Community Group Conversation Starters
GET IN THE GAME – Part 1/4
Pastor Clark Frailey
September 17, 2017
BIG IDEA: Small good choices lead to great highlight reel moments.
Courageous battles. Glorious victories. Narrow escapes. Unbridled sensuality. Flawed humanity. Treacherous betrayal. Stunning redemption. All the makings of a summer blockbuster. Add “ardent worship” to the mix and you have a story of biblical proportions. The story of King David.
But this second monarch of Israel sprouts from humble beginnings. David is just a shepherd boy, but the prophet Samuel is commanded by the Lord to anoint him. With David, we are reminded that “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). We are also given a picture of “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22).
He was not a man of perfection, but at the core of David had a passionate love for, and reliance upon, God: “David sang to the Lord … ‘The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. … I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise…’” (2 Samuel 22:1–4). And, more important than an example of a devoted heart before God is that David, through his life and many songs, pointed to the coming Messiah Jesus: “Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way … Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (Psalm 2:11–12).
But it all began with a few small acts of trust. "But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it." (1 Samuel 17:34-35)
David relied on training as a simple shepherd - a lowly position - to prepare himself for the huge moments that were coming in his life. Including the epic battle with the giant, Goliath. David knew God was equipping him to be more. To go further.
David had no clue what battles were coming, so he focused on serving in excellence and growing where he was planted.
- In what ways is God equipping you to be more? To go further?
- Pastor Clark shared this quote from Mother Teresa, "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." What small steps might you need to take this week in order to be ready when the big opportunities come your way?
- Do you worry often about your "highlight reels" instead of what small steps might lead to big moments?
- How can we pray that you will trust God in the small things? What's your next step?
David, Charles Swindoll (Thomas Nelson, 1997; ISBN 0849913829)
Facing Your Giants: A David & Goliath Story for Everyday People, Max Lucado (W Publishing, 2006; ISBN 0849901812)
Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians, Reflections on the Life of David, Eugene H. Peterson (HarperSanFrancisco, 1998; ISBN 006066522X)
The Message: Psalms, Eugene H. Peterson (NavPress, 2004; ISBN 1576836746)
The Treasury of David: Spurgeon’s Classic Work on the Psalms, C. H. Spurgeon (Kregel, 2004; ISBN-10: 0825436834)