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, Alex 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. &

Questions for week 6:

1 Samuel 10

  1. Briefly summarise chapter 10 in a few sentences.
  2. Compare the actions of God with the actions of Saul. What does this tell us about who is really the King of Israel? Keeping the events of chapter 8 in mind, what does this tell us about God?
  3. After rejecting God as their King, Israel may be inclined to think that God does not want them to have a leader, but how God does assure them that He has provided Saul to lead them?
  4. Like Israel we can reject God and forget His grace, but how can we be assured that Jesus is the good King for us that God has provided for us?
  5. Note the different responses to Saul in 1 Samuel 10. Have you ever experienced one (or more) of these responses to Jesus in your own life, or in the life of someone you know?
  6. How can we continually remind ourselves of God’s grace, and how can we point others to the good rule of Jesus?

Questions for week 5:

1 Samuel 8 & 9

1.Briefly summarize chapters 8 & 9 in a few sentences.

2. In chapter 8 we see the Israelites request for a king (v.1-9), Samuel’s warning about their request (10-18) and Israel’s determination to have a king (19-22). Why did Israel want a King? How might you argue in favour of their request and against their request?

3. How does God interpret their desire to have a King? In what ways do we trust earthly things rather than God?

4. Israel’s desire to be like other nations goes against the very thing God called His people to be (Ex. 19:1-6; 1 Peter 2:4-12). How might we as God’s people, both as a church family and as individuals struggle to remain separate and different from the world?

5. How does God’s response to Israel at the end of chapter 8 and in chapter 9 encourage us when we behave like the Israelites?

6. How do the events of chapter 9 prove that God is worth following above everything else?

7. How can we encourage one another to trust God when it is not clear where He is at work in our lives or in the world?

Questions for week 4:

Question sheet.

1 Samuel 7

1 Briefly summarize chapter 7 in a few sentences.

2.The chapter begins with the Ark of God returning to Israel, yet it seems that this does not solve all of Israel’s problems. How are their problems described at the start of the chapter, and what does God do to help the Israelites?

3. What are the three ways that Samuel helps Israel? How do these three roles differ from one another and in what ways do they bless Israel?

4. Explain how this passage illustrates the Gospel and describe how it helps us to understand the different roles that Jesus fulfills.

5. In what ways might we wrongly think that we can fulfill these roles?

6. What does Samuel teach about repentance in chapter 7? Are we aware of things we need to repent of and what should it look like?

7. Pray

Questions 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:

[audio mp3=""][/audio] 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.

Our sermon series “God’s King” which we are following for our midweek studies in 1 Samuel is found here. If you have the opportunity, please click on the audio to listen for a refresher before the Wednesday evening studies.