Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Worst Judge of All. The Greatest Deliverer of All (Judges 13)

What are some of the objects in your house which have special meaning to you? How do you treat those objects? What rules do you have for others (children) regarding these objects?

Do you ever have projects for which you set money aside? For what are you setting aside money right now?

What do you think it means to be "set apart" as a person?

Read Judges 13:1-14. (this is the story of Samson)

What parts of this passage seem to be similar to the birth of Jesus (particularly Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38)?

Can you think of any other parts of Samson's life that are parallel to Jesus' life? What about his death?

What was the purpose for which God wanted Samson to be set apart? What was the most important thing He wanted Samson to accomplish? Did Samson accomplish this?

Based on what you know about Samson, make a list of some of his flaws. What were some of the mistakes he made during his life?

Were Samson's flaws and mistakes worse than the flaws and mistakes in your life? Why or why not?

Has God set you apart to do anything unique?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. Samson was set apart to deliver Israel. Those who have been made new in Christ are also set apart to be deliverers.

To what groups of people are you to be a deliverer?  From what do they need deliverance?

Despite Samson's flaws, in some ways he was a representation of Jesus. Can you be a representation of Jesus despite your flaws? How?

This week, how will you represent Jesus to the people around you? How will you be a deliverer? How can this group help you accomplish these goals?

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