Human – Imagination: David & Goliath
1 Samuel 17
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: David cultivated a God-dominated imagination in his
- Reject a debased imagination.
- Cultivate a God-dominated imagination.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: What do you know about the story of David and Goliath? How did you learn about this story, and what has it meant to you?
- Without a God-dominated imagination, Goliath appears huge and David appears small (17:28, 33, 42). This perspective on “giants” may serve to immobilize people. Where do you see this in 1 Samuel 17? When have you seen people dominated by “giants?”
- On a personal note, where do you identify anxiety and fear in your life? What does this fear say about your relationship with God and with others? How is the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10) the fear that drives out all other fears?
- David was immersed in the largeness of God (17:26, 45). He gives evidence of this in his experiences as a shepherd and in the way he rejects Saul’s armor. He is not like the anxious Saul or the brutal Goliath. He kneels at the brook, selecting five smooth stones. Discuss.
- David runs quickly toward Goliath (17:48). He approaches this battle head on and with faith that God is leading him. He is very bold and confident. How do believers cultivate such boldness and confidence in facing fearful situations?
Taking it Home: What are your giants today? Consider how you can gain God’s perspective on these “giants.” Spend some time with God and ask Him to encourage your heart and guide you through the difficult decisions you must make. Enfold a trusted friend as a support and prayer partner.
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center.
SIGN UP IN THE LOBBY TODAY
Aspen Ridge Church will be celebrating 50 years of serving the mountain community on Saturday, August 6. The morning will begin with small group service projects for Marshdale, Evergreen Lake and Mountain Resource Center, followed by a car show (classic and 4x4) on campus. There will also be a look at our past and our future before the Saturday evening services. Begin thinking about how you and your small group might serve in one of the three morning projects, and who you might invite to the other events of the day. David and Eva Murray will have a table in the lobby this weekend, and we ask that you sign up for a service
project there to let them know how to prepare for the day (lunch is provided). You can also sign up online from our website.
A THANK YOU FROM THE HOLTON FAMILY
The Holton family would like to express our deep appreciation for all of the love and support we received during the difficult time after our loss. We cannot adequately express how grateful we are to those who shared our burden with prayers, food, transportation, organization and help with the service and reception. Thank you so much!
KIDZONE “MOVE UP” WEEKEND
It’s hard to believe that summer break is in its final month! We will be celebrating a new school year with “move up” weekend on August 20-21. This is the weekend where our children and students will officially graduate to their new classes. Stay tuned for more information, and
enjoy the rest of your summer!
UTAH MISSION TRIP SHARE NIGHT
This Thursday, DV8 Students who went to Utah for VBS support will be sharing their experiences from the trip. Our church body is invited to join us in the Student Center at 6:00 PM to support these students and to hear their testimonies.
KIDS GUITAR CAMP
If you are between the ages of 8-12 and have ever wanted to learn to play guitar, this camp is for you! On August 1-4, from 9:00 – 10:15 AM, join us for a fun introduction to this amazing instrument. The cost is only $50, and you don’t have to own a guitar to participate. Contact Kerry at Kerry.Cox@AspenRidgeChurch.org to sign up.
Eric and Kara Coe, CRU (St. Petersburg Russia)
A letter from Eric:
Some of you may have already heard, but I wanted to send a quick note to let you know that yesterday President Putin signed the law regarding missionary activity into law. The law goes into effect on July 20, 2016. We are in the process of consulting with lawyers and other organizations to understand what impact this will have on staff, students and volunteers. The good news is that we are not alone, and that all churches and denominations are working through the same issues. However, these laws could have far-reaching impact on our mission and ministry activity.
Please pray for us and our national leadership in the coming days as we seek clarity and communicate with our staff and volunteers. Pray that our hearts would be strengthened and encouraged, and that we would be reminded of the urgency and importance of the task before us. Pray that, as an organization, we would be nimble, bold and proactive in addressing these issues. And more than anything, please pray that God would be glorified in these days, and that the end result of all of this would be men and women from the nations of Russia being gathered around the throne.