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SONG TITLE: THIS IS AMAZING GRACE

 

Verse 1
Who breaks the power
of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty
and so much stronger
The King of Glory
the King above all kings

 

Verse 2
Who shakes the whole earth
with holy thunder
And leaves us breathless
in awe and wonder
The King of Glory
the King above all kings

 

Chorus
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh Jesus I sing for
all that You’ve done for me

 

Verse 3
Who brings our chaos
back into order
Who makes the orphan
a son and daughter
The King of Glory
the King of Glory

 

Verse 4
Who rules the nations
with truth and justice
Shines like the sun
in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory
the King above all kings

 

Bridge
Worthy is the Lamb
who was slain
Worthy is the King
who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb
who was slain
Worthy is the King
who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb
who was slain
Worthy is the King
who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb
who was slain
Worthy worthy worthy

 

CCLI Song # 6333821
Jeremy Riddle | Josh Farro | Phil Wickham

 

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SONG TITLE: RUN TO THE FATHER

 

Verse 1
I’ve carried a burden
for too long on my own
I wasn’t created
to bear it alone
I hear Your invitation
to let it all go
I see it now
I’m laying it down
And I know that I need You

 

Chorus
I run to the Father
I fall into grace
I’m done with the hiding
No reason to wait
My heart needs (found) a surgeon
My soul needs (found) a friend
So I’ll run to the Father
Again and again
And again and again

 

Interlude
Oh oh oh

 

Verse 2
You saw my condition
Had a plan from the start
Your Son for redemption
The price for my heart
I don’t have a context
For that kind of love
I don’t understand
I can’t comprehend
All I know is I need You

 

Interlude
Oh oh
Again and again
And again and again
Oh oh oh
(Again and again)

 

Bridge
My heart has been in Your sights
Long before my first breath
Running into Your arms
Is running to life from death
I feel this rush deep in my chest
Your mercy is calling out
Just as I am You pull me in
And I know I need You now

 

CCLI Song # 7133494
Cody Carnes | Matt Maher | Ran Jackson

 

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SONG TITLE: LIVING HOPE

 

Verse 1
How great the chasm
that lay between us
How high the mountain
I could not climb
In desperation
I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name
into the night

Then through the darkness
Your loving-kindness
Tore through the shadows
of my soul
The work is finished
the end is written
Jesus Christ my living hope

 

Verse 2
Who could imagine
so great a mercy
What heart could fathom
such boundless grace
The God of ages
stepped down from glory
To wear my sin
and bear my shame
The cross has spoken
I am forgiven
The King of kings
calls me His own
Beautiful Savior
I’m Yours forever
Jesus Christ
my living hope

 

Chorus
Hallelujah
praise the One who set me free
Hallelujah
death has lost its grip on me
You have broken every chain
There’s salvation in Your name
Jesus Christ
my living hope

 

Verse 3
Then came the morning
that sealed the promise
Your buried body
began to breathe
Out of the silence
the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave
has no claim on me
(REPEAT)
Jesus Yours
is the victory

 

Ending
Jesus Christ
my living hope
Oh God You are
my living hope

 

CCLI Song # 7106807
Brian Johnson | Phil Wickham

 

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SONG TITLE: CORNERSTONE

 

Verse 1
My hope is built
on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood
and righteousness
I dare not trust
the sweetest frame
But wholly trust
in Jesus’ Name
(REPEAT)

 

Chorus
Christ alone cornerstone
Weak made strong
in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm
He is Lord
Lord of all

 

Verse 2
When darkness seems
to hide His face
I rest on His
unchanging grace
In every high
and stormy gale
My anchor holds
within the veil
My anchor holds
within the veil

 

Interlude
He is Lord Lord of all

 

Verse 3
When He shall come
with trumpet sound
Oh may I then
in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless stand
before the throne

 

CCLI Song # 6158927
Edward Mote | Eric Liljero | Jonas Myrin | Reuben Morgan | William Batchelder Bradbury

 

SERMON NOTES with SCRIPTURE

SERMON TITLE: Faith Over Fear

TEACHER:  Dr. Assad Saif

PASSAGE: 1 Samuel 17

 

 

In our humanness we will be selfish, isolating, polarized, reactive and fearful.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it has taught us that we need Jesus.

 

1 Samuel 17:1-11 (NIV)

1 Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah. 2 Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. 3 The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.
4 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; 6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. 7 His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.
8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

 

The Problem:
We allow our fears to overcome our faith.
(vv.1-11)

 

We all have “Goliaths’” that come into our lives and cause incredible fear. That fear is paralyzing and we don’t know what to do.

 

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1 Samuel 17:12-24 (NIV)

12 Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old. 13 Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, 15 but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
16 For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.
17 Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. 18 Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. 19 They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.”
20 Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry. 21 Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other. 22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were. 23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. 24 Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.

 

Observation:
Faith begins at home.
(vv. 12-24)

 

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1 Samuel 17:25-37 (NIV)

25 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”
26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”
28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”

 

Main Point:
Faith over fear requires
courage in the face of fear.
(vv. 25-37)

 

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If you want your 2021 to look different you are going to have to find courage in the face of fear.
How are you handling that fear? Are you willing to face it with the power of God behind you?
If you are, and it is God’s mission, God will be with you.

 

1 Samuel 17: 38-44 (NIV)

38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

 

Observation:
Sober preparedness.
(vv. 38-44)

 

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1 Samuel 17: 45-53 (NIV)

45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. 53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.

 

Observation:
The battle truly belongs
to the Lord.
(vv. 45-53)

 

We do not come against Goliaths’ in our lives with our own strength but with the strength of our God.
That is where real strength resides, with God.

 

Psalm 46: 10 (NIV)

10 Be still and know that I am God.

 

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1 Samuel 17: 54-58 (NIV)

54 David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.
55 As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is that young man?”
Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.”
56 The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.”
57 As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.
58 “Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him.
David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.”

 

The Challenge:
God honors the faithful,
live faithfully.
(vv. 54-58)

 

1 Samuel 17: 25 (NIV)

25 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”

 

The only way to live a life of faith over fear is to find courage in the face of fear.
I encourage you to step out in faith and watch God crush the Goliaths’ in your life.

 

~End of Sermon~

 

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