Human – Names: David & Samuel
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: God leads Samuel to anoint David as the next king of Israel.

  • God leads Samuel from His sovereign counsel.
  • God leads Samuel in an unconventional way.
  • God leads Samuel to anoint David.


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: Disney’s rendering of “Cinderella” on the motion picture screen is known by most. How does this portion of the David story compare to Cinderella?

Digging Deeper:

  1. In the opening verses of chapter 16, a contrast is seen between the people’s choice of a king (Saul) and God’s choice of a king (a son of Jesse). God insists that He will provide for Himself a king. In a world that increasingly neglects God, how can we draw attention to our kingly and sovereign God?
  2. God does not see the parade of prospective kings the way humans do. In fact, God, through Samuel, makes an unconventional selection. When you think of people who have made an indelible mark on your Christian life, are they more likely to be expert professionals…or ordinary people?
  3. With Samuel’s anointing of David, the Spirit of God came upon him. In the New Testament, Jesus spoke about being born again by the Holy Spirit in John 3:5. How does the New Covenant (Ezekiel 36:26-7) describe the different and unique ministry of the Holy Spirit anticipated in the New Testament?

Taking it Home: The Apostle Paul commands believers to “be filled with the Holy Spirit.” A number of practical suggestions are identified in Ephesians 5:19-21. Discuss where these things are showing up in your life with a friend.


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center.


Mother of Preschoolers are gratefully accepting donations in the Student Center for their annual MOPS Yard Sale. You may drop off items during the following hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on July 11-14 and 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM on July 15. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Kristin by phone at 913.709.3624. (No electronics, please.) The sale will be on July 16 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the upper parking lot. Please come shop and support our Mother of Preschoolers!



Our Lost and Found, located downstairs next to the elevator, will be emptied out and items sold at the MOPS Yard Sale. Please take time before Monday, July 11, to see if you have any items to claim.


Thank you to all who participated in our recent Townhall meetings regarding our Live It Out initiative. The meetings specifically answered questions that had been submitted to the Elder Board. If you were unable to attend a meeting, please visit our Aspen Ridge Church website and click on the Live It Out banner for a link to the questions and responses that were covered during those meetings.


Thank you to all who attended Kelly’s wedding shower and gave generous gifts. It was a great time of fellowship and we appreciate you! Please keep the Clark family in your prayers as they travel to, and celebrate Kelly and Joe’s wedding in, Washington, DC, on July 17. Pastor Jeff will be away for this special time from July 14 – 21.


If you are between the ages of 8-12 and have ever wanted to learn to play guitar, this camp is for you! On August 1-4, from 9:00 – 10:15 AM, join us for a fun introduction to this amazing instrument. The cost is only $50, and you don’t have to own a guitar to participate. Contact Kerry at [email protected] to sign up.


Please pray for our students who are headed to Utah this week on a mission trip. They will be partnering with The Bridge Community in Centerville, UT, and will be conducting a Vacation Bible School. Check out the DV8 Facebook page for updates and pictures during the week.


Aspen Ridge Church will be celebrating 50 years of serving the mountain community on Saturday, August 6. The morning will begin with small group service projects for Marshdale, Evergreen Lake and Mountain Resource Center, followed by a car show (classic and 4×4) on campus. There will also be a look at our past and our future before the Saturday evening services. Begin thinking about how you and your small group might serve in the morning projects, and who you might invite to the other events of the day. Also, if you have any old photos or videos to include in a short retrospective, please email those items to [email protected]


Converge held their bi-annual meeting from June 29 – July 1, with author and speaker Francis Chan. If you were unable to attend, you may visit the Converge Worldwide Facebook page for Francis Chan’s dynamic message and other recorded events.


Aspen Ridge Church is celebrating some of the fruit from our Vacation Bible School this year. We had thirteen conversions and six requests for baptisms – Praise God! We are following-up on the way God is moving and will notify our church family about an upcoming baptism weekend.

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