Renewal and Repentance

March 13, 2022 Speaker: Jordan Gowing Series: 1 Samuel | Looking for the True King

Topic: Sunday Morning Teaching Passage: 1 Samuel 7:2–17

What does genuine repentance look like? Join us this Sunday at CrossWinds Church in Spencer as we consider the answer from 1 Samuel 7.

Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. Spring is almost here! What are you most looking forward to about Spring?
  2. What is one highlight from the sermon and one question that you had after hearing the sermon?
  3. Read Deuteronomy 30:1–6; 1 Samuel 3:20–4:1; 7:2–3. What is the content of Samuel’s preaching during these “dark years” of Philistine oppression? What does this teach us about God’s grace and heart for sinners?
  4. Consider these words from the sermon: “It is a mysterious gift of grace that God oftentimes allows us to suffer to get us to see our greatest need: to return to the God who loves us.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What God might be doing in your life during long seasons of suffering?
  5. Read 1 Samuel 7:3–6. In our sermon, we saw five characteristics of true repentance. What are they? Which stood out to you most?
  6. Read 1 Samuel 7:12; Joshua 4:1–7. What do Samuel and Joshua do in their respective passages? Why is this important? What are some ways that you are intentional to remember God’s faithfulness?
  7. Read 1 Samuel 7:13–17. How does this passage point us to Jesus?
  8. In our sermon, Pastor Jordan said that “the spiritual discipline of remembering” is perhaps the most neglected spiritual discipline today. Is this true about your life? What are some tangible actions that you can take to regularly remember?
  9. Take some time as a group to reflect on how God has proved his faithfulness to you in your past. What steps will you take to regularly remind yourself of that faithfulness?

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