[16] Kings & Kingdoms
Steve McKenzie

Series: Story of God
Scripture: 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles
Preacher: Steve McKenzie (Lead Pastor)

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Kings & Kingdoms: Sermon Summary


Steve kicked off by outlining the historical framework of the Old Testament, guiding us through creation, the fall, the flood, the patriarchs, the exodus, and the era of judges leading up to the kings.

Main Points:

1.Saul: No Heart for God

• Selection: Chosen for his impressive appearance but lacked inner strength.

• Downfall: Disobeyed God out of fear and impatience, becoming insecure and mentally unstable. His reign ended with God’s rejection due to his disobedience (1 Samuel 15:23).

2.David: A Man After God’s Heart

• Anointing: Chosen for his heart, not appearance. Displayed patience and faith, waiting 15 years to become king.

• Character: Exhibited loyalty, humility, repentance (Psalm 51). Despite his grave sins, he genuinely repented and sought God’s forgiveness.

3.Solomon: Half-Hearted Devotion

• Wisdom: Began his reign with great wisdom and humility.

• Compromise: Slowly turned away from God, influenced by his many wives and immense wealth, leading to his heart’s gradual hardening (1 Kings 11:4).


Steve emphasized the importance of character over performance in leadership and personal life. He warned against the slow decline into disobedience and urged us to reflect on our own hearts. He highlighted the deeper narrative of God’s covenant promises leading to Jesus, the true King who fulfills all prophecies and brings eternal hope.

Gospel Application:

• Jesus as the True King: Fulfillment of over 300 prophecies, ruling with perfect justice and righteousness, offering salvation and eternal life in His kingdom (Isaiah 9:6-7, Daniel 7:13-14).

Call to Action:

Steve called us to turn our hearts to Jesus, the King of Kings, and live lives marked by integrity and devotion to God.