English Sermon (01/10/21) – Beneath the Surface: Danger of Saying “No” (1 Samuel 15:17-35)
Today we begin our new series starting with the danger of saying “no”. There has been a problem in Christianity for generations. The problem we have is this inconsistency in our Christian lives that our outside life does not match our inside life. The Gospel has changed our behavior on the outside but has not reached deep enough to change our hearts. That is because we focus so much on the outside 10% of what is visible on the surface and have neglected to reflect on the 90% of what is beneath and unseen to others. We are all susceptible to this inconsistency and will eventually learn how unsustainable it is for our spiritual walk and growth with God. Today we will look at the story of King Saul in 1 Samuel:15 and discover how he focused too much on the 10% rather than the 90% and the things he said “no” that led to his downfall, his discontentment and God’s rejection. Saul had a sad ending but God wants to redeem us not just by fixing the 10% but giving us ways to work on the 90%.