Summary: First Samuel 17:4-50 When things seem too BIG and too SCARY and make us want to retreat, God calls us to courageous action.

Biblical Problem: The giant Philistine Goliath was terrifying the Israelites and forcing them into inaction.

"He’s too big to defeat."

"He’s too enormous to conquer."

Biblical Solution: God called David to courageous action

Goliath might be big, but God is bigger.

Goliath might be enormous, but the LORD is able to conquer.

Contemporary Problem: We face many obstacles that we often allow to force us into inaction.

Thesis: God calls us to courageous action.

Transitional Statement: We find in our passage three aspects of being called to courageous action.

I. The first aspect is that God calls us to courageous action by our keeping the Scriptures

in mind and heart.

A. The Word of God was in David heart and mind.

-Psalm 18:30a

B. The Scriptures--the Word of God--should be in our hearts and minds.

-Psalm 119:11

-2 Timothy 3:15-17

-Romans 15:4

II. The second aspect is that God calls us to courageous action because he has given us a


A. David had a mission.

-Psalm 3:1-2

-1 Samuel 17:36-37

B. We have a mission.

III. The third aspect is that God calls us to courageous action because God himself is with us.

A. God was with David.

-1 Samuel 16:13

-1 Samuel 17:48-50

-1 Samuel 17:36-37

B. God is with us.

-Matthew 28:20b

-Acts 2:38

-2 Timothy 1:7


The world is caught in a torrential flood. It’s a flood of destruction--a torrent of death. We are called on a mission to save them. We save them with the gospel of Jesus Christ who is THE Savior, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. As the church, we’re not called to just sit by and watch and people are swept away into the pit of hell. We’re call on a mission to seek and to save them.

Luke 19:9

Since our mission is to continue the ministry of Christ on earth, his mission of seeking and saving the lost also belongs to us.

We are called to courageous action:

By the power of God;

In the name of Jesus Christ;

By the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

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