Gen. 3:2-3, 6, 12 In what did Eve influence her husband?
Has your wife or girlfriend ever influenced you to sin?
If so, how?
Do you think Eve influenced her husband to disobey God because she didn’t want to be alone in committing a sin?
What can you do to prevent your spouse or girlfriend from influencing you to sin?
1 Ki. 11:3-6 In what did Solomon’s wives influence Solomon?
How do you think they influenced him?
Though Solomon knew better (1 Ki. 3:3, 6-9; 8:22-27), why do you think he allowed himself to be influenced by his wives to sin?
Men, have your wives or girlfriends because of their sexual appeal or nagging ever influenced you to worship (give excessive or supreme devotion to) or make any of the following a god: material possessions, career, money, computers, sports, cars, homes, kids, pets, parents, clothes, vacations, furniture, food, parties, etc. instead of the Lord God, Creator only?
1 Ki. 15:25-26 In what did Nadab’s father, Jeroboam, influence his son Nadab?
And what was Jeroboam’s sin that Nadab continued in, 1 Ki. 12:25, 28, 30?
Has your father ever influenced you to commit the sin of idolatry (making a god out of something) by his example of worshipping money, college degrees, career, sports, cars, material possessions, music, computers, etc.?
If so, what do you plan to do about it, and why?
1 Ki. 21:25 Why had King Ahab sold himself to do evil?
What does this tell you about a spouse’s influence?
And what should this warn you about in terms of whom you choose to marry or even date?
1 Ki. 22:51-53
In what way had King Ahaziah’s father and mother (Ahab and Jezebel) influenced Ahaziah, king of Israel?
Has your father and/or mother ever influenced or tried to influence you to commit and/or continue in any kind of sin (e.g., lying, stealing, cheating, illicit drugs, pornography, being hot-tempered or argumentative, prideful, racist, etc.)?
If so, how can you prevent this from happening in the future?
2 Ki. 8:16-18; 2 Chron. 21:5-6
Who influenced Jehoram, king of Judah, to do evil?
[Ahab’s daughter was Athaliah, Jehoram’s wife.].
Why do you think wives have such a tremendous influence on their husbands?
After seeing all these bad examples of wives’ influences on their husbands, what affect does it have on you, and why?
2 Ki. 8:25-27; 2 Chron. 22:2-5
Who influenced Ahaziah (Ahab’s grandson), king of Judah?
[Athaliah was Ahab and Jezebel’s daughter and Jehoram/Joram, king Ahab’s son, was Ahaziah’s uncle.].
In what way did they influence King Ahaziah?
How is Athaliah described in 2 Chron. 24:7; 22:10?
Does your mother, uncle, father-in-law, or girlfriend’s parents have a good or bad influence on you, and how?
If it’s a bad influence, what should you do, and why?
[Some biblical principles and examples are: minimize their influence if you have the authority to do so (1 Ki. 15:13); if they are not Christians, share the gospel with them (Lk. 5:30-32); if they are not Christians, spend as little time around them as possible (Prov. 22:5, 24-25; 24:1-2; 1 Cor. 5:9-10), but try to influence them for Christ (1 Pet. 3:1-2); if they are Christians, then first confront them gently about their sin (Gal. 6:1), but if they don’t want to change, then avoid them as much as possible (1 Cor. 5:11; 2 Thes. 3:6, 14-15). The reasoning behind all this is because bad company corrupts good morals, 1 Cor. 15:33.].
2 Ki. 17:21-22 Who made Jeroboam the king of Israel?
What kind of influence did Jeroboam then have on the nation of Israel?
Do you see why it’s important to vote into office the most moral people and not just who’s popular or who makes promises to give out the most free or cheap things (e.g., welfare, health care, money for college, etc.)?
Find out what their positions are on abortion, homosexuality, stem-cell research, etc.
2 Ki. 21:1-2, 8-11 What influence did King Manasseh have on the people of Judah?
Just because an immoral politician unfortunately gets into office and promotes sin (e.g., abortion, homosexuality, etc.), does that mean you should agree with it or condone (excuse/overlook) it rather than speak out against it, and why?
Prov. 22:24-25 Why is it wrong to associate/keep company with a person who is hot-tempered?
Will you be careful so as to not allow a hot-tempered person to influence you?
If so, how?
1 Cor. 5:6-8 How would tolerating just one person who is living in unconfessed, unrepentant sin (i.e., leaven) in your church (Christian group) affect/influence your church?
What should the Christian group do to the unrepentant, professing Christian if he refuses to change and give up his sin (1 Cor. 5:7, 13)?
Though excommunicating/removing an unrepentant person who claims to be a Christian from your group may seem harsh, it’s right/biblical and important to do for the purity/well-being of everyone else.
Gal. 1:9; 3:1-3; 5:7-9
False teachers were influencing these Christians in Galatia into error and, thereby, hurting their spiritual lives. What did Paul hope these false teachers would do because of their bad influence, Gal. 5:12?
And what does Paul tell these Christians to do to withstand the bad influence, Gal. 5:1?
And what does Paul tell the Christians at Rome to do regarding the false teachers who were a bad influence, Rom. 16:17-18?
