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Memorializing What God Does In your Life

[1Samuel Chapters 7]

Always remember that God works on his people’s behalf when they are repentant before him.

God invites us to respond in humility to his grace [2 – 6] 

God bids us to rejoin in battle against his enemies [9 – 11]

God wants us to recall in community for our peace [12 – 17]

 

Applications and Next Steps

How could you demonstrate a heart of repentance this week?

What is a stronghold God is calling you to pull down?

How could you memorialize what God has done for you?

What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

 

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Raided by the Lost Ark

[1Samuel Chapters 5 – 6]

God is never limited in accomplishing his plan by the meager resources his people can muster.

There is no rival who can match God [5: 1 – 12]

There is no gift which can bribe God [6:1 – 12]

There are no people who may demean God [6:13 – 7:1]

 

Applications and Next Steps

What do you elevate in your life to a position rivaling God?

How are you disrespectful towards God in your words & deeds?

 

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God’s Voice in the Real World – [1Samuel Chapter 4]

Toppling Broken Leadership

God is more concerned about the holiness of his people and the example of their leaders than any than any social structure.

 

Symbols do not force miraculous action [1b – 11]

Disobedience does not produce healthy results [12 – 18]

Lineage does not bind divine glory [19 – 22]

 

Applications and Next Steps

How do you attempt to manipulate God into action?

What disobedience is there in your life that is hindering God’s glory?

What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

 

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God’s Voice in the Real World – [1Samuel Chapter 3]

How to Respond to God’s Voice

Young Samuel gives us a picture of how God’s people best respond to God’s call on their lives.

Realistically appraise the human condition [2: 12 – 36]

Intentionally pursue some healthy input [3: 1 – 10]

Honestly express this heavenly message [3:11 – 4:1]

 

Applications and Next Steps

  • How is God going about calling you into His Kingdom mission?
  • How can we learn to become more obedient to God’s call?
  • What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

 

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God’s Voice in the Real World – 

How to Celebrate an Answered Prayer

[1Samuel 2: 1 – 11]

Hannah celebrates her new circumstances by artistically focusing on God’s character and heart.

God lavishes care towards all people  

God reverses circumstances for many people 

God desires humility from His people

 

Applications and Next Steps

How can you go about building more humility into your life?

How have you seen God respond faithfully to your tough situations?

What is an injustice the other side of the aisle is noticing?

What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

 

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God’s Voice in the Real World – 

How to Not Minister to a Hurting Person

[1Samuel Chapter 1]

God meets us in our profound need, even when others around us are clueless on how to help.

A decent family devoting their gifts to God [1 – 8]

A broken person pouring out her heart to God [9 – 18]

A faithful couple fulfilling their promises to God  [19 – 28]

 

Applications and Next Steps

Who is someone you know who is crying out to God right now?

How could you respond to those hurts in a way that his helpful?

What kinds of difficulties or disappointments are you facing?

How could you apply Hannah’s example to your life?

What is going to be your response to Jesus today?

 

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The Journey – All the Way to the Imperial Capital

[Acts 28: 11 – 31]

The Good News of Jesus is far too powerful to ever be effectively quarantined.

Paul reaches the end of his journey [11 – 16]

Paul shares the message with his people [17 – 29] 

Paul continues his mission from his home [30 – 31]

Applications and Next Steps

  • How can you encourage those who are on mission?
  • How can you become more effective in your outreach?
  • What is going to be your response to the proclamation of God’s reign and the teaching about Jesus?

 

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The Journey – 

Shipwrecked on the Way

[Acts 27:1- 28:18]

A solid relationship with Jesus allows us to serve others even when our world is completely falling apart.

Paul’s advice as a prisoner to the imperial guard [27: 1 – 12]

Paul’s encouragement as a passenger to a hopeless crew [27: 13 – 44]

Paul’s ministry as a castaway on a refuge island [28: 1- 10]

Applications and Next Steps

  • How could you encourage those in authority in your life?
  • What are ways you are gifted to serve those around you?
  • Are you ready to receive the rescue Jesus offers? 

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The Journey – Kings, Governors & Appeals

[Acts 22: 30 – 23: 11]

Jesus has called us to use whatever situation in which we find ourselves as a platform for His message.

Some examples of an injustice system [Chapters 24 – 25]

Some memories of a zealous lifestyle [1 – 11]

Some details of a radical turning-point [12 – 25]

Some reactions of indecisive judges [23: 11]

Applications and Next Steps

How could you use your story in point to Jesus’ story?

How could you use your current circumstances as a platform for the Good News?

What would it take for you to quickly become a Christian?

 

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Trouble in the Holy City

[Acts 23: 1 – 11]

Jesus’ constant presence brings us purpose even when our world appears to be falling apart.

A Foreboding Journey to the Holy City [Chapter 21 – 22]

A Painful Appearance before the Holy Court [22: 30 – 23: 5]

A Political Debate of a Holy Conflict [23: 6 – 23:10] 

An Evening Meeting with the Holy Christ [23: 11]

 

Applications and Next Steps

How do you go about better dealing with life’s suffering?

How can you keep your focus on Jesus’ purpose for you even in the midst of all of life’s distractions?

What is your response to the Good News today?

 

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