July 26th, 2020

Let’s spend some time thinking together with God about this week’s message.   If you haven’t heard it yet, you can watch it online here. Throughout this exercise, be aware of what God might be saying to you and what you are going to do about it.

FOR GROUPS

READ

The Scripture for this week was 1 Samuel 16:1-13.  Read the passage and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passage.

DISCUSS

Our cultural moment certainly includes widespread discussions concerning race.  This passage has the iconic line, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at outward appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Discuss with your Group how this Scriptural idea might be brought into the current cultural moment.

Dave mentioned in the sermon that who we are and everything we do flows from our heart.  One of our values is being Transforming and that means transforming our heart.  How does that happen? How much of the transformation work is from God and how much of it is from us?  Can you change your own heart?

Instead of focusing on who we are deep down at the heart level, it can be easy to believe who are truly are is what others or the world says about us.  Dave shared that we are defined by what the world says about us, instead we are defined by what God says about us.  What are some positive and negative labels that others have given you that you have struggled to avoid identifying with? What do you think God says about you?

PRAY

Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture and hearing from others in your Group.

FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDY

READ

The Scripture for this week was 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Read the passages and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passages.

CONSIDER

In this passage, notice that Jesse brings all of his sons except David to the sacrifice.  David was left out in the fields to tend the sheep and wasn’t invited to join his brothers.  Why do you think this is? Do you think the author added this feature of the story to communicate something in particular about David?

Take a moment and reread verses 7 and 12.  Do you see the tension? God says to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height…” but in verse 12 the passage notes that David is glowing with health and is handsome, which is obviously appearance based.  What do you think is going on here? If it is the case that the Lord looks at the heart, then why point out that David is handsome?

If you’re up for it, here’s a topic for some research: why were the elders of the town afraid when Samuel came? What about Samuel and his role as a priest caused them to tremble and ask if he came in peace? Do priests sometimes not come in peace and what does that look like?

PRAY

Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture.

SHARE

Use what you learned to spark conversation with someone.  Ask what they think about some of these topics.

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