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David

Dive deep into the up-and-down life of David, the most famous character in the Old Testament. A 6-week series.

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Topic #1


When it comes to who God uses in life, he’s more interested in what’s on the inside than what’s on the outside. Read the article.

Key Points:

  • God uses a different scorecard for choosing people. (1 Samuel 16:7.)
  • God is looking for people who are looking for him. (1 Samuel 16:11.)
  • God intentionally uses underdogs and unknowns to work through. (1 Samuel 16:12.)
  • Whatever God requires he empowers. (1 Samuel 16:13.)

Quote This:

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

See Also: Identity

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Do you know anyone who has a heart condition? What did they have to do about it?
  3. If you had to describe your spiritual heart condition toward God right now, which description best fits you and why? (Dead, cool, cold, distance, lukewarm, warming up, hot.)
  4. Read 1 Samuel 16:6and share a time when you evaluated someone based on outward appearance only and discovered that you were wrong about them.
  5. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 and share why you think God uses ordinary people so much.
  6. Why do you think God uses a different scorecard than we do? What qualities or characteristics are on his scorecard?
  7. Read 1 Samuel 16:7 and share why people so often evaluate a person by the outside.
  8. God is looking for people who are looking for him. What was going on in your life when you started looking for God?
  9. Has God ever surprised you by using you in a way you didn’t expect? Explain.
  10. When God chooses to work through us, he also gives us the power to do his will. In what ways would you like for God to help you and empower you more?
  11. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #2


When David went up against Goliath, it was no contest from the beginning. God’s side always wins. 

Key Points:

  • See things from God’s perspective even if no one else does. (1 Samuel 16:7.)
  • Step out boldly with the confidence that comes from God. (1 Samuel 17:45-47.)
  • Remember that God is your giant-killer.

Quote This:

1 Samuel 17:47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!

See Also: CourageFear

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  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What is the biggest obstacle that you have ever overcome?
  3. Identify a giant in your life that gets in the way of your pursuit of God. How can Jesus help you overcome that giant?
  4. Read 1 Samuel 17:8-11. Describe Goliath’s challenge to Israel. How did Israel’s response show their lack of confidence in God?
  5. Read 1 Samuel 17:34-37. How did God’s protection in the past help David trust God with the challenge of Goliath?
  6. How does God’s work in your life in the past help you face a giant today?
  7. Read 1 Samuel 17:28. Have you ever had someone try to talk you out of pursuing God? How did their words affect you?
  8. Read 1 Samuel 17:47. Why did David think that this battle really belonged to God? How did this give him courage? How does knowing that God is on your side give you courage?
  9. In what ways does the story of David and Goliath remind you of Jesus’s victory over sin and death at the cross?
  10. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #3


Psalm 34 is a song of David that shows us how to stop running and face our biggest fears in life.

Key Points:

  • When you’re afraid, tell yourself to praise God. (Psalm 34:1.)
  • When you’re afraid, don’t be afraid to admit it. (Psalm 34:4-6.)
  • When you’re afraid, run to God for refuge. (Psalm 34:8.)

Quote This:

Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.

See Also: Fear

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Tell about a time when you were genuinely afraid. What did you do to overcome that fear? Discuss.
  3. Was there a time when you were fearful of the future and acted out on that fear (i.e., leading to anxiety, etc.)? What happened?
  4. Read Psalm 34:1-3. Is offering God praise a natural outcome of fear? Why or why not?
  5. Why do you think David praised God in the midst of his fears? Explain.
  6. Is it difficult to share your fears with others? What about with God? Explain.
  7. How do your fears affect the way you live? Do they lead to anger, worry, anxiety, or attempts to control others?
  8. “Living in fear keeps us from experiencing our God-given potential.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.
  9. What steps do you need to take to deal with your fears? How can this group help you in the journey?
  10. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #4


David and Jonathan had a powerful connection against all odds. Their story teaches us four things that make for great friendships.

Key Points:

  • Great friendships require great commitment. (1 Samuel 18:1-4.)
  • Great friendships involve great risk. (1 Samuel 20:8.)
  • Great friendships include God. (1 Samuel 23:15-18.)
  • Great friendships reflect great love. (2 Samuel 1:25-26.)

Quote This:

Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

See Also: Friendship

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some differences between friends, buddies, and acquaintances?
  3. Read Proverbs 20:6. Why is commitment an element of great friendships?
  4. How has a friend shown great commitment to you?
  5. Why is risk an element of great friendships?
  6. Read Proverbs 17:17. What are some situations when the loyalty of a friend will be tested?
  7. How are Christian friendships like and unlike non-Christian friendships?
  8. Why do many Christian friendships fail to include God in any significant way?
  9. Read Proverbs 27:17. What are some ways that your Christian friends sharpen you?
  10. In what ways is friendship actually an expression of love?
  11. Read 2 Samuel 1:25-26. Is there anyone outside your family who would lament you like this when you die? Explain.
  12. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #5


The story of David and Mephibosheth teaches us about how God’s grace comes to even the most unwanted people.

Key Points:

  • God’s grace found us when we weren’t looking for it. (2 Samuel 9:4-5.)
  • God’s grace forgives us when we don’t deserve it. (2 Samuel 9:7a.)
  • God’s grace provides for us when we can’t repay it. (2 Samuel 9:7b.)
  • God’s grace loved us when we weren’t worth it.

Quote This:

2 Samuel 9:7a “Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness (grace) to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan…”

See Also: Grace

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. When you hear the word “grace,” what comes mind? Why?
  3. God’s grace means he extends his special love and favor to someone who doesn’t deserve it, hasn’t earned it, and can never repay it. How does this make you feel? How does it shape your view of God?
  4. Share about how you have experienced God’s grace in your life.
  5. Read 2 Samuel 9:1-3 and share how David wanted to extend grace to someone.
  6. Read 2 Samuel 9:7. Instead of judgment, Mephibosheth received kindness from David. Share about a time when you received kindness instead of punishment.
  7. Read 2 Samuel 9:7. God’s grace is a totally one-sided deal. What has God given you that you know you can’t repay?
  8. How does it make you feel to know that God’s grace was looking for you long before you were looking for him?
  9. What do you think about when you understand that Jesus forgives us even when we don’t deserve it?
  10. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

Topic #6


David’s psalm of confession gives us three practical steps that can bring us back from failure.

Key Points:

  • Confess your mess. (Psalm 51:1-6.)
  • Cry out to God for help. (Psalm 51:7-10.)
  • Commit to honoring God. (Psalm 51:11-15.)

Quote This:

Psalm 51:1-2 Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.

See Also: Sin, Confession

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What is your favorite comeback story, and why?
  3. Retell the story of David and Bathsheba. Make a list of David’s sins.
  4. Read Psalm 51:1-3. What are some words David uses to describe his sin? Which word is most striking to you? Explain.
  5. Read Psalm 51:4-6. What does David mean when he says to God, “Against you, and you alone, have I sinned.”?
  6. Read Psalm 51:17. What is a “broken and repentant heart”? What is the opposite?
  7. Where do people in our society turn to find relief from the weight of sin and guilt? Why do those solutions fall short?
  8. Read Psalm 51:7-10. What does David believe God is able to do?
  9. Read Psalm 51:11-15. Describe what a “comeback” from sin looks like to David.
  10. What does a spiritual comeback look like to you?
  11. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.