Monday, March 14, 2011

Lesson 4 - WORKBOOK

  • Define the word obedient.
  • What specific instructions and promise did Samuel give to Saul in 1 Samuel 10:8?
  • Seven days later, what happened (see 1 Samuel 13:8-9)?
  • When Samuel finally arrived and asked Saul, “What have you done?” how did Saul answer in verses 11-12?
  • What was Samuel’s assessment of Saul’s disobedience, and what was the result (verses 13-14)?
  • Look at 1 Samuel 15:1-9. What were Samuel’s direct instructions to Saul (verse 3)?
  • What did Saul do (1 Samuel 15:7-9)?
  • Read verses 12-15. How did Saul answer in verse 15? (How many excuses did he give and how many different people did he blame this time?)
  • What was Samuel’s assessment of Saul’s disobedience, and what was the result (verses 21-23)?
Write out a personal prayer of commitment to make yours a walk in obedience. You may want to use your prayer journal for this task.

The most difficult part of obeying God’s laws is simply deciding to start now.

Guidelines from our “Yes, But How?” section can help us to walk in obedience:
  • Concentrate on doing what is right – What warning does James 4:17 give?
  • Cease doing what is wrong – What is the instruction of Proverbs 16:17?
  • Confess any wrong – What does 1 John 1:8-9 teach us?
  • Clear up things with others – What does Matthew 5:23-24 exhort?
  • Continue on as soon as possible – What principles do Philippians 3:13-14 give us?
Read 1 Peter 2:1. List heart attitudes and behaviors that hinder growing a heart of obedience.
  • Which, if any, are hindering the growth of your heart?
  • Read Ephesians 4:25-32 and Colossians 3:5-9 and then add to your list those actions and attitudes that need pruning.
  • What do you need to prune from your heart?
Now let’s focus on the positive and consider cultivating what is necessary for growth.
  • Read 1 Peter 2:2
  • Ephesians 4:15-32
  • Colossians 3:1-17
  • List those heart attitudes and behaviors that enrich your life as a Christian.
  • What 1-2 areas would you like to cultivate?
Verses to Memorize:
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. – 1 Sam. 15:22

If ye love me, keep my commandments. – John 14:15

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