Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Giving Back to God (1 Samuel 1)

What is the best gift you have ever given? What is the best gift you've ever received?

When have you had to give up something you really loved?

Are you more willing to give things up for those who are closest to you? Why?

Read 1 Samuel 1:1-8.

How would you have felt if you were Hannah? How was Elkanah a good husband? How was he not a good husband?

Why do you think Peninnah mocked Hannah so often? What kind of things motivate people to be abusive toward others?

Read 1 Samuel 1:9-18.

When have you ever prayed like Hannah? What do you think it means to "pour out your soul to the Lord"?Why do you think she was so emotional?

Verse 17 says Hannah's face was no longer downcast. Why do you think her exchange with Eli encouraged her? Who do you know that could use some encouragement right now?

Read 1 Samuel 1:19-28.

How do you think Hannah felt when Samuel was born? When have you experienced an answer to prayer like this?

Do you think Hannah wanted to give Samuel up to God? Why or why not?

What do you think it would look like for people today to give their children up to God? How can you give your children to God?

What other things in your life do you need to give to God? How would your life change if you gave everything up to God?

How can this group help you take the next step in your spiritual journey?

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