2 Tim. 2:16-18; Titus 1:10-11 What kind of influence were these false teachers having on some Christians?
And what does Paul tell the spiritual leaders of these upset Christians to do, 2 Tim. 2:25; Titus 1:13?
[Depending upon the attitude and receptivity of the false teachers and whether they are Christians or not, they are confronted differently.].
Matt. 9:10-13 Who tried to influence Jesus’ disciples to doubt or question Jesus’ holiness, obedience to God, or correctness of actions?
Do people ever try to influence you against your spiritual leader by putting doubts or questions in your mind about something he does (e.g., that he’s too harsh, judgmental, or critical of other churches, religions, or people)?
If so, how do you deal with it, and why?
1 Sam. 19:1-6 How did Jonathan’s good influence on his father affect King Saul, 1 Sam. 19:6?
Do you ever exert a good influence on your parents by speaking positively about and defending a Christian friend when your parents have a bad attitude about your godly, Christian friend?
1 Ki. 22:42-43; 2 Chron. 15:8-9, 12; 17:1, 4
What kind of influence did King Asa have on his son, Jehoshaphat?
Has your father had a good and godly influence on you so that you’re following/obeying God’s commands faithfully?
If so, in what way is/was your father a godly influence?
2 Ki. 15:1-3; 2 Chron. 26:3-5
What kind of influence was King Amaziah on his son, Azariah/Uzziah?
If your father was/is a godly influence on you, what are you doing today that reflects this?
2 Ki. 12:1-2 Who had a good influence on King Jehoash/Joash?
[Though Joash’s mother, Athaliah, was a bad influence, Jehoiada’s godly instructions/advice influenced Joash in a positive way.].
Has a spiritual leader influenced you to follow the Lord and do what’s right even though your parents may be a bad influence?
If so, how?
2 Chron. 29:1-5, 12, 15-16; 30:1, 13, 18-19, 23-27; 31:1, 6, 8; 32:6-8, 20-23
Who had a good influence on Judah and Israel and on the priests and Levites?
How was King Hezekiah a good influence on his people?
Are you influencing people to serve, obey, and trust the Lord?
If so, how?
Ezra 9:1-7; 10:1-6, 10-12
Who influenced the returned Jewish exiles through his prayers and humility before the Lord?
What affect did Ezra have on the sinning Jews who had disobeyed God in marrying pagan people (Ezra 10:1-6)?
What did Ezra influence the sinning people to then do (Ezra 10:10-12)?
Do you try to influence Christians through your prayers, humility, and confronting sin with the truth of God’s Word?
Neh. 1:1-4, 11; 2:11, 16-18
What good thing did Nehemiah influence the Jews to do?
How did he influence them to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem?
How do you influence people to do God’s will, and why?
Phil. 2:13-16 As lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse people, how should we Christians be influencing our world?
Are you influencing this world by sharing the word of life, the true gospel, with people so they can be converted and change for the better rather than compromising the gospel message just to be liked by people, and why?
2 Cor. 9:1-2 The Christians at Corinth had influenced/stirred up by their zeal/enthusiasm the Christians in Macedonia to financially contribute to the poor Christians in Jerusalem (1 Cor. 16:3; 2 Cor. 9:12-13; 8:4).
Are you by your enthusiasm influencing other Christians to do acts of kindness or other various things that are God’s will?
If not, what do you plan to do about it, and how soon?
2 Tim. 3:10 In what godly areas had Paul influenced Timothy to be like him?
Are you influencing Christians to follow your accurate teaching of the Bible, your Christ-like conduct, your purpose in life to evangelize the spiritually lost, your faith in God and His Word, etc.?
If so, how?
2 Tim. 1:5; 3:15 From a human perspective, who influenced Timothy to become a Christian?
Did your parents or grandparents influence you to become a Christian?
If so, how?
1 Pet. 3:1-2 How are Christian wives to influence their non-Christian husbands to become Christians?
Though it’s a sin for a Christian woman to marry a non-Christian man (2 Cor. 6:14), if a woman becomes a Christian after she’s already married, then she should follow these instructions (1 Pet. 3:1-2). This doesn’t mean she should never share the gospel with her husband, but that she shouldn’t nag him about it.
Heb. 10:24 In what should Christians consider how to influence/stimulate their fellow Christians?
Are you influencing your fellow Christians to be loving and to be doing good to others?
If so, how?
2 Ki. 18:1, 3, 5; 21:1-7 Though King Hezekiah was a godly person and a good influence on his son Manasseh, how did Manasseh turn out?
[Just because a person is godly and a good influence to be around, it doesn’t guarantee that those whom the good influence is around will always turn out good (e.g., Jesus being around Judas).].
Have you as a good influence ever been around people for a lengthy period of time, but they turned out evil anyway?
If so, how did you feel, and why?
2 Ki. 21:19-22; 22:1-2; 23:1-3 Though King Amon was an evil person and a bad influence on his son Josiah, how did Josiah turn out?
What influenced King Josiah to do right in the sight of the Lord and become a good person (2 Ki. 22:10-13, 18-19)?
And in what way was King Josiah a good influence on his people (2 Ki. 23:1-3)?
[Just because you may have bad/evil parents, it does not mean that you have to turn out bad too. You can turn out good if you allow the Bible, God’s Word, to influence you by your obeying it.].
Do you know of anyone where this has happened?
If so, what happened?