Song of Solomon 1:2-11, 15-17 (ESV)

Song of Solomon 2:1-7 (ESV)

Song of Solomon 1:3 (ESV)

Song of Solomon 1:4 (ESV)

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)

Song of Solomon 1:5-6 (ESV)

Song of Solomon 1:8 (ESV)

Song of Solomon 1:9-10 (ESV)

Song of Solomon 1:15-17 (ESV)

Song of Solomon 2:1-2 (ESV)

Song of Solomon 2:7 (ESV)

2 Samuel 7:8-17 (ESV)

1. The King’s House

2 Samuel 7:11b-13 (ESV)

2 Chronicles 6:16-17 (ESV)

2 Samuel 7:13 (ESV)

Luke 1:31-33 (ESV)

2. The King’s Discipline

2 Samuel 7:14b-15a (ESV)

1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)

Isaiah 53:5-6 (ESV)

John 3:35-36 (ESV)

3. The King’s Kingdom

2 Samuel 7:12b-13, 16 (ESV)

Jeremiah 23:5-6 (ESV)

Hebrews 1:8 (ESV)

Ezekiel 37:24-27 (ESV)

Only gospel-driven repentance can break the downward spiral of sin.

2 Samuel 12:1-7 (ESV)

2 Samuel 11:27b (ESV)

2 Samuel 12:1a (ESV)

2 Samuel 12:7-15 (ESV)

Psalm 51:1-2 (ESV)

1. Gospel-driven repentance relies completely on the mercy of God.

Psalm 51:3-6 (ESV) 

2. Gospel-driven repentance recognizes our sinful nature and depravity.

3. Gospel-driven repentance begins with God.

4. Gospel-driven repentance is established and held in the work of Jesus.

Psalm 51:7-19 (ESV)

Acts 26:20 (ESV)

Acts 3:19 (ESV)

Only Gospel-driven repentance can break the downward spiral of sin.

2 Samuel 11:1-5 (ESV)

1. The spiral begins with neglect.

2 Samuel 11:2 (ESV)

2. The spiral continues with lingering thoughts that produce desires. This is the battlefield of the mind: thoughts and desires.

James 1:14 (ESV)

2 Samuel 11:3 (ESV)

Genesis 3:6 (ESV)

“In our members there is a slumbering inclination toward desire which is both sudden and fierce. With irresistible power, desire seizes mastery of the flesh. All at once, a secret smoldering fire is kindled. The flesh burns and is in flames. In this moment, God is quite unreal to us. And Satan does not here fill us with hatred of God, but with a forgetfulness of God. The lust thus aroused envelopes the mind and the will in deepest darkness. It is here that everything in me rises up against the Word of God.”  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

3. Desires devolve to actions.

2 Samuel 11:4 (ESV)

James 1:14-15 (ESV)

4. Actions produce other actions.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (ESV)

5. The spiral ends in death.

2 Samuel 11:22-25 (ESV)

2 Samuel 11:26-27 (ESV)

What do I do?

“It’s easier to avoid temptation than to resist it.” – JD Greear

Avoiding the downward spiral of sin:

a. Stay busy and focused with the things of God.

b. Fill your mind and heart with God’s Word.

Colossians 3:2 (ESV)

c. Resist and flee temptation.

James 4:7-8 (ESV)

1 Corinthians 6:18a (ESV)

Big Thought: A true friend is one who loves so much that he sets aside his own for a friend.

1. True friendship is founded on .

a. This love is .

Matthew 22:39 (ESV) – And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

b. This love is .

John 17:20-23 (ESV) – I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me.

2. True friendship is founded on .

a. With no .

b. With no .

c. With the truth being .

3. True friendship is .

a. Selfless in its pursuit of .

b. Selfless in its pursuit of .

Ephesians 4:22-24 (ESV) – To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

John 3:30 (ESV) – He must increase, but I must decrease.

c. Selfless in its pursuit of .

Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV) – Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

4. True friendship at great risk.

a. By standing in the .

Romans 8:34 (ESV) – Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the One who died, more than that, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

1 Timothy 2:5 (ESV) – For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.

b. By giving .

1 Peter 3:18 (ESV) – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.

5. True friendship

John 15:13 (ESV) – Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down His life for His friends.

Proverbs 17:17 (ESV) – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

True and proper worship expresses and reveals our response to the Lord on the Lord’s terms.

2 Samuel 6:5-11 (ESV)

An appropriate response of anger and fear.

Numbers 20:10b-12 (ESV)

2 Samuel 6:12b-15 (ESV)

An appropriate response of repentance.

1 Chronicles 15:12-15 (ESV)

Acts 3:19-20a (ESV)

An appropriate response of sacrifice.

2 Samuel 6:13, 17-19 (ESV)

An appropriate response of love and gratitude.

1 Chronicles 15:25-28 (ESV)

An appropriate response of humility.

2 Samuel 6:20-23 (ESV)

1 Samuel 17:45-47 (ESV)

An Impossible Situation

1 Samuel 17:10-11 (ESV)

1  Samuel 17:24 (ESV)

1 Samuel 17:26 (ESV)

An Unlikely Hero Emerges

1 Samuel 17:32-33 (ESV)

An Impossible Fight

1 Samuel 17:34-37

1 Samuel 17:40

1 Samuel 17:45-49

An Unlikely Response

Genesis 3:15

An Impossible Situation

Romans 3:10-11

Romans 1:18

1 Corinthians 2:14

An Unlikely Hero Emerges

John 1:14

An Impossible Fight

Matthew 16:22-23

2 Corinthians 5:21

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

An Unlikely Response

1 Samuel 17:52

John 16:33

Psalm 57:1-11 (ESV)

1 Samuel 24:3-4a (ESV)

1. Faithfulness can seem risky.

1 Samuel 24:4b-7 (ESV)

a. Faithfulness causes you to often go against the crowd.

1 Samuel 24:8 (ESV)

b. Faithfulness may not seem safe.

c. Faithfulness can often seem unfair.

Psalm 57:1-2a (ESV)

2. How do you stay faithful in the cave?

a. Cry out to God.

Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)

b. Recognize and remember God’s sovereignty.

Psalm 57:2 (ESV)

c. Know God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.

Psalm 57:3 (ESV)

d. Exalt God because He is worthy.

Psalm 57:5, 7-11 (ESV)

3. Result of being faithful in the cave.

a. Faithfulness will be rewarded.

1 Samuel 24:16-20 (ESV)

1 Samuel 26:23-24 (ESV)

1 Samuel 16:1-13 (ESV)

1 Samuel 16:6-7 (ESV)

1 Samuel 16:10 (ESV)

1 Samuel 16:11 (ESV)

1 Samuel 16:12-13 (ESV)

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (ESV)

John 16:13 (ESV)