Faith in Failure [Judges 16:22-31]

September 27, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 09/27/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 16:22-31

Description:  The Lord has left Samson, and now Samson finds himself imprisoned, blinded, and in the most miserable state of his life.  It is in these dark places where God can get our attention. We find out through Samson that a man can never be too far from the grace of God.

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Samson’s Sun Sets [Judges 16:1-21]

September 20, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 09/20/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 16:1-21

Description:  Samson reveals his heart to the Philistine woman, Delilah, and God removes Samson’s strength.  Samson is captured by the Philistines, his eyes are gouged out, and he is enslaved.

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The Battle of Jawbone Hill [Judges 15]

September 6, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 09/06/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 15Samson jawbone hill

Description:  Judges Chapter 15 is a back and forth battle between Samson and the Philistines.  Ultimately it ends showing us an imperfect judge who cannot completely deliver his people because he needs rescue himself.

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A Strong Man, a Big Cat, and a Wily Woman [Judges 14]

August 30, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 08/30/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 14

Description:  Samson travels to Timnah and along the way is attacked by a lion that he kills with his bare hands, mightily empowered by God.  On a later journey, this time to marry his chosen Philistine girl, Samson finds the lion carcass housing a swarm of bees and full of honey.  He later uses this encounter as the basis of a riddle to the 30 Philistine men at his wedding party.  No one could ever solve Samson’s riddle…that is unless they cheat!

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Samson the Savior is Born [Judges 12:8-13:24]

August 16, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 08/16/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 12:8-13:24

Manoah and his wife pray - samson is bornDescription:  God sends the three judges Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon to judge Israel for 25 years and Israel doesn’t have any recorded battles or oppression (time of peace).  Then God raises up the Philistines against them and they oppress the Israelites for 40 years.  God then promises to deliver these unfaithful people and announces the coming baby who will save them.

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Jephthah: Hero of Feeble Faith [Judges 12:1-7]

August 9, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 08/09/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 12:1-7 and Hebrews 11:32

Description:  After Jephthah’s defeat of the Ammonites and the wicked sacrifice of his own daughter, his troubles are not over.  He is rebuked by the Ephraimites and ends up fighting against them and over 40,000 Ephraimites die.  Israelite killing Israelite.

With all of the sinfulness and tragedy in the life of Jephthah, the book of Judges is not the only place we see mention of his name.  Jephthah surprisingly is listed in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11.  We explore how Jephthah might have “made the cut”.

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