David – A God-ward Heart in a Drifting World
One of the most visited, war-torn, and recognizable cities in the modern world is named after him. Famous statues have been built to memorialize him. His hymns are sung and read by believers of every persuasion around the world. His words are read more often in hospitals and prisons than from any other book known to man. He is David the boy who became king.
This study of David focuses on his early years, how God chose him, the trials he faced as a result of that calling, and the powerful principles we can learn from his experiences with both God and people.
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- Session 1: Adrift in a Sea of Self
Israel had been on a long drift away from God and had finally hit bottom. The problem was they didn’t know they were at the bottom. Israel, adrift in a sea of self, chose a king that mirrored their collective spiritual condition. This session focuses on the circumstances and setting into which God called David to be king.
- Session 2: The Man God Chooses
Israel had reached a dead-end spiritually and nationally. They had chosen their hero, and he had led them to ruin. Now God would choose His hero from a most unexpected source. In this session, group members discover the qualities God wanted for the leader of His people and how He built those into a young man named David.
- Session 3: The Stage God Uses
Though most have heard the story of David and Goliath numerous times, its timeless truths are often overshadowed by the excitement of the battle. This session focuses on those life principles that are of value to all believers of all times.
- Session 4: You’re Never Alone When You’re Alone!
Trying times always lie within the shadow of success. On the other side of David’s success over Goliath was a deep valley of trial. It was in this desperate time that David learned more about himself and God than he had ever known before. Most important, David discovered, “when you’re alone, you’re never alone.”