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What living lessons can 21 st -century Christians learn from David about COURAGE ?. The Circumstances Philistines gathered to battle – 17:1 Israel drew up in battle array against Philistines – 17:2 The Champ He had the skill of a champion – 17:4, 33

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what living lessons can 21 st century christians learn from david about courage
What living lessons can 21st-century Christians learn from David about COURAGE?
  • The Circumstances
    • Philistines gathered to battle – 17:1
    • Israel drew up in battle array against Philistines – 17:2
  • The Champ
    • He had the skill of a champion – 17:4, 33
    • He had the size of a champion (9.5-11 ft tall) – 17:4
    • He had the “shirt” of a champion (125 lbs. body armor) – 17:5
    • He had the spear of a champion (16 lbs.) – 17:7
    • He had the sword of a champion – 17:51; 21:9
  • The Challenge
    • “Why have you come out to line up for battle?” – 17:8
    • “Choose a man…let him come down to me” – 17:8
    • “If he is able to fight and kill, we your servants” – 17:9
    • “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man…” – 17:10, 25
    • Twice a day for 40 days with same words – 17:16, 23

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What living lessons can 21st-century Christians learn from David about COURAGE?
  • They Were Cognizant
    • They “heard the words of the Philistine” – 17:11
    • Knew he had “come up to defy Israel” – 17:25
    • Knew the substantial reward for killing Goliath – 17:25
  • They Were Combatant
    • “Drew up in battle array against the Philistines” – 17:2
    • “Fighting with the Philistines” – 17:19
    • “Going out to the fight and shouting for the battle” – 17:20
    • “Drawn up in battle array, army against army” – 17:21
  • They Were Chicken
    • “They were dismayed and greatly afraid” – 17:11
    • “Saw Goliath, fled from him, dreadfully afraid” – 17:24

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  • Godly Contrast
    • Youngest of 8 brothers – 17:12, 14
    • Shepherd boy – 17:15, 20
    • Sling, stones and no sword – 17:40, 50
  • Godly Character
    • Eager – 17:20, 22
    • Responsible – 17:20, 22
    • Respectful – 17:20, 22
  • Godly Consternation
    • “David heard” the words of Goliath – 17:23
    • Confirmed the men knew the reward promised – 17:26
    • Confirmed the men knew the ramifications of Goliath’s words – 17:26-27

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What living lessons can 21st-century Christians learn from David about COURAGE?
  • Godly Courage
    • Handles and overcomes a brother’s criticism – 17:28-29
    • Rises to the challenge when no one else will – 17:32
    • Handles & overcomes disparagement from one highly revered – 17:33
    • Takes strength from God’s providential help in times past – 17:34-37
    • Calls a spade a spade and refuses to compromise – 17:36, 26
    • Defends the name and honor of God – 17:36
    • Trusts in God’s armor and not man’s – 17:38-39
    • Delights in the simplicity of God’s plan – 17:40
    • Faces and overcomes giant challenges
      • Including disrespect – 17:42
      • Including ridicule – 17:43
      • Including persecution – 17:43
      • Including threats – 17:44

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What living lessons can 21st-century Christians learn from David about COURAGE?
  • Godly Courage
    • Recognizes opposition to God’s people as opposition to God Himself – 17:45
    • Rests solely & fully on the authority, power & will of God – 17:45-47
      • Acts “in the name of the Lord” – 17:45
      • Trusts “in the Lord” – 17:46
      • Seeks to make known “that there is a God” – 17:46-47
      • Lets God – 17:47
      • Cf. Refers to himself 7x in 17:8-10; Refers to the Lord 7x in 17:45-47
    • Fears no evil and is eager to defend God – 17:48-51
    • Obvious when it is seen and obvious when it is missing
    • Brings victory – 17:50-51, 54
    • Motivates others, almost contagiously, to act – 17:52-53, 24

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