David: Failure and Redemption

Brandon Stephenson -

Brandon Stephenson -

Brandon Stephenson was born and raised in Butler, PA. He was a part of North Street Christian Church where Pastor Jeff used to serve. Brandon is married to his amazing wife, Danielle, and they have 3 boys: Noah, Drew and Coby. They are currently planting a new church in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh called One Church.


2 Samuel 11:1-3* (NIV) - In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite."

2 Samuel 12:13 (NIV) - Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." Nathan replied, "The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die."

We are just like David.

Romans 3:23* (NIV) - for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Our sin doesn't Define us, our Reaction to it does.

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read 2 Samuel 11:1-3 and 2 Samuel 12:1-13

  1. Ice Breaker: What was something you always got in trouble for when you were a kid?

  2. What stood out from the message and why?

  3. For some people we remember their failures first, for others we remember their achievements while often times overlooking their failures. From your perspective, why do we do that?

  4. David is one person we tend to view in a positive light despite doing some really bad things. In 2 Samuel 11 what were key elements that caused David to fail so bad?

  5. In 2 Samuel 12:1-13, what were the causes of David moving towards redemption?

  6. We're not so different from David. What causes David to see redemption is his reaction to his failure. Brandon said, "Our failure doesn't define us, our reaction to it does."
    What did he mean by that in reference to David’s situation? How does that relate to your life?

  7. David's repentance led him to worship God by writing Psalm 51. What does (or should) your repentance lead you to do?

  8. We serve and believe in a God that loves redemption. How do you see God using you to bring redemption to you and those around you?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.