1. As chapter 12 of The Story begins (2 Samuel 11; The Story, pp. 161-162), we see David enter into sin and begin a domino effect of other sins that followed. Identify each of David’s sins and how it led to another sinful choice or action in his life.
2. David’s sins did not just affect him but also others around him. What were the effects on each of the following:
c. The prophet Nathan
d. The military commander Joab
e. Other soldiers under Joab’s command
f. The baby conceived by Bathsheba
g. Other people in David’s life
3. Once Uriah was dead, David seemed to think he had gotten away with his coveting, adultery, lying, and murder. When Nathan confronted him, David realized that God knew everything. What are some ways that people seek to deceive themselves into thinking that their tracks are covered and their sins are hidden (from themselves, others, and God)?
4. King Saul (when confronted by Samuel) did not admit his sin, repent, and really seek forgiveness … he even made excuses. That is why God rejected him. How is David’s response to facing the reality of his sinfulness different than Saul’s response (2 Samuel 12; The Story, pp. 162-163?)
5. God forgave David, but there were still consequences to his sinful actions. What were some of the consequences David faced immediately and over the long term because of his sinful choices?
6. Why is it important that we walk in God’s grace but still realize we might face very real consequences of our sins?
7. What do we learn about the holiness and heart of God when we consider the message delivered by Nathan to David?
8. Imagine you could have asked David at the end of his life, “What advice and insight would you give me about temptation and sin?” What do you think David would say to you?
9. Randy pointed out that David’s life, even with his falls and frailties, still pointed to God. How can God use our lives – the good and bad – to show His presence, love and grace to the people around us?