“David and the Giant” 1 Samnuel 17 -Pastor Kevin DeRaaf
- Have everyone skim through 1 Samuel 17 and then reflect on these questions:
- What parts of the David and Goliath story fascinate, surprise or shock you because you didn’t know or remember they were in there?
- How does this reflect Eugene Peterson’t observation that “the David and Goliath story is as important for adults as it ever was for children?”
- Read the description of Goliath in vss 4-11. The sermon today suggested that Goliath represents more than just a large and fierce warrior–he personifies evil.
- Do you agree or disagree with this claim? Why?
- How does this interpretation help us understand the gruesome detail about the beheading of Goliath? (hint: Genesis 3:14-15)
- Read Ephesians 6:10-13. How does David’s battle with David help us in our own spiritual battles?
- David was not surprised by his victory over Goliath. It represents both years of honing his skills as a shepherd and intentionally developing his relationship with God. When his moment came, he slung his stone with all his might, “that the world will know that there is a God.”
- How does this encourage and challenge you in your own walk with God?
- Is there a personal commitment or act of surrender that you would like to identify in response to this story? How might you live into that this week?