Sunday Evening| Pastor Steve Wainright | 1 Samuel 24:1-22
May the LORD therefore be judge and give sentence between me and you, and see to it and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.” -1 Samuel 24:15
How do you respond when someone has done you wrong? Here, David had a chance to take Saul’s life, but realized that would be taking matters into his own hands. David realized that God’s kingdom is GOD’s kingdom–he knew that God was in control and Saul’s life was not for him to take.
It is not our duty to take vengeance into our own hands. Do good to those who persecute you. Kill them with kindness. God has called us to be peacemakers and render good for evil.
Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | 1 Samuel 18:17-30
“Then the commanders of the Philistines came out to battle, and as often as they came out David had more success than all the servants of Saul, so that his name was highly esteemed.” -1 Samuel 18:30
Everybody loved David except for Saul. David was anointed–a type of Christ–a type of Messiah. When it comes to the Lord’s Anointed, you either love him or you hate him. There is no neutral ground. If you’re neutral, you’re against him. Do you love Christ or hate Him?
David acted wisely in ALL that he did (vs. 14). Do you act wisely in ALL that you do?
Sunday Evening| Pastor Steve Wainright | 1 Samuel 14:47-15:11
The word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not performed My commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the Lord all night. -1 Samuel 15:10-11
Partial obedience is still disobedience. Saul did not fulfill God’s Word.
Saul was instructed to completely and utterly destroy the Amalekites. He was looking good in verses 4-7, but then in verses 8-9, Saul kept King Agag and all that he saw that was best alive. He spared the best of evil, but even the best of evil is still evil.
Sunday Evening| Pastor Steve Wainright | 1 Samuel 14
“There was hard fighting against the Philistines all the days of Saul. And when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he attached him to himself.” -1 Samuel 14:52
Saul was a warrior and military guy, but his failure was that he didn’t trust God. He failed simply because of disobedience. But Saul’s failures as king point us to Christ, the perfect King who has no failures, who is our Advocate, and whose Kingdom reigns eternally–forever and ever.
And Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.” And Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel had spoken, he did not tell him anything. -1 Samuel 10:15-16
Saul’s uncle was inquiring about the Word of the Lord. The Kingdom of God should have been the center of Saul’s conversation, but instead he is only talking about donkeys.
So often when we’re given the opportunity to witness, we end up talking about donkeys and the weather and keep our lips zipped about the Kingdom of God. What’s your main message?
[from 9.15.2013 Sunday Evening Sermon by Pastor Steve Wainright on 1 Samuel 10]
Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, “Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.” -1 Samuel 9:3
There is nothing that happens by chance, happenstance, luck, or fate. Here, Saul was dreading going to look for lost donkeys in the hills of Ephriam, but look at the bigger picture God was painting! Here we have the invisible, providential hand of God working it all together for His glory and their good.
Even in the little mundane things, God is on the throne with a greater purpose.
[from 9.9.2013 Sunday Evening Sermon by Pastor Steve Wainright on 1 Samuel 9]