Life Group Questions
Our Faithful High Priest (1 Samuel 2)
Week of October 10, 2021
1. Read 1 Samuel 2:11-36. What are some of the themes that stuck out to you?
2. According to our passage, Eli honored his sons more than the Lord (1 Samuel 2:29). Do you honor anyone or anything more than the Lord? If so, what will you do about it?
3. Though Eli was a religious and political leader for 40 years, he was remembered as a failure at home. What will keep that from happening to you? How do you feel about the role you play (or may play in the spiritual upbringing of your family?
4. Throughout the chapter, Samuel is seen as "ministering to the Lord" and growing up in the presence of the Lord. What does this teach us about God's desire for children? How do you rear your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?
5. How did Eli’s sons deal with other people? How are we as New Testament priests to mediate for God? (read 1 Peter 2:5-9) What kind of sacrifices do we as New Testament priests offer?
6. Eli's sons were corrupt. Is it possible for someone to attend church regularly and not know the Lord? What are some warning in Scripture? (Start with Matthew 7:21-23)
7. Eli's sons did not fear the Lord. What does it mean to fear the Lord? Proverbs 1:7, 9:10
8. A prophet (“man of God”) rebukes Eli for his son’s behavior (v.29). Why is Eli being held responsible for his sons’ sin? What lessons do we learn from this?
9. Eli's sons are given a death sentence from the unnamed prophet. Do you have a difficult time thinking about God’s glory in his judgment and wrath and the doctrine of eternal punishment? Why is it important that we consider this aspect of God's character?
10. Have you ever found it to be especially comforting knowing there will be the day at Christ's second coming when justice is restored?
11. Samuel developed physically and spiritually. How can we as Christian do the same grow in grace today? What are the means of grace God uses to help us grow? (God's word, prayer... what else?)
12. 1 Samuel 2:12 says that Eli’s sons were worthless sons of belial, and they “did not know the Lord”. What are some marks of unconverted pastors / false churches today? (Talk about doctrine, character, etc)
13. What are some marks of a godly pastor and a godly church?
14. Consider 1 Samuel 2:35 and how Jesus fulfills this verse. Jesus is our perfect mediator, priest and advocate. Read 1 John 1:9-2:2 and talk about how Jesus in our perfect Advocate and high priest.
PRAY: Come together as a group in prayer, and pray for your church, your pastors, elders, and deacons. Ask God to keep all the families of our church pure, making sacrifices of praise and supplication to God.