Psalm 51 Life Group Discussion Guide

The Epic Fail

Most of us are familiar with David’s sin with Bathsheba. The closer you examine what happened, the more destructive you realize his behavior had become.

Uriah was actually listed as one of David’s 37 mighty men. These were the warriors whom David trusted to have his back no matter what. To commit an act of treachery against one of his mighty men would destroy the trust upon which David’s entire kingdom had been established.

Self-destructive behavior is a sad reality that many of us have witnessed up close.

Apology Culture

It’s been amazing to watch our culture become obsessed with apologies.

Almost every week a public figure releases a statement of contrition for something he did or said in his past. Institutions and governments officially apologize for acts that were committed in past generations, often before the lifetimes of anybody currently involved with the organization issuing the apology.

There was even a seminary that recently held a worship service in which students could confess their sins against houseplants.

You might assume with so many people making apologies for so many real and perceived faults that we would have a solid grasp on the Biblical concept of repentance. The problem with such an abundance of apologies is that we always wonder whether people are genuinely remorseful or whether they are simply fulfilling a societal expectation.

When we look at the human condition, however, we realize that true sorrow over our sin is a rare gift that is only brought about through an act of God working in our hearts. We study Psalm 51 to gain understanding for what Godly repentance looks like.

Read Psalm 51

Questions for Discussion

  • Do you feel that people are typically sincere when they offer an apology?
  • How do you know the difference between being sorry you were caught and genuine repentance for doing something wrong?
  • What language does Psalm 51 use to demonstrate that David is more than simply sorry he was found out?
  • Do you think that David is more concerned with his sinful actions or his sinful nature?
  • How do our actions serve the purpose of bringing us face to face with the content of our hearts?
  • Why do you think David confesses his sin to the LORD before he confesses to other people?
  • What is your understanding of the doctrine of human depravity?
  • How does your understanding of depravity influence your worship and understanding of God?

Accountability Time

Ask these questions of your group as you begin to work to identify where they are at in the discipleship pathways that were spoken about at Leadership Summit on September 15th. Keep in mind that we are not merely interested in box checking religious acts. We are seeking to shepherd group members to evaluate how their measurable actions reflect their personal journeys of faith.

These questions will be on the discussion guide each week, so if you don’t get to all of them, you will have a chance over the next few weeks. If you need more information on that as a discussion leader, please contact Jonathan Pugh.

  • Have you come to a place in your life where you can say that you have trusted God for salvation?
  • Have you publicly stated that faith through believers’ baptism?
  • In what ways are you serving God with your time?
  • How are you making prayer a part of your daily life?
  • How is your personal Bible study going this week?
  • Have you been able to talk about faith with somebody outside of church this week?
  • How are you currently being led to give of your resources to God’s work?

End group time in prayer.

You may pray in a large group or break your group into smaller groups of 3-4. Allow people to request prayer for one personal need and one burden where they would like to see the Gospel advance.

Related Message: Repentance

Jonathan Pugh

Associate Pastor: Life Groups & Church Partnership
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