STUDY GUIDE FOR 7-1-18: FAITH@HOME #1 – WE DEPEND ON GOD!
Think about life:
- • Talk about the best things you’ve received from the family you grew up in?
- • Talk about the challenges you faced in the family you grew up in?
- • What’s it like when a person experiences serious conflict in their family? If things don’t get resolved, what can happen?
- • “I didn’t really learn to depend on God until things got really bad.” Why is that often the case?
- • Why is it difficult for us to depend completely on God? What gets in the way?
Digging Deeper into Scripture:
- • Read 1 Samuel 1:1-8
- o What’s happening in Elkanah’s family that is making Hannah’s life so difficult?
- o What options does Hannah have for making things better?
- o What are common challenges that families face that are hard on people?
- • Read 1 Samuel 1:9-18
- o What does Hannah ask God for? Why?
- o What emotional state is Hannah in? If you were there what might have you heard and seen?
- o What did it feel for Hannah to be mistaken for a drunk by the priest?
- o Did Hannah leave the Tabernacle discouraged or encouraged?
- o What does it look like for a person to “pour their heart out to God?” How is that different than much of our praying?
- • Read 1 Samuel 1:19-28
- o How did the family dynamics change when Hannah had a son?
- o Samuel’s name in Hebrew sounds like the Hebrew word for “asked of God” or “heard by God”. What goes through Hannah’s mind each time she says Samuel’s name?
- o How is Hannah able to give Samuel back to the Lord when she had been so desperate to have a son?
- • Read 1 Samuel 2:1-10
- o List what Hannah says about God; they are the reasons Hannah depends on God.
- o Why do you depend on God? How fully to you depend on God?
- o What has helped you or forced you to depend completely on God?
Daily Scripture readings: Daniel 3:1-30; Daniel 6:1-28; Matt. 26:36-46; Psalm 46