Sermons

It's All Downhill From Here - 1-2 Kings

It's All Downhill From Here - 1-2 Kings

Feb 2019 - Nov 2019

1-2 Kings records the tumultuous history of Israel from the end of David's reign to the traumatic exiles by Assyria and Babylon. More than just a dry record of events, these books carry serious theological lessons. 

For both the original audience and for us, these lessons are given so we can avoid repeating their tragic mistakes.  We can learn from this history about how to be faithul to God whether in times of success or times of distress. It doesn't have to be "all downhill from here" if we are willing to pay close attention to the truths underlined in these stories.

Sermons in this series
Sun, Nov 24, 2019
Duration: 39 mins 14 secs
We wrap up our 1 Kings series by studying the second main message Elijah's life prophetically proclaimed. Namely, he and his prophet-peers pointed to the reality that God righteously reigned and was in control of all things.
Sun, Nov 17, 2019
Passage: 1 Kings 17-19
Duration: 33 mins 30 secs
God raises up prophets like Elijah, not as fortune-tellers but rather as key messengers to confront and encourage his people. In this part one, we see how Elijah's life demonstrated how God powerfully provides like no one and nothing else.
Sun, Nov 10, 2019
Duration: 29 mins 31 secs
My many measures, the reigns of Omri and Ahaz were excellent times for the kingdom of Israel. Despite the political stability and economic prosperity, the nation lacked religious piety. Because sin and evil worsened and progressed, all of their other advancements became meaningless. Prosperity is a tragedy when it comes at the expense of piety.
Sun, Nov 03, 2019
Israel and Judah's apostasy and rebellion continue to worsen. Their history that's recorded in 1 Kings 14-16 is littered with evil kings though occasionally a good one rises up. Overall though, even the good leaders don't totally reform their nations. Half-measures of repentance fail to cure their full-measures of rebellion. And the same is true for us.
Sun, Oct 27, 2019
Passage: 1 Kings 13
Duration: 36 mins 48 secs
We continue our look at the evil King Jeroboam and how his life reflects the darkness of sinful decisions. Depravity always leads to disaster, especially when we waver in our obedience and ignore the warnings God puts in our way.
Sun, Oct 20, 2019
Duration: 33 mins 29 secs
Jeroboam was placed in charge of the northern tribes of Israel directly by God. Despite this great opportunity, he squandered it because of his own fears and insecurities. He was dedicated to doing his own thing and that led him and the nation astray. His life exemplifies how disaster always comes to those who are dedicated to depravity.
Sun, Oct 13, 2019
Duration: 31 mins 4 secs
God is a gracious God, but he is not going to prevent us from feeling the consequences of bad choices and dumb decisions. King Rehoboam made some extraordinarily foolish decisions when he came to power and God let him feed on the fruits of that foolishness.
Sun, Oct 06, 2019
Passage: 1 Kings 11
Duration: 48 mins 28 secs
Solomon's reign began with a roar but ends in a whimper. And yet God will not abandon his people. Dr. Rock LaGioia leads us to discover how God's unconditional promises can't be thwarted by the sins of his people.
Sun, Sep 29, 2019
We go back over 1 Kings 10 in today's sermon - this time with a more critical eye. As successful as Israel is being described in this chapter, there are also a bunch of red flags. And those problem areas reveal just how easy it is to compromise when things are going well.
Sun, Sep 15, 2019
Duration: 33 mins 35 secs
In part one of this two part look at 1 Kings 10, we study the positive aspects of King Solomon's great success. How will we handle success, recognition, or notoriety? Success is a spotlight and can reflect and magnify the good aspects of our character and life.
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