Broken Heroes

Dealing with Thorns...

Had the privilege of speaking at Cypress Bible Church on Sunday.  They have a guy there that does an amazing job with video and making speakers look way better than they really are.  If you are interested in checking it out, here is the link.

This message concentrates on overcoming fatal attractions.

DISCUSSION.

Do you have an addictive personality?  How would you know?  Eat food for comfort? Use alcohol to socialize, always needing a cup in your hand?  Need to constantly stay “connected” while counting likes and followers?  Shop for esteem? Gambling for excitement? Use drugs to self-medicate? Is everything very, very hard to quit?

EXAMINATION.

Judges 16 Imagine living for 20 years free and clear from a besetting sin.  Many believe Samson had a season of victory before he succumbed to his old ways.

What are Samson’s issues?

What do you think Samson looked like?  Rambo Samson or Normal Jewish Man Samson?  Why do you think everyone was stumped by where his power came from?

Describe Delilah (name means “weak one”)?  Irony alert- the strong one is brought down by the weak one.

What would you wish you could have said to Samson in 16:7-14?

APPLICATION.  

  • How should we live in light of this story and the way we may actually live this story out?Action Steps-
    1. Cultivate Intimacy with God- What are the steps ways a person can take to stay close to God?
    2. Understand marriage doesn’t solve a lust problem- If you have a lust problem before marriage you will have one after you put a ring on it.  How does the Gospel strengthen us in our battle against lust?
    3. Build a strategic attitude towards pitfalls- What are steps we can take to protect us from known weaknesses?  How would you define the word FLEE (2 Tim 2:22)?