NextLevel Online: 2 Samuel

Session 3: God’s Mission and the World’s Pain (2 Samuel 2:8-4:12)

Session three examines the time when David ruled as king over a single tribe. This story focuses on the action of David’s lead general Joab, who helped him but was also often a thorn in his side. It provides an opportunity to reflect on how God’s mission engages a world that is far from ideal. We are encouraged because God’s mission does not jump over the world’s mess but rather moves through it, and we are warned not to allow the mess to creep in on us.



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SUMMARY: Session three examines the time when David ruled as king over a single tribe. This story focuses on the action of David’s lead general Joab, who helped him but was also often a thorn in his side. It provides an opportunity to reflect on how God’s mission engages a world that is far from ideal. We are encouraged because God’s mission does not jump over the world’s mess but rather moves through it, and we are warned not to allow the mess to creep in on us.

NOTES:

  • Hearing the Story

    • Houses of David and Saul at War (2:8-3:5)

    • Abner’s Defection and Murder (3:6-39)

    • Ish-Bosheth’s Murder (4:1-12)

  • Reflecting on the Story

    • This is a total…

    • Encouragement: God’s mission ________________________ the world’s mess.

    • Warning: Don’t let the world’s mess _______________________________________.

      • Warning signs of what’s to come?

      • If your life comes crashing down…

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • When you read stories like this in the Bible, what is your typical reaction?

  • Where in our world do you see some of the same messes that we see in this account?

  • How do you handle people in your life who both help and hinder you?

  • What do you make of David’s portrait in these chapters? Do you think the video was too easy on him? Too hard on him? Accurate?

  • What are some things in your own life that could become a problem if you don’t get them in check right now?

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