This morning the young people took over the service. It was very interactive with video clips, a drama and only a short talk, before the congregation split into discussion groups. Therefore, there is no sermon recording for this week. If you missed the service but would like to find out more about youth work in the church, see the youth pages on the website.
Fiona Raffell spoke about the story of David & Goliath. There wasn’t a recording but here are her notes:
The young people of RIOT (Righteous Invasion of Truth) chose to share with us the well-known story of David and Goliath, one of many examples in the Bible of how God uses young people and those who may feel ill-equipped to do His work.
In this battle, Goliath had the obvious physical advantage, but David had one weapon that made the difference: the name of God. David says to his opponent “the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand” (1 Samuel 17:47). David’s weaknesses or shortcomings didn’t make a difference because it wasn’t his battle to win.
God provides us with the talents, abilities and opportunities to be His witnesses in our world, but it’s up to us to notice these opportunities and to step up to the challenge. David was led to the right place at the right time, and he “ran quickly towards the battle line” (1 Samuel 17:48), trusting fully in God.
Do we shy away from the call of God on our lives; do we fear the giants in our path? It was God who killed Goliath, but it couldn’t have happened if David hadn’t stepped forward in faith.