The Life of David • Sustained by God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018

READING

2 Samuel 15:24-26,30-37; 19:1-8

Main Point

When we face challenges, we can trust God and rely on those He has placed in our lives.

Introduction

What would you be thinking and feeling if a sudden calamity forced you to leave your home?

Sometimes life comes at us hard. We may see the problem looming on the horizon, or it may surprise us by coming out of nowhere. We can’t always control the problem itself, but we can control how we respond.

We’ll look at a difficult period in David’s life and consider how his response speaks into our own lives.

SEE YOU IN THE MORNING!

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The Life of David • Redeemed by God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  October 28. 2018

READING

2 Samuel 11:2-14; 12:7-14

Main Point

When we confess our sins, God forgives.

Introduction

What used to be a difficult task for you that you now handle with relative ease?

What moved the task from difficult to easy?

With good training, practice, and experience, jobs in life become easier. Handling some of life’s challenges can even become second nature, just as a child learns to tie his shoes and gets to where he can do it without thinking. Other areas of life continue to challenge us. Believers are free from the power of sin, but temptation continues to pull at us throughout our lives. The focus of the temptation may change, but Satan will continue to find ways to try to pull us from our walk with Christ. We can learn from David what to do—and what not to do—when temptation comes knocking on our door.

Have a great week and we will see you Sunday!

The Life of David • Promised by God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  October 21, 2018

Reading • 2 Samuel 7:8-29

Main Point

God’s past faithfulness enabled David to trust Him with their new covenant.

Introduction

As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.

What promise have you received from a parent and then begged for it until it was delivered?

What promise did you once make that you regretted having made later? Why did you regret having made that promise?

What promise has God made to you that you are clinging to desperately? Why is this promise so important to you?

God has a penchant for agreements between Himself and others. An agreement between God and someone else is called a “covenant.” A covenant is an unending, rock solid, agreement, an agreement with no end that affects the covenant receiver’s life and destiny. When a contract between a man and God is made, God determines every aspect of that agreement. Because God is perfectly consistent in all His ways, the receiver of the covenant can rest assured that God will keep His part of the bargain.

God Bless, See you Sunday!

The Life of David • Anointed by God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_   October 14, 2018

Reading

2 Samuel 1:1-12

Main Point

God fully prepared David for service as King of Israel.

Introduction

As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.

Which of the following best describes what you were thinking the night you graduated from high school: 1. I’ve got to get busy preparing for my future; 2. Let’s party; 3. I cannot wait to get to college so I can learn more; 4. I’m not ready to face the world?

Who has encouraged you more than anyone else to step outside your comfort zone and do things you thought were impossible?

If you had the abilities and the resources to accomplish anything for God’s kingdom, what would it be?

David’s kingship was unparalleled. Some have called him the greatest leader the world has ever known. During his reign as king over Israel, David expanded the boundaries of Israel from 6,000 to 60,000 square miles and established trade routes that stretched throughout the known world. These trade routes brought wealth to Israel like she had never known before. Possibly more impressive, David unified the nation under Jehovah God, creating a national longing for the Lord

David was a leader set aside by God and anointed by his people for the purposes God had established for him. Yet before he became king, David was on the run. For thirteen years, between the ages of 17 and 30, David stayed one step ahead of his predecessor King Saul, who was desperately trying to kill him.

We look forward to Sunday,. Have a blessed week and keep Rachel in your prayers as her delivery time approaches.

The Life of David • Waiting on God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_    October 7, 2018

Reading for the Week

1 Samuel 23:13-18; 24:1-22; 26:1-25; 31:1-4

Main Point

The ability to lead with kingdom-mindedness is rooted in a principled respect for kingdom authority, regardless of the worthiness of the leader.

Introduction

Read this portion of lyrics from Dolly Parton’s song Nine to Five: “9 to 5, for service and devotion / You would think that I would deserve a fair promotion / Want to move ahead but the boss won’t seem to let me / I swear sometimes that man is out to get me.” Have you ever identified with Dolly Parton’s lyrics?

Think  about a time when you were under the leadership of an unkind boss.

After being warned that Saul once again was serious about killing him, David fled to the desert. But Saul was still out to get him. It was a painful time in David’s life. He wrote at least 15 of the Psalms during this period, on average, about one a year for the decade and a half he was on the run from Saul. David had never compromised his respect for Saul’s office as king. David’s respect for Saul remained uncompromised during the entirety of Saul’s unjustified pursuit of David. 1 Samuel records several dramatic examples.

Have a great week and we will see you Sunday at 9:30 am.

The Life of David • Friend in God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  September 16, 2018

Reading for the Week

1 Samuel 18:1-16 (KJV)
1  And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
2  And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
3  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
4  And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
5  And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
6  And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
7  And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
8  And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
9  And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
10  And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.
11  And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
12  And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.
13  Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
14  And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
15  Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.
16  But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

Main Point

Unselfish concern for the well-being of another is the mark of true friendship.

Introduction

As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.

How would you react if a good friend at work got a promotion you thought you were going to get?

What qualifies someone to be your “best friend”?

How many best friends do you have in your life right now?

Have you ever had a “BFF” (Best Friend Forever) who became just a “BF,” and then just an “F”? Or did the opposite process ever occur? What were the things that changed in the relationship that caused the deletion or addition of that friend in your life?

The slaying of the Philistine giant Goliath brought David instant fame. The event provoked in King Saul great conflict. Saul was both sincerely appreciative and insanely jealous of David. He compelled David to live in his house both as a way to honor him and as a way to keep an eye on him. David’s life in Saul’s house alternated between playing his harp to calm Saul’s troubled spirit and dodging Saul’s spears the king threw, trying to kill the hero musician. David would later become a fugitive, fleeing Saul’s wrath.

Saul did not know that David had already been anointed by Samuel to succeed his throne. In the midst of this troubling story, God provided David a Best Friend Forever: Saul’s son and assumed heir Jonathan. Jonathan listened as Saul asked Jesse’s youngest son, still holding Goliath’s severed head, to identify himself.

Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday.

The Life of David • Trusting in God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018

READING FOR THE WEEK

1 Samuel 17:1-58 (KJV)
1  Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.
2  And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
3  And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.
4  And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
5  And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
6  And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.
7  And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
8  And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.
9  If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
10  And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
11  When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
12  Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.
13  And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.
14  And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.
15  But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
16  And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
17  And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;
18  And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.
19  Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
20  And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
21  For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.
22  And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
23  And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.
24  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
25  And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.
26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
27  And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.
28  And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
29  And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
30  And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.
31  And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.
32  And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
33  And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
34  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35  And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36  Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37  David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
38  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
39  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
40  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
41  And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
42  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43  And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44  And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD‘S, and he will give you into our hands.
48  And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49  And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
52  And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.
53  And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.
54  And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.
55  And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.
56  And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.
57  And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
58  And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.

Main Point

Our trust in God moves us to act in faith in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Introduction

Which circumstance in your life has caused the most fear?

When you are confronted with a seemingly unwinnable situation, is your natural reaction one of fight, or flight?

Standing over nine feet tall, Goliath’s size and armor made him appear to be an invincible foe. Perhaps you have faced similar “Goliaths” in your life. Maybe your Goliath was a financial debt that appeared to be so high you would never be able to repay it. Maybe cancer was your Goliath, intimidating you, causing you to fear. Or maybe the loss of a job or a home because of economic downturns. If you can relate to any of these circumstances, then you may have a small glimpse of what the Israelites felt when they were challenged to fight Goliath in a “winner takes all” fight.

God Bless and have a great week.