The Warrior's Training


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Warrior: A man, a woman, a student, a child who is passionately seeking after the heart of God to be used in a mighty way for His purposes and His glory

1 Samuel 16:14-18 – Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him. And Saul's servants said to him, “Behold now, a harmful spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our Lord now command your servants who are before you to seek out a man who is skillful in playing the lyre, and when the harmful spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will be well.” So Saul said to his servants, Provide for me a man who can play well and bring him to me.” One of the young men answered, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him.”

1. How Did God Train David To Be A Warrior?

  • He trained Him in solitude.

1 Samuel 16:19 – Therefore, Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.”

  • He trained him in obscurity.

1 Samuel 16:21-23 – “And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, ‘Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight.’ And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.”

  • He trained him through testing.

Samuel 17:34-35 – But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him.”

  • He trained him through trials.

1 Samuel 18:7-9 – “And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.’ And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, ‘They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?’ And Saul eyed David from that day on.”

2. What should we do when we find ourselves in God's training camp?

  • Stay faithful in the little things and in the lonely places of life.
  • Don’t short-change the process. God is not in a hurry.

“The conversion of a soul is a miracle of a moment, the manufacture of a saint is the task of a lifetime.” – Alan Redpath

What is God doing during seasons of waiting?

  • He is strengthening our confidence in Him.
  • He is developing character in our life.
  • He is giving us wisdom and knowledge that we didn’t have before.
  • He is sharpening our abilities and gifts.
  • He is taking off some of the rough edges. 
  • Keep pounding the rock!
  • Have complete confidence in God’s timing, His plan, and His purpose for your life.

Is your group not meeting this summer? Not in a group yet? Give our Summer Sessions a try! We have tracks for Couples, Singles, Men and Women. Here are the topics for our Men’s sessions:

June 23rd: Prioritizing My Overcommitted Life

June 30th: Building Relationships in My Overcommitted Life

July 14th: Building Influence in an Overcommitted Life

July 21st: Shaping My Legacy in an Overcommitted Life

**Go to westridge.com for times and location (as well as the topics for each track)

Group Questions:

Q1: Have you ever trained (or practiced) really hard for something? How did it turn out? Share your experience with the group.

Read 1 Samuel 16:14-18

Q2: We often learn the most from God in times of solitude. Does your life seem filled with busyness and noise? Why do you think being quiet and slowing down is so difficult?

Read 1 Samuel 16: 21-23

Q3: AFTER David was anointed by Samuel to be Israel’s king (and filled with God’s Spirit) he finds himself serving Saul in the lowliest of ways (armor-bearer). Why do you think God often puts us in trying and even humbling circumstances before he allows us to be used more significantly?

Q4: Alan Redpath wrote, “The conversion of a soul is a miracle of a moment, the manufacture of a saint is the task of a lifetime.” Have you noticed God shaping you into a saint since you first became a Christ follower? If so, in what ways?

Read Isaiah 30:18 and 40:31

Q5: Have you ever felt like God was making you wait on something you felt you needed right then? Looking back, what do you think was God’s reasoning for it? If appropriate, share your experience with your group.

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