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Mission starts with stewardship & five small stones. 1 Samuel 17:20-50 Rev. Dr. Richard H. Bliese. Fishing Stories Part I. As a church, we are convinced that we have inherited good “fishing tackle”: O.K., but do we still know how to fish? How do we start an emphasis on mission?.

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Mission starts with stewardship &five small stones

1 Samuel 17:20-50

Rev. Dr. Richard H. Bliese


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Fishing Stories Part I

  • As a church, we are convinced that we have inherited good “fishing tackle”: O.K., but do we still know how to fish?

  • How do we start an emphasis on mission?


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How to do battle with giants – readSamuel 17: 20-50

  • Champions decide the war

  • Goliath and the art of “trash-talking”

  • A miracle happens - Saul trusts David

  • David rejects conventional weapons

  • Plan B: trust God and 5 stones


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What can David teach us? Lessons for battle

  • The rumors were true - there are GIANTS in the land!

  • If you think your army looks bad, wait until you see your champion

  • Don’t trust the “big guns,” trust those with BIG FAITH


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Lessons for battle # 2

  • There is no silver bullet - we must learn to trust God.

  • Find your five smooth stones

  • The name of the Lord is powerful


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Misssion depends on trust in God’s name.

Don’t start your plans with techniques or programs.


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Go into battle with stones in your pocket

  • Can your congregation name its five smooth stones?

  • Where has God already gifted your congregation?


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St. Andrews ChurchTheir five smooth stones

  • Size Matters: Being small is good

  • Mission focused

  • A Vision of the kingdom that is a multicultural witness

  • Leaders, leaders, leaders

  • Food and Fellowship


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Stewardship & Mission

  • Growing in faith –

    especially as a community

    always involves:

  • Mission – battle with giants

  • Stewardship – 5 smooth stones


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Don’t forgetGod’s Word!

“Go, and may the Lord be with you . . .”

“For the battle is the Lord’s”


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