Sermon Text: 1 Samuel 17:1-58


  1. Certain Death
  2. A Determined King
  3. Defying Death

Reflection Questions:

  1. When was a time that you felt especially small, weak, overwhelmed, unable, and/or afraid? …How did you cope with that feeling (e.g. [a] some version of self-reliance OR [b] desperate dependence upon the Anointed Champion of fallen and finite sheep-like sinners – Jesus Christ)?
  2. What STANDS OUT to you the most about the diehard determination of Jesus to pursue death on your behalf?  Are you mesmerized by Christ’s relentless resolve to represent you on the cross?  …What – specifically – do you find so compelling and captivating about this news?
  3. Has the DOMINATING and ALL-ECLIPSING TRUTH of The Gospel become the preeminent reality of your life?  Can you think of something that you used to be paralyzed by, but now – because of the truth of the Gospel, and the reality of the resurrection – that thing no longer dominates you, and no longer dictates the terms of your decision making?