The Framily Plan is a new series at Society Church all about learning to lead and leave behind a legacy of faith in our families and friendships.

My hope is to cause us to rethink about how our lives could outlive us and to gain a greater vision for life beyond what we can get out of it for ourselves but what we can give back through our life that we leave behind. To consider what verse we are contributing what story we are leaving behind what legacy we are living into.

Leading & Leaving a legacy of faith for your TRIBE By: Living with a God inspired imagination- 

1 Samuel 17:2-11: Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.

A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was Over 9ft Tall) He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing (125 Pounds); on his legs he wore bronze armor, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed.[15 pounds) His shield bearer went ahead of him.

Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

“He had practiced the presence of God so thoroughly that God’s word, which he couldn’t literally hear, was far more real to him than the lion’s roar, which he could hear. His praying and singing, his meditation and adoration had shaped an imagination within him. His imagination was so thoroughly God-dominated that he couldn’t believe what he was seeing and hearing when he walked into – Goliath terror, Goliath phobia. It was an epidemic worse than cholera, everyone down with Goliath-sickness, a terrible disease of spirit that had Saul and his entire army incapacitated.”Eugene Peterson- Leap Over A Wall

  • Goliath Inspired Imagination- Fear based imagination, our thoughts run wild with “What if” scenarios that paralyze us from acts of faith, courage, love and selflessness. It is what inspires “all about me life and living” and self-preservation
  • God- Inspired Imagination- Seeing things through the eyes, thoughts, perspective and imagination of God. Seeing beyond rationalistic thinking, what if scenarios, and into possibility thinking filled with hope and a better tomorrow for him and his tribe.

Leading and Leaving a legacy of faith for your TRIBE By: Being true to your Story- 

1 Samuel 17:32-40- 32 David said to Saul (the current king), “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” 33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” 38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 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. 40 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.

Leading and Leaving a legacy of faith for your TRIBE:  By Being a person of Strategy and Wisdom-

1 Samuel 17:41-51- 41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” 45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. 51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

Conclusion:

Colossians 2:14-15- He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

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