What is power?
Q asked at 21 CD youthclub last week
-Power = strength, might, force, dynamic. It’s to do with authority. It’s often linked to money.
-Power at play – Westminster, Hollywood
-Sin and power – who is in control …what kind of authority?
“God’s power is very different” – place your life within his power, authority and care.
- Human power is about selfish pride
Three things about David
– Decision to stay in Jerusalem – napping whilst his army fights – complacency
– Dominant word is “Send” – The focus is on his control over others and circumstances
- He sends the army
- He sends messengers to Bathsheba
- He sends for Bathsheba
- He sends Uriah home
- He sends a gift after Uriah
- He sends Uriah back to the front with his death warrant
– His first thought is self gratification
- Lust -Bathsheba is beautiful
- Knows that she is Uriah’’s wife – possibly even intending to control and diminish him
- Involves others in his plot – messengers, Joab etc doesn’t care about their integrity
- Human, sinful power is destructive
– Bathsheba, shamed, defiled
– Uriah dies
– David is diminished -and his relationship with God affected
Sin Kills – brings death
- God’s Power is so different
“16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
God’s power v the power of others
A word to victims – Jesus as the one who covers our shame, heals our pain, gives us a new name
Practically … – space for prayer
God’s power v my power
Not just Politicians and celebrities. My power is about
– Living life by my rules
o Religious rules
o Putting up walls (link to JG on advice)
– Controlling relationships with others
o On my terms
o Passive aggressive
o Abusive words and actions
God’s power is about self-giving love – Seen at the Cross bringing forgiveness and life
 Note, this is the version of the sermon I preached at our 930 Service. As well as picking up on a specific aspect of 2 Samuel 11, it gives a feel for how we can preach slightly differently to different contexts.