Each week, we offer daily Scripture readings and thoughts in our Grow • Pray • Study (GPS) Guide.
Come back on Mondays for the weekly GPS, and spend time in study and prayer daily!
You matter to God.
St. Paul’s UMC
GPS: Grow, Pray Study Guide
for the week of June 24 – 30, 2018
Destination: To gain a deeper understanding of what it
means to be a deeply committed follower of God, Jesus and the Holy
Spirit. To be able to recognize your experiences of God and to
discover God in new and different ways.
Memory verse: I encourage you to read this Scripture
every day and by the end of the week have it memorized or to the point of where
you can paraphrase the verse(s). Try writing it down on post-it
notes and place them in areas where you will see it daily, for example the
bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car.
37 “The Lord,” David added, “who rescued me from
the power of both lions and bears, will rescue me from the power of this
1 Samuel 17:37 CEB
O God, you come to us not in the
chaos of the whirlwind, not in the roar of the earthquake, not in the
crackling heat of the fire, but in the sound of sheer silence.
Quiet our minds, bring peace to our hearts and stillness to our
bodies that we might meet you in that silence. Help us to listen for
your still, small voice. Give us the courage to go wherever you lead
us, trusting that you will prepare the way. You are our faithful
Companion on the journey of life for all of us. In the name of God,
our Creator, Jesus our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit, our Sustainer.
Monday, June 25, 2018 read 1 Samuel 17:12-50. In ancient
times, an army often chose its best soldier to fight the oppositions best
soldier. The leaders hoped that by doing this, an all-out war would be avoided.
Why do you think it took so long for someone to come forward and fight Goliath?
What Goliath battles are you fighting in life? How can you be like David in
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 read 1 Samuel 17:16-25. The armies
of Israel and Philistine faced off across the Valley of Elah for forty days.
Why do you think this face off went off for forty days without either side
attacking the other? They were camped on opposite sides of the valley. The
Valley of Elah had steep walls. Whoever rushed down the valley and up the steep
cliffs would be at a disadvantage at the beginning of the battle. They would
most likely suffer great causalities and so each was waiting for the other to
move first. When have you been in a long stand-off with a battle in your life?
What forced you to move? Where was God in the battle?
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 read 1 Samuel 17:26. David sees
Goliath from a different perspective. David does not let the enormous size of
Goliath create fear in him. David saw a mortal man defying an almighty and Holy
God. David had what the others did not…assurance in God that he would not go
alone into battle. David that God would fight this battle with him
not for him. David saw this situation from God’s point of view and this put the
situation in perspective…God is bigger than any human situation. What battle or
situation are you facing right now where you have been like Israelites and
forgot that God was bigger than their situation? Where have you been like David
and saw a situation from God’s point of view?
Thursday, June 28, 2018 read 1 Samuel 17:28-32. Criticism from
others did not stop David from relying on God. While the rest of the Israelite
army allowed fear to keep them standing still, David allowed faith in God to
help him move. Are you currently standing still in your battle? If so, pray for
a faith like to David to propel you forward and face your giant unafraid.
Friday, June 29, 2018 read 1 Samuel 17:32-40. David
confident that God would fight this battle with him, says that he will face
Goliath. When Saul tries to protect him with human made protection what is
David’s reaction? Is it important that David rejected the human protection? Why
or why not? Where are you relying on human protection more than the protection
Saturday, June 30, 2018 read Psalm 9:9-20. God is a
refuge, a safe haven for the oppressed. God is a champion of His beloved
children who are in trouble. Even when humanity forgets that all children are
beloved of God, the Lord will remember them. How do you think God is
remembering the immigrant children separated from their families? What do you
think God hears when these children cry?
Resources: Bible by God, UMC Lectionary Resources