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Introduction. 

Whether it is things or people or systems, everything is broken. At times we feel so broken that it seems hopeless or that God could not possibly use us. But the Bible is filled with stories of fractured lives and messy situations. In this series we are studying one example of how God uses defective people. The focus is the infamous Samson. From his life, we can learn truths about how God works, even through broken situations and people.

 

Audio Version 

SERIES TITLE: BROKEN: How God Uses Defective People

PART ONE: Desperate

TEXT:   Judges 13

INTRODUCTION.

Whether it is things or people or systems, everything is broken. At times we feel so broken that it seems hopeless or that God could not possibly use us. But the Bible is filled with stories of fractured lives and messy situations. In this series we are studying one example of how God uses defective people. The focus is the infamous Samson. From his life, we can learn truths about how God works, even through broken situations and people.

DISCUSSION.

Fill in the blank: One thing that sets me apart from other people is ____________.

EXAMINATION. 

v.1 This is the seventh cycle of Israel falling into sin and being disciplined by God. This is the first time they don’t cry out for help. Why do you think?

Vv.2-5 Compare the Nazirite vow in Numbers 6:1-21. What are the differences?

Vv.6-7 What does the woman’s description of the angel reveal about her?

           What does she add to the message? Can you think of a reason why she might do that?

Vv.8-10 Do you think Manoah’s prayer comes from doubt? Why or why not?

            Why did the angel appear when Manoah was absent again?

Vv.11-16 What do we learn about Manoah from his questions and statements?

Vv.17-20 The words “beyond understanding” and “amazing” are the same in the original language; and also translated “wonderful” in Isaiah 9:6. What is significant about this?

Vv.21-25 What do you make of their reaction to this “amazing” thing?

APPLICATION.

  • Based on 2 Cor. 1:3-9, how can God use our brokenness to set others free?
  • Can you think of ways you have allowed your personal brokenness to keep you from being who God made you to be?
  • What would be your answers to these three questions: Am I eager to hear from God? Am I willing to obey God? Am I ready to be amazed by God?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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