Join us for a study in 1st & 2nd Kings titled, “God’s Imperfect Servants”.
We’ll be meeting each Tuesday night at 6:30pm in the Children’s Sanctuary beginning September 14 and ending before Thanksgiving.
We will be using a study guide which you’ll need to order ahead of time. The cost is $10. Review the introduction and the first chapter, “Solomon, Praying with God’s Values” prior to September 14. If finances are an issue, please don’t let that stop you. Get in touch with me and we will ensure you’re able to get the book.
Here are a few links where you can order the study guide:
Here’s a snippet from the study guide:
- What good will it do twenty-first century Christians to study kings who ruled a nation of Hebrews three thousand years ago? For people who get excited about battles and dates and ancient political maneuverings, the answer is obvious. All history, even Hebrew history, is great. But what about the rest of us? God must have had some reason for designing His Holy Book so that one-third of the Old Testament text recounts historical events. He wasn’t just entertaining history buffs. A look at the issues surrounding these kings will give us some clues.
- We see Solomon, who prayed as if he knew exactly what God desired to give, then fell into paganism under the influence of his seven hundred wives. And we ask, “Do I ever place the people I love ahead of God?”
- We see Ahaz who, when faced with trouble, stopped believing in God. And we wonder about our own ability to keep faith in the face of despair.
- We see Manasseh, the most wicked king of all. Yet God let him reign for forty-five years, the longest reign of any Hebrew king. We wonder how our faith, rattled by an afternoon of inconvenience, would endure an era when the king killed God worshipers every day.
- When the narrative of the kings ends with the fall of Judah in 587 BC, their names are not forgotten. In the opening pages of the New Testament, they live again. It seems that when God chose a family for his Son, the infant Jesus, He chose from a line of kings. When we read Joseph’s genealogy, we find, among all those hard-to-pronounce names, a familiar line: the kings of Israel. Let us read from them and learn. None was perfect, and neither are we. But God was sovereign—even over the kings. And He is sovereign over us as well.
Contact Pastor DanO below if you’ll be joining us so we can plan for the appropriate number of men.