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Our Desperate Need for Leadership That Unites

September 1, 2018

The Lord said to Samuel…“I have provided for myself a king.” 1 Samuel 16:1

We are living at a time when we desperately need leadership that unites. In every sphere, we see anger and conflict. Churches are looking for leadership that unites.

Where are the leaders who can bring people together? How do you bring people together in a marriage or in a troubled family? What does leadership that unites look like in business, education, and politics?

We are looking at the story of how David was able to unite a nation. We will discover that godly leadership is more than having confidence and strength. It took wisdom and courage and skill to bring people together. And it took years (see 2 Sam. 5:5). But by God’s grace, David did it, and God’s people were brought into the best years they ever knew.

The Bible does not present David as a paragon of virtue. He had many sins and failings, and the Scripture does not hide them. We are told that David had two wives (see 2 Sam. 2:2), and later there were more. David needed a Savior as much as we do. That is why he called the Messiah who was to come “my Lord” (Ps. 110:1).

In David’s life we see glimpses of the great king, Jesus Christ, who gathers a people from every tribe and nation, delivers them from the enemy who enslaved them, and makes them one under his sovereign rule.

Where do you see a need for godly leadership right now?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


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