Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Preparing for Sunday, Feb. 1st

Remember, we are showing the movie, Fireproof, in the Fellowship Hall tonight at 6 p.m. and on Friday at 6 p.m. and childcare is available.

This Sunday we continue to explore God’ s call and our response as we hear the story of Solomon taking the throne of his father, David.

5At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” 10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. 1 Kings 3:5-12
How would you respond if God said to you, “Ask what I should give you.”?
• How did Solomon respond?
• How did God respond to Solomon’s request
• What does that teach us about the content of our prayers?
Solomon is following God’s call into leadership.
• What can we learn from Solomon about how to pray for our leaders?
• What can we learn from Solomon about being a follower of Christ?
Solomon’s story doesn’t end well. He starts out as the model King with great wisdom and wealth and squanders everything as he seeks more and more of his own glory.
• What can we learn from Solomon about a lifetime commitment to following Christ?

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