LISTEN TO THE SERMON:
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Volunteer Interest Meeting, March 5
If you’ve been coming to OneLife but haven’t started volunteering, then it’s time to get on the team! Come to our next Volunteer Interest Meeting that we call “Test Drive” on Sunday, March 5 at 9:45am in the Meeting Room of your campus. To sign up go to onelifeknox.com/volunteer!
Dominican Republic Mission Trip Interest Meeting
OneLife has an incredible partnership with churches and pastors in the Dominican Republic. Every year during the summer we take a team of volunteers down to visit these churches, serve some of the needs they have, and develop relationships with people in their community.
February 27th isn’t going to be just another Monday night. For the guys of OneLife, it’s going to be MANday night. Come to the North campus at 7pm for some man food, man hang out time, and a man challenge from Pastor Rodney. Let us know you’re coming by writing “Manday Night” on your connection card. Dads, bring your middle school and high school sons with you!
Take a Next Step
Whether this is your first time attending OneLife, you’ve been coming for years, or anywhere in between, we believe there is a next step for you to take. From baptism, to joining OneLife as a partner, to volunteering, joining a home group, and more – there are plenty to choose from. Visit onelifeknox.com/nextsteps to sign up for your next step today.
THINK IT OVER
Think back through Sunday’s message. What stuck out?
1 Samuel 16
The rejected become the chosen when God does the choosing.
- Many people feel rejected by others and by God much like David was rejected by his father and brothers.
- Even Samuel thought the first one he saw was what God wanted.
- That’s because human choice will always seem right – and even spiritual – to the one that is doing the choosing!
- But God uses a different standard to choose.
- What’s called forgotten leftovers by some is called chosen by God.
TALK IT OVER
Start Talking – Get the conversation started!
- Did you ever get picked or chosen for something that surprised you? How did that feel and why?
- Did you ever not get chosen for something you really wanted or worked for? How did that feel and why?
- Read 1 Samuel 16:1. Even though Samuel is being used by God to do the choosing, who does this verse say has really made the choice? Does this mean the next king has already been determined before Samuel even goes to Bethlehem?
- Read 1 Samuel 16:4. What is the most important thing Samuel did in this verse? Why is that so important?
- Read 1 Samuel 16:5-6. How much time does Samuel spend making his first choice? How does he attempt to justify his choice?
- How does Samuel’s quick choice and super-spiritualization of that choice relate to how we often make choices in life?
- Read 1 Samuel 16:7. How does God choose differently than people do? Have you ever looked at someone like people do rather than God does, and found out you were wrong about them? Have you ever been rejected because of the way people choose instead of God choosing?
- Read 1 Samuel 16:8-12. What differences do you see between David’s brothers and David? In the end, who was it that chose David versus who rejected him? What can this teach you about dealing with rejection from people?
- Read Psalm 118:22-23. What are these verses talking about? How does this help us relate to Jesus? Are there other Bible stories or verses that come to mind for you that would help you experience being chosen by God?
- How can this topic help you to see people differently? How has this convicted you?
- How does this help you see yourself differently – in the way that God sees you? What can you do to grow in the area of seeing yourself how God sees you?
- How does this topic impact the story of what God has done in your life that you can share with someone else? In other words, how did you see yourself before giving your life to Jesus, how did giving your life to Jesus change that, and how do you see yourself now as a “chosen one”?
- As you pray, thank God for choosing you!
- Confess to God how you often see people on the outside versus seeing them how he sees them.
- Ask God to help you receive the gift of being his chosen one that he wants to give you rather than the rejection the enemy would want you to feel.
- 1 Samuel 16