Monday, March 28, 2011

Failure, Fear, and Faith: (1 Samuel 16)

What is one dream you would like to achieve in the next five years? What do you think are the chances of you actually accomplishing this dream? Why?

What do you think is something God would like you to do in the next year? What are some of the obstacles you will face if you try to do this?

Read 1 Samuel 16:1-3. Why was Samuel mourning for Saul? Why had God rejected Saul?

Samuel was the prophet who first anointed Saul as king. Do you think Samuel felt like he was partially responsible for Saul's failure? Why or why not?

How might someone's past failures keep them from moving on with their life? How does fear of failure sometimes keep people from doing what they know to be right? Why are people so afraid of failure? Is failure always a bad thing? Why or why not?

Why was Samuel afraid to go anoint a new king? (verse 2) Do you think this was a valid fear? Why or why not?

Have you ever been afraid to try something new because you were concerned about the possible consequences? When is this kind of fear healthy? When is this kind of fear unhealthy?

If God wanted Samuel to stay alive, would Saul have been able to kill him? How should this truth have changed the way Samuel thought about these instructions?

What are some Bible passages you could use to encourage someone who was afraid to pursue God's calling in their life?

What step do you need to take this week to move closer to what God is calling you to be? How can this group help you in this journey?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a great study. The questions are simple yet thought provoking. I do think it would be informative to have more of the preceding text read first. For beginners, it would help them to understand some background on how to answer the question "why did Samuel mourn for Saul"? Perhaps reading Ch.15 first? I love your study questions. They are very helpful with my small groups. God bless you! DN