Starting Small
In this sermon series, we go back and recapture the basic understanding of faith from the perspective of a child. Small steps lead to great journeys. Simple lessons lead to profound faith. “Unless you become like a child you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven:” which means we have a lot to unlearn before we get there.

Have you ever known a child whose favorite question was, ‘why’? Unless they were just trying to annoy you, they ask these questions because they are genuinely curious about the world. Their minds have not be hardened by facts and reality, so for them anything is still possible and they want to know everything you know. Our scripture today reveals a boy who was still open enough to be able to hear God speaking to him.

Small Group Questions: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week 3: Wonder and Curiosity

  • In reading 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  • What are you most interested in? What are you still curious about? What still amazes you?
  • Why do you think Samuel was able to hear God speaking, but Eli was not?
  • What is one time in your life where you heard/felt/sensed a call from God? What was your response?
  • Where or what is God calling you to today? Will you listen?

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
It’s the Old Priest Eli who mentors a young boy named Samuel. Samuel becomes the great prophet of Israel. But it all starts with the wisdom of Eli who shows Samuel the way. Teachers, mentors, parents, guides and leaders. You know and remember the people who helped shape and direct your life. They loved you, they changed your life. You are forever grateful for their guidance and influence. It’s your turn. There’s a child who needs someone to show them the way. There is a teenager looking for guidance. There’s a young colleague who wants and needs to learn from you. Point them in the right direction. Show them the way to God and God will show them the way to the fullness of life.

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