Opening Question: What do you do to cheer yourself up when you’re down — or when you need an escape?
I Samuel 16:14-23
– Saul disobeys God in chapter fifteen.
– His consequence is that God’s spirit is taken away from him, and now he’s feeling tormented in his life.
Question: What are some different thoughts, feelings, or emotions, that people can feel tormented with today?
Question: How do most people deal with those things?
– Saul hires David to play the harp for him.
– When David played music to him, there was some relief.
Question: Do you think Saul hiring David was a permanent fix or a temporary fix?
Question: What do you think would have been a permanent fix?
Question: Do you think people sometimes look for temporary fixes in religion?
II Timothy 4:3-4
– People will gather around themselves a great number of teachers who will tell them what they want to hear.
– There are a lot of teachers who will tell you what you want to hear.
Question: What are some of the things taught in religion today that most people really want to hear?
Question: How can you make sure that people are telling you the truth and not just what you want to hear?
– Repentance brings refreshment.
– It’s the only thing that really brings long-term fulfillment.
Question: Why don’t most people want to hear that message?
Challenge: God gives us tormenting situations so that we’ll change. Therefore, the only real escape is to change! That’s the key to feeling fulfilled and refreshed! If you’ve been feeling tormented in your life, I want to invite you to study the Bible to learn what God wants you to change!