Sermon: “Are We on God’s Side?”
Theme: God is on the side of righteousness, justice, and peace rather than on the side of power or might.
Purpose: The congregation will recognize that power and authority bring responsibility.
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 17:4-11, 31-40, 45-47. David meets Goliath’s threats with faith in God and using his own capabilities.
Romans 12:3-8 Let each person use the faith and gifts that they have been given.
What is the real message of the story of David defeating Goliath? How is it we always see ourselves as the “David” in these stories when most of us are the more powerful and influential people in the world? What warnings should we take from this story (as we recognize our own power and influence)? What is the story really about? What should we learn about David’s claim that faithfulness and trust in God are what will bring victory rather than might or power? Do we focus more on faithfulness? Or we more interested in “Might and Power?”