Elder Bible Study Track – Session 2

Leadership Accountability (One to One)

Please read 2 Samuel Chapters 11 & 12 and answer the discussion questions below.


The story of David and Bathsheba is one used to illustrate how a man, even a man like David, could sin and fail miserably. David was a king, a warrior and a “man after God’s own heart” (1 Sam 13:34). God identified David as the beginning of the royal lineage of Jesus which would reach into eternity. The cautionary tales about David center on arrogance, lust, murder and loss. However, in this passage there is also a significant leadership lesson on accountability, unity, authority and faithfulness.

Many times people do everything they can to avoid confrontation. It’s a sinful bent of people to head in all the wrong directions with conflict. In today’s culture, we turn to social media in order to air grievances. In effect, conflicts go unresolved and grievances turn to fracture, separation and pain. In this study we see King David make an intentional, selfish mistake and his faithful servant, the prophet Nathan, come to hold the king accountable to the word and will of God.

In RCC leadership, we do not avoid conflict nor do we incite pointless conflict. True peace is managing the rifts when they inevitably arise. The goal is to impart truth and certainty while remaining graceful and compassionate. The point of engaging conflict in this way is always reconciliation. We understand, that while not always possible, reconciliation and unity are directly connected to the heart of God. It is His will that we be unified and true to Him and each other. The study today is an excellent example of properly engaged and managed conflict.

David, Nathan and Leadership Accountability