Connection Questions

September 21, 2018

The Power of Influence


1 Kings 13; Romans 14:7; 1 Corinthians 15:33.



God called a young prophet to challenge the ways of an evil king. An older prophet influenced the young prophet to disobey God’s instructions. After his disobedience, the young prophet was killed by a lion. The old prophet mourned, but he couldn’t change the results of using his influence to destroy a life. Our lives influence the people around us—for good or for evil. Your influence matters. Make sure it points people toward God.


Key Points

  1. God gave a fired-up young prophet specific instructions to follow.
  2. An old prophet used his influence to persuade the young prophet to disobey God.
  3. The disobedience led to the death of the young prophet.
  4. Every one of us influences others for good or for bad.
  5. Our influence continues to impact people after our death, affecting people for generations to come.


Connection Questions

  1. What was God’s instructions to the young prophet?
  2.  How did the old prophet’s influence cause the young prophet to disobey God?
  3. What are some examples of ways you have been influenced, either for good or for bad?
  4. Who are you influencing? Are you influencing them in the right way?
  5. What sort of influence do you want to have on the generations to come? What can you do today to make sure that happens?


Final Thoughts

The old prophet made a tragic mistake. His influence caused a young man to disobey God, and to lose his life. What are we doing with our influence? The old prophet influenced in a negative way. But as we choose to walk closely with God and keep His Word in our hearts, we become powerful influencers for good. 


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