Fearless: Lessons from David

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Duration 5 Weeks

There might be more written about David in the Bible than any other person outside of Jesus. We follow him from being anointed as a young shepherd boy, to being on the lam as a fugitive, to ruling as a beloved king all the way to his death. If there were a single word to describe his life, it might just be FEARLESS.

Week 1 • Fearless Youth: The Shepherd

Matthew 19:13-15 (NIV); 1 Samuel in 16:1-13 (NIV)
David was the runt of the litter, the youngest of seven sons to Jesse. When Samuel anointed him out in the field as the next king of Israel, this pre-teen received it not with brashness but with a humble confidence in God. He was fearless.

Week 2 • Fearless Integrity

1 Samuel 24:1-7 (NRSV); Matthew 7:3-5 (NRSV)
After his anointing, David didn’t begin as king. For a while he served King Saul until Saul’s jealousy over David’s popularity drove David into the Wilderness as a fugitive. When given the opportunity to kill Saul, David refused. It was a matter of integrity. He was fearless.

Week 3 • Fearless Worship

2 Samuel 6:12-16 (NIV); Psalm 100 (NIV); Luke 19:36-40 (NIV)
When is the last time you danced as if no one were looking? When they brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem in a parade, David danced and worshipped as if only before his God. While some sneered and ridiculed him, he was fearless.

Week 4 • Fearless Decision

2 Samuel 11:1-27 (NLT)
The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. At some point, while fearless in so many ways, David lost his fear of the Lord and made a decision that he not only regretted but would mar his reputation and memory forever. Unfortunately, he was fearless.

Week 5 • Fearless Death: Finishing Strong

1 Kings 1:28-31, 1 Kings 2:1-4 (AMP); 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NIV); John 19:25b(meanwhile)-30 (NIV)
How does one respond to their impending death? We would like to think we would be full of faith and fearless. But no one knows until that time comes. King David, a man after God’s own heart, knew that he was near the end. And he faced it, as he did most of his life, fearlessly.