“A Life of Honor”


FBC Earlville 3-11-12 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor


INTRODUCTION    Today’s “Special”:  “A ‘Drive Funny’“

A teenager who had just received her learner’s permit offered to drive her parents to church. After a hair-raising ride, they finally reached their destination.


When the mother got out of the car she said emphatically, “Thank you!”


“Anytime,” her daughter replied with a smile.


As her mother headed for the church door, she said, “I wasn’t talking to you. I was talking to God.”


Today’s message continues our series on “honoring God”.  We have learned that to “honor” means “to give the highest respect.”  It could also be defined as “drawing attention to the one you love.”

Today we are going to look at two lives – David and his son, Solomon – both of which are described at the start of their lives as men of “honor”.  Let’s see what a life of honor looks like.      PRAYER

  1. LIFE OF DAVID  (1 Chronicles 29)

A. He sacrificed (vs. 1-5a)

B. He encouraged sacrifice (vs. 5b-9)

C. He praised God (vs. 10-15)

  • God is the Source, v. 12
  • We are His vessels, v. 14
  • Our lives are short, v. 15
  • God is the chief end, v. 16


D.  He finished well, (vs. 27-28)

2. LIFE OF SOLOMON (2 Chronicles 1)

A.   He started well (vs. 7-12)

B.   He ended poorly

  • He accumulated wealth more than godly values

(vs. 14-16; 9:29-31)

  • He lived poorly  (1 Kings 11:1-4,6)

[no mention of Word of God, nor of godly counsel]

*  He died without honor (1 Kings 11:41-43; 2 Chron. 9:29-31)


CONCLUSION:   Is yours a “life of honor”?

  1.   Is it a life of sacrifice, or of accumulation?
  2.   Is it a life of praise, or of self-gloating?
  3.   Is it a life centered in God, His Word, and His people?
  4.   OR is it a life lived for today?


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