You are listening to the message series of Evergreen Covenant Church in Branch, MI.
1 Samuel 12:1-5, 20-25 “A Life Well Lived”
Message: 1 Samuel 12:1-5, 20-25 “A Life Well Lived” This week’s text brings us toward the end of Samuel’s life and ministry. Samuel’s life isn’t just a personal matter, but an example for Israel of what it looks like to live one’s life unto God. Samuel served as a priest, judge, and prophet. Nonetheless, it is not his opinion that was the greatest testimony and challenge to the Israelites, but his example. A lot of people today want people to follow their opinions, but the real question is whether or not they should follow our example.
1 Samuel 8:1-9 “Looking for a King”
Message: 1 Samuel 8:1-9 “Looking for a King” What is it you are seeking? Where are the places you are seeking it?
1 Samuel 7:2-6 “Understanding Confession”
Message: 1 Samuel 7:2-6 “Understanding Confession” As the Ark makes its way back to the Israelites, we begin to see the role and results of confession. The Philistines provide a guilt offering. The Israelites confess their faults and seek to realign their lives. Not only does this bring them peace, but God begins to restore to them what they had lost. In this message, we’ll learn about the role of confession in our lives.
1 Samuel 5 “Doomed Dual Allegiances”
Message: 1 Samuel 5 “Doomed Dual Allegiances” Our series continues as we follow the lost Ark. The Philistines make the mistake of thinking God is just another god to be worshipped alongside their other idols. But in this chapter, we learn that God is not willing to be placed alongside our other agendas. His agenda is meant to be our agenda and all personal agendas are to be carefully questioned. Jesus later reveals that our false idols go beyond images made out of metal, stone, or wood.
1 Samuel 4:1-11 “The Lost Ark”
Message: 1 Samuel 4:1-11 “The Lost Ark” Our God is a relational God who does not pretend or take sides unconditionally. While he is always ‘for’ us, he does not protect us from the natural consequences of our actions when we need to be more responsible with how we are living our lives. Consequences are there to ‘wake us up’ so that we live true and authentic lives before God and others. God wants us to be our best self and while is gracious, he does not play pretend. Israel will learn this the hard way as they place their trust in the presence of God, represented by the Ark of the Covenant, but fail to maintain their relationship with God.
1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-21 “Hearing the Voice of God”
Message: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-21 “Hearing the Voice of God” Hearing the voice of God is essential to our lives with God, with others, and in the world. It begins with responding to God’s call, but continues to develop as we grow in our life with God in the world. Samuel is an example of this, while Eli is an example of what happens when you disregard God’s voice.