Week of: March 2, 2014
Sermon Series: Tying the Knot
Sermon title: Accountability
Welcome to our current series “Tying the Knot.” We are excited to dig into what the Bible has to say about relationships. It doesn’t matter if you are married or single, this series will have a lot to offer you. The Bible has a great deal to teach us about the various relationships we are in. Lets take some time to learn from one another and grow our personal relationships with Jesus. As always, you can listen to the past sermons here.
Please ask your group to share any prayer requests or praise reports and begin your group with prayer.
What’s the best thing that happened to you this week?
If you had a time machine that would work only once, what point in the future or in history would you visit?
Community Bible Experience
For those of you that are doing the 40 day Bible reading experience, please join in on the following questions.
What is something you noticed for the first time?
What questions did you have?
Was there anything that bothered you?
What did you learn about loving God?
What did you learn about loving others?
Accountability: being required to explain our actions based on the decisions that were made.
Who are you accountable to?
Why is accountability important?
Accountability is important in ensuring that we live out the things that we say, that we act on what we believe.
As the church it is important that we hold each other accountable because our effectiveness isn’t based on how well we do on Sunday morning but how well we do in the marketplace. It is not about how we are when gathered but when scattered.
Please read 2 Samuel 11:1-27
Although Uriah was committed to David as his servant, David went to such extreme lengths to cover up his own sin that it took the life of Uriah. David was so calloused by his sin and worried that he would get caught that he didn’t care that his soldiers had needlessly died. David is reminded of his sin constantly.
2 Samuel 12:1-10
What are a few things that stand out to you in this passage?
After hearing Nathan’s story, David is outraged at the sin he can see in someone elses life.
Do you ever feel as though you can see the sin in someone else’s life more clearly than your own?
Have you ever become tolerant of sin in your life?
Did someone else have to help you see the sin in your life?
Sometimes we don’t want to hear confrontations no matter how true. It is important how we approach conflict for the sake of our relationships.
As a prophet, Nathan was required to confront sin. Even the sin of the king. Nathan illustrates how we cannot let fear keep us from standing against sin. It took courage and tact to reveal to a king the extent of his depravity.
Within relationships, confrontation can’t be avoided.
The way we confront a person about their sin can either make them defensive or diffuse them. How Nathan approached David lead to repentance and therefore restoration.
Please read Psalm 51:1-12, hear David’s heart in this psalm.
What stands out to you in this passage?
When you confront someone how do they typically respond?
What did you like or dislike about the way Nathan confronted David?
When accountability is done well and right, in a heart of love, it leads to repentance and restoration. That is the goal.
David was a man after God’s own heart. He is not going to allow his transgressions to define him.
It is so easy for us to buy the lies. But God is the god of second chances. You haven’t done anything He can’t fix or straighten out in your life. Every one of us can have repentance and restoration.
What conversations need to be had in your life this week? Is there a friend or family member in your life that you need to confront or keep accountable?
Who can I find to ask me the “tough” questions? If I do, am I willing to hear from that person, be challenged by others and change my behavior?
Please take prayer requests and close your group with prayer.