Break the Ice.
Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip or Mustard?
Bring the Word.
Read 1 Samuel 13:1-15
- Why do you think the Isrealites were caught so off guard by the response of the Philistines?
- Why was Saul wrong to offer the sacrifice himself? (Refer to 1 Samuel 10:8)
- Using Saul’s response to Samuel’s question (vs. 11-12), how do you think Saul views the sacrifice?
- Because of his view of sacrifices, how do you think Saul views God?
- Can you think of some areas of our lives as Christians that we begin to put more emphasis on the routines, rather than God?
Read 1 Samuel 14:1-15
- Do you think Jonathan thought he would be successful on his own?
- Do you think the sign that Jonathan asks for would have made it easier or harder for Jonathan and his armor bearer? In your life, would it be easier to climb up the cliff or stay put?
- How can we follow Jonathan’s example in the way that we petition, or request of God?
Read 1 Samuel 15:1-3, 7-9
- Why do you think Saul only followed part of what the Lord had commanded him?
- What are some things that we only following part of what God has commanded us?
Bring it Home.
Read 1 Samuel 15:13-23
- Did Samuel believe the best had been spared to sacrifice to the Lord?
- How does Saul refer to God in verses 15 and 21? What does this tell us about how Saul viewed God now?
- How do you think Saul went from being anointed as king of God’s people to having this view of God?
- Do you think you have ever missed out on God’s plan because you took matters into our own hands or did not fully follow His commandment?
- How can we pray for you?