6.12.16: Distinctive

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  • So, I’m beyond disappointed with my lack of info on this sermon. I usually keep everything but somehow the full text is gone. All I have is an outline. I even checked old emails. I emailed the pastor the outline but not the full text.
  • Despite that, an outline is a better memory than nothing, so I’m posting it. Also, I spent 10 minutes on formatting the thumbnail for the blog. Can’t lose all that work.
  • I remember this sermon went exceptionally well. I differentiated between rugged individuality and being the unique you that God calls you to be.

Summary: Well folks, a summary and an outline is all I’m good for on this one. Like I mentioned, though, I’d rather have an outline than nothing. So, here goes. This sermon somewhat reminded me of the scene in 300 when Leonidas removes his armor / helmet / etc before attacking Xerxes. Saul tried to get David to wear sixty pounds of armor and carry a spear when David wouldn’t have been able to do anything with all of that gear. David broke rank and used what he knew and what he had to do exactly what God needed him to do. If David would have tried to do it any other way he would have failed, he would have fallen flat on his face. But, he did things according to the way God had designed, and ended up being one of the best kings Israel ever had.

Sermon Outline: Distinctive

  1. God created you to BE UNIQUE! Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. –1 Samuel 17:38-40
  2. Only you can BE YOU! For we are God’s handiwork. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. –Ephesians 2:10
  3. There’s always room for a NEW AND IMPROVED YOU! What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.-Romans 6:1-4
  4. God created you to DEFEAT GIANTS! When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. –1 Samuel 17:48-49