Sunday, February 4, 2024

1 Samuel 15:1-22

Our culture celebrates self-made people, independent spirits who forge their own path and find success by refusing to answer to anyone. While there can be much to admire about such people, faith in Jesus requires one to submit to the ways of the Heavenly Father.

Starting Out:
1. When is it okay to bend the rules a little? When is it not?

Read 1 Samuel 15:1-3:
2. How clear were God’s instructions to Saul through Samuel?
3. What is your reaction to the instructions God gave Saul in verse 3?
4. What do you think Saul’s reaction to these instructions was?

Read 1 Samuel 15:7-21:
5. What did King Saul do right in these verses? What did he do wrong?
6. Why did Saul think offering a sacrifice from that which he was supposed to destroy would be a good idea?
7. What does it mean for God to regret something?
8. Why was Samuel so grieved at Saul’s disobedience?

Read 1 Samuel 15:22-23:
9. Why does God value obedience over independent means of showing devotion?
10. What are some ways spiritual presumption might be linked to idolatry?

Taking it Home:
11. Why do we sometimes think we can improve on instruction God’s given us?
12. How do people today offer God sacrifices instead of obeying him?
13. Is there partial obedience in your life you need to confess to God?
14. What does a healthy balance between following the principals of the Bible and listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit look like? What does it look like when one drastically outweighs the other?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
Acts 5:1-11, Joshua 7:10-26, Genesis 22