David, March 30 – April 5



Influence: Jonathan (friend)



Call: anointed by Samuel



Challenges and Character for Impact: heart for God



                        Challenge: giants

                        Character: a heart of faith – trusting God to fight battles

                        Impact: built the nation


                        Challenge: enemies

                        Character: heart of forgiveness – graciously forgiving enemies

                        Impact: became the king



                        Challenge: temptations

                        Character: heart of repentance – genuinely repenting of sin

                        Impact: wrote the Psalms



                        Challenge: huge projects

                        Character: heart of giving

                                    generously building God’s kingdom

                        Impact: prepared to build the temple



Connection to Christ: King


 Group Discussion Questions

  1. If you know one, what is your favorite story about David in the Bible? Why?
  2. How do you believe Jonathan influenced David as his best friend? What friend has had the most positive, spiritual influence on you? Share how your friend has influenced you.
  3. How was Saul to pick the next king (1 Samuel 16:7)? What kind of heart was God looking for (1 Samuel 13:14)? How does this criteria contrast with how we pick leaders in our culture?
  4. David fought the giant Goliath. What are giants in your life? At a heart level, how did David face Goliath? How can you fight your battles in a similar way to David?
  5. David was attacked by his previous friend, King Saul. What kinds of attacks have you faced? How did David respond to Saul?
  6. David sinned with Bathsheba and her husband Uriah. How did he respond after Nathan confronted him (2 Samuel 12, Psalm 51)?
  7. Later in his life, rather than holding on to everything he had, David took on the huge task of preparing to build the temple by leading a capital campaign to raise the funds for it. How did David lead the way (1 Chronicles 29:1-8)? What principles can we glean from this story for us today as we seek to fund Christ’s Church?
  8. What connections do you see between David and Christ?
  9. Take a moment to pray together along the lines of David’s heart cry in Psalm 63:1.

Family Discussion Questions

  1. What things or situations are scary to you? What things seem impossible to overcome?
  2. Can you remember the story of David and Goliath? Why is David so confident that he will win the battle? Who does David bring into the battle with him (1 Samuel 17:45-46)? Are there “Goliaths” in your life right now? How can these verses give you strength to overcome the seemingly impossible?
  3. What are some stories from the Bible where God and his people overcame impossible circumstances? How does Joshua 1:9 help you remember who fights our battles for us? What do you think is our part as we experience tough times (Hebrews 11:32-34)?
  4. What areas of your outward appearance are you tempted to dwell on? What does God say he cares about (1 Samuel 16:7)? What aspects of your character do you need to work on? How is David described (1 Samuel 13:14)? What does that mean?
  5. Who did God put in David’s life to help him grow (1 Samuel 18:1-3)? Who has God put in your life to help you grow to be more like Jesus? Who can you help to grow to be like him?
  6. Read 1 Samuel 23:24 through 1 Samuel 24:7. What is Saul trying to do to David? Why doesn’t David take revenge on Saul when he has the chance? What does this reveal about David’s heart? Are you tempted to take revenge when people hurt you? How can the words David writes in Psalm 57 encourage and comfort you? Who should we leave justice to?
  7. Recall the story of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11). What sin(s) did David commit? How did David respond when he was confronted with his sin (2 Samuel 12:13, Psalm 51:1-3)? Are there sins in your life you need to ask forgiveness for? How does David’s life, even with his sin, encourage you to follow God with your heart?
  8. What has God given you that you can give back to God? What did David do with his incredible wealth (1 Chronicles 29:2-8)? How did God reward him (1 Chronicles 29:17)? Pray: How can you use the gifts God has entrusted to you toward our Make Room project?
  9. How can you grow in Faith, in Forgiveness, in Repentance and in Giving? How can the example of David’s life challenge you to change the world for Jesus?


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