REAL MEN HAVE INTEGRITY
REAL MEN #5 Ė NATHAN
This is a complete lesson.
V What is integrity?
V When have you seen a lack of integrity?
V Name some men you know who have or did have integrity.† In what ways did they show it?
V In what ways will being a man of God help a man be a man of integrity?
V What are some of the things a man of integrity will care about?
Our study this week introduces us to Nathan, a man of God who was also a man of integrity.† He showed that he was a man of God and a man of integrity by the things he cared about. Here are four things that Nathan cared about that we should care about as men of God and men of integrity.
HE CARED ENOUGH TO CORRECT HIMSELF
1 Chronicles 17:1-15
& †Have you ever spoken out, and then discovered that you
†had spoken out of turn? Give us an example.
& †Why is it often difficult to go back and correct what you††
& †Nathan gave his blessing upon David building a temple †
††††† for God. He actually told David that God was with him. †
††††† Vss. 1-2
& †Why do you think Nathan answered David the way he
& †Do we ever claim to know Godís will or act like we do
††††† when we donít? Give an example.
& †Nathan discovered that he had spoken incorrectly.
††††† Vss. 3-14
& †What might have held Nathan back from going and
††††† telling David the corrected message?
& †Nathan corrected himself and gave David the accurate
††††† message from God. Vs. 15
& †What does Nathanís behavior teach us?
HE CARED ENOUGH TO CONFRONT SIN†
2 Samuel 12:1-14
F David's sins concerning Bathsheba and Uriah are described in 2 Samuel 11.
F Nathan confronted David about his sin. What were the risks involved with confronting David?† What are the risks involved when we confront others with sin?
F Why do you think he used a story in Vss. 1-7
F After David was ready to take action against the man who stole the other manís sheep, Nathan nails David with the words, ďThou art the manĒ and exposes Davidís sin.
F How do we know when it is time to confront someoneís sin?
F How do we go about confronting someoneís sin?
Galatians 6:1 - Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a †fault,
††††††††††††††††††††††† ye which are spiritual, restore such †an one
††††††††††††††††††††† †in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself,
††††††††††††††††††† ††lest thou also be tempted.
F Nathan got good results.† David repented. Nathan announces that the child will die. Vss. 13-14
F Not everyone will react to confrontation as well as David did.† What do we do when they donít?
HE CARED ENOUGH TO COMFORT†
2 Kings 12:24-25
© Although Nathan was quick to confront David about sin, he was just as quick to bring God's message of comfort.
© What might have made Nathan reluctant to deliver this new message?† Is it hard sometimes to ďswitch gearsĒ and bring comfort after bringing a rebuke?
© What must we remember about forgiveness and mercy from Godís perspective?
© The nickname given to Solomon means "Beloved of God".† A man of integrity does not have a one-dimensional message. He is to be an encourager as well as a preacher against sin. Timothy was told to encourage as well as to reprove and to rebuke. 2 Timothy 4:2
HE CARED ENOUGH TO COOPERATE†
1 Kings 1
~ David was near death, and one of Solomon's brothers planned to take the throne away from Solomon. Vss. 5-7
~ What mistake did David make? Vs. 6
~ What does verse 8 tell us about Nathan and the others mentioned in this verse?
~ As the conspiracy grew, what did the revolutionaries realize about Nathan and the others?† How does this show Nathanís integrity? Vss. 9-10
~ Nathan establishes a plan with Bathsheba.† Why did they both need to say the same thing? Why could Nathan carry out this sort of plan and still maintain his integrity?
~ Nathan and Bathsheba both told David about the plot to anoint a different king.† Is it possible that this type of approach is suitable in the church today?† Vss. 15-27
~ David had Solomon anointed king. Vss. 28-40
~ In what ways should men of integrity cooperate with other believers today?