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October 22, 2017

Sermon: Friendship: Risky Loyalty

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Scripture Lesson

1 Samuel 19:1-7; John 15:12-13

Jonathan Intercedes for David
Saul spoke to his son Jonathan and to all his servants about killing David. But Saul’s son Jonathan took great delight in David. Jonathan told David, ‘My father Saul is trying to kill you; therefore be on guard tomorrow morning; stay in a secret place and hide yourself. I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak to my father about you; if I learn anything I will tell you.’ Jonathan spoke well of David to his father Saul, saying to him, ‘The king should not sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have been of good service to you; for he took his life in his hand when he attacked the Philistine, and the Lord brought about a great victory for all Israel. You saw it, and rejoiced; why then will you sin against an innocent person by killing David without cause?’ Saul heeded the voice of Jonathan; Saul swore, ‘As the Lord lives, he shall not be put to death.’ So Jonathan called David and related all these things to him. Jonathan then brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as before.

‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Friendship: Risky Loyalty
1 Samuel 19:1-7; John 15:12-13

I. Introduction: Blondie
II. Series: Friendship
III. A complicated situation (1 Sam. 18:21-19:1)
     A. Saul is trying to kill David (18:21)
     B. Saul speaks to Jonathan and his servants (19:1)
     C. Jonathan is in a difficult situation (19:1)
IV. What does a friend do? (1 Sam. 19:2-7)
     A. Jonathan warns David (19:2)
     B. Jonathan investigates (19:3)
     C. Jonathan advocates (19:4-5)
     D. Jonathan reconciles (19:7)
V. Jesus as our friend (John 15:13)
VI. How can we be a friend?
     A. Negotiate competing claims
     B. Take risks
     C. Remain loyal
     D. Give our lives
VII. Conclusion: “You’re My Best Friend” (1975)


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