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Faithful Through Failure

Dr. Tim Mackie
How does God respond when we fail to represent his character to the world?

How does God respond when we fail to represent his character to the world? In this study, we’re reflecting on the never-ending faithfulness of God’s promises. Join in! Listen to the message, watch the video, open your Bible, and interact with the questions below.


Listen to a short message from Tim on the book of 2 Samuel. You can listen to this on your own or with a group. If you are leading a small group or family, feel free to listen to the message and contextualize it for your needs.
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Tim's Message on 2 Samuel
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Listen to the whole audio on the Reflections Podcast

Read and Discuss

Reflection 1:

Video Question
What image stood out to you in the video and why?

Message Question
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?

God promises King David that he will build him a house—a royal family line that leads to a king whose reign will never end. But before we get to the promised king, there is a long line of other kings, priests, and prophets who are called to represent God’s character on earth. Some do a pretty good job, others royally fail, and in the end, everyone comes up short. But humanity’s failures never cancel God’s faithfulness to his promise. In fact, the God of Israel became human to fulfill the promise himself. Jesus, the long awaited King, faithfully completed everything that we have left undone.

Feel free to reflect on all the questions or just a few right now. You can also reflect throughout the week by focusing on one question per day.

Reflection 1:

As you review today’s passage, notice the repetition of the words “established” and “forever.” What do you think the author is emphasizing by this?

Reflection 2:

Some of the kings from David’s line abused their leadership roles and committed murder, exploited the vulnerable, and hoarded wealth. God promised that they would be held accountable for their wrongdoing (see vs. 14). How does this sit with you?

Reflection 3:

Jesus came to complete everything that the previous kings failed to do. And even though he did nothing wrong, he bore the weight of all our sins in order to establish his Kingdom forever. Read Isaiah 53, John 19:1-6, and 2 Corinthians 5:21 and reflect on this. What does this tell you about God’s character?

Reflection 4:

Today’s passage reminds us of God’s faithfulness to his promises. What is one way God has been faithful to you recently?

Reflection 5:

What is one specific way you’d like to grow in your faithfulness to Jesus?

Reflection 6:

Who could be an ally in your life to help you grow, and how can you reach out to them today?

Reflection 7:

Turn your reflections into a prayer to God. Express your gratitude for his faithfulness. Be honest about the areas in your life and community that need to change. Pray for his support and thank God for his promise to faithfully complete the good work he started (Philippians 1:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).

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