The Greatest Story Reading Plan
The Greatest story
The Bible is one of the most influential books in human history. This ancient library of stories, letters and poems has the power to transform the way we think and feel about everything. We can become so familiar with the Bible that we sometimes fail to see how novel, controversially progressive, and radical the stories really are. In our series "The Greatest Story: The Unexpected Narrative of Jesus" we explore the way the story of Jesus flips the expected narrative upside down.
We want to encourage everyone to engage with the Bible as we journey through this series so every week we will post a reading plan and discussion questions to this page for you to explore personally or in a group.
This week we'll be in the book of 2 Samuel, and as part of our series we want to encourage you to engage with the stories ahead of time. For this week we recommend reading 2 Samuel 11. For some expanded reading read also 2 Samuel 23:8-39.
Take some time with these questions by yourself or with others!
If you’d like some tips and advice on reading the Bible check out Pastor Abraham’s blog post here.
1. David stayed home from war when he should’ve been out fighting. It’s often small decisions that lead to greater mistakes. Spend some time asking God to help you recognize those moments and be uncompromising in the small things.
2. The more David tries to cover things up, the worse things get and the more sins he commits. As painful as it might be, what might we learn about trying to cover up our own sins? Ask God to help you come to Him instead of trying to hide your sins.
3. In the story, David’s sinfulness is contrasted by Uriah’s faithfulness. The more faithful Uriah acts the more David’s sin is highlighted as he plunges deeper into his decisions. There are moments and people in our lives that can help us reflect on our choices. Spend some time in prayer asking God for strength to use those moments as catalysts for positive change.