The Man Who Had It All and Was Still Miserable

Speaker: Pastor Jay Childs
Scripture: 1 Kings 1-11
Series: The Life and Lessons of King Solomon

Sermon Notes

  1. Solomon’s Wisdom (ch. 1-4)
  2. Solomon’s Wealth (ch. 5-10)
  3. Solomon’s Women (ch. 11)

Discussion Questions

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Describe someone you know who was wealthy but miserable. What did you learn from him/her?


  1. Read 1 Kings 3:1-15. Discuss how Solomon started out so well as King of Israel.
  2. Read 1 Kings 9:1-9. What was the choice put before Solomon? Why do our choices matter so much?
  3. Read 1 Kings 11:1-13. Discuss what went wrong in Solomon’s life. How does this happen to us?
  4. Read Matthew 6:19-24. Summarize what Jesus says here about money. Why such strong language?
  5. Why are so many churches hesitant to talk about tithing?
  6. What does Jesus mean when He says, “You cannot serve both God and money”? Be specific.
  7. Read Matthew 19:24. Why would Jesus say this? What does He mean? Does this offend people?
  8. Read Proverbs 11:24-25. Why does God call us to be generous with our money? Be specific.
  9. How do our giving habits reveal what we really think about God?


Did you take the tithing challenge (or are you already tithing)? Share how it’s going.

Posted on April 12, 2015 and filed under King Solomon.