The Story:
Discussing Chapter 12

by Living Springs Community Church on January 31, 2016


“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 12: The Trials of a King

Based on 1 Samuel 11–12 and 18–19; 1 Chronicles 22 and 29; and Psalms 23, 32, and 51:

  • David’s reign
  • David commits adultery with Bathsheba
  • Solomon’s reign
  • The building of the temple

Breaking the ice

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Or neither? Do you think pet owners should treat their pets like members of the family?

Digging in

This section of David’s story shows us that even people who seem to have it all together are prone to failure. David, God’s chosen king, got lazy and selfish. He abused his power and suffered the consequences—and he hurt other people in the process.


  1. Who did David sin against—Bathsheba? Uriah? God? Find examples in the text that support your point. What does this teach us about sin?
  2. What were the steps in David’s sin and cover-up? How does this compare with Eve’s sin and cover-up (page 5)?
  3. How might being in a Community Group or Discipleship Group help you avoid the same path that David took?
  4. The baby that David conceived with Bathsheba died. Compare his reaction to the baby’s death (page 165) with his reaction to his son Absalom’s death (page 169). Discuss with your group some explanations that could account for the differences.
  5. Look at Psalm 23 (page 173). Why do you think this passage continues to be so meaningful to people?


Pray for God to open your eyes to sins you might need to confess. Pray for the courage to be accountable to a Christian brother or sister..


For next week…

Chapter 13: The King Who Had It All

Based on 1 Kings 1–8, 10, 11; 2 Chronicles 5–7; Proverbs 1–3, 6, and 20–21:

  • David dies
  • Solomon’s reign
  • Solomon displays great wisdom
  • Building the temple
  • Solomon marries foreign wives and betrays God

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