Encountering the Old Testament, 3rd Edition

A Christian Survey

series: Encountering Biblical Studies

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13. First Samuel: God Grants a King

Discussion Questions

  1. How can we compare Eli and his two sons with contemporary Christian leaders and their sons?
  2. What do you find to be the value of the monarchy that replaced the theocracy in 1 Samuel?
  3. The Israelites decided to do battle their way and took the ark of the covenant into battle with them. What are some examples of how Christians today are trying to do ministry their way instead of God’s way?
  4. Saul revealed his heart in his behavior. What are some examples of how Christian leaders today reveal their hearts?
  5. What are some characteristics of David that Christians today should emulate? Why?

Class Activities

  1. Write the names of the major Philistine cities on the board—Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, Gath. Ask the students to identify the cities on a map and note the major events that took place at each city.