David, Goliath & the Gospel

Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, walks through the often taught story of David and Goliath with a completely different perspective.  Matt often teaches at College Golf Fellowship retreats and is an excellent communicator.  Enjoy!

Partial Transcript

Two Views of Scripture

There’s two ways to look at the Bible. One of the ways that I hear most commonly in churches is that the Bible is a roadmap to life.

And I kind of understand what’s trying to be communicated there. That if you need to know where to go, if you need to know what to do, if you need to know how to handle a situation, you go to the roadmap. You find where you are. And then you follow your way out.

But I think there’s some problems with that.

The Bible is Not About You

Namely, that the Bible, when it’s all said and done is ultimately not about you. Not about me. But rather, about what God has done in Jesus Christ to reconcile the universe to himself and to reconcile mankind to himself.

And so by viewing the Scriptures in that way,  I believe you kind of set yourself up for heartache and despair.

Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about.

“I’m David. This is Goliath.”

Take a simple story, like the story of David and Goliath…What a lot of people will do…is they’ll take the story of David and Goliath and they’ll make themselves David and they’ll make Goliath whatever opposition they’re fighting in their life. So maybe it’s debt. Maybe it’s a difficult marriage…But what they do is, “I’m David. This is Goliath. So I need to go get my five stones. I need to figure out how I’m going to defeat this giant. And with God’s power, I’m going to overcome this giant.”

This View Enslaves You

And the reason that I say this view of the Scriptures can set you up for despair and ultimately enslave you is: What happens when your stone misses? What happens when you throw all five stones and all five stones miss? What happens when (with) all your effort and all your might and all your power, you don’t slay the giant?

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