David and the Census

January 30, 2022 • Matt Ballard • 2 Samuel 24

2 Samuel 24:2-25 1. What’s the Big Deal in a Census? 2. Why did God Judge? 3. Why did God Give Grace? 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 "Violence thrives today secretly nourished by the idea that God is too loving to judge or to take the sword. If you have ever experienced violence yourself and have been wounded by it; if you are the victim you will do whatever it takes to get justice and if you don’t think you will it is only because your life has been too comfortable. My thesis that the practice of non-violence can only take place as the result of a deep conviction in divine vengeance will never go over well in the United States but it takes the quiet of the suburbs to birth the thesis that human non violence can result from belief in an all loving God who refuses to judge. If God were not angry at injustice and would not make a final end to violence that God would not be worthy of worship.” -Tim Keller 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. Assurance of Pardon For this is what the high and lofty One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15

Family Dysfunction

January 23, 2022 • Matt Ballard • 2 Samuel 13

*Content Warning: This sermon contains content about abuse/sexual abuse. 2 Samuel 13:1-22 “If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have sided with the oppressor.” - Desmond Tutu What is sexual abuse? Where an older or more powerful person uses a less powerful person for their sexual pleasure...

Repentance | Psalm 51

December 12, 2021 • Matt Ballard • Psalm 51

Confession: Almighty and gracious Father in Heaven, You are a Holy God, and yet my life abounds with apologies not made, forgiveness not offered, appetites not restrained, parents not honored, spouses not cherished, children not trained, hungry not fed, envy unchecked, tongues unbridled, eyes unguarded, time wasted, talents wasted, treasure wasted. Lord Jesus, deliver me from these chains, from the rebellion of my old ways that still hang on, from the sugar of sin as well as its poison, so that I may come to you, cast myself on you, trust in you, and be delivered by you. Assurance of Pardon: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail; they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-22 Psalm 51: The Message - Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—blot out my bad record. Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry. I know how bad I’ve been; my sins are staring me down. - You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil. You have all the facts before you; whatever you decide about me is fair. I’ve been out of step with you for a long time, in the wrong since before I was born. What you’re after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life. - The sacrifices acceptable to God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 1. What is Gospel Brokenness? 2. What does God promise people who are broken over their sins? For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15

David and Bathsheba

December 5, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 2 Samuel 11—12

Confession: Father in Heaven we confess our willingness to be loved but also our reluctance to love. We confess our readiness to accept your forgiveness also our refusal to forgive. We confess our eagerness to receive your offer of redeeming love, but also our resistance to follow you without question. Father, forgive us for our failures, help us respond as we should. During this Advent season come to us anew, and by your grace, help us to open our hearts to receive you with joy, as the Shepherds did, with obedience as Mary did, with adoration as the Wise Men did, with love, even as you have loved us. Amen. David and Bathsheba 1. The Compromise: 2 Sam 11 v. 1-5 2. Cover up: 2 Sam 11 v. 6-27 Cycle of sin: Deception, Desire, Deed, Dependence, Dominance, Deadness 3. Confrontation: 2 Sam 12 4. Confession: 2 Sam v. 13/ Psalm 51 5. Cleansing: 2 Sam v. 12 "Nathan replied, 'The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.'" 6. Christ