Kids finding faith – Bible Study

Read 1 Samuel 3: 1 – 20

Conversations: (Questions prepared by Samuel Thambusamy)

1)What is this passage about?

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2)Who are the characters mentioned in the passage? What do we know about them?

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3)Hannah, Samuel’s mother was devout(I Samuel 1: 10 -11, 15 -16 ; ) and had depth of spiritual insight (2 Samuel 2: 1 – 11). She weaned Samuel (I Samuel 1:23) and later brought him to the temple. She dedicated him to the Lord’s service (I Samuel 1: 24, 27 – 28). She visited him during the annual sacrifice and brought him a new robe each year (I samuel 2:19). Do you agree that Hannah played a significant role in influencing Samuel to ‘minister before the lord’ (I Samuel 3:1)and grow in the presence of the Lord (I Samuel 2: 21b). What are the contemporary stories of mothers influencing faith in their children? In what ways can mothers influence their children to be sensitive to spiritual experiences?

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4)Samuel’s spiritual development is contrasted with the moral degradation of Eli’s sons. Their failure as sons was due the Eli’s failure as a father. Would you agree with this? What do you think is the role of the father in the spiritual development of children?

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5) The boy ministered before the Lord under Eli (I samuel 3:1). It was Eli who recognized that the Lord was calling samuel (I Samuel 3:8b) and guided the boy Samuel to respond to God ( I samuel 3:9).What do you think was Eli’s role in nurturing Samuel in the faith? What do you think is the role pastor/adults in the church can play in the spiritual development of children? Why do you think Eli was unable to nurture his own sons but able to help Samuel in his spirtual journey?

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6)The Lord spoke to Samuel. Do you think Samuel (who was a boy) understood what God told him? Why? can children experience and understand their experience with God?

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7)Do you agree that children have natural spirituality? Why? What qualifications would you put on this? Think of groups of children you have encountered. What evidence can you offer that children have a sensitivity or openess towards God? What are the factors in our church/community/family that work to damage or deaden this awareness of God?

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8) Can you share some spiritual lesson you learnt from the children you journey with?

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9) What is God telling us through the passage? What are you doing to do in response to God’s word through this passage?

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Peace – What does it cost?

So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD. Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarrelling arose between Abram’s herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time. So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom –

Conversations

1)     What is this passage all about?

2)    Who are the characters mentioned in the passage? What do we know about them?

3)    Why do think there was a quarrel between Abram’s herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot? What do you think about this? How did this affect the relationship between Abraham and Lot? Creatively, re-tell this story about the conflict over resources.

4)    The quarrel was between the Abraham’s herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. Why do you think Abraham got involved? Does it take courage to face a conflict situation? What are the challenges involved in facing conflict?

5)    Abraham and Lot parted company. However, Abraham gave Lot the first advantage. And this despite being older and responsible for making Lot richer.  Do you (dis)agree with his decision? Why? What do you think Abraham’s herdsmen felt about this?

6)    Why do you think Lot listened to Abraham?  Why do you think Lot did not choose to stay with Abraham? What did Lot’s servants feel about this?

7)    Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. Lot chose the best. How did Abraham feel about this? Why do you think Abraham remained calm and was less worried?

8)    What is God telling me through the passage? What am I going to do in response to God’s word to me?