"... he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will." - Acts 13:22 The story of David is a story of a man who's life is an example in many ways of how to follow God well.
These are the small group notes for part one of this series. On January 29, 2017 Pastor Daniel preached this message from 1 Samuel 17:32-50. You can download the notes in PDF format or you can follow along below.
- Imagine that you were a witness in the Valley of Elah as Goliath daily came out to taunt the Israelites, and that you were there watching David walk out to face him. What might have it sounded like? How might it have felt to be there? What might you have observed on both sides of the battle lines?
- Saul’s job as king was to courageously lead the Army in battle. Why do you think that Saul would not lead them but instead offered “great wealth” to the man who kills Goliath? In contrast, what makes David believe he can defeat Goliath despite Israel’s fear and Saul’s objection? (vs. 34-37)
- Saul tries to prepare David for battle by dressing him in his own armour. Why does David take it off? What weapon does he choose instead? What does this tell us about David? (vs. 38-39)
- Goliath daily taunted the Israelites. Our enemy mocks and taunts us every day, too. What are some things our enemy, the Devil, says to intimidate us? How can we experience victory in this daily battle?
- The Battle is the Lord’s! 1 Samuel 14:6b; 2 Chronicles 20:15; 32:8; Psalm 33:16-18, 44:6-8; Proverbs 21:30-31; Hosea 1:7; Zechariah 4:6; Romans 8:31, 37; 1 John 4:4. Why do you think we so often forget that “the battle is the Lord’s”?
- What are some of the ways we’ve seen how David points to Christ? What were some that were especially interesting or meaningful to you?
- How has this week’s study impacted your concept of faith? What can you take from the story of David and Goliath that will spur you on in your Christian walk?
Pray for one another that your faith and confidence in God would deepen to the point that by faith you will stand firm in Christ regardless of whatever situation you face.