FH#1: We Depend on God!

Study Guides


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