1. “My life would be better if only …....?” How would you complete this sentence? Define “better.”
2. Why did the Queen of Sheba come to Jerusalem? What was it about the nature of her journey that made it seem important? What did she see and hear?
3. God said that there never was nor would there ever be a man like Solomon again. He was like a Bill Gates, a Jeff Bezos, a Steve Jobs, a Shakespeare, a Beethoven, a Bach, a Rembrandt, a da Vinci, and an Einstein all wrapped up into a great world leader. What did the world in Solomon’s time see and take notice of? Why is today’s world so drawn to billionaires and superstars?
4. According to Jesus in Luke 11:29-32, what should we start seeing in this account of Solomon?
5. What you love is what you will follow. What does this statement mean?
6. How can you pray to help incline your heart towards God?
1. Given the news headlines of the last 2 years, and with Remembrance Day just around the corner, we are reminded of our constant human strife. What kind of peace do you long for?
2. What did God promise Israel? What has God promised you? How does this bring you peace?
3. Worship is just not singing worship songs. What were some ways Solomon worshipped God? What are some of the ways you worship God? How does worship bring you peace?
4. How does obedience to God bring you blessing and peace?
5. How has God showed us throughout the Bible that He desires to dwell with us? How does this bring you peace?
6. What can you pray for and what will you do now to grow in peace and contentment?
7. If you have time, discuss how the reigns of David and of Solomon foreshadow the promises of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God?
1. When you pray, what do you ask for? Is it mainly for material, situational or spiritual things?
2. What was Solomon’s incentive to pray? Looking at the structure of his prayer, what was the foundation and heart of his prayer? What was his attitude?
3. What is wisdom? What kind of wisdom did Solomon ask for? How do you see wisdom defined elsewhere in the Bible?
4. Why do you think God also gave Solomon great riches and honour? When God gives us more than we ask for spiritually and materially, how can it be both a test and a trust?
5. What did God encourage Solomon to do after granting him these wonderful gifts? What can happen to us if we use God’s gifts, but do not receive a heart that desires to love Him truly and obey Him wholly?
6. If God is gracious, generous and pleased when we come to Him in prayer, why can there be so little prayer in our lives? What is your incentive to pray?
7. What can you do in the next few months to be in prayer more frequently?
1. For the older saints: What would you like to say to your family before you pass on? For the younger saints: What would you like to hear from your parents or elders by way of encouragement?
2. What was David’s charge to Solomon? What did he mean by “prosper”? Was it just materialistic? How did Jesus ultimately fulfill David’s charge? (See Acts 13:32-39)
3. Referring to verse 3, why did God give us “the Law”? What does it teach us? (At least 10 points were outlined in the sermon.)
4. How is God giving us the law and commandments an act of grace then?
5. Why do we find it difficult to obey God in thought, word and deed? How can it be possible and a pleasure to obey with all our heart and soul? How does remembering God’s promises give us courage to do so?
6. What is Jesus worth to you? How does the gospel help us value God and His will above anything else?
7. Are you paying close attention to your walk? What is distracting you? Do you have a quiet time set aside everyday to read, reflect and pray on God’s word everyday? If not, how can you change that?
1. You have just been proclaimed King of Canada for 1 year. What is one big thing you would want to accomplish? How would you accomplish it? How would you handle resistance to it?
2. How do verses 1 to 4 describe the state of David and his kingdom? Why do you think he and the kingdom came into such a state? How did Adonijah respond?
3. Compare the character of Adonijah to what you know of the character of David and his life. In what ways are father and son similar? In what ways are they different?
4. How did Nathan stir David to action? How did David respond?
5. What stirs you to action? What can you do to become more intentional and purposeful in your Christian walk?
6. How would you describe Adonijah’s submission to David and Solomon? What was it motivated by? (See verses 49-53)
7. Are you being submissive to God in all areas of your life? Why not? What kind of king do you think Jesus is then?
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