Sermon Based Curriculum
Sermon Date: Oct. 17, 2010
Sermon Title: I Am Second
Sermon Text: 2 Samuel 9:1-13
Small Group Text: 2 Samuel 9:1-13 & Matt. 25:31-46
As Christ-followers, we are required to love God and to love others. Loving “others” who are in our immediate social context is our common response to this challenge. But what about “others” with whom we have little or no social contact? Who are some “others” you don’t even think about and never have the occasion to love? Today’s story will teach us to move outside of our immediate social context and reminds us of our commitment to help people most destitute and without hope. What a novel idea: that we would move outside our social context and make a difference in the life of someone we would otherwise never meet.
Read 2 Samuel 9:1-13 1. What commitment did David remember when he was established in the kingship of Israel? (9:1) 2. Where did David find Jonathan’s son living? (9:4-5) 3. What attitude did Mephibosheth assume toward David when they met? How did he expect to be treated by David? (9:6,8) 4. What promises did David make to Mephibosheth? (9:7) 5. What commands did David give to Ziba concerning Mephibosheth? (9:9-10) 6. What kind of treatment did Mephibosheth receive in David’s house? (9:11)
1. Why is it a greater honor to ask someone to eat with you than to simply give him or her a meal? (9:10) 2. What would you say to someone who claims to love Christ and yet neglects the marginalized members of our society?
3. David inquired. (9:1) But what can you do to discover your “Mephibosheth,” i.e., a person you’ve yet to meet but who is in desperate need of your love and assistance? 4. The circumstances of life can take a toll on a person’s self esteem. Our response to them can either build them up, or confirm their low-esteem. This week, what will you do to help someone realize they are not a “dead dog” but a valued person loved by God? 5. Would you like to follow David’s example and inquire about ways to help? Here’s a suggestion: Touching Miami with Love is starting a Saturday morning tutoring program to help kids excel in school. Tutoring will take place at TML on Saturdays from 10:00am - 11:30am for about 10 to 15 students. If you, or someone in your group - or maybe your whole group - would like to make a difference in the life of a child, join "Tutoring Time." For more information: Visit www.touchingmiamiwithlove.org or contact Angel Pittman email@example.com or (305) 416-0435, ext. 203.