Grace: If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. Psalm 130:4-5, 7-8 “Why do people in churches seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the absolute? Worship is dangerous. Does anyone have the foggiest idea of what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it?” Annie Dillard “I can't stand your religious meetings. I'm fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I'm sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making. I've had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it. I want fairness—rivers of it. That's what I want. That's all I want.” God, Amos 5.21-24 “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” Jesus, John 4 David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals. 2 Samuel 6:5 David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets. 2 Samuel 6:14