Storyline #51: 1 Samuel 16-17 “The Shepherd King: The Rise of The Warrior”

5 - title slideFree files for youth pastors:

5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (mp3)

5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (Outline)

5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (Scripture)

5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (service order)

5 – 1 Sam 16-17 – David and Goliath (fillout sheet)

I can remember my basketball coach looking up and down our line of players during practice, and the longer he waited the more my heart would thump in my chest.  This was when I was a junior in high school, and so many players on our team were dead even except for the top four.  Our coach would scan our lined-up team back and fourth for the fifth starter.  At every single practice he would hang his head, breathe a deep sigh, and say, “Chip, I guess.”  That was my nickname on the basketball team.  Depressing!   

1 Samuel 16 – 27 is one of the most popular known and preached stories in all the Bible: David and Goliath.  I’m afraid that is hardly ever taught correctly, though.  I hear it mostly in terms of overcoming the giants in your life, finding courage within you, the little boy who could, and how to face your giants.  This story is not about being a David.  Instead, this story is all about how we’re weak and scared and how much we need Jesus.  Continue reading

Storyline #49: 1 Samuel 8-12 “The Lyin’ King: Have It Your Way”

3 - 1 Sam 8-12 - King (pic)

Free files for youth pastors:

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (mp3)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (Pulpit)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (Scripture)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (fillout sheet)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (ppt)

3 – 1 Sam 8-12 – King (order of service)

            I remember one of the most challenging but yet most rewarding trips I ever took was when I went with a college group to the Algonquin National Forrest up in Canada for a week of camping, canoeing, and portaging.  It was a spiritual journey to build leadership.  Every day a new leader would be picked out of the group to take the map, direct the crew, and get us to our destination of the day…many miles away.  On the last day, the guide told us to pick out our own leader.  My “genius” group decided to not pick a leader, but to let the group’s consensus (in canoes, on a lake, etc) lead the way.  Needless to say, that day was a disaster.  We learned the need for point leadership.

            We all desire point leadership in our own lives.  This is common to everyone!  We desperately want something or someone to rule over us, something or someone to follow, and some purpose to devote our lives to.  Whether that turns into a person’s group of friends, a significant other, a career, a future dream to achieve, or just plain self-centeredness…everyone is desperate for a king.  God has purposely designed us this way. Continue reading