StoneBridge Community Church
Rise & Fall of King David: How the Mighty Have Fallen (2 Sam. 1:17-27)
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

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The Rise and Fall of King David

Some parts of King David's story are well known - his victory over Goliath, his connection to the Psalms and his anointing as King. But many Christians miss the full arch of David's story. David's story isn't just about victory. It's also a story of tragedy, regret and failed promise. But what David couldn't complete, Jesus ultimately finished.

In this series, we will look at key moments in David's life, both the good and the bad. As we look at David, though, we will also look to Jesus, seeing the ways in which Jesus fulfills the promise David fails.

The Text in Context

"Truth is but the first test of what should occupy our hearts and minds and proceed from our mouths. This is the baseline test, but there are many other standards as well, as we see in this text. David has written a psalm to help Israelites of his day and of later generations to remember and honor Saul and Jonathan. If they remember Saul the way David portrays him in the last part of our text, they will most certainly..." Click link to read more.

I. Jonathan

II. Saul

III. Saul and David

IV. Good David #1 - Treatment of Saul

V. Good David #2 - Vulnerability

VI. Grief

VII. God can handle it.

1. Recall a Bible verse that reminds you of God's ability to handle our grief or ask someone you trust for such a verse.

2. Commit that verse to memory to remind yourself of God's ability to handle grief and anger and sadness, so that the next time you experience those emotions, you can remind yourself of who God is.

1. This passage contains a lamentation from David upon hearing about the deaths of Saul and Jonathan. What do his words reveal about his feelings towards Saul, especially considering his complex relationship with him?

2. Even though he had experienced conflict and danger from Saul in the past, David refuses to respond in kind or denounce Saul after his death. What might this passage teach us about forgiveness and respect?

3. What do David's words reveal about his feelings towards Jonathan? How do these words reflect the quality of their friendship? How do David's words of loyalty and friendship resonate with modern relationships and values? How might this lamentation inspire friendship and loyalty today?

4. There are themes of loyalty, friendship, mourning and grief present in this passage. How do they resonate with our own experiences and relationships today? How can we apply the principles from this passage to our own lives and relationships?

5. In those moments where you experience grief, how do you process it?

6. Do you think our culture does a good job of handling grief? Why or why not? If not, how might we do better?

The Samaritan Center of Simi Valley supports those in our community who experience housing and food insecurity. StoneBridge will be collecting items for donation from the link below. All donations must be turned in by November 30th. As a part of weekend worship, we encourage you to place your donations in the tent inside the worship center. Cash donations accepted as well, please designate Supply Drive.

Join us after service on Saturday the 28th! We will have different kinds of Halloween themed activities for everyone to enjoy including a fun mystery to solve, a bounce house, and games! Free dinner will be provided and of course some super sweet treats. Costumes encouraged! Talk with Mrs. Stephanie or Youth Director Ryan to RSVP or volunteer for the event!

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