1 Samuel 7 - God Shows Favor to Obedience

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

PRAY God’s work in you and us and our community

READ 1 Samuel 7 and keep reading Judges

OBEY God’s leading and guidance in your response

SHARE with another follower of Jesus how God is working – help one another and pray for one another

Further Study March 26, 2017

1 Samuel 7

God shows favor to those who trust Him and do what He says.

1. Review the following passages. What part does obedience play in being a true follower/disciple of Jesus Christ?

Matthew 7:24-29            Mark 8:34-38                 Luke 14:25-27

2. Discuss what it means to “count the cost” of being a disciple of Jesus. Read the following passages for insight.

Luke 12:51-53               Luke 14:28-33

3. Discuss the idea that obedience to God might be optional for followers of Jesus.

 - Where does such an idea come from?

- Do you agree with this idea – honestly? Share areas where you have struggled in obedience.

4. Read John 15:1-8. What is God’s desire for His people?

5. Is obedience something WE produce in our own power? Where do followers of Jesus find strength to obey?

John 15:26,27                John 16:7-14

6. Do you, or have you ever, acted as if God owes you something for your obedience? Share your experiences. Discuss why that attitude is not a biblical worldview.

7. In 1 Samuel 7, what kind of impact did God’s favor have on Israel and their enemies as a result of their repentance and obedience?

How might our own repentance and obedience result in God’s favor?

8. Review the GoGrow Initiative below and your involvement.

 - How has God worked in you – share how you’ve seen Him change you.

 - What areas is God still working on in you? In our church family?

- What is God’s Spirit showing you that needs repentance and belief and obedience right now?

GoGrow Initiative

FOUNDATION                      FRAMING                    FINISHING

Jesus Christ                         Gospel                         Small grp involvement

His glory                              Discipleship                Connection Workshop

His Kingdom                                                            Usable space for growth

                                                                                 Each ministry connected

1 Samuel 5 & 6 God's Way - My Own Way

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

PRAY God’s work in you and us and our community

READ 1 Samuel 7 and keep reading Judges

OBEY God’s leading and guidance in your response

SHARE with another follower of Jesus how God is working – help one another and pray for one another

Further Study Notes

1 Samuel 5:1 – 7:1

“A biblical worldview requires that we take the life of Jesus as our own.”

1. Read the following passages. What do these verses SAY (NOT what do they MEAN, what do they SAY)?

John 17:20-23                Colossians 1:27              Galatians 2:20

2. Compare Hebrews 4:14-16 with John 17:20-23 (previously read). How do these two passages, along with Colossians 1:27 and Galatians 2:20, relate?

3. Read as many of the following passages as time allows. Observe what each passage SAYS (If using the NIV Bible, please replace the words “sinful nature” with “flesh.”)

Acts 13:38,39                         Galatians 2:20

Romans 6                               Galatians 5:1

Romans 8:10,11                      Ephesians 2:3,4

2 Corinthians 5:17                   1 Peter 1:15

                                             1 John 2:1,2

What is the connecting theme in these passages? Without inserting what you’ve possibly always been taught, what do these passages clearly SAY?

One thing seen in 1 Samuel 5, 6, & 7 is that the Philistines could, if they allowed themselves, see clearly that the God of Israel was the true God. But they ignored what was obvious. Considering the previous passages, how could we be ignoring what God clearly says about sin and believers?

4. An unbiblical worldview causes people to ignore, miss, and even reject what God has communicated to mankind. How important to God is sound doctrine and correct teaching AND unity around that doctrine? Read as many of the following passages as time allows and discuss.

Romans 15:4-6                        1 Corinthians 1:10                   Ephesians 4:11-16

Philippians 2:2; 3:15,16           1 Timothy 1:3,10                    1 Timothy 6:3-5

2 Timothy 1:13                       2 Timothy 2:15                       2 Timothy 4:2-4

Titus 1:9                                Titus 2:1                                2 Peter 1:20,21

5. God desires His people to have one mind – see things the way He sees them. What can you do to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace with other followers of Jesus?

6. What is the error of a person who says, “I follow God in my own way.”? How can you address this error in a loving, gentle way?

