1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a - God Speaks

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?

  3. 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.)?

  4. 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?

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

Psalm 119:33-40

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
  2. Read all of Psalm 119 in your community group. As you read, notice what themes stand out, and discuss what you noticed.
  3. What motivates you to seek God and obey His Word? What motivated the psalmist to seek God and follow His commandments?
  4. Read Jeremiah 23:29, Hebrews 4:12, and James 1:21-25. What pictures are used to describe the Word of God? Why is the Word of God valuable, and how is the value of God’s Word evidenced in your own life?
  5. Read John 1:1-5. John describes Jesus as the Word. What similarities are there between the Psalmist’s description of the Word in Psalm 119:33-40 and John’s description of the Word?
  6. Pray through the areas of Psalm 119 that you want to embody in your own life. Ask specifically that God would increase your delight in His Word (vs. 36a).

Psalm 19 - God's Three Masterpieces

Discussion Questions

  1. Psalm 19:1 tells us the heavens declare the glory of God. What aspects of creation cause you to be in awe of who God is and what He has done? 
  2. What is the difference between hidden faults and presumptuous sins in verses 12 and 13? Why is the Psalmist asking the Lord to keep him from presumptuous sins? (See Numbers 15:27-31)
  3. What does it mean for “the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart” to be acceptable in God’s sight? If we desire our words and thougths to be acceptable in God’s sight, what impact might this have on our interactions with social media and various forms of entertainment?
  4. What are some ways you can choose to show reverence for God and for His Word this week?

1 Peter 1:22–25

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean biblically to love another person?
  2. What are the specific ways that Peter encourages Christians to love in this passage and in the surrounding context?
  3. Of the various ways that one can love, which way(s) are you individually weakest in?
  4. In the area(s) just mentioned, how can you grow? How would you like others to help you to grow in this?
  5. In our culture, “love” is often equated with the acceptance and support of any lifestyle choice without any recognition of rightness or wrongness, even if that lifestyle choice is sinful or unhealthy. Is this biblical love? Explain your answer?
  6. People experience the new birth when they believe the good news, or the gospel. Can you describe the gospel in sixty seconds or less to another individual?