Date: July 14, 2002

Speaker: Dave Williams

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David: A study in Character
1 Samuel 16-22

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“Not everyone in the depths is there because of his own mistakes. At one time or another weíve all been there. Itís possible to be in the depths from just the circumstances and hardships of life. Life is hard, and difficult situations roll across our horizons like sudden storms. Events spin out of our control, and just that quickly weíre in over our heads-not because of a mistake weíve made, but because of some unforeseen turn in the road.”

Gettiní There
By Steve Farrar

A. The Calling, Growth and Instruction of a Servant
Davidís unnoticeable life (16:1-13)
Davidís growth in the wilderness (16:14-23)
Davidís conquest (17:1-58)
Davidís promotion and recognition (18:2-7)

B. The Glories of Success
Loss of position (18:8-16)
Loss of his wife (18:20-21, 19:11-12)
Loss of a spiritual advisor (19:18-24)
Loss of a friend (20:1-42)
Loss of dignity (21:1-15)

C. Plunging into the Deep End
A crushed, desperate spirit (Psalm 142)
An honest spirit (Psalm 57)
A hopeful spirit (Psalm 143)
A spirit full of rejoicing (Psalm 18)

Life Application:
The quest for character can only be shown through the experience of suffering and perseverance.

Romans 5:3-5
“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

Hebrews 12:2-3
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

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