7. How is God working in you and in your thinking in the Overwhelming Culture series? Share with others.

1 Samuel 4 Evaluate All of Life

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

PRAY God’s work in you and us and our community

READ 1 Samuel 5 & 6 and keep reading Judges

OBEY God’s leading and guidance in your response

SHARE with another follower of Jesus how God is working – help one another and pray for one another

Further Study Notes

March 12, 2017

1 Samuel 4

1. Eli, his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, and Phinehas’s wife all died on the same day (1 Samuel 4:17-22). Why? Read 1 Samuel 2:27-36 and 1 Samuel 3:11-14

2. Read the following passages. How serious is God about maintaining His own pure character and about the purity of His people?

Leviticus 18:24-30         Deuteronomy 20:16-18            Joshua 10:40

Discuss the difficulty of these passages and the issue of purity as it relates to a God of love (perhaps this discussion could lead to many of the issues of God’s character).

3. What likely happened in Israel in the following areas as a result of the capture of the Ark of the Covenant, the death of Eli and his sons?

         - worship and sacrifice in the tabernacle

         - the possibility of the presence of God in the tabernacle

4. 1 Samuel 4:18, “Eli judged Israel for 40 years.” Go to the end of Judges and scan backward to find the previous judge of Israel.

5. Why is the departure of the glory of God do devastating?

Psalm 19:1           Romans 3:23                  Hebrews 1:3         1 Peter 5:10

6. List the factors from 1 Samuel 1 – 4 that led to the departure of God’s glory.

7. What keeps God’s glory hidden from us in the 21st-century American church? What keeps God’s glory hidden from PBC?

8. What can YOU do to remove barriers to God’s glory personally and for PBC?

1 Samuel 3 - God Speaks to Us

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

PRAY God’s work in you and us and our community

READ 1 Samuel 4 and keep reading Judges

OBEY God’s leading and guidance in your response

SHARE with another follower of Jesus how God is working – help one another and pray for one another

 

Further Study Notes

For March 5, 2017 message

Scripture passage – 1 Samuel 3:1 – 4:1

1. General comments and observations

2. In Henry Blackaby’s book, “Experiencing God,” he lays out four ways God speaks to people today:

         - through the Bible

         - through prayer

         - through circumstances

         - through His people

Discuss the following issues as you consider how God spoke in Samuel’s time

         - How might God use those four ways of speaking to YOU today?

- Discuss the possibility of mishearing – who or what else could seek to influence us and why?

- Consider which, if any, of those four ways of speaking is most reliable and trustworthy – should any of them be more prioritized than any others? Why?

- How might God use all four ways to make Himself clear in any situation?

3. As the people of God, what is our responsibility when what God says in the Bible contradicts what the world’s culture says?

Is that YOUR response? Why or why not? How can we help one another?

4. Are there things in your life that you know God is calling you to repentance?

5. What will you apply and act on this week from what you have heard and read? Keep a record and ask someone else to pray for you and help you.

 

 

1 Samuel 2 - Responsibility vs Power

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

PRAY God’s work in you and us and our community

READ 1 Samuel 3 and keep reading Judges

OBEY God’s leading and guidance in your response

SHARE with another follower of Jesus how God is working – help one another and pray for one another

1 Samuel 1 Hannah's Worldview in Action

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

PRAY God’s work in you and us and our community

READ 1 Samuel 2 and keep reading Judges

OBEY God’s leading and guidance in your response

SHARE with another follower of Jesus how God is working – help one another and pray for one another

1 Timothy, 2 Timothy - Be on Guard in Our Culture

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK

PRAY God’s work in you and us and our community

READ 1 Samuel 1 & 2 and keep reading Judges

OBEY God’s leading and guidance in your response

SHARE with another follower of Jesus how God is working – help one another and pray for one another

Worldview and Marriage

Assignements for February 5 - 11

PRAY God’s work in you and us and our community

READ 1 Samuel 1 & 2 and Judges

OBEY God’s leading and guidance in your response

SHARE with another follower of Jesus how God is working – help one another and pray for one another

Read Hannah's prayer in 1 Samuel 2:1-11 and see what you learn about the following issues:

Worship – the holiness of God – the consequences of rejecting God – the results of opposing God – focusing on children rather than God – God’s rule over life and death – God’s control of peoples’ financial comfort – God’s oversight of the entire world – light and darkness and our involvement as God's people

Intro to Overwhelming Culture

Assignment for week of January 29 - February 4

- PRAY for God’s guidance and work in you/us and our response

- READ 1 Samuel chapters 1 & 2 AND Judges during series – maybe couple chapters a week

- OBEY what God leads you to do

- SHARE obedience issues with another believer and encourage one another