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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 THREE: Camouflage

TEXT:   Judges 15

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.

Have you ever tried to rescue/help someone who didn’t want to be? How did it go?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.1-2 Why did Samson return? What was he expecting?        

Is the father right or wrong? Why?

Vv.3-6 Is revenge ever “right”? Why or why not?

Vv.6-10 What do you notice about the cycle of revenge?

Vv.11-13 Why aren’t the Israelites eager to break free from Philistine rule?

Why would Samson calmly allow them to bind him and take him to the enemy?

Vv.14-19 Why does the Spirit of the Lord empower him? Why does God work this way? (14:4)

What do you make of Samson’s prayer?

V.20 The word “led” is the word for “judged.” Why is it significant that Samson is listed as one of God’s official deliverers?

APPLICATION.

  • Why do people usually reject saviors?
  • How does Scripture tell to us to escape the cycle of revenge?
  • Why does God use weak and flawed people?
  • What should distinguish Christ-followers from the rest of the world?
  • After reading 1 Cor. 12:27 and Eph. 4:12-13, consider how that truth can be applied to this quote: “Rather than filling the world with bodies, we fill the world with the Body of Christ.”
  • 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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