Small Group Questions:

“One of the many welcome consequences of learning to "read" our lives in the lives of Hannah, Samuel, Saul, and David is a sense of affirmation and freedom: We don’t have to fit into prefabricated moral or mental or religious boxes before we are admitted into the company of God—we are taken seriously just as we are and given a place in his story. For it is, after all, his story; none of us is the leading character in the story of our life.” (excerpt taken from the introduction to 1 Samuel - the Message)

Status

Saul and David were Israel’s first two kings. Although they held similar roles, they approached the job very differently. Saul was captured with gaining the approval of those around him; David was more concerned with God’s opinion. Read Ephesians 1:18-20 and Ephesians 2:4-6.

• What does it mean to be seated with Christ? Can you describe a time when you sat with Jesus?

• What are you longing for? • What are you trying to attain that you have not already been given?

Imagination

At times Saul was taken with fear; David regularly placed his trust in God. Read the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.

• What are some of the challenges, or giants, that are looming on the horizon of your life? What are some of the ways they are taunting you?

• How does their intimidation affect your faith?

• Is your imagination dominated by Goliaths or by God?

• What was in David’s history with God that gave him courage in the face of seemingly overwhelming opposition?

• What can you draw on in your own history with God to give you similar courage?

Career Path

Read 1 Samuel 24:6-7. Saul was impatient; David waited for God to establish his leadership.

• C.S. Lewis talked about humility. He said, “Humility is not thinking less about yourself, but thinking about yourself less.” In what area of your life are you thinking about yourself a lot?