Ministering to the Marginalized

December 10, 2011 — Leave a comment

This is Part 4 of the Saturday Sermons series.

Main Point: The Church is at it’s best when it’s ministering to those marginalized by society. David is desperate, and the Church delivers. They equip him with things necessary to survive outside the walls of the Church. That’s the Church the world needs. In this message I preached to the marginalized by describing to the church their mission and the miraculous power that is available. I didn’t add a conclusion to the message because I think you can gauge where your congregation is, and either challenge the church or reach for the hurting. The three main points are three areas that can be used for the Altar call if you give one.

Ministering to the Marginalized

I Samuel 22:9-10 – Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. 10 And he enquired of the Lord for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.

Scripture Setting:

1. Nob  means High Point. Let Church be the high point of somebody’s week and life.

2. David is marginalized. Outcast. Lonely. Desperate.

3. He also has others with him that are not named. These are the unknown, no namers.

4. Realize that often people don’t come to church with the right motives. David is here just to get food. The lame man in Acts 3 was begging at the gate. I don’t care why they come; I just care how they leave.

5. Priestly protocol is canceled because of the hurting man. They break some rules and toss out some regulations for this hurting man. Only the priests were supposed to eat of the Shewbread. Ultimately when Jesus talked about it later (Mark 2:23-28) He wasn’t offended by this but used it to describe His disciples. The Church needs to be flexible in order to reach as many people as possible. Throw out the schedule if need be.

6. Meet people where they are. Answer the questions that your generation is asking. Acts 13:36 after he had served his own generation. It’s irreverent to not be relevant.

Ministering to the Marginalized.

Touch God for them. (His Presence)

1. They Enquired. Means to ask, beg, and borrow.

2. Luke 22:32 – the mark of real conversion? Strengthen your brethren. Which means to place them on the proper foundation of faith.

3. Proverbs 11:11By the blessing of the upright, the city is exalted. Your blessing has the power to elevate others.

4. Priest: the actual word comes from the Latin word Pontifex, which means bridge builder. Priesthood ministry has always been designed to help others cross over.

5. The woman with the issue of blood touched the Hem of God’s garment. She didn’t touch Him, but she touched something touching Him.

Gave him victuals. (His Provision)

1. Victuals = bread + provision.

2. In order to obtain this blessing their ministry had to go into a deeper level. They had to leave the Outer court and enter the Holy Place. The bread was in the Holy Place. Our world is in need of a Church that can minister from a deeper level.

3. David asked them in I Samuel 21:3what is under thy hand? Don’t keep the blessing under your hands: Turn it Loose.

4. The priest called this bread UNCOMMON in I Samuel 21:4. What do you call it? What’s your opinion of the blessings of God?

5. There is no common blessing in the church. It’s all supernatural. Uncommon.

6. It’s literally called the Bread of His Presence.

7. The priests had to first get rid of the older bread in order to get the new. Stale churches are the result of being satisfied for old blessings. Fresh bread.

8. John 6:26 ye seek me not because you saw the miracle, but because you did eat.

9. It’s the experience that causes people to seek Jesus. Don’t show them the evidence of what He has done, offer them the opportunity to experience the blessing themselves.

10. There is a process to making bread. It didn’t just magically appear. Somebody had to be intentional about it. Who will make sure there is always something to offer in this Church?

11. Remember the Gibeonites brought stale bread to Israel and thereby deceived them in Joshua 9. Stale bread has always gotten the church into trouble.

Gave him the sword of Goliath. (His Power)

1. They equipped him with power and authority.

2. People need something that will empower them beyond the Church walls.

3. David experienced this power and said in I Samuel 21:9There is none like that. That’s the testimony I want people walking away with after they experience the Power.

4. The Priests said in I Samuel 21:9there is none other save that here. We don’t offer self-help or seven steps, but we do have power. They used salvation terminology when talking about it.

5. I Samuel 17:4-7: there are some impressive measurements given for Goliath and his armor. There are no dimensions given for the sword.

6. It’s indescribable, non-dimensional power.

7. Ezekiel 47:5: A river that couldn’t be measured.Nor could it be passed over. This is an experience you’ll never get over.

8. All we know: It was Giant sized.

9. I Samuel 25:13And David also girded on his sword.

10. 4 chapters later, David still has this sword. This power is for life. It will go with you where the priests could never go.

11. The bible doesn’t show where David is ever afraid of Saul again. He still has issues and wonders why there is such hatred, but he doesn’t run in fear. The power he received gave him boldness to face life’s tough moments.

12. I Samuel 21:9 – The priests said, Take it. David said, Give it. That’s simple and exactly how the Holy Ghost should flow in our Church.