Sermon on Sunday, December 14, 2014 by Pastor Thomas Tate


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Sermon Outline

A Man After God’s Own Heart


The Making of A Godly Man

Lord I pray that you would develop him in his heart, mind, body, soul and spirit.  Setting him apart to serve you and bring glory to your name in all of his ways and all of his days.  Father I pray that you would bless him in his knowledge of you and give him the strength, stature and wisdom of Solomon I pray that you would give him the faithfulness of Abraham and the humility of Moses. I also pray Father that you would bless him with the righteousness of Job and the eagerness of Isaiah.  I pray that you would give him the heart after you like David…


God Is Looking For A Few Good Hearts

  • But now your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.

1 Samuel 13:14


  • “After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’

Acts 13:22


  • “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

2 Chronicles 16:9


  • The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Psalm 51:17


Remember God’s Past Help For Today’s Faith

  • David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Then Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”

1 Samuel 17:32-37


Remember God’s Past Help For Today’s Faith

  • “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much… “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and ”

Luke 16:10, 13


Don’t Worry About Circumstance: Trust God

  • The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. “This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you.


Don’t Worry About Circumstance: Trust God

  • And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”

1 Samuel 17:44-47


  • Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4


Rely On God To Direct Your Every Step

  • Then they told David, saying, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are plundering the threshing floors.” So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and deliver Keilah.” But David’s men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the ranks of the Philistines?”


  • Then David inquired of the Lord once more. And the Lord answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” So David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines; and he led away their livestock and struck them with a great sla Thus David delivered the inhabitants of Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:1-5


  • Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105


Seek God’s Advice Before Asking Your Friends

  • The men of David said to him, “Behold, this is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.’ ” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secr It came about afterward that David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.


  • So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the Lord that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the Lord’s anointed.” David persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, left the cave, and went on his way.

1 Samuel 24:4-7


  • For, am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10


The Greatest Command

  • One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

Mark 12:28-30


Sermon-based Bible Study Questions



  1. What is something that you are passionate about?


  1. Read 1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22, 2 Chronicles 16:9. What do you think of the idea that God, “sought”, “found” and His eyes search” for hearts that are completely His and will do His will?


  1. What does a heart that is completely His look like? Read Psalm 51:17. What are something’s that get in the way of our hearts being completely his?


  1. Read 1 Samuel 17:32. When David faced an impossible situation what did he use to give him the courage to face what others feared?  What past acts of faith can you look back on to help get you through situations that you face today?


  1. Read 1 Samuel 17:44-47. What were the circumstances that David faced? If David only focused on the circumstances (giant, warrior, trained, weapons…) what might have he done instead of what he did? What did David trust in over the circumstances? How can you apply this to your life and the church life right now?


  1. Saul was pursuing David in order to kill him. During this pursuit David was hiding in a cave with his men when Saul came in alone to relieve himself.  Read 1 Samuel 24:4-7.  Did David follow his friend’s advice or did he listen to God? Who did his friends claim to speak for?  What lesson can we draw from this?  What reason did David give for not striking Saul? What lesson can we learn from that?


  1. Read Mark 12:28-30. What is the greatest command of God?  Since this is the most important thing to God how much effort should we be making to make sure our hearts are there?  What can you do daily to help keep your heart His?