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1 Samuel 14 Saul’s Downward Spiral Continues

1 Samuel 14: 1-10

If I’da listened to the odds, woulda never made it through. Every time they told me stop it was the last thing I would do. Instead I left it up to God, and I watched the mountain move. If I’da listened to the odds, woulda never met you. ~Mat Kearney, Odds

The odds don’t matter at all when God matters most.

1 Samuel 114:11-13
Video Clip: Come Up Here
1 Samuel 14:13-30
MAP: Aijalon
1 Samuel 14:31-52

Saul was operating in fear and walking in the ways of the world. Jonathan was operating by faith and walking in the way of the Lord.

Where in life are you operating in few like Saul instead of faith like Jonathan?

I AM GOD’S PLAN: Using My Resources

Ephesians 5:15-17
Psalm 139:16
Ephesians 2:8-10
Titus 3:8
John 9:4
The God who saved you and gave you eternal life is asking you to give Him your time. Are you giving it to Him?

Romans 12:6-8
1 Peter 4:10-11
The God who saved you and gave you eternal life is asking you for your gifts and talents. Are you giving it to Him?

Matthew 25:14-30
Mark 12:41-46
The God who saved you and gave you eternal life is asking you for your treasures (resources). Are you giving it to Him?

James 1:16-18
Are you being a contributor or a consumer in the kingdom?

I am going all-in for the glory of God and the sake of His kingdom. 

Follow Up Questions to Week 8 Message

The God who saved you and gave you eternal life is asking for your time, your talents (gifts), and your treasure (resources). 

Which one is easiest for you to give him, and why?  Which ones do you struggle with the most, and why do you think that is?

One of the questions asked in the message was this:

Are you a being contributor or consumer in the kingdom?

Who would you answer that question, and why do you feel that way?  

I am giving going all in, giving God my time, my talent (gifts) and my treasure (resources) in order to help build His kingdom. 

In what ways is this statement true in your life? What adjustments can you make to move toward being a greater contributor (and less of a consumer) when it comes to God’s kingdom work?

(continued on the back side)

Each week we’ll continue to challenge ourselves with making greater effort to share the gospel with people around us who don’t know Jesus. There are five “steps” we can take to be sure we are doing this consistently:

PRAY for those who don’t believe. 

CONNECT with those who don’t know Jesus. 

ENGAGE in spiritual conversations.

SHARE the gospel message.

INVITE others to discover and follow Jesus. 


Last week was to PRAY, so please continue to pray regularly for the 3-5 or more people that God put on your heart.  

This week is CONNECT. It often takes effort on our part to connect with people who don’t know Jesus.  So…

Who on your “list” will you make an effort to connect with this week?  

Specifically, how and when will you do it?

Resist the World. Renew Your Mind. (Romans 12:1-2)

A sacrifice is an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as worthy or more important.

Romans 12:1-2
Present your BODY as a sacrifice.

Present your body as a LIVING sacrifice: alive and available to God.

The focus isn’t on GIVING our lives in sacrifice; it’s on LIVING our lives in sacrifice.

Present your body as a HOLY sacrifice: one that is useful and dedicated to the Lord.
Romans 6:6, 11

Present your body as a PLEASING sacrifice; one that is acceptable and approved by Him.
Romans 12:1
Romans 12:2
Resist the World.
Romans 12:2
Renew your Mind.

God isn’t asking us to GIVE our lives in sacrifice, but to LIVE our lives in sacrifice.

Questioning God’s Sovereignty -and Wisdom (Romans 9:1-10:4)

Romans 9:1-8
God is sovereign. He’s ultimately in control of all things.
Romans 9:9-13
Malachi 1:2-4
miséō – properly, to detest (on a comparative basis); hence, denounce; to love someone or something less than someone (something) else, i.e. to renounce one choice in favor of another.
Lk 14:26-27
Romans 9:14-19
God is not accountable for sin; we are.
Romans 9:20-23
Our criticism of God only proves our contentious spirit.
Isaiah 29:16
Isaiah 45:9
Romans 9:22-33
God has a redemptive heart.
Romans 10:1-4

All Things Work Together for Good (Romans 8:28-30)

Romans 8:18
Romans 8:24
Romans 8:26
Romans 8:28
All Things Work Together for Good
Romans 8:28-30
for those who love God
who have been called according to his purpose
Romans 8:29
those whom he foreknew
he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son
in order that he [Jesus] might be the firstborn among many
Romans 8:30
those whom he predestined
he also called
those whom he called he also justified
those whom he justified he also glorified

Whatever you are going through, God will use it to accomplish something good. He will not waste that opportunity.
Maybe He’s working on your character.
Maybe He’s working on your obedience.
Maybe He’s working on your heart.
Maybe He’s working on your faith.
Maybe He’s working on your life.
Maybe He’s working on someone else.
Maybe He’s working on something “unknown.”

Taking Grace for Granted pt. 1 (Romans 6:1-14)

Romans 5:20

Romans 6:1-14

(charis) grace: undeserved kindness and unmerited favor.

Key Idea #`: Don’t engage in sin just because grace is greater.

Romans 6:1-6

Katargeó (kat-arg-eh’-o): to render completely inoperative, put out of use, make something to have zero effect.

Romans 6:7
Galatians 5:1 NIV
Romans 6:8-11

Consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Don’t Give in to Sinful Desires
Romans 6:12
Don’t Chase After Sinful Opportunities
Romans 6:13
Don’t Be Ruled By Sin’s Reign
Romans 6:14