I Kings 1-5: The Call to Faithfulness

(2) God wanted David’s descendants to walk before Him in faithfulness with all their heart and soul (v4).  What does faithfulness to God look like in the context of v3?

Why does faithfulness require us to pay close attention to ourselves (v4a)?  Do you?

Why is the phrase “with all their heart and soul” so significant to being faithful?  How would you describe your heart?

(2) David charged Solomon to be strong (v2).  Why is being strong essential to being faithful to God?

In what specific situations in your life do you need to be strong?

What hinders you from being strong?

Where does strength ultimately come from (Ephesians 6:10)?

(3) Solomon answered the call to faithfulness – loving the Lord and walking in His ways (v3).  How do “loving” and “walking” relate to each other (see also John 14:15)?

(3) God offered Solomon anything he wanted, and Solomon asked for wisdom.  Why is wisdom essential for faithfulness to God?

(3-4) Despite Solomon’s overall faithfulness, he followed the way of the world in two ways – he married Pharaoh’s daughter as part of a treaty (3:1) and amassed many horses for his army (4:26, see Deuteronomy 17:16).  From the world’s point of view, why do both of these things make sense?  What spiritual dangers do they bring?

In what ways are we tempted to follow the way of the world today instead of being faithful to God?

What principles from this study do we need to apply to our lives to help us overcome these temptations?

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Sermon Songs: Revelation 2:1-7

MusicNotesBehold our Lord – He is with us, As His church to Him belong
Serving, enduring for Jesus, Living right, in doctrine strong
As we do this, living like this,
Jesus will commend our church

But now this I have against you, You have strayed away from love
From dull hearts turn to love anew, People and your God above
Come remember, Come and repent,
Church arise to love again

If we will not, He may remove, Our Church – may this never be
But to those who conquer in love, Life with Him eternally
Let those with ears, His words now hear,
As the Spirit speaks to us

To the tune of “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”

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Revelation Quote

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Right beliefs and outward service
cannot make up for a cold heart.

– John MacArthur on Ephesians 2:1-7 in Because The Time Is Near

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Single Collections

Here are some helpful posts for singles:

Three Crucial Things Single People Need To Know – Stephen Altrogge (TBC)

The Most Satisfying Single Years – Marshall Segal (DG)

12 Struggles Singles Face – David Murray

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Revelation Quote

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The loss of a vital love relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ opened the doors to spiritual apathy and indifference to others. Despite its outwardly robust appearance, a deadly spiritual cancer was growing at the heart of the Ephesian church. 

– John MacArthur on Ephesians 2:1-7 in Because The Time Is Near

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Classic Quote

OldBooksA good preacher must be committed to this, that nothing is dearer to him than Christ and the life to come.

– Martin Luther

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Missions Moment

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If Jesus Christ is God and died for us, no sacrifice on our part can be too great to make for Him.

– C. T. Studd

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Psalm 119 Reflections

Which psalm or verse especially reflects your heart today?  Use those words to talk to the Lord.

  • Heart – The psalmist seeks the Lord with his whole heart (v2, 10). His heart is in awe of God’s Word (161).  He wants God to incline his heart to God’s Word (v36).  He keeps God’s Word with his whole heart (v34, 69).  Why is the heart so important?  How is your heart?
  • Value – God’s Word is valuable! His Word guards our way (v9), keeps us from sin (v11), counsels and guides us with wisdom for our lives (v24, 98-100, 105), strengthens us (v28), and comforts us (v50).  In what ways have you experienced the value of God’s Word?  How might remembering its value spur you on to learn and live it?
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Missions Collection

Here are some good posts on short-term missions:

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Valuable? – Randy Alcorn (EPM)

The Case for STMs: Do Short Term Missions Work? – Seth Barnes (AIM)

The Place of Short-Term Missions – Bill Taylor (Urbana)

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Missions Moment

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Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.

– C.T. Studd

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