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Bible Study: Impossibilities - God's Specialties - Christmas 2 Old Testament

Text: 1 Kings 3:4-15 for the Second Sunday after Christmas, Lectionary Series A

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Participants will:

Understand that God loves them and will help them with the "impossible tasks" in their lives.

Experience the joy that comes from studying God's Word and sharing their feelings with fellow believers.


Group Guidelines

Form groups of six by teaming up with two people you don't know very well and then joining up with another group of three. Choose as leader of your group the person who has the neatest looking hair. This person will encourage everyone to share but respect the right of those who choose not to.


Building Community

If you were granted one wish, what (besides more wishes) would you wish for? Share the reason for your choice with your group.


Looking at God's Word

Read 1 Kings 3:4-15, with each person reading a verse in turn. As you read, listen for how God answered Solomon's prayer.

King Solomon felt inadequate for the task God had given him (vs. 7). Share a tie when you felt you couldn't handle a task you were given. How did you feel?

Choose the answer that best describes you. When I feel inadequate, I am most likely to...

throw up my hands in frustration.

try anyway, but if I fail, who cares.

ask God to help me.

ask friends to help me.

Explain your answer to your group.


Reinforcing What Has Been Learned

Read Philippians 4:13 and share with the group your responses to the following questions:

What difficult task are you struggling with right now or may have to in the near future?

How does this passage give you courage to tackle this task?



Close by gathering in a circle, holding hands and praying that God will strengthen the person on your right. Pray that they will be able to trust in Him for help in whatever task for which they feel inadequate.


Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies V, studies on the Old Testament readings for lectionary series A, in 1992.

Republished and revised in January 2014 for thESource.

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