Decade of Distilment

Alta Vista Baptist Church Service for May 2, 2021. Pastor David Elliott will be continuing with the series After God’s Heart.


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Sermon Audio

mp3 link: 20210502_Decade_of_Distilment.mp3


Printable notes: Sermon-Notes-9-Decade-Distilment.pdf

Text: 1 Samuel 19-31

AGEBirth – 17 yrs.17-30 yrs.30-50 yrs.50-70 yrs.
ROLEShepherdFugitiveKing-conquerKing- crisis
EVENTSAnointed to be king (age 15)Began to reign (age 30)United Judah/Israel Nation expands.Adultery/murder (age 50)
SCRIPTURE1 Sam. 16-181 Sam. 19-312 Sam. 1-102 Sam. 11-24
DATES1040-1023  BC1023-1010 BC1010-990 BC990-970 BC
Overview of David’s Life

1 Sam 19:18Ramah/NaiothDavid confides in the prophet of God, Samuel
1 Sam 21:1NobBread and sword and Doeg, the Edomite
1 Sam 21:10GathDavid fakes insanity
1 Sam 22:1Cave of AdullumDavid and his 400 men
1 Sam 22:3,4Mizpeh of MoabDavid protects his parents
1 Sam 22:5Forest of HarethDoeg, the Edomite, kills Ahimilech and his priestly line
1 Sam 23:3KeilahDavid defeats the Philistines
1 Sam 23:13Wherever?David and his 600 men move from place to place
1 Sam 23:14Wilderness of ZiphJonathon finds David and encourages him
1 Sam 23:24Wilderness of MaonDavid is pursued by King Saul
1 Sam 23:29;24Strongholds of EngediDavid spares King Saul’s life
1 Sam 25:1Wilderness of ParanSamuel, the prophet of God, dies
1 Sam 25:2-42CarmelDavid deals with Nabal and Abigail
1 Sam 26:1-25Wilderness of ZiphDavid again spares King Saul’s life
1 Sam 27-31Land of the PhilistinesDavid attacks Philistines (27:8-12), Saul consults  witch (28:8-25), David’s family is kidnapped/rescued (30:1-31), Saul/Jonathon are killed in battle (31)
A Decade of Distilment

LESSON 1- GOD IS ___________________

The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.  I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all Your works and consider what Your hands have done.  I spread out my hands to You… (Ps. 143:3-6a) (also Lamentations 2-3)

LESSON 2- GOD IS ___________________ 

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:13,14)

Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.” (Psalm 142:4) (also Psalm 27:1,5, 8-10, 13-14)

LESSON 3- GOD IS ___________________ 

Psalm 57:1-3; 59:1-2, 9,10a; 62:1-2, 5-8; 131

“Blessed are those who realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.”  Matthew 5:3 (NLT)

Digging Deeper

(For personal study, family devotions or Care group use)

Q1: What would you consider to be the happiest “season” of your life? What made it so positive and joyful?

Q2: What would you consider to be the toughest “season” of your life? What made it so rough?  What life lessons did you learn during that time?

Q3: When you think of the Lord’s faithfulness in your life, what comes to mind?

Q4: Read Genesis 16.  What lessons about God’s care do you learn from this passage?

Q5: Is God alone enough for you?  How would you explain your answer to someone who is wrestling with putting their faith in Jesus?  What passages would you turn to?

Q6: Read Romans 8:35-39.  What truth from those verses can you hang your trust on? 

Q7: Of the three lessons discussed today, which one do you need to apply to your life right now?  Why is that?