09(1Sam 17) How to Have the Heart of a Champion
Gideon – how to have
The Heart Of A Champion.
1st Samuel 17 – the most famous battle of the OT, not between two armies but between two people. One, the champion of the world; the other the champion of God.
Show you that anyone of any age can be a champion.
Don’t need great skills, or great tools, just the heart.
Goliath taunts: challenges one-one combat, winner take all.
No one accepts the challenge: David takes bread – agrees to fight.
Clue: 1 Samuel 16:7
FACT: You are being challenged right now to serve and stand for Christ.
I. Our Giant Challenge.
What makes someone or something a giant? Anything too big for you to handle.
1. It is enough that it is a giant to you.
It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or ignores.
2. God issues the challenge!
Not the temptation – but the challenge.
Jesse sent David to feed his brothers; God sent David to save them.
II. Reaction of the Crowd.
1. Saul – protecting his status. (17:25)
Why are there no altar calls at pastor conferences.
Why are there no moves at invitation.
2. Soldiers – pretending to serve (17:20-23)
All dressed up for battle
File in formations
Shout the war cry
And freeze when the challenge is issued.
III. Response of a Champion.
1. Senses the call. (27-29)
Conviction – not only for the sinner.
2. Surrenders his will (32).
3. Steps forward! (40).