How To Ruin Your Life • Part 3

No one destroys their relationships, finances, or character in one mighty act. Destruction, while it might feel like itis instantaneous, does not happen overnight. It is a gradual pull, or making destructive decision after destructive decision. But what causes it? As I thought about that this week and as I read the passage in 1 Samuel, I began to realize that the person Saul was not really who he claimed to be. There were different versions of Saul.


1. What did you think of the idea that there are different versions of who you are?  What are some of the situations where you present different versions of yourself to people?

2. Compromise is in all of us, but what is it that brings it out of you? What kind of situations do you see yourself in where you are most susceptible to compromise?

3. Read 1 Samuel 15:7-13. Why do you think Saul made the choices he did? Why is it so easy to compromise when we’re called to obedience?

4. How do you view obedience to God? Does there need to be a change in your attitude towards Him in obedience?

5. Read 1 Samuel 15:14-23. In these verses Saul was covering up his sin and blaming others. Do you see this tendency of deflection instead of confession in your own life?

6. When it comes to compromising your convictions, why is taking the long view important? How do you check your feelings in the moment so that you don’t compromise on what God has called you to do?

7. How can the group pray for you as you look at some of the areas of compromise in your heart and actions, and make choices of conviction instead?

 

Note to Life Group Leaders:  This week's biblical text could be problematic for some people regarding Saul being commanded to destroy the Amalekites.  If people in your group have questions this is a good thing.  It helps them grow.  Please use the resources below to help some people who would like to know more about this text.  For example say something like this, "That's a very good question and I really appreciate you wanting to learn more about this.  While our discussion during group isn't conducive for this topic let me give you some resources for you to study this week.  From there you can let me know if you have any further questions."  Please feel free to reach out to your Groups Coordinators with any further questions.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/how-could-god-command-genocide-in-the-old-testament-2/

http://matthiasmedia.com/briefing/2013/08/the-amalekite-genocide/

https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-made-it-okay-for-god-to-kill-women-and-children-in-the-old-testament

This is a video discussion of the text….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j3eqlB1MPA