Growth groups started again on Wednesday 12th September in homes. This Autumn we are studying 1 Samuel- God’s King, Hope in Dark Days.

Growth groups meet on Wednesday evenings around 8pm for fellowship, study, friendship, food and prayer. It’s an opportunity to study the message we have been taught each week, ask questions in a comfortable small group environment and learn from God’s word as we study it together.

If you would like to join a Growth Group please speak to Alastair, John or one of the growth group leaders. We would love you to join with us to study God’s word and go deeper.

Some books on 1 Samuel which may aid your preparation. &

Question for week 3:

1 Samuel 4-6

Question sheet.

  1. Briefly summarize chapter’s 4-6 in a few sentences.
  1. A crisis occurs in the first part of chapter 4. According to the Israelites, Why were they defeated? What was their solution?
  1. What does their solution tell us about how the Israelites viewed the Ark of the Covenant?
  1. By taking the Ark of the Covenant for their own purposes the Israelites were trying to control God for their own benefit. How might we take “godly things” and use them for our own benefit?
  1. How did the Philistines view the Ark of the Covenant at the start of chapter 5? What does this tell us about their understanding of God?
  1. At this point in 1 Samuel, the Israelites feel defeated and the Philistines (God’s enemies) think God is their servant. Are there ways in which the church (the new Israel) can feel defeated by God’s enemies today? If so, how does this affect our approach to evangelism, global mission, church planting, Sunday worship and teaching?
  1. It looks like God is belittled by Israel’s disobedience and defeated by the Philistines but what does the 1 Samuel 5:4-7:2 teach us about God?
  1. How do these attributes encourage us in our fight against the world, the flesh and the devil, and how do they warn us about treating Him wrongly and continuing in our sin?

Question for week 2:

1 Samuel 2:11-3

Question sheet.

  1. Briefly summarize chapter’s 2:11-3 in few sentences.
  2. Why were Eli’s sons were considered wicked? What might this look like today?
  3. How might the story of Phineas and Hophni serve as a warning to those who serve in any capacity at RPC?
  4. Does ministry ever replace our relationship with Jesus? What are some signs of that happening?
  5. How does this passage inform how we should view our leaders?
  6. Eli failed to rebuke his sons in verses 23-24. What does this teach us about our approach to people’s sin? Are we overly tolerant of people’s sins? Are there difficult conversations we are running from?
  7. God judges Eli and his sons – what was their punishment? What do we learn about God from this judgment?
  8. Although most of chapter 2:11-36 focuses on Eli and his sons – who else is mentioned throughout? What does this teach us about God?

Questions for week 1:

1 Samuel 1:1-2:10

Question sheet.

  1. Sum up what’s going on in 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10 in your own words.
  2. Hannah was barren (1:2), how did Peninnah, Elkanah and Eli view her suffering?
  3. How might their reactions serve as an example for how we should or shouldn’t respond to people who are suffering? What are practical ways in which we can care for people who are suffering?
  4. In chapter 2 Hannah praises God for His grace – in what 3 ways has God been gracious in verses 1-10?
  5. In verses 4-9 we see that God rules everything. We read that he will judge those who oppose his rule and his people, whilst guarding his faithful ones. Knowing that God will ultimately judge those who are wicked and oppose his people, how might this change how we respond to people who persecute us?
  6. What have we learned about God up to this point and how might we praise him as we come to pray?

Audio from the sermon series we are studying in 1 Samuel is found below: Sermon Notes 3 v1 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 3…
[audio mp3=""][/audio] Alastair preaches on 1 Samuel 2: 11-36 Corrupt Leadership Two bad boys v12. ‘wicked’ – Belial ‘they had no regard for the LORD’ Stole from people and from God… 1 Samuel 1: 21 - 2: 10 1. How God works personally. 2. How God works generally. 3. How God works ultimately. 1st Samuel 1:1-20 Chapter 1 to 7 – the people need a King Chapter 8-15 – the King the people want Chapter 16-31 – the King God wanted A…