What Will God Notice About Your Life?
Study Questions (Daily Reading Plan attached to the right as Notes)
1. What does the lack of verses about a significant king like King Omri (1 Kings 16:21-28) tell us about the Bible’s priorities versus the world’s priorities?
As a help in answering this question, here is a quote about King Omri from The Drama of Scripture by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen:
“The primary interest in the Bible is to show how each of the kings relates to the Lord; the author cares little for other kingly accomplishments, such as building projects. Though we know from extrabiblical sources that King Omri achieves great things in architecture and nation-building, in the book of Kings he is dismissed (in a few verses) as a king who displeases the Lord.”
2. 1 Kings 16:21-28 mentions how Omri “walked in all the way of Jeroboam” by continuing the worship of idols. Why is idolatry particularly objectionable to God?
3. Scripture describes Christians as being “citizens of heaven.” (Ephesians 2:19, Philippians 3:20). How should this shape and influence how we see ourselves and what we aim for in life?
4. Pick at least two points from the following list of examples given from the sermon and discuss how they might be better demonstrated and applied in your life and in the life of our community:
- Being humble and powerful at the same time
- Being a servant and a leader at the same time
- Being joyful and content whether you are successful or not successful.
- Loving all people, even your enemies
- Working hard to make more money and at the same time being generous with your money