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Key Thought:

Jesse, An Unsung Hero Among Fathers

Key Quote

"God always purifies before He anoints." - Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics?
  • Who is one person in the world that you would exchange lives with for a day?
  • What is your favorite memory with your dad?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • David was the last pick, but this actually pointed to his anointing. Have you ever felt forgotten or overlooked the way that David was?
  • The same measure that you sacrifice, God will bless you with. How does knowing this change your mindset in serving God?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • "If you aren't willing to be under authority, God will not give you authority." What does it look like to put yourself under authority of godly people, so that God can use them to grow you?
  • Have you ever felt like your worst mistake has followed you? How can you give that to God and let Him redeem it?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

“God, thank you for the anointing that you have put on my life. Help me to choose to live under your authority and be obedient to you. Amen.”

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Read the story of David's anointing for yourself this week.
  • Ask God how you can serve Him this week in the unique way that He has anointed you to. Do it!


Find a man named Jesse..for I have selected one of his sons to be my king...Invite Jesse..and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”  1 Samuel 16:1b-3 

So Samuel did as the Lord instructed. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?”  “Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too.  1 Samuel 16:4-5

..the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t look at how handsome Eliab is or how tall he is, because I have not chosen him. God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7 

When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the Lord has chosen.”  Next Jesse summoned Shimea, but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the Lord has chosen.”  In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”  Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” 1 Sam. 16:6-11a 

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”   “Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.” So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes.  And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”  1 Samuel 16:11b-12

Some of Saul’s servants said to him, “A tormenting spirit from God is troubling you. 16 Let us find a good musician to play the harp whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you...One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player...Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, “Send me your son David, the shepherd.”  Jesse responded by sending David to Saul, along with a young goat, a donkey loaded with bread, and a wineskin full of wine.  1 Sam. 16:15-20 

So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there... Stay here with me, and don’t be afraid. I will protect you with my own life.  1 Samuel 22:1,23

give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.  Luke 6:38

One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. 18 And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.” 19 David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.  1 Samuel 17:17-19