+ Application Questions
- What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?
- What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
- Does your normal disposition to God’s Word reflect Samuel’s response to God at the end of 3:10? If not, what hinders you from this response? Are there things in your life that could hinder your receptivity to God’s Word on Sunday mornings (regarding sleep, prayer, Saturday night activities, etc.)?
- Many people think of sin in the category of commission—doing what we ought not do. Yet Eli’s sin was one of omission—not doing what he ought to (3:13). As you think through your life, are there things that God has called you to do in His Word that you are not doing? (If you have trouble answering this question, you might ask a family member or friend to help you.) What does repentance look like in these areas?
- In 3:13 we see Eli’s sinful passivity in his role as a father. For parents, in what areas are you tempted to passivity regarding your children’s spiritual lives? How might others around you help you in these areas? For non-parents, how might you proactively serve the mothers and fathers in our congregation?
- The Bible teaches the awesome truths that 1) God is sovereign and 2) humans are responsible. At the end of 3:18, Eli displayed an over-emphasis on God’s sovereignty to the exclusion of his human responsibility. Of these two truths, which one are you most tempted to over-emphasize to the exclusion of the other? What are some ways that you might grow in living in light of both truths?
- Take time to pray for yourself and for others at GCC, that we would be have faith in God sustaining the witness of His Word, that we would fight spiritual passivity, that our parents would proactively disciple their children, and that we would rejoice in the glorious marriage of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility.