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2 kings 5 ppt (3 nov)

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"Insignificantly Significant" Sermon by Philip Phua on 3 Nov 2013 …

"Insignificantly Significant" Sermon by Philip Phua on 3 Nov 2013
Part 2 on Sermon Series on "Nameless Nobodies" in the Bible.

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  • 1. SSMC Sunday Celebration 3 Nov 2013 2 Kings 5:1-27
  • 2. insignificantly significant
  • 3. GEOGRAPHY
  • 4. 2 Kings 5 - 2 Parts • Part 1: verses 1-19 - Naaman’s healing —A leper cured from leprosy. • Part 2: verses 20-27 - Gehazi’s curse —An Israelite cursed with leprosy.
  • 5. NAAMAN LEPER
  • 6. NAAMAN • Worldly significance – a ‘great’ man with a ‘great’ problem (v. 1). • ‘Great’ kings could not help (vv. 4-7). • Words of an insignificant servant pointed to a prophet of the GREAT God (vv. 2-3). • The prophet’s instructions offended his ‘greatness’ (vv. 11-12).
  • 7. NAAMAN • Humility – healed after he was willing to become ‘insignificant’ and follow ‘insignificant’ instructions (vv. 13-14). • Salvation - A gentile who received God’s favour (v. 1), is healed (v. 14) and worships God as Lord of all the world (v. 15). • Transformation - from a ‘great’ leper to ‘your servant’ (vv. 15, 17-18).
  • 8. 2 Kings 5 - 2 Servants • Part 1: The nameless Israelite servant girl • Part 2: The named servant of Elisha, Gehazi
  • 9. servant #1 2 Kings 5:2 -4
  • 10. the nameless servant girl • Captive of war - victim of hardship & pain, a slave. • Servant of Naaman’s wife. • Insignificant in every way - age, gender, status.
  • 11. the nameless servant girl • Remembered her beliefs. • Courage to speak up about what she believed. • Motivated by genuine care for those in need. • Her words of truth reached kings and led to Naaman’s healing and salvation.
  • 12. servant #2 2 Kings 5:20-27
  • 13. GEHAZI • Servant of the prophet (v. 20, cf. 2 Kings 4). • Very likely played a role in the miracle (v. 10). • Witnessed miracles done by the power of God. • Very likely worshipped God.
  • 14. GEHAZI • Motivated by a hunger for worldly significance (v. 26). • Greed: “W.I.I.F.M”—What’s In It For ME (v. 20)? • His words of deception and lies led to curses on himself and his descendants (v. 27). • Transformation: from a prophet’s servant to a leper.
  • 15. 2 Kings 5 - 2 Sayings “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him.”
  • 16. insignificantly significant
  • 17. Philippians 2:5-8 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.
  • 18. Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • 19. Prophet, Priest & King
  • 20. 2 Kings 5 - 2 Challenges 1. LOVE God : Looking Inward PURSUE God’s significance in spite of my insignificance – past, pain, fears. Whose significance am I living for / am I running after?
  • 21. 2 Kings 5 - 2 Challenges 2. LOVE Others : Looking Outward PROCLAIM God’s significance. Release others to do the same. Listen to God speaking through the insignificant people He has placed in my life.