During the first part of the Easter season, we’ll be looking at the story of David and Goliath to understand the power of the resurrection in our lives. Rather than living in fear, complacency, anger, and rejection, God has opened up a new way for us to live in him. Through God, the “goliaths” of our lives no longer have the power over us. This week, we’ll look at how God, through Christ, has set us free from fear.
What was something you were afraid of as a child? Why was it scary, and how did you overcome that fear (if you did)?
1 Samuel 17:20-53; Hebrews 13:1-8
- How would you define fear? How do most people experience it in their everyday lives?
LEADER NOTE: Fear is not necessarily about big scary things, try to think of some of the more mundane ways fear manifests itself in our lives (e.g. fear of speaking up, fear of failure, etc.).
Read 1 Samuel 17:20-31
- How has fear affected the army of Israel in this part of the story? What affects is it having on them?
- How have you seen fear affect you in your life? Do you feel like you’ve ever missed out on anything because of fear?
- How is David responding to the situation? Do you think this is an appropriate way to approach situations that are fearful?
LEADER NOTE: In this section, David is in an exploratory role. He is examining the people’s fears and assessing the situation.
Read 1 Samuel 17:32-40
- What motivation does David give for his courageous behavior? Why is this response significant for our understanding of God?
- Have you ever known someone who seemed “fearless”? Why do you think they were that way? Do you think their justification for their fearlessness similar to or different from David’s?
LEADER NOTE: David is not just confident in his own abilities, but in the ability and promises of God.
- Why do you think the author includes the section about David not using Saul’s armor? What is this communicating about David’s trust in God?
- How do you respond as you enter into fearful experiences? How does God factor into those moments?
Read 1 Samuel 17:41-53
- David face-off with Goliath is dramatic and could be framed as an expression of David’s fighting prowess. How does David himself frame the encounter? Why is that important?
- What would it look like for you to face some of the areas you experience fear? What truths do you believe about who God is that can help you in conquering fear?
LEADER NOTE: Invite people to think about and share verses or sections of Scripture that relate to what God has done for us, and how God continues to support us in difficult times.
Diving Deeper: FEAR CONQUERED IN CHRIST
Read HEBREWS 13:1-8
In this passage from Hebrews, the author is signing off his letter to the church. These final admonishments are meant to encourage the readers to pursue God wholeheartedly considering what God in Christ has done for them. The author goes out of his way to quote Scriptures to combat fear. This section explores why that is significant.
- How would you describe this section of Scriptures? Is it just a list of rules, practical advice, or something else?
- How do you think the idea of fear is alive in the various areas the author mentioned (i.e. money, sex, hospitality to strangers/prisoners). Do people still feel fear and anxiety about this today? Do you?
- The author goes out of his way to mention these verses of Scripture. What message are they conveying and why is that message significant today?
- What fears do you find it hard to trust into God’s presence? Why is it hard to trust God in these areas? Take some time to discuss with the group and pray about it.