We just got back from chapel–Jeff Anderson (brother of Chris) did a great job. He preached without notes! It was from 1 Sam. 7–with lots of background from chapters 2-6.
The glory of the Lord departs when
- God’s people overlook sin in their lives and their leaders (Hophni and Phineas)
- Relics replace true Christianity (ark brought as symbol of God’s presence instead of seeking God’s presence; illustrated by Christian bumper stickers, jewelry, t-shirts)
- Emotionalism replaces true worship (“great shout” when ark arrives on battlefield; he illustrated how he would try to create the Wilds’ fireside service at home to get back to where he had been emotionally during camp)
True spiritual leaders lead people to
- return to God
- rely on God (Samuel’s prayer for the people)
- remember God (“Ebenezer”–the Lord was our help)
Today he focused more on the 1st point–returning to God, and gave an excellent summary of necessary repentance:
- Turning from sin
Sin offends a holy God
Sin hurts people
- Turning from self
- Turning to the Savior
The encouraging thing is that just this week, I taught the story of Samuel’s childlike obedience to God from ch. 4. I also included the contrast of Eli’s sons, as well as the ark’s journey to the battlefield and the birth of Ichabod.