DATE PREACHED: Sunday, July 30, 2017

ANTHEM: Live Life Loud – The Song of the Bow

It’s hard to live with Passion when you don’t know your Purpose for life.

ANTHEM – A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause.

 

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: This message is not a ‘feel-good’ message, but instead a ‘be-good’ message. There is a purpose and a time to lament (or Mourn), but TRAGEDY doesn’t put a PAUSE on your purpose, instead it gives it a PLATFORM.

 

START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:

At his death, Jonathan was known for his bow, while King Saul was known for his sword. If you had one item (whether it is a weapon, a tool, a spatula or even a spirit animal), what would be your one item to be known for at the time of your death?

 

Have you ever thought about your own funeral? What are some elements or themes that you would like at your funeral? What would you like or hope is said about you at your funeral? (Are you working toward or doing anything in your life that would help others draw the same conclusion?)

 

BIBLE READING:

Biblical Background:

David’s best friend, Jonathan, King Saul’s son, was killed in battle. Saul fell on his sword as the enemy closed-in, while Jonathan died in battle while using his bow. David takes this opportunity to ‘Lament’ or mourn these deaths, rather than celebrate that he will become the new King. David laments the death of his best friend, and honors the falling of King Saul, even though King Saul had tried to kill David multiple times. Keep in mind, David was anointed to take the throne at age 13, but waited over 17 years before ever assuming the throne upon King Saul’s death.  This is the ultimate show of respect and honor.

 

READ 2 Samuel 1:17-27 (NIV) – David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan

17 David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, 18 and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):

19 “A gazelle lies slain on your heights, Israel. How the mighty have fallen! 20. Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice. 21 Mountains of Gilboa may you have neither dew nor rain, may no showers fall on your terraced fields. For there the shield of the mighty was despised the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil. 22 From the blood of the slain, from the flesh of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied. 23 Saul and Jonathan—in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 24 Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold. 25 How the mighty have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies slain on your heights. 26 I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.  27 How the mighty have fallen! The weapons of war have perished!”

 

Lesson’s from DAVID in a season of mourning:

1.) You MOURN.

Verse 18 reminds us that the people needed to be taught and had to learn how to ‘mourn’.  It is not weak to mourn, in fact, it is OK to weep and mourn over the death of something because without mourning, we become numb to all things. What are some things that you have become numb to (for example the News, Other People’s suffering or feelings, poverty, service fees ;), etc.)?

 

2.) Don’t allow tragedy to make you TERRIBLE

 “O, how the mighty have fallen,” was a genuine comment by David that was honoring of the deceased, and not sarcastic (as it often is used today). Name some people in your life that deserves the honor of the phrase “How the mighty have fallen,” and why you think so.

 

3.) Don’t allow tragedy to ROB you of your VICTORY.

Don’t lose sight of future victories, as you remember with God, “It’s not over!!” Is there an area of your life that you need to be reminded “It’s not Over”? Share with the group an area that once had promise and dreams associated with it that may seem dead now, but one that God can still redeem!!

 

4.) Your PURPOSE is always bigger than your PROBLEM.

The season of mourning finally ended in 2 Samuel 2:1 – 4. Sometimes it takes a long time to overcome our problem, so therefore we must have patience to wait for God. David was anointed to be King, three different times. First at the age of 13, the second time when he became King of Judah at age of 30, and finally was anointed King of all of Israel at the age of 35. Interestingly, David had to continue to fight for what God had already promised him, long after he had received the promise. Recall and share a story of how God fulfilled a promise in your life, even though it may have taken much longer than you would have liked for it to have come to pass.

 

ACTION ITEMS:

This week, keep in mind, it is never too late to live out your purpose, nor is it ever too early to live out your purpose. This week, intentionally encourage a friend, family-member, or co-worker by having a conversation with them about their God-given purpose. Specifically ask them, “What is the purpose of your life?” or “Why do you think you were born?” or “What were you meant to do/accomplish in your life?”  If they are unsure of their purpose, help point them in the direction of how they can discover their own purpose, which will also give you the opportunity to share about your God-given purpose!!

 

DON’T FORGET:

NO CHURCH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd – LABOR DAY WEEKEND

INSTEAD CHURCH on THURSDAY, AUGUST 31 @ 7PM

SEE YOU THERE & INVITE A FRIEND!!