May 6, 2012

Jay Strother · 1 Samuel 11-12

1. David’s epic fail didn’t come in a difficult moment in his life but in a season in which he was successful, powerful and idle. Why are we often the most vulnerable to temptation when things are good?

2. What issues in David’s life led to less interest in God and more interest in fulfilling his own desires of the flesh? How does James 1:14-15 describe the “slippery slope” of sin?

3. Temptation is always presented in alluring detail but the long-term consequences of sin are often hidden. Despite his eventual repentance, what are the difficult consequences of David’s sin?

4. It’s easy to see the sin in the lives of others while overlooking our own. In a dramatic confrontation, Nathan tells David “You are that man!” (2 Sam. 12:7). What sin issues are you overlooking?

5. NEXT Step: Meditate on Psalm 51, David’s psalm of repentance. Today we talked about ways to deal with temptation in general and sexual temptation specifically. What is one specific step that you need to take in order to strengthen your marriage, flee from temptation, or repent from a past sin? Write it down and follow up immediately (see resource list below).

Resources for Futher Study : Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs (Thomas Nelson, 2004); The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller (Dutton, 2011); Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman; Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage by Kevin Leman (Tyndale, 2003). Web Filters: Safe Eyes: internetsafety.com; Focus on the Family: bsecure.com