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David: A Man After God's Heart

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

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

David and Politics

October 24, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 2 Samuel 3

Confession: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we acknowledge and confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Deepen within us our sorrow for the wrong we have done, and the good we have left undone. Lord, you are full of compassion, and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in mercy; there is always forgiveness with you! Restore to us the joy of your salvation; bind up that which is broken, give light to our minds, strength to our wills, and rest to our souls. Speak to each of us, and let your word abide with us until it has worked in us your holy will. rough Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Assurance of Pardon: “He who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Prov. 28:13 "Politics are like alcohol. Drink toward health, in moderation. But some of us are so addicted that we shouldn’t enter the bar at all." - Scott Sauls "Sin is not just the doing of bad things but the making of good things into ultimate things. It is seeking to establish a sense of self by making something else more central to your significance, purpose & happiness than your relationship to God." - Tim Keller 1. How Politics exposes us a. Through socially acceptable sins (v. 1-5) b. Politics exposes us By showing how self interest can erode away conviction and integrity. (v. 6-13) c. Dirty politics creates innocent victims (v. 14-15) d. Politics exposes our impulses of jealousy and revenge (v. 22-27) 2. How God Saves us (v. 28-39)

Crown Him with Many Crowns

October 3, 2021 • 2 Samuel 2:1–17

Confession: Righteous God, you have crowned Jesus Christ as Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him and are slow to acknowledge his rule. We give allegiance to the powers and values of this world and fail to be governed by justice and love. We have failed to love others as you have loved us. In your mercy, forgive us. Give us the grace to crown Jesus as King of every part of our hearts, that we may be loyal ambassadors, obeying His commands and reflecting His love to a watching world. 1. The Kingdom of God starts small: "Do not despise the day of small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. Zach. 4:10 2. The Kingdom of God grows gently but inevitably 3. The Kingdom of God uses and overcomes the forces of this world

Radical Generosity

September 26, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 1 Samuel 30:1–25

Radical Generosity Prayer of consecration Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me plant love. Where there is injury, healing. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Great King, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. And it is in dying to self that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen. 1 Samuel 30:1-6 (and 7-25) 1 David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, 2 and had taken captive the women and all who were in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way. 3 When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 5 David’s two wives had been captured.... 6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. Godly Leadership: 1. Seeks God (v. 6-8) 2. Serves Even when Suffering (11-15) 3. Selfless in its Generosity (v. 16-25) GRACE CREATED GRATITUDE AND DEFEATED GREED IN DAVID’S HEART 1. Our giving shows us what we are really trusting in. Matt. 6:19-21 2. Greed can never bring satisfaction... “he who loves money never has money enough” Ecc. 5:10 3. Grace frees from Greed and fuels Giving: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may about in every good work” 2 Cor. 9:8 4. You can’t lose what you’ve already given away: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” - Jim Elliot

Making God-Centered Decisions

September 19, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 1 Samuel 24

Sermon Series: David Making God-Centered Decisions Confession: Loving King, our thoughts and motives cannot be hidden from your sight. Our self-pity and pride, our idolatry and sloth, our anger and envy, are laid bare before your eyes and ours. Forgive us for remaining silent and for shrinking back in fear when we should be speaking up for righteousness and truth. We regret the times we have denied our Eternal Savior because we were afraid of men. We regret the times we have gone along with the crowd because we were afraid of what standing for Christ would cost us. We humble ourselves before you and ask that you cover us in the blood of Christ and grant us courage to proudly identify ourselves as followers of Jesus. Renew us in the grace and strength of your Holy Spirit, for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son, our Savior. Amen. 1 Samuel 24:1-22 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 Humble yourself under God’s mighty hand that He may lift you up at the right time. 1 Peter 5:6

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."

Aftermath of a Giant Killing

September 5, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 1 Samuel 21

Loneliness, Fear, Anger, Rejection David lost: His status/ reputation His job His wife His safety His mentor His friend Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

David and Goliath

August 29, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 1 Samuel 17:1–51

1 Samuel 17:1-51 | David and Goliath Facing and Dealing with Fear: 1. No Courage (Saul) 2. Self-Courage (Goliath) "visualizing success", "dig deep in yourself" 3. True Courage (David) having something bigger than your fear - Don't just be "inspired" - Stop trying to be the Hero - Be Heroic IN CHRIST 1 Samuel 17:45-47 | Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with la javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”

David's Anointing

August 15, 2021 • Matt Ballard • 1 Samuel 16:1–13

1. God does impossible things (v.1) 2. God uses improbable people 3. God prepares improbable people to do impossible things 1 Samuel 16:1-13 - "The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.”4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the citycame to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord's anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.”9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest,[a] but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah."