TLCC CARE Sheet 2/20/11 “When a King Forgets God” series 3 of 8

ICE BREAKER

Did you ever play on a sports team that started out with a great season and then about half way through fell apart?  What happened and why do you think things fell apart?  What could have been done differently?

Title: “The Eyes of the Lord…”( Good King Asa)

Text: 2 Chr. 14-16; 1 Kings 15:9-24

CONNECTING TO THE TEXT:

  1. Read 2 Chronicles 14,15 and underline or note all of the phrases that describe what King Asa did right.
  2. Now read 2 Chronicles 16 and underline or note all the phrases that describe what King Asa did wrong.
  3. Is it possible for “one’s heart to be fully committed to the Lord all his life” and yet find themselves making bad decisions based on fear and anger? 2 Chron. 15:17, 16:7, 16:1016:12?
  4. What were all of the consequences imposed on Asa and the people of Judah because of King Asa’s bad decisions?  2 Chronicles 16:7-14
  5. What might we say is the “take away” lessons of this text? 2 Chron. 15:2; 16:9; Notice Job 34:21; Ps. 34:15; Pr. 5:21; 15:3;  Jer. 16:17; 32:19; Zech. 4:10; He. 4:13; 1 Pe. 3:12
  6. How would you characterize the differences in the two biblical accounts of Asa’s reign?  2 Chron. 14-16 & 1 Kings 15:9-24

CONNECTING TO OUR LIVES:

  1. Do you recall a time when a Christian leader, minister or friend came alongside you in challenging circumstances and encouraged you that you were doing the right thing?   What was going on?
  2. Do you recall a time when one came alongside and said, “Your making some poor decisions here and rough times will come?” What was going on?
  3. What do you think is the difference between being committed to God, but not trusting in Him?
  4. Based upon the “take away lesson” of this lesson, what has God seen in your life this past week?
  5. Have you ever had a season of time when you were “pouting” before God?  How did it end? Or has it?

CONNECTING TO THE CHURCH:

  1. Who is someone in our church that you think needs an “at-a-boy” word of encouragement?
  2. How might a Christian leader most effectively come to you with a word of warning that you are making some poor decisions?  Who would it be?  How should they approach you? When? With what words?
  3. Why is it that the world at times appears to get the “criticism” thing better than the church?

NEXT SUNDAY:

Title: “Falling in Love with the Lost”

Text: Jonah

  1. What did Jonah do?  Why?
  2. What did the people of Nineveh do? Why?
  3. Did Jonah love the lost?
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