Sermons

Asst. Pastor Timothy Yeo - 16 September 2018

Restoration Or Ruin

RESTORATION OR RUIN
Text: 1 Kings 13:1-10; 33-34
Series: Of God and Kings

God's warnings to our erroneous ways can be painful, yet it is better to be corrected than ruined. How can we move beyond the pain of correction to repentance and restoration?

Discussion Guide

1) Our response to warnings can lead us towards restoration

How do you feel when you read passages in the Bible on God’s warnings towards His people? In the Bible, we often see the pattern of God’s people disobeying God, then God withheld punishment and warned them, yet they did not turn from their ways but continued on in their sins. What does this tell you about God's character? What does this tell you about His people? In what way(s) can you identify with the people?

God warns His people because He desires that we turn away from our sins and return to Him. Reflect and share about a time when you heeded God’s warning, repented and received restoration. What made you decide to respond to God? How did you feel? How did your response affect those around you? Read Proverbs 12:1. Would you say that you are receptive to discipline? What makes you say so? How can you be more receptive? What is preventing you from becoming so? God’s discipline is motivated by His love for us. Describe a time when you received discipline from God yet felt loved by Him. If you know someone in a similar situation today, what would you say to them?

2) Our persistence in sin will lead us towards ruin

Was there a time when you repeatedly warned a friend or loved one not to do something because it was harmful, but they did not listen? What happened? How did you feel when you saw them reaping the consequences of their actions? Because we serve a holy God who cannot tolerate sin, we should not take sin lightly. In what kind of situations do we tend to take sin lightly? How do some believers downplay the severity of their sins? Why do they want to rationalise it away? Do you agree that there is no distinction between a ‘big sin’ or a ‘small sin’? Why? What are some 'small' sins that believers tend to indulge in? Why is it dangerous to keep thinking that these 'small' sins are harmless? If you know of someone in such a situation, what would you say to them?

How can the Life Group watch out for one another? How can we gently lead a fellow believer out of sin (Gal 6:1)? How can your group create a safe space for believers to confess and receive help to overcome sin? What are some helpful practices to cultivate? What are some relevant Biblical passages your group can learn from together with regards to this area (2 Cor 7:10 is an example). Though God has every right to punish sinners, He does not delight in their ruin but desires their restoration (Ezek 18:23; 33:11). How then should we as the church respond to people in the world who persist in sin?

Reflection Questions

1) Our response to warnings can lead us towards restoration

God warns His people because He desires that we turn away from our sins and return to Him. Reflect and share about a time when you heeded God’s warning, repented and received restoration. If you know someone in a similar situation today, what would you say to them?

2) Our persistence in sin will lead us towards ruin

How do some believers downplay the severity of their sins? How can your group create a safe space for believers to confess and receive help to overcome sin? Though God has every right to punish sinners, He does not delight in their ruin but desires their restoration (Ezek 18:23; 33:11). How then should we as the church respond to people in the world who persist in sin?

From Series: "Of God And Kings"

Broken commitments can have disastrous consequences. In the history of Israel, the kings’ unfaithfulness to God led to the end of a kingdom and captivity of God’s people. The kings learnt the hard way, but we don’t have to – if we heed God’s call to commitment today. This September, let us learn from history, and see the value of undivided commitment.

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