David and Bathsheba

Jul 7, 2024    Pastor Jeremy Roh

Discussion Questions

1. David's fall began with idleness when he stayed behind while his army went to war. This decision led to a series of events that culminated in sin. Can you think of an example when idleness or complacency led to temptation or sin? How might staying engaged and purposeful in our responsibilities help guard against spiritual pitfalls?

2. David used his power and position to fulfill his desires, taking Bathsheba and then attempting to cover up his sin. This abuse of authority had far-reaching consequences. In what areas of your life do you have authority or influence? How can we ensure we're using our positions of power or influence responsibly and for God's glory rather than for selfish gain?

3. The sermon explored how success can sometimes blind us to our own weaknesses and make us feel immune to certain temptations. Have you ever experienced a time when success in an area of your life led to overconfidence or a decreased reliance on God? How can we maintain a humble and dependent attitude toward God, especially when things are going well?

4. David's repentance, as seen in Psalm 51, was deep and genuine. It involved not just regret for being caught, but a true acknowledgment of sin before God and a desire for restoration. What do you think distinguishes true repentance from mere regret or attempts to avoid consequences? How can we cultivate a habit of genuine repentance in our daily lives?

5. The sermon discussed the paradox that when we humble ourselves before God, He lifts us up. This involves surrendering to God's plan rather than insisting on our own. Can you share an experience where surrendering your plans to God led to unexpected blessings or growth? What makes it challenging to humble ourselves and submit to God's will, especially when it conflicts with our own desires or plans?