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  BULLETIN OUTLINE Pursuit: David , The Turmoil of His Times 1 Samuel 8 11/9/14 Larry Nees, Equipping Pastor   Nine Eras Creation – Patriarchs – Exodus – Conquest – Judges – Kingdom – Exile – Return - Silence One Demand Give us a King Two Enemies The Ammonites on the East The Philistines on the West One Big Lesson What we want is not always what we need. LOOKING BACK Pursuit: David, The Turmoil of His Times 1 Samuel 8 King David’s legendary life wasn’t plucked out of thin air. His destiny was intertwined with the turmoil of his times and the tipping point came when the nation demanded that they have a king. While this stubborn ultimatum was contrary to God’s timing and will, He gave them what they wanted…and integrated it into His purposes. So often God in grace patiently endures our unwise demands. And, while there are still consequences, He assimilates these transgressions into His good plan. Thinking It Through (agree/disagree consider/contemplate)  A word to the wise ain’t necessary. It’s the stupid ones who need the advice. ~Bill Cosby  A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. ~John Maxwell Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. ~Martin Luther Working It Out 1.   Since the bent to rely on our own wisdom rather than God’s is part of our human condition, what habits of mind and will might we consider as safeguards to our foolishness?  2.   Reflect on the question of how it is possible for God to allow us to demand and receive our selfish way and at the same time weave this into His perfect plan. 3.   Can you recall a time when you barged forward (without asking God or trusting Him) to pursue your own ambitions and desires only to experience a pretty harsh outcome? Do you see any way that God’s grace matured you through this failure and even prepared you for His purposes? 4.   Download “The Old Testament Story” chart from our Grace website and sharpen your understanding of the historical flow of the Bible. What observations can you make about the place of David in this story? LOOKING AHEAD Pursuit: David  A Man and his God Our Panic, God’s Pursuit 1 Samuel 16:1-13   There are times in our lives that are deeply troubling. It feels like everything that matters is falling apart…and often we panic, we feel lost. Such was the case as Saul, Israel’s first king is stripped of his right to rule. Even the great prophet Samuel seems to be in panic mode. So…enter… 1.   What are the first few words of 16:1, and why is this significant in the context of panic and confusion? 2.   What is God pursuing here according to verse 1? See also 13:14. Write out the key lines in this verse. 3.   What are you learning about God through this time of transition in Israel’s history? 4.   What is Samuel’s first reaction to God’s instructions and then his final reaction? 16:2-4 5.   What does the attitude of the towns’ people tell you about the vibe in Israel at this time? (see v. 4) 6.   Read 16:6-13. Describe the process and the lessons that had to been learned by… Samuel Jesse His sons David
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