7.21.19 - David and Goliath (Kenny Camacho)
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Samuel 17
The legend of David and Goliath isn’t just a staple of Jewish and Christian storytelling, it’s a touchstone in Western culture: we see “Davids” and “Goliaths” everywhere! But underneath this story of a boy slaying a giant is another story about an anointed son’s confident ambition, an army’s fearful humiliation, and a people who have forgotten their own place in a story bigger than themselves. This week, we want to reframe one of the world’s most powerful stories not as a tale of overcoming impossible odds, but as an example of what happens when God steps in to use who we are for his own glory. The truth of the David and Goliath story isn’t that the little guy sometimes wins...it’s that God is greater than the things we fear.
Describe a time in your life when you were able to use an ability (natural or developed) for the good of others.
What might it mean to “defend God's honor” in today's world? How might this be more complicated than it might seem at first?
Have you ever felt called to defend God to a friend, co-worker, acquaintance, family member? Describe what happened.
Share a time in which you had to resist someone's defining you or describing you that was inaccurate from God's perspective (perhaps it was mocking, or shaming). In what situations might this happen in our culture today?