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Part 3: Rising Up



This study guide is provided for OneLife Home Groups to use as the guide for your time together. You can also use it to go deeper on your own throughout the week! Need to join a home group? Click here!



We’ve seen stories of life change through baptism within the last few weeks and if you’ve given your life to Jesus, but haven’t gone public with your story through baptism, then it’s time to take that next step! To get started to to

Student Ministry Rally

If you’re a middle or high school student, then don’t miss our Student Rally where students from both locations come together for some fun & games, live worship with our student band, and a challenging message. It all happens tonight at 6pm at our East campus. And if you’re coming from the North campus, we’ll even have a carpool leaving from there at 5:30pm to help get you there! We’ll see you there! If you’d like more information about OneLife’s Student Ministry go to

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 to sign up for your next step today.

Intern Housing

OneLife may have an opportunity to host some summer interns this year and is looking for families that would have an interest in housing these interns. If you have accommodations for this and have an interest in making your home available for approximately 8 weeks then let your volunteer or home group leader know.



Think back through Sunday’s message. What stuck out?

Key Scriptures:

1 Samuel 18:1-14

Bottom Line:

Rising to greatness requires deep roots.

Key Notes:

  • Greatness is rooted in relationship.
  • Greatness is rooted in excellence.
  • Greatness is rooted in humility.
  • Greatness is rooted in Jesus.
  • There will always be people who want to steal your greatness.


Start Talking – Get the conversation started!

  • When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • What have you always wanted to be great at?

Start Thinking

  • Read 1 Samuel 18:1-2. Why do you think Saul kept David from returning home? What are several reasons he may have done this?
  • Read 1 Samuel 18:3-4. What do you see about David and Jonathan’s relationship that made it so strong? What roles do each of them play in growing deep roots in the relationship?
  • Read 1 Samuel 18:5. There are at least two results of David doing everything with excellence seen in this verse. What are they?

Start Sharing

  • Read 1 Samuel 18:6-9. What made Saul so jealous of David? Share a time someone got jealous of your success and how it affected you. Then be honest and share a time you found yourself jealous of someone else’s success – we’ve all been there! Why was it so hard to be happy for them?
  • David’s commitment to excellence in all that he did was seen by everyone around him. Read Colossians 3:20. How does this sound like David? When have you experienced being part of something or a relationship with someone where everything was done this way?
  • Read 1 Samuel 18:10-11. How does this passage illustrate David’s humility? Have you ever seen someone stay humble even in the midst of great success? What did this teach you or show about them? Where do you have the hardest time staying humble when you succeed?

 Start Doing

  • What is the hardest thing about finding and maintaining relationships so you can stay rooted in a godly relationship? What can you do to invest in someone else like Jonathan did for David?
  • What areas of your life do you find easiest to be rooted in excellence and give all you’ve got? What areas are the hardest?
  • If you were to serve someone else or somewhere in a way that would keep you rooted in humility, what would it be? What’s keeping you from doing that?
  • What does it mean to you to be rooted in Jesus? What are some practical things you can do each day and each week to stay rooted in Jesus?

Start Praying

  • As you pray, thank God for giving you the ability to do great things – even greater than you ask for or imagine! 
  • Confess to God how you often get distracted by defeat or the monotony of everyday life and lose sight of the greatness He wants for you.
  • Ask God to help you grow deep roots in these four areas that will help you rise to greatness in a way that only He can get the credit.

Start Digging

  • 1 Samuel 18
  • Ephesians 3

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