Dr. E. Dale Locke
All-in Weekend: Giant Killers!
- Icebreaker: Kids learn a lot about how to live by watching their parents. Tell about some things you learned by watching your mom or dad.
- Dale quoted George Barna’s book Revoutionary Parenting – Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions. What are some things that a parent can that could help their kids become spiritual champions?
- Dale shared a quote he had heard, “Home is the place where life makes up its mind.” What does that mean to you?
- Read I Samuel 17:32-37; 48-50:
David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” 33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 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, 35 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. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”….
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
- King David started as a lowly shepherd boy and became a mighty king. The story of David’s life is one of the longest and most-detailed stories in the entire Bible. We get to see his life evolve through all of its stages from youth into old age, and through that we get to see how faith and life intersect in a human heart.
Read 1 Samuel 16:7, which is the first mention of David in Scripture: “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Read Acts 13:22, which is the last mention of David in Scripture: After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
- What do you notice about David from these passages?
- What does it mean that David was “a man after God’s own heart.”? How can we be people after God’s own heart in our day?
- David’s life teaches us to never despise the day of small beginnings.
- Jesus said that if we are faithful in small things, God will entrust us with more responsibility. All of life is a series of small decisions put together over a long period of time. Name some of the small things that God would want you/us to be faithful in right now.
- David’s life shows of the beauty of a life completely open to God.
- What difference does it make in life, if you open yourself up completely to God?
- Christianity isn’t meant to be just dry “religion” and ritual that people go through out of a sense of duty. It’s meant to be a living relationship where we open ourselves up to God. If your faith is just dry “religion” to you as an adult, what impact is that likely to have on your kids or grandkids?
- Jesus said that genuine Christian faith is similar to the way that children believe. What is that kind of faith like?
- David’s life reminds me my biggest mistake doesn’t have to be my defining moment.
- David failed big. He failed publicly. It was awful. He knew better, but he messed up, and then he messed up some more while trying to cover it up. But he confessed his sin and received God’s forgiveness; and God didn’t define David by his failure. Talk about how this truth makes you feel.
- David’s life shows me how to face my giants and defeat them.
- What “giants” are you currently facing in your life?
- Malcolm Gladwell’s book, David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants said that David actually wasn’t such an underdog in this situation. Actually, David’s whole life had prepared him for this moment. In what ways has God prepared you to face your current giants in life?
- Kids only experience church for a tiny fraction of the time that makes up their childhood. But if the home and the whole church community all work together, more kids are likely to grow up to be like David – a “world changer” for God. What are some things that you can do to contribute to this vision?