Nov. 4 - The Crux (1 Sm. 8)
First listen to the sermon (posts Sun. afternoon). Then use the ideas below to help you and your group apply what the Lord is teaching you.
Icebreaker idea: If you could pick one person (not in the Bible) to be the king of your country, who would you pick and why?
A way to pray: Ask God to help us consistently put Him instead of ourselves on the throne of our hearts. Apply this request specifically to the areas shared in the discussion questions below.
Talk It Over:
Treasuring God: How is God radically different from Samuel's warnings about human kings? Which difference do I especially appreciate?
Being Transformed: How am I conforming to be "like all the nations" around me? How can I allow God to begin changing me in those areas?
Loving Others: Is there any way I treat others like a human king does – seeking what is best for me rather than best for others?
Pursuing Unity: Have I permitted anyone to speak correction into my life? Do I graciously offer correction to others? How does this build unity?