If you know about David, you know he slayed a giant. But the second most famous story is about how he stole another man's wife and conspired to have him killed. The man after God's own heart broke half of the ten commandments in this one sordid moment in his life. Have you ever had a moment or an event in your life you would like to forget. Where Sin got the best of you? How do we respond when we fall. (Because you will fall...)
How do we respond when God says no? Your motives were right, your intentions were right, you planned to do good, you planned to make a difference in the lives of others. You planned to give the glory to God. He still said no. This week David faces just such a circumstance. NO. No explanation, no redirection, just no. Now what?
David is on the run. He is being hunted for death without cause by the most powerful man in the kingdom HE ends up hiding out in caves with a rag tag bunch of misfits, and to his great shock King Saul comes into that very cave, alone and vulnerable. 1 Samuel 24:4 says. “Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and..." What would you have done?
In a very short time, David went from Standing Victorious on the battle field over Goliath's body to hiding out in a cave. A moment of glory followed by years of desperation and on the run. We all experience cave times. How do we sustain ourselves in those days? How do we emerge back into the sunlight with a deeper faith and greater purpose?
There are still giants in the land. We all face giants along the way and how we respond has a lot to do with how BIG our God is. Fear grips everyone and we deal with fear based on our view of ourself, our enemy and our God. What Goliath problems do you see in our world today?
Welcome back to Community Groups. We are beginning a new series about the life of King David called "Chasing after the Heart of God." Each week our sermon outline will have group discussion questions attached. You can catch the weekend message on Youtube here. In addition we will have video content here shot on Location in Israel bringing the life of David to life. (wait... was that redundant?) No matter how you engage the content we hope the lessons of David's life will be a blessing to you, your community group, or maybe for this season of pandemic your family will be your community group. King David wasn't always King David, he was just a 15 year old shepherd boy. Lets dive into the prequel, or origin story of David.
How do we react to the storms of our life. Physically, Spiritually and eventually getting back to life after the storm. Elijah had a great victory and was immediately hit with anxiety and depression. We will watch how God Renews, Restores and returns Elijah back to his mission.
Sometimes the storm is our Storm. We caused it, our actions (or inactions) our attitudes, our heart. Pastor Steve Newman reminds us of Peter who denied Christ, and the Old Testament King Manasseh. Let's look at ourselves as we face storms and see what part of it we need to own and repent and move back towards God.
The storms in life are relentless. Some seasons seem especially stormy. From this side of the lake to that side of the lake we actually become different people while in the storm. Jesus reaction to the storm is far different than the disciples. Share your storms and learn from each other that we might weather the storms better together with Jesus.
Steve Steele, Pastor of Community Life