OPEF – David

Small Group Discussion Guide

Sermon Series: Ordinary People – Extraordinary Faith
Sermon Title:

“I’m afraid the church is ________ it’s influence in the culture !

What is the function of the church with culture?

Read Matthew 5:13-16

What does this scripture communicate about you and me, about Christ-followers (the church)?

According to George Barna’s recent survey, what organization does culture trust most?

What is wrong with this picture?


TRUTH: The Heart of the Problem, is the Problem of the Heart – The Place of Trust !

Read Jeremiah 17:9-10

The truth of this verse is . . .?

What does God search?

Read 2 Samuel 14:25, 15:1-6, 11-12

How does this scripture describe Absalom?

What is wrong with his heart?

What did he steal?

ALERT! Absalom Loves Power and Uses PeopleHis Heart is Selforiented

Was Absalom focused on the external or the internal?

Read 1 Samuel 16:7. What does God look at?

Read 2 Samuel 15:14 What kind of Heart does David have?

TRUTHDavid Loves People and Uses PowerHis Heart is Servantoriented

He willingly gave up the throne for a time, to spare his people, to serve His people

Read 1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22

How do these scripture describe David?

Personal Application – The Greatest Endeavor in Your Life is to Follow The True King!


  1. There’s a FALSE KING Who Desires to STEAL Your Heart

Read John 10:10

What does the thief, the False King, focus on?

2. There’s a TRUE KING Who Desires to HEAL Your Heart

ApplicationThe Greatest Endeavor in Your Life is To Follow the True King!

Read 2 Samuel 15:19-21

What does David tell Ittai?

How does Ittai respond to King David? v.21

Why do you think Ittai follows David?

Do you think ithad something to do with his heart, his character?


  1. Don’t Be Deceived

Read Revelation 12:9 – Who is described as The Deceiver?

Read Luke 21:8 – What command is here?

2. Do Your Job

Read Matthew 24:45-46

TRUTH We are called to be Faithful and Wise Servants!

in v. 46. Why is the servant blessed by His Master when he returns?

Personal Application:

REMEMBER – In order for us to be the Salt of the Earth, and Light of the World, Our Heart must

be devoted to the TRUE KING!

Close it out:

What was your one compelling take-a-way this week?

Your homework – do a study on “the Heart”

Let’s Pray

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