"BEING AN EXCEPTION"... A New Sermon Series in 1 Samuel
During the Old Testament period of the 'judges' (or the 'rulers') when most people pretty much did as they pleased (Judges 21:25), there were some exceptions. One was a man who showed exceptional loyalty to God under less than ideal circumstances. The man's name was Samuel. He wore a number of hats during his time and several books in the Bible bear his name (1, 2 Samuel). His exceptional character and deeds are highlighted in 1 Samuel where he leads God's people into a new era... A time when God was doing someting new... a time of king and kingship. It was exciting! It was also difficult.
Women, like Hannah, who couldn't bear children bore an especially painful brand of cultural shame. People in religious vocations, like Eli, sometimes failed to call others out when they misbehaved because, well, it was inconvenient. Or people who'd been given special privileges, like Saul, refused to use those privileges in ways that served the common good. These were the kind of times in which Samuel lived. There are similarities to our times.
It was against the backdrop of the self-serving ways of the many, that the exceptional conduct of the few stands out. During these days, there were amazing exceptions to the rule. Samuel, and others like him, rather than mindlessly mimicking the majority, showed remarkable devotion to God and God's ways.
We hope this series will help you want to be... an exception!
On Sunday, October 11th, Terry Wiebe will be teaching from 1 Samuel 7:2-17 titled "Coming Back to God". There are many highlights from Samuel's life, but it would come as no surprise if one of the sweetest was the time the nation as a whole turned from their self-serving ways to serve the LORD. Sensing this was finally Israel's heart's desire, he led them through the basic steps required by God. Some housecleaning was required as well as a new direction. See if you can recognize these in the passage. Do any of them apply to your life?
Please feel welcome to join us on Sunday at 10:30AM as we worship together with singing (a mix of contemporary & traditional), prayer, expository teaching from the scriptures, and communion, all followed by fellowship over “coffee & sweets”. In addition, on the last Sunday of the month, we also meet from 9-10AM for a service of communion, sharing and hymns. Everyone is welcome to join us as we worship God together!