Ichabod Baptist Church

Scripture Passage: 
1 Samuel 4:1-22

INTRODUCTION – The spiritual condition of Israel in this story is a picture of many churches today.  Ichabod (1 Samuel 4:21) which means the glory is departed.

  1. The Right Battle – The Wrong Weapons  (1 Samuel 4:1-2; 1 Samuel 17:45-47; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
    1. Marketing techniques
    2. Political Machinery
    3. “Christian” Entertainment/Rock
  2. The Right Form – The Wrong Faith  (1 Samuel 4:3; 2 Timothy 3:5; John 4:19-24)
    1. Baptismal Regeneration
    2. Traditional Methods
  3. The Right Office – The Wrong Men  (1 Samuel 4:4; 1 Samuel 2:12,17,22-24; Titus 1:5-9; Jeremiah 23:1,11; Ezekiel 34:1-3)
    1. Preachers Chosen - Degrees
    2. Deacons Chosen - Business Contacts
  4. The Right Emotion – The Wrong Reason/Result  (1 Samuel 4:5-11; Romans 10:1-3; Galatians 4:16-18)
    1. Application: Emotional Showmanship
  5. The Right Man – The Wrong Message (Haggai 1:13; Malachi 2:7; Matthew 7:28-29; 1 Corinthians 14:8)
    1. Application: Instead of giving God’s message, he needed to receive a message.
  6. A Long Life – A Defeated End  (1 Samuel 4:18; Ecclesiastes 8:12-13 (lost); 1 Corinthians 3:15 (saved))
    1. Application: Selfishness marks the declining years
  7. A New Birth – A Cursed Beginning  (1 Samuel 4:19-22; Galatians 3:1-3; 4:9)
    1. Application: No atmosphere for spiritual growth

CONCLUSION – The glory of God has departed from many churches today.  What are you doing to make sure it doesn’t depart from here?

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 20:28

Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.