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Word One Bible Study: Given to God

Text: 1 Samuel 1:21-28 for the Presentation of Jesus, Lectionary Series A

Download a PDF of the Bible study: Given to God - Presentation of Jesus OT

1.To introduce participants to the prophet Samuel and to help them understand how he came to serve under Eli at the house of the Lord.
2.To show participants that the Lord has direction for their lives.

Group Guidelines
Gather in groups of 5-8 persons if the group is larger than 10. Make sure that all members of the group have the opportunity to share their ideas. Individuals may "pass" if they do not want to share on a given subject.

Building Community
1.Take time to get to know everyone from your group.
2. Answer one of these questions:


a.At what age were you baptized?
b.Who brought you to youth group or church?
c.Who is the oldest person you know? Who is the youngest person you know?


3.In popcorn fashion, have the group read the first chapter of 1 Samuel out loud.

Looking at God's Word
1 .Who is Elkanah? Who is Hannah? Who is Peninnah?
2. Where did Elkanah regularly take his whole household? What did they go to do? Read Luke 2:41 and following. What parallels do you see?
3. Why did he not take Hannah this time?
4. Talk a little about what a prophet is and why they are important for God's plan. Can you name some of the prominent prophets from the Old Testament?
5. What had Hannah asked for? Where had Hannah asked the Lord her request? What did Hannah do when she returned to the temple after Samuel had been weaned?
6. Have you ever had something that you really wanted for which you were afraid to ask God? Were you able to ask him? 1 Samuel 1 says that in due time Hannah conceived. Sometimes we don't receive immediate gratification. Talk a little about patience and instant gratification in today's society. How did you decide, if ever, to ask God for your request?
7. Read Luther's explanation to the Second Commandment. What about our reading relates to that commandment?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
Every child of God has been given his name in Holy Baptism. Have the leader write out the words of Baptism on a large sheet of paper in the middle of the group. ("In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.") Write down (on the sheet of paper) what the people of God use that name for. Do we use it in times of trouble? What trouble? Do we use it in times of rejoicing? Fill up the paper with situations and events for which we pray. God sends church workers into our lives to point us back to the cross of Jesus. These church workers apply God's word of forgiveness and life to our sorrow and to our rejoicing. What do we do with that Word once it has been given to us?

Lord God, heavenly Father, your mercies are new to us every morning and we do not deserve the good things you shower down upon us. We thank you that you always remember your promises and that you continue to visit us in our times of sorrow and in our times of rejoicing. You hear every prayer and desire that we lift our petitions, sorrows, desires, thanksgivings and alleluias to you... and we know you listen to them all. Once again, put your name upon us and bless your people by your Son Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray, AMEN.

Published January 2014


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