Remember Goliath

September 17, 2023   /   Pastor Obie Obien   /   City Church

THE TEXT: 1 Samuel 17

3 ways the enemy will try to deter you from your destiny:

  • The enemy will try to you.

| 1 Samuel 17:28 |

  • The enemy will try to you.

| 1 Samuel 17:30 |

  • The enemy will try to make you .

| 1 Samuel 17:33 |

3 ways to strengthen your confidence when facing your Goliaths: 

  • Find confidence in the .

| 1 Samuel 17:26 | 1 Samuel 17:36 | Genesis 17:10-12 |

  • Find confidence in .

| 1 Samuel 17:37 |

  • Find confidence in .

| 1 Samuel 17:45 |

is defeated by .

| 1 Samuel 17:39-40 | 1 John 4:4 | John 16:33 |

 


SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

What do you think?

Have someone quickly read over the main points/fill-ins from Sunday’s message. After you’ve refreshed everyone’s memories, share what particular point stood out to you, challenged you, or raised a question for you.

The story of your life.

  1. This past Sunday we heard the legendary story of David defeating Goliath. Even today, it is considered one of the best stories in the Bible and potentially one of the greatest stories ever written. Because it’s so familiar, we can easily glaze past the amazing spiritual truth(s) God may want to reveal. What new insights about this story resonated with you as you heard it?
  2. Tell about a time in your life when you did something courageous and it worked out.

Digging deeper.

  1. Though there is only one “David and Goliath” story in the Bible, the Scripture is full of stories where followers of God had to do what God was asking in the face of fear. One great example of this was when God asked Ananias to heal Saul in Acts 9 even though he was known to persecute and kill Christians. Read Acts 9:1-31 together and answer the prompts below.
    1. Have a few people recap the main tenets of the story.
    2. What does this story tell us about God? Obedience in the face of fear? People? You?
  2. One of the ways Obie suggested to strengthen our confidence in the face of fear was to “find confidence in the covenant.” For David, that was God’s covenant established with Abraham. We have something far better – the New Covenant Jesus secured in his blood on the Cross. The author of Hebrews outlines it in Hebrews 8:6-13. Read it out loud together and answer the prompts below.
    1. Have a few people recap the main tenets of the New Covenant.
    2. How can these New Covenant promises help us build up our confidence in the face of fear?
  3. Hebrews 10:19-25 tells us what we should do with our newfound “covenantal confidence” as Christians. Read the passage together and answer the prompts below.
    1. List/share clear actions listed that should happen as a result of God’s covenant to us.
    2. In what ways have you taken your “covenantal confidence” for granted as a Christian? What changes (if any), do you feel God asking you to take right now?

Personal reflection and application.

  1. Have everyone share one thing someone else shared in this discussion that struck a chord with you.
  2. Break up for prayer, preferably men with men and women with women if possible.
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