Saul: Disobedience.

Introduction / Review:

4 Big Problems with Disobedience (1 Samuel 15:1-23)

  1. It is always Unacceptable . (1 Sam 15:1-9)
  2. It Grieves God and His people. (1 Sam 15:10-11)

    Ephesians 4:30 - do not grieve the Holy Spirit

    John 14:15 - If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

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  1. It is a Gateway to more sin. (1 Sam 15:12-21)
  2. The Disobedience Gateway Leads Me To:

    1. Exalt myself (1 Sam 15:12)
    2. Deceive myself (1 Sam 15:13,19)
    3. Shift Blame away from myself (1 Sam 15:15,21,24)
    4. Justify myself (1 Sam 15:15, 21)
  3. It is the same as Idolatry to God. (1 Sam 15:22-23)

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Small Group Discussion

Read 1 Samuel 15:1-23

  1. What place does obedience have in the life of a Christian, since a Christian is not saved by obedience (or "stays saved" by obedience)? How would you respond to someone who says, "Christians aren't called to obey, we are saved by grace!"?

  2. Why is disobedience like divination (1 Sam 15:23)? Like idolatry? Does this change the way you view your own sin?

  3. Why do you think disobedience grieves God? See Ephesians 4:30.

  4. Share a time you did something wrong and blamed someone else? Why is that such a "natural" inclination?


Do you have any area of disobedience in your life right now? How does Saul's story motivate you to change? How will you go after turning your disobedience into obedience? 
Pray for one another.