Joe Laughlin | 3/12/17
Series Part No: 4
It’s easy to be intimidated by the Bible. Some things are hard to understand. It takes diligence to mine out the rich truths on page after page of the Scriptures. It seems especially intimidating to peer into the pages of the Old Testament, the first 39 books of the Bible. But the older testament tells us The Story from the very beginning and leads us right up to the anticipation of a coming Messiah. What’s more, it carefully highlights God’s involvement with people a lot like you.
What does it look like to have a heart for God? Is it even possible? We know all too well that we are imperfect—we mess up, frequently if not daily. So how then can we possibly have a heart for God? The kingdom is united and God has given them a king. We are going to look at the first three kings: Saul, David, and Solomon. The kingdom prospers under each at first, but then all three kings sin, grievously. What happens next is astonishing, and shows us how to be a person after God’s own heart!
For further thought and discussion:
- After thinking through the three spiritual heart conditions (No Heart, Half-Heart, Whole Heart), which do you line up with?
- What are some of the symptoms of the spiritual heart condition that you have?
- Do you have a hard time planting both feet whole-heartedly for God? If so why? If you feel you are able to do it successfully, how are you able to keep them firmly planted in this world?
- Read Psalm 51. Circle words that stand out to you. Why do they stand out to you? Do you relate to them? Why?
- Holding Nothing Back by Tim Hughes & Martin Smith
- Wake by Joel Davies, Hannah Hobbs, and Alexander Pappas
- Here As In Heaven by Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Ntele, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye
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