Samuel, March 23-29

Outline

 

Influence: Mom (Hannah) and adopted dad (Eli) 1 Sam 1-2


Call: Voice 1 Sam 3

 

Challenges and Character for Impact: courage to confront

 

Eli and sons 1 Sam 2-3

 

Nation 1 Sam 7, 12

 

Saul 1 Sam 13, 15

Fear– sacrifice burning

Pride – sheep bleating

                                    

Connection to Christ: Prophet, Priest and Judge               

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever confronted someone with God’s truth? Shared something hard with them? How did it go? Conversely, have you ever had someone confront you with something you needed to hear? How did that go?
  2. What have you known about Samuel before this study? Review 1 Samuel and describe the circumstances of his birth.
  3. How did Hannah influence Samuel? How about Eli? What influence are you having on someone in the next generation, someone younger than you?
  4. How did God call Samuel (1 Samuel 3)? Have you sensed God calling you in some way?
  5. How do think Samuel felt about sharing God’s message with his adopted dad, Eli? Have you ever had to share something hard with a family member?
  6. God used Samuel to prayerfully and courageously confront the nation. In 1 Samuel 7:3, what is his charge to them? Compare that with 12:19-24. What is his courageous message to the nation? How might we need to hear this message today?
  7. Samuel also confronted King Saul twice. Review the story in chapter 13. For what does Samuel confront Saul? What are Saul’s excuses? How do we use similar excuses today?
  8. Samuel confronts Saul again in chapter 15. Retell the story in your own words. What are Saul’s excuses this time? How do we use similar rationalizations?
  9. BONUS: What connections do you see between Samuel and Jesus? How is Jesus our priest today (Hebrews 7)?
  10. What do you sense God saying to you through the account of Samuel?

 

Family Discussion Questions

  1. Is there something you have been praying about for a long time? What was Hannah’s prayer (1 Samuel 1:11)? How did God answer her? How did she respond to God’s blessing (1 Samuel 1:27-28)?
  2. What would it be like to give your life to the Lord? What was Samuel’s response to God’s call (1 Samuel 3:10)? What does 1 Samuel 2:26 say about Samuel? How is this like Luke 2:52? How can you grow to be like Jesus?
  3. Why do you pray, go to church and help other people? Do you expect God to somehow reward you for these things? Why should we do these things (Galatians 2:20)?
  4. How did God use Samuel in these passages: 1 Samuel 3:11-177:312:20-21; 13:13-1415:19? Have you ever had to give someone bad news or confront them about something wrong they’re doing? Has anyone confronted you about sin in your life? How does it feel to confront someone or be confronted?
  5. What was Saul’s response when confronted about his sin (15:15)? Did he take responsibility for his actions or blame others for his bad decisions? Do you do that? What should we do?
  6. What does Deuteronomy 6:18 say? Who helps you to do what is right and good? Who are you helping do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight?
  7. What does 1 Samuel 15:24 say about Saul? Are there things in your life you value more than God? What does Deuteronomy 6:4-6 say? Who do you think Samuel cares more about pleasing, God or man? What about you?
  8. How did God use Samuel to change the world? What truth did Samuel cling to in 1 Samuel 12:24? How can Samuel’s story encourage you to change the world for Jesus?

 

 

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