A TRUE KING SHOULD…
1) ... BE A SERVANT LEADER
Who desires a human king? The Israelites
What kind of king does God want for them? Not greedy or looking out for himself. A person who loves God through obedience, and is not afraid of people's judgment.
Why is it important for someone in authority to know their power is not supreme?
What ways can power tempt us?
2) ... BE SET APART FROM OTHER NATIONS
(1 Sam. 8:4-9)
-Is it good to ask God for things?
-Have you ever asked God for something good, but with the wrong motives?
-These are the two reasons why Israel was in the wrong when approaching God...
Israel wanted to be like the other nations.
Israel did not want God to be their king.
-They were outsourcing their authority to someone else and removing God as their authority.
-The Israelites wanted a king to determine their morality (“judge us”) and a king who would also fight for them. The reason their motives were in the wrong place is because they didn’t realize that this is what God was doing for them all along. The nation that was set apart, unique in that they alone were the representatives of God, became jealous of other countries who followed other gods.
-Where is your fulfillment found?
-Who are your modern-day kings and how have they failed you?
3) ... BE PLEASING TO GOD (1 Samuel 15:20-28)
-Saul was a man with great promise, who eventually failed.
-Why is it dangerous to place all your trust and hope in a human leader?
-Why is it good to place all your trust and hope in God alone?
-As future servant-leaders, are you more concerned about being a people-pleaser, or do you know the acceptance you have in God because of what Jesus did on the cross?
-It is better to fear God than to fear men.