NextLevel Online: 1 Samuel

Session 5: Adventures of the Ark (1 Samuel 4-7)

Session 5 focuses on the battle of Aphek (4:1-11) and the battle of Ebenezer (7:7-17).



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Classroom Instructions

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Events in Order:

  • Battle of Aphek (4:1-11)

    • Ark vs Philistines (repentance) (5:1-6:16)

    • Ark vs Israelites (repentance) (6:17-7:2)

  • Samuel officially in (7:2-6)

  • Battle of Ebenezer (7:7-17)

What do we hear?

  • God will not be ______________________ by us.

  • God does not ______________________ us.

  • God blesses ______________________ who repent.

Who else do we see?

  • Victory from apparent defeat –

  • Taking upon himself the judgment for sin –

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • Choose one or two of the events from this portion of 1 Samuel to go back and read. What do you notice this time through that adds to the picture? What other questions are raised?

  • Looking back at your journey with God and faith, when have you approached God as someone whose job was to help you succeed? Have you repented of this mentality?

  • How might you be treating God like this right now?

  • How does it make you feel that God does not need you? In what way is this a necessary conviction if we are going to serve him without doing damage to our souls?

  • In your own words, articulate where we see Jesus in this portion of the story?

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