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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.

 

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SERIES TITLE: BROKEN: How God Uses Defective People

PART FOUR: Pieces

TEXT:   Judges 16

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.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.1-3 What more does this incident tell us about Samson’s character and personality?

Vv.4-6 This is the first woman whose name is mentioned, and the first time Samson talks about love. Is there any significance in that?

Vv.7-14 What are some possible reasons why Samson didn’t tell the truth the first three times?

Vv.15-17 Why would he finally give in? Didn’t he realize what would happen?

Vv.18-22 Samson thought the secret was his hair, when it was just a symbol. What is the danger of confusing an external act with an internal reality?

Vv.23-31 Why didn’t the Philistines just kill Samson?

  • Evaluate Samson’s prayer.
  • Why would God use a man like Samson?

APPLICATION.

  • What kinds of things drain your spiritual strength? (1 John 2:16)
  • Can you share a time of personal weakness when you discovered God’s strength?
  • If you could ask God to empower you to accomplish one thing, what would it be?
  • What goes wrong if you view your strengths and abilities as natural rather than gifts of God?
  • In what way can you “give God the pieces” of your broken life, and what keeps you from doing so?
  • 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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