Here's my sermon from last weekend in 10 Tweets, "Influence," 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (The David Story: Finding Strength in God):
1/ God majors in using ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.
2/ God sees a king in David. His father doesn’t see him at all.
3/ God rarely calls the clergy, the rich, the person voted most likely to succeed, the smartest, the firstborn, to do what needs to be done.
4/ It’s not in spite of but because of your ordinariness that God will work through you.
5/ God has looked into David's heart & concluded that he can work with what he sees.
6/ Don't make too much of David's heart. Faithful people falter. Don't make too little. Character is king.
7/ What God wants to do though you can’t be done in your own power, not even the power of your character or faith. You need to be filled.
8/ Dale Ralph Davis: “The gift of the Holy Spirit is not merely gracious; it is severe."
9/ When you receive the Spirit, it puts us on a collision course with the world that doesn’t share our values.
10 Character is developed, not decided. And without trouble, there is no transformation. So treasure your troubles.
Sermon on Vimeo.