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King of Hearts, Week 1: A Misdeal
October 22, 2023
Main Scripture Reference(s)
1 Samuel 13:1-15

King of Hearts, Week 1: A Misdeal

October 22, 2023 / 1 Samuel 13:1-15

Today’s Core Truth: He who rules us is one who reigns in us.

1 Samuel 8:6-7 (NIV)

1 Samuel 8:19-20, 22 (NIV)

⇒ God will give us the king we  in order to lead us to The King we really need.

Q: What kind of king do you want to rule your life?

1 Samuel 9:17 (NIV)

1 Samuel 10:22 (NIV)

⇒ Self-centeredness will always keep us on the  of our own hearts.

Self-consciousness constitutes the opposite of God-consciousness. Rather than gratefully rejoicing in the privilege God was freely extending to him, Saul’s concern ran to himself and what others would think of him.” –Beth Moore

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (NIV)

1 Samuel 10:23-24 (NIV)

⇒ When we consider ourselves king of our lives, it’s only a matter of time that it will lead to our own demise.

1 Samuel 13:9-14 (NIV)

⇒ True repentance is the only way to “self” and for The King to reign in our hearts.

1 Samuel 15:30 (NIV)

1 Samuel 15:35 (NIV)

Q: So, which kind of a King do you want?

Theme: Jumping the Gun

Reflect Together

What impacted you the most from last Sunday’s Message as well as King of Hearts Growth guides?

Share Together

When was there a time when you ended up making a “rash” decision? What was the outcome and how did you feel?

Read and Discuss Together

1 Samuel 13:1-15

  • Saul faces a significant challenge with the Philistine threat (v3). How do you think he responded to this situation? How can we apply his response to our own challenges and trials?
  • Why did the Israelites start to hide in caves and thickets (v6)? How might fear or uncertainty affect our faith and actions today?
  • Samuel’s delayed arrival caused anxiety and impatience among the Israelites (v8). How do you react when you’re waiting for something or someone? What can we learn from Saul’s situation? How about when others put pressure on you to act?
  • Saul found himself in a rock and hard place. Samuel was delayed in returning. How did Saul take matters into his own hands? Why was this so wrong in God’s eyes?
  • When have you felt like God has been late in keeping a promise to you? Did you rush ahead and take things into your own hands? What happened?
  • Samuel rebukes Saul for offering the burnt sacrifice (v13). What principles of obedience and trust in God can we draw from this interaction?
  • Saul’s hasty actions led to consequences (v14). How can we avoid making impulsive decisions and instead, seek God’s guidance in our own lives?
  • Samuel leaves Gilgal, and the army is reduced to 600 men (v15). What does this teach us about the importance of following God’s guidance, even when it seems difficult or unpopular?
  • Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to wait for God’s guidance or experienced the consequences of a hasty decision? Share your experiences and what you learned.
  • What are you currently waiting on God for? What could use prayer for?
Pray Together

Take time to share updates on how God is answering prayer and pray for specific needs in your group/family.

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