JANUARY 26, 2020

8:00AM & 10:30AM
PREACHING: Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell
SERMON TITLE:  “The Biggest Upset in Biblical History”
SCRIPTURE:  I Samuel 17: 31-50
Sermon Notes for “The Biggest Upset in Biblical History”
1,100 years before Jesus was born, the nation of Israel’s newest enemy, the Philistines, wanted to take the land of Canaan from them. The Israelites were afraid…and why shouldn’t they be? The Philistine’s leader, Goliath, was a descendant of the Anak tribe and, according to Old Testament Scholar Walter Brueggemann, he stood 6’9’’ tall! He seemed invincible.
Our familiar text from I Samuel tells the dramatic story of how David a young shepherd boy was sent to fight Goliath, the Philistine Giant, in a winner take all battle for the land. Everyone was afraid of Goliath…except David! The young shepherd boy put his trust in God and not in military tactics, armor or weaponry. In one of the greatest “upsets” in Biblical History, David shot a stone with a sling shot into the forehead of Goliath. Bam….the Giant fell over dead!
In his sermon, Tom mentioned facing our fear of both the internal and the external “Goliaths” in our lives. David faced his external Goliath on the battlefield but faced his internal one as he battled a Goliath of his own making…adultery, lies, coverup, and eventually……murder! Sometimes an internal Goliath is more dangerous than an external one. David is known as “a man after God’s own heart “ because he put his trust in God as he faced the warrior Goliath on the battlefield, but also when he admitted his own sin with Bathsheba in Psalm 51: “ Have mercy on me O God; according to your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Against you alone have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” The ONLY way we can defeat our fear of our external and internal Goliaths is by putting out TRUST in GOD…alone!
Questions for Individual Reflection or Discussion in Small Groups
1. What is the name of an external OR an internal “Goliath” that you have faced in the past or are facing in your life right now?
2. What is helping you to defeat your fear of this external or internal “Goliath?”
3. If someone who was overwhelmed by fear came to you and asked you, “how can I put my trust in God?” What would you tell them from your own experience?

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Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell,
Guest Preacher
Rev. Dave Carpenter, Pastor
Rev. Lora East,
Associate Pastor