Housegroup Notes

Personalities, Potential and Power in Samuel 1 & 2

Following Sunday 3rd June    1 Samuel 3.1-20

Here I am

Welcome

Can you think of a thing you have had to practice a lot to get right?

Worship

Find a version of “I the Lord of Sea & Sky” to play and listen to the words prayerfully. This is a time for our church when we need people to be prepared to step forwards into areas of responsibility so pray that God will lay on your heart how you should serve him anew.

Word

Read 1 Samuel 3.1-21 as the young boy is given his commission.

  1. Look back to chapter 2 at the context to this event. Eli and his sons have failed to serve God or respond to His warning. How do you feel about God punishing this disobedience? Is He justified?
  2. In contrast Samuel has been faithfully serving God. This hidden ministry prepares him for all that God chooses to do through him. Do you see this pattern happening in the church around you?
  3. God calls Samuel but at first that call is not obvious. Do you think that it’s often only with the help of others that we find our true place of service? Share each other’s gifts and how they might be used in our church.
  4. Samuel was called and chosen. In Jesus we have a Lord who chooses each one of us and calls us to bear fruit. Look at John 15.15-17. Pray for this to be made real in one another’s lives.

Witness

We are called to serve God in the unseen areas of our lives. Pray that this week you have an opportunity to share something of what Jesus has called you to do with someone outside of church.

 

Following Sunday 10th June   1 Samuel 8.4-20

Give us a King

Welcome

Have you ever wanted something very badly only to feel let down when you actually had it?

Worship

God is the King of Kings and that is why we bring Him our worship.  Read Psalm 24 together and give thanks to the King of Glory. Pray that you will let Jesus be Lord of your lives and allow Him to reign in your hearts. Offer up praise to the King of Kings.

Word

Read 1 Samuel 8. 1-20 as the people demand a king.

  1. Israel had lost sight of their true identity. Look back to Exodus 19.5-6 to see what God wants them to be. How and why do you think they lost sight of this calling to be different?
  2. Samuel senses that this is the wrong path to take and so he goes to God to ask His advice. Look at God’s response to Samuel. How does this highlight God’s way of allowing us to practice free will?
  3. Despite the warnings the people are determined to have a king. So often we think that a great leader will make all the difference for us. Why is it always so much easier to expect someone else to take responsibility? How is this dangerous?
  4. In the end we all need to make God the king of our lives. If Jesus is Lord at all then we should allow him to be Lord of all. Share with one another how you actively seek to allow Jesus to lead you. Pray that each person would commit to follow him.

Witness

Many people around us put their trust in other people as they fail to allow God to lead them. Pray for the chance to speak to someone this week about how following Jesus helps you to lead your life.

 

Following Sunday 17th June              1 Samuel 15.34 – 16.13

This is the One

Welcome

Have you ever made a judgement about someone on outward appearances that later was proved wrong?

Worship

In this passage we hear how God’s spirit was poured out upon David. Give thanks that because of Jesus we all have access to the Holy Spirit. Choose a song of worship to give thanks to God for the Spirit who helps us to live for God in each and every day. Pray for more of the Spirit to fall upon you.

Word

Read 1 Samuel 15.34-16.13 as David is picked to be the next king.

  1. Saul has been a big disappointment and is rejected by God. Look into chapter 15 to see why he has failed as king. But God always has the next part of the plan ready to reveal. Are there times we mourn what is in the past rather than embracing what lies ahead?
  2. Samuel still has trouble in completing the task that God sets him. At first he is afraid and then it takes patience for him to realise what God’s plan is. What can we learn from how Samuel responds to God? Do we allow God to guide us in big decisions?
  3. The key message here is that God chooses differently. His ways are not our ways. In what ways is the choice unexpected? What is the key component that God is looking for in the new king?
  4. God has chosen each one of us for a purpose. Pray that you may each be anointed with the Holy Spirit so that you are more aware of how you might serve Him.

Witness

We might think that we are of no importance and yet God can use each one of us. Pray that you would have a chance to do something in the week ahead that shows others who God is in your life.

 

Following Sunday 24th June   1 Samuel 17.32-54

The Lord be with you

Welcome

What is the thing that you fear the most in your life?

Worship

It is Jesus who has slain our greatest foe when he defeated sin and death on the cross. Look at the words of Isaiah 53 to see what an unlikely hero Jesus was. Give thanks to Him that He is the true Saviour and that He was victorious against all the odds.

Word

Read 1 Samuel 17.32-54 as Goliath stands against God’s army.

  1. There were many great warriors in the army of Saul. Yet none of them will dare to take on Goliath. Why do you think that only David has the courage to take up the challenge?
  2. If David had lost then the army of Israel would have been defeated. To send David out against Goliath was a huge gamble. What steps does Saul take to try and make sure that David wins? Why won’t these work?
  3. This is not a passage about us facing up to our biggest fears and beating them but it is all about us following a Saviour who can. In what ways is David like Jesus? How is their attitude to the battles they faced exactly the same?
  4. It is not up to us to chop the heads of giants in our own strength. Pray for one another that you might be able to name your fears and then bring them to Jesus so that he can bring them down. Claim his promise that nothing is impossible with God and move on in the knowledge that his strength will overcome.

Witness

To the world the church may look weak, ineffectual and foolish.

Pray for a chance to speak to someone this week about the difference that Jesus makes in your life in facing your fears.


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Housegroup Notes - November 2017